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Briefs: Upcoming area sports events, tryouts, signups

Pasco County Parks and Recreation will hold the 18th annual Anclote Fishing Tournament on Feb. 28 at Anclote Gulf Park Pier at 2305 Baillie's Bluff Road in Holiday.

The tournament is free to enter and for kids ages 5-16. Kids are broken down into age groups and awarded prizes for the most fish caught and the biggest fish caught in each age group. There is also a raffle where other prizes are given away.

"Last year, kids were catching 50 fish in an hour," recreation leader Trish Atwater said. "There is something for everybody at the event. We have prizes that kids can win in the raffle if they don't win the competition, so it's a lot of fun."

Kids must bring their own equipment and be accompanied by an adult. Registration times vary by age group.

For more information, contact Trish Atwater at (727) 834-3285.

BASKETBALL: Land O'Lakes youth basketball will hold tryouts for its boys traveling competitive basketball team March 7-8 at Land O'Lakes High School. The team is for boys in grades 6-11.

For more information on tryout times and the team, e-mail lolgatorhoops@verizon.net.

SKATING: The seventh annual President's Day Invitational will be Saturday and Sunday at the Spinnations Skating Center in Port Richey. More than 140 skaters of all ages representing 15 figure skating clubs will be in town with their coaches and family for the two-day event.

Doors open at 5:30 a.m. Saturday with events ending at 8 p.m. On Sunday, doors open at 6:30 a.m. and events conclude at 6 p.m. Public admission is $5 per day anytime during the championships with in and out privileges.

Event times can be seen at www.floridaskatingacademy.com. For more information, call Angela Serini at (727) 207-4071.

FLAG FOOTBALL: i9 sports is having signups for its spring 2009 flag football, cheerleading and basketball seasons. All leagues are open for children ages 4-14 and require no fundraisers or tryouts. Deadline to sign up is March 16.

To register or for more information, visit www.i9sports.com or call league director Jimmy Barbarise at (813) 532-1507.

MARTIAL ARTS: The Shady Hills Community Center, 15840 Greenglen Lane, is hosting martial arts classes for ages 6 and up. The class takes place on Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m. and is free.

For more information, call (727) 856-7831.

SOCCER: West Pasco Futbol Club is starting a TOPSoccer program this winter. TOPSoccer is a program on the national level to involve special needs children in the sport of soccer. It is for children with both physical and mental disabilities ages 4-18.

The league will run for five weeks starting Feb. 22. All sessions will be held on Sunday afternoons and will take place at Mitchell Field.

There is no cost, but participants need to register by visiting www.westpascofc.com and following the link for TOPSoccer.

For more information, e-mail westpascoTOPS@yahoo.com.

FITNESS: The James P. Gills YMCA is hosting a Speed Camp taught by Johnny Waters. The camp works on skills such as vertical jump, speed, agility and quickness using the latest training techniques and drills.

Participants need both running shoes and field cleats. The class is for ages 10 and up and is held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 4:30-6 p.m. The program cost facility members $330 for 30 sessions and program members $350 for 30 sessions.

For more information, contact Waters at (727) 534-1700.

Submit upcoming events, registrations or information to communitysports@tampbay.com.

Briefs: Upcoming area sports events, tryouts, signups 02/12/09 [Last modified: Thursday, February 12, 2009 5:44pm]
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