Eckerd softballers to share tips with area kids

For one day, the Buffalo Creek softball fields will be the teaching ground for the Eckerd College softball team.

The Tritons will host a softball clinic for the North River Little League softball teams at 7 p.m. today. The Little League softball program is entering its third year, and the still-growing league has more than 90 girls signed up to play.

North River National and North River American are the only two Little Leagues in the county offering softball.

This is one of many stops for Eckerd’s softball team, which is working with local leagues to help develop players. The Tritons host clinics throughout the year.

If you have any questions, contact Lynn Davis, vice president of softball for North River Little League, at (941) 224-4440.

The win streak continues

It was total dominance.

The Manatee County Hockey Club recently defeated Tampa Newsome and Lakeland George Jenkins high schools by a combined score of 31-2. Last Thursday, the hockey club thumped Newsome’s white team 14-1 and followed that with a 17-1 drubbing of George Jenkins on Friday. The club, which plays its home games at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, pushed its winning streak to 16 games.

Manatee looks to extend its winning ways when the team hosts Sarasota at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, followed by an 8 p.m. Friday game against second-place Newsome’s blue team at Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex.

Team representatives will have discounted Tampa Bay Lightning tickets for sale at the door for the upcoming Feb. 9 game against the Vancouver Canuck. That game is being sponsored by The Tampa Bay Lightning Community Relations/Youth Development Program.

Tennis anyone?

Kids don’t have to search for tennis lessons in the month of February.

Children ages 5-10 can head to the Bradenton Country Club every Saturday this month for free tennis classes.

In a sport that can get rather expensive to perfect, Bradenton Country Club is offering a clinic every Saturday from 10-11 a.m. Tennis racquets will be provided, but tennis shoes are required.

A varsity youth tennis league will follow the free clinic, at a cost of $45 for the month or $15 per Saturday. No experience is needed.

For more information contact Laurie Tinnell at (941) 224-0207 or e-mail her at

Ryan T. Boyd, sports writer, can be reached at 745-7017.