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Bell swim coach takes over at growing Bedford Surf swim team

No, we haven’t had enough water.

Perhaps the kind that falls from the sky has been plentiful, but now that the sun is out and the heat is up, it’s time to hit the swimming pool.

And that means another summer for the Bedford Surf swim team. Practices have been underway and the season begins June 13 in Southlake.

The team will be under new tutelage this season with head coach Jesse Barton taking over for long-time coach Judy White-Pardee. Barton is also the swim team coach for L.D. Bell High School.

“We at the city could not be more excited to have such great experience and knowledge leading the Bedford Surf program,” said Tyler Sievert, City of Bedford Aquatics Coordinator.

The team will also travel to Weatherford on June 19, Ridglea (Fort Worth) on June 27, and back to Southlake on July 11 before going to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Region 4 Championships at Keller ISD Natatorium July 18 and 19.

Tryouts will continue on demand until registration closes on June 12. The swim team is open to swimmers of all ages.

However, any first-time swimmer may only register after successfully completing the tryout, which consists of swimming the length of the pool with their face in the water. All swimmers will register for the team at the Bedford Boys Ranch Activity Center.

“Last season, the team consisted of nearly 85 swimmers, and with the sport of swimming being as popular as it has been in the recent years, we are hoping for closer to 100 swimmers this season,” Sievert said.

“The popularity, combined with the uniqueness of the sport being both an individual and a team sport, young swim team participants get to be introduced to those necessary life skills and characteristics such as dedication, teamwork and goal-setting.”

Along with competition and fun, swimming is one of the healthiest sports to be found. Among the many benefits for swimmers is cardiovascular health.

“As all of us swimmers say, ‘Swimming is the best form of physical activity,’” Sievert said.

“Every time I get back in the pool after a break, I rediscover muscle groups I forgot existed and I leave the pool each day feeling great about the workout I just had.”

The program has no maximum or minimum age. In essence, it is, as Sievert calls it, “an ageless sport. Youngsters and adults can work side-by-side on a team, competing and having fun.

It’s also a great family experience, Sievert said, citing “the more rewarding experience of seeing the excitement involved in watching our own children, and in some cases our teammates – whom are also our children – having the same experiences we once had.”

More information on the Bedford Surf swim team can be found at www.BedfordFun.com/Surf or by calling the Boys Ranch Activity Center at 817-952-2323.

Hurst United hosting 3-on-3 tournament

Hurst United will host a 3-on-3 soccer tournament June 20. It is part of the 3V3 Live Tour.

Games will be played at Hurst Athletic Complex. The first kick will be at 2 p.m. and games will continue into the night.

Deadline to enter a team is June 14. For more information, visit www.hurstunited.com.

Hurst summer softball

Hurst Athletics is holding registration for summer softball leagues. Summer play is an eight-game season, shortened because of the weather delays in the spring.

Cost is $310 per team. Deadline is Friday, June 12.

Games begin the week of June 22 with mens and womens leagues on Monday, mens and co-rec on Tuesday through Thursday, and mens, mens church and co-rec on Friday.

Call 817-788-7320 for more information or visit www.teamsideline.com/hurst.

Mid-Cities football and cheerleading signups

Registration is going on for the fall season of the Mid-Cities Peewee Football and Cheerleading. These dates and times remain, June 13, 20 and 27 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Girls will be measured for their uniforms at the time of registration, so bring or wear a leotard or bathing suit.

All registrations will take place at the Mid-Cities Peewee Building, 141 Harmon Rd. in Hurst. Visit www.leaguelineup.com/midcitiespeeweefootball.

Upcoming Parks At Texas Star baseball tournaments

The United States Specialty Sports Association 13AAA Super National Invitational Tournament will be June 12-15.

USSSA North Zone State Tournament, 13AAA is June 19-22.

Contact John Douthit, 817-685-1838, for more information.

Euless Track opens season

The Euless Track Club began another summer track season this past Saturday at Lake Dallas. Other Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Region 4 circuit meets include Mineral Wells, Saturday (June 13); Flower Mound, June 20; Little Elm, June 27; and Lewisville, July 11.

The TAAF Region 4 meet is July 18-19 at The Colony. From there, qualifiers will advance to the TAAF Games of Texas in Bryan/College Station on July 30-Aug. 3.

For more information about the club, visit www.eulesstx.gov.

Send it in

Send recreational sports news, announcements and photos to Sports Editor Stephen English at senglish@star-telegram.com,

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