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10-year-old heads to national BMX races

Spring Hill resident Tyler Knight, a competitive BMX racer, recently wrapped up his first season in the expert classification. He finished in eighth place overall in Florida's expert class and seventh overall in the Southeast Regional Division.

With these finishes, Knight, 10, was invited by the Sunshine State Association to join its team to compete in this week's NBL (National Bicycle League) President's Cup and Christmas Classic in Louisville.

Team Florida provides matching jerseys for all team members as they compete against top riders from around the country. Team Florida won the President's Cup in 2008.

BOWLING HONOR SCORE: Jason Mahr, who owns almost every bowling record in Hernando County history, tossed his 27th 800 series at Spring Hill Lanes in the Mike's Auto Body League.

Mahr, one of the inaugural members of the Hernando County Bowling Hall of Fame, already has the most perfect games and highest scratch series (878) among local bowlers.

On Dec. 15, he tossed games of 247, 278 and 298 for a pin total of 823. It was his first 800 series since March, when he threw three.

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

For information, call (727) 226-7160.

Youth League BASEBALL: Hernando Youth League has announced registration times for its spring season.

For a fee of $65 for the first child and $60 for additional children, parents can register at the following times: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Jan. 12, 14, 19 and 21; and from 10 a.m. until noon on Jan. 16 and 23.

All sign-ups will be held at Ernie Weaver Park in Brooksville. To register, each child must have a copy of a birth certificate on file with HYL. Parents must bring a photo copy of their child's birth certificate to keep on file.

For information, call Bruce Price at (352) 797-7999 or e-mail

SPRING HILL DIXIE BASEBALL: Spring Hill Dixie Baseball has announced registration for its upcoming spring season.

For a fee of $100 per child, which includes uniform, insurance and trophies, parents can register at the following times: 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Jan. 9 and 16, and 5:30-8 p.m. on Jan. 12 and 20.

All sign-ups will be held at the baseball building at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill. To register, each child must have a copy of a birth certificate on file with Spring Hill Dixie. Parents must bring a photo copy of their child's birth certificate to keep on file.

All players must be between ages 4 and 14. Players must be on hand at the time of registration for uniform sizing purposes.

For information, call Helen Keith at (352) 797-4934 or e-mail

ADULT SOCCER: The Hernando Adult Soccer League has started registration for the upcoming season.

For forms for potential players go to, the league's official Web site. Anyone interested in playing in the league must be 30 or older. The fee is $85 per player.

In-person player registration will be at 10 a.m. on Jan. 16 at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex pavilion in Spring Hill.

For information, call Alyson Kraft at (352) 796-3630 or e-mail

FLAG FOOTBALL: The Hernando County Recreation Department is holding a Men's Flag Football League starting next month at Veteran's and Delta Woods Parks in Spring Hill.

The league will hold games on Friday nights for players 18 and up. The cost is $275 per team, and the start date is Jan. 8. All rosters and fees are due by Monday.

For information, call (352) 754-4031 or visit

LITTLE BUDDIES BASKETBALL: The Brooksville Recreation Department is getting ready for another cycle of Little Buddies Athletics camps, starting with Little Buddies Basketball.

The camp will be held at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place in Brooksville. The program's goal is to teach the fundamentals of sports to children ages 3-8.

Basketball will start on Jan. 14 and extend for six weeks. The cost is $50 per child and a T-shirt will be provided to each camper.

For information, call Tina Nichols at (352) 540-3835.

REFEREES NEEDED: The West Central Officials Association is interested in finding new officials to work football contests for the 2010 season.

The association oversees officiating of middle school, junior varsity and varsity high school football games in Pasco and Hernando counties.

Tampa Bay Area Sports Officials also need experienced flag and tackle football officials to work youth games in Hernando, Pasco and Hillsborough counties for the 2010 season.

For information, call Gary Stanley at (813) 989-9387 or e-mail

MARTIAL ARTS: Southern Elite Sports is offering cheer/dance and mixed martial arts classes for all ages at different locations throughout Pasco and Hernando counties.

The cost for all classes is $30 per month with no contracts.

Southern Elite Sports has also partnered with Top Contenders Gymnastics to hold classes at the Top Contenders facility at 16200 Spring Hill Drive, south of Brooksville.

Martial arts classes at Top Contenders are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The cost to attend one class per week is $30 per month. To attend twice a week is $50 per month. To attend three times a week is $65 per month.

For information, call Paul Micklow at (727) 645-1501.

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 April 24 from Bayport. A dinner and awards ceremony will be at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park after the tournament.

For information, send e-mail to Debbie Hogan at or to Jennifer Rey at, or call (352) 799-8423.

To notify us of community sports achievements or upcoming events, Derek J. LaRiviere can be reached at or (352) 584-6337.

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