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Two hoops teams claim titles


© St. Petersburg Times, published May 1, 2001

NEW PORT RICHEY -In the largest Youth Basketball Association of America tournament in the state this year, 74 teams in eight age divisions competed April 20-22 at Saint Leo University, Florida College and the University of South Florida Sun Dome.

"We played five of our championships on the main court at (the Sun Dome). The kids love that kind of stuff," said tournament director Conrad Foss, founder of the East Pasco branch of YBOA.

Of the 16 county teams in the tournament, two won championships, another played in a title game and three made it to the semifinals.

East Pasco claimed championships in the under-17 and under-14 divisions. And East Pasco's under-16 team lost in the final to the defending national champion Lakeland Fire.

East Pasco and West Pasco teams lost in the under-15 semifinals while Land O'Lakes lost in the under-11 semifinals.

East Pasco's Jeff James, a former Wesley Chapel player now at Wharton High in Hillsborough County, was named most valuable player in the under-17 division.

Others named to All-Tournament teams included: Spencer Honeycutt (under-17), East Pasco; Jeremy Hopper (under-15), West Pasco; and Chase Bussey (under-14), East Pasco.

TRYOUTS: American Legion Paradise Post 79 will conduct baseball tryouts May 11 at 6 p.m. at Gulf High. High school-age players from Gulf, Ridgewood and River Ridge are welcome.

For information, call baseball chairman Ed White at (727) 376-4126, manager Jim Gariepy at (727) 868-6228 or coach Ken Courter at (727) 842-1944.

TENNIS/GOLF DAY CAMP: The Summer Days Tennis and Golf Day Camp will be held June 4-15 at Saint Leo University. Kids ages 6 to 14 receive professional golf and tennis instruction during the morning hours. Camp activities take place during the afternoon. The camp's sessions are offered from June 4-8 and 11-15. A two-week session is also available. Junior and senior counselors are also wanted. For information, contact Janet Wing at (352) 518-0232.

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