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Plaskett West Little League registration

ST. CROIX - The Elmo Plaskett West Little League will have its final registration for children between the ages of 4 and 12 today at Renholdt Jackson Complex in Estate Whim on St. Croix.

The player registration and tryouts are from 2 to 5 p.m. Registration is $25 per first child and $20 for each addition child. Fees will cover medical insurance and provide players with uniforms. Players must be of playing age before May 1. Children are encouraged to bring a glove and cleats. Registration forms should be turned in with payment, a copy of each child's birth certificate and proof of residency (such as a utility bill).

There will be music, fun activities, as well as food and drinks on sale. For more information contact Kevin Williams at 244-5910 or email kevign@gmail.com.

V.I. Small Fry hoops team wins opener

Isaiah Harvey, Collins Joseph Jr. and LeQuan George each scored 10 points as the V.I. Jaguars Small Fry Basketball team defeated Torina, 35-19, on Friday in its first game of the Puerto Rico Small Fry Tournament at Club Bucaplaa in San Juan.

"We played lock down defense," said assistant coach Wayne Harvey. "We were able to control the game on offense effectively because of our defense."

Isaiah Harvey added 3 assists and 2 steals, while George added 5 rebounds and 3 blocks, and Collins tallied 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.

The team plays three more games today, the first at 9:30 a.m., and will play another game on Sunday.

Beach wrestling

ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Wrestling Federation invites the public to beach wrestling at Brewers Bay beach on the first and third Sunday of every month at 3 p.m. For more information, call Shamsie at 690-8632.

Junior golf lessons

ST. THOMAS - Beginning this week, Mahogany Run Golf Course will offer junior golf lessons Wednesday through Sunday. Classes are from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Complete registration forms for your child at the Golf Shop at Mahogany Run Golf Course. The cost is $60 for the six-week session. For more information, contact Veronica at vrollins@mahoganyrungolf.com or the Golf Shop at 777-6006 ext. 1.

Football camp seeking volunteers

Any tackle football players and coaches interested in volunteer coaching for the upcoming Virgin Islands youth tackle football camp are asked to attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Charlotte Amalie High School gymnasium.

For more information, call CAHS coach Francisco Jarvis at 244-8591 or coach Herman Hart at 244-4482.

Rugby practice

ST. THOMAS - The USVI Rugby Football Union practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week from 6 to 8 p.m. at Charlotte Amalie High School. Veterans, novices and first-time players are all welcome to participate.

The group is training for upcoming scrimmages with the BVI and other down-island teams.

V.I. Open Tennis Tournament

ST. THOMAS - The Choice Wireless V.I. Open Tennis Tournament is set for Feb. 15-18 at The St. Thomas Yacht Club, Sugar Bay Beach Resort & Spa, and Anchorage Condominiums.

The event is the only tournament sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association's Caribbean District.

The tournament includes Open Divisions for men NTRP ranking 4.5 and above in singles and doubles. The B Division, for men and women NTRP ranked 4.0 and below, includes singles, doubles and mixed doubles play, as well as men's Over-60 doubles. Play will be best of three sets for all divisions.

The deadline to register is 5 p.m. on Jan. 25. Registration forms can be downloaded at styc.net. The entry fee of $45 per person for one event or $60 per person for two events includes an event T-shirt, souvenirs and a welcome buffet dinner at St. Thomas Yacht Club.

For more information, call 244-2124 or email viopen@choice-wireless.com.

Ladies golf clinics

ST. THOMAS - Mahogany Run Golf Course is offering ladies golf lessons every Saturday starting this week from 9 to 10 a.m. Bring a friend and learn to play golf. For more information or to sign up, call Veronica at the Golf Shop at 777-6006 ext. 1.

Yacht club race, fundraiser

ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Yacht Club is hosting a race and pig roast in January to benefit the club's youth sailing program.

The $40 entrance fee includes two tickets per boat for the pig roast following the race. Sailors of all ages are welcome, and the race is open to IC-24s, Racers, Cruising boats and any boat 24 feet or longer.

Trophies and gift certificates will be presented to the top three boats. The race will start 8:55 a.m., but skippers will meet at 8 a.m. The event is sponsored by Scotiabank and Budget Marine.

For more information, call at 775-6320.

40th Rolex Regatta adds Melges 32 class

ST. THOMAS - The 40th International Rolex Regatta, set for March 22-24, has added the Melges 32 class.

Melges 32 is a one-design class recognized by the International Sailing Federation in 2008, and joins the Beach Cat and IC-24 classes.

"This is good recognition from a strong class," International Rolex Regatta chairman Bill Canfield said, "and the fact that we are the only event that is not stand-alone in this class's Caribbean series speaks volumes about our professional race management team."

Canfield is the manager of the St. Thomas Yacht Club.

The Rolex Regatta is one of four Virgin Islands Sailing Series events the Melges 32 series will race at early next year. The class will participate in the Sportboat Regatta at North Sound, Virgin Gorda, from Feb. 21-14. The Rolex Regatta is the second VISS event and is followed by the BVI Spring Regatta at Nanny Cay, Tortola. The Caribbean Championship, the fourth VISS event, is at Peter Island on April 26-28.

Youth tennis program

ST. THOMAS - The USTA Quick Start 10-and-under Youth Tennis Program will be held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at Doris E. Hodge Tennis Courts in Sub Base.

The program is open to children between the ages of 5-10. Space is limited and registration is $75 per child. For more information, call Sharon Flamon at 626-3663.

Soccer clinics

The USVI Soccer Association is conducting free soccer clinics on St. Croix and St. Thomas that are open to boys and girls ages 5-13. The clinics take place from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday at Good Hope School and Educational Complex on St. Croix and at the University of the Virgin Islands soccer field on St. Thomas.

Players are encouraged to bring shin guards, cleats and water. Balls and nets will be provided. For more information, call 719-9707 or 513-8733, or email usvisoccer@vipowernet.net.

Taekwondo classes

ST. JOHN - There will be taekwondo classes at St. Ursula's Anglican Church Multipurpose Center from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students ages six to adult are welcome.

Free tennis instruction

ST. JOHN - The first 10-and-under Tennis Play Day was held in September at the Cruz Bay tennis courts and because of the event's success, free tennis instruction will now be offered Fridays from 3-6 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. For more information, call Pat Harley at 776-6643.

USTA 10-and-under Youth Tennis Program

ST. THOMAS - The USTA Quick Start 10-and-under Youth Tennis Program will be held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at Doris E. Hodge Tennis Courts in Sub Base. The program is open to children between the ages of 5-10. Space is limited and registration is $75 per child. For more information, call Sharon Flamon at 626-3663.

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