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.
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 laxtoc.com.
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 skydivecity.com 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 greaterholidayll.com.
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.
Contact David Rice at [email protected]