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Pasco-Hernando Community College Conquistadors win national women's volleyball championship

Pasco-Hernando Community College made history by winning the National Junior College Athletics Association Division II national championship in women's volleyball over the weekend.

In a five-set victory over Johnson County (Kan.) Community College, the Conquistadors emerged as champions in the NJCAA Finals in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. PHCC (36-7) is the first school from Florida to capture the NJCAA Division II crown, and it was the first season for PHCC to compete in Division II.

Desiree Ates and Tazra Pitts each received all-tournament team awards, and team captain Ashley Seal was named the most valuable player. PHCC coach Kim Whitney was named the coach of the tournament.

BOWLING HONOR SCORES: Darian Curtis, 16, bowled his third honor score in less than a month when he rolled a perfect game in the Spring Hill Elite League at Spring Hill Lanes on Nov. 13.

Curtis, a member of the Nature Coast Technical High School team that placed third in the state, shot 300, 219 and 265 games to total 784 for the series. The week before, he tossed a 299 game, and the week before that had another perfect game.

Holding steady with a 210 average, Curtis now has three 300 games in his young career.

Chris Polizzi, a former PBA South Region Rookie of the Year, posted another huge series on Nov. 11 when he rolled an 825. Behind games of 289, 268 and 268, Polizzi reached the mark in the Joni Classic League at Spring Hill. It was the third 800 series of his career, to go with 11 perfect games. Last season, he averaged a 219. George Martins, co-owner of Spring Hill Lanes, tossed a perfect game in the Kevin's Pro Shop League on Nov. 10. He ended up with a 751 series; the 300 was his third overall and his first since 2005. Mike Breuer, who bowls primarily in Pasco County, threw his second career perfect game on Nov. 9 in the Mike's Auto Body League at Spring Hill.

HIGH POINT LADIES GOLF: The High Point Ladies Golf League nine-hole and 18-hole division golfers got together earlier this month for their monthly nine-hole scramble tournament.

The winners were Joan Kaloustian, Charlene Lafferty and Dottie Mussatto with a score of 35 (one under par). Kaloustian registered the event's only birdie when she chipped in on the first hole.

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

The club is open to youth from first through eighth grades. Practices take place in the wrestling room at Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Tuesdays and Thursdays. Beginners (no or one year of experience) will practice from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., while experienced wrestlers will have the room from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The cost is $140 per child. Registration details are available at For information, call Eric Swensen at (352) 797-7010, ext. 347.

ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks is hosting the Rotary Club of Brooksville's annual golf tournament Dec. 8.

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. Team sign-up 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.

Pasco-Hernando Community College Conquistadors win national women's volleyball championship 11/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 6:50pm]
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