There weren't many high scores on the Hernando County lanes during the past week, but for a few bowlers there were some highlights.
Alan Maddox and Jamie Vega each came within one pin of perfection in the Coca-Cola Classic League on Monday night at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill with 299 games.
For Maddox, a sanctioned bowler in the county for the past four seasons, it was his first U.S. Bowling Congress achievement. He has never previously averaged over 200 in a full season.
On the other hand, Vega is no stranger to success. He owns one of the best scratch series ever thrown in the county with his 836 in April 2008. He also continues to streak this season. Vega already has two 800 series, two perfect games and three 290-plus games.
There was only one USBC honor score tossed at Spring Hill Lanes last week. Mario Gonzalez threw a perfect game in the Kevin's Pro Shop League on Dec. 2. After his first game of 300, he followed with a 223 and a 234 for a 757 series.
It was the second major accomplishment for Gonzalez in 2009. In January, he threw an 800 series.
HERNANDO JUNIORS YARD SALE: A Holiday Bake Sale, Yard Sale and Car Wash will take place Sunday to benefit the Hernando Junior Volleyball Club.
The fundraiser will be from noon until 3 p.m. at Murphy's Market, 3483 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
For information, call Paul Schillinger at (352) 544-2604.
BROOKSVILLE BOMBERS: The Brooksville Bombers 12-and-under traveling baseball club will hold open tryouts this month for the spring 2010 season.
Tryouts will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Dec. 19 at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill.
Roster openings are limited. Eligible players must be born on or before May 1, 1997.
The Bombers compete in USSSA and AAU events around the state and country. The program is planning a summer trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
For information, call John Hrobuchak at (352) 238-9840 or send e-mail to brooksvillebombers@ tampabay.rr.com.
The Brooksville Bombers 11-and-under traveling baseball team is also seeking players for this spring.
For information, call Shawn Laferty at (813) 267-8530 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
REFEREES NEEDED: The West Central Officials Association is interested in finding new officials to work football contests for the 2010 season.
The association oversees officiating of middle school, junior varsity and varsity high school football games in Pasco and Hernando counties.
Tampa Bay Area Sports Officials also needs experienced flag and tackle football officials to work youth games in Hernando, Pasco and Hillsborough counties for the 2010 season.
For information, call Gary Stanley at (813) 989-9387 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
SENIOR SOFTBALL: The Senior Softball Invitational League is competes at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill.
Any player older than 55 interested in joining the league is welcome to come and try out on those days.
For information, visit the league's Web site at www.ssil-softball.com.
YOUTH LACROSSE CLINICS: The Hernando Lacrosse Club is hosting free clinics for the coming season.
The organization invites any new or returning players to five open clinics at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill. The clinics will be from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday in December. There will also be a clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
There will be coaches on hand from the boys' youth, middle school and high school teams. Coaches from the girls' high school program will also be on hand to talk about the season that begins in mid January.
For information, call Greg Longo at (352)-200-6111 or visit www.hernandolacrosseclub.com.
MARTIAL ARTS: Southern Elite Sports is offering cheer/dance and mixed martial arts classes for all ages at different locations throughout Pasco and Hernando counties.
The cost is $30 per month.
Southern Elite Sports has also partnered with Top Contenders Gymnastics to hold classes at the Top Contenders facility at 16200 Spring Hill Drive, south of Brooksville.
Martial arts classes at Top Contenders are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The cost to attend one class per week is $30 per month. To attend twice a week is $50 per month. To attend three times a week is $65 per month.
For information, call Paul Micklow at (727) 645-1501.
FISHING TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIP: The Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice is looking for sponsors.
Last year's inaugural event had more than 50 anglers and raised more than $13,000 for hospice. The tournament casts off April 24 from Bayport.
A dinner and awards ceremony will be at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park after the tournament.
For information, send e-mail to Debbie Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Jennifer Rey at email@example.com or call (352) 799-8423.
To notify us of community sports achievements or upcoming events, Derek J. LaRiviere can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 584-6337.