Sunday marked the 18th annual Halloween tournament at Spring Hill Lanes, with the duo of Shannon and Phil LaRiviere emerging as champions in a 26-entry field.
The format called for the partners to roll three games, with each tandem dropping their worst, or "scariest," combined game score. The handicap was based on 90 percent of a 220 average for all U.S. Bowling Congress-sanctioned bowlers or those who have league averages at Spring Hill.
The LaRivieres totaled 978, with games of 399 and 411 added to a 168 handicap. The daughter-father team dropped the scores they threw in the first game and kept the second and third. Shannon tossed her first 600 series in the tournament, helping the duo win $170 in prize money.
Second place went to Jon Frankel and Jarrod Maupin (950). Frankel and Maupin dropped their second game after rolling 356 and 368 in the first and third games, respectively, to go with the tandem's 226 handicap. For the runner-up effort, they earned $90.
The final team to cash in was the couple of Nikki and Derek LaRiviere (936). The husband and wife scored well in the second and third games after a slow start, with scores of 379 and 343 added to their 214 handicap. A check for $52 was awarded to the team.
WEST HERNANDO SENIOR SOFTBALL: The West Hernando Athletic Club for Seniors is well into its season, with Suncoast Orthopedic (13-2) leading the standings by five games over Minerva's Hair Salon (7-6).
The WHACS league plays every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill. The six-team league includes only male players, 55 and older. Currently in third place is C's Pub (7-8). Rookies Sports Bar/Master Auto (6-8), American Legion Post 186 (5-9) and Economy Insurance Mart (4-9) round out the standings.
New players are always welcome. Just show up at the softball field during the games and speak with league officials or call Ray Krisa at (352) 596-0575.
TOYS FOR TOTS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will have its Toys for Tots of Hernando County golf tournament Nov. 17 at Hernando Oaks Country Club, Brooksville.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The tournament will consist of 18 holes of golf in a four-person scramble format. Also included with the $75 fee is lunch, dinner coupons provided by Texas Roadhouse, gift bags and prizes. Prizes will be awarded for the longest drive and closest-to-the-pin.
Toys for Tots supports needy children of Hernando County, providing them with Christmas gifts when their parents are unable to afford them.
For information, call Keith Ball at (727) 465-4815, Linda Black at (352) 596-2225 or Woody Marr at (352) 585-0975, or visit mcl708.org to register.
ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Brooksville Rotary Club will have its 35th annual golf tournament Nov. 14 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks.
The event will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Players, hole sponsors and raffle items are needed. The cost is $75 per golfer, which includes dinner, greens fees and cart. Sponsorships start at $150.
Play will be limited to the first 120 entries. Golfers can make their own foursomes or be teamed up by event officials. Registration and sponsorship information is available at brooksvillerotary.com. Proceeds will go toward the charities the club works with and local scholarships.
For information, call Rob Rogoski at (352) 799-6974.
SMART START BASEBALL: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is holding its Smart Start Baseball program, starting Nov. 8 at the Jerome Brown Community Center.
Smart Start teaches youth ages 3 to 5 the basic motor skills necessary to play organized baseball while they work one-on-one and spend time with their parents. The program focuses on teaching children skills in throwing, catching, batting, running and agility without the pressure of competition or the fear of getting injured.
The cost is $60 per child. The group will meet every Thursday for six weeks until Dec. 13 from either 11 a.m. to noon or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
For information, contact Tiffany Taylor at (352) 540-3838 or [email protected]
VETERANS DAY GOLF: Toscana Crossing Golf Club, north of Weeki Wachee, will have a Salute to Veterans Picnic and Golf Scramble on Nov. 10.
The event will begin with a golf scramble at 10 a.m. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $10 for those who plan to walk the course and $14 for those who want to use a cart. Sign-ups can be taken in the pro shop.
The picnic and barbecue will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Heather Community Center. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child, which includes hamburgers, hot dogs, refreshments, shuffleboard, bocce ball, horseshoes, and other food and games. Tickets are available at the community center.
For information, send email to [email protected]
FIREARMS CLASSES: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, on U.S. 19 north of Weeki Wachee, is offering firearms safety classes.
The next two class dates will be on Wednesday and Nov. 17. All classes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The course covers lessons about the basics of firearm safety around the home 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.
Preregistration is required; the fee is $60 per person.
Call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosportsmansclub.com for information.
JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS: Ace Performance Tennis is holding registration and open play for the Fall/Winter U.S. Tennis Association Junior Team Tennis season on Nov. 20 at Nature Coast Technical High School, south of Brooksville.
Sign-ups for the 12-and-younger division will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Registration for the 13-to-18 division will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Fees are $60 per player.
Registration forms are available on the website. Players must be USTA members to participate in the sectional tournament in January.
Visit louisedowney.usptapro.com or call Louise or John Downey at (352) 666-0658 for information.
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]
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.