Three gymnasts from Top Contenders Gymnastics Academy in Brooksville competed in last weekend's 2010 USA Gymnastics Level 7/Prep-Optional Florida State Championships in Daytona Beach.
Katherine Jones, 10, walked away as Top Contenders' big winner. With a fourth-place showing (36.750) in her age group in the all-around standings, Jones has qualified for the regional championships next month in Tupelo, Miss. The top 50 gymnasts overall advance to that competition.
Jones, a Level 7 competitor, came in third on the beam with a score of 9.600, only one-tenth of a point behind Maren Kavenaugh of Boca Raton, who swept all the events on her way to the overall title. Jones scored in the top 10 in the vault and floor exercise as well.
Teammate Molly Hanley, 10, was also doing well until a tough beam effort derailed her hope for a top 10 all-around finish in her age division. Hanley, who competes one division lower than Jones, finished 11th (35.825). Her best event was the vault, where a 9.125 score placed her fourth, just one-tenth of a point behind vault winner Sabrina Cheney of Orlando.
Raleigh Forbell, 10, also produced solid scores in Daytona. A top 10 finish for Forbell came with the help of her coaches, Beth and Allie Strazzullo. Forbell placed ninth all-around (35.100) on the strength of top 10 finishes in the vault, beam and floor exercise events. She placed seventh in both the floor and beam.
MLB PITCH, HIT & RUN: The Brooksville Recreation Department is hosting a preliminary qualifier of the Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition on April 24 in Brooksville.
The skills contest will be at 1 p.m. at Tom Varn Park and is free to all youths from ages 7 to 14. There will be four age divisions: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.
Winners will move on to the next of four levels of competition, with regional winners competing at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg and national winners eventually competing at the 2010 MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim, Calif.
Individual pitching, hitting, running and all-around champions will all advance to the next level of competition. Entrants must bring a copy of their birth certificate to the event.
For information, call Tina Nichols at (352) 540-3835.
FLAG FOOTBALL: Hernando County Recreation Department will soon be starting its Men's 4-on-4 Flag Football Leagues in Spring Hill.
There are two separate leagues forming. The Tuesday Night League will run for six weeks; the Friday Night League will run for 11 weeks. Games will be played at both Delta Woods Park on Deltona Boulevard and Veterans Memorial Park on Spring Hill Drive.
Each league will begin the third week of April. The deadline to register is Thursday.
For information, call the Hernando County Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.hernandocounty.us/parks_rec.
BAR ASSOCIATION GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Bar Association's annual golf tournament will be May 6 at the Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive, Brooksville.
The shotgun start will be at 1 p.m. The cost is $50 per golfer or $175 per team (four golfers). All proceeds will benefit the association's scholarship fund.
For information or a registration form, call Amy Germann at (352) 596-0526.
WEST HERNANDO COUGARS: The West Hernando Cougars youth football mini-camp is scheduled for April 10 and 11.
The cost for the weekend is $25, with lunch included. The camp is open to kids ages 5 to 16 at Delta Woods Park on Deltona Boulevard in Spring Hill. The camp will introduce younger kids to the sport of football and to give older players additional experience with the fundamentals.
The Cougars are also still taking signups for the fall season for both cheerleading and football. Both sports cost $225 for the full season, with five age divisions: junior flyweight (5-6), flyweight (7-8), mighty mite (9-10), junior varsity (11-13) and varsity (14-16).
Interested? Call Bob McFarland at (352) 585-6524.
UNITED WAY GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Association of Realtors is sponsoring its United Way Golf Tournament on April 21 at Brookridge Country Club.
The tournament is four-person Texas scramble format, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Check-in starts at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $30, covering golf and cart. Lunch is available for an additional $5. Individual golfers are welcome and will be grouped with other singles. Each foursome must include a Brookridge club member.
Sponsorships for holes, the beverage cart, the putting contest, tees and greens are available. All proceeds will go to the United Way of Hernando County.
Registration with payment is due by April 14. Make checks payable to HCAR. Credit card payments will also be accepted.
Call Don Forse at (352) 442-7045, John Sullivan at (352) 428-1383, Linda Vilar at (352) 799-1971, or send a fax to (352) 799-4350.
LITTLE BUDDIES ATHLETICS: The Brooksville Recreation Department is about to begin another installment of Little Buddies Athletics with two more sports.
The Little Buddies Tennis program, open to children ages 4 to 7, is designed to help parents work one-on-one with their children while teaching them the basics of tennis.
Beginning April 19, the tennis program will be held weekly from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Mondays for beginners and from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. for advanced students at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville. The camp will run for eight weeks.
The Little Buddies Baseball program, open to children ages 3 to 5, is designed to help parents work one-on-one with their children while teaching them the fundamentals of the game.
Beginning April 27, the program will be held weekly from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesdays on the softball fields outside the Jerome Brown Community Center. The camp will run for six weeks.
Both programs cost $50 per child and include a T-shirt.
Call the Brooksville Recreation Department at (352) 540-3835.
HOSPICE GOLF TOURNAMENT: The 13th annual Hospice Benefit Golf Tournament will be April 15 at Silverthorn Country Club, south of Brooksville.
Sponsored by Gail Spada Century 21 Alliance Realty and Cindy Vanderheiden's Staging Success, the Silverthorn ladies' and men's golf associations are hosting the event to raise funds for HPH Hospice in Hernando County. Last year's net proceeds were $20,427.
The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $80 covering golf, lunch and prizes. There will be a hole-in-one contest sponsored by ReMax Marketing.
Call Bobbie Joseph at (352) 797-0846.
EDUCATION FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Education Foundation golf tournament is scheduled for May 14 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.
The tournament, sponsored by the construction company Skanska, is a four-person team scramble format. Entry fees are $100 per golfer or $400 per team. If a business would like to sponsor a team, the team can join for $450. The deadline for business sponsorships is May 7.
Registration opens at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Dinner, awards presentations and door prizes will be at 5:30 p.m.
Go online to www.hcsb.k12.fl.us/educationfoundation or call (352) 238-2677.
RUN 4 SHELTER: The third annual Jericho Road Ministries Run 4 Shelter 5K, 10K and 1-mile are scheduled for April 10.
Runners and walkers will meet at 7 a.m. in the Palmwood Builders lot at the entrance to River Country Estates on U.S. 19 in Spring Hill. Advance registration is $20; race day registration is $25. Family rates are available at $50 for three or more runners. Children under 12 pay $3.
Free T-shirts are guaranteed to runners who register in advance. There are male and female divisions for these age groups: 14 and under, 15-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and grand masters older than 60.
E-mail email@example.com or visit Jericho-Road.net and click the Fun Run link.
FISHING TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIP: The Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice needs sponsors.
Last year's inaugural event had more than 50 anglers and raised more than $13,000 for 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.