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PHCC Conquistadors get playoff bid, again

For the second straight year, the Pasco-Hernando Community College men's basketball team has received a bid to participate in the regional Division II playoffs, March 8 to 11 in Hickory, N.C.

PHCC (16-10) clinched a postseason berth with a 106-64 win over Trinity College on Feb. 7. The Conquistadors will be the No. 7 seed in the tournament. The championship game is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 11.

"We are very excited about the opportunity," said Conquistadors coach James E. Johnson. "This team worked hard all year and has had its fair share of adversities."

The team has three players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Brice Smith (14 points), Kelby Robinson (13 points) and Alvin Satram (12 points). Derrick Zio is the team's leading rebounder, with 11 per game. Zio and Satram both played their high school ball at Ridgewood in New Port Richey.

HERNANDO COUNTY WOMEN'S 500 CLUB BOWLING: The Hernando County Women's 500 Club Doubles Tournament took place Feb. 19 at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill.

The top six positions were paid out, with the tandem of Maida Watkins and Jackie Aragon (1,393) walking away with the crown. Aragon rolled a second-game 237 and finished with a 616 series. Not only was the 237 the highest game of the tournament, it was one of only two 200 games. Watkins rolled a 199 in the second game as well. Each was awarded $50.40.

Tina Leeland and Jackie Lewandowski (1,360) took second, earning $42 each. Third place went to the duo of Sharon O'Brien and Sheila Wehrenberg (1,293). Their payout was $35.70 per player.

Bette Kosatko and Donna Liegel (1283) placed fourth, taking home $31.50, while the fifth-place tandem of Gail Dahl and Ginger Bong (1,274) won $27.30 each. The final team to cash out was Joyce Crosby and Maria Ayala (1,221), each winning $23.10.

COUPLES OF HERNANDO GOLF LEAGUE: The Couples of Hernando Golf League had its monthly tournament at Silverthorn Country Club in Spring Hill on Feb. 13.

Bob and Lynne Ouellette won Flight A, with Dick and Mary Holstad tying for second place with Rich Hurniston and Sally Esposito. Jay and Dorothy Cleary took fourth.

The Flight B champions were Ed and Rose Marie Smith. There was a tie for second place between Tony and Jane Szeltner and Bob and Harlan Dyson. John and Norma Manter and Ralph and Susan Avellanet tied for fourth.

Dennis Weeks, Tony Szeltner, Jane Szeltner and Harlan Dyson were the winners of closest-to-the-pin awards.

For information about the league, send email Jane Szeltner at or Dorothy Cleary at

SMART START BASKETBALL: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor Smart Start Youth Basketball starting March 5 at Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville.

The program is designed to teach 3- and 4-year-old children the fundamentals of the sport while emphasizing motor skills. The coaches will also help participants learn how to play organized basketball and also spend one-on-one time with parents.

The camp will be held once a week on Mondays for six weeks for one hour. Parents can either sign up for either the 10:30 a.m. session or the 5:30 p.m. session. The intensity and difficulty of the exercises will increase each week.

For information, call Tiffany Taylor at (352) 540-3835.

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, now lives in the area.

For information, email Harry Johnson at or call Christie Williams at (352) 754-4031.

ST. JUDE GOLF FUNDRAISER: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will have a golf tournament Saturday 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 and 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, call Mark Michel at (813) 486-2641 or email

Information is also available online at

HUMANE SOCIETY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Southern Hills Plantation 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/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. Proceeds will go toward the care of 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 Saturday.

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 may sponsor holes or prizes.

For information, call Weeki Wachee athletic director Mark Lee at (352) 797-7029, ext. 230, or

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

PHCC Conquistadors get playoff bid, again 02/22/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 6:29pm]
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