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Local father, son gain martial arts recognition

Jay Blanton, a 10th-degree black belt and grandmaster in mang ho jujitsu ryu, has been appointed by the European Jujitsu Union as a U.S. delegate. The union is in Madrid, Spain, and headed by Javier Galen.

Jay's son, Robert Blanton, a fifth-degree black belt in mang ho jujitsu ryu, was awarded ni dai soke (heir to) in mang ho jujitsu ryu by Galen.

Both Jay and Robert also received Shinja Martial Arts University Hall of Honors awards as Christian grandmaster and master of the year.

Robert is currently looking into opening a facility in the Brooksville area. He is interested in holding his first cane kwon do ryu self-defense program for senior citizens. The discipline is meant to teach students how to use their canes and other everyday items to defend themselves in a street attack.

For information, call Robert at (352) 345-1292.

HIGH POINT LADIES GOLF: The High Point Ladies Golf League had its latest round of competition Dec. 19.

The nine-hole players dropped the two lowest holes. In Flight A, Helen Reynolds (34) took first place, with Lottie Ward (35) coming in a close second and Beverly Vauter (39) in third. Flight B featured a win by Colleen Thompson (41), who edged Joyce Sampson (41) in a tiebreaker. Peg Bankey (43) came in third.

Flight C also was tight at the top with Sandra Cairns (42) winning the tiebreaker over Gloria Corey (42). Jenny Mounce (43) was third.

The 18-hole players competed in a poker game, where each golfer's best five hole scores equaled a poker hand. Flight A had a three-way tie with Dottie Mussatto, Elizabeth Bates and Brenda Bowley all finishing with five sevens. Flight B also had a three-way tie with Fran Lynch, Linda Roper and Irene Klausner having five sevens as well.

Nancy Reeves (Hole 13, 219-yard Par 3) and BiBi Arbona (Hole 3, 203-yard Par 4) had the only two birdies of the day.

SPRING HILL DIXIE BASEBALL: Spring Hill Dixie Baseball has scheduled registration at Anderson Snow Park for its spring season.

League officials will accept sign-ups in the office at the park. Volunteers will be present from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12, 16 and 18.

The county has instituted a $3 player fee for park maintenance this year, and the league has gained control of Little Red Schoolhouse field in Spring Hill. With Spring Hill Dixie handling all maintenance and costs for the field, there will be an increase in fees this season.

The cost is $105 for the first child and $100 for each additional child. On Jan. 12, a discounted rate of $95 per child will be available. A copy of the child's birth certificate is necessary for registration. The fees cover all games, insurance and trophies. Any sign-ups after Jan. 18 are subject to a $20 late fee.

Each family is also being asked to work three hours in the concession stand during the season. In lieu of working, a family may make a $30 donation to the league.

For information, call Joe Abbadessa at (352) 263-4488 or send e-mail

DUNES WOMEN'S GOLF: The Dunes Women's Golf League celebrated Christmas with a tournament Dec. 8.

Fifty-four members played a partner event using a best-ball format for both low gross and low net. Split into different flights based on handicaps, the winners included Joy Figueredo and Louise Bury (low gross) and Sophie Fenton and Dorothy Cleary and Colleen Seabrook and Carol Vandenberg (low net) in Flight A.

In Flight B, Arista Nolff and Kristy Myers won low gross, and Nancy Duckworth and Bev Pickens won low net. Barb Hancock and Maureen Sullivan (low gross) and Jackie MacDonald and Eileen Ball (low net) led Flight C.

Rita Ames and Carolynn Yablecki (low gross) and Ruby Foust and Pat Sodeman (low net) took the titles in Flight D, while Pam Atkinson and Marge Williams (low gross) and Pat Quick and Jean Berezuk (low net) did the same in Flight E.

The event began with a spread of baked treats and ended at Glen Lakes Country Club with lunch, prizes and Christmas gifts.

For information about league membership, call Karen Berch at (352) 382-2867.

PHCC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: The Pasco-Hernando Community College men's basketball team will host the New Year's Shootout tournament Monday through Jan. 5 in the Physical Fitness Center on the West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road.

All games are free and open to the public. In addition to PHCC, teams will be competing from: Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y.; Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, N.C.; Wytheville Community College in Wytheville, Va., and Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.

PHCC will play the opening game against Onondaga at 2 p.m. Monday. On Tuesday, Onondaga will play Guilford Tech at 2 p.m., and PHCC will take on Wytheville at 4 p.m. On Wednesday, Guilford Tech will play Indian River at 2 p.m., followed by a match-up between Onondaga and Wytheville at 4 p.m.

The tournament will conclude Jan. 5, with PHCC taking on Guilford Tech at 2 p.m. and Indian River playing Wytheville at 4 p.m.

For information, call Conquistadors coach James Johnson at (727) 816-3340 or send e-mail to

UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled a set of baseball/softball umpiring clinics.

The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and the sessions also can help seasoned umpires improve. Local clinics will take place Jan. 8 and 22 at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill and Jan. 29 at Ridge Manor Park in Ridge Manor.

The sessions are open to men and women age 16 and older. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the clinics starting at noon. There is a $20 charge for each participant, and everyone will receive a Major League Baseball rule book, along with other handouts.

Visit to register. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or send e-mail to

HERNANDO HURRICANES BASEBALL: The Hernando Hurricanes will have an open tryout Jan. 15 for its 13-and-younger travel baseball team. The tryout will be from noon to 2 p.m. at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill.

The Hurricanes are a select travel baseball organization with their own training facility. The team competes in the West Coast Florida League in the spring and in tournaments around the state sanctioned by United States Special Sports Association and Nations Baseball.

For information, call Jeff Lewis at (352) 442-2370 or send email to

FIRST TEE GOLF: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is holding its First Tee golf program starting Jan. 17 and running for six weeks at the Quarry Golf Course, Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks and Silverthorn Country Club.

First Tee's golf and life skills instruction differentiates it from other junior golf programs. The program strives to instill in participants the program's nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

The cost is $60 per child, with ages 5 to 17 eligible. Preregistration is required. The program is accepting up to 10 participants per class.

Volunteers are also needed. Donations are welcome, including youth golf clubs, bags and balls. For information, call Miles Groff at (352) 540-3835 or send email to

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

Local father, son gain martial arts recognition 12/28/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 6:45pm]
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