Wednesday, February 21, 2018

PHCC volleyball team helps alum

The Pasco-Hernando Community College women's volleyball team will host a Dig Pink match against South Florida State College on Oct. 1 in the West Campus gymnasium in New Port Richey.

Special Dig Pink T-shirts will be sold at the event for $10 each. Proceeds will go to former PHCC volleyball player Amber Walker, who recently was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and is undergoing treatment in Tennessee.

"Amber's illness has hit close to home with us at PHCC, and we are truly inspired by Amber's testimony and optimism during this challenging time," said Kim Whitney, assistant athletic director and women's volleyball head coach.

"When I heard about Amber's diagnosis, I wanted to let her know she is still a part of our PHCC family, and that we love and support her. This is a small way we can show Amber and her family that we care," said Whitney, Walker's former coach.

Walker — Amber Davidson during her time at PHCC — was a libero for two seasons with the program, from 2005 to 2007. In her second year, she ranked third in the National Junior College Athletic Association with 6.86 digs per game, helping lead PHCC to the Suncoast Conference championship.

PHCC's volleyball team members will continue to sell Dig Pink T-shirts throughout October. All proceeds will be donated to support breast cancer awareness and breast cancer research at the Side-Out Foundation.

For information on the Dig Pink event, contact Whitney at (727) 816-3341 or [email protected]

PHCC GOLF TOURNAMENT: The fourth annual golf tournament to benefit the Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation will be Monday at the Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto.

The fundraising event is sponsored by Skanska and Borrell Electric. The hole-in-one sponsor, Jarrett Ford, is offering the chance to win a $10,000 cash prize. Awards will be given to each player on the first-place team, along with awards for the longest drive for men/women, the closest-to-the-pin contest and the putting contest.

Individual golfers, foursomes and sponsors are being sought. Players receive a buffet breakfast, lunch, beverages on the course, an awards banquet, official tournament apparel and goodie bags. Sponsors and teams receive recognition on the PHCC website. Silent auction and raffle opportunities will also be available.

For information or to register as a participant or a sponsor, visit or call (727) 816-3410.

PHCC BASKETBALL CLINIC AND TOURNAMENT: The Pasco-Hernando Community College men's basketball program will host two events in October in the gymnasium at the PHCC West Campus in New Port Richey.

A clinic for middle and high school basketball coaches is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 19. Participants will meet new PHCC men's basketball coach Michael Jones and learn about basketball philosophy and other concepts.

Florida High School Athletic Association officials will review new rules and guests will hear from Warner University men's basketball coach Sean Hanrahan. The fee is $25 per coach.

PHCC will also host a high school basketball round-robin tournament on Oct. 26 and 27.

The tournament fee is $150 per team, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The remaining proceeds will benefit the PHCC men's basketball program.

For information or to register for one of the events, contact Jones at (727) 816-3340 or [email protected]

BOWLING HONOR SCORES: Spring Hill Lanes has had its share of U.S. Bowling Congress honor scores over the past month, including two impressive series.

The first achievement came in the T.G.I.F. League on Aug. 30 when Jeremy Updyke tossed a third-game 300. Formerly of Ohio, Updyke has now thrown 12 perfect games since 1998. He began with a 193 and a 218 before ending with 12 consecutive strikes and a 711 series.

Chris Castro threw another perfect game at Spring Hill on Sept. 10 in the Mike's Auto Body League. After beginning with a 224, Castro peaked with his 300 in the second game on Lanes 29 and 30. He finished with a 215 to complete a 739 series.

There was a banner night in the Mike's Auto Body League on Sept. 17 with two 800 series.

Anthony Caso, who already had five 800 series on his resume, including three as a youth competitor, became the first bowler with an 800 in Hernando County this season. Starting with a 245, Caso finished with back-to-back 279 games to complete his 803 series.

Minutes later, Caso was overshadowed when Jason Mahr completed an 800 series, just a few lanes down.

Mahr, a member of the Hernando County Bowling Hall of Fame, started with a perfect game, before finishing strong with a 248 and 278 for an 826 series. The feat is nothing new for Mahr, who holds the county record for a series when he bowled an 878 on Aug. 7, 2007, at Mariner Lanes.

SPRING HILL LANES TOURNAMENTS: Spring Hill Lanes will hold multiple tournaments over the next couple of months.

The first in a series of monthly eliminator tournaments will be Oct. 13.

Starting at 6 p.m., the entry fee will be $25 per bowler if paid before today's early deadline. Late entrants can enter at $30 per bowler. There will be a five-game qualifying round before the top five competitors advance to a stepladder final. The format is singles handicap (90 percent based on a 230 average). All bowlers must be age 18 or older.

The 14th annual Spring Hill Lanes Singles Championship will be at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

The entry fee for the bowling center's headline event is $48 per bowler before Nov. 14. Late entries are $60.

For information, call Pam Hoppe at (352) 683-7272.

MASQUERADE MINI MARATHON: The Junior Service League of Brooksville will host its first Masquerade Mini Marathon on Saturday at Russell Street Park in Brooksville.

The event, which will include a 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run, is a fundraiser for women's and children's charities in Hernando County.

While it is not required, participants are encouraged to run in costumes. There will be a post-race pancake breakfast. Prizes will be awarded for best races times and the best costumes. Details can be found at

For information, contact Junior Service League president Paula Whitaker at (352) 799-4466 or [email protected]

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.

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