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Boca Ciega honors 3 ex-athletes

They made their mark in different years and different sports. But they have something in common: the Hall of Fame.

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 6, 2000


ST. PETERSBURG -- A swimmer, a track athlete and a judo champion were inducted Friday into Boca Ciega High School's Sports Hall of Fame.

Dean W. Jerger, a 1967 graduate, held school, city and county records in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events, and was named to all-city and all-county teams. He took fifth place in the 50 free at the 1967 state high school meet.

Jerger won a swimming scholarship to Florida State, where he was team captain in 1970 and 1971, setting school records in the 50 (20.9 seconds) and 100 (46.9) freestyle events. The records stood for about 10 years. In 1971, Jerger took fifth in the 50 free at the NCAA championships. He earned All-America honors that year and won the Southern Intercollegiate Championship for two years.

Thomas D. Masterson, a 1968 graduate, won third place in the national high school judo championships while a junior at Boca Ciega. During his senior year, Masterson won the state men's championship in the 113-150 pound class, and took third in the junior national tournament and the national high school tournament.

At the time, Masterson was recognized as Florida's youngest second-degree black belt and for being undefeated in 103 consecutive 154-pound division matches. He went on to win numerous collegiate championships, compete in several Olympic Trials and national AAU events, and coach and compete at the international level.

Ervin L. Whitehead Jr., class of 1989, finished second as a senior in the Class 3A state track meet, running the 880-yard event in 1 minute, 56.2 seconds after winning a regional title in 1:57.1. He also won district and conference titles, and was named to the all-county team that year.

He went to Teikyo Westmar University in LeMars, Iowa, where he earned NAIA All-America honors four times after indoor and outdoor track seasons. He twice finished second in the 400-meter run at the NAIA nationals, and at the 1996 NAIA indoor meet, won the 55-, 200- and 400-meter events.

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