The Tampa Bay area, and especially north Pinellas County, has long been a power in club soccer. That held true last weekend at the Florida Youth Soccer Association's Florida State Cup tournament in Wellington.
The East Lake Arsenal and Clearwater Chargers under-13 girls teams advanced to the final. East Lake defeated Clearwater 2-1 to claim the championship.
The tournament started with 28 teams in group play on March 21 in Naples. Both area teams advanced to play in second-round games on April 4-5. Then came the round of 16 in Miami on April 18-19.
To get to the final, the Arsenal defeated West Pines United 2-1, the Chargers defeated FC America Soccer Club 1-0.
In the semifinal game, Debra Hahn and Morgan Ferrara scored. In the final, Hahn and Skye Barba each had a goal. The Arsenal is made up of Ferrara, Sarah Raymond, Hahn, Brianna Rossi, Danielle Gottwik, Shelby Stacy, Barba, Gina Davis, Mackenzie Geier, Maggie Amos, Rachel Taylor, Quinn Lombard and Alyssa Skryd.
In the girls under-15 group, the Palm Harbor Premier advanced to the semifinals, but lost 3-2 to Weston Fury FC. In the boys under-14 group, the Clearwater Chargers Red advanced to the semifinals, falling 1-0 to Weston Fury.
The Sunshine State Games held its figure skating championships May 15-17 at Incredible Ice in Coral Springs. There were 268 skaters in 600 events, and some local skaters earned medals. Caroline Tuxhorn of Dunedin finished second out of 117 in the novice ladies short program. She also finished third in intermediate spins and first in novice jumps. Emma Oleck of Safety Harbor was third of 133 in the juvenile girls B free skating. Victoria Kerr of Oldsmar was third out of 206 in the juvenile/open juvenile spins.
The Beachside Bosshogs recently won the 11-under St. Petersburg PAL Fighting Crime 5-on-5 tournament last weekend. The team won both of its pool play games, then defeated the St. Pete Bulldogs PAL team 26-23 in the final. Nate McGuigan was named tournament MVP. Chi Scholl, Josh Taylor and Brandon Walton made the all-tournament team. Other players included Tanner Kaufman, Kyle McKinney, Blake Dyson, Dominic Behn and Terric Fobbs. The team was coached by Colin Shaw.
Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club held a regional qualifying tournament for the U.S. Open on May 13. Brad Quiri of Tampa won the tournament with 70. Mike Damron of Zephyrhills was second with 71. Doug Ferris of Hernando Beach claimed the final spot with 72. Andrew Goodwin of Clearwater shot 75 and failed to qualify.
Other local results included: Gary Sica of Clearwater (76), Eric Lavigne of Tarpon Springs (77), Michael Baskovich of Clearwater (77), P.J. Kolosvary of Safety Harbor (77), Zach Sobel of Clearwater Beach (77), Craig Whitehead of Belleair (78), Robert Stoll of Palm Harbor (79), Linzy Clark of Palm Harbor (80), Eric Blanchard of Clearwater (82), Mike Bell of St. Petersburg (82), Christopher Ettner of Largo (83), Jim Slattery of Clearwater (83), Matt Cote of Palm Harbor (83), Michael Koulianos of Tarpon Springs (87) and Travis Ralph of Redington Beach (94).
Holes-in-one: Paula Howard aced the 148-yard fourth hole at Airco Golf Course in Clearwater with a driver on May 5.
The City of Clearwater hosted the Clearwater Junior Jam Local Classic on May 16-18. In boys 18 singles, top seed Jun Yu defeated No. 2 seed Bailey Desormeaux 6-1, 6-1 for the championship. In 16 singles, top seed Rick Timmerman won the title, the 14 winner was Joseph Fisher, the 12 winner was Pablo Pintado and the 10 winner was Rishabh Jain. In the girls 18 singles, Theresa Smith won the championship. The 16 winner was Anita Safronenka, the 14 winner was Anapaula Pintado, the 12 winner was Erica Oosterhout and the 10 winner was Dhwani Kumar.
• Alex Saltiel of Tierra Verde advanced to the finals of the USTA boys 14s national open in Frisco, Texas, last week. Saltiel won five matches to reach the final.