Kitija Laksa moving on from USF

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‘USF and the Tampa Bay community will always be in my heart.’ A 6-footer from Latvia, Laksa was a two-time unanimous first-team All-American Athletic Conference pick.

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Six weeks after leaving the door open for a final season at USF, Bulls 3-point extraordinaire Kitija Laksa has gently shut it.

The program’s No. 6 all-time scorer (1,764 points), Laksa, who suffered a season-ending knee injury three games into her senior season last November, announced Thursday afternoon via Twitter to ‘close this chapter’ at USF and ‘pursue new challenges.’

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‘ Kitija Laksa (@KitLaksa) May 16, 2019In March, she had announced she wasn’t entering the WNBA draft, leaving open the possibility of applying for a medical redshirt and playing another season with the Bulls.

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‘Pet Sematary’ stars a St. Pete native. What other celebs have ties to Tampa Bay?

By now, you may have heard about the remake of Stephen King’s terrifying book Pet Sematary, which hits theaters Thursday night. What you might not know is that it stars St. Pete Beach native Amy Seimetz.

Seimetz plays Rachel, who moves to rural Maine with her family. Upon moving, the family discovers a mysterious burial ground near their home that, well, ‘ isn’t your normal cemetery.

But before her role in the latest King film adaptation, Seimetz grew up in St. Petersburg and graduated from Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport. She even filmed the indie crime thriller Sun Don’t Shine in St. Petersburg and the Fort De Soto Park area.

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10 present-day predictions for USF Athletics Hall of Fame

Kitija Laksa (left) and Jose Fernandez are two present-day eventual USF Hall of Famers. Special to the Oracle/GOUSFBULLS

USF Athletics announced last week it will be inducting a new class into its Hall of Fame, the first since 2013.

One of the stipulations for induction requires four years of separation from USF. So, obvious inductees like football’s Quinton Flowers or women’s basketball legend Courtney Williams are not eligible ‘ yet.

And, needless to say, the greats that walk the campus with us today are not eligible yet either. But the announcement of the resumption of the Hall of Fame had us wondering ‘ who at USF right now will eventually deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?

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