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Fall tournament heads for area

A record 86 teams from Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Holland and all over the United States are scheduled to compete in the seventh annual Fall Classic baseball tournament, which starts Friday.

There will be three age groups _ 18-29, 30-39 and 40-plus _ in the weeklong tournament.

Games will be played at Englebert Complex in Dunedin, Al Lang Stadium in Clearwater, the Cincinnati Reds complex in Plant City, and the Pittsburgh Pirates complex in Bradenton. Admission is free. For information, call Vaughn LaDuke at 360-5223.

Hockey

Lindsey Bazzone of Oldsmar led the Suncoast Stars to a gold medal at the recent Sunshine State Games. The 14-year-old had a hat trick in the Stars' 5-3 win in the final over the Sunrise Golden Blades. It was the first time that the Sunshine State Games held girls hockey. Bazzone was mentioned in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd feature.

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