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Tampa Bay Kickers bring national title to Land O'Lakes

Anything could happen. Ian Pitkoff knew that.

But his soccer team, the Land O'Lakes-based Tampa Bay Kickers, ended up taking the national championship of the United States Adult Soccer Association from Aug. 8-10 in Seattle, Wash.

"I was uncertain (how we'd do)," said Pitkoff, who played soccer in the Marine Corp. "Anything can happen in this stuff."

The league consists of former college players and ex-professionals, while the Kickers consists mostly of players who played at USF and Saint Leo University. The Kickers won both games they played during the tournament, winning 4-3 against Utah and 3-1 against Baltimore. Each player was awarded a medal.

"Both games were pretty evenly matched," Pitkoff said. "Everyone's (played) at this level. (The games) can go any way, but what helped out was that we had a better team game."

The teams are the regional winners from all over the country, with the Kickers being the Southeast winner. The Kickers play during the regular season, but this team was mostly like an All-Star team, many of the players hadn't played with each other before.

But Pitkoff said that really didn't matter.

"We come out shake hands, but everyone knows how to play," Pitkoff. "So that never, ever comes into play."

KARATE: Ingram's Karate Center of New Port Richey will host a Black Belt Extravaganza on Saturday at the River Ridge High School Performing Arts Theatre. Free performances of karate, board breaking and kumite (free style fighting) begin at 5 p.m. Tickets can be picked up at Ingram's at 4116 Little Road. For more information, call (727) 372-7673.

ICE HOCKEY: Tryouts for River Ridge High School ice hockey will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 at Tampa Bay Skating Academy at 255 Forest Lakes Blvd. in Oldsmar. Players from River Ridge, Ridgewood and Hudson high schools are invited to tryout. For more information, contact coach Brian Griffin at (727) 843-0716.

VOLLEYBALL: Faith Presbyterian Church in Brooksville will host an adult co-ed volleyball league beginning Sept. 8 and games will be played on Monday and Tuesday nights. The league is expecting about 12 teams with a minimum of six players. The cost is $125 per team.

BASKETBALL: Faith Presbyterian will also host a Sunday afternoon men's league beginning Sept. 14 and running through the end of November. There should be six to eight and the coast $30 per player with a five-on-five format. For more information, contact recreational director Drew Taylor at (352) 796-4969.

TENNIS: The Holiday Recreation Complex hosts a tennis league for men and women 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' five-on-five adult co-ed 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.

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, then bike 11 miles and run a 5K through downtown New Port Richey. The cost is $60 through Sept. 15 and $70 from then 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.

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.

Submit upcoming events, registations, info to communitysports@tampabay.com.

Tampa Bay Kickers bring national title to Land O'Lakes 08/18/08 [Last modified: Monday, August 18, 2008 4:30am]
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