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By GREG AUMAN

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 13, 2001


BASEBALL

Not quite yet

Former Hernando ace Bert Snow was among 10 players the Oakland Athletics re-assigned to their minor-league complex Monday.

The pitcher, who turns 24 next week, was optioned to Oakland's Class-AAA affiliate in the Pacific Coast League, the Sacramento River Cats.

Snow started last season with the River Cats before he was sent to Class-AA Midland, where he spent most of the year and led the A's organization with 27 saves.

Snow pitched in one game during spring training. He recorded one perfect inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced.

That leaves Pittsburgh's Bronson Arroyo as the only county player left in spring training. The former teammate of Snow's is competing for the fifth spot in the Pirates' rotation.

Arroyo has a 7.50 ERA after his first two appearances. He has allowed nine hits and five earned runs in six innings. He is tied for the team lead with six strikeouts, but also has a share of the team lead with two home runs allowed.

TRACK & FIELD

Bears win home meet

For only the third time in the event's 10 years, the Central boys team won the Central Bear Relays on Thursday night, beating Leesburg 93-811/3.

Coach Vic Cervizzi said he hadn't won the meet since 1994 and was pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

"I thought Ridgewood was going to come loaded, but our kids did well," Cervizzi said. "It's always nice to win your own meets, and we're a little deeper than we've been in the past few years."

Central picked up key victories in the final two events. First, Jason Martinez, David Ramos, Kashif McCormick and Jerry Daniels won the 4x200 relay. Then at close to midnight, the pole vault competition finished, with Central's Chris Dyer, Nick Correa and Kurt Lee combining for the best three-man total.

Central's girls also had a strong showing. They captured second behind Ridgewood 116-98 and easily outscored third-place Lake Highland Prep and Clearwater Central Catholic, which finished with 56 points.

The Bears' victories included the 4x100 and sprint medley relays, with the foursome of Leiko Munford, Tiffany Mobley, Alaya Smiley and Jaimie Costanzo taking first in both.

"I'm very pleased," first-year coach Alan Solomon said. "I told the girls we were going to try to get everyone in some events, and everyone had fun. That was the key."

Central next competes Friday as one of 12 teams in the River Ridge Invitational.

FOOTBALL

'Skins game

The first week of NFL free agency has been good to Brooksville's Tyrone Goodson.

Goodson, who signed with the Washington Redskins last month, has seen the financially-strapped team lose its top three receivers from last season.

First, the Redskins cut veteran Irving Fryar, who was to make $3-million in 2001, but then free agents Albert Connell and James Thrash left Washington to sign with the Saints and Eagles, respectively.

That leaves Washington with one receiver with NFL experience signed for next season: Michael Westbrook, who missed all but two games last year with a torn ACL.

New head coach Marty Schottenheimer has said the Redskins will use next month's draft to find a receiver to start opposite Westbrook.

Schottenheimer has targeted second-year pro Derrius Thompson, who was cut by the Redskins three times last season, as the No. 3 receiver. That leaves Goodson as one of five receivers competing for the remaining roster spots. Former Georgia receiver Corey Allen was waived Friday in a salary-cap move.

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