Spring Hill Wrestling qualified five of its wrestlers May 4 to compete for Team Florida in the Cadet & Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D. The qualifying tournament was held at Coral Glades High in Coral Springs. The top three competitors in each weight class qualified for nationals.
The Cadet & Junior Nationals is known as the most prestigious tournament in the country. Hundreds of wrestlers from all over the country compete to become an All-American. In 2006, Springstead High had its first Cadet All-American when Schuyler Swanton placed fifth in the 98-pound weight class.
The following is a list of Spring Hill wrestlers with their weight class, division and place at the Coral Glades qualifier: Richard Bliss (105 pounds, first place Greco/freestyle), Nick Soto (119, third place freestyle), Shawn Landgraff (140, first place Greco/second place freestyle), Scott Wern (171, third place Greco) and Kenny Cox (215, first place Greco/freestyle).
Spring Hill standout Dustin Soto is injured, but can still qualify for Team Florida in two weeks at the Freestyle & Greco-Roman State Championships in Brandon.
Tennis: Hillsborough County USTA is promoting youth tennis to celebrate National Tennis Month. The local USTA chapter will hold a QuickStart Tennis workshop at Hillsborough Community College on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.
The registration fee for the event is $25 per person or $20 per person involved in a group of three or more. The entrants will receive free T-shirts and play will be divided into the following age groups: 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10.
The workshop is intended for beginning tennis coaches and teachers, parents and volunteers who wish to work with kids younger than 10 in their quest to implement QuickStart Tennis on a larger scale.
For more information, contact Hillsborough County QuickStart coordinator Gary Shepherd at (813) 832-1899 or visit the Web site at www.hcta.usta.com.
Performance Training: Oppedisano Performance Training will conduct a youth camp this summer for athletes in Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas
The camp will focus on speed training over a four-week course, and participants can expect to improve their 40-yard dash times by 2- to 3-tenths of a second, according to camp representatives. The camp begins June 9. For more information, contact Rob Oppedisano at (727) 534-4510 or e-mail rob
HYL Basketball: The Hernando Youth League basketball program is looking to establish a new board of directors for the 2008-09 season. The organization also needs volunteers for coaching and officials.
Anyone interested can contact HYL basketball director Mike Bennett at (352) 585-6596 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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