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Epler wins 17th annual Mariner Classic bowling tournament

The 17th annual Mariner Classic was held on April 21 at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill.

The tournament featured some of the best local bowlers in a singles handicap event. Out of a field of 53 competitors, Todd Epler emerged with the first-place trophy and $800.

After qualifying, Darian Curtis led the standings by at least 40 pins, throwing two 279 games and a 290 along the way. But he lost to Epler in the championship round and earned $400 for second.

The remaining bowlers to cash in the prestigious tournament were Chris Dmytriw (1,558, $250), Chris Stevens (1,531, $200), Bill Huckvale (1,517, $100), and Jackie Redford (1,512, $50).

HERNANDO WOMEN'S 500 CLUB: The Hernando Women's 500 Club held its most recent tournament on April 28 at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill.

Besides the bowling competition, the event offered several raffles: Sandy Hamby won the bath basket, Julia Richards won the gardening basket and money tree, and Sharon O'Brien won the Share-the-Wealth raffle for $50.

Ten different women tossed perfect games in the 8-pin no tap event: O'Brien, Toni Young, Carolyn Beachy, Phyllis Buckley, Joan Roy, Virginia Capalbo, Pauline Valenzano, Sheila Wehrenberg, Diane Clark and Anne Kemmerer.

The event included two divisions, Class A (151 average and above) and Class B (150 average and below). The A division paid out the top five places, and the B division paid to the top seven.

Young won the Class A title over 22 bowlers with a 956 pin total including handicap. She won by 57 pins over runner-up Linda Dick (899). Young started her day with a perfect 300 game before games of 268 and 247 to finish. She earned $47.84 for her effort, while Dick took home $42.32.

Dolores Alonzo (883), Betty Gnoffo (880), Michelle Toucet (879), and Mary Jane Messineo (879) rounded out those who cashed out in the division.

The Class B crown was won by Capalbo (1,008) after she tossed a second-game 300. Her 195 handicap, combined with consistent shooting, led to a dominant win over the 33-entry field by 46 pins. The effort won Capalbo $58.08.

Pauline Valenzano (962) was runner-up to Capalbo, winning $47.52. Valenzano has already won a 500 Club tournament once this season and placed second twice. Rounding out the top seven were Wehrenberg (946), Donna Liegel (935), Clark (915), Geraldine Webb (915), and Aleta Woodside (904).

The club's next tournament is Oct. 13 at Mariner Lanes. For information, call Wehrenberg at (352) 688-1575.

NATURE COAST BASKETBALL CAMP: Nature Coast Technical High School will host two summer basketball skills camps for boys and girls from age 5 to seventh grade.

The camps will be June 17 to 20 and July 22 to 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The fee is $50 per child. For information, call Nature Coast basketball coach David Pisarcik at (727) 385-2194.

HI-C FOOTBALL CAMP: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department and former NFL player Horace "Hi-C" Copeland will host the third annual Hi-C Football Camp at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill on May 18.

Registration is limited to the first 300 participants between the ages of 5 and 16. Preregistration is required. With the help of several local businesses, the camp is free to everyone who signs up. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., with clinics running from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For information or to preregister, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031.

JEROME BROWN GOLF CLASSIC: The Jerome Brown Youth Foundation will host a golf outing June 15 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The format is a four-person scramble. Sponsored by Bright House Networks, there will be awards for the first-, second- and third-place teams.

The cost is $75 per golfer for lunch at noon, greens fees, cart and a golf cap. Golfers may enter as a team or individuals.

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

SPCA GOLF OUTING: The Hernando County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will host a golf outing May 18 at Rivard Golf Club, south of Brooksville.

Registration begins at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The format will be a four-person scramble. Prizes will be awarded for longest putt, closest-to-the-pin and best scores. Entry fee includes lunch after golf.

Entry fee is $45 per golfer, with the majority of the proceeds going to the local SPCA. Golfers may enter as a team or as individuals. The registration deadline is May 14. Hole sponsorships are available for $50. Rain date is May 25.

For information, call the county SPCA at (352) 596-7000.

CYSTIC FIBROSIS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Charity Golf Tournament is Saturday at Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club, south of Brooksville.

The four-person scramble begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Cost is $75 per golfer, with the majority of the proceeds going to the foundation. Golfers may enter as a team or as individuals.

Contact George or Peggy Ostensen at (352) 397-3411 or

PARROTT FOOTBALL GOLF CLASSIC: The Parrott Middle School football program will have its Parrott Football Golf Classic on May 23 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville. Proceeds go to the Parrott football team for the fall season.

Registration fee is $75 per golfer or $300 per foursome. Platinum ($3,000), gold ($2,000), drink cart ($500) and hole ($125) sponsorships are available. Donations will also be accepted.

The entry fee includes golf, prizes and lunch at noon. The shotgun start will be at 1 p.m.

Rick Matthews GMC-Buick is sponsoring four hole-in-one prizes, including money, golf clubs, rounds of golf and a vacation. There will also be a closest-to-the-pin contest, a longest-drive contest, a 50-50 raffle and door prizes. For information, contact James Ellis at (352) 279-0055, Dionne Brinson at (352) 279-5982 or Clarissa Parks at (352) 282-6687.

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 May 18 and June 5. A special "ladies only" class is June 15. All classes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The course covers lessons about basic 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; fee is $60 per person.

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

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

Epler wins 17th annual Mariner Classic bowling tournament 05/04/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 6:16pm]
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