Thursday, June 21, 2018
Sports

Hernando tennis players put in strong showing at Junior Circuit Tennis Series tournament

The sixth Junior Circuit Tennis Series tournament took place on Saturday at the Sugarmill Woods sports complex in Homosassa.

The host tennis professional was Rick Scholl, who coordinates the series with two other local tennis pros: Lou Giglio of Brooksville and Judy Jeanette of Weeki Wachee.

Saturday's tournament had three divisions: boys high school, boys middle school and girls high school.

The boys high school division was decided by a round robin format. Each match was best of three sets with Chris Rosser of Spring Hill placing first over Weeki Wachee's Mark Mulleavey. Rosser won all three of his matches, while Mulleavey went 2-1.

Amber Gamble of Lecanto won the girls high school division in a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Mahima Tatumbotola of Hernando. Alex Hoover of Spring Hill won a tough three-set title match to claim the boys middle school division over Brody Summer of Inverness, 6-1, 3-6, 10-5.

The series will hold a Tournament of Champions on April 21 and 22 for players who have prepaid or have accumulated 12 or more points from the six tournaments previously on the schedule. For information, send email to Jeanette at [email protected]

Rosser (28 points), Mulleavey (14) and Jesse DeWitt of Brooksville (17) are among those in the boys high school division who have automatically qualified for the Tournament of Champions on points. Summer (23) leads all boys middle school players in points and will take part in the event as well. Gamble (18) and her sister, Madison Gamble (14), will join Tatumbotola as the only three automatic qualifiers from the girls high school division.

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. until noon each day taking 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.

GRIDIRON ALUMNI FOOTBALL: Gridiron Alumni is planning several full-contact alumni football games in Brooksville during the next couple of months.

Gridiron Alumni is an organization that travels around the country pitting old high school football rivals against each other. Players are still needed. The first 40 players on each team get to play, and the team that gets 30 people registered first gets home-field advantage.

Teams from Central High, Hernando High, Hernando Christian Academy and Nature Coast Technical High are forming. Games are scheduled for this month and April.

For information, call Chris Hall at (530) 410-6396 or go to gridironalumni.com.

ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUES: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will have three adult softball leagues — coed, men's and women's — starting this month at the adult fields at the Jerome Brown Community Center.

Men's games will be on Mondays beginning March 19. Women's games will be on Tuesdays beginning March 20. Coed games will be on Thursdays beginning March 22.

Games will be at 7, 8:15 and 9 p.m. There is a sponsor fee of $250, a player fee of $20 and a new team fee of $25. All rosters and fees are due by March 8.

For information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (352) 540-3830.

TENNIS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation has announced that 2012 scholarship applications are available for high school seniors.

Two $500 scholarships will be awarded by the organization. There are two applications online at nctf.usta.com — one for an academic scholarship available to all seniors, the other specifically for tennis players. The application deadline is April 1.

For information, visit the website or send email to [email protected]

DAWN CENTER GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hernando Oaks Women's Golf Association will sponsor a golf tournament to benefit the Dawn Center. The tournament will be April 18 at the Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club in Brooksville.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. Proceeds will go to the Dawn Center, Hernando County's nonprofit shelter for abused women and children.

Golfer registration is $65 per person and includes the tournament, buffet, contests and prizes. Hole sponsorships are available for $50. The golf reservation deadline is March 30; spots are limited.

For information, send email to Andrea McGregor at [email protected]

HORACE COPELAND FOOTBALL CAMP: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor the second annual Horace "Hi-C" Copeland Football Camp this month.

After a successful run last year, the program has expanded to two counties. On March 16 and 17, Lecanto High School will host the camp; on March 23 and 24, the camp will be at Springstead High School in Spring Hill.

The cost is $65 for ages 5 to 16. The camp includes interactive football drills and life lessons. Lunch will be provided.

Copeland, 41, a former University of Miami and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, now lives in the area.

For information, email Harry Johnson at hj[email protected] or call Christie Williams at (352) 754-4031.

HUMANE SOCIETY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville will host the third annual Cause Fore Paws Golf Tournament on April 3 to benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast.

A shotgun start for the best-ball scramble is set for 9 a.m., with check-in starting at 8.

The entry fee is $75 per golfer, including prizes and a buffet barbecue lunch. The lead tournament sponsor is Brooksville/Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Other sponsors include Century 21 Alliance Realty/Gail Spada Team, Flagstone Pavers and Sammy the Cat, representing special-needs felines. The hole-in-one sponsor is Rick Matthews Buick/GMC.

Individual hole sponsorships also are available for pets and their human companions. Proceeds will go toward the care of homeless pets in Hernando, Citrus, Pasco and Sumter counties.

For information, call (352) 797-0962.

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

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