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State freestyle, Greco-Roman tourney back at River Ridge

River Ridge High again will be the site for the USA Florida Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling championships May 27-28. The River Ridge wrestling club and coach Russ Schenk will be the hosts.

This is the second year the River Ridge club has played host to the event, which features the top age-group wrestlers in the state.

"This gives our program and our facility exposure throughout the state," Schenk said. "It's just one of the things that is helping us grow."

As a warm-up to the state tournament, River Ridge will be the site for the Knights Brawl on April 16. The entry fee is $8 and entrants must have USA Wrestling cards, available for $20.

Schenk also announced that River Ridge will conduct a commuter wrestling clinic June 13-17. It will feature Glenn Goodman, a four-time Florida state champion with a 111-0 record; Kurt Howell, another four-time champ with a 105-0 record; Bob Walker, a bronze-medal winner in the Greco-Roman world championships, and Schenk, state champion with a 33-0 record his senior year at Tarpon Springs High.

Cost for the clinic is $95 before June 1; $125 afterward. The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Schenk also announced that the River Ridge wrestling club practices Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome.

For more information for any of the above, call Schenk at (813) 836-7738.

Running: Dade City's Stride for Pride 5K will change its date from mid-March to sometime in the fall, said race coordinator Jim Barnes. The new date has not been set.

"There are so many races scheduled the third weekend of March that runners are having to choose which race they will run," Barnes said. "That impacts on the size and profits of the race."

Barnes said the fall date should bring more runners and money into the community.

To help with the race, or for more information, call Barnes at (904) 567-0766.

Basketball: Several area children won awards in the Tri-Star basketball contest hosted last week by the New Port Richey Noon and Port Richey No Frill Optimist clubs.

The winners included: Age 8 _ Chris Halkitis, first place, John Pagano, second; age 9 _ Adam Catena, first, Matthew Beal, second; age 10 _ Thomas Villanti; age 11 _ Eric Sierra; age 12 _ Matthew Accaria; age 13 _ Colleen Bubelis, first, David Bocchino, second.

Baseball: Ridgewood High's annual alumni game takes place April 23. Batting practice is at 2 p.m. and the game begins at 4:30. For more information, call coach Larry Beets at (813) 847-3060.

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