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PHCC mens basketball team exits playoffs amid praise from coach

The Pasco-Hernando Community College mens basketball team ended its season last weekend with a 85-78 loss to Patrick Henry Community College of Virginia in the quarterfinals of the regional championship.

The No. 7 seed Conquistadors won their opening round game against Rockingham Community College, 81-77. But they couldn't handle the No. 2 seed and eventual runnersup in the Region 10 tournament of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

"My team played well in the tournament, and they took the No. 2-seeded team into overtime before losing to them," said James Johnson, who is finishing his first year as PHCC's head coach. "I am very proud of my players. They represented Pasco-Hernando Community College with pride."

BICYCLE: The Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department will host Curious George Bike Day at Starkey Wilderness Park from 9 to 11 a.m. March 24. The event is open to kids ages 3-5 and includes a bike safety demonstration and free bike helmets while supplies last. There will also be free books distributed by the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties. Participants are encouraged to bring their bike or tricycle for a ride with Curious George. The cost of parking is $2. For information, call (727) 861-3033 or (727) 861-3034.

SOFTBALL: Fivay High School will hold its second annual "Fly" Ball Tournament," a staff versus student softball showcase that will raise money for the school, on April 13. Gates open at 1 p.m. with the contest running until a winner is crowned. Tickets will be on sale at the gate for $2 and concessions will be available. For information, call Brian Borruso at (727) 858-8836.

GOLF: Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club in Brooksville will host the third annual Cause Fore Paws golf tournament on April 3 to benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. A shotgun start for this best ball scramble is set for 9 a.m., with check-in starting at 8. Entry fee to play on the Pete Dye-designed course is $75 per golfer, which includes prizes and a buffet barbecue lunch. Individual hole sponsorships also are available for pets and their human companions. All proceeds will be used to care for homeless pets in Hernando, Citrus, Pasco and Sumter counties. For information, call (352)797-0962.

YOUTH ACTIVITY Programs: Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson hosts multiple All American Youth Activities programs for kids ages 5 and up. Self-defense classes are held on Wednesdays and are instructed by certified black belt instructors. Cheerleading classes take place on Thursdays and focus on aspects of cheerleading required in school tryouts. Dance classes run on Tuesdays and focus on elements of dance in hip-hop and jazz. All classes are broken into age groups with ages 5 and 6 having class from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Kids ages 7-9 have class from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and kids ages 10 and up have class from 8 to 8:45 p.m. There is no registration fee. The cost is $7 per session on a pay-as-you-go basis. For information, call (813) 885-2292 or visit

To submit information on community sports events, contact David Rice at

>>If you go

Helping hospice via horses

The March 31 Ride for Hospice, an equine event benefitting Gulfside Regional Hospice, will include a 3 p.m. performance by Tommie Turvey's Amazing Horses. The Brooksville-based team performs stunts in a safe and fun environment. The horses have appeared in movies such as Batman: The Dark Knight and John Adams as well as events such as the Tournament of Roses Parade. The Ride for Hospice begins at 9:30 a.m. with a three-hour trail ride through the Diamond B Ranch, 21309 Kettering Road in Dade City. Riders must bring their own horses. The event will also include pony rides, kids' games, live music, horseshoe tournament and lunch. Cost is $30 per participant. For information call (813) 220-8459 or visit

PHCC mens basketball team exits playoffs amid praise from coach 03/15/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 15, 2012 5:38pm]
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