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Junior tennis circuit ready for summer, fall

Recreation notebook

The Junior Circuit Tennis series is returning for another season of non-sanctioned tournaments this summer and fall.

Youth players from Hernando, Citrus and other area counties are invited to enter and compete. The hosting pros may interact with the players by offering suggestions, both on and off the court. Juniors learn how to prepare for tournament play and gain on-court experience before school competition begins.

The divisions include boys and girls high school singles, and boys and girls middle/grade school singles. A minimum of four players is required to hold an event. If a draw cannot be made, players may be moved or divisions may be combined. The format will be decided based on the size of each draw. Participants are guaranteed to play at least two matches.

Entrants will be awarded a $15 Best Buy gift certificate for first place, a $10 Best Buy gift certificate for second place, or players can request a trophy.

The entry fee is $20, with balls provided. The entry deadline for each tournament is 9 p.m. the Thursday prior to the event.

The first of five tournaments, the JCT Heat Wave Tournament, will take place on Aug. 9 at Sugarmill Woods in Homosassa.

For information, visit Junior Circuit Tennis on Facebook or call Judy Jeannette at (352) 232-0321.

Crawford signs with Nova Southeastern volleyball: Former Hernando and Nature Coast volleyball standout Courtney Crawford has excelled the past two years for Pasco-Hernando State College, leading to interest from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.

Last month, Crawford signed with the Sharks. Led by head coach Jennifer King, Nova Southeastern went 6-21 this past fall. The team is a member of the Sunshine State Conference, which also includes Florida Southern, St. Leo and Eckerd, among others.

Under head coach Kim Whitney, a Nova Southeastern alum, the PHSC Conquistadors finished 25-11 this past season, good for second in the region. Crawford, an outside hitter, is one of four members of the team to move on and play at a four-year university, including Jessica Amador (Francis Marion University), Michelle Bulnes (University of West Florida), and Jessi Shapiro (Columbus State University).

Martial arts for St. Jude: Hosted by Just for Kicks Karate in Spring Hill, Martial Arts for St. Jude will kick off at noon June 28 to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, one of the world's premier pediatric cancer research centers.

The fundraising event, which has raised more than $1,000 for the hospital since 2012, will showcase martial arts skills while promoting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.

Tickets for the competition, which is open to the public, are available by calling sensei Fred Payne at (352) 345-0454 or sending email to justforkickskarate@yahoo.com.

Jerome Brown Golf Classic: The annual Jerome Brown Golf Classic will take place June 7 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.

Sponsored by Bright House Networks, sign-ins will begin at 11 a.m., followed by an 11:30 a.m. lunch. The shotgun start will be at 1 p.m.

The $80-per-player entry fee includes greens fees, cart, lunch and a golf cap. Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place finishers.

For information, call Dianna Rusk Yoder at (352) 796-2526.

Hernando Wrestling Club: The Hernando Wrestling Club, meeting in the Hernando High School wrestling room in Brooksville, practices Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Coaches David and Daniel Pritz teach youths ages 7 and up. The program utilizes positive reinforcement, camaraderie and fun as the basis for learning. Members of the high school team at Hernando also participate and coach.

The club includes members from several different high schools, middle schools and elementary schools.

For information, send email to hernandowrestling@gmail.com.

Hi-C Football Camp: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will host the fourth annual Horace "Hi-C" Copeland Football Camp on May 17 at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill.

From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., children ages 5 to 16 will take part in the non-contact football clinic. The camp will include interactive football drills, life lessons and lunch. It is free to the first 300 registrants; shirts can be preordered for $10.

The event is be hosted by Horace Copeland, a former professional football player who played wide receiver in the NFL for seven seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders.

Visit horacecopeland.com for information and to register. Contact the Hernando County Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or visit hernandocounty.us/parks_rec.

The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department and Horace Copeland are also on Facebook.

Springstead basketball camp: The Springstead High School boys basketball program will hold its second annual All-Skills Basketball Camp this summer.

The Eagles' coaching staff will conduct two sessions, running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 16 to 19 and July 14 to 17.

Open to all boys and girls entering second to seventh grades, the cost is $80 per camper or $65 for children of Hernando County School Board employees. There are also discounts for multiple children and multiple sessions. All campers must bring their lunch.

For information, contact Tim Plumadore at (352) 797-7010, ext. 251, or plumadore_t@hcsb.k12.fl.us.

Derek J. LaRiviere can be reached at derekjlariviere@gmail.com or (352) 584-6337.

Junior tennis circuit ready for summer, fall 05/14/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 7:12pm]
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