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Hernando Youth League Softball is signing up players for its spring softball season.

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League officials will be at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 for registration.

The registration fee is $90 per child; credit cards accepted. Sign-ups must be in person; a copy of the player's birth certificate is required.

The league will also be offering free spring training camps to all registered players on the mornings of registration.

ADULT REC KICKBALL AND SOFTBALL LEAGUES: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will be starting its spring season adult recreation leagues in March.

The leagues are open to players ages 16 and up. There will be a mandatory softball managers meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 for all leagues (women, coed and men).

Men's games will be played every Monday starting March 17. Women's games will be played Tuesdays starting March 18 and coed games will be played on Thursdays starting March 20. Sponsors fees are $250 per team, with a participation fee of $20 per player. New teams also are required to pay a $25 National Softball Association sanction fee.

The coed kickball league will play every Wednesday starting March 19. Sponsor fees will also be $250 per team, with a player fee of $20. A mandatory kickball managers meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11.

All games will be played at the Jerome Brown Community Center fields.

For information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (352) 540-3835.

HERNANDO COUNTY WOMEN'S 500 CLUB BOWLING: The Hernando County Women's 500 Club will have its next tournament on Feb. 9 at Mariner Lanes.

This will be a certified doubles tournament open to all U.S. Bowling Congress and Women's Bowling Association members already qualified through the 500 Club.

Check-in for the tournament will be at 1 p.m., with bowling starting at 1:30 p.m.

The entry deadline is Feb. 3 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 Lanes and Mariner Lanes.

For information, call Sheila Wehrenberg at (352) 688-1575.

SIMON TOFTEGAARD MEMORIAL TENNIS: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will host its annual Simon Toftegaard Memorial Junior Tennis Tournament on Jan. 25 and 26 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

The event is open to all elementary-, middle- and high school-aged players. Proceeds will help provide academic scholarships to high school seniors. First- and second-place trophies will be awarded in each division. Boys and girls singles only.

The entry fee is $30. The format is two-out-of-three-set matches with a seven-point tiebreaker to advance in the bracket or to the consolation round.

In addition to participants, the foundation is seeking sponsors. Various sponsorship levels are available and in-kind donations are also welcome.

For registration or sponsorship information, visit Players may also send email to or call Phil Zee at (352) 263-9546.

WEST HERNANDO LITTLE LEAGUE: Today is the final day to register for the West Hernando Little League's spring season. Officials will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Freedom Field on Deltona Boulevard in Spring Hill.

All youth ages 4 to 18 are welcome to join. For information, visit or call (352) 232-4617.

RIDGE LADIES GOLF ASSOCIATION: The Ridge Ladies Golf Association is hosting its first Ladies Invitational on Feb. 24 at the Ridge Golf Club in Ridge Manor.

If there is rain, the makeup date will be Feb. 27. The theme will be Mardi Gras.

The $45-per-golfer fee includes greens fees, cart, prizes, breakfast and lunch. The format is two-person best-ball handicap.

Applications are available at the Ridge Golf Club pro shop. For information, contact Donna Shipway at (352) 608-4111 or

UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled a baseball/softball umpiring clinic.

The clinic is designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire and help seasoned umpires improve. The seminar will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill. The session is open to men and women age 16 and older.

Visit to register. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or send email to

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee, has announced a "Girls Night Out" Trap Shooting Group.

The women's group will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

For those who have never tried trap shooting or don't have their own shotgun, the club will provide 20-gauge shotguns. Those using a club shotgun should be sure to bring at least two boxes of 20-gauge ammunition, ear plugs and eye protection. Participants may use their own shotguns.

There is a trap range fee of $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers. The fee applies to two games of trap.

For information, call the club at (352) 597-9931 or visit The club also has a Facebook page.

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

Hernando County sports news and notes 01/17/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 17, 2014 5:01pm]
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