They just needed practice, though it just didn't look that way.
The women's AA inline hockey team, representing Florida at the annual "State Wars" roller hockey event Aug. 8-10 in Cincinnati, had a less-than-flattering start, but ended up winning three straight and taking home the gold.
"There were some ladies from our league," coach Marsha Brown said, referring to the women's hockey league at Sportszone2 in New Port Richey. "We had to do some scouting and got players from other leagues that we thought would be the best. They could play individually, but coming together was the biggest thing."
Brown said there were players from Orlando, Fort Myers, Tampa and New Port Richey. The team started off by losing 2-1 to Colorado, but then won 5-3 against Missouri, 2-0 against Texas and defeated Pennsylvania 1-0 and 2-1 in the final. Kalah St. Pierre scoring the game-winning goal with less than two minutes remaining in the final. The team will return to Pennsylvania in February for the "Winter Wars" to defend their title.
"We weren't successful against boys teams when we were having warmups before the tournament," Brown said. "Some of our players had never played tournament-style hockey, but the big thing was getting some chemistry together and we were able achieve that with practice. We played better as a team as the games went by."
For information on the team, call Brown at (727) 514-3237.
BILLIARDS: The KF Cue Tour, an amateur billiards tour, hosted its first event Sept. 27-28 at TJs Billiards in New Port Richey, and with a 32-player field, had many local players do well.
First place went to James Roberts of New Port Richey, who won $500, while third went to Louie Smith of Spring Hill, who picked up $200. Other local winners include Mark Wathen of New Port Richey (fourth, $140), Bobby Livrago of New Port Richey (fifth, $70), Keelan McCullers of Spring Hill (sixth, $70). Stephanie Mitchelle of Wesley Chapel was the top finisher among the women.
The KF Cue tour will host more events throughout the year. The next event will be at Strokers Billiards, at 30901 U.S. Highway 19 in Palm Harbor.
For information, call Natalie Crosby at (727) 236-0356 or send an e-mail email@example.com.
RUNNING: The second annual Hike for Hospice, 5K (3.1 miles), is to raise money for Gulfside Regional Hospice. It will happen twice in one day, Nov. 8 — once at 9 a.m. and a second time at 11 a.m. The first will be at the Recreation and Aquatic Center at 6630 Van Buren St. in New Port Richey, and the second at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave. in Zephyrhills. Cost is $35 for adults, $15 for kids 10 and under.
For information, call Jennifer York toll-free at 1-800-561-4883.
TENNIS: Hernando County Recreation and Strings and Things are offering tennis lessons from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Hernando Park in downtown Brooksville. One-hour lessons are $42 for six.
Strings and Things also has tennis lessons at Delta Woods Park on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. The cost is $40 for four weeks or $15 per class.
For information, call (352) 754-4031.
BOATING: Salt Springs Alliance is hosting three tours at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park in Port Richey on Saturday that will allow participants to "DIP" (bring a "Designated Interpretive Paddle") their paddles.
Tours will launch from the park at 9120 Old Post Road. Participants need to bring their own canoe or kayak or rent from the local kayak shops. The launch fee is $5.
There will be beginner tours at 8 and 9 a.m. and an advanced tour will be at 10 a.m. Flip-flops are not allowed and reservations are recommended.
For information, call (727) 816-1890.
FISHING: The Port Hudson Fishing Club is hosting the Annual Fall Fishing Tournament on Oct. 24-26. A field of 90 will aim for kingfish, grouper and redfish with a $78,500 payout.
The event will be at Ollie Oyster Bar at 6438 Clark St. in Hudson. The cost is $75 per angler.
For information, call Capt. Henry Fortier at (727) 869-5034 or visit www.porthudson fishingclub.com.
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