The competition, as well as the weather, was heated at the fourth tournament in the Junior Circuit Tennis Series on Jan. 12 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.
Jesse DeWitt of Brooksville, who reached the finals but lost in each of the first two tournaments this season, won the high school boys title for the first time. After defeating Nick Pais of Brooksville in straight sets in the semifinals, he dispatched Carl Zee of Spring Hill 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in a hard-fought championship victory. Zee, a standout at Springstead High School, was in his first final of the season.
Madison Gamble of Lecanto became the first player other than Mahima Tatam to capture a title in the high school girls division. Tatam wasn't in the field this time around. Gamble defeated Bryn Buckner of Brooksville in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. Gamble cruised into the finals with a semifinal victory over Robyn Cotney of Weeki Wachee, 6-0, 6-3.
Professionals Lou Giglio, Rick Scholl and Judy Jeanette organize and coach players who enter Junior Circuit Tennis events. The next and final tournament of the season is scheduled for Feb. 9 at the Sugarmill Woods/Oak Village Sports Complex in Homosassa and is open to all junior tennis players in grade school, middle school or high school. The registration fee is $20.
For information, contact Jeanette at email@example.com or (352) 232-0322.
AMERICAN HEROES GOLF TOURNAMENT: Marine Corps League Detachment 1002 will have its third annual American Heroes Golf Tournament on Jan. 29 at Silverthorn Country Club, Spring Hill.
The entry fee is $75 per player or $300 per foursome, which includes golf, cart, an awards barbecue and prizes. Hole sponsorships are available for a cost of $100.
Registration is at 12:30 p.m., with the shotgun start set for 1:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for holes-in-one, longest and straightest drives and closest to the pin. There will be a putting contest, a 50/50 raffle, an auction and door prizes.
Proceeds go to injured veterans and families at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, scholarships for veterans' children, and other military benefits programs in Hernando County.
Ed Morse Auto Plaza is sponsoring a $10,000 car gift certificate for a hole-in-one on the 11th hole, a Las Vegas golf vacation on the fifth hole, a set of new Razr X woods on the eighth hole, and a set of new Razr X irons on the 15th hole.
For information, call Rich Lee at (352) 650-0364.
SPRING HILL DIXIE SOFTBALL: Spring Hill Dixie Softball has scheduled registration at Anderson Snow Park for its spring season.
League officials will accept sign-ups under the pavilion at the park. Officials will be present from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 26 and from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Evaluation dates vary, depending on age divisions. The Darlings (ages 5 to 8) will try out Jan. 28. The Angels (9 and 10) will be on Jan. 29. The Ponies (11 and 12) will have evaluations on Jan. 30, and the Belles and Debs divisions (13 to 18) will take place Jan. 31. All evaluations are scheduled for 6 p.m.
Player fees are $115 per child at the time of registration, with a $10 late fee for sign-ups at evaluations. A copy of a child's birth certificate is necessary for registration. The fees cover all games, insurance and trophies.
Coaches and sponsors are still needed. Visit shdixiesoftball.com if interested.
For information, contact Glenn Primavera at (352) 442-1957 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOFTEGAARD JUNIOR TENNIS TOURNAMENT: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will host the seventh annual Simon Toftegaard Memorial Junior Tennis Tournament on Jan. 26 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.
The co-ed event is a singles tournament open to elementary, middle and high school players for an entry fee of $30 per person. Players do not need to be U.S. Tennis Association members to participate.
Lunch and tournament T-shirts are included in the entry fee. The format will be best two of three-set matches with a seven-point tiebreaker. The winner advances, while the opponent moves to a consolation round. First- and second-place trophies will be awarded in each division.
Named for a former Nature Coast Technical High School tennis standout, the tournament benefits the tennis foundation's scholarship program. Toftegaard died in an auto accident in 2009.
For information, call Phil Zee at (352) 263-9546 or send email to email@example.com. To register, visit nctf.usta.com.
SPRING HILL DIXIE BASEBALL: Spring Hill Dixie Baseball has scheduled registration at Anderson Snow Park for its spring season.
League officials will accept sign-ups in the office at the park. Volunteers will be present from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday and Jan. 25.
The county has instituted a $3 player fee for park maintenance this year, and the league has gained control of the Little Red Schoolhouse field in Spring Hill. With Spring Hill Dixie handling all maintenance and costs for the field, there will be an increase in league fees this season.
Cost varies depending on the age division. Junior Rookies (ages 5 and 6) is $80 per child, Rookies (7 and 8) is $90, Minors (9 and 10) is $110, Majors (11 and 12) is $115, O-Zone (12 and 13) is $125 and Boys (13 and 14) is $150. A copy of a child's birth certificate is necessary for registration. The fees cover all games, insurance and trophies.
A $30 refundable deposit will also be required for all families. This will be returned to anyone who volunteers three hours in the concession stand during the season. In lieu of the deposit, a family may make a $30 donation to the league.
For information, call Joe Abbadessa at (352) 263-4488 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled a set of baseball/softball umpiring clinics.
The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and also can help seasoned umpires improve. Clinics will take place Sunday and Feb. 17 at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill, Jan. 27 at Ernie Wever Park in Brooksville, and Feb. 3 at Ridge Manor Park in Ridge Manor.
The sessions are open to men and women age 16 and older. All clinics will start at 10 a.m.
Visit hernandosumter umpire.com to register. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or send email to email@example.com.
BROOKSVILLE BULLDOGS BASEBALL: The Brooksville Bulldogs youth recreation league will have sign-ups for the coming season on Saturday and Jan. 26 at Kennedy Park in Brooksville.
The Bulldogs compete in both the Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth leagues, with age groups from 9 to 18 years old. Registrations will be taken from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on each of the dates.
For information, contact Bruce Price at (813) 714-1054 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOURETTE SYNDROME GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Plantation Golf Resort in Crystal River will host the inaugural Tee Off for Tourette Celebrity Golf Tournament on Feb. 1 and 2.
Proceeds will benefit the Tourette Syndrome Association of Florida, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping individuals and families living with Tourette's syndrome. The money will help send children to an annual camp, where they can spend time with other children with Tourette syndrome.
The basic entry fee is $500 per four-player team, which includes a hole sign and recognition in the tournament program, as well as greens fees and a cart. Other sponsorship levels include gold, platinum and event.
For information, contact event chairman Gary D'Amico at (352) 527-2938 or email@example.com.
Derek J. LaRiviere can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 584-6337.