Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Hernando County youth sports camps begin; take your pick

Pasco-Hernando Community College is offering four summer sports camps for kids at the West Campus in New Port Richey.

Baseball, softball and volleyball camps begin Monday. Basketball camp will be offered the week of June 18.

The camps are directed by PHCC head coaches with assistance from the college's assistant coaches and athletes and high school coaching staffs. Sessions include fundamental skills, individual player development and team competitions.

The registration fee includes a camp T-shirt and instruction. All camps are open to the public.

The baseball camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday to Wednesday for boys age 7 to 13. Instruction will be led by PHCC coach Steve Winterling. The fee is $75.

The volleyball camp is open to girls age 8 to 18. There is an individual skill session from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Monday to Wednesday with a fee of $100. Instruction will be led by PHCC coach Kim Whitney.

The softball camp is open to girls age 7 to 17 and will run from 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Thursday. Instruction will be led by PHCC coach Tom Ryan, with a fee of $65.

The basketball camp is open to both boys and girls age 7 to 16. Instruction will be led by PHCC athletic director and boys basketball coach James E. Johnson and will run from 8 a.m. to noon June 18 to 21. The fee is $75.

For registration or information, visit phcc.edu/athletics/camps.

SPRINGSTEAD SOCCER CONDITIONING: Springstead High School girls soccer coach Scott Wern will hold summer conditioning work from 9 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, starting next week.

The workouts are open to all potential players, including incoming freshmen, who are zoned for Springstead. Each player should bring cleats, sneakers and plenty of water.

For information, call Wern at (352) 238-4230.

SPRINGSTEAD CHEERLEADING CAMP: The Springstead High School cheerleading squad will host its Little Eagles Cheer Camp today and Saturday.

The camp is open to students in kindergarten through Grade 5 and will be at the Springstead gymnasium, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

The clinic for kindergarten through Grade 2 will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day; the clinic for grades 3 to 5 will be from noon to 3 p.m.

The entry fee is $35 per student, which will include a T-shirt and pompoms. Each cheerleader will learn the basic skills of the sport, including motions, jumps, dancing and simple stunts. There will be a performance for friends and family when camp members are picked up on the final day.

For information or to register, contact Springstead coach Heather Olejniczak at (352) 232-1169 or email [email protected]

YOUTH TENNIS CAMP: Junior Circuit Tennis will hold camps this summer for players age 10 and younger.

Three U.S. Tennis Association-certified professionals will teach fundamentals with courts, racquets and balls scaled down to fit kids. There are also different rules and slower, lower-bouncing balls.

The instructors will be Judy Jeanette from Glen Lakes Country Club, Lou Giglio from Southern Hills Plantation Club and Rick Scholl from Sugarmill Woods.

The program will include six meeting times. Each class will meet on Monday evenings starting at 6 p.m., then split into a 7-and-under group and an 8-to-10 group. The fee for each player is $85 if prepaid, or $15 per session.

On Monday and June 18, participants will meet at the Sugarmill Woods/Oak Village Tennis Complex in Homosassa. On June 25 and July 16, the site will be Southern Hills in Brooksville, and on July 23 and Aug. 6 participants will gather at Glen Lakes, north of Weeki Wachee. A tournament will be held Aug. 13 at Sugarmill Woods.

For information or to register, call Jeanette at (352) 232-0322 or become a friend of Junior Circuit Tennis on Facebook.

WEST HERNANDO COUGARS: The West Hernando Cougars youth football and cheerleading program will have registration for the coming season every weekend in June.

Officials will be at Delta Woods Park on Deltona Boulevard in Spring Hill for signups from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and on June 16 and 30. Coaches and officials will also be on hand from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 23 for mini-camps.

Mini-camps will be free for youth who have paid in full for the upcoming season. Otherwise, the fee for the camps is $10 per player.

The registration fee for football or cheerleading is $195 per child. The fee includes full football uniform with a personalized jersey to keep or cheerleading top, skirt, bloomers and shoes. Divisions are open to youth age 5 to 15.

For information, call Bobby McFarland at (352) 585-6524 or visit West Hernando Cougars Football and Cheerleading on Facebook.

BATTERED MUG GOLF FUNDRAISER: The Battered Mug Saloon will host a golf tournament fundraiser June 23 at Seven Hills Golf Club in Spring Hill. Proceeds will benefit the family of Isaac Wetherington of Brooksville, who died recently. The 18-month-old was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect.

There will be a shotgun start at 8 a.m. for a cost of $45 per golfer, which includes lunch at the Battered Mug, 2109 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The deadline for registration is June 15.

For information or to register, call Kelley Rose at (352) 688-4077 or (352) 835-1320.

YOUTH SOFTBALL CLINICS: The Spring Hill Sting travel softball team is hosting a series of clinics for youth this summer, with proceeds benefiting the club.

The clinics are being organized to teach and emphasize the basics of the game. The girls will be divided by Dixie Softball age divisions (Sweeties, Darlings, Angels and Ponytails).

Sting coach Dianne McClellan will lead the instruction, with assistance from members of the Sting. Three camp dates are Wednesday to June 15; July 11-13; and Aug. 1-3. The registration fee is $25 per player.

For information, contact McClellan at (352) 442-3047 or [email protected]

NATURE COAST BASKETBALL CAMP: Nature Coast Technical High School girls basketball coach Emily Gore will host the program's first summer youth basketball camp in the Nature Coast gymnasium from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday.

Registration will begin at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. The fee is $50 per player, which includes a T-shirt. Early registration is preferred and guarantees the correct shirt size. The camp is open to children from age 6 to those entering seventh grade. Pizza and Powerade will be sold for $1 each day.

Several members of the Nature Coast basketball team and assistant Lori Cleary will help with the camp. The goal is to help each player have a fun experience while learning basketball skills, game situations and rules.

For information, contact Gore at (352) 535-5091; (352) 797-7088, ext. 228; [email protected] or [email protected]

NATURE COAST VOLLEYBALL CAMP: Nature Coast Technical High School volleyball coach Emily Gore will host the program's second annual summer youth volleyball camp in the Nature Coast gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Wednesday.

Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. Monday. The fee is $60 per player, which includes a T-shirt. Early registration is preferred and guarantees the correct shirt size. The camp is open to children from age 6 to those entering seventh grade. Pizza and Powerade will be sold for $1 each, or participants can bring their lunch.

Several members of the Nature Coast volleyball team will assist with the camp. The goal is to help each player have a fun experience while learning volleyball skills, game situations and rules.

For information, contact Gore at (352) 535-5091; (352) 797-7088, ext. 228; [email protected] or [email protected]

FIRST TEE SUMMER PROGRAM: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will begin a First Tee golf program starting Monday at the Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville.

First Tee focuses on golf and life skills instruction. The juniors program strives to instill in participants the organization's nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

The cost is $60 per child per week, with ages 9 to 17 eligible. Classes will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day, Monday through Friday. Students are encouraged to bring a bottle of water with them.

Donations are welcome, including youth golf clubs, bags and balls. For information, contact Miles Groff at (352) 540-3835 or [email protected]

HYL FOOTBALL: Registration for the Hernando Youth League football season will be Saturday at Ernie Wever Youth Park in Brooksville.

Officials will be on hand from 9 a.m. to noon registering players. The cost is $128 per player, which includes a $3 county park usage fee. Payment may be made with cash, money order, debit card or credit card. All players must be present at registration so they can be fitted for equipment.

For forms and information, visit leaguelineup.com/hylfootball.

For more information, call (352) 346-0000.

Derek J. LaRiviere can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.

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