The first perfect game of 2010 on the local bowling lanes took less than a week to attain. Brandon Noon tossed his fourth career perfect game in the Mike's Auto Body League on Jan. 5 at Spring Hill Lanes.
Noon, 20, has become one of the area's elite bowlers over the past few years as his average has risen over the 220 mark. His 708 series was the best pin total he's put together in any of his 300 efforts.
The following night, Todd Brower tossed another 300 in the Wednesday Night Mixed League at Spring Hill Lanes.
Brower's perfect game came almost a year to the day after his last 300. On Jan. 7, 2009, Brower rolled his previous perfect game and an 804 series in the same league. This time around, he finished with a 704 series.
Rudy Diaz became the third bowler at Spring Hill Lanes to reach the magic number in the opening week with a perfect game in the Thursday Night Mixed League on Jan. 7. He also finished with the high series (749).
MLB ALUMNI CAMP: The Brooksville Recreation Department and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association are putting on a free baseball clinic, sponsored by the Hernando County Mining Association, for the fourth straight year.
The camp is open to children ages 7 to 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville. The clinic brings together current and former major leaguers with local kids to teach them the fundamentals of the game and for a day of fun.
While this year's participants have yet to be announced, past players have included Cincinnati Reds all-star pitcher Bronson Arroyo of Brooksville, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch and former American League all-star Ron LeFlore.
Call Mike Walker at (352) 540-3830.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CONTEST: Knights of Columbus Council 6800 will have a free-throw contest Jan. 30 at Heffernan Hall at St. Anthony's Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
The competition will be at 9 a.m. All children ages 10 to 14 are eligible to participate. A copy of a birth certificate will be required to register.
Call youth activities director Ralph Colon at (352) 397-2884 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
WEST HERNANDO COUGARS: The youth football program will have its inaugural spring 8-on-8 league this year.
The season will run from February through April for players ages 5 to 15. The cost is $140. There will also be a girls flag football league, held at the same time as the tackle boys league, for a cost of $90.
The Cougars are also looking for football and cheer coaches for the upcoming seasons.
Call Bob McFarland at (352) 585-6524.
SPRINGSTEAD ALUMNI FOOTBALL: Former Springstead High players will participate in a fundraiser exhibition football game against the Florida Thunder at 7 p.m. Jan. 30. The cost is $50 per player.
Any Springstead alum who is not playing in college, or who wants to be involved in some other way, may call Mike Garofano at (352) 797-7010, ext. 227, or Todd Toomer at (352) 797-7010, ext. 292.
HERNANDO BASEBALL FUNDRAISER: The Hernando High School baseball team will have a golf scramble fundraiser Feb. 6 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks.
The cost is $65 per person, which will include lunch before the 1 p.m. shotgun start. The Red Mule Pub in Brooksville will host preregistration from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 5.
Call Harry Timmons at (352) 585-2443 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send e-mail to Nancy Brady at email@example.com.
WEST FLORIDA YOUNG GUNS: The 10-and-under traveling baseball club is looking for players to complete its spring roster. Players cannot turn 11 before May 1. The team focuses on fundamentals and development. Call (727) 226-7160.
HERNANDO HAVOC: The traveling baseball club for those 11 and under is looking for players for the coming spring season.
These experienced players compete in USSSA, RBI/Nations Baseball and AAU-sanctioned events. All team members must be no more than 11 years old on or before May 1.
Call Dominic Orlando at (352) 684-1536, Steve DelGatto at (352) 442-1750 or Ed Kimzsal at (813) 508-8244.
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.
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 coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 584-6337.