Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Bowlers win money for college at tourney


Spring Hill Lanes hosted the S&J Scholarship Tournament last weekend for U.S. Bowling Congress-sanctioned youth bowlers.

The field was split into three divisions based on averages: A (151 and above), B (101 to 150) and C (100 and below). $6,900 in scholarship money was handed out.

The A Division was won by Jake Bence, who averages a 178 in the Youth Elite League at Spring Hill Lanes on Saturday mornings. Carrying a 111 handicap, he tossed games of 217, 187 and 235, adding up to a 750 series. He dominated the field, beating second-place finisher Ryan Kyle by more than 30 pins to earn a $500 scholarship.

Kyle tossed a 714 series to take home a $400 scholarship, edging out Kyle Keelan (713), who earned $350 for his effort.

The top nine finishers in the 25-entry division won scholarship money. Other winners included: Melissa Martin ($300), Patrick Valentine ($250), Justin Fryzel ($200), Derek Perez ($150), Dennis Williams ($100) and Kyle Garvey ($50).

Caleb Robinson won the B Division with an opening-game 170, followed by games of 138 and 119. Since he averages a 106 in the Youth Major League at Spring Hill, a handicap of 306 was added to his series, giving him a total of 733. His total gave him the victory over runner-up Nathan Bullock (725) and earned him $500.

Bullock, a 131 bowler, tossed games of 179, 157 and 149 and won $400. Other winners included: Andrew Ambrogio ($350), Melissa Perez ($300), Austin Buchan ($250), Spencer Gehringer ($200), Alexis Soares ($150), Jessica Drouin ($75) and Kevin Ramagli ($75).

The C Division champion was Reno Ocasio. Averaging 94 in the Youth Major League at Spring Hill, Ocasio rolled games of 108, 139 and 149. Added to a 339 handicap, his 735 was one of only two scores over 700 in the division. He won a $500 scholarship.

Donovan Schneider also threw three games in triple figures, despite an average of only 78. He finished with a 717 series and the $400 scholarship. Dustin Taylor-O'Brien ($325), Erec Rovner ($325), Zander Litwin ($250), Joshua King ($175), Norah Healy ($175), Noah Saul ($100) and Matthew Henriquez ($75) completed the top nine.

PHCC VOLLEYBALL ALL-AMERICAN: Pasco-Hernando Community College freshman Jessica Amador was selected by the National Junior College Athletic Association as a second team All-American volleyball player.

Amador was one of three liberos selected as an All-American. In 128 sets this season, Amador recorded 911 digs, averaging 7.12 per set. She was also named Florida College System Activities Association defensive player of the week three times during the season.

She made the 25-dig club (25 digs or more in one match) 17 times, also recording the most digs in the state this season, with 48 on Sept. 20 against Florida College.

"Jessica has worked very hard this season transitioning from the left back position to a middle back position. Her hard work has paid off," PHCC women's volleyball coach Kim Whitney said.

Amador is from Oviedo, where she played for Oviedo High School and club volleyball for the Orlando Volleyball Academy.

CROOM ZOOM TRAIL RUN: The Hernando County Tourism Bureau has announced that the Croom Zoom Trail Run will take place Jan. 5 on the Withlacoochee State Forest trails.

The event will feature three distance courses — a 100K, a 50K and a 25K. All race participants will receive T-shirts, with awards for the top finishers of the 25K race and trophies for the overall male and female winners.

For information or to register, visit

FIREARMS SAFETY CLASSES: The Hernando Sportsman's Club will be offering firearms safety classes.

The next regular class dates are Jan. 5, Jan. 19, Feb. 6, Feb. 16, and March 6. A female firearms safety course will be on March 16.

All classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hernando Sportsman's Club on 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee.

The course will cover lessons about the basics of firearms safety around the home as well as an introduction to pistol safety, parts and operation; an introduction to ammunition and the fundamentals of pistol shooting; an introduction to pistol shooting from the seated and standing positions, and an introduction to pistol cleaning and storage.

Classes include instruction, live-fire training on the range and a lunch break.

Cost is $60. Successful completion of the class provides required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. Preregistration is required.

Call (352) 597-9931 to preregister. For information, visit

TENNIS CLINICS: Ace Performance Tennis is offering QuickStart drills every Monday at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., players will take part in drills and games designed for beginners, using the U.S. Tennis Association-approved strategies for 60-foot court players. The fee is $10 per player.

Ace Performance Tennis also offers Ladies Night Out from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday at Delta Woods Park.

For $10 per class, women of beginning and intermediate skill levels can learn to play in a fun social setting.

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

TOURETTE SYNDROME GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Plantation Golf Resort in Crystal River will host the inaugural Tee Off for Tourette Celebrity Golf Tournament on Feb. 1 and 2.

Proceeds will benefit the Tourette Syndrome Association of Florida, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping individuals and families living with Tourette's syndrome. The money will help send children to an annual camp, where they can be with other children with Tourette syndrome and can make new friends.

The basic entry fee is $500 per four-player team, which includes a hole sign and recognition in the tournament program, as well as greens fees and a cart. Other sponsorship levels include gold, platinum and event.

For $1,000, a sponsor receives the same features as with the basic fee, plus a plaque commemorating the event. For a platinum fee of $2,500, a corporate sponsor gets two four-player teams. The event sponsor fee of $5,000 includes three four-player teams and the privilege of playing the round with one of the celebrities signed up to be on hand.

Individual hole sponsorships are $250. Individual players can play for a cost of $100 per golfer.

Among the celebrities expected to appear are former Buffalo Bills linebacker Darryl Talley, American Idol Season 9 contestant Dave Pittman, Kansas City Royals minor leaguer Nick DelGuidice and sports artist John Prince.

For information, contact event chairman Gary D'Amico at (352) 527-2938 or [email protected]

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

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