Spring Hill Lanes had its 14th annual Spring Hill Singles Championship Tournament on Nov. 16, with 37 local bowlers vying for the top prize.
Shane Briggs came away with the title. Briggs, the owner of three sanctioned perfect games, came into the competition with a 188 average while competing primarily at Leisure Lanes in Hudson. He had previously won the Mariner Singles Classic in 2006.
Second place went to Scott Grieve, a Citrus County bowler who owns nine perfect games and three 800 series since 2000. He finished just ahead of Rich Kastner Jr. in third place. Kastner was the only competitor to toss a 300 game in the tournament, adding to his total of 12 perfect games since 2000. Kastner also has three 800 series in that span.
Rounding out the top five were Garrett Mikkola in fourth place and Chris Dmitriw in fifth.
The Next Level Ladies Tour also made a stop at Spring Hill on Nov. 17, with a field that included a few Hernando County bowlers.
Bowling on the Professional Bowlers Association's Viper pattern, the field squared off in scratch competition. The champion was Lucy Sandelin of Tampa, who rolled her fourth career 800 series, finishing with an 814 and games of 235, 300 and 279.
Second place went to Ashly Galante of Clearwater. Kay Roush from Dade City placed third, with Katrina Robinson finishing fourth.
Spring Hill will also be holding its monthly eliminator tournament at 6 p.m. Dec. 8.
For an entry fee of $30, bowlers will compete in a five-game handicap event. Handicaps will be based on 90 percent of a 240 top average. All entrants must be at least 18 years of age and U.S. Bowling Congress sanctioned.
BOWLING HONOR SCORES: A number of local bowlers have come away with U.S. Bowling Congress achievements during November.
On Nov. 5, Mike Leonard, bowling in the Mike's Auto Body League at Spring Hill Lanes, threw a perfect game. Sporting a 202 average from last season, Leonard's 300 was the first of his career.
Dave Tuma added a 300 game himself on Nov. 7 in the Small Business Scratch League at Spring Hill Lanes. A former PBA Sport bowler, Tuma is no stranger to success on the lanes while competing in both the Chicago and Tampa areas.
Anthony Caso tossed an 824 series in the T.G.I.F. League at Spring Hill Lanes. The 800 series was his seventh in a young career. With games of 299, 289 and 236, Caso convincingly topped the 800 mark.
A week later, Greg Lynch surpassed 800 in the T.G.I.F. League. Highlighted by a perfect game, Lynch finished with an 805 series. A 220-average bowler, Lynch surpassed 800 for the first time in his career.
'GIRLS NIGHT OUT' SHOOTING: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee, has announced plans for a new "Girls Night Out" Trap Shooting Group.
Beginning Jan. 2, the women's group will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the trap range.
For those who have never tried trap shooting or don't have their own shotgun, the club will provide 20-gauge shotguns for the group to use. Participants should bring at least two boxes of 20-gauge ammunition, ear plugs and eye protection.
There is a trap range fee of $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers. The fee applies to two games of trap.
For more information, call the club at (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosportsmansclub.com. The club also has a Facebook page.
JUNIOR TENNIS TOURNAMENT: A Junior Circuit Tennis tournament was held Nov. 16 and 17 at Sugarmill Woods in Homosassa.
With high school boys, high school girls and the younger kids divisions, the competitors added to their season JCT point totals. The tournament also included an exhibition fun doubles division.
The boys title was won by Jesse DeWitt of Brooksville. DeWitt swept Coty Willey of Spring Hill in the championship final, 6-2 and 6-3. The consolation final was won by Alex Hoover of Spring Hill in a three-set win over Nick Pais of Brooksville, 4-6, 6-0, and 6-3.
In the girls division, Vee Williams of Crystal River knocked off Robyn Cotney of Weeki Wachee in a third-set tiebreaker. After trading sets of 6-3 and 4-6, Williams won 7-6 in the third by taking the tiebreaker 10-7. Homosassa's Maddie Lewis placed third with a straight-set victory over Scarlett Semack of Spring Hill in the consolation final, 6-3 and 6-2.
The younger kids title was won by Roger Sniffen of Brooksville over Arjun Deven of Hernando in a pro-set match, 8-3. The doubles title went to Robbie and Alex Hoover of Spring Hill, who defeated Pais and Willey, 8-3. The next JCT event is scheduled for Jan. 11 and 12 at Sugarmill Woods. For information, call Judy Jeanette at (352) 232-0321.
YMCA YOUTH SOCCER: The Suncoast YMCA will begin its annual youth soccer league in January.
Running from Jan. 14 to March 8, players ages 3 to 5 will compete only on Saturdays, while 6- to 14-year-old players will have one weekday evening game as well as a Saturday contest.
Facility members may enroll their children for $45 for ages 3 to 5 and $55 for ages 6 to 14. Nonmembers may enroll for fees of $75 and $85, respectively.
For information, call the YMCA at (352) 688-9622 or visit ymcasuncoast.org.
MMA LIVE EVENT: MMA Unleashed will hold an event on Dec. 7 at the Cor-Fitness Center in New Port Richey.
The event will feature 10 sanctioned mixed martial arts bouts. There also will be a meet-and-greet and other activities. The meet-and-greet autograph session is sponsored by Charlotte Honda Volkswagen PC Auto Mall and will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $25 and are available at xselive.com, the Cor-Fitness Center and Buddy's Home Furnishings in New Port Richey and Tarpon Springs.
A limited number of VIP tickets are also available and include reserved seating in the first three rows, a VIP laminate, early entry at 5:30 p.m. and a program.