The Land O'Lakes Gators flyweight football team, for players ages 7 and 8, won its second straight Pasco Police Athletic League Championship this year by beating the West Hernando Cougars in the Super Bowl. The Gators allowed a mere 12 points over the 13-game season as they regularly dominated their opponents.
"Somehow we actually got better than we were last year," assistant coach Jose Lazaro said. "We've got tough kids, and they just keep at it. We've never seen a team this good. It was amazing the way it all came together."
The Gators were also successful on the varsity level, for players ages 14 to 16, where they once again beat West Hernando. For information about PPAL and season results, visit www.pascopal.org.
VOLLEYBALL: After leading her team to a division II National Championship, Pasco-Hernando Community College volleyball coach Kim Whitney was named Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coach of the Year. She will receive the award Thursday in Kansas City, Mo., and will represent the region on the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year ballot. This is the second time she has been chosen for the award, winning it previously in 2006. For information about Whitney or PHCC volleyball, visit http://phcc.edu/athletics/volleyball/.
TENNIS: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will host its monthly mixed doubles Round Robin Social at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill. The cost is $5 per player. For information, call Phil Zee at (352) 263-9546 or visit www.nctf.usta.com.
BASKETBALL: Land O'Lakes Youth Basketball is beginning its ninth season in which teams (ages 12 to 17) will participate at a competitive level in three reputable youth basketball organizations (AAU, USSSA and YBOA). The tryouts for the youngest age group (12 and under) will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 at Land O'Lakes Christian School, 5105 School Road. For information, contact coach Tedd Poore at (813) 739-9381.
MORE BASKETBALL: The registration deadline is Jan. 14 for the youth basketball league at the J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex in Holiday. The league is for boys and girls ages 8-11, with games on Saturdays. Cost is $35 per participant. For information call (727) 942-7439.
VOLLEYBALL: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex in Holiday is also accepting registrations through Jan. 7 for its youth volleyball league. The league is for boys and girls ages 10 to 15, with Saturday games. Cost is $25 per participant. For information call (727) 942-7439 or (727) 934-4198.
I9: I9 sports is holding open registration for winter flag football, soccer and basketball. Kids of all skill levels from ages 3 to 16 are welcome. The league has fields in Land O'Lakes, Wesley Chapel, Hudson and New Port Richey. Everyone plays and there is no fundraising or tryouts involved. For information, visit www.i9sports.com or call the league office at (813) 532-1507.
YOGA: The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex hosts yoga classes from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Classes are open to participants age 16 and up and cost $6 per class. For information, call (813) 929-1220.
LACROSSE: The fourth annual Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions will take place at Wesley Chapel District Park from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2. Teams from across North America will compete in four divisions in lacrosse's club national championship. The event was named the 2010 Pasco County Sports Event of the Year and promises to provide spectators with high level lacrosse action. For information, www.ndplacrosse.com.