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Fancy footwork results in awards for Erin's Danceworks

The 2010 Erin's Danceworks competition team just finished a string of events, and won numerous honors.

Starting in February with the DanceAmerica Competition at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, and wrapping up last month with the StarQuest competition at the Lakeland Center, the team has risen to the occasion time and again.

At DanceAmerica, the team competed in 17 group numbers and 15 solos, winning 10 awards. In the Primary/Junior Division, Kelcey Morris was the competition's highest-scoring soloist. In the Intermediate/Senior Division, Taylor Storey stood out as the highest-scoring soloist.

Erin's also won special awards at DanceAmerica for best technical, best precision, choreography in the Primary/Junior Division, and best technical, best precision and overall high score of the competition in the Intermediate/Senior Division.

In March, the team attended the Legacy Regional Dance Championships in Kissimmee, and the winning didn't stop.

The Legacy Award was given to Erin's Danceworks for the Teen/Senior Division. It wasn't a surprise considering the team's presence in the title awards. Teen Miss Legacy went to Sarah Lewandowski. Teen Mr. Legacy went to Erik-Lee Troche, and Senior Miss Legacy was awarded to Lauren Alagna. Kayla VanNess was also the first runnerup for Junior Miss Legacy.

Alagna (Los Angeles) and Storey (New York) each earned $1,000 scholarships, while Lewandowski and Kasandra Torres earned a New York Dance Alliance Convention Scholarship as well.

The team then moved on to the International Dance Challenge Regional in Tampa in March. Lewandowski continued to shine there as the event's highest-scoring.

The final event of the spring came in April at the Lakeland Center, where Erin's attended the StarQuest Regional Championship. Morris won the first-place platinum award in her solo category and came in seventh out of 120 dancers in the Junior Division. Lewandowski won her solo category as well and placed fifth out of 148 dancers in the Senior Division.

CASTRO EARNS DIXIE SCHOLARSHIP: Dixie Boys Baseball recently handed out its 2010 Bernie Varnadore Scholarship Awards, and one those winners was Nature Coast Technical High School senior Eddie Castro.

Castro joins 10 other $1,250 scholarship winners; Dixie chose one worthy player from each state in which it operates.

"I am very proud of the Dixie Boys Scholarship Program and the impact that we are having on the future of young people," Dixie Boys Baseball commissioner J. Sandy Jones said.

Castro recently helped lead the underdog Nature Coast Tech Sharks to the postseason as the team's starting third baseman. He has played Dixie ball in the offseason.

MEMORIAL DAY GOLF OUTING: The Toscana Crossing Golf Course at the Heather in Weeki Wachee will have its annual Memorial Day Golf Outing and Picnic at 10 a.m., May 31.

The event begins with a shotgun start, and a barbecue picnic will follow golf. Tickets are $7. A $3 entry fee will cover prizes, and mulligans will be available for purchase.

For information, call (352) 596-5344 or send e-mail to tos

BULLDOGS BASEBALL GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Brooksville Bulldogs Golf Tournament will be May 21 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.

The Brooksville Bulldogs are a USSSA 12-and-under baseball team, and all proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward equipment, uniforms and other expenses.

The tournament is a four-person team scramble format. The entry fee is $75 per golfer or $300 per team, which includes hole sponsorship as well as golf, lunch and prizes. The deadline is May 19.

Registration opens at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9. Dress code is a collared golf shirt and shorts.

For information, call Bruce Price at (813) 714-1054 or send e-mail to

KIWANIS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The 40th annual Kiwanis Club Golf Tournament will be June 9 at Brooksville Golf & Country Club.

The tournament is a four-person team scramble format. Entry fee is $75 per golfer. The fee includes golf, cart, dinner, and prizes. Dress code is a collared golf shirt and shorts.

The shotgun start for the tournament will be at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the longest drive, shot closest to the pin and door prizes.

For information, call Barbara Dupre at (352) 442-3412 or visit

YMCA SWIM TEAM: The Hernando County YMCA swim team is part of the PYP Piranhas Swim Club, a USA Swimming club. It is a year-round competitive program designed to improve swimmers' skills.

There are two teams. The youth team, ages 7 to 13, will practice from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The high school swim team, ages 14 to 17, will practice from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The monthly fee for either team is $60 for facility members and $80 for program members. The fee includes 11/2 hours of practice time and one meet a month.

All participants must be able to swim the following: 100 yards of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Lisa Cunningham at the Y at (352) 688-9622 for information about tryouts. On the Web, visit

WEST HERNANDO COUGARS: The West Hernando Cougars will have sign-ups for youth football and cheerleading from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.

Additional sign-up dates are June 6 and 20 (same time and location). Youths ages 5 to 16 can sign up. The season includes 10 football games, with playoffs and a super bowl. All cheerleaders compete in several competitions.

The cost for cheerleading is $225. Provided all volunteer hours are met, participants get to keep their uniforms, shoes, practice uniforms and competition turtlenecks. The cost for football is also $225 and participants keep the helmet, game jersey and game pants.

For information, call Bob McFarland at (352) 585-6524 or (352) 592-2190.

To notify us of community sports achievements or coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

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