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Darian Curtis bowls perfect game for third time

For the third time in his young career, Darian Curtis, 17, bowled a perfect game last week at Spring Hill Lanes in the Saturday morning Spring Hill Youth Elite League.

Curtis, a member of the Nature Coast Technical High School bowling team, has a passion for the sport and competes in two leagues, one at Spring Hill and the other at Mariner Lanes. Last season, he averaged 211.

On Nov. 19, when he rolled his most recent 300 game, he finished with a 694 series. In the same league, Anthony Caso, who holds the Hernando County record as the youngest bowler to toss an 800 series, tossed a 735 with games of 274, 247 and 214.

In the Monday Night Men's League at Spring Hill Lanes, Bill Long had his own U.S. Bowling Congress achievement. The veteran bowler tossed a 290 game with 11 consecutive strikes. Finishing the night with a 712 series, Long garnered his first big honor. He is in his first major league after averaging a 169 in the Monday Men's Trio League over this past summer.

HIGH POINT LADIES GOLF: The High Point Ladies Golf League has completed the third week of its season.

The nine-hole players competed in their usual format, dropping the worst two holes before naming winners. Taking first place were Beverly Vauter (33) in Flight A, Grace Perkins (39) in Flight B and Sandra Cairns (41) in Flight C.

In 18-hole competition, the players counted only the scores of the even holes and added half their handicap. Doris Thomas (33) won Flight A, and Cindy Williams (34) took honors in Flight B.

The only birdie the entire day came from 18-hole golfer Nancy Reeves. She carded her birdie on the 219-yard Par 4 13th hole.

SPRING HILL WRESTLING: Spring Hill Youth Wrestling begins a new season Tuesday.

Youth practices will be Tuesday and Thursday nights in the wrestling room at Springstead High School. Beginners practice will be at 5:30 p.m., with advanced wrestlers at 6:30 p.m.

The cost is $150, and registration will take place at the first practice.

For information, call Eric Swensen at (352) 797-7010, ext. 347, or visit

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

The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and the sessions also can help seasoned umpires improve. Local clinics will take place Jan. 8 and 22 at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill and Jan. 29 at Ridge Manor Park in Ridge Manor.

The sessions are open to men and women age 16 and older. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the clinics starting at noon. There is a $20 charge for each participant, and everyone will receive a Major League Baseball rule book, along with other handouts.

Visit to register. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or send email to clinics@hernando

ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Brooksville Rotary Club will have its 34th annual golf tournament Dec. 7 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Players, hole sponsors and raffle items are needed. The cost is $75 per golfer, which includes golf, cart and dinner. Sponsorships start at $150. The field will be capped at 124 players.

For information, call Rob Rogoski or Billy Healis at (352) 799-6974.

CHAMBER HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT: Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville will host the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's annual holiday tournament Dec. 1.

The event will feature PGA qualifying school conditions. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; the shotgun start will be at 8:30.

Cost for entry is $400 per four-player team. Hole sponsorships are also available. For those who wish to play as well as sponsor a hole, the cost for both is $450. Individual hole sponsorships are $100. The entry fee includes golf, cart, range balls and lunch.

For information, call the chamber of commerce at (352) 796-0697 or visit

TOYS FOR TOTS GOLF: Marine Corps League 708 is sponsoring the Toys for Tots Golf Tournament at the Dunes Golf Club, north of Weeki Wachee, on Nov. 30.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The entry fee is $65 per person, including golf, cart and lunch. Hole sponsorships are available for $50. All proceeds will go to Toys for Tots of Hernando County, which provides Christmas gifts to needy children.

For information, call Debbie Forbes at (352) 200-5548.

TENNIS LESSONS: The Hernando County Recreation Department will be offering evening and weekend tennis lessons at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

Ages 7 and up are welcome. Private lessons are $30 per hour; group lessons available for $10 per hour. Among the tennis instructors are Doug Haskedakes and John and Louise Downey.

For information, call (352) 754-4031 or visit

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

Darian Curtis bowls perfect game for third time 11/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 4:40pm]
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