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West Florida Young Guns U9 baseball team invited to World Series

The West Florida Young Guns U9 baseball team has earned an invitation to the United States Specialty Sports Association's 9U Elite 32 World Series, which will be from July 31 to Aug. 6 at Disney's Wide World of Sports.

The team, which includes players from Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, made the cut after finishing as the runner-up at the Amateur Athletic Union's National Championship held at the same location from June 20 to 25.

"This is a great group of hard working boys," coach Chris Brennan said. "They have fun playing the game and work well together as a team. They've earned this opportunity so we just want them to enjoy it."

For information on the West Florida Young Guns, visit

WRESTLING: All Sports Arena in New Port Richey will host a tribute show for the late Randy "Macho Man" Savage at 7 p.m. Saturday. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. All seats cost $5. Wrestlers include Ox Baker, Bugsy McGraw, Titan and the Honkeytonk Man. A live concert by Hollow Heroes will follow. All proceeds will go to All Children's Hospital. For information about the event or to reserve tickets, call (727) 845-7808.

KAYAKING: The Salt Springs Alliance will host a Designated Interpretive Paddle (DIP) on Saturday at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park. The event is open to all levels of paddlers, but beginners are encouraged to attend. The 2-mile paddle will go through the park; cost is $5 for nonmembers, free for alliance members. Kayaks may be reserved in advance through Makai Kayak at (727) 534-1336. Proper attire and safety equipment required. Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m., launch at 8 a.m. Reservations can be made by e-mailing or calling (727) 816-1890. For information about the park or the Salt Springs Alliance, visit

FOOTBALL: The Zephyrhills Bulldogs will host registration for the fall Pasco Police Athletic League season from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sam Pasco Park in Zephyrhills. The cost is $160 and registration is open to ages 5-14. Practices will begin Monday for all age divisions. The Bulldogs are part of PPAL, which means age, not weight, determines a player's level. For information about the Bulldogs, PPAL or registrations, call Cyndi Gyngard at (813) 377-5009 or e-mail

VOLLEYBALL: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex will host a youth volleyball clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 1-5 for ages 10-16. Participants must register by July 28. The cost is $60 per participant. The camp will be taught by Kelly Jackson, head coach of Northside Christian and a former started for Eckerd College. Space is limited. For information, call the recreation center at (727) 942-7439.

MORE VOLLEYBALL: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex also hosts open volleyball sessions from 9:30 to noon Saturdays for players older than 18. Free. For information, call (727) 942-7439.

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West Florida Young Guns U9 baseball team invited to World Series 07/06/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 8:32pm]
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