Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

Land O'Lakes Little League seeks to qualify for state championships

The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex will host sectional play of the ongoing national Little League Tournament. Land O'Lakes Little League, which won the District 25 championship two weeks ago, will play in the tournament this weekend. Their aim is to qualify for the state championships next week and eventually Little League World Series in Williamsburg, Pa.

"This is the largest tournament we've ever hosted and it's been a big undertaking," said Dennis Plaisted, vice president of the Land O'Lakes Little League. "We had three softball teams advance past this sectional level last week and if our 11-12-year-old boys can qualify this weekend, it would be the first time the league has had four teams advance to the state championship.

"I think that success comes down to our continuity and our ability to keep our kids playing together to build quality teams instead of taking off and playing more travel ball all the time," Plaisted said.

Games will be played at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. For information, call (813) 929-1220.

BASKETBALL: Florida Fastbreak is hosting its "Back to School Jamboree" basketball programs over the next few weeks at the Sports Authority in Port Richey. Sessions are open to boys and girls ages 5-18; middle and high school teams are welcome. For dates and other information, call (727) 845-3482 or visit www.floridafastbreak.com.

VOLLEYBALL: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex has organized a youth volleyball league for kids ages 10-15. Registration is now open and the cost is $25 per participant. Evaluation day is Sept. 8 with games starting on Sept. 15. Space is limited and proof of age required. For information, call (727) 942-7439 or (727) 934-4198.

SOCCER: The Adult Premier Soccer League is coming to Pasco in August at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex. Participants must be at least 18 and register by July 31. Two leagues will be offered at the complex: 8-vs.-8 on Sundays and 11-vs.-11 on Fridays. Included in the cost of registration is a seven game regular season, team shirts, paid referees and prizes awarded to the winning teams. The cost to register a team in the 8-vs.-8 league (up to 12 players on a team) is $700; for the 11-vs.-11 league (up to 18 players) the cost is $975. Individual registration costs $75. The 8-vs.-8 league will begin Aug. 5 and the 11-vs.-11 on Aug. 10. To register, email [email protected] or call (813) 444-PLAY (7529).

TENNIS: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex hosts group tennis lessons for kids ages 7 and older from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Each lesson is an hour, with kids being split by age and experience level, determined at the first lesson. The cost is $40 per month or $13 per class. For information, please call (727) 942-7439.

I9: i9 sports, a leading provider of youth sports leagues in the Pasco county area, is holding open registrations for basketball, soccer, flag football and baseball leagues this fall. The leagues are open to kids ages 3-16 with a focus on fun, safety and good sportsmanship without tryouts and fundraisers. To register, visit www.i9sports.com or call director Jimmy Barbarise at (813) 532-1507.

To submit information on community sports events, contact David Rice at [email protected]

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