A hotly contested match seems an appropriate way to head into the Independence Day holiday with all its fireworks, and such was the case Tuesday night in the Citrus County Parks and Recreation Coed Volleyball League.
Spike Force stopped Gator Vending 11-9, 11-5 before the top two clubs went at it. Ted Williams Museum outlasted Excalibur Manufacturing 11-2, 6-11, 12-10 to move into first place in the five-team league.
Ted Williams Museum is 3-1, Excalibur 2-1, and Spike Force 2-1. Gator Vending fell to 1-2 and idle Florida Power is 0-3.
Two matches normally are played on the sand courts at Bicentennial Park in Crystal River every Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. But matches next week will move to Thursday night at those times due to the Tuesday holiday. Teams will resume their normal Tuesday schedule July 11.
Spectators are always welcome.
Moose awaits title challenger: Inverness Moose had more than a passing interest in the outcome of a losers-bracket game Wednesday night between Inverness Little League and the City of Inverness in the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce July 4 Softball Tournament.
The Moose club will face the winner of Wednesday night's game (not completed at press time) for the championship at 7 p.m. Friday at Whispering Pines Park in Inverness. If the Moose should lose, a second game would be played immediately afterward to crown a champion.
Eight teams began play in the double-elimination tournament June 20. Teams that already have fallen by the wayside include Citrus Chamber of Commerce, Citrus Government, the Chronicle, Ed's Tackle, and Citrus Memorial Hospital.
Inverness Moose opened with a 7-4 victory over defending tournament champion Inverness Little League on June 20. Moose also defeated Ed's Tackle and the City of Inverness to reach the title game.
Fans are invited to come out Friday night.
Softball meetings: Meeting dates have been set for men's and women's teams that will compete in the Citrus County Parks and Recreation Department softball leagues that begin play in August.
The men's meeting will be conducted July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lecanto Community Center. The women's league will meet July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the same site.
Rules, schedules and fees will be discussed, so it's important that all teams planning to participate send representatives to these meetings. All games will be played at Crystal River's Bicentennial Park under USSSA rules.
Contact the Citrus County Parks and Recreation office at 795-2202 for more information.
Swim passes for sale: Reduced-rate pool passes will go on sale July 10 from the Citrus County Parks and Recreation Department.
Family passes will sell for $26.50, senior passes (age 60-and-up) for $10.60, and individual passes for $13.25. Prices include sales tax.
The park will offer an extended swim on July 4 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. There will be no swim team, swim lessons, lap swim or water wellness on Independence Day.
Call the Bicentennial Park Pool at 795-1478 or park office at 795-2202 for additional information.