Boys in Tampa Titans win national AAU baseball title

The Tampa Titans, an AAU baseball team composed of 11-year-old boys from Pasco and Hillsborough counties, won the AAU National Championship in late June at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando.

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The Tampa Titans, an AAU baseball team composed of 11-year-old boys from Pasco and Hillsborough counties, won the AAU National Championship in late June at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando.

The Tampa Titans, an AAU baseball team composed of 11-year-old boys from Pasco and Hillsborough counties, won the AAU National Championship last month at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando. The team beat opposition from as close as Orlando and Sarasota and as far away as New England, Indiana and Georgia.

"We work hard with the boys at basically what is a high school level," assistant coach Osvaldo Lastra said. "I'm extremely proud of this team because of their attitude toward each other. The teamwork has been excellent, and we as coaches are ecstatic about what they've accomplished. They played over a hundred games over the last few months and had to earn their way to get to where they are through fundraisers."

For information about the Titans and AAU baseball, visit www.aaubaseball.org.

WRESTLING: Victory Wrestling Association recently held "Slam! Tacular" at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, an event that drew a crowd of 250 people, enabling Al Schaefer to donate $1,064 to the city's parks and recreation department. Schaefer presented a check to the department to be utilized in the "Open Arms Scholarship" fund. The department's staff will award 10 scholarships to low-income New Port Richey youths up to 15 years of age for annual membership at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center.

FOOTBALL: The Pasco Police Athletic League's Crews Lake Cowboys are looking for new and experienced players for football and cheerleading. The league is open to ages 5-14. The cost is $180 for cheerleading and $160 for football. Coaches and volunteers are also needed. If you are interested in coaching or playing, contact director Brad Surrency at (352) 556-8380.

MORE FOOTBALL: Registration is under way for Hudson Cobras Pasco Police Athletic League football and cheerleadering for ages 5-6 and 13-14. Cost is $49.95. Call (727) 271-4863 for details.

VOLLEYBALL: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex hosts Saturday morning adult volleyball for ages 18 and up that is open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring entire teams or join others that already exist. The sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to noon and are free of charge. For information, call (727) 942-7439.

TENNIS: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation complex now also hosts co-ed Youth Group Tennis Lessons for kids ages 7-12 of all levels of experience. The program focuses on fundamentals and skills. Participants are grouped by age and skill level. The cost is $40 and lessons take place every Thursday. Skill level is determined at the first lesson with beginner sessions from 6 to 7 p.m. and intermediates from 7 to 8 p.m. For information, call (727) 942-7439.

MORE TENNIS: USPTA Professional Karen Turman has been teaching lessons this summer at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex for kids ages 7-15. Sessions remaining are available from July 25-28 and Aug. 1-4. The cost is $34 per weekly session; participants must sign up prior to each session. Ages 7-10 years old are taught from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and ages 11-15 will be taught from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., private lessons or small group sessions are available. For information, call Turman at (813) 468-1047 or the recreation center at (813) 929-1220.

Contact David Rice at davidrice83@gmail.com.

Boys in Tampa Titans win national AAU baseball title 07/22/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 22, 2011 9:27pm]

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