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Volleyball parents look for league participants

There are very few, if any, competitive volleyball teams in Pasco County. But Randy Dagistino, the legendary Berkeley Prep volleyball coach, is looking to change that.

The move is spearheaded by Brenda Johnson, a volleyball mother looking to help her family, as well as many of her friends' families, find a way to play competitive volleyball just north of the Hillsborough-Pasco county line.

That is, Tampa Bay Juniors Volleyball club is looking to branch out and create multiple teams, that is, if there is enough interest.

"Essentially, there are families that want to become part of our organization, put together a group in that area," Dagistino said. "We always want to expand, make more teams."

Tryouts should be in late October, according to Dagistino, but he will be meeting with Johnson for the first time in Arizona, when their kids, Jessica Johnson and Kyle Dagistino, will be playing in the 2008 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.

From there, they'll be in talks to get the teams up and running.

Anyone interested in being part of these teams should contact Melanie O'Carroll at (813) 465-8985.

BASKETBALL: The Pasco County Parks and Recreation department will host a competitive women's basketball league for ages 16 and up to be held at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex.

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

There will also be a men's basketball league, which begins play Aug. 12. Registration will run Aug. 2-12. Cost is $300 per team with a maximum of 12 players and the same length season as the women. Games will be Thursday evenings. Players must be 25 or older, and individual players will be added to a recruiting list. There is limit on the number of teams accepted and will be received on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (813) 929-1220.

SOFTBALL: The Hernando County Recreation Department will host the Men's One-Pitch Softball Tournament on Aug. 9 at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill. The format will be double elimination and will cost $210 per team, which is due on or before Aug. 5. Teams must provide their own softballs. Trophies will be awarded to teams in first, second and third place. For more information, call Fred Kranz at (352) 754-4031.

MORE SOFTBALL: The Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department will hold registration for an adult softball league July 29 and 31 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd.

The league will begin in late August. 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. For more information, call (813) 929-1229.

FLAG FOOTBALL: The Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department will offer a four-on-four flag football league beginning Sept. 10 at the Holiday Recreation Complex at 2380 Gulf Trace Blvd.

The league will have a preseason, a 10-game schedule and a single-elimination tournament.

The cost is $225 per team, and the registration deadline is Aug. 27. For information, call (727) 934-4198 or (727) 942-7439.

SEPT. 27 TRIATHLON: The Inaugural Chaotic CoteeMan Triathlon will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the New Port Richey Aquatic Pool and Recreation Center, at 6630 Van Buren St.

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 active.com by typing "Chaotic CoteeMan Triathlon" in the search field.

Submit upcoming events, scores and registrations to Community Sports Editor Mike Camunas at mcamunas@sptimes.com.

Volleyball parents look for league participants 07/21/08 [Last modified: Monday, July 21, 2008 2:03pm]

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