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UNDEFEATED PASCO MIDDLE WINS FOOTBALL TITLE AGAIN

The Pasco Middle School football team won the Eastside Conference Championship with its third consecutive undefeated season. Coach Danny Wade was proud of the way his team was able to win.

"We're a hard-working, hard-nosed team," Wade said. "The seventh-graders from last year all stuck with it and played as eighth-graders and it paid off."

The teams are made up of seventh- and eighth-graders only and the county does not use a playoff system, so whichever team has the best record at the end of the year wins the title.

This was Pasco Middle School's fifth consecutive title.

SOCCER: The Wesley Chapel Flames U-11 girls participated in the Naples Sharks Shootout at North Collier Park in Naples. In pool play the Flames defeated Plantation Copa (Miami) 3-0 and the Bonita Storm 3-0 with solid goalkeeping from Maya Foley.

The two wins put Wesley Chapel into the final against ICA America as both had won their pool play games, and ICA America is the fifth ranked team in the state. Makenna Jones scored for the Flames on a free-kick from just outside the 18. ICA rallied, and the Flames were down 2-1 at halftime.

Wesley Chapel pressured from the first whistle of the second half and quickly tied the game on a goal from Victoria Canatta. Lauren Kelly put the Flames ahead 3-2 for the win. The U-11 Flames now prepare for the 2008/2009 regular season, which kicks off Saturday in Palm Harbor.

The Wesley Chapel Soccer Club's U-12 boys team participated in the Braden River Halloween Havoc Tournament in Bradenton and was 3-0-1 for the weekend. The Flames came from behind for a 3-3 tie against host Braden River, then beat interleague rival Plant City 5-1. After beating the Florida Red Stars 12-0, their final match with North Port was tied 1-1 at the half. The Flames pulled away for a 4-1 win to take home the tournament championship trophy.

BASKETBALL: Florida Basketball is looking for experienced players to try out for a local AAU team. Boys age 15 and under or in the ninth grade are invited to attend. This is a competitive league that will travel around Florida and eventually other states as well. Tryouts will be held at Hudson High School on Saturday from 1-5 p.m.

Florida Basketball provides opportunities for increasing academic achievement and self-esteem of young athletes, as well as promoting volunteerism within the community. The organization fosters the development of academic skills and attitudes to improve grades, standardized test scores, attendance, and opportunities such as acceptance into college programs.

For information, contact Dave Branco at FloridaBasketball@yahoo.com or call (727) 214-8646

TENNIS: After school Impact Tennis Training is taking place at Quail Ridge Country Club every weekday with the exception of Thursday.

The class is open to all ages and trains from beginning to advanced players. The class provides instruction, drills, match play for singles and doubles, strategy, footwork and the use of a Playmate Grand Slam ball machine.

Walk-ins cost $11 per hour, but by appointment the class runs at varying rates; 10 hours cost $100, 15 hours cost $135 and 20 hours cost $170.

For more information, contact USPTA Pro Brent Wellman for more information at (727) 919-2011 or visit brentwellman.com.

Submit upcoming events, registrations and information to communitysports@tampabay.com.

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