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West Pasco Darlings and Debs headed for softball World Series

The West Pasco girls fast-pitch softball All-Star teams (Darlings, ages 5 to 8, and Debs, ages 16 to 18) won the state championship in Brooksville last weekend, advancing to the World Series held in Sumter, S.C., on July 31.

"We're very proud because the Darling team has never made it to the World Series before," team manager Mark Williams said. "We've got a lot of new girls playing this year and the amount of work that they've put in is amazing. They battled to come back and win in a state tournament against some really good teams. That's something that they'll remember for the rest of their lives."

KARATE: There are karate classes available to youths ages 6 to 12 at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road in Hudson. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays and divide into three sessions held from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. The different sessions are based on skill level and are 45 minutes each. For the 13 and older category, the session runs from 7:45 to 9 p.m.

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

FLOOR HOCKEY: Floor hockey is available for ages 12 and up Thursday nights at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson. Players 12 to 15 play from 6 to 7 p.m., and older players play from 7 to 9 p.m.

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

VOLLEYBALL: There are open volleyball games Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the New Port Richey Recreation Center, 6630 Van Buren St. The games are open to all ages and are free for recreation members. Nonmembers are required to pay a daily fee.

For more information, call (727) 841-4560.

SOFTBALL: The Lutz Leaguerettes girls slow-pitch softball organization is taking registrations for its fall program. The league is open to girls ages 6 to 17, with the season running Aug. 10 to Oct. 3. Practices begin the week of Aug. 3, and teams play at Oscar Cooler Park on Lutz Lake Fern Road. The cost is $45, and $40 for additional siblings. Players can register at the park July 18 or 25 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants must register by Aug. 1.

For more information, e-mail Harry Combs at

TENNIS: There will be tennis camps at Mitchell High School for kids 5 and older from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday during the weeks of July 27-31, and Aug. 10-14. The cost is $80 per week or $20 per day. For more information, call Christina Hill at (727) 375-7678 or e-mail her at

FOOTBALL: Crews Lake middle school will host its inaugural Raider Summer Football Camp on Monday though Thursday. Camp will be from 9 a.m. to noon and will at Crews Lake Middle School football field. Students entering grades 3-8 in the fall are eligible to attend. The cost is $40 and includes a camp T-shirt and daily snack.

For more information, e-mail coach Durchik at

MORE FOOTBALL: Wiregrass Ranch High School will host a football camp for kids in grades 6-12. The camp will be at Wiregrass from 8 a.m. to noon July 27-30. The price is $60, which includes snacks and a T-shirt.

The camp features classroom instruction on positions, terminology and responsibilities. Players are grouped by position and participate in a structured environment. They will also be tested on 40-yard dash times and agility.

Participants will need athletic shoes, cleats, a towel, extra clothes, a water bottle and a gym bag. Space is limited to 60. Registration deadline is July 17. Payments made out to Wiregrass Ranch High School must accompany registration forms.

For more information, call coach Jeremy Shobe at (813) 571-7271 or (813) 346-6191, or e-mail him at

BASEBALL: The West Florida Young Guns U10 team and a newly formed U12 team are looking for players for the fall season. Players cannot be 10 or 12 before May 1.

The Young Guns is an established club with a focus on fundamentals and development.

For more information, e-mail west

SOCCER: The Hudson Lady Cobras U18/19 team is looking for new players for the upcoming season. Girls ages 15 to 18 are eligible.

The Lady Cobras is the No. 7 ranked team in the state, defending Orange Classic champions, and has been to the State Cup final four for the past two seasons. The registration fee is $200 and includes uniforms, training and tournament fees.

For more information, call coach Chris Swezey at (727) 919-0172 or visit

MORE SOCCER: Ridgewood High School's soccer coaching staff will host a youth soccer camp for boys and girls ages 8 to 15 at Ridgewood on July 20-24. The cost is $60.

Each camper will receive a soccer ball and a T-shirt. Individual soccer skills and team fundamentals will be stressed along with small-sided games.

For more information, call Ed McComiskey at (727) 774-3860 or e-mail him at

BASKETBALL: Gulf High School and Florida Fast Break will hold a basketball camp July 20-24 for boys and girls entering grades 4-9.

The cost is $65 and camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each camper will receive a T-shirt along with daily fundamentals, shooting contests and 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 games.

For more information, contact Mike Quarto at (813) 505-4241 or

MORE BASKETBALL: Edwards Basketball School of Champions will hold a summer camp Monday through July 17 and another session from July 20-24 at the Pasco High School gym.

Each session will be from 8 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $90 for the week.

For more information, call coach Edwards at (813) 355-7860.

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West Pasco Darlings and Debs headed for softball World Series 07/09/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 6:07pm]
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