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West Pasco Prowlers play in Pop Warner Kickoff at Raymond James

The West Pasco Prowlers junior pee wee team, with the ball on the right, square off in a scrimmage Saturday against the East Tampa Bandits at Raymond James Stadium. Members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave the players encouragement. The Prowlers came up short, 6-0.

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The West Pasco Prowlers junior pee wee team, with the ball on the right, square off in a scrimmage Saturday against the East Tampa Bandits at Raymond James Stadium. Members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave the players encouragement. The Prowlers came up short, 6-0.

The West Pasco Prowlers participated last weekend in the seventh-annual Pop Warner Nationwide Kickoff hosted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The junior pee wee team participated in a scrimmage during halftime on the field at Raymond James Stadium while the cheerleaders added support from the sidelines.

"For all of us it was surreal to be down there on that field and to go through the tunnel that the Bucs come through," junior pee wee coach Carl Edwards said. "When the Bucs came out, they were tapping the kids on the helmet and saying a lot of encouraging things. I've never seen these kids so excited. It was really a cool experience for all of us to be in front of that many people."

Pop Warner is celebrating its 83rd season, which is started each year with the Nationwide Kickoff. The Prowlers lost this year's matchup to the East Tampa Bandits by a score of 6-0.

GOLF: Madyson Gibellino was diagnosed in June with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and has already endured a difficult two months of treatment. She now faces an uphill battle for the next 21/2 years as doctors continue to treat her, but her family is facing an equally difficult battle with the costs.

The family will hold a "Hope for Madyson" golf tournament fundraiser on Oct. 1 at River Ridge Golf and Country Club in New Port Richey. For information, call (727) 237-4949 or contact Andrea Gibellino at (727) 534-5126 or e-mail her at gibellinoa@yahoo.com.

MORE GOLF: Saddlebrook Golf Course will host a tournament Sept. 30 to support the Benedictine Sisters of Florida with the work they do in the community. Registration and lunch will take place at 11:30 a.m. with 1 p.m. shotgun. At 5:30 p.m. awards will be given out and dinner served. There will be prizes and a silent auction. To register or donate an item for the auction, contact Faith Pridmore at (352) 588-8320 or e-mail hnmdevelopment@saintleo.edu.

SHOOTING: The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is hosting its second-annual Clay Shooting Event on Sept. 10 at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays. Outdoor sportsmen and novices alike are welcome. The cost is $90 for 100 shots of clay shooting. Registration will start at 8 a.m. with the tournament beginning at 9 a.m. An awards luncheon will follow the clay shoot with food provided by Hungry Harry's Bar-B-Que. There will be entertainment by Andrew Polk from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees interested solely in the entertainment and food can purchase a lunch ticket for $10. For information or to register in advance, call the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce at (813) 909-2722 or e-mail office@centralpascochamber.

BASEBALL: The West Florida Elite 12 and under baseball team based in Odessa, Trinity and East Lake is seeking a few new players and an assistant coach. The team needs a pitcher and a catcher for the upcoming season. For information, call Brian Marley at (727) 946-0665.

To submit information on community sports events, contact David Rice at davidrice83@gmail.com.

West Pasco Prowlers play in Pop Warner Kickoff at Raymond James 08/31/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 6:10pm]

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