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MLB players, alumni expected in Brooksville at annual baseball clinic

The Brooksville Recreation Department and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association are putting on a free baseball clinic, sponsored by the Hernando County Mining Association, for the fourth straight year.

The camp is open to children ages 7 to 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville. The clinic brings together current and former major leaguers with local kids to teach them the fundamentals of the game and for a day of fun.

While this year's participants have yet to be announced, past players have included Cincinnati Reds all-star pitcher Bronson Arroyo of Brooksville, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch and former American League all-star Ron LeFlore.

Call Mike Walker at (352) 540-3830.

WEST HERNANDO COUGARS: The youth football program will have its inaugural spring 8-on-8 league this year. The season with run from February through April for players ages 5 to 15. The cost is $140. There will also be a girls flag football league, held at the same time as the tackle boys league, for a cost of $90. The Cougars are also looking for football and cheer coaches for the upcoming seasons. Call Bob McFarland at (352) 585-6524.

FAITH EVANGELICAL PRESBYTERIAN LEAGUES: On Jan. 25, Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church will start a 6-on-6 coed volleyball league.

The league will run through April 19, and games will be played on Monday nights. Anyone interested in putting together a team may do so, or players may sign up as a "free agent" and play on a team. Registration forms are available at the church or can be e-mailed. The cost is $20 per player. Open gym for volleyball is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. every Monday.

Also, a 3-on-3 men's basketball league will start Jan. 24.

The league will run through April 18, and games will be on Sundays between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. All players must be in at least ninth grade; teams can consist of up to six players. The cost is $20 per player. Open gym for basketball is from 1:30 to 4 p.m. every Sunday.

Call the church's director of outreach, Drew Taylor, at (352) 584-7716 or send e-mail to

SPRINGSTEAD ALUMNI FOOTBALL: The organization is playing in a fundraiser exhibition alumni football game against the Florida Thunder at 7 p.m. Jan. 30. The cost is $50 per player. Any Springstead alum who is not playing in college, or who wants to be involved in some other way, may call Mike Garofano at (352) 797-7010, ext. 227, or Todd Toomer at (352) 797-7010, ext. 292.

WEST FLORIDA YOUNG GUNS: The 10-and-under traveling baseball club is looking for players to complete its spring roster. Players cannot turn 11 before May 1. The team focuses on fundamentals and development. Call (727) 226-7160.

HERNANDO HAVOC: The traveling baseball club for those 11 and under is looking for players for the coming spring season.

These experienced players compete in USSSA, RBI/Nations Baseball and AAU-sanctioned events. All team members must be no more than 11 years old on or before May 1.

Call Dominic Orlando at (352) 684-1536, Steve DelGatto at (352) 442-1750 or Ed Kimzsal at (813) 508-8244.

HYL BASEBALL: Hernando Youth League has announced registration times for its spring season.

For a fee of $65 for the first child and $60 for any additional children, parents can register at the following times: from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday and Jan. 23.

All signups will be at Ernie Wever Park in Brooksville. To register, parents must bring a photocopy of their child's birth certificate to keep on file with HYL.

Call Bruce Price at (352) 797-7999 or send e-mail to bruce

SPRING HILL DIXIE BASEBALL: Registration for the spring season has begun.

For a fee of $100 per child, which includes uniform, insurance and trophies, parents can register at the following times: from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

All signups will be at the baseball building at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill. To register, parents must bring a photocopy of their child's birth certificate to keep on file with Spring Hill Dixie.

All players must be between ages 4 and 14. Players must be on hand at the time of registration for uniform sizing.

Call Helen Keith at (352) 797-4934 or send e-mail to greyhound

ADULT SOCCER: The Hernando Adult Soccer League has started registration for the coming season.

Forms for potential players are available at, the league's Web site. Anyone interested in playing must be 30 or older. The fee is $85.

In-person registration will also be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex pavilion in Spring Hill.

Call Alyson Kraft at (352) 796-3630 or send e-mail to

FISHING TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIP: The Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice is looking for sponsors.

Last year's inaugural event had more than 50 anglers and raised more than $13,000 for hospice. The tournament casts off April 24 from Bayport. A dinner and awards ceremony will be at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park after the tournament.

Send e-mail to Debbie Hogan at or to Jennifer Rey at, or call (352) 799-8423.

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

MLB players, alumni expected in Brooksville at annual baseball clinic 01/14/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 14, 2010 7:10pm]
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