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Compiled by KEITH NIEBUHR

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 26, 2000


Football

Crystal River girl tackles Pop Warner ball

Coaches, opponents and teammates think of Quincy Wilson as being one of the guys.

But Wilson, who blocks and tackles like everybody else playing Pop Warner football, hardly is that.

A 4-foot-10, 100-pound two-way standout for the Crystal River Sharks, Wilson is the six-team league's only girl.

"I just love everything about (football)," said Wilson, a sixth-grader at Crystal River Middle School. "The fact you get to hit other people and tackle them and stuff."

Wilson, 12, has played youth football four years.

She fell in love with the sport several years ago while watching her older brother, Zachary, practice. When Wilson was 8, she asked her mother, Ericka, if she could play.

"At first she didn't weigh enough," Wilson's mother said.

"She was like 54 pounds and you had to be 55 pounds. So I said, "Cheer this year and if you don't like it, you can play next year.' She didn't like (cheerleading) at all, and the next year she started playing football.

"She's very athletic," Ericka said. "She took dance and stuff like that because I made her, but her real love is football."

Wilson starts at center and plays on the defensive line for the Sharks (6-1), who have a playoff game in Ocala on Saturday.

"She's so tough," said Suzie Virgin, whose son, Chad, is a Sharks quarterback. "When they play other teams, it's like "Look, they've got a girl,' but she hangs right with them."

Wilson is committed to playing football next year, but isn't sure what will happen beyond that. She's hopeful she will have the opportunity to play once she gets to high school.

"I want to play as long as I possibly can," Wilson said. "I'm one of the best players out there.

"If I work out next summer, I'll probably be big enough to play," she said. "I hope I can play."

Wilson isn't locked into having a football career.

She made straight A's on her last report card and has a good deal of modeling experience.

Earlier this year, she spent two months in Los Angeles, where she read for roles on Family Law and a few commercials. A full-page ad with Dillards that Wilson modeled for recently ran in the Houston Chronicle.

3 Warriors have day not par for the course

Tuesday will go down as one of the more memorable days in Seven Rivers High School athletics history.

Sophomore Chris Roth fired a 5-over-par 77 in the Class A, District 5 Tournament in Zephyrhills to qualify for next week's Region 3 tournament at World Woods.

After his round, Roth and two of his teammates -- Bruce Emberley and Shawn Allen -- drove to Mount Dora, where they helped the Warriors soccer team down Mount Dora Bible 5-3 in a Class A, District 3 semifinal.

Before the trio arrived, Seven Rivers trailed 3-2.

Austin Roth scored three goals to lead the Warriors. Chris Roth had an assist on a corner kick to Frankie Squire, who recorded Seven Rivers' final goal.

The win earned the Warriors a berth in next week's state playoffs.

Seven Rivers battles Montverde today at 4 in Mount Dora for the District 3 title.

If Seven Rivers wins, it will receive a first-round bye in the state playoffs. If the Warriors lose, they will play Tuesday.

Tournament schedule

The Citrus Springs Ladies Golf Association is playing host to the 24th annual Mistletoe Tournament on Dec. 4-5.

The starting time for both days is 8:30 a.m.

Invitations have been extended to 19 area clubs.

The tournament, which uses a two-day, best ball format, is limited to 50 teams (100 players).

For more information, contact (352) 489-2180.

Citrus Springs Golf and Country Club is playing host to the third annual Extravaganza on Nov. 11-12.

The event is a scramble the first day and best ball the second day.

For more information, contact Linda Cooper, Joe Lopez or Kenny Edwards, (352) 489-5045 or (877) 405-4653.

The second annual Splendid Splinter Charity Tournament will be played Nov. 11 on The Oaks Course at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club.

The four-person scramble begins with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Proceeds will benefit area youth baseball. For more information or to make a reservation, call Walt Rizzi, (352) 527-6566, or Sandy Langley, (352) 344-4820.

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