Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sports notes

USTA to hold Tennis Block Party at HCC this weekend

Tampa

USTA HOLDS BLOCK PARTY this weekend

The United States Tennis Association hosts a "Tennis Block Party" this weekend with a youth festival on Saturday and various events on Sunday at Tampa Tennis at Hillsborough Community College's Grand Opening.

The festival runs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and is open to youths ages 5 to 18 of all ability levels. It will feature free activities, games, skill challenges and team events along with pizza, refreshments and music.

The grand opening on Sunday will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and will include a carnival tennis atmosphere for players of all ages, food, prizes, competitions, free lessons and professional exhibitions.

The renovated HCC Tennis Complex at the Dale Mabry Campus is part of a partnership between the college, USTA and NetResults, a management company.

For more information, visit tampatennis.net.

Drag racer PLEASED WITH GATORNATIONALS DEBUT

Kelsey Lay turned 18 years old on March 10 and celebrated the event by becoming the youngest person to ever qualify at a national Super Comp event when she participated at the Gatornationals in Gainesville.

Lay, a senior at Bloomingdale High School, ran in the time trials March 11 and was beaten in the first elimination heat the next day, losing by a mere 1/1000th of a second.

"Not even the blink of an eye," Kelsey's father, Fred Lay, said.

Lay did, however, get a chance to meet one of her idols, seven-time top fuel dragster national champion Tony Schumacher. The two met at a benefit promotion for the Army, one of Schumacher's main sponsors. The pair instantly hit it off and Lay spent the weekend soaking up tips from arguably the top drag racer in the country.

"He completely took her under his wing," Fred Lay said. "She was just in awe of the whole thing and so appreciative of the opportunity."

Relay for life to benefit from football team's fun

The Brandon High football team will hold a Relay For Life fundraiser Sunday at Clubhouse Sports, 1265 Kingsway Road.

The restaurant will donate 10 percent of its proceeds to the football team for its Relay For Life efforts, which benefit the American Cancer Society.

The event also will feature a dunk tank, corn hole and a basketball hoop.

Brandon cowboys seek scholarship donors

In response to the community's growing economic needs, the Brandon Cowboys are asking Cowboys alumni and area businesses to sponsor children to play football or cheer at the program for $250.

The youth sports organization also is accepting donations for its general scholarship fund. It annually has more than 40 applicants who want their children to play but can't afford the fee.

The donation is tax deductible and donors will receive tickets to all home games.

For more information, visit brandoncowboys.org.

Compiled by staff writer Ernest Hooper and correspondent Brandon Wright.

USTA to hold Tennis Block Party at HCC this weekend 03/17/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2011 4:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Exposé 'Champions Way' uses FSU to illustrate bad behavior in college programs

    College

    While the entire college football universe was focused on a sexual assault allegation against quarterback Jameis Winston during Florida State's 2013 national title run, another off-field scandal was playing out quietly.

     Jameis Winston (5) warms up before the game between Florida State Seminoles and the University of Miami Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.
  2. Charlie Strong, Gulf High and the best (old) Jon Gruden-Tennessee rumor

    Blogs

    As Butch Jones keeps losing, Tennessee Vols fans are turning to one of the media's favorite pastimes.

  3. Lightning edges Red Wings on road

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — The digs were different, the Lightning seeing the masterfully-done new Little Caesar's Arena for the first time.

    Lightning center/Red Wings’ killer Tyler Johnson gets past defenseman Trevor Daley on his way to the first goal of the game.
  4. Armwood pulls away to defeat Plant 27-7, remain undefeated

    Footballpreps

    SEFFNER — First-year Armwood coach Evan Davis pulled out all the stops to get his team psyched for Monday's annual grudge match against Plant.

    Armwood defensive end Malcolm Lamar (97) gets fired up before the start of the game between Plant High School Panthers and the Armwood High School Hawks in Suffer, Fla. on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.
  5. Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter says Vernon Hargreaves needs to improve

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The Bucs now rank 31st in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 301 yards per game in their 2-3 start, and coach Dirk Koetter was asked Monday how concerned he is with the play of second-year CB Vernon Hargreaves.

    Ryan Fitzpatrick, throwing an incompletion under pressure after replacing injured Jameis Winston against the Cardinals,  would start this Sunday in Buffalo if Winston’s shoulder is still bothering him.