YOUTH BASEBALL: Dade City Little League's 50/70 team comprised of 11- and 12-year-olds won the District 25 and Section 4 championships over the past two weekends. They will now play in the state tournament at DeBary Little League beginning this weekend. The team came away from district and sectional competitions with two 10-run rule results and hit nine home runs over the four-game span.
"Our program included five teams, so we took the top players from those teams and created one tournament team to represent Dade City Little League," league president Stephanie Polk said.
"The boys have come together to form a very strong team, and I think we have a very good chance at the state tournament. Next year, Little League has approved regional and national competition as well so we look forward to that."
50/70 is a pilot program designed to ease the transition from standard Little League fields to Junior/Senior and Big League fields by creating fields with dimensions between the two. Fifty is the amount of distance in feet from home plate to the pitcher's mound and 70 is the distance between bases in feet.
TENNIS: Lake Jovita is home to some of the area's best adult tennis leagues and is looking to add women's doubles teams to its 2012 Summer League session. Teams play five matches over a seven-week period from July 5 through Aug. 16. The matches are on soft courts. Interested participants can sign up with a partner or be matched up with someone if needed. For more information, call Jeanette Marcus at (813) 417-0061 or email her at jmarcus [email protected]
MORE 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 additional information, please call (727) 942-7439.
SOFTBALL: Darrell Sizemore, a local umpire and baseball player, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Friends of Sizemore have come together in an attempt to raise money for his treatment and family with a softball tournament to be held at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson on June 30. The deadline to register a team is June 25 with a cost of $200 per team. The event will include a bat raffle and home run derby. For more information, call Brian Borruso at (727) 858-8836 or Mike Miller at (727) 505-5079.
SPEED TRAINING: Oppedisano Performance Training will host a four-week Speed Training Camp starting Monday at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson. This program is available for all athletes (football, basketball, baseball and soccer players) ages 11 and up who are looking to improve their speed, agility and quickness. Athletes will learn the same skills that are taught to professional clients. The cost for the camp is $175 for athletes who preregister. For additional information, contact Rob Oppedisano at (727) 534-4510 or [email protected] opt4speed.com.