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Bowlers walk away with titles, $500 from S&J Scholarship Tournament

The 16th annual S&J Scholarship Tournament was held recently at Spring Hill Lanes and featured some of the brightest young bowlers in the county today.

In the end, it was the top-notch performance of Kyle Wiesczchowski that rose above the rest in the A Division (150 average and above). The past three champions in this division (Brandon Curley, 2005 and 2006; William Holobinka, 2007) did not enter the tournament.

Wiesczchowski tossed games of 233, 207 and 220 after entering the event with a middle-of-the-pack, 175 average. With a 660 scratch series and a 780 handicap series, Wiesczchowski outdistanced the rest of the entrants by nearly 20 pins.

Melissa Martin took the ladies title by finishing seventh in the A Division (711 handicap, 549 scratch). Last season's female champ, Katie MacKay, finished a distant 29th overall.

The other division champions were Ryan Stellato (B Division) and Michael Stanley (C Division). LeAnn Militscher, last season's C Division champion, finished fourth this season. Zack Trezise, the champion in the B Division in 2007, competed in the A Division this season and finished 23rd. Each winner was awarded a $500 scholarship for the effort.

Special Olympics: Hernando County Special Olympics hosts bocce ball at Deltona Woods Park in Spring Hill. Practices will be Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

HCSO is also holding track and field at Springstead High starting Jan. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. New coordinator Sine (pronounced Sheena) Murphy is looking for coaches and volunteers to help, or she will have to fold the sport till next season.

For more information, contact Murphy at (813) 918-7391.

Tennis: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation is hosting its fourth annual Junior Invitational Tennis Tournament Jan. 24-25 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

The tournament is open to all elementary, middle and high school students. Players are required to register by Jan. 17. The entry fee is $30 and is tax-deductible. Trophies will be awarded for first- and second-place finishers in each division. There will be six divisions: a boys and girls division for each school level.

For more information, contact the NCTF at (352) 666-0658 or visit the Web site at

Little Buddies: The city of Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will be starting another round of Little Buddies Athletics soon.

Little Buddies Baseball is open to children ages 3-5 and parent volunteers. The class runs every Tuesday for eight weeks starting Jan. 13 from 5:45-6:45 p.m. at the Jerome Brown Community Center field in Brooksville.

Little Buddies Tennis is open to children ages 4-7 and parent volunteers. This class runs every Monday for eight weeks starting Jan. 12 from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. indoors at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville.

The signup fee for both classes is $50, including a program T-shirt.

For more information, contact Tina Nichols at (352) 544-5498.

Tae Kwon Do: Dragon's Dojo of Spring Hill will host the 2009 Spring Hill Challenge on Jan. 24 at Powell Middle School in Brooksville.

The event is sanctioned by the AAU, the top amateur sports governing body, and is open to competitors of all skill levels. Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Black Belt divisions are available for both forms and sparring competitions. The cost for entry varies. For novice entrants, the fee is $35 for one event and $49 for two. For the remaining divisions, it is $49 for one or two events and $40 for a black belt team.

Tickets for adults are $6, for children, $4; and children younger than 4 are admitted free. The deadline for registration is Jan. 16, and a clinic will be held at the host site Jan. 23.

For more information, visit or contact Carlos Carasquillo at (352) 597-5608 or by e-mail at

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