The Springstead Hockey Club's run for a fifth state title ended this past weekend at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.
The Eagles dropped their first game March 20 5-4 to Tampa Jesuit, and then followed that with another loss Saturday morning to Gaither/Sickles 4-3. The team was able to salvage a 9-7 win over South Pinellas on Saturday night, but didn't have the points to qualify for the finals.
In both of the first two games, the Eagles had breakaway chances with more than a minute remaining in regulation. A tie in either contest would have given the team enough points to reach the final round.
"It's just so difficult to win games when you run into teams that put 18 or 19 skaters out on the ice," Springstead coach Jim Fisher said. "I'm still just so proud of our kids for hanging in there every time."
It was the first time in eight seasons the club failed to reach the final round of the playoffs.
Also, Fisher announced his retirement after the game. He was the only coach in program history, which included six trips to the state finals and four state crowns. Fisher will be replaced by assistant Rick Glass.
SOCCER: The First Hernando Youth Soccer Club will host the opening qualifier of the annual 3 vs. 3 Soccer Invitational on April 18 at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill.
The tournament will set qualifiers for the regional event in Savannah, Ga., and the 3 vs. 3 Summer Nationals in Kings Island, Ohio, in July. There are boys and girls age groups from U6 to U18 along with adult men, women and coed divisions.
The registration fee is $155 per team and includes a tournament T-shirt for each participant and the guarantee of at least four games played per squad. Deadline to enter is April 11.
For more information or to register, visit www.3v3worldwide.com/schedule/Tampa/index_ E.html.
RUNNING: The Arc Nature Coast will host the third annual Spring Lake 5K Run and 2-Mile Fun Walk at 8 a.m. May 23.
The run will be at 5283 Neff Lake Road in Brooksville and registration begins at 7 a.m. The cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the Fun Walk, and includes a T-shirt and scenic run through hills and an equestrian stable.
All proceeds will go the Arc Nature Coast, which serves people with disabilities and their families.
Register online by visiting www.active.com and searching for Spring Lake 5K. For more information, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or e-mail info@thearc naturecoast.org or visit www.thearc-naturecoast.org.
BOWLING: The Arc Nature Coast will also host its 16th annual Bowl-A-Thon from 4 to 6 p.m. July 11 at Spring Hill Lanes.
Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. and is $125 for a five-person team. T-shirts are included. Each team member will be asked to collect at least $25 in pledges for the fundraiser.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Arc Nature Coast. The Arc, in conjunction with the United Way, aims to provide support for people with disabilities and their families.
For more information, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or e-mail nstubbs@thearc-nature coast.org.
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