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Performers of the week

By CAREY FREEMAN and KEITH NIEBUHR

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 10, 2001


Alycia LePage, Citrus softball Erin Bailey, Lecanto softball

Whether in huge wins or crushing losses, Alycia LePage was nearly unstoppable.

The sophomore second baseman started last week with a 3-for-3 performance against South Sumter and scored the Hurricanes' lone run after leading off the bottom of the sixth inning with a double. She then stole third base.

LePage one-upped herself in Thursday's 3-2 win over then-No. 3 Hernando with a 1-for-3, two-RBI performance that saw her drive in the decisive run with a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh.

Citrus and LePage ended their week on a down note in a 3-2, 12-inning loss to Lecanto, but LePage scored both runs for the Hurricanes after leading off the fourth inning with a double and the sixth with a triple.

Bailey, a senior pitcher, helped the Panthers rebound from their biggest slump, leading them to wins over Zephyrhills, Belleview and Citrus. She pitched two innings of relief in a 2-1 victory against Zephyrhills, allowing two hits and no runs. Bailey then tossed a complete-game shutout in a 1-0 win over Belleview, surrendering six hits and striking out four.

Her best effort came Friday, when she led Lecanto to a 3-2, 12-inning victory over Citrus. Bailey allowed six hits and struck out seven.

Honorable mention

SOFTBALL: Mandy Wade and Kristy Barkofski of Lecanto. Wade scored two of the Panthers' runs in a 3-2 victory against Citrus, including the winner in the bottom of the 12th. Barkofski, who scored the game's opening run, drove Wade home each time.

Tabitha Schrufer of Citrus pitched the Hurricanes to a 2-1 record last week, allowing five runs over 26 innings. She started the week with a shutout against South Sumter, then held Hernando to two runs as Citrus picked up its eighth consecutive win. A weary Schrufer gave up 10 hits the next night in a loss to Lecanto but held the Panthers to three runs despite having pitched 19 innings in a 24-hour period.

Seven Rivers Christian's Julie Green was 9-for-9 with a homer in a double-header sweep of Shores Christian. Sherry Atwood, Amy Cortese and Kristen Cortese of Seven Rivers each hit homers against Shores Christian.

BASEBALL: Chris Rees of Seven Rivers Christian went 3-for-3 in a double-header split with Shores Christian.

Lecanto's Jimmy Metz struck out seven and allowed one earned run in a 4-1 loss to Crystal River. In the same game, Crystal River pitchers Ryan Starkey and Ryan Lindeman earned the win and save, respectively.

Flint Whitelaw of Citrus scattered nine hits over seven innings to record a 4-3 win over Dunnellon.

TENNIS: Jessie Roberts, Mujiba Ansari, Jennifer Rimes, Nisha Shah, and Ashley Campbell of Lecanto pulled off a 7-0 sweep of district rival Central to improve to 15-0 on the season.

Irvin MacQuarrie, Bret Feldman, Vlado Skarka and Dave Peleshok won their respective matches in singles and doubles to lead Citrus to a 6-1 victory over Dunnellon.

WEIGHTLIFTING: Jordan Darga (169), Greg Haight (199) and Clayton Swearingen (183) of Citrus won their respective weight classes in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference meet.

Lecanto's Harold Skidmore won the 139-pound division in the GCAC meet with 465-pound total.

TRACK AND FIELD: Nicolle Mailloux (800 meeters, 1,500) and Kate Wheeler (high jump, 110 hurdles) each won two individual events in the GCAC meet to help lead the Lecanto girls to the team title. Kylene Colasanti (300 hurdles), Deidra Witherspoon (3,200) and Liz Witherspoon (400) also won individual events for the Panthers.

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