Chris Polizzi is no stranger to success. He led Nature Coast Technical High School to the state boys bowling title in 2007 and has one of only four 800 series in Hernando County youth history.
On Monday, the 20-year-old Polizzi was given the biggest news of his bowling career. After competing in five events on the Professional Bowlers Association South Region Tour this past season, he was named the 2009-10 rookie of the year.
His highest finish was at the Brunswick (Ga.) Open, where he placed fourth. The tournament took place last April, and he finished ahead of such notable pros as Ritchie Allen, Jason Couch and Ken Simard.
There are signs that this could be the first step toward long-term success for Polizzi. Ryan Ciminelli was named the PBA East Region rookie of the year in 2007-08, and he has gone on to become a national tour regular and was the PBA Viper Championship runnerup in September.
Jeff Carter is another notable region rookie of the year, winning the Midwest Region award in 1999. He has since been to three television finals and defeated Pete Weber for the Geico Plastic Ball Championship in 2009.
ADULT BASEBALL TRYOUTS: The Spring Hill Giants amateur adult baseball team has scheduled new player tryouts for Sunday and May 2 for anyone interested in playing Sunday morning baseball games in the Nature Coast Adult Baseball League of Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties.
Tryouts will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Arthur F. Engel Field at 1611 Denton Ave. in Hudson.
The league begins its 2010 summer season in early to mid May and ends in early September. Games are played mostly on Sunday mornings at baseball fields in the three counties, usually starting at 10. The age of players in the league is 17 and older. All positions are needed. Players are expected to bring their own equipment.
Season fees are estimated at $150 (for team uniforms, umpire fees, baseballs and insurance). The season is expected to span 20-25 games.
Anyone interested in trying out should call co-manager Brian Moore at (352) 686-9936 to confirm the day and time of workouts.
HIGH POINT LADIES GOLF: The High Point Ladies Golf League runs year-round, but as the summer gets closer, play begins to wind down. Over the past couple of weeks, the women have played some of their best golf.
The April 5 session included nine-hole and 18-hole rounds. The nine-hole winners were Gay Bovaird, Joyce Sampson and Maryann Noren, while those who won 18 holes were Fran Lynch and Sandy Capes.
On April 12, the league played a nine-hole scramble format. Front nine winners were Darlene Jagiello, Joyce Salisbury, Arlene Creger and Kathy Grenier, while the back nine champs were Doris Thomas, Louise Legault, Dot Clagg and Linda Mason.
SPRINGSTEAD FOOTBALL's GOLF SCRAMBLE: The Springstead High football program will host its annual Football Golf Scramble on May 1 at Seven Hills Golfers Club in Spring Hill.
The tournament is a four-person scramble format beginning at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. The entry fee is $60, covering golf, cart, breakfast and lunch.
Sponsorships are available, including holes ($50), trophy ($150), breakfast ($175), lunch ($225) and hole-in-one ($350).
Make all checks payable to Springstead Football, and mail registration and payment to Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34609, Attn: Coach Vonada.
Call Evelyn Zena at (352) 442-2757 or Todd Toomer at (352) 797-7010, ext. 292, for information.
FAITH PRESBYTERIAN DODGEBALL: Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Brooksville will host a dodgeball tournament on Saturday.
The tournament starts at noon, and the entry fee is $40 per team, with six players on the court at a time.
There will be three games going on at once, both indoors and outdoors, to ensure maximum playing time.
There will be coed and men's divisions in a round-robin format, with a prize package for the winning team in each bracket.
Music, food and other festivities will make the tournament suitable for the entire family. Lunch will be offered for a fee.
For information, contact Drew Taylor, the church's director of outreach, at [email protected] or (352) 584-7716.
HUMANE SOCIETY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Scott Barnwell Insurance and Hardy Team Re/Max Marketing Specialists are sponsoring their first charity golf tournament on May 3 at Silverthorn Country Club in Spring Hill.
The tournament is a four-person scramble format beginning at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $240 per team and $60 per individual, covering golf and cart. Lunch is available for an additional $5. Individual golfers are welcome and will be grouped with other singles.
All proceeds will go to the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. There will be additional prizes for raffles and hole-in-one and closest to the pin contests.
Visit humanrescue.org or call Cindy Baratta at (352) 684-5275 for information.
MLB PITCH, HIT & RUN: The Brooksville Recreation Department is hosting a preliminary qualifier of the Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition on Saturday in Brooksville.
The skills contest is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at Tom Varn Park and is free for ages 7 to 14. There are 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 region winners competing at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg and national winners at July's MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim, Calif.
Individual pitching, hitting, running and all-around champions will advance to the next level of competition. Entrants must bring copies of their birth certificates to the event.
For information, call Tina Nichols at (352) 540-3835.
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 is scheduled for 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.
LITTLE BUDDIES ATHLETICS: The Brooksville Recreation Department is about to begin its Little Buddies baseball program.
The 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 Tuesday, 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.
The cost is $50 per child and includes a T-shirt.
Call the Brooksville Recreation Department at (352) 540-3835.
EDUCATION FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Education Foundation will have its annual golf tournament on 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.
Visit hcsb.k12.fl.us/education foundation or call (352) 238-2677.
To notify us of community sports achievements or coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.