The Tampa Bay Scorpions U16 AA hockey team won the International Silver Sticks tournament in Canada last week, receiving a prestigious trophy usually taken home by Canadian teams. The Scorpions, who include kids from all over the Tampa Bay area, were coached by Mitchell High School coaches Brian Lugo and Carl Napoli.
The Scorpions went undefeated, winning five straight games to hoist the cup. The final against Canadian team Perry Sound saw Trinity native Reed Nichols bury the winning goal late in the third period. Nichols went on to be named as "All-Star" player for the tournament.
"Every game was a real nail biter, but all of the boys played a really solid tournament," Napoli said. "We put the core team together last spring and continued to work over the summer off ice. The boys have an aggressive workout schedule and it has paid off when you look at the success they're having."
RIFLE: Project Appleseed, an activity of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association teaching history and traditional rifle marksmanship skills, will hold a program Feb. 9 and 10 at the Hernando Sportsman's Club in Brooksville. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The clinic starts at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. both days.
Students will learn safe gun handling, proper use of a sling and Revolutionary War history. A .22 caliber rifle is recommended due to the cost of ammo, but participants can use a center fire rifle if preferred. About 250 rounds of ammo will be needed per day.
The cost for men is $50 for one day or $80 for both days; for women, $20 for one day or $40 for both days; for children, $10 for one day or $20 for both days. Additional range fees of $14 per day apply. For information, call Trey Dawson at (727) 452-4650 or email [email protected] To register, visit www.appleseedinfo.org.
BASKETBALL: Registration is under way for the Florida Fastbreak Time to Hoop Spring Fest basketball programs for boys and girls ages 5-18. Middle and high school teams welcome. Sign up at the Sports Authority, 9560 U.S. 19 in Port Richey, from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays or 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 10. Cost is $65 per player, payable to Florida Fastbreak. For information, call (727) 845-3482 or visit www.floridafastbreak.com.
FLOOR HOCKEY: Registration is open for Bumblebee Floor Hockey, which begins Feb. 5 for kids ages 3-5 at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson. Games will take place from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at a cost of $10 for four weeks. For information, call (727) 861-3033.
To submit information on community sports events, contact David Rice at [email protected]