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Broward College will kick off more than a new school year on August 18. The college also returns to varsity soccer competition for men and women for the 2011-2012 school year.

The college offered varsity play for men from 1973 to the late 1980s and fielded a women’s team in 1997 and 1998. The women’s team finished with a No.3 national ranking in 1997 and No.2 in 1998, and three players – Angelica Hallengren, Ginger Pringle and Heather Slaugenhaupt – were named all-Americans. Hallengren went on to play at St. Thomas University, Slaugenhaupt to FIU and Pringle to Southern Mississippi.
 Orange County captured two titles, and Jacksonville and Miami one each during the 2011 Jr. Team Tennis Summer Sectional 8-Under, 10-Under & 12-Under Championships, held July 22-24 on the claycourts at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

Orange County (part of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan area) announced itself as the capital of 10 and Under Tennis in Florida when it swept the two 10-and-under divisions, with its "United 8s" team winning the 8-and-under division title, and its "United 10s" squad capturing the 10-and-under title.

This was the first year that the USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis Summer Sectional Championships featured an 8-and-under division, played with the new USTA 10 and Under Tennis equipment, featuring shorter nets, smaller racquets, softer balls and 36-foot court dimensions (compared to a 78-foot adult court) so that small children are not forced to adjust to heavy adult racquets and high-bouncing balls.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers lost by a final of 3-1 against the second-place Puerto Rico Islanders, 8-5-4 (W-T-L), dropping their record to 3-9-5 (W-T-L) on the season. The Strikers took the lead on an own-goal by the Islanders, but gave up three unanswered goals in the loss. The Strikers return home to Lockhart Stadium to face FC Edmonton on Saturday, July 30, at 7:30p.m.

“We got up a goal and had chances to make it 2-0 and didn’t,” said Strikers Head Coach Daryl Shore. “We had to make two early subs that I think hurt us. The late goal deflated us, but we can’t make excuses.”

Race teams converged on Sarasota, Florida last weekend for an exciting day of offshore racing with local teams, Team Velocity (P4) and Team Hawaiian Tropic (P2), taking first place in their respective classes. Miss GEICO Offshore racing, the fastest boat on the course, took top honors during the 27th running of the Suncoast Offshore Super Boat Grand Prix Festival.
 
The top 40 teams in offshore racing participated in one of the highly anticipated events of the year for the Super Boat International racing season. The weeklong event culminated on Sunday with the best boats in the world competing just off Lido Beach. This year tens of thousands of fans watched and cheered as their favorite teams competed and, as local teams roared to first place finishes. For the past 27 years, the Suncoast Foundation has raised funds and built buildings to help local kids and families and this year’s Suncoast Grand Prix event proved to be one of the best attended seasons ever.

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