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Around Pinellas

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times,
published May 30, 2001


TRACK: Pinellas County's two competitors at Saturday's Golden South Invitational -- Northeast's Russell Tyson and Seminole's Derek Pakus -- placed in the top four at the Payne Stewart Complex in Orlando.

Tyson, the Class 3A state champion in the shot put, finished fourth in the event with a throw of 51 feet, 2 inches.

Pakus was third in the pole vault at 14-0. He finished third at the 3A state meet with the same height.

Palm Harbor University's Kayne Dakoski has signed with Florida. Dakoski, the Pinellas County Athletic Conference champion in the 400 meters, also competed in the discus, shot put, javelin and hurdles. He will be a decathlete for the Gators.

BASEBALL: The Dunedin Blue Jays on Friday will host a high school home run derby featuring players from area schools. The contest begins at 5 p.m., to be followed by the Jays' 6:30 game with Jupiter.

One senior representative from each area high school is eligible to compete. Each player will have seven outs in the first round, with the top four advancing to the final. In the final, each participant will have 10 outs.

Admission for all students with a high school ID is free. For information, call (727) 733-9302.

SOCCER: The St. Pete Raiders under-14 girls team recently beat last year's state champion, the Coral Springs Renegades, 2-1 in the second round of the State Cup Tournament in Fort Myers. With the win, they advanced to the final four in Weston next month.

The Raiders swept their group, also defeating Jacksonville 5-0 and the Clearwater Chargers 2-0.

The final game was highlighted by strong play by goalie Callie Raymond and co-captain and sweeper Meggie Ford. The team controlled the second half, scoring goals on a bullet from 24 yards out by Emily Ann Smith and later on a left-footed shot by co-captain Ali Caton.

MARTIAL ARTS: Angela Prescott, a St. Petersburg High junior, has been selected to attend the resident training program for tae kwon do at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Prescott, 16, has gold medals in the 2000 and 2001 U.S. Open Junior Tae Kwon Do Championship, the 2000 U.S. National Tae Kwon Do Championship and the 2000 U.S. Junior Blackbelt Festival.

BIKE RACING: Amanda Geving of Largo recently finished first in the state in the 11-13 age group in the BMX 24-inch cruiser class. It was the second consecutive championship for Geving. In the 20-inch class, Geving finished sixth after crashing in her first race.

FOOTBALL: Lakewood offensive tackle Justin Keller has signed with Jacksonville, a Division I-AA school. Keller (6 feet 3, 225 pounds) was a two-year starter for the Spartans.

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