The West Florida Panthers, a 14U AAU/USSSA baseball team based out of Hernando County, has been a hot streak of late.
Facing programs from around the state, the success of the Panthers has led to an invitation to the annual Perfect Game World Wood Bat Championship in Atlanta in June. West Florida won both the Pasco Invitational at Pasco High in Dade City and the Ocala USSSA Wood Bat Tournament in Ocala last month.
The Panthers also won the Triple Crown Explosion in Gainesville last weekend, knocking off the Jacksonville Stampede 9-5 in the championship game. Among the teams West Florida has beaten are squads from Orlando, St. Augustine and Gainesville.
Coached by Scott Treverton, the Panthers are led by players such as Hernando Christian stars Brandon Brosher, Garrett Treverton and Austin Treverton. Nick Pasarela, Blake Laferty and Vito Tambasco have starred for other local competitive teams. Ryan Nicoll, Dave Lawson Jr., Jake Johnson, Robert Dumas, Kevin Lips, Dru Brooks, Joe Barile, Christian Arroyo and Jesse Haney fill out the roster.
SWIMMING: Students who want to swim for Springstead High School are invited to a parent meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m.
The meeting will be in Room 194 at Springstead, a portable located adjacent to the student parking lot on Landover Boulevard. Incoming freshmen with an interest in swimming are required to attend with their parents. The agenda will include team requirements and paperwork. Practices will be weekdays from 3 to 5 p.m. at the YMCA on Mariner Boulevard beginning Aug. 17.
For more information, contact the coaching staff at (352) 797-7010 ext. 395 or (352) 797-0594.
SUMMER CAMPS: The Brooksville Recreation Department is holding a series of athletic summer camps. The camps, at $60 each, run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
The sports include tennis (June 15-19 at McKethan Lake Park and Jerome Brown Center), baseball (June 8-12 at Tom Varn Park), golf (June 22-26 at Quarry Golf Course), volleyball (June 29-July 2 and July 6-10 at Jerome Brown), basketball (July 13-17 and July 20-24 at Jerome Brown) and flag football (July 27-31 at Jerome Brown).
Coaches and instructors include USTA representatives John and Louise Downey and former major league pitcher Mike Walker. Springstead High coach Darcy Hinton will instruct volleyball, with former Hernando High coach Marion Jones taking basketball. Fox Chapel Middle School coach Kelly Stacy will head up flag football.
For more information, contact the recreation department at (352) 540-3835.
BASKETBALL: Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church will host a weekend basketball tournament in the church's gymnasium June 19-20.
The 3-on-3 tournament will have five-player teams. Registration forms are available in the church office and the cost is $80 per team. The fee includes a T-shirt, lunch Saturday and a prize package for the winning team.
In addition to the tournament, there will also be a three-point shooting contest and knockout contest for the first 16 players who sign up. Deadline to register and pay is June 16 at 5 p.m.
For more information, call Drew Taylor at (352) 796-4969.
SOCCER: The First Hernando Youth Soccer Club will host the opening qualifier of the annual 3 vs. 3 Soccer Invitational on July 27 at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill. (It was postponed from April 18 because of a lack of participation.)
The tournament will set qualifiers for the regional event in Savannah, Ga. There are boys and girls age groups from U6 to U18, along with men, women and coed divisions.
The registration fee is $155 per team, which includes a tournament T-shirt and guarantees of at least four games per squad. The deadline to enter is June 20.
For more information or to register, visit www.3v3worldwide.com/schedule/Tampa/index_ E.html.
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