Chess, boxing, and cornhole will be among the lead-off events on Friday for the third annual Hampton Sports Festival at the
More than 2,000 competitors already have entered the three-day event, which runs from 6-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
Close to 8,000 spectators turned out for the action-packed program last year. With close to 20 events being contested this weekend, festival officials are expecting the spectator count to reach the 9,000-10,000 level.
Competition also will include arm wrestling, bikini body building, body building,
, fitness body building, indoor soccer, gymnastics, Jiu-Jitsu, K-1, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, Muay Thai, taekwondo, powerlifting-bench press and push-pull, and strongest man and woman.
On opening night, International Master
will be the featured attraction for a simultaneous chess exhibition against any challengers.
Team cornhole begins at 6:30.
of Chesapeake, the top-rated professional cornhole player in Virginia, heads one of the favored teams.
On tap for Saturday afternoon are arm wrestling, the body building finals, and a Virginia Power Wheelchair soccer expo match.
Arm wrestling boasts both current or former national champions, such as
of the Eastern Shore, and
The power wheelchair soccer exhibition, which begins at noon, is a sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users.
On the marquee list for Sunday's Muay Thai competition is
, the current U.S. 165-pound champion and ranked third in the world.
Entries are still being taken for the various events. Those interested should call 728-5314.
Admission is $10 for a one-day pass, $17 for the weekend, and free for children 10 and under with a paying adult.
During the festival, a free expo will be held in the main concourse in front of the convention center's exhibition halls. The public will have the opportunity to speak with local sports clubs, health representatives and doctors specializing in sports medicine.
The Level 9's for
made a strong showing at the IGI Chicago Style Meet in Illinois, finishing in third place in the team standings.
The national-caliber meet, with multiple sessions to accommodate the huge field, was held Friday through Sunday.
, competing in the 13-and-under age group, led the 7's by winning bars (9.525), tying for first on floor (9.550) and placing second in the all-around (36.375) in her session.
Other top performances came from
with a first on floor (9.5) in the 16-and-over class;
, 14-15s, second on bars (8.875) and second in the AA (34.850);
, 13U, tie for second on vault (9.0); and
, 16-and-over, third in AA (35.8).
The Level 7's had several standouts.
, in the 12-year-old class, headed the group by taking firsts on beam (9.650) and in the AA (36.9).
, in the same class, finished first on vault (9.6) and floor (9.475).
For those 13-and-over,
took titles on vault (9.4) and floor (9.525), and second in the AA (36.825).
On Level 10,
was tops on bars (9.250) in her session for ages 17-and-over and teammate
placed second in the AA (35.575). In the 10-16 age group,
finished second on bars (9.125).
On Level 8 for ages 14-and-over,
placed first on floor (9.5).
In the Level 10/elite competition for those 17-and-over,
finished eighth in the AA (36.875) and
of Newport News and the Century Lanes II team of
came up big winners in the 60th annual Virginia Peninsula USBC Open Championship Tournament after three weekends of play that ended Feb. 4-5 at Century Lanes.
Weymouth-German finished first in the scratch singles with a 747 series, placed second in handicap singles (814), took second place in the all-events scratch (1,978), and tied for the second-highest game (299).
The handicap singles title went to
of Hampton with an 817. He also shot a 299 scratch game.
Century Lanes II pulled off a double by winning the scratch team title (2,623) and handicap team championship (2,921).
High scratch-game honors went to
of Hampton with his first 300 game. He also placed second in the all-events handicap (2,349).
Other top winners included
of Langley AFB in scratch doubles (1,333);
of Newport News in handicap doubles ( 1,519);
of Carrollton in all-events handicap (2,350); and Brownell of Newport News in all-events scratch (1,980).
On deck is the VPUSBC Women's City Tournament at the Fort Eustis Lanes on the weekends of Feb. 25-26 and March 3-4 and 10-11. Entries for the event close on Thursday.
The Yorktown duo of
shot a 6-under 66 to tie for first place in the Tidewater Golfweek Amateur Winter Tour better-ball tournament at the Kiskiack Golf Club on Feb. 4.
The tour's defending champs,
, also carded a 66. The team of
of Yorktown and
tied for third with a 69.