The Hernando Heat under-12 girls competitive soccer team will play for the Division II Cup this weekend in Fort Myers after winning the Region C championship earlier this month on the same field.
Hernando beat Valrico 2-1 in a shootout for the title. Aleena Kondek scored a goal in regulation to get the Heat to overtime. Keeper Amanda Stacy was in net for the first half and saved all of the nine shots she faced, while Kennedy Schoonover surrendered the tying goal in the second half, recording six saves.
In the shootout, Hernando edged Valrico 3-2. Kondek, Keryth Rowland and Merriel Reyes accounted for the shootout scores, with Stacy in net for the Heat.
The Heat is now 15-4-3 on the season, with Charlie Kondek serving as coach. Former Springstead High coach Polo Furlong is the team trainer and assists with coaching.
HIGH POINT GOLF: The High Point Golf Club hosted its 2012 Men's Shootout and North/South Couples tournaments earlier this month.
The Men's Shootout included 10 men who qualified over 10 weeks. After each hole, the player with the highest net score was eliminated. On the final hole, Ken Russell and Tom Lynch battled it out, with Russell making a key putt on the ninth hole to win the title.
The North/South Couples Tournament included 25 Florida resident couples (South) competing against 25 snowbird couples (North) in a farewell tournament.
The format was a Modified Scotch Scramble, with alternate shots by each couple. The North defeated the South 18-7.
The low net scores for each side included Bob McBride and Helen Myers (59) for the South and Joe and Marilyn Pellettieri (55) for the North.
NAMI BOWL-A-THON: The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Hernando will host its second annual bowl-a-thon fundraiser at 3 p.m. May 19 at Spring Hill Lanes.
To take part, the donation is $20 per bowler for three games, including bowling shoes and a chance to win dozens of gift cards, prizes and giveaways. Last year, bowlers won more than $1,000 worth of prizes. There will also be a hockey stick raffled, signed by Tampa Bay Lightning star Vincent Lecavalier.
The deadline to register is May 12. Business sponsors and prize donations are still needed. All proceeds go to NAMI Hernando, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization.
To register as an individual or team of four, call NAMI at (352) 684-0004 or LaVonne Roberts at (352) 596-1541.
JUNIOR SERVICE LEAGUE GOLF: The Junior Service League will host a golf tournament Saturday at the Dunes Golf Club, north of Weeki Wachee, to benefit Hernando County women and children.
There will be a shotgun start is 9 a.m. The format is a four-person scramble. Entry fees are $75 per person, $300 per team of four or $350 for a team and hole sponsorship. Entry fees include golf, lunch afterward and prizes.
For information, call (352) 596-7888 or send email [email protected]
QUICK START TENNIS: Ace Performance Tennis is holding Quick Start drills from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.
The cost is $10 per player per week. Games are designed for beginners using the U.S. Tennis Association-approved strategies for players on 60-foot courts.
Ace Performance Tennis is also offering Ladies Night Out from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Delta Woods Park. The cost is $10. Women of beginning and intermediate skill levels will learn to play in a fun social setting.
For information, call John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or visit louisedowney.usptapro.com.
FIRST TEE SUMMER PROGRAM: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will begin a First Tee golf program starting the week of June 11 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]
SOUTHERN HILLS 5K: The Red Mule Runners Club will have its fifth annual Run Through the Hills Southern Hills 5K on Saturday at Southern Hills Country Club in Brooksville.
The 5K run will begin at 8 a.m., while a 1-mile run will start at 8:45. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. Entry fees are $20 for the 5K and $10 for the 1-mile run. A $5 fee will be added for those who sign up the day of the race. T-shirts are guaranteed for everyone who preregisters.
Register online at raceit.com or visit redmulerunners.com for race information. All proceeds will benefit the Red Mule Runners Scholarship Fund and the Monique Burr Foundation for Children.
For information, call Chuck Boldt at (352) 688-6484.
HYL FOOTBALL: Registration for the Hernando Youth League football season will be May 5, 12 and 19 and June 9 at Ernie Wever Youth Park in Brooksville.
Officials will be on hand from 9 a.m. to noon each day 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.
Space is limited, so participants are urged to sign up early. For forms and information, visit leaguelineup.com/hylfootball online.
For other information, call (352) 346-0000.
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.