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Sports briefs for March 15, 2009
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USSF referee
certification course

Hinesville Soccer will host a USSF referee entry level certification course March 21-22, at First Presbyterian Christian Academy in Hinesville. A recertification course for active referees is also being offered March 21.

To attend, register for either course at Signees will need to create an account and sign up for the Hinesville class that is listed. For information, call Tom Sukaratana at 977-4642.


Register for
track and field



Registration for Fort Stewart youth track is open to all CYS members who will be between the ages of 7-14 by Dec. 31.

Six-year-olds may participate provided they turn 7 before next Jan 1. Age groups are 7-8, 10 and under, 12 and under, and 14 and under for both boys and girls.

Register between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at CYS, building 443 on Gulick Avenue. CYS is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Wednesdays. For more registration information, call 767-2312. For more information on track and field, call 767-4371 or 767-9270.

AAU boys tourney March 21


The AAU boys’ basketball First Coast Tip-off Classic tournament is March 21-22 in Jacksonville and will include age groups 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U and 16U. The tournament fee is $250 and must be paid by money order or cashier’s check. Money orders should be made payable to Coast2Coast AAU. All entries must be received on or before March 15. The tournament will follow current AAU boys basketball rules. Rosters must be submitted before playing the first game. All players must show their current AAU membership cards and teams must wear white or dark jerseys. For more information, call 884-2152, (912) 695-0481 or e-mail


Lady Maverick tryouts March 21


The Liberty Lady Mavericks summer league basketball program will start its 5th season soon. Tryouts for girls’ 15U division are from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at St. James Sports Center. Bring proof of the child’s age.

The 2009 season will go from March to July. For more information, call Shirley Howard at (912) 980-4425 or 570-0053. The Liberty Lady Mavericks’ home base is St. James Sports Center.


C-Port Lady Hornets tryouts

Hinesville is now home to the C-Port Lady Hornets women's basketball team. The C-Port Hornets is one of the newest members of the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League.

The WBCBL’s mission is to provide competitive basketball for women age 20 and older. The competition level ranges from former college players to former NWBL and WNBA players and current international players.

The C-Port Lady Hornets are currently seeking players and staff for the 2009 season. Team tryouts will be April 18 at 10:30 am at Liberty County YMCA, 201 Mary Lou Drive, Hinesville.

For more information, call (912) 224-4431 or e-mail


LCRD youth programs

The Liberty County Recreation Department is now accepting registration for youth baseball, softball and T-ball. The deadline is March 20. These programs are for boys and girls ages 4 and up. Participants must turn 4 prior to May 1.

Leagues and teams will be formed in Midway, Riceboro, Walthourville and Gum Branch. Volunteer coaches are needed for all teams. Training will be provided.

Participants can register online at, or at the LCRD office, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost is $18 per child. For additional information, call 876-5359.


LCRD adult softball


The Liberty County Recreation Department will accept team entries for 2009 adult softball programs in March. Divisions for both men and women teams are open, church, co-ed (church and open), industrial and 40 and over. For additional information, call the LCRD Office at 876-5359.


LCRD officials needed


The Liberty County Recreation Department is accepting applications for officials and scorekeepers for T-ball, softball and baseball programs. All programs start in April and continue into June. Applications may be obtained at the LCRD office, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 876-5359 for information.


Scottish Heritage
Day Encampment

Fort King George Historic Site in Darien will have a Scottish Heritage Day Encampment at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21. The event will feature a variety of living-history demonstrations devoted to colonial and Scottish culture and a battle re-enactment. Cost is $2.50-$5. For information, call (912) 437-4770.


Long Co. to host Aquafina, MLB: Pitch, Hit and Run


Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run is a baseball skills competition that provides boys and girls, ages 7 to 14, the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities.

PHR is intended to encourage youth participation and emphasize the fun element of baseball. All participants must begin by competing in a local competition, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Long County Recreation Department on March 28.

Participants can advance through four levels of competition, including local and sectional team championship events at all 30 Major League ballparks, and the national finals at the MLB All-Star Game.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificates and fill out a registration / waiver form before the event. For more information call Deona Carter at (912) 977-4364.

PHR is free to participants and the hosting organization.


Girls, boys AAU national
qualifier tournament


An AAU girls’ tournament is scheduled for March 27-29. The first games start at 5:30 p.m. on that Friday at various gyms in Jacksonville.

Girls’ registration is $325. Registration closes March 13.

Multiple team discounts are available. Register online at

The AAU boys tournament is open to ages 10-17. The boys’ tournament is scheduled for April 17-19 at various gyms in Jacksonville.

The entry fee is $300 and registration closes April 3. Register online at

Entries are only accepted with full payment and team rosters. Rosters must be completely filled before entry is accepted. For more information, call (912) 695-0481 or (904) 704-7695, or e-mail or


YMCA sports for children


Liberty County/Armed services Family YMCA has sports and activities for differently-abled kids (kindergarten through 12th grade).

The program runs most Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. and costs $10 for members and $20 others. The fee includes T-shirts for parent and child.

The focus is:

• March, baseball. Registration closed March 12.

• April, swimming. Registration is March 8-April 9.

• May, art. Registration is April 8-May 7.

• June, gymnastic movement. Registration is May 15-June 4.

For more information, call Lisa Vaughn at 876-4918, or Richard Somerville at 368-5287.


Skidaway Island State Park
to host carnival

Spend the first weekend of spring outside and see the amazing "Georgia Bubbleman" at Skidaway Island State Park’s carnival from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Attendees also will enjoy carnival games and prizes, face painting, hayrides and pony rides, scavenger hunts, music, food, crafts to take home, reptile shows and more. The GO Georgia Gopher will be available for hugging. Parking is $3. For more information, call (912) 598-2300.




Wrestling comes to Long Co.


The Long County Touchdown Club will sponsor a night of wrestling at 6:30 Saturday at Long County High School.

Tickets are $5 and are available at all of the schools in the county. Proceeds will go to the Blue Tide football team.


AAU Coastal Crew Rebels
to hold shootout


The AAU St. James Coastal Crew Rebels will host a double elimination tournament on April 4-5. The tournament is for 14U teams and registration is $100 per team. All teams must have uniforms and coaches.

The first game starts at 9 a.m. and the brackets will be determined by first rounds results.

Admission is $5 adults, $2 kids. Games are scheduled to be at the St. James Sports Center in the Holmestown community.

For more information, call Ernie Walthour 980-4559 or visit www.


Scholarship golf tournament set for April 18


The Liberty County MLK Observance Association will sponsor the 5th annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Saturday, April 18, at a Davis Love III golf course on Hampton Island.

Each year, the association awards several scholarships in honor of Dr. M.L. King, a social activist, scholar, minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner. More than $25,000 in scholarships has been awarded since 2000. Graduating seniors from Bradwell Institute and Liberty County High School are eligible.

The association is a nonprofit organization that receives its funds from local churches, businesses, private donors, and proceeds from the annual golf tournament.

The registration deadline is April 4. Individual price is $75 and teams are $300. Hole sponsorship is $150 and corporate sponsorships ranges from $500-$1,000.


Bryan Animal Caregivers
to sponsor 5K run/walk


Bryan Animal Caregivers will sponsor the 4th annual "See Spot Run 5K Run/Walk" at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill.

Advance registration is $20, on-site registration is
$25 and advance family registration is $45. Registration forms are available at or

Check-in is at 8:15 p.m. and the run begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call (912) 727-2694.


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