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Sports briefs for July 17, 2014

Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 1:41 pm



USSSA Pride opens series
The defending National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) champion USSSA Pride has picked up where it left off last year, leading the NPF at the midway point of the season.
The Pride, based in Kissimmee, begin a four-game series against the second-place Chicago Bandits Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports.
The series begins a seven-game home stand that will see the Akron Racers come to the Wide World of Sports for a four-game series July 24-26. The teams will play a double header July 26.
The Pride home stand coincides with the USSSA Fastpitch World Series, which attracts thousands of youth softball players from around the county to local softball fields through July 26.
The Pride, 19-7, which has played in the USSSA since 2009 and won the 2010 league championship, has dominated the four-team NPF standings all season.
The Pride roster is loaded with former college All-Americans and several members of past U.S. Olympics rosters.
Among the team’s standouts are pitcher Cat Osterman, the 2013 NPF Pitcher of the Year and a 2004 Olympics gold medalist; shortstop Natasha Watley, a seven-year veteran who was named the NPF Offensive Player of the Year for 2013 witha 3.63 batting average and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Caitlin Lowe, the outfielder selected as the Mizuno Player of the Year for 2012.
The Pride will play a four-game series against the Pennsylvania Rebellion Aug. 14-16 at Osceola County Stadium, which will wrap up the league’s three-month regular season schedule. The NPF championship series is Aug. 20-23 at Hoover, Ala.
Tickets for all series are available at the USSSA website or at
Osceola Heritage Park is the site of the  FITTPALOOZA5K™ run and fitness challenge Sept. 13.
FITTPALOOZA5K™ does not include mud, trees, or lakes. Rather, the family-fun event is designed for people who want to experience outdoor fitness challenges.
FITTPALOOZA5K™ is powered by FitDeck® (, as seen on ABC’s Shark Tank, to provide participants with fitness challenges using the FitDeck® Bodyweight exercise playing cards such as jumping jacks, push-ups, and squats at the FITT ZONES™.
To register for the 5K and fitness challenge event visit The registration fee is $45 per person. Registrants receive a FITTPALOOZA5K t-shirt, drawstring bag and FitDeck Bodyweight Excercise Playing Cards.
 Open gym
The City of Kissimmee, in partnership with the 360 ESAH Foundation, is offering Open Gym basketball at Denn John Middle School for teens ages 13-18.
The dates are Friday and July 25. The gym is open from 6 to 10 p.m. Denn John Middle School located at 2001 Denn John Lane. The cost is $1 per person each visit.
Open Gym Basketball gives teens in Kissimmee an opportunity to practice their skills while they gather with friends for a fun and safe Friday evening.
All dates may be subject to change due to scheduling conflicts.
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jamie Paul at 407-518-2599
  Osc. Senior Softball
Osceola Senior Softball welcomes players ages 55-over. All skill levels are welcome.
The games are played at the Fortune Road softball complex.
For more information, call 407-957-6188, email or visit
 Tough Mudder
The Tough Mudder adventure challenge comes to Osceola County for the first time Nov. 8-9 at Trophykart Ranch on Poinciana Boulevard.
Participants have until Nov. 7 to register, but early bird discounts are in effect through Oct. 9.
Tough Mudder endurance challenge tests participants’ toughness, fitness, strength, stamina, mental grit and teamwork over a 10- to 12- mile course. Tough Mudder will host more than 60 events in countries worldwide this year.
For more information about Tough Mudder visit
 FHSAA practice dates
The Florida High School Athletic Association permits practice to begin Aug. 4 for the fall sports of football, volleyball, swimming and golf.
Practice for cross country begins Aug. 11.
Students who wish to participate in high school athletics must first pass a physical by an approved medical professional and turn in the form to the high school athletic office before they will be permitted to practice.
Physical forms are available at the high school offices.
Liberty physical night
Liberty  High School will hold its physical night for 2014-15 student athletes July 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gym.
The fee is $10.
Students from other high schools are welcome.
Liberty students may also purchase an All-Sports activity card for $30 which will admit them to all sports events during the school year.