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Hernando County athletes add to medal counts at Senior Games

The 18th annual Florida Senior Games took place in Cape Coral from Dec. 5 to 13, and several local athletes received medals.

Since 1999, 20 different Hernando County athletes have earned gold medals at the games. Eleven have been repeat champions. This season, three competitors added to their medal counts.

Nancy Dorsey of Brooksville and Jose Borges of Spring Hill both competed in table tennis.

Dorsey already had one gold medal in table tennis, and she added three more with championships in singles (ages 55-59), doubles (55-59) with partner Mardee Goldberg of the Villages, and mixed doubles (55-59) with partner Frank Valliant of Leesburg.

Borges, who had six gold medals on his resume, added two more. He won championships in singles (65-69) and doubles (65-69) with partner Ray Look of Dunedin.

Another star was Richard Lowery of Spring Hill. A standout of the Senior Games this decade, he already had 12 gold medals. He added one more with a championship in the high jump (75-79).

Lowery broke the competition record for that age group with a jump of 4 feet, 6 1/2 inches. He also won silver medals in the shot put (75-79) and javelin (75-79).

BOWLING HONOR SCORES: There were three perfect games at Spring Hill Lanes during the past week, and one senior bowler came within a pin of a 300 game. At Mariner Lanes, two 300s were tossed.

Brad Root kicked off the flurry with an opening game 300 on Dec. 8 in the Mike's Auto Body League at Spring Hill. He followed with scores of 206 and 202 to reach 708 for the series. Root carries a 215 average in league play. This was Root's third perfect game. His last was in 2006.

Peter Osorio had his first career 300 last week in the Wednesday Night Mixed League at Spring Hill. He has hovered around a 200 average for the past five years and has come close to 300 a couple times, twice shooting 11 strikes in a row. This time, he threw his 300 in the first game before finishing with a 211 and a 172 for a 683 series.

Clint Bullock, one of the premier youth coaches in the area, rolled his eighth perfect game of the decade Thursday night in the Joni Classic League at Spring Hill. Bullock averaged a 220 in the same league last season.

What Bullock had yet to achieve this decade was an 800 series, and on Thursday he made his best effort at it. He narrowly missed, tossing a 279 and 214 before his perfect game to total 793 for the night.

In the Friday Senior Men's League at Spring Hill, John Hoffman almost joined the perfect-game trio. His 299 game was by far his best career effort since he began competing in sanctioned leagues locally in 2002. His average rose from a 168 his first year to over 200 recently. He finished with a 727 series Friday morning.

Randolph Bradley, who had bowled primarily at Louie's Bowling Center in Brooksville until the past couple of years, tossed his first career perfect game in the Friday Early Mariners League at Mariner. Bradley averaged a 201 in the same league last season.

Tom Russell threw the other 300 last week at Mariner while competing in the Tuesday Metro League. Russell is a Mariner regular who has been one of the elite bowlers in the county over the past few years. The recent 300 was his second of 2009 and his fourth in the past two years.

REFEREES NEEDED: The West Central Officials Association is interested in finding new officials to work football games for the 2010 season.

The association oversees officiating of middle school, junior varsity and varsity high school games in Pasco and Hernando counties.

The Tampa Bay Area Sports Officials organization also needs experienced flag and tackle football officials to work youth games in Hernando, Pasco and Hillsborough counties for the 2010 season.

For information, call Gary Stanley at (813) 989-9387 or send e-mail to

SENIOR SOFTBALL: The Senior Softball Invitational League is competing at 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill. Any player older than age 55 is welcome to try out on those days.

For information, visit the league's Web site at

MARTIAL ARTS: Southern Elite Sports is offering cheer/dance and mixed martial arts classes for all ages at different locations throughout Pasco and Hernando counties.

The cost for all classes is $30 per month with no contracts.

Southern Elite Sports also has has partnered with Top Contenders Gymnastics to hold classes at the Top Contenders facility at 16200 Spring Hill Drive, south of Brooksville.

Martial arts classes at Top Contenders are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The cost to attend one class per week is $30 per month. The cost is $50 a month to attend twice a week, and $65 a month to attend three times a week.

For information, call Paul Micklow at (727) 645-1501.

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.

For information, send e-mail to Debbie Hogan at or to Jennifer Rey at, or call (352) 799-8423.

To notify us of community sports achievements or upcoming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

Hernando County athletes add to medal counts at Senior Games 12/16/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 5:41pm]
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