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By Compiled by BRANT JAMES
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 29, 2000
Former Central High catcher Brian Loscalzo will miss three weeks of his freshman season at Central Florida Community College after breaking a bone in his foot.
Loscalzo, an all-North Suncoast first-team catcher last year, incurred a stress fracture after fouling a ball off his foot two weeks ago, but continued playing when X-rays revealed no damage. A second set of X-rays revealed the fracture, which will put on hold a season in which Loscalzo is batting .341 with two home runs and has caught 17 of 27 attempted base stealers.
Loscalzo batted .410 with 12 doubles and 31 RBI for the Bears as a senior.
Citing the need to move the state championship games away from the Christmas holidays, the Florida High School Activities Association Board of Directors voted Tuesday to set the games one week earlier beginning with the 2001 season.
The finals, originally scheduled for Dec. 13-15, 2001, now will be held Dec. 6-8. The dates move up from Dec. 19-21, 2002, to Dec. 12-14.
The board of directors did not decide on the means by which the season will be ended one week earlier. Options include:
Elimination of the open date.
A reduction in the permissible number of regular-season games from 10 to nine.
A reduction of the playoffs from five weeks to four weeks by eliminating the advancement of the district runner-up.
Beginning the season one week earlier.
A decision on which option will not be made until the board's November 2000 meeting. Member schools will be polled for their preference.
"My opinion would be to eliminate the open day rather than reducing the number of games or taking away the district runner-up," Central coach Steve Crognale said. "I would hate to see them take away the district runner-up, because the whole idea was, you're going to have some districts where the top two are better than whoever they would play next."
Crognale added that moving the season-opener ahead might cause problems for more rural areas where kids are committed to farm work.
"Here you'd have the situation where kids live with two parents and would have trouble getting back down here on time," he added.
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NCAA picks: How our coaches are faring
GREG O'CONNELL, Ex-Springstead boys basketball coach
TOTAL SCORE: 64 (One point for correct pick in first round, two for second, etc.)
JOHN SEDLACK, Central boys basketball coach
CHARLIE WILLIAMS, Hernando High boys basketball coach
Clean car, good cause
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