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His bowling qualifier was perfect game at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill

Darian Curtis, bowling in a qualifier for the Pepsi State Youth Tournament, tossed the first perfect game of his career this month at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill.

He reached 300 on April 10 in one of the biggest events in which league youth compete annually. He had just one other U.S. Bowling Congress honor score, tossing a 279 game with 11 strikes in row in June at Spring Hill Lanes.

On April 5, the week before Curtis' perfect game, there was a flurry of USBC accomplishments in Mariner's Coca-Cola Classic League.

Ryan Clowar, competing in adult leagues for the first season after a stellar career in the youth ranks, threw his first perfect game in adult competition. He led off the night with a 300, followed by 202 and 158 for a 660 series. It was Clowar's third career 300, with one coming at Spring Hill Lanes and the other at Manatee Lanes in Crystal River.

Todd Brower threw a 299 game in that same league. Brower, who is having one of the best seasons in Hernando County, tossed an 815 series only a month before in the Coca-Cola Classic League, and almost accomplished the feat again. He started the evening with a 279 and followed it with his 299. He capped the night with a 206 to finish with 784.

One bowler that night did throw an 800 series. Tom Russell was one pin away from reaching the exclusive 830 list. His 829 consisted of a 262, 290 and 277. Between the 800 and 290 games, it was Russell's fourth and fifth honor scores of the 2009-10 season. He threw a perfect game in December, and two 299 games before this.

YMCA SWIM TEAM: The Hernando County YMCA swim team is part of the PYP Piranhas Swim Club, a USA Swimming club.

It is a year-round competitive swim program that places an emphasis on improving the skills of participants. There are two teams. The youth swim team, ages 7 to 13, will practice 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The high school team, ages 14 to 17, will practice from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The monthly fee for either team is $60 for facility members and $80 for program members. The fee includes 11/2 hours of practice time and one meet a month.

All participants must be able to swim the 100-yard freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke.

Anyone interested in one of the teams should contact Lisa Cunningham for information about tryouts. Also, visit

WEST HERNANDO COUGARS: The West Hernando Cougars have scheduled sign-ups for youth football and cheerleading from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.

Additional sign-ups will be May 8 and 23 and June 6 and 20, same time and location. Ages 5 to 16 can register. The season includes 10 football games, with playoffs and a super bowl. All cheerleaders participate in several competitions.

The cost for cheerleading is $225. Provided all volunteer hours are met, participants get to keep their uniform, shoes, practice uniform and competition turtleneck. The cost for football is also $225, and participants keep the helmet, game jersey and game pants.

For information, call Bob McFarland at (352) 585-6524 or (352) 592-2190.

ADULT BASEBALL TRYOUTS: The Spring Hill Giants amateur adult baseball team has scheduled new player tryouts for Sunday for anyone interested in playing Sunday morning baseball games in the Nature Coast Adult Baseball League of Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties.

Tryouts will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Arthur F. Engel Field at 1611 Denton Ave. in Hudson.

The league begins its summer season in early to mid May and ends in early September. Games are played mostly on Sunday mornings at baseball fields in the three counties, usually starting at 10. The age of players in the league is 17 and older. All positions are needed. Players are expected to bring their own equipment.

Season fees are estimated at $150 for team uniforms, umpire fees, baseballs and insurance. The season is expected to span 20 to 25 games.

Anyone interested in trying out should call co-manager Brian Moore at (352) 686-9936 to confirm the date and time of workouts.

SPRINGSTEAD FOOTBALL GOLF SCRAMBLE: The Springstead High School football program will host its annual Football Golf Scramble on Saturday at Seven Hills Golfers Club in Spring Hill.

The tournament is a four-person scramble format beginning at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. The entry fee is $60, covering golf, cart, breakfast and lunch.

Sponsorships are available, including holes ($50), trophy ($150), breakfast ($175), lunch ($225) and hole-in-one ($350).

Make all checks payable to Springstead Football, and mail registration and payment to Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34609, Attn: Coach Vonada.

Call Evelyn Zena at (352) 442-2757 or Todd Toomer at (352) 797-7010, ext. 292, for information.

HUMANE SOCIETY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Scott Barnwell Insurance and Hardy Team Re/Max Marketing Specialists are sponsoring their first Charity Golf Tournament on Monday at Silverthorn Country Club in Spring Hill.

The tournament is a four-person scramble format beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The entry fee is $240 per team and $60 per individual, covering golf and cart. Lunch is available for an additional $5. Individual golfers are welcome and will be grouped with other singles.

All proceeds will go to the Humane Society of the Nature Coast.

There will be additional prizes for raffles and hole-in-one and closest-to-the-pin contests.

For more information, visit or call Cindy Baratta at (352) 684-5275.

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

The shotgun start is set for 1 p.m.

The cost is $50 per golfer or $175 per team (four golfers). All proceeds will benefit the association's scholarship fund.

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

EDUCATION FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Education Foundation has scheduled its annual golf tournament for 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.

Call (352) 238-2677 or visit foundation.

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

His bowling qualifier was perfect game at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill 04/28/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 6:25pm]
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