Saturday, March 24, 2018

American Legion 186 on top in softball play

The West Hernando Athletic Club for Seniors Softball League is midway through the second half of its season.

American Legion Post 186 (9-4) has gotten off to a great start and is currently in first place, but the first-half champions, Suncoast Orthopedic (7-5), along with C's Pub (7-5) are right behind.

The current standings are rounded out by Economy Insurance Mart (6-7), Rookies Sports Bar (6-7) and Minerva's Hair Salon (3-10).

The league is for players age 55 and older, and the season runs from September to April.

For information, call league commissioner Ray Krisa at (352) 596-0575 or webmaster Tony Passanesi (352) 686-6812.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Gifts from Home Charity Support Our Troops Golf Tournament will be April 14 at Rivard Golf Club, off U.S. 41 south of Brooksville.

All proceeds go to Gifts from Home, which sends items to troops overseas in an effort to raise morale. The organization's funding comes from individual donations and fundraising events.

Registration fee is $35 per golfer or $140 per foursome. The fee include greens fees, prizes and food.

The shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. There will be a closest-to-the-pin contest, a longest drive contest, a 50-50 raffle and a yard sale.

Entry forms can be picked up at Rivard.

For information, contact Larry or Linda Kidwell at (352) 684-4185 or [email protected]

SOFTBALL FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS: The Hernando County Recreation Department is holding tournaments in March to benefit charities associated with cystic fibrosis.

The events will take place at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex and Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill.

A co-ed tournament will take place March 16, with a registration deadline of March 11.

Class A/B and C/D men's tournaments will take place March 23, with the deadline to enter March 18.

The fees are $175 per team, and all teams must provide two tournament-ready softballs. Proceeds will benefit research and those diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

For information or to enter a team, call Harry Johnson at (352) 540-6356.

POT O' GOLD GOLF TOURNAMENT: The ninth annual Pot O' Gold Golf Tournament will be March 16 at Toscana Crossing Golf Club at the Heather, north of Weeki Wachee.

Club members pay $10 if walking and $20 for a cart. Nonmembers pay $15 if walking and $25 for a cart. Fees include greens fees, prizes and appetizers.

More than $500 in prizes will be awarded, with registration beginning at 1:15 p.m. The shotgun start will be at 2 p.m. A handicap is not required, and golfers can make their own foursomes.

Payment is due by March 18, and the field is limited to 72 golfers. Other entrants will be alternates.

For information, call the clubhouse at (352) 596-2019.

FIREARMS CLASSES AND BENEFIT EVENT: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, on U.S. 19 north of Weeki Wachee, is offering firearms safety classes over the next few months.

The next class dates will be March 6, April 3, April 20, May 1, May 18 and Jun. 5. Special "ladies only" classes will be on March 16 and June 15. All classes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The course covers lessons about the basics of firearm safety around the home and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. The class includes practice time on the range.

Completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit.

Advance registration is required; fee is $60 per person.

For information, call (352) 597-9931 or visit

The club is also hosting a 4-H Benefit Trap Tournament on March 23, with proceeds going to the youth of the Hernando Sportsman's 4-H Club.

The tournament will consist of four rounds of 25 shots each. Trophies will be awarded in three categories: youth, adult and senior. The winner will be determined by most targets hit.

Cost is $40 per shooter, $35 if registered by March 16. Lunch will be provided to all participants.

Sign-up will begin at 8 a.m., with shooting starting at 9 a.m. Shooters are required to bring their own shotgun and ammo and are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

For information, call (352) 797-0409.

SUNCOAST SELECT BASEBALL: The Suncoast Select 16U baseball team is looking for elite-level players to fill its roster for the summer season.

The Select team plays a competitive schedule starting in May and continuing through the fall. The current roster features players from Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties.

Interested players must visit and click on "Contact Us" to fill out the short form. A coach will be in contact within two days.

For information, call Izzy Fontanez at (352) 428-0035 or send email to [email protected]

HOGAN LAW FIRM FISHING TOURNAMENT: The fifth annual Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice casts off from Bayport on April 27.

The event begins at 7 a.m., with fishing ending at 3 p.m. An awards banquet and silent auction will follow.

Registration is $100 per angler for individuals with their own boat, bait and tackle. Participants registering by March 15 will receive a $25 discount. All anglers will receive a gift bag, tournament shirt and three meals for the day.

Last year's tournament included 50 registrants and raised more than $19,000 to benefit of HPH Hospice.

For information, including sponsorship opportunities, call the Hogan Law Firm at (352)799-8423 or visit

DISTANCE RUNNING EVENTS: Jim Harnett is hosting two long-distance running events in Hernando County in the coming months.

On Sunday, Harnett, who previously put on the Croom Zoom Run, will bring the Long Play Race to Lake Townsen Regional Park near Nobleton. The event will include a 5-mile run, a half marathon, a 33 1/3-miler and a 66 2/3-miler.

On April 6, the Croom Fools Trail Run will be in the Withlacoochee State Forest. The event is a series of three races, including a 50-mile Fools Run, a 50-kilometer "I'm Not a Fool" Run, and a 16-mile run. The main trail for the event is a 16-mile loop.

For information, visit or call the county tourism office at (352) 754-4405.

TENNIS CLINICS: Ace Performance Tennis is offering Quick Start Drills on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

The cost is $10 per class. Drills and games are designed for beginning players using the U.S. Tennis Association-approved strategies for 60-foot court players. Participants will learn to play tennis quickly with age- and size-appropriate equipment and modified courts.

Ace Performance Tennis is also offering Ladies Night Out from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays at Delta Woods Park.

The cost is $10 per class. Women of beginning and intermediate skill levels will learn to play in a fun social setting.

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

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.

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