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Team Florida Speed Skating members roll to victory in regional competition

Thirty-one of the 33 members of Team Florida Speed Skating have qualified for national competition in Fort Wayne, Ind.

They competed May 21 at the Southern Region In-Line Speed Skating Championships in Port Richey.

Of the 31 qualifying, 17 are from Rainbow Rollerland in Brooksville.

Jennifer Goff and Joe Hansen coach at Rainbow Rollerland, Tony Cabral and Renee Hildebrand coach in Tampa. The team considers itself one group even though it is in two cities. Emily Hebson won the Novice Freshman Girls Division at the competition, the only team member to win a regional title.

Here are the Rainbow Rollerland members who qualified by placing in various divisions: Josh Goff, Thomas Goff, Duncan McRae, Thomas Ramsey, Kayla Behlen, Dustin Hebson, Emily Hebson, Joe Tremper, Jonathan Simkins, Hardin Simkins, Joe Hansen, Riley Hansen, Alex Carrie, Quentin Ferrer, Zoe Sutter, Samantha Brown, and Erin Jackson.

The team will hold a fundraiser at Rainbow Rollerland at 1125 W Jefferson St. in Brooksville. There will be an Eat and Skate on July 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. with a $5 cost of admission. The price includes hamburger, drink and two sides. The team is also accepting donations. For information, call (352) 584-0200.

FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Recreation Department is hosting the first Clint Hart Celebrity Air-It-Out Flag Football Tournament at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill on July 9.

The games will start at 8 a.m. and run until 9 p.m. The cost is $200 per team, and all teams are guaranteed five games. Pool play and double-elimination will determine which team will be crowned the champion.

There will be an All-Star Game at 6 p.m. featuring former NFL safety Clinton Hart, former NFL wide receiver Ernest Givens, former Florida wide receiver John Capel and others. You must register before Wednesday.

For information, call Harry Johnson at (352) 540-6356.

ACE PERFORMANCE TENNIS: Ace Performance Tennis is hosting two events this summer.

QuickStart Drills will be offered on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill. The cost is $10 per class. There will be drills and games designed for beginning players using USTA-approved strategies for 60-foot court players. Learn to play tennis quickly with age- and size-appropriate equipment and modified courts.

Ladies Night Out will be offered on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Delta Woods Park. The cost is $10 per class. Women of beginning and intermediate skill levels will learn to play in a social setting.

For information, call John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or visit

BROOKSVILLE BULLDOGS: The Brooksville Bulldogs are seeking players for the upcoming season, which runs from September through February.

The team plays doubleheaders in Brooksville and tournaments in the Central Florida area. The two age divisions are 13 and under and 14 and under.

For information, call Bruce Price at (813) 714-1054 or e-mail

DUNES WOMEN'S GOLF: The Dunes Women's Golf League held a special event on June 9, their Member-Man Tournament.

Eighteen members partnered with their spouse, a male friend or one of the Dunes pros who participated. The theme of the day was "All-American," the attire was red/white/blue, and the lunch after golf was an old-fashioned barbecue picnic.

The winners of the Acapulco Scramble were Barb Breesmen and Al Fernandes, Ros Moschinger and Bob Smith, Louise and Mike Bury, and Jackie and Geoff MacDonald. Those four pairs were also the A Flight winners. B Flight champions were Sue and Tai Um. There was a four-way tie behind them between Elsie King and Sam Wilson, Pat and Roy Milburn, Karen and Bill Stacy, and Marge and Bill Williams.

There were also closest to the pin awards in the tournament. Mike Bury, Barb DiLavore, Ron Guido, and Marge Williams walked away with those.

The next major event for the league is its annual Sweet & Simple Invitational on Sept. 22 where female golfers from area clubs visit the Dunes to play.

For information, call Karen Berch at (352) 382-2867.

UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled its fifth- annual baseball/softball umpires clinics.

The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and the sessions also can help seasoned umpires improve. Local clinics will take place at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill on Aug. 21 and 28.

The sessions are open to ages 16 and older. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m., with the clinics starting at 1 p.m. There is a $20, and participants will receive a Major League Baseball rule book, along with other handouts.

Visit to register. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or send e-mail to

ADULT BASKETBALL LEAGUE: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an Adult Basketball League at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville, beginning Aug. 23.

The league is open to those 18 and older. Games will take place at 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. The registration deadline is Aug. 12, and players will be taken on a first-come basis. The cost is $400 per team, with an eight-player minimum.

For information, call (352) 540-3835.

COPELAND FOOTBALL CAMP: The Hernando County Recreation Department will host the Horace Copeland Football Camp on July 22 and 23 at Springstead High School in Spring Hill.

Copeland is a former University of Miami and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver. The clinic aims to develop fundamental football skills to enhance individual and team skills at all positions.

The cost is $110, with youths ages 7 to 14 welcome. The times for the camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. All campers will be provided an official Horace "Hi-C" Copeland camp shirt, a personalized participation certification, lunch daily, and a special autograph session with Copeland and other former pro players at the conclusion of camp.

Register online by visiting or at — where registration and waiver forms may be printed.

Call Harry Johnson or Christie Williams at (352) 754-4031 or send e-mail to

BRITISH SOCCER CAMP: The First Hernando Youth Soccer Club has teamed up with Challenger Sports to host a weeklong British soccer camp July 18-22 at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill.

Each child will work with a member of the team of more than 1,000 British coaches being flown to the United States exclusively to work with summer programs. Challenger Sports will hold more than 3,000 camps this summer and coach more than 120,000 children between the ages of 3 and 19.

Space is limited, and parents are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible. To attend for a half day from 9 a.m. to noon, the cost is $117 for the week for ages 5 to 18. For a full day, the fee is $165 for ages 10 to 18. Goalkeepers ages 10 to 18 may attend from 5 to 8 p.m. for a cost of $117.

Each camper will receive a T-shirt, soccer ball, poster and a personalized skills evaluation.

For information, call Robert Andreu at (813) 283-4523 or send e-mail to To register, visit

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

Team Florida Speed Skating members roll to victory in regional competition 06/30/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 30, 2011 6:19pm]
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