Anthony Caso, 14, is youngest to compete in Spring Hill Open

Anthony Caso, 14, had an impressive 2008-09 season, even trying his hand at the PBA Regional Sweeper at Spring Hill Lanes two weeks ago.

The sweeper, a tournament held at the center where three spots in the annual PBA Spring Hill Open are awarded to the winners, included some of the best bowlers from the bay area. As good as Caso has been, he wasn't considered the favorite.

However, it was the young Caso who earned a spot in the 103-competitor field last weekend at Spring Hill Lanes. Bowling on the same lanes as professionals such as Jason Hurd, Tom Daugherty and Doug Becker, Caso became the youngest-ever competitor in the 21-year history of the event.

Vernon Peterson ended up winning the event for the first time, and the Spring Hill resident finished 88th with a 1,452, placing ahead of locals Tom Bosquez Sr. (91) and Jay Tinkham (96). He also finished ahead of tour regulars Ivo Raul Chiriboga (92), Courtney Moler (98) and Rob Ritchea (100).

Chris Polizzi, 19, does not bowl in the youth leagues anymore, but he wowed in his first strong performance in the PBA stop. Polizzi joined 2007 champion Jason Mahr as the only two locals to advance to the money round of the tournament Sunday. He finished 31st with a 2,918 pin total, earning $400.

SPORTS BASH: The End-of-Summer Sports Bash will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Stewy's Skate Park in Spring Hill.

Sponsored by Kids Central Inc. and Devereux Kids, the event will include presentations on backpacking safety, free school supplies and information on upcoming youth events. The day will include three different age divisions in skateboarding, inline skating and basketball. Prizes will be awarded to winners and participants.

For more information, contact community facilitator Noreen St. Jean at (352) 345-5954 or by e-mail at nstjean@devereux.org.

LITTLE BUDDIES: The Brooksville Recreation Department will host Little Buddies Athletics programs this fall.

Little Buddies Soccer will be Tuesdays from Sept. 8 to Oct. 27. Players ages 3 to 5 are allowed to attend with a parent. Little Buddies Tennis, a program provided in conjunction with USTA Smart Start youth tennis, will be Mondays from Sept. 14 to Nov. 2 for ages 4 to 7.

All classes will be at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville. A fee of $60 per child includes a T-shirt.

For more information, call Tina Nichols at (352) 540-3835.

PHYSICALS: Care One of Florida LLC will give school and sports physicals for all school-age children for $20.

Physicals will be conducted Wednesdays during August. No appointment is necessary. The locations are 12220 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville and 497 Mariner Blvd. in Spring Hill.

For more information, contact Erin Cantrell at (352) 683-1982 or (765) 215-7093 or by e-mail at ecantrell@careoneofflorida.com.

BASEBALL: Organizers are trying to gauge interest in forming a competitive travel team.

If interested in participating in a U10 team that will compete in AAU and USSSA-sanctioned events, call Randy Mosser at (352) 397-8546. Tryouts times and location to be announced.

Submit upcoming events, registrations, info to communitysports@tampabay.com.

Anthony Caso, 14, is youngest to compete in Spring Hill Open 08/06/09 [Last modified: Friday, August 7, 2009 7:28pm]

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