Thursday, April 19, 2018

Dixie Boys Baseball U15 state tournament has co-champions

Springstead High School in Spring Hill hosted the inaugural Dixie Boys Baseball 15 and Under State Tournament last weekend, but the finish did not go as planned.

Winter Haven (3-1) and Spring Hill (3-1) were slated to play in the final on Sunday night, but with weather likely to push the game back, Winter Haven's manager refused to keep his team overnight for another game.

The teams had already split their previous two contests in the tournament, with Spring Hill winning the first game 13-9 and Winter Haven capturing the second 14-1.

Instead of declaring Spring Hill, led by manager Anthony DiSciascio, the winner by forfeit, tournament director Gayle Crowell initially flipped a coin and declared Winter Haven the champion.

State Dixie officials overturned the decision Wednesday, however, and named the teams co-champions, inviting both clubs to the Dixie regional tournament in Ozark, Ala., this week.

FIRST TEE GOLF PROGRAM: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will have three First Tee golf programs this summer.

The First Tee Target program is for 5- and 6-year-olds and will take place at the Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville. The young golfers will meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. each Friday from June 21 to Aug. 2. The fee is $10 per week.

The First Tee Player and Par programs will be at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville. The Player clinic is for new golfers ages 7 to 17, while the Par course is all current participants ages 9 to 17. For $60 per week, participants can compete Monday through Thursday weekly from Monday to July 25.

First Tee focuses on golf and life skills instruction. The juniors program strives to instill in participants the organization's nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

For information, contact Tiffany Taylor at (352) 540-3835 or [email protected]

FREE FOOTBALL CAMP: It's All About the Youth Inc. will host its fifth annual football training camp beginning Monday and running through July 16 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

For children ages 7 to 17, the camp will be on the football field at the park from 6 to 8 p.m. each Monday and Tuesday.

The activities will be led by United Football Federation Coach of the Year Eric Riggins. He was the coach of the Brooksville Ballers semipro team that won the federation title this season.

For information, call (352) 340-6132.

POWELL VOLLEYBALL CAMP: The Panther Pride Volleyball Camp, for girls entering sixth through eighth grades, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 8 to 11 in the Powell Middle School gymnasium.

Campers will learn the fundamentals of the game in a fun environment. Participants must bring knee pads and something to drink, as well as sneakers and socks.

The fee is $50, which includes a T-shirt. Registration deadline is Monday. Forms must be turned in to Powell volleyball coach Maria Dumas in Room 806.

For information, call the school at (352) 797-7095.

SPRING HILL PBA OPEN: Pro bowlers will return to Spring Hill Lanes from July 12 to 14 for the 25th annual Spring Hill Open, sponsored by Thunder Bay Builders.

A stop on the Professional Bowlers Association Southern Region Tour, the tournament is the only regular professional sporting event in Hernando County. In years past, it has featured some of the best bowlers in the sport, including Jason Couch and Patrick Allen.

To start the weekend on July 12, local bowlers can compete alongside the pros in the 9-pin No-Tap Pro-Am, sponsored by Samuel Adams Brewery.

For an entry fee of $17 for junior bowlers (youth league competitors), $25 for senior bowlers (ages 55 and older) or $30 for all others, amateurs can bowl on the same lanes with three professionals. Winners will receive trophies, scholarships or cash prizes.

Starting July 13, about 125 of the tour's best bowlers will begin battling for the tournament championship. The finals should start about 2 p.m. July 14.

For information, call Pam Hoppe at Spring Hill Lanes at (352) 683-7272.

HERNANDO FOOTBALL CAMP: Hernando High School will host a youth football skills clinic at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium in Brooksville from July 15 to 18.

The camp will begin at 8 a.m. daily and end at 11 a.m. for children who will be in grades 6 to 8 during the 2013-14 school year. The cost is $50. The four-day camp will focus on basic football skills such as speed, agility and power. The exercises will be geared to the age level and will be sport-specific.

Hernando assistant principal Lorenzo Fields will lead the clinic. Fields is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he played quarterback from 1986 to 1990. He currently trains athletes.

Registration forms can be found on Hernando High's Edline site ( under the "News" link. For information, call Fields at (352) 797-7015, ext. 404.

SPRINGSTEAD BASKETBALL CAMP: Springstead High School will host two youth basketball skills clinics at the school gymnasium in Spring Hill.

The first camp will run from June 24 to 27 and the second camp from July 22 to 25. Instruction will be daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with early drop-off available to parents at 8 a.m. for an additional fee.

Coaches will work with players on fundamental basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting and rebounding. The camp is open to boys and girls going into grades 2 through 7 for the 2013-14 school year.

The registration fee is $80 per camper or $65 for the child of a Hernando County School Board employee; $20 will be discounted for each additional child in the family.

For information, contact Springstead boys basketball coach Tim Plumadore at (352) 238-7536 or [email protected]

HYL FOOTBALL: Hernando Youth League is signing up players for the 2013 football season.

The new registration process is online at Parents can click on the "Register" tab and choose "Player Registration." After creating a user name and password, fill out the registration form and make an online payment.

Parents will need to print the 2013 physical form and 2013 player contract. Children and parents must sign the contract and have a physician complete the physical form.

Paperwork collection dates are listed on the website. In addition to the forms to be printed, parents will need to bring their children's final report card. Players must accompany their parents so they can be weighed and photographed.

For information, contact Natalie Kahler at [email protected]

WEEKI WACHEE MUSIC GOLF FUNDRAISER: The Weeki Wachee High School music department will have a golf tournament at the Toscana Crossing Golf Club, at the Heather, north of Weeki Wachee, on June 29.

The format will be two-man best ball with a shotgun start. The entry fee is $35 per person, with cash prizes awarded for first, second and third places.

Register for the tournament by contacting Toscana Crossing at (352) 596-2019. The registration deadline is June 24. Hole sponsorships are available.

For information, call Kathryn Vanderplough at (352) 340-4778.

FIREARMS CLASSES: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, on U.S. 19 north of Weeki Wachee, is offering firearms safety classes over the next few months.

The next class dates are July 3, July 20, Aug. 7, Aug. 17 and Sept. 4. A special "ladies only" class will be on Sept. 21. All classes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The course covers lessons about the basics of firearm safety and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. The class includes practice time on the range.

Completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit.

Advance registration is required; the fee is $60.

National Rifle Association certification classes are also available during June, July and August.

For information, call (352) 597-9931 or visit

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

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