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Baseball: Spring Hill Christian team receives honor

By BRANT JAMES

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 7, 2001


The Spring Hill Christian Academy girls season was a storied one.

The team started the year with five players, lost one, and presumably the season when it did not have enough to play, then got a player back and finished 8-4.

That's not the accomplishment that most pleases coach Joseph Ferreira.

After finishing 1-2 in the state tournament in Ruskin, the team won the equivalent of a citizenship award for its positive interaction with other players, referees and coaches.

"It was voted on by the referees," Ferreira said. "It goes to the team that shows the most Christ-likeness.

"That trophy is more important than winning first place," Ferreira said. "I'd rather have that than win first place and have bad testimony. And it's a rather large trophy, too."

SHCA athletic director Randy Crawford said he was most proud of the award.

"That's the one that matters to us," Crawford said.

SHCA, which has grades only up through 11th, won its Florida Christian Activities Association conference with a 6-2 record.

The team twice had to play with four girls when players fouled out.

Teams must begin games with at least five players, however, and SHCA had to forfeit twice when a player left the team. The season was saved when Chelsi Kratina came out for the team.

"Chelsi originally wasn't going to play because her grandfather was ill," Ferreira said. "She wanted to spend as much time with him as possible.

"She talked about it with him and he felt basketball was fine. He passed away and she went ahead and played."

The SHCA squad was comprised of: Krystina Lacour, home-schoolers Allison and Ashley Francis, Carry Bruzzi and Kratina.

Baseball: Loscalzo's numbers

Central alum Brian Loscalzo leads Central Florida Community College in home runs (3), on-base percentage (.425), walks (12), hit-by-pitches (2) and is second in slugging percentage (.491), runs batted-in (12) and sacrifice flies (2).

The sophomore catcher has started all 18 of CFCC's games and is batting .298.

Former Hernando catcher Chris Cole is third among Florida State regulars with a .367 batting average. His three home runs is second on the team, as is his .700 slugging percentage.

The former District 8 player of the year has started 11 of the 19th-ranked Seminoles 14 games at first base. He is errorless at the position.

Springstead alum Marc Sbraccia, a sophomore, is 1-0 with a 2.70 earned-run average over 20 innings for Saint Leo (10-10).

Freshman Bryan Melko, another former Eagle, is batting .188 (3-for-16).

Hernando alum Travis Bruns combined with Vince Cann to strike out seven in three innings on Sunday as Lindenwood (Mo.) University outdueled Iowa Wesleyan 7-3 in its season-opener.

Swimming: Making a splash

Former Springstead swimmer Shannon Hulton took a second and third Feb. 15-17 in the New South Intercollegiate League Championship.

The freshman finished second in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:28.26) and third in the 500-yard freestyle (5:22.72). Hulton's 800-yard freestyle relay team also won a second (8:07.91).

Hulton was seventh in the 200-yard butterfly (2:21.05).

Tennis: Update on Beaulieus

Tammy Beaulieu, who with her twin sister, Stephanie, helped Central to its first district and regional titles, in 1998, defeated the fifth-ranked player in NCAA Division II on Feb. 26 as Appalachian State romped No. 22 Lees-McRae 7-0.

Tammy Beaulieu beat Ana Skafar 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Beaulieu improved to 3-0 on Feb. 28 by defeating Wofford's Wendy Rohr 6-2, 6-3.

Stephanie Beaulieu, who went 18-0 as a sophomore at Central and reached the state finals, is 1-10 as the fifth seed for Florida Atlantic.

The twins were selected as the Times' North Suncoast Players of the Year as sophomores. But they did not play for Central as upperclassmen, instead competing in tournaments on the United States Tennis Association's junior circuit.

Softball: Sister act at Rollins

Former Central pitcher Jennifer Pape is 2-0 with an 0.88 ERA for Rollins College. She's third in hitting with a .500 average.

Her twin sister, Jamie, is batting .364.

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