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Sunshine Shoot-out Indoor Ball Hockey Tournament in New Port Richey a success

With more than 300 participants among 21 teams, Sportszone2 in New Port Richey hosted the Sunshine Shoot-out Indoor Ball Hockey Tournament on June 26-28, seeing numerous teams and players come out on top in their divisions.

"Most of the money goes into the event," tournament organizer Matt Garry said. "This is just the third year of the event and I couldn't be happier with it."

In the A Division, Alliance were the champions as Pimpstrong were the runners-up. Tom Gallagher was named most valuable player, while Steve Zambron and Mike Zambron were named the most valuable defenseman and most valuable goalie, respectively.

In the B Division, the champions were Can-Am, with Team Pittsburgh as the runners-up. MVP was Junior Martins, Ray Dow was the MVD and Jay Rosha was MVG.

The Raleigh Tailgaters won the Rec. Division and the Nova Scotia Ice Fishermen were the runners-up, while Steve Gold took home MVP honors, Daniel Rheame was MVD and J.C. Fairchild was MVG.

And in the Masters Division, Ice Age took home first, while the Bruins were runners-up. MVP was Harry Sye, MVD was Dave Poole and MVG was Bob Baylinsen.

Garry and company will hold another tournament Oct. 23-25.

BOWLING: Last week, the 75th Annual Championship Tournament wrapped up.

Mariner Lanes held the team events, and the team handicap champions were Holly Electric of Lulu with a pin total of 3,683. The top local finish in the event came from Pro Line Tile of Weeki Wachee, who finished in 18th with a total of 3,523.

Melbourne Crew won the team scratch event with a 3,591 total, and out of Hudson, What Is Handicap was sixth with a 3,461.

The doubles and singles events were held at Spring Hill Lanes, which is the annual stop on the PBA Southern Regional Tour. Donald Music and Sean Pruitt of Live Oak won the doubles handicap event with a 1,629, and Sean Bice and Stanley Sclagenhauf of Zephyrhills (1,546) were the highest local finishers (15th).

The doubles scratch event went to John Donovan and Brendan McGrath of Melbourne (1,587). Donovan tossed multiple honors scores in the tournament, including an 830-series that places him among the top 20 in county history. Ken Mikkola and William Salch of Weeki Wachee (1,527) were the top placers in the area in any event with third in doubles scratch.

The singles handicap champion was A.J. Bateman of Avon Park (858). Robert Fritz of Hudson (818) had a 12th place finish. The singles scratch winner was Jerry Lake of Fort Myers (833). His score was also good enough to be counted among the best series in county history.

Wesley Chapel entrant Jeremy Barile (758) finished in a tie for 30th to lead all North Suncoast bowlers.

POKER: The Alzheimer's Family Organization will host its Texas hold'em competition at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Aripeka Elks Lodge No. 2520, at 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson.

Tickets are $30 or two for $50. The overall winner takes home bragging rights for Pasco County, because no monetary prize can be given.

For more information, call (727) 848-8888.

RUNNING: Gulfside Regional Hospice will host the third annual Hike for Hospice 5K on at 9 a.m. Nov. 8 at the Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Road.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Alstott will be on hand to start the race. Proceeds benefit Gulfside Regional Hospice. The cost is $25 for adults, and kids 10 and under can run for free. Hikers will receiver a T-shirt and snacks.

To register, visit to register or call Jennifer Kirkland toll-free at 1-800-561-4883, or e-mail hike

For more information, call (727) 845-5707 or visit

SHUFFLEBOARD: The Betmar Shuffleboard Club in Zephyrhills will host the World Singles International Shuffleboard Association Tournament from Oct. 14-18 at the Betmar Community shuffleboard courts.

The field will include 72 of the top tournament players from the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, Australia, Portugal, Norway, Brazil and England. Spectators can attend for free.

For more information, e-mail Terry Rainwater at or visit the

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