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Around Pinellas

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 27, 2001

CROSS COUNTRY: Bob Braman, the track and cross country coach at Florida State, will hold a free cross country clinic for middle school, high school and college runners from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Palm Harbor University.

Topics covered will include summer training, stretching, a video review of running form and setting goals. There also will be an optional group run.

Interested runners should be at the PHU gym by 3 p.m. For information, call Darryl Southard at (727) 785-3892.

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BASEBALL: East Lake's Matt Lichtenberg has signed to play with Eckerd. Lichtenberg (6 feet 2, 210 pounds), an outfielder and pitcher, earned three letters in baseball and football for the Eagles.

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The second annual East Lake Baseball Fishing Tournament is July 7-8. For information, call Karl Lichtenberg at 943-7586.

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BASKETBALL: Two teams from Childs Park qualified for the Youth Basketball Organization of America national tournament July 21-28 in Polk County.

At the state tournament June 8-10 in Polk County, the 12-under Childs Park Eagles won their round robin group and placed fourth overall out of 16 teams. They earned the final berth for the national tournament. The 9-under Childs Park Eagles placed second to also advance to the national tournament.

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SOCCER: MLS Camps, the official camp of Major League Soccer, will have two five-day camps in Pinellas County.

The first is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 9-13 at the Lakewood Soccer Complex. It costs $92 for participants ages 5 to 10, $135 for players 11 and older. For information, call Sue Tompkin at (727) 864-2709.

The second camp is from 6 to 9 p.m. July 30-Aug. 3 at St. Petersburg Junior College, Clearwater campus. It costs $105 per participant ages 6 to 18. For information, call Allan Beaver at (727) 536-9443.

At both camps, participants will receive an individual player evaluation, Lego gift, soccer ball, T-shirt and companion ticket to an MLS game. Parents and coaches can attend a free coaching clinic during the week.

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TAE KWON DO: The Tampa Bay Sports Commission is looking for volunteers to work during the tae kwon do U.S. Junior Olympic championships July 2-7 at the Tampa Convention Center. The event will involve 5,000 of the top tae kwon do athletes ages 6 to 17 from throughout the country.

Volunteer duties range from athlete registration and timekeeping to athlete escorts and hosts. Volunteers will be asked to work five-hour shifts and will receive a T-shirt, meals for morning and evening shifts and parking. For information, call (813) 350-6557.

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