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Hernando Youth League's Junior Pee-Wee team in championship game Saturday

The Hernando Youth League Leopards football program is on the verge of a major accomplishment.

The program's Junior Pee-Wee Division team, which finished the regular season undefeated at 8-0, defeated the Inverness Storm 26-6 last Saturday in the opening round of the playoffs at the Villages. The victory advances the Brooksville-based team to the Timucua Conference Championship.

The division is made up of boys between the ages of 8 and 11. The conference is under the wing of Pop Warner Little Scholars Football and emphasizes sportsmanship and fundamental play.

The championship game will be Saturday in Inverness against the South Sumter Wolf Pack, the other program to advance in the 10-team league.

The 30-player roster will be led by Leopards coach Jason Griffith and assistants Eric Riggins, Tim Bismarck, Tommy Carter, Patrick Dresser and Jason Wilson.

QUARRY REOPENING: The Quarry Golf Course, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville will reopen Monday.

The course, along with the batting cages on the property, has been shut down since July for improvements. Along with the improved course, the city, in association with the Hernando County Enrichment Center, is in the process of building an emergency shelter/enrichment center/golf pro shop that will commemorate the historical significance of the mining industry in the area.

There will be new operating hours when the course reopens. The Quarry will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

The course's Belles & Beaus League, which competes every Wednesday, is set to start on Nov. 17.

The cost for the league is $10 per week for members and $20 for nonmembers. The fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, a blind draw, a scramble format, lunch, drinks and weekly prizes. There is also a raffle drawing for $2. Play runs from 8:45 a.m. to noon with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

For information, call Christi Adams at (352) 540-3807.

BOWLING HONOR SCORES: Honor scores have come fast and furious over the past month at bowling lanes in Hernando County.

Only weeks after Justin Paxton tossed the highest series in county history for a youth bowler, the kids were at it again, with Darian Curtis leading the way. Curtis threw his second career perfect game and finished with a 745 series (300, 237, 208) in the Youth Elite League at Spring Hill Lanes on Oct. 16. Paxton also topped the 700 mark that morning with a 702 series (248, 242, 212).

In the Friday Senior Men's League at Spring Hill Lanes, E.L. Harshbarger tossed 11 strikes in a row for a 299 game. He finished the morning with a 668 series (299, 203, 166).

At Mariner Lanes, two perfect games have been notched so far this month, both in the Friday Early Mariners League.

On Oct. 1, Nick Correa rolled his first career U.S. Bowling Congress achievement with a 300 in the first game. He followed that with scores of 160 and 190 for a 650 series. The following week, Anthony Oliver had his eighth career 300. He continued his hot bowling with a 761 series (300, 238, 223) that evening.

HIGH POINT LADIES GOLF: After holding its first monthly meeting on Oct. 11, welcoming new members, the weekly High Point Ladies Golf League had a nine-hole scramble, including both the 18- and nine-hole players. The winners of the scramble were Nancy Reeves, Jennie Mounce, Katie Russell, and Helen Reynolds. Reynolds, Doris Thomas and Joan Orr all chipped in from off the green during different points in the round.

On Oct. 18, the league was back to its normal format with separate 18- and nine-hole competitions. Maryann Wilkinson, Joyce Sampson, and Linda Mason were the nine-hole winners. In full-round play, Delores Hartwick and Kathy Honoshofsky were the champs. Dottie Mussato carded the only birdie for the round.

SPRING HILL WRESTLING: The Spring Hill Wrestling Club, a member of the Florida Amateur Wrestling Association, is starting up its season next month.

The club is open to all youths from first through eighth grades. Practices take place in the wrestling room at Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, every Tuesday and Thursday night.

Beginners (no or one year of experience) will practice from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., while experienced wrestlers (two or more years) will have the room from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The cost is $140 per child. Details about registration are available at

For information, call Eric Swensen at (352) 797-7010, ext 347.

TENNIS ROUND ROBIN SOCIAL: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will host its monthly Mixed Doubles Round Robin Social on Nov. 13 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

The social will take place at 7 p.m., with a cost of $5 per player. The public is invited. It is not necessary to be a U.S. Tennis Association member to participate.

For information, call Phil Zee at (352) 263-9546 or visit

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL CLINICS: The Hernando County Recreation Department is offering fast-pitch softball clinics at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill.

The clinics are for players ages 7 to 16. Private and group lessons are also available. The clinics will be led by April Pelham, a certified Florida fast-pitch instructor.

The cost is $20 for the 30-minute clinics. Group lessons are $10 per hour per person (with a minimum of four students). Private lessons for hitting or catching are $20 for 30 minutes, and private lessons for fielding or throwing are $15 for 30 minutes.

For times, dates and other information, contact Penny Oliver at (352) 754-4031 or

HOLIDAY GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Holiday Golf Tournament on Dec. 2 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks.

Registration fees are $100 per person or $400 per team. Sponsorships are available at $450 for a gold sponsor (four-man team plus a hole). The platinum sponsor for the tournament is Cemex. Prices include a continental breakfast, cart and barbecue lunch.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30. There will be a hole-in-one contest and an auction, in addition to other activities. The deadline to sign up is Nov. 22.

For information, call Carla J. Hayes at (352) 796-0697.

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

Hernando Youth League's Junior Pee-Wee team in championship game Saturday 10/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 4:02pm]
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