Sunday, January 21, 2018

Great bowling on display at pair of Hernando County lanes

Hernando County has seen some amazing bowling performances this year at both Mariner and Spring Hill lanes.

Anthony Caso tossed his 11th and 12th 800 series of his career, including an astounding seven this season since September. Caso threw an 836 in the Mike's Auto Body League at Spring Hill on Feb. 25, and then followed that effort up with an 815 series in the T.G.I.F. League at Spring Hill on March 7.

Eric Martins, son of Spring Hill Lanes proprietor Carlos Martins, threw the first perfect game of his career on March 4 in the Mike's Auto Body League.

Greg Lynch and Chris Stevens also rolled 300 games at Spring Hill Lanes in February, in the T.G.I.F. and Mike's Auto Body leagues respectively. Those perfect games gave the bowling center 30 for the season.

At Mariner Lanes, Darian Curtis continues to have an outstanding season, shooting two 298 games a week apart, on Feb. 21 and Feb. 28, in the Friday Early Mariners League. Curtis tossed his second 800 series of the year last week in the same league with an 822 total. It was the sixth 800 at Mariner.

On Feb. 19 in the Sea Creatures League, Vic Oliver continued his solid career, capturing his 50th perfect game.

NO MORE TAKEN 5K: Grace World Outreach Church will be holding the No More Taken 5K Run at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville on March 22.

Entrants can register before March 20 for $25 or until the day of the event for $30. The fee includes an event T-shirt. Proceeds go to benefit Human Trafficking Victims & Awareness.

Sign-ins will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 for competitive runners. Non-competitive runners will start at 9, and the walkers and family groups will start at 9:45.

Competitors can register at For information, call David Beal at (352) 796-3685.

HERNANDO COUNTY WOMEN'S 500 CLUB BOWLING: The Hernando County Women's 500 Club will hold its next event, an 8-Pin No-Tap Tournament, at Spring Hill Lanes on April 6. This will be a certified doubles tournament open to all U.S. Bowling Congress — Women's Bowling Association members already qualified through the 500 Club.

Check-in for the tournament will be at 1 p.m. Bowling starts promptly at 2. Any competitor who can toss a 300 scratch game will receive a $5 bonus, an offer limited to one per bowler.

Entry deadline is March 31 for a fee of $17 per bowler. Handicap in the event will be based on 100 percent of a 200 average. Tournament applications are available at both Spring Hill and Mariner lanes. For information, call Sheila Wehrenberg at (352) 688-1575.

HUMANE SOCIETY GOLF TOURNAMENT: The fifth annual Cause FORE Paws Golf Tournament will be April 7 at the Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks.

A shotgun start for this best-ball scramble is set for 9 a.m., with check-in at 8. The entry fee is $70 per golfer or $280 per foursome, which includes breakfast by Chick-fil-A, catered lunch by Texas Roadhouse, awards to top teams, a hole-in-one contest sponsored by Rick Matthews Buick/GMC, and prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. Pets available for adoption will join golfers on the course that day. This event is one of the major fundraisers for the Humane Society, which uses proceeds to care for homeless animals awaiting adoption at the no-kill shelter.

Golfer registration deadline is March 31. To register or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, which range from $100 to $1,500, visit or call the shelter at (352) 796-2711. Also, committee chairwoman Kathy Schmitz can be reached at (352) 232-4376.

NATURE COAST TENNIS FOUNDATION TOURNAMENTS: The foundation hosted the 2014 Simon Toftegaard Memorial Junior Tennis Tournament at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill in late January.

There were three divisions for the tournament, including Girls High School, Boys High School, and Elementary Co-Ed.

Talia Russell outlasted Mahima Tatam in a three-set battle (6-1, 3-6, 6-0) for the Girls High School title. Louis Frach defeated Jesse DeWitt in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) for the Boys High School crown, and John Ruskowski won the Elementary division over Ethan Weber in a marathon three-set match (6-4, 7-6, 10-6).

The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will host its third annual Cinco de Mayo Adult Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament on May 3 and 4 at Delta Woods Park.

The event will feature two divisions. The B Division is for players rated less than a 7.0 combined, while the A Division is for those rated 7.0 or above combined. The cost is $20 per player, and the event is open to all adults, including non-USTA members.

For information, call Phil Zee at (352) 263-9546 or Karen Lund at (352) 585-3733. Interested players may also send email to [email protected] or visit for registration forms.

4-H BENEFIT TRAP SHOOTING TOURNAMENT: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee, will host a 4-H benefit trap tournament on April 5, with proceeds going to the Hernando Sportsman's 4-H Club.

The tournament will consist of four rounds of 25 shots each, for a total of 100 shots. Trophies will be awarded in three categories: youth, adult and senior. The winner will be determined by the most targets hit.

The registration fee is $40 per trap shooter; $35 if preregistered by March 27. Lunch will be provided to all participants.

Registration for shooters begins at 8 a.m. with shooting starting at 9. Bring your own shotgun, ammo and lawn chair.

For information, contact Ken Morgan at (352) 797-0409.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Gifts from Home Support Our Troops Golf Tournament will be March 30 at Rivard Golf Club.

Proceeds will go to Gifts from Home, a charitable organization that sends gifts to troops overseas. The organization's funding comes from individual donations and fundraising events.

The registration fee is $35 per golfer or $140 per foursome, which covers greens fees, prizes and food. The shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. There will be a closest-to-the-pin contest, a longest drive contest, a 50-50 raffle, a yard sale and other activities. A new car will be awarded in the hole-in-one contest, donated by Rick Matthews Buick GMC.

The deadline to enter is March 25. Entry forms may be picked up at Rivard. For information, call Larry or Linda Kidwell at (352) 684-4185 or [email protected]

HERNANDO COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION 5K: The Hernando County Bar Association will have a 5K and 1-mile run/walk at the Weeki Wachee Preserve, 2345 Osowaw Blvd., Spring Hill, on March 29.

The event will start at 8 a.m., with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Individuals may compete for a fee of $25; families may sign up for $45. Students under 18 may compete for $15.

For information, send email to [email protected]

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.

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