FIRST TEE: The First Tee is a youth development program instilling nine core life values. Boys and Girls ages 7 to 17 are invited to join in the fun this summer. Instruction uses games children love to play such as bowling, baseball, football and others. Playing each game is centered around using the golf swing. While having fun playing, each participant will learn how to meet someone, shake their hand, and other life skills.

For information: or call (903) 753-1416.

Kids do not need to know how to play golf. They will learn the basic golf swing along with fundamentals of chipping and putting. Golf equipment will be furnished or participants can bring their own.

The 12 hours of instruction is only $85 for the entire six weeks. Full Scholarships or reduced program fees are available for those with financial needs.

The program will be held at Oaklawn Golf Club in Marshall, starting June 10.

KARNACK YOUTH BASEBALL LEAGUE: There’s still time to sign up for the Karnack Youth Basketball League at Karnack Middle School. The camp will take place June 25 through July 27{sup}th{/sup} as games will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There will be a tent set up in the Kroger parking lot in Marshall on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. as that day is the final day to register.

The league will be broken up into four divisions. Division 1 will be kindergarten through second grade coed. Division 2 will be third through fifth grade coed. Division 3 will be sixth through eighth grade girls and Division 4 will be sixth through eighth grade boys.

For more information or to register, contact coach Louis Tennison at (903) 930-9311.

TAMPA BAY RAYS CAMP: Area baseball players will have a chance to try out for the Tampa Bay Rays in an open camp set for June 27 at ETBU.

Players will be evaluated on running, throwing,fielding and hitting abilities. Ages 16-21 are en courage to attend the camp, which will be conducted by Tampa scout Pat Murphy and under the direction of scout Scott Mitchell.

Registration will start at 8:30 a.m., with workout to follow at 9 a.m.

The Rays will provide all equipment with the exception of gloves, spikes and catchers gear.

For information: Scott Mitchell (903) 424-8448.

SOFTBALL LEAGUE FORMING: The East Texas/Louisiana Women’s Fastpitch League is forming teams with a tentative start date for games set for June 23.

The season will run through Aug. 4 (six games), with games scheduled to be played at 3 p.m. on Sundays at the White Oak softball field.

The league is for ages 18-older, including current high school and college fastpitch athletes, past high school players and college softball alumni.

Cost is $20 per player, plus the cost of team shirts, and deadline to enter is June 1.

All games will be played with two umpires and have a 1-hour, 15-minute time limit (or seven innings).

For information: Kristen Henton,

CHAMPIONS 4 LIGHT: The 5th annual Champs 4 Light charity clinic is set for Saturday, June 15 at Panola College.

Session 1 is for grades 5-8, with check-in at 8:!5 a.m. and the skills session running from 9 a.m.-noon.

Session 2 is for grades 9-12, with check-in at 12:45 a.m. and skills session from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Cost is $40, and early registration ends on June 9.

Louisiana Tech University, Panola College, UT-Tyler, LeTourneau University, Winona High School, Carthage High School, and the East Texas Juniors Volleyball Club and Arsenal Volleyball Club will all have coaches involved in the clinic.

All proceeds willbenefit Refuge of Light, an anti-domestic minor sex trafficking organization located in Tyler but serving the entire East Texas area.

For information:

ARK-LA-TEX JUNIOR GOLF: The Ark-La-Tex Junior Golf Tour has set its summer schedule, which will begin on June 3 at Alpine Golf Club in Longview and include a total of 10 tournaments.

The tour will make stops at Texarkana Country Club on June 6, Oak Forest in Longview on June 10, Northside Country Club in Texarkana on June 17, Wood Hollow in Longview on June 24, The Templest in Liberty City on July 1 (adult/youth), Alpine in Longview on July 8, Oak Grove in New Boston on July 15, Wood Hollow in Longview on July 22 (adult/youth) and Pinecrest Country Club in Longview on July 29 (Tournament of Champions).

The tour is open to boys and girls. The pre-tour (9 holes) will feature coed 7-9 and boys and girls 10-11. The regular tour (18 holes) will feature 12-13 boys and girls, 14-15 boys and girls and 15-16 boys and girls.

Membership fee is $30, and tournament entry fee is $25.

For info: or (903) 753-1415.

KIDS FISH FREE: The 20th annual Kids Free Fish Day is set for June 1 at the Hurrican Creek recreation area on Lake O’ the Pines.

The event is for boys and girls ages 2-16. Registration is at 8 a.m., with fishing from 9 a.m.-noon.

Trophies will be awarded to five different age grops for heaviest total weight of a stringer and also to the top three biggest fish.

Tackle, live bait, snacks, drinks and hot dogs are all furnished free to all participants and their accompanying adults. A free gift will also be given to the first 300 kids to register.

For information: Marie Dunn (903) 665-0828.

FREE ADMISSION AT TFFC: ATHENS—The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens is offering free admission and free fishing for the whole family June 1 to celebrate Free Fishing Day and kick off National Fishing and Boating Week.

Anglers under 18 will also receive a free entry into a catfish tournament being held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the TFFC casting pond. All tackle and bait will be furnished and prizes will be awarded for the top three fish caught by weight in three youth age categories (0-6, 7-12 and 13-17). Door prizes will also be awarded each hour for all entries in the tournament.

Free hot dogs, chip and drinks will be served from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by employees of the Athens Walmart Supercenter.

Other fun activities included with free admission include seeing a diver hand feed fish; taking a tram tour around the hatchery ponds; walking the wetlands trail; shopping for a Father’s Day gift in the Gift Shop and watching a live alligator feeding at 3:30 p.m.

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is an aquatic nature center and hatchery complex operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. It is located 75 miles southeast of Dallas and four miles east of Athens on F.M. 2495.

Dive shows take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Hours are 9 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 Sunday. Usual admission is adults, $5.50; seniors, $4.50; children 4-12, $3.50 with season passes available. For information go to or call (903) 676-2277.

from staff reports