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Boys lacrosse national championships return Dec. 30 to Jan. 1

Rick Buckman, director of Pasco County Parks and Recreation, (left) helps lead a kayaking trip on Oct. 30.

David Rice | Special to the Times

Rick Buckman, director of Pasco County Parks and Recreation, (left) helps lead a kayaking trip on Oct. 30.

The Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions, the boys club lacrosse national championships, returns next weekend to Wesley Chapel District Park and Wesley Chapel High School.

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This marks the fifth consecutive year the tournament has been held in Pasco County. Organizers say the three-day event, slated to run Friday through Sunday, is estimated to bring in an economic impact of more than $2 million. This year's tournament has expanded to five divisions totaling 80 teams. Last year's elite champion, the Kanienkehaka Krunch (New York), returns as well as the two-time runnerup Road Warriors from North Carolina.

Twenty states will be represented, along with six clubs from Canada and 16 teams from Florida. Teams will compete in pool play on Friday, and will then be seeded for the championship brackets based on those results. The five national championship games will be held on Jan. 1 starting at 8 a.m. at Wesley Chapel District Park.

For a complete list of the teams and brackets in the tournament, visit

SKYDIVING: Sky Dive City in Zephyrhills is in the midst of its annual Christmas Boogie, offering fun for skydiving enthusiasts over the holidays. The facility will open at 10 a.m. today and will feature a Christmas Banquet. The following week will be packed with activities such as night and helicopter jumps as well as fun on the ground with a "Drunken Dodgeball" tournament and live music. For information visit or call (813) 783-9399.

BASEBALL: Greater Holiday Little League will have four spring registration dates next month. Registration will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 5 and 10 at the Stadium restaurant, 2349 Seven Springs Blvd., New Port Richey; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 7 and 14 at the Holiday Recreation Center. Original birth certificate and proof of residency are required. There will be no online registration. Tryouts will be held at a later date for senior, junior, major and AAA. For information visit

CHEERLEADING: The James Irvin Civic Center in Dade City hosts East Pasco All Star Cheerleading for all elementary, middle and high school girls. The course is designed to teach the fundamentals of cheerleading while developing and strengthening motions, jumps, stunts, dance and other skills. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings and cost $20 per month. For information, call instructor Erica Fechter at (813) 375-2246 or the center at (352) 521-4166.

BASKETBALL CAMP: Trainer Rob Oppedisano will host a winter break basketball camp from Jan. 3-5 at Veterans Memorial Park. The camp will run from 9 to 11 a.m. for ages 5 to 11; 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 12 to 14. Cost is $65. For information call (727) 861-3033.

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Paddling Pasco Blueways Program

The second installment of a series that will cover the entire Pasco Blueways Trail system from Anclote to Aripeka will launch Jan. 14 from Oelsner Park in New Port Richey. Participants will meet at the park at 3 p.m. to off-load their boats, then drive to Robert K. Rees Memorial Park (better known as Green Key) to park their cars and catch the shuttle back to Oelsner.

The trip will launch just before 4 p.m. heading through the Cotee River and south to Rees Park, a distance of about 4 miles. The end of the two-hour trip takes place during sunset. It will be high tide with plenty of opportunities to see wildlife. Participants need to bring their own paddle craft or make arrangements for one beforehand. Paddlers must be 16 or older unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. A $2 parking pass must also be purchased.

For information or to register for the program, contact the Pasco Parks and Recreation Department at (727) 834-3278 or (813) 929-2760.

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