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Briefs: Two Pasco gymnasts head to national meets

Two Pasco County gymnasts will compete for national championships following impressive performances in Huntsville, Ala.

Despite falling on the balance beam, Jaymi Baxter scored at least a nine in all four events, needing an average of 8.5 to advance.

"Usually when you fall, your day is over," coach Arnold Gwinn said. "But she bounced right up and kept going. She was really determined after that and wouldn't let the one slipup ruin her day."

Jaymi will compete for the Level 9 national title in Dayton, Ohio, next month.

Nursing an ankle injury, Shannon LeBlanc overcame the pain and placed seventh, advancing to the Level 10 championship in Kissimmee.

"Her ankle has been bothering her for nearly a month and the injury flared up during the warm-ups," Gwinn said. "But she pulled through and did enough to advance. I was really proud of her effort this weekend."

Baseball: The West Pasco junior Indians placed third out of 38 teams during the Little League Junior Midseason Tournament.

With three wins over Holiday, East Lake and Oldsmar, West Pasco advanced to the semifinals, the best finish in the team's six-year history, before falling to Palm Harbor.

Track and Field: Blaze­Sports, a team consisting of physically disabled athletes from Hillsborough and Pasco counties, will host a meet at King High School on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Spectators are welcome to come watch 50 athletes compete as the group prepares for other events later in the summer.

Basketball: League of Champions Youth basketball will be holding sign-ups for its summer camp at Pasco and Centennial middle schools. Sign-ups will be held May 6-8 at Centennial Middle and Wednesday at Pasco Middle from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Prospective participants should bring a birth certificate, $40 and a parent or legal guardian.

Cheerleading: Pasco Elite All Star Cheerleading will have two-day tryouts for the 2008-09 season from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the training facility at 8434 Afton Lane, Unit A, in New Port Richey. Attendance on both days is required. Preschooler through age 18 can try out.

A $10 tryout fee and signed parental consent waiver for each cheerleader is required (waivers are available online at Wear comfortable athletic shoes, a T-shirt and shorts, and hair up and away from your face.

A special-needs cheerleading team for all ages with mild to moderate disabilities is being organized. Anyone interested in joining the team should visit April 27 to get an information packet.

For more information, call the Pasco Elite office at (727) 849-7980, or visit the Pasco Elite Web site at www.pasco

Flag Football: Registration for the 2008 Wesley Chapel Athletic Association flag football season is now open.

Early registration is through May 15 for $115 and late registration period is May 16-June 1 for $145. Registration is available online at There will be teams in the U-7, U-9, U-11 and U-14 age groups. Volunteer coaches are also needed. An application is available at the same Web site.

Registration for the eight-game season, followed by playoffs, includes a practice T-shirt, a game uniform and a trophy. Practices start in mid July and the season runs from Aug. 16 to Nov. 1.

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Briefs: Two Pasco gymnasts head to national meets 04/24/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 3:18pm]
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