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PHCC women's cross country team 13th at nationals

The Pasco-Hernando Community College women's team finished 13th at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) cross country championship last month at Rend Lake College in Ina, Ill.

PHCC's Samantha Greenlee set a school record with a time of 19:34. Following Greenlee were freshmen Ariel Grey and Jessica Ortiz with 20:29 and 20:48 respectively. Closing out the scoring were sophomores Marissa Tomei (21:09) and Ajla Spijodic (21:23).

"The team was diligent and worked hard to prepare for this year's national meet. I was confident we would finish strong and we did," said women's cross country coach Jacki Wachtel.

LOCAL ALL-AMERICAN: PHCC freshman volleyball player Jessica Amador was named a second-team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association, the school announced Tuesday.

Amador, an Oviedo native, averaged 7.12 digs per set at libero and was named the state's defensive player of the week three times this fall. Her 48-dig performance against Florida College was the highest total among the state's junior colleges.

"Her hard work has paid off," PHCC coach Kim Whitney said in a statement. "I am so proud of her accomplishments this year and look forward to having her for another season."

BASKETBALL: Next Level Sports will host a boys and girls basketball camp from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4 for kids ages 7 to 15 at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex. The cost is $50 per camp or $90 for all six days. The price includes a camp T-shirt and instruction from Danny Delgardo, head basketball coach at Trinity College. For information, call (813) 929-1220.

VOLLEYBALL: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex is hosting registration for its youth volleyball league that begins on Jan. 19. The league is open to boys and girls ages 10 to 15 and costs $25 per participant. Players will have to participate in an evaluation day on Jan. 12. Games are played on Saturdays. Space limited; proof of age required. Call (727) 942-7439 or (727) 934-4198.

GYMNASTICS: The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex hosts gymnastics class on Tuesdays nights. Each week there are three 45-minute sessions available from 5:45-6:30 p.m., 6:30-7:15 p.m. and 7:15-8 p.m. The classes cost $32 per four-week session and are broken into four age groups ranging from 3-12. For information, call Jennifer or Joe Albert at (813) 980-1711.

AEROBICS: The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex hosts aerobics classes from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. The class is taught by certified instructor Julie Brucker and costs $6 per session. All fitness levels are welcome. Call Brucker at (813) 996-7186 or email

FUN CAMP: The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex will host Winter Fun Camp for kids ages 6-11 from Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Camp includes a field trip each week and the cost is $40 for one week or $60 for both weeks. For information, call (813) 929-1220.

SPIN-A-THON: LifeCycle Fitness Studio seeks participants for its Spin-a-Thon, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 5 at 4664 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Registration must be completed by Dec. 20. Members of each team will need to alternate so that one member is on the bike pedaling at all times. There will be food, drinks, demonstrations and door prizes. All proceeds will go to the Humane Society of the Nature Coast and St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Call (352) 540-5199.

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

CALLING ALL ALUMni: Alumni who competed on their high school's track team are invited to represent their school again at the Feb. 16 Legends of the Spring Track and Field Meet at Lecanto High School. Graduates from Pasco schools — as well as from Alachua, Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Lake, Levy, Marion and Sumter counties — are welcome to compete in the events that start a 1 p.m. A trophy will be awarded to the winning school. Registration is available at, or contact Lecanto coach Rob Thompson at

PHCC women's cross country team 13th at nationals 12/11/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 5:40pm]
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