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Hernando High School announces Sports Hall of Fame inductees

Hernando High School will induct the second class of athletes into its Sports Hall of Fame in early November.

The oldest high school in Hernando County will add eight members to its most honored list of athletes and athletic contributors: Fred Abbott (former Florida football captain), Ernie Chatman (longtime baseball, track and cross-country coach), Ricky Feacher (former Cleveland Browns receiver), George Floyd (member of the College Football Hall of Fame after attending Western Kentucky University), Buster McGee (member of 1967 Hernando state championship baseball team), Kristi Poore (second-leading scorer in Hernando girls basketball history), Frank Vohun (Florida State football standout) and Tyrone Woods (led the Korean League in home runs with 42 in 1998).

Last season, Jerome Brown (former NFL All-Pro), Bernice Mosby (former WNBA player and all-time Hernando leading scorer), Bronson Arroyo (MLB All-Star), Tom Fisher (Tennessee football standout), Maulty Moore (two-time Super Bowl champion), Kevin Fitzpatrick (Olympic discus thrower), Jason Sartor (all-time leading scorer in Hernando boys basketball history) and Tom Varn (coach of the 1967 Hernando state championship baseball team) made up the inaugural class.

Hernando will host a Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Michael A. Imhoff Gymnasium on campus. Tickets are $20 per person for the banquet and are available at the school.

The inductees will also be introduced during halftime of the varsity football game Nov. 4 at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium when the Leopards play Mitchell at 7:30 p.m.

For information, call Joy Nagy at (352) 797-7015, ext. 410.

JUNIOR CIRCUIT TENNIS: The Junior Circuit Tennis Series had its second event on Oct. 8 at Inverness Country Club, but due to a series of rain-outs and postponements, the tournament carried into the following weekend as well.

The event drew 23 players from Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and other counties, two more than the first. Four divisions competed: high school boys, middle school boys, high school girls and middle school girls.

Carl Zee of Spring Hill defeated Hernando's Rishi Guernani in the high school boys division in three sets. Guernani, playing his first JCT tournament, pushed Zee before losing 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-4. Jesse DeWitt of Brooksville won the consolation match to come in third.

Brody Summer of Crystal River won his second consecutive middle school boys title with a victory over Spring Hill's Cody Wiley in straight sets (6-4, 6-1). Vasu Malhotra of Brooksville placed third.

The girls high school division final was decided between Amber Gamble of Lecanto and Sarah Labrador of Inverness. Gamble won in three straight sets, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

Dade City's Madison Jender swept Kayla Brady of Brooksville in straight sets (6-1, 6-4) for her first JCT title in the girls middle school division.

The next JCT tournament is scheduled for Nov. 5 and 6 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville. To register, e-mail Judy Jeanette at The deadline is 9 p.m. Nov. 2.

For information, visit Junior Circuit Tennis on Facebook and send a friend request.

LIFECHOICES WOMEN'S CARE GOLF: LifeChoices Women's Care will have its inaugural Golf for Life charity golf tournament Saturday. The tournament will be at Lexington Oaks Golf Club in Wesley Chapel.

The cost is $75 per golfer, which includes greens fees, range balls, door prizes, contests, goodie bags, dinner and awards. This is a non-handicap tournament, and everyone is welcome.

Proceeds will go to LifeChoices Women's Care, formerly the Lutz-Land O'Lakes Pregnancy Center. The facility has been helping women facing unplanned pregnancies with free services since 2009.

The tournament is being sponsored by Knights of Columbus Monsignor Kevin S. Mullens Council 12956, but sponsorship opportunities are still available. Organizers also are accepting donations for door prizes.

For information, visit or call (813) 948-7734.

PHCC 5K: Pasco-Hernando Community College will host its seventh annual PHCC 5K Race at 8 a.m. Sunday at the New Port Richey campus, 10230 Ridge Road.

Proceeds will benefit the PHCC women's cross-country program. The registration fee of $15 includes a race T-shirt; the deadline is Saturday.

A free Family Fun Run will be offered for all children 12 and under. Participants will receive goodie bags and an award. T-shirts will be available for purchase.

Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m., and preregistered participants are encouraged to arrive at 7 a.m. Awards will be given by age group and to the top male and female finishers. The event will feature free post-race refreshments, games, photos and drawings.

For information or to register online, visit

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. If interested, send e-mail to Jacki Wachtel at

NATURE COAST DISC GOLF: The Nature Coast Disc Golf Club has weekly events in the area.

At 10 a.m. on Sundays at Floral Park in Floral City, players can compete in a 19-hole handicap round. Members also gather at 3 p.m. each Saturday for a round at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville.

For information, call club president Buz Ryalls-Clephane at (352) 584-5078 or treasurer Brandi Laudermilch at (352) 263-4475. The club can be reached by e-mail at

FIRST TEE GOLF: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is getting ready to host another session of First Tee Golf for children looking to learn how to get onto the links.

The First Tee Golf/Life Skills is for youth ages 7 to 17 and starts Nov. 7. The instructors teach the First Tee Nine Core Values through the game of golf. Students have the opportunity to work on basic life and golf skills, including putting, chipping, driving and golf course etiquette. The sessions will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays at the Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville.

For information, call Mike Groff at (352) 540-3835.

ALZHEIMER'S CHARITY GOLF: The Alzheimer's Family Organization, which serves Hernando, Pasco, Citrus and other counties on the Suncoast, will have its 11th annual charity golf tournament Nov. 12 at Seven Springs Country Club in New Port Richey.

Registration is scheduled for 6:30 a.m.; breakfast will be provided by IHOP. The shotgun start is set for 8 a.m., with lunch provided by Argento's Italian Bistro at the conclusion of play. The tournament is 18 holes with a four-person scramble format.

There will be awards for the top three teams, as well as additional prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and a hole-in-one (a car provided by Ed Morse Auto Plaza). Full Circle Financial is sponsoring a putting contest, with a chance to win $10,000.

The registration fee is $80 per player. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For information, call Kathy Montero at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004.

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

Hernando High School announces Sports Hall of Fame inductees 10/19/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 7:48pm]
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