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Recreation notebook: Knights organize annual kids' free throw contest

St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13209 is ready for its annual basketball Free Throw Championship.

This event is open to all boys and girls ages 10 to 14. The local competition will be held at Notre Dame Catholic School Gym in Spring Hill on Jan. 18 at 9 a.m.

The Free Throw Championship is held annually, with winners progressing through local, district and state competitions. Champions are announced by the Knights of Columbus International headquarters based on scores from state-level competitions.

Last year, more than 120,000 shooters participated in more than 3,600 local competitions. All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent.

Entry forms and parental consent forms will be available the day of the event.

For information, call Jack Hauser at (352) 686-9767 or (352) 238-1878.

HERNANDO WOMEN'S 500 CLUB BOWLING: The Hernando Women's 500 Club held its most recent tournament on Dec. 1 at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill.

The tournament was singles handicap format with 35 entries. Besides the bowling competition, Marilyn Frontiero won the money tree, and Joann Wagner won the bowling basket full of scratch-off tickets.

The event included two divisions, Class A (151 average and above) and Class B (150 average and below). The A division paid out to the top five places and the B division paid to the top nine.

Sharon O'Brien won the Class A title over 12 other bowlers with a 642 pin total. She won by 21 pins over runner-up Irene Grabowski (621). O'Brien started her day with a 181 game before games of 154 and 160. She earned $44.20 for her effort, while Grabowski took home $33.80.

Theresa Matos (604) was the final bowler in the division who cashed out. Matos earned $26.

The Class B crown was won by Joyce Crosby (647) after she tossed a third-game 168. Her 174 handicap added to some consistent shooting and led to a win over the 22-entry field by 15 pins. After placing second in the first tournament of the year, this effort won Crosby $52.

Sandra Bisard (632) was runner-up to Crosby, winning $46. Rounding out the top five were Cathy Cavanagh (629), Maida Watkins (629), and Maria Gonzalez (609).

The club's next tournament will be Feb. 9 at Mariner Lanes. That event will be a sanctioned doubles tournament.

For information, call Sheila Wehrenberg at (352) 688-1575.

UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled a baseball/softball umpiring clinic.

The clinic is designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and can also help seasoned umpires improve. The seminar will take place Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill at 10 a.m.

The session is open to men and women age 16 and older.

Visit to register. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or send email to [email protected]

MARLINS TRAVEL YOUTH BASEBALL: The 12U Marlins baseball club is looking for new players to add to its roster for the upcoming spring season.

The team is looking for talented players with great attitudes. Travel experience preferred but not limited. All players must be age 13 before May 1.

The Marlins practice two times per week and play two tournaments per month. The team also participates in league play with the hopes of playing in one big tournament in the summer.

For information or to schedule a tryout, call coach Ted Leo at (352) 585-2574 or email [email protected]

BOWLING HONOR SCORES: November was a torrid month on the local lanes, with many bowlers walking away with U.S.B.C. achievements.

Mike Leonard kicked off the month in the Mike's Auto Body League at Spring Hill on Nov. 5 by throwing the first perfect game of his career.

Dave Tuma added a 300 game himself on Nov. 7 in the Small Business Scratch League at Spring Hill. 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. The 800 series was his seventh in a young career. With a 299, 289 and 236, Caso convincingly topped the 800 mark.

Greg Lynch also surpassed 800 just one week later in the same T.G.I.F. League. Highlighted by a perfect game, Lynch finished with an 805 score over three games. A 220-average bowler, Lynch surpassed 800 for the first time in his career.

'GIRLS NIGHT OUT' SHOOTING: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, located at 16121 Commercial Way in Brooksville, has announced a new "Girls Night Out" Trap Shooting Group starting in January.

Beginning Jan. 2, the women's trap shooting group will meet the first Thursday night of every month at the trap range from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For those who have never tried out trap shooting or don't have their own shotgun, the club will provide 20-gauge shotguns for the group to use. Those using a club shotgun need to bring at least two boxes of 20-gauge ammunition, ear plugs and eye protection. Participants may also bring their own shotguns.

There is a trap range fee of $5 for members and $8 for non-members. The fee applies to two games of trap. Everyone is welcome. For information, call the club at (352) 597-9931 or visit The club also has a Facebook page.

YMCA YOUTH SPORTS: The Suncoast YMCA will hold soccer and baseball/T-ball leagues starting in January.

Running from Jan. 14 to March 8, the soccer league offers Saturday-only play for children ages 3-5 and a two-game-per-week schedule for players ages 6 to 14.

The younger baseball and T-ball players will also play only on Saturdays, while older children will play on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Facility members can enroll their children for $45 for ages 3-5 and $55 for ages 6-14. Nonmembers can enroll in the leagues for $75 and $85, respectively.

For information, call the YMCA at (352) 688-9622 or visit the website at

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

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