Hernando recreation notebook

Spring Hill Lanes had its 15th annual Irish Stew Tournament on March 22 as the local bowling community celebrated St. Patrick's Day.

With 41 doubles teams entered, the field competed in four games. All games were bowled in different fun formats, including a "Lucky Strike" game where bowlers were awarded free strikes in the third, sixth and ninth frames.

The champions were Chris Stevens and Misti Gardner. There has not been a repeat team of winners in the tournament in the past five seasons. Last year's champs were Bob Fritz and Nathan Downey.

MLB PITCH, HIT & RUN: The Brooksville Recreation Department is hosting a preliminary qualifier of the Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition on April 24 in Brooksville.

The skills contest will be at 1 p.m. at Tom Varn Park and is free to all youths from ages 7 to 14. There will be four age divisions: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.

Winners will move on to the next of four levels of competition, with regional winners competing at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg and national winners competing at the 2010 MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim, Calif. Individual pitching, hitting, running and all-around champions will all advance.

Entrants must bring a copy of their birth certificate to the event. For information, call Tina Nichols at (352) 540-3835.

FLAG FOOTBALL: The Hernando County Recreation Department will soon be starting its Men's 4-on-4 Flag Football Leagues in Spring Hill.

There are two leagues forming. The Tuesday Night League will run for six weeks; the Friday Night League will run for 11 weeks. Games will be played at both Delta Woods Park on Deltona Boulevard and at Veterans Memorial Park on Spring Hill Drive.

Each league will begin the third week of April. The deadline to register is Thursday.

For information, call the Hernando County Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031, send e-mail to recreation@hernandocounty.us, or visit www.hernandocounty.us/parks_rec.

BAR ASSOCIATION GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Bar Association's annual golf tournament will be May 6 at the Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive, Brooksville.

The shotgun start will be at 1 p.m. The cost is $50 per golfer or $175 per team of four golfers. All proceeds will benefit the association's scholarship fund.

For information or a registration form, call Amy Germann at (352) 596-0526.

WEST HERNANDO COUGARS: The West Hernando Cougars youth football minicamp is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

The cost for the weekend is $25, with lunch included. The camp is open to kids ages 5 to 16 at Delta Woods Park on Deltona Boulevard in Spring Hill. The camp will introduce younger kids to the sport of football and to give older players additional experience with the fundamentals.

The Cougars are also still taking signups for the fall season for both cheerleading and football. Both sports cost $225 for the full season, with five age divisions: junior flyweight (5-6), flyweight (7-8), mighty mite (9-10), junior varsity (11-13) and varsity (14-16).

Call Bob McFarland at (352) 585-6524.

UNITED WAY GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Association of Realtors is sponsoring its United Way Golf Tournament on April 21 at Brookridge Country Club.

The tournament is a four-person Texas scramble format, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Check-in starts at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $30, covering golf and cart. Lunch is available for an additional $5. Individual golfers are welcome and will be grouped with other singles. Each foursome must include a Brookridge club member.

Sponsorships for holes, the beverage cart, the putting contest, tees and greens are available. All proceeds go to the United Way of Hernando County.

Registration with payment is due by April 14. Make checks payable to HCAR. Credit card payments will also be accepted.

Call Don Forse at (352) 442-7045, John Sullivan at (352) 428-1383, Linda Vilar at (352) 799-1971, or send a fax to (352) 799-4350.

LITTLE BUDDIES ATHLETICS: The Brooksville Recreation Department is about to begin another installment of Little Buddies Athletics with two more sports.

The Little Buddies Tennis program, open to children ages 4 to 7, is designed to help parents work one-on-one with their children while teaching them the basics of tennis.

Beginning April 19, the tennis program will be held weekly from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Mondays for beginners and from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. for advanced students at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville. The camp will run for eight weeks.

The Little Buddies Baseball program, open to children ages 3 to 5, is designed to help parents work one-on-one with their children while teaching them the fundamentals of the game.

Beginning April 27, the program will be held weekly from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesdays on the softball fields outside the Jerome Brown Community Center. The camp will run for six weeks.

Both programs cost $50 per child and include a T-shirt.

Call the Brooksville Recreation Department at (352) 540-3835.

HOSPICE GOLF TOURNAMENT: The 13th annual Hospice Benefit Golf Tournament will be April 15 at Silverthorn Country Club, south of Brooksville.

Sponsored by Gail Spada Century 21 Alliance Realty and Cindy Vanderheiden's Staging Success, the Silverthorn ladies' and men's golf associations are hosting the event to raise funds for HPH Hospice in Hernando County. Last year's net proceeds were $20,427.

The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $80 covering golf, lunch and prizes. There will be a hole-in-one contest sponsored by ReMax Marketing.

Call Bobbie Joseph at (352) 797-0846.

EDUCATION FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Education Foundation will have its annual golf tournament May 14 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.

The tournament, sponsored by the construction company Skanska, is a four-person team scramble format. Entry fees are $100 per golfer or $400 per team. If a business would like to sponsor a team, the team can join for $450. The deadline for business sponsorships is May 7.

Registration opens at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Dinner, awards presentations and door prizes will be at 5:30 p.m.

Go online to www.hcsb.k12.fl.us/educationfoundation or call (352) 238-2677.

RUN 4 SHELTER: The third annual Jericho Road Ministries Run 4 Shelter 5K, 10K and 1-mile are scheduled for Saturday.

Runners and walkers will meet at 7 a.m. in the Palmwood Builders lot at the entrance to River Country Estates on U.S. 19 in Spring Hill. Pre-event registration is $20; race day registration is $25. Family rates are available at $50 for three or more runners. Children under 12 pay $3.

Free T-shirts are guaranteed to runners who preregister. There are male and female divisions in the following age groups: 14 and under, 15-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and grand masters over 60. E-mail jministries99@tampabay.rr.com or visit Jericho-Road.net and click the Fun Run link.

FISHING TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIP: The Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice is looking for sponsors.

Last year's inaugural event had more than 50 anglers and raised more than $13,000 for hospice. The tournament casts off April 24 from Bayport. A dinner and awards ceremony will be at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park after the tournament.

Send e-mail to Debbie Hogan at debbie@hoganlawfirm.com or to Jennifer Rey at jennifer@hoganlawfirm.com, or call (352) 799-8423.

To notify us of community sports achievements or coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at derekjlariviere@gmail.com or (352) 584-6337.

Hernando recreation notebook 04/06/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 7:19pm]

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