The final week of January was marked by a flurry of honor scores at Hernando County bowling centers.
At Spring Hill Lanes, Adam Butters tossed his first career 800 series, while earlier in the week Rich Kastner Jr. pitched his first perfect game of the year.
Butters, who has three previous 300 games, totaled 824 pins on Jan. 29 in the T.G.I.F. League. He averaged a 211 in the same league last season over 99 games, and has had at least one U.S. Bowling Congress honor achievement in each of the past four seasons, prior to grabbing the elusive 800 series.
Kastner, who in 2007 was the first Hernando County bowler to throw back-to-back 300 games in one night, had his first perfect game of the year on Jan. 26 in the Mike's Auto Body League. Kastner finished with a 719 series. He competes in four sanctioned leagues between Spring Hill and Mariner Lanes.
Another honor score at Spring Hill came from Alan Clark. He came within a frame of a perfect game with his 290 game in the Sunday Night Mixed League on Jan. 31. He totaled a 747 series. It was Clark's seventh career USBC achievement, but he has yet to roll a 300 game.
A few nights later at Mariner, high scores came from Jay Olsen and Christopher Viveiros.
On Feb. 2 in the Coca-Cola Classic League, Olsen joined the list of those who have reached perfection in 2010. One of the most decorated bowlers in county history, Olsen had six 300s and four 800 series last year.
Viveiros couldn't have been more of a different case. His 299 game that same night was the first time in almost a decade that he had cracked the USBC annals. In November 2000, he tossed a 300 game at Spring Hill.
LITTLE BUDDIES ATHLETICS: The Brooksville Recreation Department is about to begin another installment of Little Buddies Athletics with two more sports.
The Little Buddies Soccer program, open to children ages 3 to 8, is designed to introduce kids to the fundamentals of the game while allowing parents to spend quality time with their children.
Beginning Feb. 22, the soccer program will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville.
Call Tina Nichols at (352) 540-3835.
The Little Buddies First Tee program, open to children ages 5 to 12, is designed to teach the basics of the sport.
Beginning Feb. 25, the golf program will be held on Thursdays at the Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville.
Call Christi Adams at (352) 540-5485.
Both programs cost $50 per child, run for five weeks and include a T-shirt.
SPRING HILL WRESTLING: The Spring Hill Wrestling Club is currently enrolling members for the spring season, which runs until March 18.
Practices are every Tuesday and Thursday night at Springstead High School. Children in grades K-3 practice from 6 to 7 p.m., and grades 4 to 8 practice from 7 to 8 p.m. A $100 registration fee per child includes a USA Wrestling card with insurance and a club T-shirt.
Call Eric Swensen at (352) 797-7010.
BASKETBALL CHALLENGE: The Brooksville Recreation Department will host a local division of the inaugural Hoops Skills Challenge on Feb. 20.
Open to all youths ages 9 to 14, this national basketball skills competition is free for all who wish to participate. All who enter will go through a half-court obstacle course.
The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville.
Call Tina Nichols or Evelyn Lehman at (352) 540-3835.
WEST HERNANDO COUGARS: The West Hernando Cougars youth football and cheerleading program will have registration Saturday for the forthcoming season.
Officials for West Hernando will be at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for signups. The Cougars play tackle football in the Pasco Police Athletic League, with home games at Central High School. The cheerleaders participate in competitions around the Tampa Bay area and have won multiple awards over the past five years.
Call Bob McFarland at (352) 585-6524.
WEST FLORIDA YOUNG GUNS: The West Florida Young Guns 10-and-under traveling baseball club is looking for players to complete its spring roster. Players cannot turn 11 before May 1. The team focuses on fundamentals and development. Call (727) 226-7160.
HERNANDO HAVOC: The Hernando Havoc traveling baseball club for those 11 and under is looking for players for the spring season.
These experienced players compete in USSSA, RBI/Nations Baseball and AAU-sanctioned events. All team members must be no more than 11 years old on or before May 1.
Call Dominic Orlando at (352) 684-1536, Steve DelGatto at (352) 442-1750 or Ed Kimzsal at (813) 508-8244.
FISHING TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIP: The Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice is looking for sponsors.
Last year's inaugural event had more than 50 anglers and raised more than $13,000 for the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or to Jennifer Rey at email@example.com, or call (352) 799-8423.
To notify us of community sports achievements or coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 584-6337.