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Eagles off to state

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 12, 2000

After a disappointing showing at last week's regional meet in Clearwater, Springstead will be represented by just three athletes at today's Class 3A state track meet in Gainesville.

Senior Scott Zoebisch, the school record holder in the 400 meters, will compete in that event after winning a regional title in 50.84 seconds. His qualifying time has him seeded 10th in the state field, putting him on the bubble to advance from today's preliminaries.

Junior Leon Hughes and senior Jared Knight both will compete in the 110-meter high hurdles. Hughes finished seventh in the 300 hurdles last year but failed to qualify in that event at last week's regional.

The outlook is tough for both hurdlers to reach the finals today, however, as Hughes' regional qualifying time of 15.37 seconds is seeded 14th out of 16 qualifiers, while Knight's time of 15.50 seconds is seeded 16th.

Crognale sidelined

Central canceled tonight's Blue & Silver spring scrimmage after head football coach Steve Crognale woke up Thursday with severe back spasms, athletic director Vic Cervizzi said.

"He'll be off his feet for awhile," said Cervizzi, who said Crognale went to the hospital Thursday morning after recurring back problems flared up.

Bears coaches will hold a regular practice today instead of the intrasquad scrimmage, and Central is still planning on competing in its spring jamboree at home on May 19. The Bears will play one half against Lecanto, then Hernando and Crystal River will follow with a half.

Next stop: NCAAs

Lagedrost, a junior at the University of South Florida, earned co-medalist honors at last year's regional and will be looking to return to the NCAA Championships, either with her teammates or as an individual

Of the 24 teams competing at Ohio State, the top 11 will advance to the NCAA field, along with the top three individuals not represented among the 11 teams.

Lagedrost helped USF to the Conference USA title last month and has the team's lowest scoring average at 76.6 strokes in her 30 rounds this spring. The Bulls are ranked 39th in the latest Golfweek Sagarin ratings.

Atchison, a junior at the University of Central Florida, found out she also would be competing when the Golden Knights, ranked 36th in Golfweek, were awarded an at-large bid in the regional. She has averaged 81 strokes in 14 rounds this spring.

Doing swimmingly

The Hernando County Family YMCA's Tiger Sharks team sent seven swimmers to the Largo Spring Open last weekend. Johnathan and Christine Brinker, Joshua Radford, Sarah Seigel, Heather Tenison, Mark Warren and Brenna Williams were among the 300-plus swimmers in attendance, and two of them placed in the their events.

Seigel placed sixth in the 200 butterfly (2:58.19) and Warren earned fourth place in the 100 backstroke (1:19.14) and 100 breaststroke (1:34.97).

A dream come true

A Division II school was not a second choice for Crystal River soccer standout Andres Sandoval. Signing with the University of Tampa was a dream come true.

"I'm very, very happy," said Sandoval, who turned down offers from several schools, including some Division I programs. "As soon as I talked to coach (Kevin) Fulk about their training methods and saw their facilities, I realized that, Division II or not, it was definitely nice. The facilities and the level of play of the guys on the team blew my mind."

UT has won two national championships. Sandoval averaged 16 goals over four years on the varsity and has a 4.1 weighted grade-point average, something that also attracted the Spartans' interest.

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