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Around Pinellas

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 10, 2001

BOYS BASKETBALL: Gary Tait is the new coach at Oldsmar Christian, replacing Jim Terry.

Tait, 48, who coached the Eagles' junior high team last season, inherits a squad that was 2-18 last season. It is his first varsity head coaching position.

BASEBALL: The Grand Slam Slammers, a Pinellas County-based team, recently won the AAU 14-under state championship, beating the Central Florida Predators 5-1 in the title game at Chain of Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven.

Pitchers Corey Birge and Kyle Mills combined to hold down the Predators while Bobby Uzdavines and Erik Turgeon paced the offense with two hits apiece.

Rick Rodgers pitched 10 innings for the Slammers in the tournament without yielding a run, and Nick Stanley led the team in RBI.

The Slammers will play in the AAU national tournament in July.

CROSS COUNTRY: Former South Florida and current Florida State cross country coach Bob Braman will hold a running clinic Tuesday at Gulf High, 5355 School Road, New Port Richey, the only Tampa Bay area location for his statewide series of lectures.

There are no sign-ups required for the clinic, which runs from 3 to 7 p.m. The session is free to all middle school, high school and college-age runners, and video-tape analysis of running technique will be available.

For more information, call Gulf assistant coach Woody Harrell at (727) 943-8058. A complete list of clinics is available at

SOCCER: An adult six-on-six tournament is scheduled for St. Petersburg June 22-24.

The Sun 'til Moon Clash tournament will be played at the 31st Street Sports Complex. Teams will play one game Friday and two Saturday, with the championship to be decided Sunday. Teams may compete in any of the seven men's, women's and mixed divisions.

For information, call Bear Foot Sports at (843) 689-3440 or visit

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