Friday, March 23, 2018

Cinco de Mayo tennis tournament crowns champions

After fending off rain on May 3, the Nature Coast Tennis Foundation hosted its Cinco de Mayo Tennis Tournament on May 4 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

In the A Division (7.0 or higher combined rating), Ellen and Al Kohn defeated Susan Pidek and Rudy Beck in straight sets for the title, 6-4 and 6-3.

In B Division action, Judy Dalhaus and John Bernier defeated Ed Baker and Nancy Dorsey, also in straight sets, 6-1 and 6-2.

For information, visit or send email to [email protected]

PHSC SUMMER CAMPS: Pasco-Hernando State College is offering summer athletic camps in basketball, fast-pitch softball, baseball and volleyball.

All camps will be at the West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey. The camps will be directed by PHSC head coaches, along with assistant coaches and college athletes.

The coed basketball camp will run from 8 a.m. to noon Monday to Wednesday. For ages 7 to 16, instruction will be led by PHSC men's basketball coach Michael Jones. The fee is $75 per camper.

The fast-pitch softball camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Thursday. For girls between the ages of 7 and 17, the clinic will be run by PHSC softball coach Tom Ryan. The fee is $65 per camper.

The boys baseball camp will take place from 9 a.m. to noon June 16 to 18. The fee is $75 per player.

The final camps are for girls volleyball. There will be an individual skills session from 8 to 11:30 a.m. June 16 to 18. Instruction is open to girls ages 8 to 18. A specialty session with more detailed instruction will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. June 16 to 18 for ages 12 to 18. Both camps will be run by PHSC volleyball coach Kim Whitney. The fee is $100 for each camp or $175 for both.

All summer athletic camps are open to the public. For registration forms and more information, visit /summer-sports-camps.

JUNIOR CIRCUIT TENNIS: The Junior Circuit Tennis series is returning for another season of non-sanctioned tournaments this summer and fall.

Youth players from Hernando, Citrus and other area counties are invited to enter and compete. The hosting pros may interact with the players by offering suggestions, both on and off the court. Juniors learn how to prepare for tournament play and gain on-court experience before school competition begins.

The divisions include Boys and Girls High School Singles and Boys and Girls Middle/Grade School Singles. A minimum of four players are required to hold an event. If a draw cannot be made, players may be moved or divisions may be combined.

The format will be decided based on the size of each draw. Participants are guaranteed to play at least two matches.

Entrants are awarded a $15 Best Buy gift certificate for first place, a $10 Best Buy gift certificate for second place, or players can request a trophy.

The entry fee is $20, with balls provided. The entry deadline for each tournament is 9 p.m. the Thursday prior to the event.

The first of five tournaments, the JCT Heat Wave Tournament, will take place on Aug. 9 at Sugarmill Woods in Homosassa.

For information, visit Junior Circuit Tennis on Facebook or call Judy Jeannette at (352) 232-0321.

MARTIAL ARTS FOR ST. JUDE: Hosted by Just for Kicks Karate in Spring Hill, Martial Arts for St. Jude will kick off at noon June 28 to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, one of the world's premier pediatric cancer research centers.

The fundraising event, which has raised more than $1,000 for the hospital since 2012, will showcase martial arts skills while promoting St. Jude.

Tickets to the competition, which is open to the public, are available by calling sensei Fred Payne at (352) 345-0454 or sending email to [email protected]

JEROME BROWN GOLF CLASSIC: The annual Jerome Brown Golf Classic will take place Saturday at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.

Sponsored by Bright House Networks, sign-ins will begin at 11 a.m., followed by an 11:30 a.m. lunch. The event's shotgun start will be at 1 p.m.

The entry fee of $80 per player includes greens fees, cart, lunch and a golf cap. Prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place finishers.

For information, call Dianna Rusk Yoder at (352) 796-2526.

SPRINGSTEAD BASKETBALL CAMP: The Springstead High School boys basketball program will have its second annual All-Skills Basketball Camp this summer.

The Eagles coaching staff will conduct two sessions, running Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The dates will be from June 16 to 19 and July 14 to 17.

Open to all boys and girls entering second to seventh grades, the cost is $80 per camper or $65 for children of Hernando County School Board employees. There are also discounts for multiple children and multiple sessions. All campers must bring their own lunch.

For information, contact Tim Plumadore at (352) 797-7010, ext. 251, or [email protected]

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

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