North Suncoast: News and notes

By Izzy Gould and Joey Knight., Times Staff Writers
Published March 1, 2008

Hot hitter

Pasco senior Sharita Jenkins has stepped it up early and is a big part of the Pirates' hot start. The second baseman was batting .588 before Friday's game against Wiregrass Ranch. In 17 at-bats she had 10 hits, four RBIs, three doubles, a triple and a home run. In 14 games last season, Jenkins only batted 16 times with four hits and one RBI in a backup role.

"She almost hit the cycle two nights in a row," Pirates coach Shamalene Broner said. "She's been on fire."

Alumni update

Any hope of having local representation in the upcoming NCAA men's basketball tournament probably lies with ex-Ridgewood standout Andrew Reed.

A senior at East Tennessee State, Reed's club 17-12 is 10-5 in the Atlantic Sun Conference, and still could be seeded as high as third in the upcoming A-Sun tournament, where the winner gets an automatic NCAA bid.

Reed, one of only two Buccaneers players to have started all 29 games, averages 10 points and six rebounds.

Number of the day

3 Home runs this season by Pasco junior Josh Johnson, more than the combined total of at least five other teams in the Pirates' district. Johnson, who homered twice in Thursday night's 7-1 win at Nature Coast, had two homers in his varsity career entering the season.

Saint Leo softball series canceled

The Lions' two-day series against Florida Tech was canceled. Three games were planned Friday with a doubleheader today. No makeup date was announced. Saint Leo will host Winona State on Sunday at 4 p.m.

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Izzy Gould can be reached at izzygould@gmail.com or (813) 909-4619. Joey Knight can be reached at jknight@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3350.