Wesley Chapel District Park will host the Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions, the boys high school club lacrosse national championship, Jan. 2-4. The tournament has expanded to a three-day event featuring 35 teams. The New Westminster Salmonbellies from British Columbia return to defend their title.
"It is going to be tough to go back and win again," admits senior attacker Tyler Digby. "We are not the underdogs anymore."
Last year's runner-up, Team Headstrong from Philadelphia, also returns and will attempt to become the first U.S. squad to win the coveted trophy. Three teams will represent Florida including host Tampa Tribe, Tampa Bay Fire and the Palm Beach Storm. The Tribe and Fire will also have teams in the Boys Rising Stars tournament.
Eleven states will be represented in both fields, along with five clubs from Canada. Teams will compete in Toyota Pool Play on Friday, and will then be seeded for the championship brackets based on pool play results. The national championship game will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. The weekend will also feature the Toyota skills competition.
For a complete list of the teams and brackets in the tournament, log onto www.laxtoc.com.
Soccer: i9 sports has opened its registration for spring soccer. There are no tryouts — everyone plays. The league is open for boys and girls ages 4-14 with fields located all over Pasco County. Registration is available online at www.i9sports.com or call Jimmy Barbarise at (813) 532-1507.
basketball: The Wesley Chapel Athletic Association has opened registration for its 2009 basketball season.
Registration is open for boys ages 5-15 and girls ages 5-16 as of April 30, 2009. In addition to the traditional recreational divisions offered in the past, the WCAA is offering a more competitive division for the Boys U12 division. This new intramural division will be available to advanced players invited after open tryouts and will feature modified high school rules, with substitution rules tailored toward a more competitive environment. Those interested in trying out should indicate so in the appropriate category in the registration process.
For more information, go to www.wcaafla.org and click on basketball.
Volleyball: The Holiday Recreation Complex, located at 2830 Gulf Trace Blvd., is starting a youth volleyball league for boys and girls ages 10-15. The cost is $25 per player, proof of age is required and space is limited. Deadline to register is Jan. 14. For more info, call (727) 942-7439 or (727) 934-4198.
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 older and is held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 4:30-6 p.m.
The program costs facility members $330 for 30 sessions and program members; $350 for 30 sessions. For more information, contact Johnny Waters at (727) 534-1700.
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