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Westside Kings baseball team brings home first championship

The Westside Kings U14 baseball team is only a year old and already it's a trophy-winning team.

The Kings won the Golden Division championship at the AAU's midseason Slugarama Tournament on April 18 and 19 in Auburndale. With five straight victories, the 11-member squad of 14-year-old boys was crowned champion for the first time.

"We're on a 10-game winning streak right now because the boys are playing exceptionally well," coach Sean Gillen said. "We scored 45 runs that weekend and only gave up 12.

"We're only a year old as an organization, so we've struggled," he said. "We've been about a .500 team until this tournament win, and now the boys are playing some unbelievable baseball."

The Kings are from the New Port Richey, Holiday and Trinity areas. They are preparing for the state tournament scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in Orlando.

GOLF: The Regency Crossings branch of Superior Bank is scheduled to host a charity tournament on May 29 at Magnolia Valley Golf Club in New Port Richey. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with a four-person scramble at 9. The event benefits Chasco Elementary School and costs $150 per person. Deadline to register is Friday. E-mail amber.murdock@superiorbank.com or call Amber Murdock at (727) 842-7600.

i9 SUMMER LEAGUES: The i9 sports league is holding open registrations for its summer flag football, soccer, basketball and cheerleading seasons. All sports are open to ages 3-15. The league focuses on good sportsmanship, fun and safety with no fundraisers for parents or tryouts for new players. To register, visit i9sports.com or call Jimmy Barbarise at (813) 532-1507 for details.

CYCLING: The St. Jude's Veterans Cancer Survivors Support Group will hold a bike ride Saturday at North Pointe Village. The ride begins at 7:30 a.m. and is available in two formats: a 20-mile fun ride and 62-mile ride called a metric century. Registration is $10 with all proceeds benefiting the group. State Sen. Mike Fasano will speak at the event. For registration and information, contact Geoff Lanier with Suncoast Trailside Bicycles at (813) 920-2225 or the Rev. Morson Livingston at (813) 951-2288.

SKATING: The Southern Region Speedskating Championship is scheduled for May 22 and 23 at Spinnations Skating Center in Port Richey. The region's top inline speed skaters will compete to qualify for the July 4 national championship in Lincoln, Neb. Admission is $5 per session. For information, visit soregskate.com or call (305) 207-4071.

David Rice can be reached at davidrice83@gmail.com.

Westside Kings baseball team brings home first championship 05/12/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 8:49pm]
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