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Top-notch teams compete in lacrosse tournament in Wesley Chapel

Lacrosse's annual Derek Pieper Memorial Cup took place last weekend at Wesley Chapel District Park, attracting 53 teams from all over the country. The event's popularity is partly due to its status as a qualifying event for the Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions, which will be held in Wesley Chapel in January. The cup included six classifications of players: U11, U13, U15, Rising Stars, Elite and high school girls.

"We played 123 games on nine fields and had some of the best lacrosse in the southeast," Wesley Chapel Lacrosse director Frank Britton said. "The teams were excellent and the competition was top notch. It's an event that we're thrilled to be able to host every year."

For information about the event and to see results of the tournament, visit derekpieper

BASEBALL: West Pasco Little League will hold an "X-mas Break Baseball Camp" over the holidays with Coach Dave Grabowski. The camp for 11- to 13-year-olds runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 28 to Jan. 2. The camp for 8- to 10-year-olds runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 4 to 8. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 5 and 19 at the fields on Pine Hill Road. For information call Dave at (727) 645-7084.

CROSS COUNTRY: Land O'Lakes High School's Matthew Schwartz, a junior, finished 11th in a 186-runner field at the state Cross Country finals held at Little Everglades Ranch on Nov. 21. He was the only male Pasco runner to finish in the top 20 of his state finals race. Wiregrass' Ryan Pulsifer finished in 26th. On the girls' side, Wiregrass' Nikita Shah finished 17th while Kelli Williams of Mitchell High School finished 23rd in their class 3A race of 179 runners. The event welcomed more than 1,400 runners for the 1A-4A boys and girls class finals.

CRICKET: Wesley Chapel District Park will host the Tampa Bay Thanksgiving Cricket Festival this weekend. The event, sponsored by the Wesley Chapel Cricket Club, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and Sunday. Onlookers are welcome to bring their own lawn chair and enjoy some of the Tampa Bay area's best cricket. For information on the event, call (813) 293-5516 or visit

GOLF: Silverado Golf and Country Club in Zephyrhills is hosting the fifth-annual David Reutimann charity golf tournament and auction Nov. 28-29. Reutimann is a NASCAR driver and Zephyrhills native. A cookout and an auction of sports memorabilia was held Friday; the golf tournament will be held today. Proceeds will go to Florida charities. For information call (813) 788-1225.

MORE GOLF: Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club will host its 5K Reindeer Run/Walk to raise money for the East Pasco Habitat for Humanity. The run will go through the rolling hills of Lake Jovita's south course starting at 8 a.m. Dec. 12. A post-race party will offer food, drinks and T-shirts for all participants. For information, call (352) 588-2233 ext. 316.

POWERMAN: The San Antonio Athletic Complex will host the Powerman Florida competition Dec. 5. The event will start at 7:30 a.m. and will include a 5-mile run, a 33-mile bike ride and another 5-mile run. This is a qualifying event for Powerman Zofingen, the 2009 Powerman World Championship. The registration deadline is Thursday. Upon completion, each athlete will receive a finisher medal. For information about the event, including course maps and a schedule of events, visit

Top-notch teams compete in lacrosse tournament in Wesley Chapel 11/27/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 27, 2009 8:22pm]
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