Two West Pasco fastpitch softball teams each won a district championship and followed it up by winning a state championship. Now, they're headed to the World Series.
The Debs (ages 13-18) advance after going 6-0 in the state tournament July 4. The Darlings (ages 5-8) move on thanks to a 5-1 record in the state tournament.
The fastpitch Dixie Softball World Series will be held in Sumter County, S.C., from July 31-Aug. 5
It's the first trip to the World Series for the Darlings.If either can bring home a trophy it would be the first in West Pasco's history.
"We've scored a lot of runs, our baserunning is amazing and we've done well in the field," team mom Kim Geiger said. "These girls work incredibly hard. When we get up there, we're going to be a force to be reckoned with."
SWIMMING: Local swimmer Devon McCaffrey competed in the Florida Summer Junior Olympics last weekend at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Mitchell High freshman took home medals in five of six events. Overall, McCaffrey swam in six individual events, taking home four gold medals, a bronze and finishing sixth in the other event. He is ranked No. 1 in the state in the 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter breaststroke, 50-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley. He is ranked fifth and sixth in the United States in the two breast stroke events.
"What transpired exceeded my expectations," Devon's dad, Brian McCaffrey, said. "He won the events fairly easily. The freestyle event that he won was a shock to everyone, but he was the favorite in the breaststroke events. I've never seen the kind of speed."
TENNIS: There will be tennis camps at Mitchell High School for children ages 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 information, call Christina Hill at (727) 375-7678 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
FLAG FOOTBALL: i9 Sports has open registration for its fall flag football and cheerleading league. There are no tryouts and every child, from ages 4-15, gets to play.
The season runs from September through mid-November with fields throughout Pasco County.
For information, visit www.i9sports.com or call the league office at (813) 532-1507.
FOOTBALL: The inaugural Hudson High School Fang-fest Camp, a football/baseball fundamentals camp, will be held at the school Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Cost is $100 per camper, which includes lunch each day and a T-shirt. Registration is Monday in the school gym.
For information, contact Mark Nash at (727) 744-3354 or Keith Newton at (727) 237-1742.
MORE FOOTBALL: Chasco Middle School will host its annual football and conditioning camp from 9 a.m. to noon during the week of Aug. 3-6. Students entering grades 5-8 in the fall are eligible to participate. The cost is $45 and includes a camp T-shirt.
Pick up registration papers at Chasco Middle or e-mail coach Gary Hoskins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVEN MORE FOOTBALL: Wiregrass Ranch High School will host a football camp for kids in grades 6-12. The camp will be at Wiregrass Ranch from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. 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. 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 today. Payments made out to Wiregrass Ranch High School must accompany registration forms.
For information, call coach Jeremy Shobe at (813) 571-7271 or (813) 346-6191, or e-mail him at email@example.com.
BASKETBALL: The Holiday Recreation Complex will hold a youth basketball camp sponsored by Next Level Sports and Florida Fastbreak.
The camp will be coached by Trinity College coach Daniel Delgardo and runs Aug. 3-7 from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $75 per player.
For information, call (727) 934-4198.