Following a three-game sweep during the sectional tournament, the West Pasco All-Stars are heading to the state tournament this weekend to go after the 11-year-old division Little League title.
West Pasco swept Tampa Bay Little League, Seminole and West Hernando to earn the Section 7 championship and are now among the eight finalists for the second consecutive season.
"Last year we were the Cinderella story. No one expected us to do anything, but we ended up winning and winning," coach Dave Grabowski said. "This year we had a bull's-eye on our back, but we have a lot of gamers."
In the state championships last season, West Pasco lost two games by one run and forfeited the final game as they were out of contention.
The close games were even more devastating as 13 runners were left on base in each game.
"It took me about four months to bounce back from those losses," Grabowski said. "Now we might not have the most talented team, but I think, hands down, we are the strongest mentally."
The team has traveled to Coral Springs and begins tournament play at 7:30 tonight against Orlando. Saturday West Pasco faces Merritt Island and closes the four-team pool against Niceville on Sunday. The championship will be played Monday.
KARATE: Grove Park Community Center and Pool, located at 4145 Fairford Drive in New Port Richey, is hosting a karate camp from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 4-8. The camp is for ages 5 and up and costs $35, with a deadline of Aug. 1. For more info, call (727) 834-3286 or toll-free 1-866-794-6344.
FOOTBALL: The Hudson Cobras Pasco Police Athletic League is hosting the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Arthur Engle Field, 11611 Denton Ave. Age groups include: 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15.
On Aug. 9, the Cobras also will host the 2008 Jamboree for all 10 leagues in the PPAL program. For information, call Shirley Ambrogio at (727) 992-0162.
MORE FOOTBALL: Wesley Chapel Athletic Association is hosting the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition at the Wesley Chapel District Park on WCAA Flag Football Opening Day, Aug. 16.
It will be from 9 a.m. to noon for boys and girls, ages 8-15.
The event is free for each child and participants must wear tennis shoes, as cleats are not permitted, and must present a birth certificate.
TENNIS: Young tennis players ages 10-18 are encouraged to participate in the first United States Tennis Association sanctioned junior tennis tournament in New Port Richey.
The event will be Aug. 2 at River Ridge High and will feature top-notch officiating, T-shirts, food and drinks. For information, call Brent Wellman at (727) 919-2011.
SOCCER: The Wesley Chapel Soccer Club has expanded to 21 teams for the 2008-09 season and still has room for a few more players. Teams with openings include the U9 boys and girls, U10 boys and girls, and the U17 boys. Contact director of coaching Bryn Lloyd at (813) 470-9971 or e-mail email@example.com.
BASEBALL: West Florida Young Guns Uner 14 Baseball Club is looking for players. This is a traveling competitive ball club based out of Hudson. For tryout info, call Chris Conner at (727) 919-8954.
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