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Bowling for scholarships

Recreation notebook

The annual S&J Scholarship Bowling Tournament was held Dec. 15 at Spring Hill Lanes with local youth bowlers going home with hundreds of dollars in college scholarship money.

The handicap format featured three divisions: the A Division (151 average and above), the B Division (101-150) and the C Division (100 and below), and $8,700 in scholarship money was handed out.

The A Division was won by Jackson Short, who averages a 151 in the Youth Elite League at Spring Hill on Saturday mornings. He tossed a 682 series, beating second-place finisher Ryan Stellato to earn a $600 scholarship.

Stellato rolled a 670 series to take home a $500 scholarship, edging out Jake Bence (660), the tournament's defending champion. Bence earned $400 for his effort. The top 10 finishers in the division won scholarship money with Matthew Murphy ($350), Patrick Valentine ($300), Jamie Perlowski ($250), Spencer Gehringer ($200), Michael Stanley ($150), LeeAnn Militscher ($100) and Philip Baumbauer ($50) rounding out the winners.

Andrew Williams won the B Division in a tiebreaker over Andrew Ambrogio after both finished with 652 series. Williams averages a 118 in the Youth Major League at Spring Hill, and his total earned him $600.

Ambrogio, a 140 bowler, won $500. Others in the Top 10 were: Myles Brady ($400), Alexis Soares ($350), Melissa Perez ($300), Scott Hasson ($250), Jason Lovse ($200), Thomas Crist ($150), Brian Ratigan ($100) and Karianna Mandaglio ($50).

The C Division champion was Hailey Andre. In her first season of sanctioned bowling in the Youth Major League at Spring Hill, Andre bowled a 680 series and won a $600 scholarship.

Michael Traxler finished with a 663 series and the $500 scholarship. Ryker Palante ($400), Kayley Kahmer ($350), Epiphany Roberson ($300), Johnny Jackson ($250), Logan Pergola ($200), Josh Lord ($150), Allayha Sapone ($100) and Phoebe Passafiume ($50) completed the Top 10.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FREE THROW CONTEST: St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13209 will host its annual basketball free throw contest at 9 a.m. Jan. 18 in the gym at Notre Dame Catholic School, 1095 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

This event is open to boys and girls ages 10 to 14. Winners progress through local, district and state competitions.

Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. Entry forms and parental consent forms will be available on the day of the event. For information or entry forms, call Jack Hauser at (352) 686-9767 or (352) 238-1878.

WEST HERNANDO LITTLE LEAGUE: Registration dates have been set for the West Hernando Little League spring season.

Officials will be on hand at Freedom Field on Deltona Boulevard in Spring Hill on Jan. 10 and 17, with registration open from 6 to 8 p.m. On Jan. 11 and 18, interested players may sign up at the field from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All youth ages 4 to 18 are welcome to join. For information, visit or call (352) 232-4617.

HERNANDO BASEBALL FUNDRAISER: The Hernando High School baseball program will have a golf fundraiser Jan. 18 at Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club in Brooksville.

The four-person scramble will begin with a barbecue lunch at 11:30 a.m. Golfers will tee off at 1 p.m. The fee is $75 per player.

A pre-tournament social will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Red Mule Pub in Brooksville.

Leopard baseball booster sponsorships are available for $40. Donors will receive in-game announcements throughout the 2014 Leopard baseball season at both varsity and junior varsity home games.

The tournament will also include a silent auction.

For information, send email to coach Tim Sims at or Harry Timmons Jr. at

RIDGE LADIES GOLF ASSOCIATION: The Ridge Ladies Golf Association will host its first Ladies Invitational on Feb. 24 at the Ridge Golf Club in Ridge Manor.

If there is rain, the makeup date will be Feb. 27. The theme will be Mardi Gras.

The $45 fee per golfer includes greens fees, cart, prizes, breakfast and lunch. The format is two-person best ball handicap.

Applications are available at the Ridge Golf Club pro shop. For information, contact Donna Shipway at (352) 608-4111 or

UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled a baseball/softball umpiring clinic.

The clinic is designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and also can help seasoned umpires improve. The seminar will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 25 at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill.

The session is open to men and women ages 16 and older. Visit to register. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or send email to

'GIRLS NIGHT OUT' SHOOTING GROUP: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee, will offer a new "Girls Night Out" Trap Shooting Group starting this month.

The group will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday night of every month at the trap range.

For those who have never tried trap shooting or don't have their own shotgun, the club will provide 20-gauge shotguns for the group to use. Those using a club shotgun must bring at least two boxes of 20-gauge ammunition, ear plugs and eye protection.

There is a trap range fee of $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers. The fee applies to two games of trap. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call the club at (352) 597-9931 or visit The club also has a Facebook page.

YMCA YOUTH SPORTS: The Suncoast YMCA will have soccer and baseball/T-ball leagues starting this month.

Running from Jan. 14 to March 8, the soccer league will include players ages 3 to 5 competing only on Saturdays, while 6- to 14-year-old players will have one weekday evening game as well as a Saturday contest.

The baseball/T-ball leagues also will schedule 3- to 5-year-olds on Saturdays only; players ages 6 to 14 will play on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Facility members may enroll their children for $45 for ages 3 to 5 and $55 for ages 6 to 14. Nonmembers may enroll for fees of $75 and $85, respectively.

For information, call the YMCA at (352) 688-9622 or visit

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

Bowling for scholarships 01/03/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 3, 2014 11:57am]
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