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Hernando County Special Olympics starts aquatics program

Hernando County Special Olympics has started its aquatics program, where athletes practice on a weekly basis to compete against other counties' Special Olympics programs.

Hernando's program will practice every Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Hernando Branch YMCA in Spring Hill. There they will learn techniques, as well as practice relays, all the strokes and distances in preparation for the county games. After those, athletes compete in the area games in Clearwater and then the state games, which will be in Sebastian.

"This about the 10th year we've been doing swimming," Special Olympics county coordinator Fred Click said. "Moving on to the other games and competing is really fun for them.

There is no cost to register an athlete. For more info, contact Frances Click at (352) 597-5003.

BOWLING: The Mariner Classic Singles Championship was last month at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill.

Michael Leonard, a Spring Hill resident who primarily competes at Leisure Lanes in Port Richey, took first with $1,000 in prize money after totaling a handicap score of 1,547 for the tournament.

Leonard usually averages a 178 in the Tuesday Leisure Classic League. Since the tournament handicap was based on a minimum of 180, Leonard had to shoot exceptionally well to even place.

Second place, based on head-to-head competition and not total pins, went to Chris Fratianni (1,566) for $500. Kevin Senter ($300), Todd Epler ($200) and Tommy Cahill ($175) rounded out the top five finishers. Former champions Matt Slaga (2003), Shane Briggs (2006) and Lee Krieg (2008) finished eighth, 19th and 26th, respectively.

AIRSOFT: Games take place starting at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, or occasionally at 5:30 p.m. Fridays, at 7839 Leota Lane in New Port Richey.

The cost is $10 per player per day. Gun rentals are available.

For information, call Ben Bush at (727) 534-8833.

RUNNING: The Arc Nature Coast will host the third annual Spring Lake 5K Run and 2-Mile Fun Walk at 8 a.m. May 23.

The run will be at 5283 Neff Lake Road in Brooksville and registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the Fun Walk and includes a T-shirt and a scenic run through hills and an equestrian stable.

All proceeds will go the Arc Nature Coast, which helps serve people with disabilities and their families.

Register online by visiting www.active.com and searching for Spring Lake 5K. For more info, call (352) 544-2322 x 109 or e-mail info@thearc-naturecoast.org or visit www.thearc-naturecoast.org.

ROLLER HOCKEY: The Sunshine Shoot-out Indoor Ball Hockey Tournament will be on June 26-28 at Sportszone2, 7716 Rutilio Court, New Port Richey.

Teams can register for $550 and the tournament is open division for all teams to compete. Games will be filmed, as well, and prizes will be awarded to the overall team winner, the runners-up, and the most valuable player, defenseman and goalie. The event is sponsored by Matt Garry Inc.

For more info, contact Matt Garry at (813) 818-1312 or (727) 809-0775.

FISHING: The annual Pasco-Hernando Community College Catch and Release Fishing Tournament will be at 8 a.m. May 1 at the Hooters at 5336 Treadway Drive in Port Richey.

Boats will depart at 9 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. All angler teams receive a boat, a licensed guide, breakfast, boxed lunches and beverages, bait and tackle, tournament shirts, goodie bags, entrance to the awards party and recognition on the PHCC Web site.

Proceeds will benefit the PHCC Foundation, which supports programs and activities at the college. No experience is needed to participate and deadline to register is today.

Entry fees range from $750 to $2,500.

For more info, log onto www.phcc.edu/gofish or call (727) 816-3410.

Times correspondent Derek J. LaRiviere contributed to this report. Submit upcoming events, registrations, info to communitysports@tampabay.com.

Hernando County Special Olympics starts aquatics program 04/13/09 [Last modified: Monday, April 13, 2009 6:03pm]

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