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Locals can compete with top pro bowlers before Spring Hill Open

Pro bowlers will be returning to Spring Hill Lanes later this month for the 23rd annual Spring Hill Open.

A stop on the Professional Bowlers Association Southern Region Tour, the tournament, which takes place July 29-31, is the only regular professional event in Hernando County. In years past, it has featured some of the best bowlers in the sport, including Walter Ray Williams Jr., Jason Couch and Patrick Allen.

To start the weekend on July 29, local bowlers can compete alongside the pros in the 9-pin No-Tap Pro-Am.

For an entry fee of $17 for junior bowlers (youth league competitors), $25 for senior bowlers (age 55 or older) or $30 for all others, amateurs can bowl on the same lanes with three professionals. Winners will receive trophies, scholarships or cash prizes.

Starting July 30, about 125 of the tour's best will battle for the championship. The finals should start about 2 p.m. July 31. Last season, St. Petersburg native and Tallahassee resident Richard Langton won the tournament for the first time, and he is expected to return to defend his crown.

For information, call Spring Hill Lanes at (352) 683-7272.

FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Recreation Department is hosting the first Clint Hart Celebrity Air-It-Out Flag Football Tournament Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill.

The games will start at 8 a.m. and run until 9 p.m. The cost is $200 per team, and all teams are guaranteed five games. Pool play and double-elimination will determine which team is crowned champion.

There will be an all-star game at 6 p.m. featuring former NFL safety Clinton Hart, former NFL wide receiver Ernest Givens, former Florida wide receiver John Capel and others. Participants must register by today.

For information, call Harry Johnson at (352) 540-6356.

ACE PERFORMANCE TENNIS: Ace Performance Tennis is hosting two events this summer.

QuickStart Drills will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill. The cost is $10 per class. There will be drills and games designed for beginning players, using U.S. Tennis Association-approved strategies for 60-foot court players. Participants will learn to play tennis quickly with age- and size-appropriate equipment and modified courts.

Ladies Night Out will be offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Delta Woods Park. The cost is $10 per class. Women of beginning and intermediate skill levels will learn to play in a social setting.

For information, call John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or visit louisedowney. usptapro.com.

BROOKSVILLE BULLDOGS: The Brooksville Bulldogs are seeking players for the coming season, which runs from September through February.

The team plays doubleheaders in Brooksville and tournaments in the Central Florida area. The two age divisions are 13-and-under and 14-and-under.

For information, call Bruce Price at (813) 714-1054 or send e-mail to bruce67price@hotmail.com.

UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled its annual clinics for baseball and softball umpires.

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 Aug. 21 and 28 at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill.

The sessions are open to men and women ages 16 and older. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. each day, with the clinics starting at 1 p.m. There is a $20 charge for each participant, and everyone will receive a Major League Baseball rule book, along with other handouts.

Visit hernandosumterumpire.com to register. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or send e-mail to clinics@hernando sumterumpire.com.

ADULT BASKETBALL LEAGUE: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is playing host to an adult basketball league at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville, beginning Aug. 23.

The league is open to participants 18 and older. Games will take place at 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. The registration deadline is Aug. 12, and players will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $400 per team, with an eight-player minimum.

For information, call (352) 540-3835.

COPELAND FOOTBALL CAMP: The Hernando County Recreation Department will host the Horace Copeland Football Camp on July 22 and 23 at Springstead High School in Spring Hill.

Copeland, a former University of Miami and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, won two national championships in college. The curriculum for the clinic will be aimed at developing fundamental football skills to enhance individual and team skills at all positions.

The cost is $110 per person, with youths ages 7 to 14 welcome. The times for the camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. All campers will be provided a Horace "Hi-C" Copeland camp shirt, a personalized participation certificate, lunch daily and a special autograph session with Copeland and other former pro players at the conclusion of camp.

Register online by visiting horacecopeland.com or at hernandocounty.us/parks_rec/, where registration and waiver forms can be printed.

Call Harry Johnson or Christie Williams at (352) 754-4031 or send e-mail to recreation@ hernandocounty.us.

BRITISH SOCCER CAMP: The First Hernando Youth Soccer Club has teamed up with Challenger Sports to host a weeklong British soccer camp July 18-22 at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill.

Each child will work with a member of the team of more than 1,000 British coaches being flown to the United States exclusively to work with summer programs. Challenger Sports will hold more than 3,000 camps this summer and coach more than 120,000 children between the ages of 3 and 19.

Space is limited, and parents are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible. To attend for a half-day from 9 a.m. to noon, the cost is $117 for the week for ages 5 to 18. For a full day, the fee is $165 for ages 10 to 18. Goalkeepers ages 10 to 18 may attend from 5 to 8 p.m. for a cost of $117.

Each camper will receive a T-shirt, soccer ball, poster and a personalized skills evaluation.

For information, call Robert Andreu at (813) 283-4523 or send e-mail to robertandreu@bell south.net. To register, visit challengersports.com.

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

Locals can compete with top pro bowlers before Spring Hill Open 07/05/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 8:04pm]

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