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Local youth players capture titles in tennis tourney

Twenty-two players participated in the fifth annual Ace Performance Tennis Junior Doubles Tournament on Nov. 20 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

Organized by Ace Performance Tennis and its owners, John and Louise Downey, the tournament has become a staple in the youth tennis community.

In the high school boys division, Andrew Lund and Tim Marro defeated Chris Avery and Jacob Pidek in three sets (3-6, 6-2, 7-5) for the championship.

For three of them, it was their first trip to the finals, but Lund was no stranger to this stage. He has been in the high school final in each of the past three years, winning the title in 2008 as well with Tyler Schwefringhaus.

Delanie McCabe and Mallorie Pickersgill swept the high school girls final to win that title over Rosie Witherell and Shelby Marrero (6-1, 6-1). The Nature Coast Technical High School duo dominated for the championship. McCabe won this event in 2008 with Cassie Love.

In the middle school mixed competition, Madeline Pickersgill joined her older sister with a title by teaming with Scarlett Semack to defeat Connor Schwefringhaus and Alec Lund (3-6, 6-2, 6-1). This is also the third straight season Pickersgill has made the finals, winning the title last season with Grace Curren.

DRAGON'S DOJO: Dragon's Dojo of Spring Hill competed recently in the International Martial Arts Festival in Orlando, winning several medals.

The team had students competing in three disciplines. Four students competed in combo fighting. This discipline allows the competitors to use their mixed martial arts training in a controlled amateur level. William Schook, Daniel Woodham and Tyrese Brown all earned first-place honors in their age divisions.

In the no-gi competition, Schook once again took first place in his division. Carlos Carrasquillo Jr. also placed first. Woodham took a second and first because he was able to compete in two separate divisions. Brown received three gold medals in no-gi, competing in three divisions. Jordan Christie won the other gold medal for the local academy.

In forms and sparring, Ronnie Howe took first in both forms and sparring. Mike Douglas also achieved the feat in his division. Hunter Weaver took second in forms and first in sparring. Neven Holt received two first-place medals in two sparring divisions.

In ju-jitsu gi, Jon Rose earned first and second while participating in two divisions. Schook added to his total with two first-place finishes. Carrasquillo Jr. earned gold after fighting in the heavyweight division. Woodham also took another first, while Josh Weaver, the oldest team member at 30, won two gold medals.

The total count was 25 gold and seven silver medals among 12 martial artists. The team will compete again in the Spring Hill Challenge on Jan. 22 at Powell Middle School in Brooksville.

WEST HERNANDO LITTLE LEAGUE: The West Hernando Little League hosted its first annual Wood Bat Tournament last week at Freedom Field in Spring Hill.

The competition included four divisions and teams from three different leagues: West Hernando, Shady Hills and Crystal River.

In the majors final, the Shady Hills Red Sox defeated the Shady Hills Braves for the title. The junior division championship went to Crystal River after it knocked off the Shady Hills Dodgers in the final.

The West Hernando White Sox defeated the Shady Hills Reds for the Triple-A crown, while the West Hernando Reds beat the West Hernando Cubs for the senior division title.

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

The club is open to all youth in 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.

ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks will host the Rotary Club of Brooksville's 33rd annual golf tournament on Wednesday.

The shotgun start for the scramble will be at 1 p.m. The fee is $75 per person and includes greens fees, cart and dinner. The field is limited to the first 120 entries.

Money raised will be used to fund programs for the charities the Rotary Club works with in the community. Hole sponsorships are available.

Team signup sheets and sponsorship information can be found at

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

Local youth players capture titles in tennis tourney 12/02/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 2, 2010 5:57pm]
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