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County postpones football, other events

County athletic director Bob Hosack said the football games might be played next week.

By BOB PUTNAM

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 14, 2001


Pinellas County officials decided Thursday to postpone this weekend's sporting events in light of Tuesday's terrorist attacks and the uncertain path of Tropical Storm Gabrielle.

Pinellas Park and Osceola played their football game, but the other 11 games involving county public and private schools will not be played, county athletic director Bob Hosack said.

A volleyball tournament and a golf match also were postponed. A decision on Saturday's USF Invitational, a cross country meet that includes Keswick Christian, will be made today.

Because of Rosh Hashana on Monday, Hosack said the earliest the football games can be rescheduled is Tuesday.

"It's going to be difficult to pinpoint when we will get these games made up since school was canceled (today)," Hosack said. "I've notified the referees, and we'll try to get a hold of the schools as quickly as possible. We'd like to get these games made up next week."

Early Thursday, the county planned on playing today. But it reversed field after President Bush declared today a day of national prayer and remembrance for the victims of Tuesday's attacks.

Officials then decided to postpone athletic events for the entire weekend after learning of a hurricane watch for the bay area.

The decision to postpone was in contrast to Tuesday, when Pinellas was the only county in the area not to call off sporting events.

If the football games are made up next week, Hosack said the following week's games might be postponed a day.

The Keswick Christian Invitational volleyball tournament finished the first round of matches Thursday. Keswick athletic director Karrmayne King said she will try to reschedule the rest of the three-day tournament Oct. 19-20.

"I was surprised at first that it was postponed," King said of the tournament, the only volleyball tournament held in the county and in its 18th season.

"It's hard because we have so much fun putting this on. But I can understand why. It's probably a good thing because the weather most likely would have washed things out anyway."

The rescheduling of the Calvary Christian-Tampa Baptist golf match has yet to be determined.

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