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published March 15, 2002

Signups begin for football, cheerleading

CROSS CREEK -- It's time for youth football and cheerleading in New Tampa.

Returning New Tampa Wildcats should have received mailings about early registration on Saturday. Open registration begins April 6. Signups will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Tampa Public Library on Cross Creek Boulevard.

Bring the child's birth certificate, a wallet size photo and proof of residency. Proof of a 2002 medical physical will be required by June 1. The cost of $200 includes registration and a fundraising contribution. Parents will also be required to complete/sign a volunteer, fund raising and code of conduct form.

There are four age-weight divisions ranging from 7-15 years old, with a limited number of positions on each roster. Participants will be registered on a first come, first served basis.

For football information, call 994-8810; for cheerleading, call 991-5959; or email

Putting champ almost missed out on contest

NORTHDALE -- The best man didn't win the Tampa Bay Putting Championship last week at Northdale Golf Club. That's because first place went to Cindy Hall, a Clearwater golfer.

The championship, sponsored by Tampa-based Prairie Dog Putters, started with 30 competitors who worked their way around Northdale's practice putting green until only four were left.

Hall was not among the leaders after the first round, and considered throwing in the towel because she had a tee time to play golf that day at Northdale. But she missed her tee time and then came back strong in the second round to gain a spot in the final four.

In head-to-head putt-offs, Hall defeated Thomas Alvarez and Seth Strickland.

Winners were awarded trophies and prizes donated by local businesses.

Net notes

Stacia Fonseca of Lutz reached the final of the Spring Adult Classic at East Lake Woodlands. The second seed fell 7-6 (5), 6-4 to top-seed Chrissie Seredni of Bradenton.

Tampa's Roberto Arguello, sixth seed in the men's 64 draw, won in straight sets over Miami's Marvin Rolle.

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