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Erin's Danceworks team wins awards at International Dance Challenge Nationals

The Erin's Danceworks competition team soared to new heights at the International Dance Challenge Nationals in Orlando last month.

The 38 members won multiple awards including the Art Stone Global Entertainment Award for "The Audition" and the Senior Entertainment Challenge Award for "Because We Can."

The dancers earned several overall high scores, including a sweep in the senior female soloist category with Sarah Lewandowski as high scorer, followed by Taylor Storey and Brooke Mooney.

The Spring Hill dance school won high scoring senior duo/trio award for "Show Off" and second runner-up for "Slow Dancin'." "Show Off" received the second-highest score of the entire competition.

Senior Miss IDC went to Taylor Storey, with Malia Nicolini first runner-up and Sarah Lewandowski second runner-up. Senior Mr. IDC went to A.J. Troche, with Erik-Lee Troche the first runner-up.

Erin's also won the Junior Best Presentation Award for "Summer Breeze," and the Triple Threat Award went to the Senior Trio for "Show Off."

In its 14th year, Erin's Danceworks is headed up by teachers Erin Messaris and Kelli Gill.

Pro wrestling show: The Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup benefiting All Children's Hospital will have a show in Hernando County on Nov. 20. This will be the seventh tournament to honor Florida independent wrestler "The All-American" Jeff Peterson, who lost a battle with cancer in November 2002. The event is a 16-competitor cruiserweight tournament. The National Guard Armory, 16386 Spring Hill Drive, will host the first round. Doors will open at 7 p.m., with matches beginning at 8 p.m. Ticket are $20 for ringside seats, $15 for general admission adults and $10 for children under age 13. Two-night packages are available for this show and the following night at the Crystal River National Guard Armory. Call (813) 960-8412 or visit

Golf league: The Quarry Golf Course, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville, will host the annual Belles & Beaus League starting Nov. 18 from 8:45 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. Dues are $10 per week for members, $20 per week for nonmembers. The dues include 18 holes with a cart, lunch, a drink and weekly prizes. The format is a blind draw scramble. Call Christi Adams at (352) 540-3807.

Youth wrestling: The Spring Hill Wrestling Club's youth season starts Dec. 1. Registration is $100. Sign-ups will be at the door the first week. Every Tuesday and Thursday, wrestlers from kindergarten through third grade will practice from 6 to 7 p.m. at Springstead High. Wrestlers from fourth through eighth grade will practice from 7 to 8 p.m. The season will run until March 3. Call coach Eric Swensen at (352) 797-7010.

Volleyball sign-ups: The Hernando Juniors Volleyball Club's AAU/USA signup is tonight from 7 to 9 at Challenger K-8 school, 13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill. Girls' teams from ages 10 and under and 18 and under will be formed; boys' teams will be set relative to interest. Anyone interested in joining must attend with a parent or guardian. Details will be explained at the meeting. Visit for information.

Toys for Tots golf: Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville will sponsor a golf tournament Saturday for the Toys for Tots program and Marine Corps League Detachment 708. The event is a scramble with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.; dinner will follow. The cost is $75 per person. Prizes and special awards will be presented. Call Linda Rothenberg at (352) 688-0316 or send e-mail to Make checks or money orders payable to Hernando Toys for Tots and mail to: 1421 Exotic Ave., Spring Hill, FL 34609.

DECA bowl-a-thon: A benefit for the national DECA presidential campaign for Central High School's Michelle Venezia will be Dec. 5 at Spring Hill Lanes. Check-in will be at noon, with bowling at 1 p.m. The cost will be $20 per bowler, including three games, shoes and lunch. Corporate lane sponsorship packages are available. Call campaign manager Nick Catroppo at (352) 585-6527 or send e-mail to

Rotary golf fundraiser: The Rotary Club of Brooksville's 32nd annual charity golf tournament is Dec. 9 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive. The cost is $75 per golfer. Sponsorships are also available for $75. All proceeds go to the Brooksville Rotary Club's charitable activities. Call Jerry Sheffield at (352) 799-2265 or Brooksville Rotary Club at (352) 796-1143.

Fishing tournament sponsorship: The Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice needs sponsors. Last year's inaugural event had more than 50 anglers and raised more than $13,000 for hospice. The tournament casts off April 24 from Bayport. A dinner and awards ceremony will be at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park after the tournament. Send e-mail to Debbie Hogan at or to Jennifer Rey at, or call (352) 799-8423.

To notify us of community sports achievements or upcoming events, Derek J. LaRiviere can be reached at or (352) 584-6337.

Erin's Danceworks team wins awards at International Dance Challenge Nationals 11/11/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 7:10pm]
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