Pinellas: News and notes

By Bob Putnam and Bryan Burns, Times Staff Writers
Published March 1, 2008

Packer wins 3-point shootout

Largo's Ben Patrick is the Class 5A 3-point shooting champ. The 6-foot-2 sophomore guard defeated three others Friday afternoon at the Lakeland Center to earn the title. He made 10 of 15 shots, including six straight at the end.

"I started thinking about my form on every shot," Patrick said. "When you're shooting, you don't even watch the balls go in. I was in a rhythm toward the end and I knew they were going in."

Bloomingdale guard Sean Hayes took second after making seven. As the 5A champion, Patrick will compete again today in the state's King-of-the-Hill shootout. Patrick and Hayes reached state by advancing through district and region competition.

Reed earns courage award

Lakewood's Reggie Reed received the Marines Honor Courage Commitment award. Reed, a senior, was nominated by his teammates. The criteria was to demonstrate leadership, show team spirit with a positive attitude and be considerate to teammates and opponents.

Girls basketball

What: Pinellas County Coaches Association All-Star Game

When/where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., Keswick Christian

Admission: $4, $3 for students.

Class 5A final on tape delay

Lakewood's Class 5A state final game against Fort Lauderdale Dillard will be televised on tape delay by Sun Sports. The game will air March 16 at 3 p.m.


Seminole's Jay Taylor is batting .500 (8-of-16). His name was omitted from Thursday's county baseball statistics.

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Bob Putnam can be reached at putnam@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4169. Bryan Burns can be reached at bburns@sptimes.com or (727) 892-2216.