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Spring Hill youngster riding to BMX heights

Eleven-year-old Tyler Knight has been competing on his BMX bike for five years, and the Spring Hill native continues to further his career.

After helping Team Florida to its 19th President's Cup win recently in Kentucky, Knight set his sights on McDonough, Ga., and the National Bicycle League Winter Nationals Feb. 13 and 14.

When he arrived at the track, there was snow, several inches of it, on the ground, something Knight had never encountered. Eventually, when the track was cleaned off, he made the final and finished sixth, earning crucial points toward the top 20 riders in the 11 Expert Division nationally.

Next, Knight attended the American Bicycle League Gator Nationals on Feb. 20 and 21 in Oldsmar. The event was covered by the Versus cable television network and drew competitors from around the world. On Friday, Knight finished third in his age group and helped his team, EBR Racing, win the Top Team trophy.

SWEETHEART DOUBLES: On Feb. 14, Mariner Lanes had its 15th annual Sweetheart Scotch Doubles Tournament, crowning Trudy Kelly and Steven Stuart as champions.

Kelly and Stuart totaled a 989 series over four games and earned $175. The couple edged Sheila and John Stehr (956), who won $100 for second place.

Other partners to earn cash included Muriel Hallet and Richard Detucci ($75) and Mary Jane Messineo and Al Bielawski ($50)

RUN 4 SHELTER: The third annual Jericho Road Ministries Run 4 Shelter 5K, 10K and 1-mile is scheduled for April 10.

Runners and walkers will meet at 7 a.m. in the Palmwood Builders lot at the entrance to River Country Estates on U.S. 19 in Spring Hill. Pre-event registration is $20 per participant; race day registration is $25 per participant. Family rates are available at $50 for three or more runners. Children under 12 cost only $3.

Free T-shirts are guaranteed to runners who preregister. There are male and female divisions in the following age groups: 14 and under, 15-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and grand masters over 60.

Anyone interested can e-mail or visit and click the Fun Run link.

UMPIRES CLINIC: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association, the largest baseball/softball umpires association in the area, is having its fourth annual umpires clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill.

This clinic is designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire and can also help seasoned umpires become better.

Sign-up is open to men and women ages 16 and up. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. There is a $20 charge for each participant, and each attendee will receive a Major League Baseball rule book, along with other handouts.

To register in advance, e-mail or call Jerry Theilen at (352) 428-0071.

LAND O'LAKES AAU HOOPS: The Land O'Lakes Youth Basketball Organization is holding tryouts for the coming AAU season.

Tryouts are scheduled for March 6 and 7 at Land O'Lakes High School.

The tryout times:

Grades 5 and 6 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on March 6 and 1-2 p.m. on March 7. Grades 7 and 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon on March 6 and 2-3 p.m. March 7. Grade 9 from noon to 1:30 p.m. on March 6 and 3-4 p.m. on March 7. Grades 10 and 11 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on March 6 and 4-5 p.m. on March 7.

For information send an e-mail to

SPRING HILL WRESTLING: The Spring Hill Wrestling Club is enrolling members for the spring season, which runs until March 18.

Practices are every Tuesday and Thursday night at Springstead High School. Children in kindergarten through Grade 3 practice from 6 to 7 p.m.; grades 4 to 8 practice from 7 to 8 p.m. The $100 registration fee per child includes a USA Wrestling card with insurance and a club T-shirt.

Call Eric Swensen at (352) 797-7010.

WEST FLORIDA YOUNG GUNS: The West Florida Young Guns 10-and-under traveling baseball club is looking for players to complete its spring roster. Players cannot turn 11 before May 1.

The team focuses on fundamentals and development. Call (727) 226-7160.

HERNANDO HAVOC: The Hernando Havoc traveling baseball club for those 11 and under is looking for players for the spring season.

These experienced players compete in USSSA, RBI/Nations Baseball and AAU-sanctioned events. All team members must be no older than 11 on or before May 1.

Call Dominic Orlando at (352) 684-1536, Steve DelGatto at (352) 442-1750 or Ed Kimzsal at (813) 508-8244.

FISHING TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIP: The Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice is looking for sponsors.

Last year's inaugural event had more than 50 anglers and raised more than $13,000 for hospice.

The tournament casts off on April 24 from Bayport. A dinner and awards ceremony is scheduled for Weeki Wachee Springs State Park after the tournament. is the e-mail for Debbie Hogan, is the e-mail for Jennifer Rey or call (352) 799-8423.

To notify us of community sports achievements or coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

Spring Hill youngster riding to BMX heights 02/25/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 25, 2010 9:09pm]
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