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Quick hits on what’s happening in Atlanta’s gay sports world this weekend:

SOFTBALL: The Decatur Women’s Sports League opens its second season on Friday, this year featuring 20 teams in the women’s-only league. Games are played on the hour and begin at 6 p.m. on two fields at Kelly C. Cofer Park in Tucker.

“I’m totally excited and we have a lot of enthusiasm,” league founder Anne Barr said. “The phone is ringing off the hook. We are going to continue to keep growing with whatever needs that come up. If we have 30 teams, we will find a way.”

Read more about the upcoming season in a recent Southern Voice sports column.

Meanwhile, more than a dozen teams from the Hotlanta Softball League are expected to compete this weekend at the Southern Shootout in Birmingham. The HSL season opens March 30.

TENNIS: The Atlanta Team Tennis Association hosts a women’s mixer on Friday for an evening of food, fun and tennis. Start time is 7:30 p.m. at the Glenlake Tennis Center in Decatur.

OUTDOORS: The Women’s Outdoor Network heads to Stone Mountain for a moonlight hike on Friday. The Wilderness Network of Georgia will cycle its way around the city on Saturday.

FLAG FOOTBALL: The National Flag Football League of Atlanta continues the run-up to Opening Day with a trio of pre-season games on Saturday. Matches are set for 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. at Peachtree Hills Park in Atlanta. The season opens March 29. View photos from the NFFLA’s recent mini-camp.

RUGBY: The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club (1-4) travels to Birmingham on Saturday to take on the Vulcans, a team the Bucks lost to on Feb. 16. Bullet Manale, the Bucks’ president, says the club continues to see improvements as the season continues.

“The improvements are definitely visible,” Manale says. “Fitness is growing and the boys are looking much stronger for much longer. This is the time we need to start gelling and become cohesive as a side.”


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