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Weekend lacrosse tourney in Wesley Chapel honors Derek Pieper

Wesley Chapel Lacrosse will host the Derek Pieper Memorial Cup on Saturday and Sunday. The tournament, which is the Southeast Regional Championship, will be at Wesley Chapel District Park and is the last chance for teams to qualify for the Tournament of Champions also at Wesley Chapel District Park from Jan. 2-4.

The tournament is named for Derek Pieper, a former Wesley Chapel lacrosse player who was found dead on a country road in July 2006 from gunshot wounds.

"Derek was one of the boys," director of lacrosse Frank Britton said. "This tournament is a memorial to him. He wore No. 11 and a while back we retired it in his honor."

FOOTBALL: The Zephyrhills Bulldogs hosted the Pasco Police Athletic League's Super Bowl games on Saturday. The West Hernando Cougars played in the Junior Flyweight Division losing to the Dade City Pirates 36-12. The Lutz Chiefs took the Junior Varsity and Flyweight titles with 9-6 and 8-6 victories over New Port Richey and Hudson, respectively. New Port Richey would get back at Lutz on the Varsity level with a 9-6 victory of their own while the Land O'Lakes Gators won the Mighty Mite Division with a 26-6 win over Lutz.

BASKETBALL: There will be a free basketball clinic at the East Pasco YMCA from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday that will include guest speaker Frank Lopez. Lopez is a camp director for Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic basketball camps. The clinic is for boys and girls ages 6 to 16 and will focus on fundamentals, game rules and skill development.

For more information, e-mail Shaun Brown at

MORE BASKETBALL: The New Port Richey Elks Lodge 2284 will host the Elks National Free Throw "Hoop Shoot" contest Dec. 6 at the Holiday Recreation Complex, 2830 Gulf Trace Boulevard. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with the "Hoop Shoot" starting at 11:30. The contest is for boys and girls ages 8 to 13. A birth certificate must be presented at registration, with the child's age group being determined by their age as of April 1, 2009.

For more information and instructions, contact J. Kudla at (727) 643-3115 or

GOLF/TENNIS: Quail Ridge Country Club is having golf and tennis youth holiday camps from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 22-24 and 29-31. The classes run Monday and Wednesday and are $65 per class or $110 for both. The tennis camp offers guided training and fun games while golf camp offers a competitive environment and use of the facilities. Both classes will also teach tennis- and golf-specific workouts in the fitness studio. Tennis for Tots classes for ages 4 to 6 will be held from 4 to 5 p.m.; the cost is $25. Registration is available online at For more information, contact camp director Brent Wellman at (727) 919-2011 or

VOLLEYBALL: The Holiday Recreation Complex is starting a youth volleyball league for boys and girls ages 10 to 15. Cost is $25 per player; proof of age is required and space is limited. Deadline to register is Jan. 14. For more information, call (727) 942-7439 or (727) 934-4198.

FLOOR HOCKEY: The Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an open floor hockey night from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road in Hudson. Play is free of charge and the games are designed for ages 16 and up. The hockey games will be similar to street hockey.

For more information, call (727) 861-3033.

DANCING: The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, is hosting Zumba dance classes for ages 13 and older from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Classes are $6 per person and are taught by certified Zumba instructor Helen Gonzalez. For more information, call (813) 929-1220 or (813) 838-4624.

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Weekend lacrosse tourney in Wesley Chapel honors Derek Pieper 11/20/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:02am]
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