College teams gather for softball series
A total of 32 top-tier college softball teams are coming to town for the sixth annual USF Softball Under Armour Series. The NCAA Division I softball teams will play today through Sunday and March 13-15 at the Eddie C. Moore Complex, 3050 Drew St. The USF Bulls play five games there this weekend. The tournament is expanding to three weekends next year. "Especially if you're a Northern team, these teams are looking for a warm place to play prior to going into conference play," said Clearwater parks director Kevin Dunbar. For game schedules and information, visit www.usfseries.com. Tickets are $8 per day, $6 for children 6 to 17, free for children 5 and younger.
Youths can take a flight at rally
Young people ages 8 to 17 will have an opportunity to take to the skies Saturday as Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 282 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Clearwater Airpark, 1000 N Hercules Ave. The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation. After the flight, each young participant will receive a certificate making him or her an official Young Eagle. Other scheduled activities include a pancake breakfast at 8.30 a.m. A parent or guardian must be present to register their child. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and closes at 11 a.m. Flights will begin at 9 a.m. and end by noon. Organizers request participants monitor weather conditions. If winds are too strong, the event will be canceled. An alternative rain date is set for March 14. For information, visit www.eaa282.org.
Car wash to help ill woman's expenses
A benefit carwash to help pay for health care expenses for Largo resident Kristen Kennedy will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Moe's Southwest Grill, 11140 Starkey Road. The event was postponed last weekend because of rain. Donations of money and gas cards will be put toward Kennedy's medical and travel expenses to the Mayo clinic in Jacksonville. Kennedy, 35, was recently diagnosed with dumping syndrome, hypoglycemia, type 2 diabetes, hypotension and vasovagal syncope. Call (727) 480-4732.
Clearwater faces Gainesville for the Class 5A state boys basketball title today. Check out highschool.tampabay.com for our live blog, photo galleries and video highlights.