Registration is ongoing for Grace Family Church’s men’s fall softball league at Ed Radice Park, 14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa. Games will be played Wednesday evenings, beginning Sept. 22. Game times vary from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $45. Must be at least 18 years old to join. For information, visit tinyurl.com/4ubhapvn.
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The New APSL (Adult Women’s Soccer League) will host its first-ever ladies soccer tournament on Oct. 16 at Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Rd., Wesley Chapel.
The daylong event will be a six-on-six format.
Early bird registration is $225 for a team of eight players, through Sept. 18; it bumps up to $250, from Sept. 19 onward.
The tournament will allow teams to have one player under 18 years old, provided she has a family member on the team and is included in the eight rostered players.
The tournament’s winning team will earn $250, while second place will receive $100.
To register, visit NewAPSL.com.
A trio of youth tennis players affiliated with the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis & Wellness Center in Zephyrhills earned trophy honors at the 2021 “Little Mo” East Regionals at BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens.
- Carter Smallwood, won the 10 and under boys division
- Diego Custodio, won the 11 and under boys division
- Lauren Carpenter, took third place in the 12 and under girls division
The regional tournament featured more than 140 youth players ages 8 to 12.
The top four athletes in each division qualify for the 24th annual “Road to the Little Mo Nationals” in Austin, Texas, in September.
The event is described as one of the nation’s prestigious youth championships. Many widely known collegiate players and tennis professionals have participated in “Little Mo” tournaments over the years. Past winners include Andy Roddick and CoCo Guaff, to name just two.
Registration is now open for the 20th annual Spirit of Saint Leo Golf Tournament, set for Nov. 5 at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd., Dade City.
The tournament has a 1 p.m. shotgun start on the South Course at Lake Jovita. Entry fee is $200 per participant or $175 for alumni.
The Spirit of Saint Leo Golf Tournament helps raise funds to support the Saint Leo University Department of Athletics.
The golf package includes:
- 18 holes and cart
- Commemorative Spirit of Saint Leo gift
- Pre-tournament boxed lunch
- On-course refreshments
- Raffle and awards ceremony
- Dinner buffet at the country club
To register for the 2021 Spirit of Saint Leo, visit Your.saintleo.edu/sos.
Sponsorship opportunities are available and can be found by visiting Your.saintleo.edu/sossponsor.
Lutz teenager Zac Myers finished third all-around for his age group at the USA Gymnastics Junior National Championships, in Daytona Beach — earning him a spot on the U.S. men’s U14 junior national team. The 13-year-old Martinez Middle School student medaled in three events: pommel horse (first overall), high bar (second) and parallel bars. Myers trains at LaFleur’s Gymnastic Club in Tampa. He is a Level 9 gymnast.
Athletes 50 and over can test their skills in various sports against others from all over Hillsborough County — with the return of Tampa Bay Active Life Games, following a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration is ongoing for the 40th annual event, which runs Oct. 4 through Oct. 12.
Active Life Games is hosted by Hillsborough County in partnership with the City of Tampa, City of Temple Terrace, and Friends of the County Parks and Recreation. It allows athletes 50 years and older to compete in Olympics-style events such as shot put and the 50-meter dash, as well as other games including darts and bag toss.
Local winners qualify to compete at the Florida Senior Games in Fort Lauderdale, in May 2022.
Registration for the competitions is open through Sept. 24. Those competing must pay a fee. It is $25 for multi-day and $15 for one-day events. The competition schedule and registration information can be found on the Active Life Games page, tinyurl.com/2etbvj28.
The Lutz Baseball 18U All-Stars recently won the Florida Babe Ruth State Championship in Bunnell, defeating West Volusia Athletic Club-DeBary in a double elimination contest (10-0, 2-1). Lutz. The local all-star squad is coached by Tim Daley.
The Land O’ Lakes Girls Softball Little League Majors All-Stars (ages 10-12) won the Florida Little League State Championship, in St. Cloud. The squad defeated Viera Suntree Little League (10-2) and Estates Little League (16-0) before downing Tampa Bay Little League (3-2) in the finals. Land O’ Lakes is next headed to the Little League Southeast Regional, which features eight states, in Warner Robins, Georgia.
The Hillsborough County adaptive sports program, which recently was selected as an expansion team for the USA Wheelchair Football League, will host tryouts for the new team on July 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and July 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Lesley “Les” Miller Jr. All People’s Community Park and Life Center, 6105 E. Sligh Ave., in Tampa. Players must be at least 18 years old as of Aug. 1, 2021. Practices will be weekly, beginning in August.
The adaptive sports program is a signature program of Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation, with a mission to promote health, independence, and personal growth through sports for people with physical disabilities.
The USA Wheelchair Football League was founded in 2019 with four teams, and Tampa is part of the first-ever expansion for the league.
Teams will compete in tournaments in Phoenix and Chicago later this year.
Land O’ Lakes resident Niko Spilotro was chosen to play in the Sports Illustrated National Junior Liberty Bowl All-Star Showcase at Bradenton’s IMG Academy, from July 1 through July 4. The event is comprised of standout football players throughout the country ages 7U through 14U. Spilotro, a 6-foot-2.5, 285-pound lineman, recently graduated from Pine View Middle School and plans to attend Land O’ Lakes High School. Spilotro has been a part of several other prestigious all-star teams, including Future Stars Game (FSG) and Football University (FBU). He helped lead the Pine View football team to a conference championship, and also claimed a middle school track and field conference title in discus.