With a schedule scaled back due to budget constraints, the middle school girls basketball season ended last week. The champion of Hernando County was crowned when Powell Middle School wrapped up its season with a 6-0 record.
Under the leadership of longtime coach Laura Fowle, the Panthers picked up their second county title in three seasons. The last time Powell won the title, in 2007, the team went 11-1 behind the play of Mariah Byrd, now a starter for Nature Coast Technical High School.
Among the potential high school stars on this Powell team was leading scorer Kaitlynn Glynn. Former prep stars, including Shareka Maner and Cherikhan Waddy, who both starred at Nature Coast, are Powell alums.
BOWLING HONOR SCORES: Tom Russell tossed a perfect game two weeks ago in the Tuesday Metro League at Mariner Lanes. He followed that performance up with a 299 game last week in the Coca-Cola Classic League at the same center.
Russell wasn't the only Coca-Cola Classic bowler with a U.S. Bowling Congress honor score that Monday night. Lou Giacobbi also rolled a 299 game, his first career U.S. Bowling Congress achievement. He has 200-plus average in league play.
WEST FLORIDA YOUNG GUNS: The West Florida Young Guns 10-and-under traveling baseball club is looking for players to complete its spring roster.
Players may not turn 11 before May 1. The team focuses on fundamentals and development.
For information, call (727) 226-7160.
HYL BASEBALL: The Hernando Youth League has announced registration times for its upcoming spring season.
For a fee of $65 for the first child and $60 for any additional children, parents can register at the following times: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19 and 21, and from 10 a.m. until noon on Jan. 16 and 23.
All signups will be at Ernie Wever Youth Park north of Brooksville. To register, each child must have a copy of a birth certificate on file with HYL. Parents must bring a photocopy of their child's birth certificate.
For information, call Bruce Price at (352) 797-7999 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLAG FOOTBALL: The Hernando County Recreation Department is holding a men's flag football league starting in January at Veterans Memorial and Delta Woods parks in Spring Hill.
The league, for players 18 and up, will play its games on Friday nights. The cost is $275 per team, and the start date is Jan. 8. All rosters and fees are due by Jan. 4.
For information, call (352) 754-4031 or visit www.hernandocounty.us.
LITTLE BUDDIES BASKETBALL: The Brooksville Recreation Department is getting ready for another cycle of Little Buddies Athletics camps, starting with Little Buddies Basketball.
The camp will be at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place in Brooksville. The program's goal is to teach the fundamentals of sports to children between ages 3 and 8.
Basketball will start on Jan. 14 and run for six weeks. The cost is $50 per child, and a T-shirt will be provided to each camper.
For information, call Tina Nichols at (352) 540-3835.
REFEREES NEEDED: The West Central Officials Association is interested in finding new officials to work football contests for the 2010 season.
The association oversees officiating of middle school, junior varsity and varsity high school football games in Pasco and Hernando counties.
Tampa Bay Area Sports Officials also needs experienced flag and tackle football officials to work youth games in Hernando, Pasco and Hillsborough counties for the 2010 season.
For information, call Gary Stanley at (813) 989-9387 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
FISHING TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIP: The Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice is looking for sponsors.
Last year's inaugural event had more than 50 anglers and raised more than $13,000 for hospice. The tournament casts off April 24 from Bayport. A dinner and awards ceremony will be at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park after the tournament.
For information, send e-mail to Debbie Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Jennifer Rey at email@example.com, or call (352) 799-8423.
To notify us of community sports achievements or upcoming events, Derek J. LaRiviere can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 584-6337.