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Baseball: Ridgewood players moving on to next level

Published:   |   Updated: April 10, 2013 at 06:17 AM

Three Ridgewood High baseball players are headed to play collegiately, and they will sign with their schools later this month.

Rams coach Julius Matos said Tuesday morning that seniors Tim Osbourne (OF), Joseph Hloska (P) and Tristan Ficarro (IF/P) will be moving on to the next level.

Osbourne, who is batting .373 with 12 RBIs on 22 hits, has committed to Saint Leo, while Hloska, who is batting .348 with 23 hits and 11 RBIs and is 5-1 with a 2.36 ERA and 30 strikeouts, will sign with Alabama State.

Ficarro, who has nine RBIs on 12 hits at the plate and has a 0.95 ERA with seven strikeouts in 10 relief appearances, has earned an academic scholarship to Florida State and has been invited to try out for the Seminoles’ No. 6 nationally ranked baseball team.

“We’re extremely proud of these guys — they’re true seniors for this team,” Matos said.

Osbourne, Hloska, Ficarro and the Rams’ five other seniors were honored prior to Ridgewood (13-7, 10-2) hosting Class 5A-District 8 rival Pasco (12-6, 10-1) Tuesday.

Additionally, Anclote senior catcher and outfielder Bryan Lee is signing with Berry College this morning, according to Anclote athletic director Heidi Michaels.

Berry College is a Division III school located in Mount Berry, Ga. and competes in the Southern Athletic Association.

Boys basketball Former Ridgewood forward Michael Wood signed with St. Andrews University (Laurinburg, N.C.) on Monday, according to his mother, Louanne.

Wood played this past season at Pasco-Hernando Community College, and as a sophomore, averaged seven points and 4.8 rebounds per game. St. Andrews University is a NAIA school and competes in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

The 6-foot-5 guard was a standout for Ridgewood, averaging a double-double of 13.7 points and 10.2 rebounds as a senior.

Girls basketball The heart of Academy at the Lakes girls basketball has decided where she will play college basketball. Wildcats forward Andrea Mauger committed to Franklin and Marshall, according to her Twitter account.

Mauger played an integral role in each of the Wildcats’ past three postseason appearances. She helped helped lead AATL to the Class 2A state semifinals the past two seasons, including finishing as 2A state runner-up in February. Mauger scored more than 1,500 points during her time at AATL and averaged more than 15 points the past three seasons.

Football Land O’ Lakes punter Dino Tsilionis will attend Jacksonville University as a preferred walk-on.

Tsilionis, the Tribune’s All-Pasco first-team punter, averaged 32 yards per punt during his senior year, with a long of 59 yards and nine of his 33 punts were inside the 20.

Boys soccer Gulf defenseman Genaro Ramirez has signed with Saint Leo University.

Ramirez was injured for most of the 2012-13 season, but he helped lead the Buccaneers (13-7-1) defense in allowing just 30 goals through 21 contests. The senior also played running back on Gulf’s football team the past couple of seasons.

Track and field Ridgewood track and field standout Samantha Martinez has signed with Pasco-Hernando Community College, according to Ridgewood athletic director Tom Wellington.

Martinez runs in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters.

Mike Camunas, Andy Villamarzo

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