• Despite Early Opposition, Curling Center Catches On

    by Chip Scoggins February 2016

    The Crooked Pint Ale House starts buzzing around 5 p.m. on weeknights in Chaska, as patrons flood the bar area to get a bird's-eye view of the rookies below trying to learn this Olympic sport. Two months after opening its door, the Chaska Curling Center has stunned city officials. Participation numbers already have blown away five-years-out projections, and the center has become a corporate and social destination with a full calendar in the south metro.

  • Sports Complex Upgrades Could Attract More Events

    by Dale White February 2016

    Already regarded as one of the major sports venues in the Sarasota-Manatee area, the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch is about to become an even greater magnet for tournaments and other events that boost the region's economy. The 140-acre complex with 22 athletic fields opened in April 2011 and quickly became a destination for youth soccer, lacrosse, rugby, field hockey and football as well as competitions such as archery, Ultimate Frisbee and Special Olympics - plus the occasional concert.

  • Sled Hockey Teams Unite Athletes of All Abilities

    by Daily Herald February 2016

    The stands thundered as fans shouted for their favorite sled hockey teams Sunday as Lake Forest College hosted the sixth annual "The Sleds Are Coming" event in the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.

  • Versatile Complex Brings Outdoor Sports Inside

    by Debbie Juniewicz January 2016

    Dayton Center Courts on Salem Avenue has long been the site for tennis lessons, leagues and countless high school and USTA tournaments, but the facility recently underwent a major transformation into the Dayton Sports Complex.

  • Health Initiative Hopes to Bring Soccer to Youth

    by Shane Foley January 2016

    A lot of Chattanooga-area kids are going to get the opportunity to get more active and learn a new sport this spring, or at least that's the hope of Peter Woolcock, director of Operation Get Active. OGA is a new children's health and recreation initiative under the Chattanooga Sports Ministries banner that is also partnering with the Chattanooga Football Club.

  • City Promotes Pickleball at Rec Center

    by Times Record News January 2016

    Pickleball is coming to Wichita Falls and appears not a single cucumber is involved. The city of Wichita Falls is promoting the game, which, according to a city news release, “is a great sport full of fun, excellent health benefits.” The city’s Recreation Division has purchased equipment to introduce residents to the sport, which it describes as “a combination of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.” The game is played on a court the same size as a doubles badminton court, with a net, a ball like a Wiffle ball and a paddle that is larger than a ping-pong paddle but smaller than a tennis racket.

  • School District Won't Contribute to Rec Partnership

    by Mary Pickels January 2016

    A Unity supervisor finally received a response to his request that the Greater Latrobe School District contribute to a new township recreation partnership. But the answer wasn't the one supervisor Chairman Mike O'Barto had hoped for: The school district will not make an annual contribution to the township's partnership with the YMCA of Greensburg.

  • Youth Soccer League Attracts Players with Disabilities

    by Brian Whitehead January 2016

    Ken Dandrea apologizes for what he thinks is rambling. "You've just hit my passion," he says. A story begins: "There was a player once," Dandrea says, "who was oxygen starved. Injured when he was 11 or 12, but a superstar soccer player prior to his accident. When he came to our program he was learning to walk again. He fell more than he ran. Four years later, he's running around the field, and it's because of our program. "That's where our rewards come from." Dandrea, 57, has 25 years' worth of stories such as these.

  • Basketball Program Unites Athletes of All Abilities

    by Pia Hallenberg January 2016

    The cheers are as loud as at any youth basketball game and it takes a little while before a casual spectator notices that some of the players need an extra hand on the court now and then.

  • Shrinking Player Pools Force Little League Consolidation

    by Glenn Jordan January 2016

    Portland's three Little Leagues are awaiting approval from Little League International to consolidate their operations into either one or two leagues, due to declining participation and fewer volunteers. When Dan Fasulo was growing up in the early 1970s, Portland supported nine Little Leagues. On Wednesday night, he took part in discussions at North Deering Congregational Church about consolidating the city's three remaining Little Leagues - Bayside, Deering and Portland North - into two leagues with one board of directors.