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Let's hear a cheer for Gulf's girls

The Gulf High varsity cheerleaders were one of a select few squads that competed in the Universal Cheerleaders Association national championship earlier this month at Sea World in Orlando.

Of 10,000 squads in regional qualifying competition around the country, only 88 made the finals. Gulf, which did not place at the finals, earned its berth by finishing sixth at a regional meet in December in St. Petersburg.

"We are proud of our girls accomplishments," said Gulf cheerleader coach Lisa Smith. "They worked endless hours on practicing their dance/cheer routine. Through their intense efforts and commitment to the sport of cheerleading, the cheerleaders learned what teamwork is all about."

Smith added that the team was able to travel to competitions thanks to the financial support of the New Port Richey and Holiday business communities.

Running: The first South Stride for Pride 5K takes place March 21 in downtown Dade City. Runners registered by March 13 will have their choice of a tank top, short-sleeve or long-sleeve shirt. The fee is $9 in advance and $11 on race day.

The race will wind through Dade City neighborhoods filled with parks, oak tees and homes more than 100 years old. Race time is 8:15 a.m.

There also will be a one-mile fun run at 8 a.m. and a health fair after the races. For more information, call (904) 567-3769.

Soccer: The Spirit Soccer Club of Pasco is sponsoring an exhibition game Feb. 28 between the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Excaliburs, a local amateur team.

The game begins at 7:30 p.m. at Hudson High and tickets are $2. An autograph and picture session takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 376-8495 or 862-2678.

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