Baseball region finals return to single-elimination format
DADE CITY — The Florida High School Athletic Association’s two-year trial with baseball playoffs is over and the best-of-three series for region finals will be abolished. The single-elimination format, as is the case with other playoff rounds, will return for the 2010 season.
Pasco was the lone county team to compete in that short-lived format. The Pirates split a pair of region final series games with Palatka before being eliminated with a 9-6 loss in the third game of the 2008 playoffs.
Swampfest scheduled Nov. 6-8 at Land O’ Lakes Community Center
LAND O’ LAKES — Swampfest, a fund-raiser for Land O’ Lakes High athletic programs, will take place Nov. 6-8 at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center off US 41.
The festival, highlighted by a midway and carnival rides, is the second organized by the booster club. The inaugural Swampfest took place in March at Land O’ Lakes High’s Gator Stadium. Sponsors and vendors are needed. To purchase a booth, call Darlene Harris at (813) 235-5859 or visit www.lolswampfest.com.
Chiefs play final youth football games at Oscar Cooler Park on Oct. 17
LUTZ — The Lutz Chiefs of the Pasco Police Athletic League have called Oscar Cooler Park home for more than three decades. The youth football and cheerleading organization will play at the park’s expansion area next season and their final games at that site are Oct. 17 against the Zephyrhills Bulldogs. Divisional games in five age groups will be played from 11 a.m. through 8 p.m. Entry is a $3 donation.
Two USF football players win Big East Conference weekly honors
TAMPA — University of South Florida football players Nate Allen and Carlton Mitchell were honored by the Big East Conference, following their team’s 34-20 win over Syracuse.
Allen, the defensive player of the week, forced two of a school-record seven turnovers. The senior safety had two interceptions and eight tackles. Mitchell, a junior wide receiver from Gaither, had six catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
— Steve Lee, Sports Editor