The competition team from Dragon's Dojo in Spring Hill has been on the go over the summer, beginning with the 2012 AAU Tae Kwon Do National Championships in Fort Lauderdale in July.
William Schook, a 15-year-old black belt, led the way for the team, winning third place in team forms, third in point fighting, second in individual forms and first in Olympic sparring.
The rest of the team placed in 13 different events, including two gold medals. Five athletes were 9-year-olds in the novice division. Katie Henery won gold in Olympic sparring, while Melanie Shanks took gold in forms and second place in Olympic sparring. Jacob Schaake earned second in Olympic sparring, and Cameron Curtis won third place in the same event. Taylor James also took third in Olympic sparring and fourth in forms.
Daniel Orange, 14, placed second in novice Olympic sparring. Darby Dehn, 13, took two medals with third place showings in black belt team forms and Olympic sparring. Michael Douglas, 15, took third in intermediate Olympic sparring and second in forms.
Along with Dehn and Schook, Keian Buffardi, 14, earned third in team forms. A final member of the team, Tyrese Brown did not place.
Schook's performance qualified him for the AAU national team tryouts.
Joined by his father, Sonny Schook, and master Carlos Carrasquillo, Schook had to win four matches to earn a spot on the team in the light heavyweight division.
He won the first fight in overtime after falling behind 4-0 in the first round. In the second fight, the local martial artist dominated from start to finish, advancing to the third fight, which he won by one point. Since the fighter who was scheduled to meet Schook in the finals was injured in the semifinals, Schook received the spot.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SOCCER COMPETITION: St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13209 is holding a Youth Soccer Challenge at 9 a.m. Saturday at Notre Dame Catholic School in Spring Hill.
Anyone age 10 to 14 is invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2012 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge. In case of inclement weather, a rain date is set for Oct. 6.
Entry forms are available at the St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church office at 5030 Mariner Blvd. in Spring Hill. Forms must be signed by the entrant and a parent or guardian. Forms will also be available the day of the competition, but a parent or guardian must be on hand to sign. Participants are required to furnish proof of age. There is no cost to enter.
The Knights of Columbus will provide free hot dogs, soda and snacks after the event.
For information, call Jack Hauser at (352) 686-9767 or send email to [email protected]
WOMEN'S 500 CLUB BOWLING TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Women's 500 Club will host a singles handicap tournament Oct. 7 at Spring Hill Lanes.
To compete, participants must be members of the Hernando County Women's 500 Club and the Hernando County U.S. Bowling Congress Women's Bowling Alliance. Entry forms are available at Mariner Lanes and Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hill.
The handicap at the event will be 100 percent of a 200 average. Check-in will be at 1 p.m. with a meeting to start the season; bowling starts at 2 p.m. The entry fee is $17 per person with a deadline of Monday. Entries may be dropped off at either bowling center.
The next club event will be nine-pin no-tap tournament Dec. 2 at Mariner Lanes.
For information, call Sheila Wehrenberg at (352) 688-1575.
RUN FOR NEW BEGINNINGS 5K: Youth and Family Alternatives in Brooksville is holding the Run for New Beginnings 5K on Nov. 3 in downtown Brooksville.
Registration packets may be picked up at SunTrust Bank at 1 E Jefferson St. in Brooksville. The kids fun run will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the 5K starting at 8 a.m. Awards will be handed out in each age division for the top three finishers.
The 5K entry fee is $25 for all runners who sign up prior to Oct. 15. After that date, the fee increases to $30. The fun run fee is $15 prior to Oct. 15, then $20.
T-shirts and participation medals are guaranteed to all runners who register before Oct. 15. Forms may be filled out at active.com.
TENNIS CLASSES: Ace Performance Tennis is offering Quick Start drills and classes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Monday at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.
The cost is $10 per class. The activities and instruction are designed for beginners, using USTA-approved strategies for 60-foot court players. The intention is to 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. each Monday at Delta Woods Park. The cost is also $10 per night. Women with beginning and intermediate skill levels learn to play in a fun social setting.
For information about the camp or classes, call John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or visit louisedowney.usptapro.com.
LAW ENFORCEMENT GOLF BENEFIT: The National Association of Retired Law Enforcement Officers will have its annual golf tournament Oct. 13 at the Dunes Golf Club, north of Weeki Wachee.
Sign-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. There will be a prize for a hole-in-one on any par 3 hole. Food and prizes will be available in the clubhouse after the tournament.
The deadline for registration is Oct. 10. The entry fee is $55 per golfer or $220 per foursome.
For information, call Chuck Groner at (352) 666-7658.
ALZHEIMER'S GOLF BENEFIT: The Alzheimer's Family Organization will have its 12th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Nov. 10 at Seven Springs Country Club in New Port Richey.
Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m., with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The event will consist of 18 holes of golf in a four-person scramble format. Also included with the $80 fee is breakfast provided by IHOP, lunch provided by Argento's Italian Bistro, goody bags, raffles and door prizes.
Prizes will be awarded for the top three teams, the longest drive, closest-to-the-pin and a hole-in-one. A new car and other prizes will be provided by Ed Morse Auto Plaza. Players will also have a chance to win $5,000 or a Woody driver, sponsored by the National Cremation and Burial Society. Full Circle Financial will sponsor a putting contest for a chance to win $10,000.
The Alzheimer's Family Organization serves Citrus, Hernando, northern Hillsborough, Lake, Pasco, northern Pinellas and Sumter counties.
For information, contact community service coordinator Kathy Montero at (727) 848-8888, toll-free 1-888-496-8004 or [email protected]
BADDEST MUDDER: The Baddest Mudder 5K is coming to Brooksville on Nov. 3-4.
Baddest Mudder is a group that runs obstacle races around the Suncoast. It will be holding its first event at the Hernando County Fairgrounds on U.S. 41 in Brooksville.
The race is open to all ages, teams and skill levels. Sign-up prizes will be offered to all participants. The event includes a well-marked and defined course, food, drinks, music and field games.
The two-day event starts at 7 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. each day.
Participants may sign up at baddestmudder.com. There are discounts for groups, and early-bird registration is currently open for $49.95 per runner.
Kids are welcome; organizers are offering a kids-only "Mini Mudder" pit for free.
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.