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Brooksville Raid wins girls U-17 soccer championship

The Brooksville Raid, an under-17 competitive girls soccer team, clinched the United Soccer Association Division 1 championship over the weekend on its home field at Ernie Wever Park in Brooksville after an undefeated regular season.

The Raid (7-0-3) started on Saturday with a contest against the Tampa Lady Lazers. It was the first game between the two clubs this season, and both teams fought hard from the start.

Spencer Valdespino struck first for Brooksville, scoring on a free kick from about 30 yards away. After the Lazers tied it up, Wendy Cuevas found Valdespino again on a breakaway to put the Raid up 2-1. Tampa was able to knot it up again in the 70th minute for good.

On Sunday, Brooksville was in a position to clinch the division title if it could defeat the West Florida Premier. The Raid wasted little time as Cuevas again found Valdespino to open the scoring. Valdespino made it 2-0 on a shot through the box that snuck inside the bar. Cuevas scored the final goal to make it 3-0 when the ball went into the top left corner of the net.

Valdespino finished with a team-high 18 goals for the season as Brooksville won its first division crown in club history. The plan is for the roster to split up for the high school season and come back together in February and March for showcase tournaments and state club tournaments.

NATURE COAST BOWLING: The Nature Coast Technical High bowling teams defeated Indian Rocks Christian in matches at Spring Hill Lanes on Oct. 12.

The boys team defeated Indian Rocks in Game 1, 977-636, led by Billy Lummus (228) and Jeff Morgan (226). In Game 2, the Sharks outpaced the Golden Eagles 963-561 with big games from Kyle Garvey (246) and Lummus (221). The first two games were traditional 10-pin; the third was Baker-style doubles. In the final game, Nature Coast defeated Indian Rocks 195-77.

On the girls side, the Sharks were just as successful. In Game 1, Nature Coast won 729-506, thanks to the performances of Franki Palermo (188) and Melissa Martin (171). Palermo (166), Martin (166) and Nikki Williams (161) all contributed in Game 2 as the Sharks strolled to victory, 694-497. In the Baker-style doubles final game, Nature Coast won 169-87.

REC TENNIS PROGRAMS: The Brooksville Department of Parks and Recreation is offering two separate tennis programs for local youths.

The Quick Start tennis program is being held at Bud McKethan Park in Brooksville starting Monday. The hourlong classes will start at 5 p.m. each Monday and cost $50 per student. The course runs six weeks, and the fee includes a T-shirt.

The other program is Little Buddies tennis. This clinic is for youth ages 4 to 6 and will start Oct. 27. It is also a weekly hourlong course. Little Buddies takes place at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville. The cost is $50 per child, which includes a T-shirt.

For information, call (352) 540-3835.

PHCC 5K: Pasco-Hernando Community College will play host to its sixth annual 5K race at 8 a.m. Sunday at the West Campus in New Port Richey. All proceeds will benefit the PHCC women's cross-country program.

Runners may sign up on race day for $20. Awards will be given to the first 35 male and female finishers. The event will also feature free post-race refreshments, games, goodie bags, photos and drawings.

For information, send e-mail to Jacki Wachtel at For sponsorship opportunities, call Katherine Matuszko at (727) 768-5809.

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL CLINICS: The Hernando County Recreation Department is offering fast-pitch softball clinics at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill.

The clinics are for players ages 7 to 16. Private and group lessons are also available. The clinics will be led by April Pelham, a certified Florida fast-pitch instructor. The cost is $20 for the 30-minute clinics. Group lessons are $10 per hour per person (with a minimum of four students). Private lessons for hitting or catching are $20 for 30 minutes, and private lessons for fielding or throwing are $15 for 30 minutes.

For times, dates and other information, contact Penny Oliver at (352) 754-4031 or

CATHOLIC CHARITIES GOLF: The Dunes Golf Club at Seville, north of Weeki Wachee, will host the sixth annual Catholic Charities Golf Tournament on Oct. 27 to benefit the building of the Arnold Andrews Northern Counties Service Center, serving Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

The entry fee is $60 per golfer. Make all checks payable to Catholic Charities. The registration deadline is Oct. 20.

The shotgun start will be at 9 a.m. with registration starting at 8. Registration includes coffee and doughnuts. The tournament will include a hole-in-one contest for a 2011 Buick, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a golf cart or a one-year membership at the Dunes. There will also be a buffet, games, prizes and an auction.

For information, call Chris Paquin at (352) 686-9897, ext. 25.

HOLIDAY GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Holiday Golf Tournament on Dec. 2 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks.

Registration fees are $100 per person or $400 per team. Sponsorships are available at $450 for a gold sponsor (four-man team plus a hole). The platinum sponsor for the tournament is Cemex. Prices include a continental breakfast, cart and barbecue lunch.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30. There will be a hole-in-one contest and an auction, in addition to other activities. The deadline to sign up is Nov. 22.

For information, call Carla J. Hayes at (352) 796-0697.

To notify us of community sports achievements or coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

Brooksville Raid wins girls U-17 soccer championship 10/20/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 3:45pm]
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