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Table tennis club has a new place to call home

Don Goff calls it the new era for the Land O'Lakes Table Tennis Club.

The club is making its official move to the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex Gymnasium at 3032 Collier Parkway today at 2:30 and is hosting the event for some county officials and its two main donors, Benedetto's Ristorante Italiano and Wesley Chapel Mazda.

"Pasco County really had no place for table tennis players to meet and play and socialize with other people," co-founder Goff said. "Now we have players from all the county, even outside the county, like Spring Hill."

Goff joined the club shortly after it was founded by Mike Coppola during the summer of 2007. It was then called Wilderness Lakes Table Tennis Club.

They had a difficult time getting tables and a place and time to play. They were at Land O'Lakes Community Center, but now, thanks to the donations, have five new tables and a new time slots at the rec center: 2:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 6-8:45 p.m. Fridays.

The club will be open to the public time starting Aug. 22.

"We've got 35 people already," Goff said. "In the table tennis community, if there's a place to play they come out of the wood work."

For more information, call Goff at (813) 929-8055, go to www.loltabletennis.byethost13.com or e-mail loltabletennis@gmail.com.

TENNIS: The Holiday Recreation Complex hosts a tennis league for men and women ages 16 and older. Registration is Sept. 1-24 with league play starting Oct. 1. The cost is $10. Call (727) 934-4198.

FLAG FOOTBALL: Registration is open for Pasco Co-ed Sports' 5-on-5 adult co-ed fall flag football played at Hudson Recreational Center on Friday evenings. Register online at www.co-edsports.com or call Jimmy Barbarise at (813) 532-1507.

BASKETBALL: The Pasco County Parks and Recreation department will sponsor a competitive women's basketball league for ages 16 and older at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex.

The season will include 10 games played Saturday mornings and a single-elimination playoff tournament. The cost is $300 per 10-person team. The deadline to register is 6 p.m. Aug. 30. The league starts Sept. 6.

There also will be a men's basketball league, which begins play Aug. 12. Registration will run through that day. The cost is $300 per team with a maximum of 12 players. The length of the season is the same as the women's league. Games will be Thursday evenings.

Players must be 25 or older, and individual players will be added to a recruiting list. The number of teams is limited and will be accepted on a first-come basis. Call (813) 929-1220.

SOFTBALL: The Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department will hold registration for an adult softball league Friday through Sunday at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd.

The league will begin late this month. Play will take place on four nights: co-ed on Mondays, men's on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and church on Thursdays. Team costs will be $375, and there is a $25 sanction fee. Space is limited. Call (813) 929-1229.

POKER: Heritage Spring Country Club in Trinity hosts a Texas Hold 'Em competition at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20 with benefits going to Alzheimer's Family Organization. The $75 cost gets you $2,000 worth of chips and dinner. For more information, call (727) 848-8888.

TRIATHLON: The Inaugural Chaotic CoteeMan Triathlon will be at the New Port Richey Aquatic Pool and Recreation Center, at 6630 Van Buren St., starting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Participants will swim 200 meters at the pool, then bike 14K and run a 5K through downtown New Port Richey. The cost is $50 through Aug. 15, $60 through Sept. 15 and $70 until race day.

Relay teams can run as well, for $85 through Sept. 19 and $95 until race day. Online registration can be found at www.active.com and type Chaotic CoteeMan Triathlon in the search field.

Submit upcoming events, registrations, leagues and info to community sports@tampabay.com.

Table tennis club has a new place to call home 08/11/08 [Last modified: Monday, August 11, 2008 6:48pm]
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