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Lakewood wins without Coach Wright 60-50

Lakewood wins without Coach Wright 60-50

Lakewood coach Dan Wright would have surpassed his former Gibbs coach, Fred Dyles, with the most career wins for boys basketball in Pinellas County, had he been there.

While the Spartans came back in a dominant second half against Northeast tonight, Wright was nowhere to be found. Instead, according to Vikings Coach Dave Redding, Wright was in Tallahassee for his son's graduation. So for now, Wright stays tied with Dyles at 675 career wins a piece.

Northeast started off strong leading 33-24 at the half thanks to plenty of rebounds off a shakey Lakewood offense. Vikings F/G Andres Sanchez lead the team with 10 rebounds scoring 24 points for the night.

But it was Lakewood's strong offense and aggressive defense in the second half, scoring 36 points to Northeast's 17, that made the difference in the end.

Rays price out some season ticket holders

Rays price out some season ticket holders

ST PETERSBURG, Florida -- They've held seats at Tropicana Field longer than the Rays have played there.  But a small group of season ticket holders say a drastic hike in their ticket prices is forcing them to give up their tickets.

Ellenton's Sharon Greene says she bought a reserved seat at Tropicana Field in the mid-90's before her family even knew what team would play there.  And after more than a decade of watching Rays baseball from the Loge section (the seats immediately above the concourse), she considers her neighboring season ticket holders her family.  Especially after her husband passed away after the 2006 season.

But following the Rays' successful 2010 season, they reclassified the Loge section as Lower Box seats.  That comes with a hefty price hike.

Louisville to face Southern Miss in St. Pete

Louisville to face Southern Miss in St. Pete

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Louisville has been named the Big East's representative to face Southern Miss in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.

The game will take place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on December 21.

"The Louisville and Southern Miss matchup is a big win for college football fans," said Brett Dulaney, executive director of the bowl. "These are two programs that have always played an exciting brand of football and the matchup features a defensive-minded Louisville head coach against a Southern Miss coach, who has his team scoring nearly 40-points a game."

Louisville went 6-6 this year in Charlie Strong's first season as head coach. The Cardinals became bowl-eligible with a 40-13 rout of Rutgers on November 26.