Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department to host youth baseball clinic

The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the Legends of the Youth Kids Baseball Clinic at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville on Sunday.

The three-hour clinic begins at 1 p.m. The cost is free for children ages 6 to 15, but preregistration is required online at

Presented by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and sponsored by Cemex, former major-leaguers will teach youth the fundamentals of the game. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided prior to the event.

COUPLES OF HERNANDO GOLF LEAGUE: The Couples of Hernando Golf League had its monthly tournament at Brooksville Country Club on Feb. 11.

Ray and Charlene Martin took first place, with Harry and Muriel Tremain as runners-up. Jim and Dee Karos placed third, and there was a fourth-place tie between Bob and Bailey Webster and Doug and Karen Cord.

Bob Webster, Earlene Jackson and Ken Ames won the closest-to-the-pin awards.

For information about the league, send email to Jane Szeltner at [email protected] or Dorothy Cleary at [email protected]

POT 'O' GOLD GOLF TOURNAMENT: The ninth annual Pot 'O' Gold Golf Tournament will be March 16 at Toscana Crossing Golf Club at the Heather, north of Weeki Wachee.

Club members pay $10 if walking and $20 for a cart. Nonmembers pay $15 if walking and $25 for a cart. Fees include greens fees, prizes and appetizers.

More than $500 in prizes will be awarded, with registration beginning at 1:15 p.m. The shotgun start will be at 2 p.m. A handicap is not required, and golfers can make their own foursomes.

Payment is due by March 18, and the field is limited to 72 golfers. Other entrants will be alternates.

For information, call the clubhouse at (352) 596-2019.

PHCC PITCHER HONORED: Pasco-Hernando Community College pitcher Jordan Nolan was named the Pitcher of the Week in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 8/Florida College System Activities Association coaches poll Feb. 12.

Nolan tossed a one-hit shutout over St. Johns River Community College on Feb. 6. Needing only 94 pitches for the complete-game victory, he struck out four and walked none. He graduated from Clearwater High School in 2011.

"Nolan demonstrated an outstanding effort in the St. Johns River game," said PHCC coach Steve Winterling said.

The Conquistadors were 4-8 as of Monday, with games this week against Broome Community College (N.Y.) and St. Petersburg College.

SUNCOAST SELECT BASEBALL: The Suncoast Select 16U baseball team is looking for elite-level players to fill its roster for the summer season.

The Select team plays a competitive schedule starting in May and continuing through the fall. The current roster features players from Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties.

Interested players must visit and click on "Contact Us" to fill out the short form. A coach will be in contact within two days.

For information, call Izzy Fontanez at (352) 428-0035 or send email to [email protected]

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT BOWL-A-THON: Junior Achievement of Hernando County will have its annual Stars & Stripes bowl-a-thon Saturday at Spring Hill Lanes.

Starting at noon, competitors will bowl to benefit the organization. The cost is $6 per bowler, which includes two games and shoe rental. Lane sponsorships are available for $300.

Junior Achievement programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

For information, visit or call Anesta Boyce at (352) 797-6754.

SWEETHEARTS SCOTCH DOUBLES BOWLING: Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill had its 18th annual Sweethearts Scotch Doubles Tournament on Feb. 10.

The event featured 13 couples, with the tandem of Maureen Richards and John Stangle emerging on top, rolling a handicap score of 941 over four games and earning $90.

Trudy Kelly and Luis Santiago (936) took second place with a check for $50 as their reward.

Because of the limited field, only two couples won cash prizes. Nancy Pannullo and Larry Anfuso rolled a 930 total, just missing out.

HOGAN LAW FIRM FISHING TOURNAMENT: The fifth annual Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice casts off from Bayport on April 27.

The event begins at 7 a.m., with fishing ending at 3 p.m. An awards banquet and silent auction will follow.

Registration is $100 per angler for individuals with their own boat, bait and tackle. Participants registering by March 15 will receive a $25 discount. All anglers will receive a gift bag, tournament shirt and three meals for the day.

Last year's tournament included 50 registrants and raised more than $19,000 to benefit of HPH Hospice.

For information, including sponsorship opportunities, call the Hogan Law Firm at (352)799-8423 or visit

DISTANCE RUNNING EVENTS: Jim Harnett is hosting two long-distance running events in Hernando County in the coming months.

On March 3, Harnett, who previously put on the Croom Zoom Run, will bring the Long Play Race to Lake Townsen Regional Park near Nobleton. The event will include a 5-mile run, a half marathon, a 331/3-miler and a 662/3-miler.

On April 6, the Croom Fools Trail Run will be in the Withlacoochee State Forest. The event is a series of three races, including a 50-mile Fools Run, a 50-kilometer "I'm Not a Fool" Run, and a 16-mile run. The main trail for the event is a 16-mile loop.

For information, visit or call the county tourism office at (352) 754-4405.

TENNIS CLINICS: Ace Performance Tennis is offering Quick Start Drills on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

The cost is $10 per class. Drills and games are designed for beginning players using the U.S. Tennis Association-approved strategies for 60-foot court players. Participants will learn to play tennis quickly with age- and size-appropriate equipment and modified courts.

Ace Performance Tennis is also offering Ladies Night Out from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays at Delta Woods Park.

The cost is $10 per class. Women of beginning and intermediate skill levels will learn to play in a fun social setting.

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

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

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