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Bowler makes Hernando's elite list with 848 series

Tom Russell has etched his name on Hernando County's most elite bowling list.

With an 848 series in the Coca-Cola Classic League at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill on April 23, Russell now finds himself in a tie for the sixth-highest series ever thrown in county history.

Russell is in the midst of the best campaign of his career. So far in 2009-10, he has already tossed two perfect games, a 299 game, a 290 game and two 800 series. Considering he only had two in his entire career before this season, it's quite an accomplishment.

On the night he rolled the 848, he also put a 300 game on the board. The only bowlers ahead of him on the all-time list are Jason Mahr (878), Rich Garner (858), Jay Olsen (855), Joe Correa (855), and Jay Lynch (855). David Lee Jr. also threw an 848 series at Spring Hill Lanes in September 2006.

CRIME WATCH GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hernando Beach Crime Watch Golf Tournament will be May 15 at Spring Hill Golf and Country Club.

The tournament is a four-person team scramble format. The entry fee is $40 per golfer or $25 for course members. The fee includes golf, lunch and a nonalcoholic beverage.

The registration deadline is May 12, and all checks should be made out to Hernando Beach Crime Watch. The shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the longest putt, longest drive, the shot closest to the pin and best scores.

For information, call Lucille Jaworski at (352) 592-6822.

BULLDOGS BASEBALL GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Brooksville Bulldogs Golf Tournament will be May 21 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.

The Brooksville Bulldogs is a USSSA 12-and-under youth baseball team, and proceeds from the tournament will go toward equipment, uniforms and other expenses.

The tournament is a four-person team scramble format. The entry fee is $75 per golfer or $300 per team, which includes hole sponsorship, as well as golf, lunch and prizes. The deadline is May 19.

Registration opens at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Dress code is a collared golf shirt and shorts.

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

KIWANIS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The 40th annual Kiwanis Club Golf Tournament will be June 9 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 will be at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the longest drive, shot closest to the pin and 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

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

Additional signups will be May 23 and June 6 and 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 uniform, shoes, practice uniform and competition turtleneck. The cost for football is also $225, and participants keep the helmet, game jersey and game pants.

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

EDUCATION FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Education Foundation will have its annual golf tournament May 14 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.

The tournament, sponsored by the construction company Skanska, is a four-person team scramble format. Entry fees are $100 per golfer or $400 per team.

Registration opens at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Dinner, awards presentations and door prizes will be at 5:30 p.m.

Go online to or call (352) 238-2677.

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

Bowler makes Hernando's elite list with 848 series 05/05/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 5:20pm]
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