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7-year-old bantam wrestler wins regional title in Georgia

Cael Swensen, 7, was one of three Spring Hill Wrestling Club members to make a recent trip to the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., for the USA Wrestling Southeast Region Championships.

For most divisions, the region championships serve as a qualifier for the national championships later this month in Orem, Utah. For the Bantam Division, however, there is no competition beyond the region.

Wrestling in the bantam 50-pound weight class, Cael was entered in a 10-person bracket. In a match with Dawson Legg of Georgia, he pinned him in 22 seconds. In the championship bout, Cael pinned Garrison Dendy of Georgia in 1:47 to earn the regional title.

Ethan and Braden Basile were the other two grapplers to make the trip, and each was able to place against tough competition.

Ethan, 9, competed in the intermediate 75-pound weight class and finished in fifth place, while Braden, 7, placed third in the bantam 45-pound weight class.

The boys are the sons of Eric Swensen and Sal Basile, coaches of Springstead High School wrestling, a program that finished second in the state this past season and featured five individual state champions.

Veterans GOLDEN AGE GAMES: The 24th National Veterans Golden Age Games were May 26 to 31 in Des Moines, Iowa, and a handful of local athletes competed.

Edward Aviles of Brooksville, Charles Chapman of Spring Hill, Ishmael Gonzalez of Spring Hill, Luis Marrero of Brooksville and Michael Milligan of Spring Hill all entered the over-55 competition, which serves as a qualifier for the National Senior Games.

Aviles, 67, took bronze in the 65-69 division in table tennis. He also took bronze in swimming freestyle 25 meters.

Chapman, 79, took silver in the freestyle 25 in the 75-79 age division.

With more than 700 athletes from 39 states and the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the National Veterans Golden Age Games is a rehabilitative senior sports program run by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

HIGH POINT LADIES GOLF: The High Point Ladies Golf League played both nine-hole and 18-hole competitions on May 24.

The nine-hole winners were Barbara Harrell (Flight A), Anna Willemsen (B) and Lura Grim (C). On the 18-hole side, the Flight A winner was Joan Orr; the Flight B winner was Donna O'Keefe.

There were a combined seven chip-in shots on the day by Harrell, Del Kazmierczak, AnnMarie Hartnett, Sharon Riedl, Joan Thompson, Anna McGovern and RoseMary Kalfayan.

BROOKSVILLE SUMMER CAMPS: The Brooksville Recreation Department is holding eight separate weeklong summer camps at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville from June through August.

For a cost of $60 per camper, including lunch daily, kids can participate in the following athletic camps: baseball (June 14-18), tennis (June 21-25), golf (June 21-July 2), sandlot sports (July 6-9), basketball (July 12-16), soccer (July 19-23), flag football (July 26-30) and volleyball (Aug. 2-6).

All camps are open to children ages 7 and older, except for the tennis camp, which has two sessions. Youth age 9 and older can participate in the clinic at the Jerome Brown Center; those younger than 9 may take part in the clinic at Bud McKethan Park.

After-camp care is available until 5:30 p.m. for an additional cost of $25. A late fee of $10 will be charged if registration is not paid one week before the start of camp.

For information, call Tina Nichols at (352) 544-3835 or visit

KIWANIS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The 41st annual Kiwanis Club Golf Tournament will be Wednesday at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks.

The tournament is a four-person team scramble format. The entry fee is $75 per golfer. The fee includes golf, cart, dinner and prizes. Dress code is a collared golf shirt and shorts.

The shotgun start for the tournament will be at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the longest drive and shot closest to the pin, plus door prizes.

For information, call Barbara Dupre at (352) 442-3412 or visit

YMCA SWIM TEAM: The Hernando County YMCA swim team is part of the PYP Piranhas Swim Club, a USA Swimming Club. It is a year-round competitive program designed to improve swimmers' skills.

There are two teams. The youth team, ages 7 to 13, will practice from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The high school swim team, ages 14 to 17, will practice from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The monthly fee for either team is $60 for facility members and $80 for program members. The fee includes 1 1/2 hours of practice time and one meet a month.

All participants must be able to swim the following: 100 yards of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Lisa Cunningham at the Y at (352) 688-9622 for information about tryouts. On the Web, visit www.sun

WEST HERNANDO COUGARS: The West Hernando Cougars will have signups for youth football and cheerleading from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.

Additional signups will be on June 20, same time and location. Youth ages 5 to 16 can sign up. The season includes 10 football games, with playoffs and a super bowl. All cheerleaders compete in several competitions.

The cost for cheerleading is $225. Provided all volunteer hours are met, participants get to keep their uniforms, shoes, practice uniforms and competition turtlenecks. The cost for football is also $225 and participants keep their helmets, game jerseys and game pants.

For information, call Bob McFarland at (352) 585-6524 or (352) 592-2190.

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

7-year-old bantam wrestler wins regional title in Georgia 06/02/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 3, 2010 6:40pm]
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