Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Sports

Wesley Chapel Athletic Association wants more grass fields

The Wesley Chapel Athletic Association is currently working to expand Wesley Chapel District Park in order to increase the size of the practice facilities at its teams' disposal and create a wider range of options for events the organization can host.

The park currently holds the two of the nation's largest lacrosse tournaments every year and is home to youth teams across the sports of baseball, softball, football, soccer, lacrosse, basketball and cheerleading.

"We've been working with the county because they're wanting to put in some new fields right across the road from us," WCAA Director at Large Joe Palermo said. "They're talking about putting two turf fields in, but we would like to see a few more grass fields as well. Turf fields would only be used for tournament play, but that doesn't help us grow much, so we want to see grass fields put in as well so we can continue to grow as an organization."

For more information about the WCAA or to sign an online petition in support of the field expansion, visit www.wcaa.countmein.com.

RUNNING: Mud Endeavor is holding the City Lights Mud Run under the night sky at Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City on July 20. If you're a night owl, then this race is for you. The event was created with running at night in mind and will present participants with a different type of 5K challenge. The course will be illuminated with lights all throughout, giving the competitor a whole new look at some of the obstacles. Early registration at a price of $60 is available until Sunday, after which the price will rise to $70 until registration closes on July 18. For more information, visit www.mudendeavor.com.

KARATE: Land O'Lakes Community Park hosts isshinryu karate classes every Monday and Wednesday for both kids and adults. The kids classes take place from 7 to 8 p.m. and cost $40 per month. Adults have class from 7 to 9 p.m. at a cost of $50 per month. For more information, call (813) 929-1229.

BASKETBALL: Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson will host the Hudson Hoops Basketball League beginning July 20 with games on every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children play a 10-game regular season with a single elimination postseason tournament. The league is open to boys and girls and breaks players down into two age groups of 7-9 and 10-12. Player evaluations will take place on Saturday. The cost is $45 per player. For more information, call (727) 861-3033.

TENNIS: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex is hosting youth tennis lessons for kids ages 7-12 beginning in July on Thursday evenings. Players are broken into two groups, beginner or intermediate, during an evaluation session at the first lesson. The focus of the lessons is to work on basic tennis fundamentals. Beginners will have a lesson from 6 to 7 p.m. and intermediate players will have their lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $40 per month. For more information, call (727) 942-7439.

Comments
New Super Bowls: Arizona in 2023, New Orleans in 2024

New Super Bowls: Arizona in 2023, New Orleans in 2024

And you thought our headline would be "Mariota hosts NFL draft before Winston."The NFL owners are meeting in Atlanta this week, and that means a new batch of future Super Bowls getting announced for their homes.A year ago, Tampa got the huge news, an...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Gasparilla Bowl moving from Tropicana Field to Raymond James Stadium

Gasparilla Bowl moving from Tropicana Field to Raymond James Stadium

The Gasparilla Bowl is heading across the bay.The annual college football bowl game is moving from Tropicana Field to Raymond James Stadium, the Tampa Bay Times has confirmed. Brett McMurphy first reported the move.The game has been played for 10 con...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Twitter agrees: This plaque looks nothing like Brandi Chastain

Twitter agrees: This plaque looks nothing like Brandi Chastain

A bronze plaque meant to honor U.S. soccer great Brandi Chastain is said to look more like actor Gary Busey or Biff from Back to the Future than it does the World Cup winner and Olympic athlete.In a ceremony hosted Monday at the Westin St. Francis Ho...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays morning after: Faria frustrated after latest letdown

Rays morning after: Faria frustrated after latest letdown

Whatever pain RHP Jake Faria was feeling as a result of the oblique muscle on the left side he strained throwing a fourth-inning slider to Boston's Hanley Ramirez couldn't compare to the hurt in his heart.Forced to leave Tuesday's game and likely hea...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Saint Leo softball in the hunt for Division II title

Saint Leo softball in the hunt for Division II title

ST. LEO — History, both recent and program-encompassing, would not have suggested Saint Leo's softball team get any farther than a few games into the postseason.But this has been a history-making kind of week for Lions athletics. After ear...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Now that we’ve got Gators-Bulls, what about the Willie Bowl?

Now that we’ve got Gators-Bulls, what about the Willie Bowl?

Now that USF has added another proverbial prime cut (Florida) to its non-conference football slate, one can only ponder how much beefier it can get.We know you've tossed around a few tantalizing matchups in your head, and truth be told, so have we.Re...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Winston: Bucs’ Ryan Jensen ‘one of the toughest, meanest, baddest centers’

Winston: Bucs’ Ryan Jensen ‘one of the toughest, meanest, baddest centers’

It's hard to miss new Bucs center Ryan Jensen at OTA workouts this week, with his long red hair visible from across the field even when he's wearing a helmet."Any recommendations for anti frizz shampoo and conditioner?" Jensen wrote on Twitter with a...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Lightning-Capitals: Stat to watch in Game 7

Lightning-Capitals: Stat to watch in Game 7

We asked the Times' Lightning coverage team what's the statistic to watch in tonight's Game 7 of the Lightning-Capitals series (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network). Here's their answers. Share yours in the comments section below:Martin Fennelly, columnist:&#...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Lightning-Capitals: The most compelling Game 7 personality

Lightning-Capitals: The most compelling Game 7 personality

Who is the most compelling personality in Lightning-Capitals Game 7?We asked the Times' Lightning coverage team for their answer. Who's yours? Please share in the comments section and feel free to take issue with our answers.JOIN the Lightning Strike...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Lightning-Capitals: Tampa Bay’s Game 7 Mr. Essential

Lightning-Capitals: Tampa Bay’s Game 7 Mr. Essential

TAMPA — He’s the Lightning’s best player. He’s its most important player. Well, other than goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. That’s a given. Every team relies most heavily on its goalie. But if the Lightning is going win a ne...
Updated: 5 hours ago