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Champions crowned in Hernando junior tennis series

The Junior Circuit Tennis Series Tournament of Champions was held at the end of April.

After a six-event series throughout the winter and spring months, the top players from the series were invited to compete in this final tournament to crown an overall champion. The JCT Series is orchestrated by three area USTA professionals: Rick Scholl, Lou Giglio and Judy Jeanette.

Three divisions were held in the tournament: the boys' high school, boys' middle school, and girls' high school.

The boys' high school division was decided in bracket format. Each match was best of three sets with Spring Hill's Chris Rosser placing first over Spring Hill's Connor Schwefringhaus. Rosser won the title match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. His performance was enough to clinch the overall division title with 34 points over runnerup Jesse DeWitt (17).

Lecanto's Amber Gamble won the girls' high school division with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Hernando's Mahima Tatumbotola. Despite winning the past two tournament titles, Gamble came up just short of Tatumbotola for the series title. The Hernando resident's 28 points beat out Gamble's 24.

Spring Hill's Coty Willey won a straight-set title match to claim the boys' middle school crown over Inverness' Brody Summer, 6-2, 6-2. Summer, who was a perennial finals participant throughout the series, won the overall points title with 27 points over Willey (26).

The JCT Series will return for the 2012-13 season on Sept. 15-16 at Sugarmill Woods in Homosassa. Forty-eight players participated in the series of tournaments this past season. For information, email Jeanette at

JUST FOR KICKS KARATE: Just for Kicks Karate in Spring Hill competed at the Summer Samurai Martial Arts Tournament in Ridge Manor. Every competitor from the youth class placed in their division.

Dominic Parisan took first place in weapons, second in kata, and second in sparring. Ryan Parisan got first in kata, third in weapons, and first in sparring. Christian Parisan earned fourth in sparring and second in kata. Austyn Payne continued the Just for Kicks success with first in weapons, third in sparring, and fourth in kata.

Kata is a style of karate where an individual shows different moves without an opponent in exhibition.

For information, call (727) 645-8749.

HERNANDO ADULT SOFTBALL:The Brooksville Parks & Recreation Department wrapped up its Men's Softball League on Monday night at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville.

Coney Island Drive-Inn (9-2) upset Farm Bureau (10-1) in the championship game, 20-15, to win the title.

Third-place Beef 'O' Brady's (7-4) and Jason Hauling (6-4) were the only other two teams with winning records in the nine-team league.

HERNANDO SPORTS CAMPS:The Hernando County Department of Recreation has several sports camps available for children this summer.

The basketball camp will run three different weeks and be taught by Marion Jones, Michael Jones and Calvin Brown.

The clinics will put emphasis on fundamentals, skills and drills, followed by scrimmages Monday through Thursday. For a fee of $65, the campers will take part from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Extended hours from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. are available for an extra $10.

West Hernando Middle School will host the camp July 16-19. Challenger K-8 School will host from July 9-12.

A volleyball camp will be held for two weeks by Hernando High School girls volleyball coach Patti Martin and assistant Robin Bailey. The tandem will teach fundamentals with daily drills and skills, followed by interleague games.

The cost is $65 per week, with camp hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as extended hours from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. for an additional $10.

Challenger K-8 will host both sessions, from June 25 to 28 and from July 30 to Aug. 2.

The baseball camp has one remaining session to learn from former pro third baseman Eddie Looper, who will teach the fundamentals of hitting, catching, fielding and throwing.

The cost is $65 for the clinic, from 9 a.m. to noon June 25 to 29, at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill.

A sports camp will allow kids to enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor sports, including basketball, flag football, tennis, dodgeball, kickball and other activities. Campers will spend each day learning the rules and playing games.

The cost is $65 for each of the two sessions, with a limit of 50 campers. The camp will take place at West Hernando Middle School and is open to ages 8 to 14.

The activities will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. for an additional $10. The dates are June 25 to 28 and July 23 to 26.

For information, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or visit

SPRINGSTEAD SOCCER CONDITIONING: Springstead High School girls soccer coach Scott Wern is holding summer conditioning work from 9 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the school's soccer/football fields, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

The workouts are open to all potential players, including incoming freshmen, who are zoned for Springstead. Each player should bring cleats, sneakers and plenty of water.

For information, call Wern at (352) 238-4230.

WEST HERNANDO COUGARS:The West Hernando Cougars youth football and cheerleading program will have registration for the coming season every weekend in June.

Officials will be at Delta Woods Park on Deltona Boulevard in Spring Hill for signups from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 30. Coaches and officials also will be on hand from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday for mini-camps, along with registration.

Mini-camps will be free for youths who have paid in full for the upcoming season. Otherwise, the fee for the camps is $10 per player.

The registration fee for football or cheerleading is $195 per child. The fee includes full football uniform with a personalized jersey to keep or cheerleading top, skirt, bloomers and shoes. Divisions are open to youth age 5 to 15.

For information, call Bobby McFarland at (352) 585-6524 or visit West Hernando Cougars Football and Cheerleading on Facebook.

YOUTH SOFTBALL CLINICS: The Spring Hill Sting travel softball team is hosting a series of clinics for youth this summer, with proceeds benefiting the club.

The clinics are being organized to teach and emphasize the basics of the game. The girls will be divided by Dixie Softball age divisions (Sweeties, Darlings, Angels and Ponytails).

Sting coach Dianne McClellan will lead the instruction, with assistance from members of the Sting. The two remaining camp dates are July 11 to 13 and Aug. 1 to 3. The registration fee is $25 per player.

For information, contact McClellan at (352) 442-3047 or

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

Champions crowned in Hernando junior tennis series 06/20/12 [Last modified: Thursday, June 21, 2012 7:49pm]
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