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Perfect game part of bowler's 811 series at Mariner Lanes

Ron Ruppe had an amazing night of bowling at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill on Feb. 3.

In the Friday Early Mariners League, Ruppe tossed an 811 series, the first 800 series of his career. In a first-game 267 in which he threw 11 strikes, one short of a perfect game, he missed a single-pin spare in the eighth frame. The missed spare did not derail him.

After a 244 in the second game, he finished the series with a 300. For Ruppe, a 191-average bowler, it was the second perfect game of his career. He got his first on Sept. 15, 2009, at Spring Hill Lanes in the Mike's Auto Body League.

Ruppe's series was all the more impressive when one considers that he had only thrown two previous 700 series.

BROOKSVILLE ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUES: The adult softball leagues hosted by the Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department wrapped up their winter season this month.

The Women's Softball League champion was Loft 352, which upset Spring Hill MRI in the title game. Loft 352 finished with a 9-9 record, while Spring Hill MRI had a 14-4 mark. The Men's Softball League champion was Coney Island (14-1). Beef 'O' Brady's (11-4) took the runnerup trophy.

The Co-Ed Softball League winner was also Coney Island (10-1). After a tight race all season with Master Collision (11-1), Coney Island eventually outlasted its rival in the title game.

HIGH POINT LADIES GOLF: On Monday, the High Point Ladies Golf League had its monthly meeting and a memorial for Barbara Harold, one of its longtime members who recently died.

The preliminary events were followed by the nine-hole and 18-hole competitors joining for a best-ball nine-hole scramble. Brenda Bowley and Sandra Cairns took first place with a score of 37.

The team of Arlene Creger, Shirley McSweeney, Cindy Williams and Nancy Reeves placed second, while Joy Brady, Mary Hewitt, Joan Kaloustian and Sharon Riedel took third.

HORACE COPELAND FOOTBALL CAMP: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor the second annual Horace "Hi-C" Copeland Football Camp at two locations in March.

After a successful run last year, the program has expanded to two counties. On March 16 and 17, Lecanto High School will host the camp; on March 23 and 24, the camp will be at Springstead High School in Spring Hill.

The cost is $65 for ages 5 to 16. The camp includes interactive football drills and life lessons. Lunch will be provided.

Copeland, a former University of Miami and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, is now lives in the area.

For information, email Harry Johnson at hjohnson@hernando county.us or call Christie Williams at (352) 754-4031.

ST. JUDE'S GOLF FUNDRAISER: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is holding a golf tournament Feb. 25 at the Dunes Golf Club, north of Weeki Wachee. Proceeds go to research at the hospital.

The event will be a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Registration will begin at noon. The cost is $300 per team or $350 for a team plus a hole sponsorship. The early deadline for sign-up is Saturday.

Sponsors include Felony's Bar & Grill, Friendly Kia, Harley-Davidson of Crystal River, Extreme Fitness, and Joni Industries. Businesses will provide hole-in-one prizes. After the tournament, there will be a social at Felony's in Spring Hill.

For information, call Melissa Turner at (352) 596-7888.

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CLASSIC YOUTH BOWLING: Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill will host the Southwest Florida Classic Youth Bowlers Eliminator Tournament on March 4.

With $1,500 in scholarships to be awarded, the field will be split into three divisions. Division 1 will be for averages of 139 and under. Division 2 will include averages from 140 to 184, and Division 3 will be for averages of 185 and higher. The first two divisions will compete with handicap based on 100 percent of 200, while Division 3 will be scratch.

One of every five entries is guaranteed a cash prize. First place from each division will win $250 and a trophy, based on 20 entries per division. A $100 scholarship will be awarded for any 300 game thrown.

The entry fee is $40 per bowler, and preregistered competitors will save $5. The tournament will begin at 11 a.m., with check-in at 10. All bowlers must be U.S. Bowling Congress certified and under 21 years old.

For information, contact Mark Michel at (813) 486-2641 or send email to SWFCbowling@ tampabay.rr.com.

Information is also available online at southwestflorida classic.com.

WOMEN'S 500 CLUB BOWLING TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Women's 500 Club will host a doubles handicap tournament Sunday at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill.

To compete, bowlers must be members of the Hernando County Women's 500 Club and the Hernando County U.S. Bowling Congress Women's Bowling Association. Entry forms are available at Mariner Lanes and Spring Hill Lanes.

The handicap at the event will be 100 percent of a 200 average. Check-in will be at 1 p.m.; bowling starts at 1:30 p.m. The entry fee is $17 per person, with a deadline of Monday. Entries may be dropped off at either bowling center.

For information, call Sheila Wehrenberg at (352) 688-1575.

HUMANE SOCIETY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club in Brooksville will host the third annual Cause Fore Paws Golf Tournament on April 3 to benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast.

A shotgun start for the best-ball scramble is set for 9 a.m., with check-in starting at 8.

The entry fee is $75 per golfer, including prizes and a buffet barbecue lunch. The lead tournament sponsor is Brooksville/Spring Hill Regional Hospital. Other sponsors include Century 21 Alliance Realty/The Gail Spada Team, Flagstone Pavers and Sammy the Cat, representing special-needs felines. The hole-in-one sponsor is Rick Matthews Buick/GMC.

Individual hole sponsorships also are available for pets and their human companions. All proceeds will be used to care for homeless pets in Hernando, Citrus, Pasco and Sumter counties.

For information, call (352) 797-0962.

WEEKI WACHEE HIGH GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Weeki Wachee High School athletic department will have its second annual Hornet Golf Outing at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks on Feb. 25.

The shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. Food and prizes will be provided during and after play. Current and former professional athletes will be among the participants. There will be time for autographs and pictures.

The cost for the event is $100 per person or $300 per foursome. Businesses can sponsor holes or prizes.

For information, call Weeki Wachee athletic director Mark Lee at (352) 797-7029, ext. 230, or email lee_m2@hcsb.k12.fl.us.

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at derekjlariviere@gmail.com or (352) 584-6337.

Perfect game part of bowler's 811 series at Mariner Lanes 02/15/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 7:59pm]

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