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PHCC coach has outstanding showing at Red Mule Labor Day 5K

Saturday morning marked the 29th running of the Red Mule Labor Day 5K at McKethan Lake Park north of Brooksville, a distance-running tradition in the area.

The event drew athletes in the triple figures in all different age groups. Organizers handed out medals to 16 age divisions, both male and female.

Among the standouts were overall female winner Jacki Wachtel (17:45). Wachtel, 31, is the cross country coach at Pasco-Hernando Community College. She finished only a minute off the pace set by overall male winner Tim Wenger (16:43), a 17-year-old junior at Citrus High School.

Springstead High School senior Mikayla Bogulski (20:11) won the 17-19 age female division. Bogulski was a state qualifier last season in track, her first with the Eagles after transferring from Central High School.

Longtime marathon runner and former Hernando High cross country coach Ernie Chatman (21:35) placed second in the 60-64 age division. Chatman has run a marathon in every state in the United States.

BROOKSVILLE RAID: The Brooksville Raid under-17 girls soccer club is now 2-0-1 three weeks into regular-season play.

On Aug. 21, the Raid edged Venice 3-2 at home.

After falling behind 1-0, Brooksville tied the score on an own-goal by the Falcons. Midfielder Karrissa Dimuccio put the Raid up 2-1 on a goal just before halftime. When Venice tied the game again in the 70th minute, forward Spencer Valdespino put the Raid ahead for good with her second goal of the season.

Last weekend, the Raid played Charlotte to a 0-0 tie in Punta Gorda.

The Raid defense was led by Taylor Litwinsky, Bre Mobley and Hailey Royal, which shut down the aggressive Premier team throughout the match. While Charlotte racked up three yellow cards, Brooksville played clean. Though the Raid had some scoring chances, it was unable to come through with a goal.

This weekend, Brooksville will head to Tampa to play in a Labor Day tournament.

NCTF 9/11 TENNIS SOCIAL: The United States Tennis Association and Nature Coast Tennis Foundation are sponsoring a 9/11 Tennis Social on Sept. 11 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

The purpose of the social is to showcase the programs the two organizations have to offer the community. The organizations's programs are open to players of all ages.

The event is free, and there will be food, prizes and round-robin tennis matches. For information, call Louise Downey at (352) 650-6268.

HPH GOLF TOURNAMENT: The second annual Smitty's Golf Outing benefiting HPH Hospice will take place Oct. 16 at Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club in San Antonio.

The tournament is an 18-hole scramble format. Entry fees are $80 per golfer or $40 for Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club members. The fees include greens fees, cart and prizes. The field is limited to 144 golfers.

Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. A putting contest will also take place.

For information, call Mike Fox at (352) 588-3132 or Ron Williams at (352) 588-3185.

PHCC GOLF FUNDRAISER: The inaugural golf tournament to benefit the Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation will be Oct. 4 at the Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch, 2600 W Black Diamond Circle in Lecanto.

The event will be a scramble start. Opportunities are available for sponsors, individual golfers and foursomes. Players receive breakfast, lunch on the course, a barbecue and awards banquet, beverages, official tournament shirts, goodie bags and recognition on the PHCC website. Awards will be given to each player on the first-place team, and also for longest drive and closest to the pin.

The tournament will benefit the PHCC Foundation, which supports programs and activities at the college.

To register as a participant or sponsor, visit foundation/golf or call (727) 816-3410. Registration deadline is Sept. 10.

KIWANIS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill is sponsoring the fifth annual Children's Charity Golf Invitational on Sept. 29 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.

The tournament is a four-person team scramble format. Entry fees are $100 per golfer or $360 per foursome. Make all checks payable to the Spring Hill Kiwanis Club. The deadline for registration is Sept. 22.

The shotgun start for the tournament will be at 1 p.m., with registration starting at 11 a.m. The tournament will include a silent auction, lunch, dinner buffet, award presentations and special surprise guest appearances.

For information, call Richard Sanvenero at (352) 263-7829 or visit

NATURE COAST TENNIS: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will have its first Adult Doubles Tournament on Sept. 25 and 26 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

The tournament includes male, female and mixed doubles divisions. The entry fee is $25 per player for one event and $40 for two. The format is best-of-three sets and double elimination. The fee includes lunch provided by Chick-fil-A and awards for the division winners.

For information, visit or call Karen Lund at (352) 585-3733.

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

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