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Even shorthanded, Springstead Eagles hockey club prevails

The Springstead Eagles hockey club continues to be a force on the state level in its quest to defend last season's state title.

The Eagles (6-2) defeated River Ridge last Friday night 8-5 shorthanded. Springstead was without one of its leading scorers, Ryan Nelson, who was out of town at another tournament, and a few other players who took the ACT exam Saturday morning.

Joey Puricelli, who usually forms a dynamic scoring duo with Nelson, picked up the slack, scoring four goals for the Eagles. Tonight, the team plays first-place East Lake (8-0) with a chance to gain ground before the state tournament. There are 12 games remaining before the postseason.

BASEBALL: The Brooksville Bulldogs 10 and under youth baseball club is looking for a few competitive, dedicated players for the upcoming spring season.

The Bulldogs are a competitive AAU travel team that includes players who won't turn 11 before May 1, 2009.

For more information, contact Bruce Price at (813) 714-1054.

LITTLE BUDDIES: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will start another round of Little Buddies Athletics soon.

Little Buddies Baseball is open to children ages 3 to 5 and parent volunteers. The class runs every Tuesday for eight weeks starting Jan. 13 from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. at the Jerome Brown Community Center Field in Brooksville.

Little Buddies Tennis is open to children ages 4 to 7 and parent volunteers. This class runs every Monday for eight weeks starting Jan. 12 from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. indoors at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville.

The sign-up fee for both classes is $50 per child, including a program T-shirt.

For more information, contact Tina Nichols at (352) 544-5498.

TAE KWON DO: Dragon's Dojo of Spring Hill will host the 2009 Spring Hill Challenge on Jan. 24 at Powell Middle School in Brooksville.

The event is sanctioned by the AAU, the top amateur sports governing body, and will open to competitors of all skill levels. Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Black Belt divisions are available for both forms and sparring competitions. The cost for entry varies. For novice entrants, the fee is $35 for one event and $49 for two. For the remaining divisions, it is $49 for one or two events and $40 for a black belt team.

Spectators are welcome to be on hand at Powell Middle for the festivities. Tickets for adults are $6, children are $4 and children under 4 are admitted free. Deadline for registration is Jan. 16, and a clinic will be held at the host site Jan. 23.

For more information, visit www.dragonsdojo.com or contact Carlos Carasquillo at (352) 597-5608 or by e-mail at carlosdragon968@aol.com.

Submit upcoming events, registrations and other information to communitysports@tampabay.com.

Even shorthanded, Springstead Eagles hockey club prevails 12/11/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 11:51am]
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