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Mesquite Welcomes Soccer and Baseball Players for events this weekend

posted Feb 13, 2014, 3:13 PM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 2:48 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

President’s Day weekend will bring nearly 2,000 athletes participating in the Utah Youth Soccer Association (UYSA) President’s Cup and Mountainwest Baseball Academy Spring Training Combine.

In its fifth year in Mesquite, the President’s Cup tournament will host 80 teams representing the U12-U17 boys and girls divisions. Games are free and open to the public at the Mesquite Sports & Event Complex (MSEC), Rec Center Field and Virgin Valley High School with first games starting on Thursday evening from 6-10:30 pm., Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Championship games on Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Divisional winners will advance to play next June in the Presidents Cup Regional tournament in Morgan Hill, Calif.

Mountainwest Baseball Academy will hold its 24th annual Mesquite Spring Training Combine including batting, defensive drills and SPARQ training on fields at Pioneer Memorial Park, Hunter Sports Park and Virgin Valley High School from Saturday through Monday. According to, the youth Spring Training in Mesquite is one of a few events nationwide that attract the attention of USA Baseball, the Major League Scouting Bureau, professional baseball scouts, Area Code Baseball and college coaches. The website says that Spring Training in Mesquite is one of the most popular youth baseball events in the West, hosting over 600 players annually for more than two decades. The staff is comprised of more than a dozen state instructors from professional, college and high school baseball.

Kicking off the weekend of activity will be the 10th annual Mesquite Heart Walk on Friday morning at 9 a.m. The 5k (3.2 miles) walk begins at the Mesquite Recreation Center and ends at the Mesa View Quick Care facility to west of the Hospital. Registration is free at the Recreation Center starting at 8:30 a.m. Each participant will receive a free t-shirt. Silver Rider will provide a free shuttle back to the Recreation Center. Participants should note there is a paving project on Old Mill Road and there may be traffic delays in the area.

The Heart Walk event is produced by the City of Mesquite Athletics & Leisure Services Department and co-sponsored by Mesa View Regional Hospital, Quick Care Facility and Medical Group, Silver Rider Bus Company, NCPC (Nevada Community Prevention Coalition), FIT Physical Therapy, Senior Circle, Virgin Valley Dental, Mesquite Senior Games, Lincare, Highland Manor Bounce Back Program, Mesa View Physical Therapy and Mega Pro Screen Printing and Embroidery.

For more information on athletic tournaments and camps, City Recreation Leagues, fitness and Senior Service programs, contact the Department of Athletics & Leisure Services at (702) 346-8732 or online at  or find us on Facebook at and