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Regis Lima Martial Arts team shines at Orlando qualifier

The Regis Lima Martial Arts tae kwon do competition team, based in Spring Hill and Port Richey, competed on April 28 in the Amateur Athletic Union Florida tae kwon do qualifier in Orlando.

More than 500 competitors arrived with the goal of advancing to the AAU nationals this summer. The Regis Lima competitors earned 36 medals, with every member of the team qualifying for the national tournament in Fort Lauderdale in July.

The academy also was named by the AAU as the top school in Florida for 2012.

Katy Towne, Pamela Towne, Brandon Piore, Amanda LoBianco, Phillip Poulter, Camryn Hay, Tayler Mondina, Avery Nomikos, Kaira Mondina, Denice Johnson, Sarah McKenzie, Lucas Malay, Santiago Malay, Gage Sugg, Angelica Martello, Serena McNally, Kirsten Maccia, Katie Maccia , Katie Mojack and Aisha Mislay each won at least one medal.

The athletes are coached by Regis Lima, Ralph LoBianco, Michael Sugg and Frankie Martello.

YOUTH SOFTBALL CLINICS: The Spring Hill Sting travel softball team is hosting a series of softball clinics for youth this summer, with proceeds benefiting the club.

The clinics are being organized to teach and emphasize the basics of the game. The girls will be divided by Dixie Softball age divisions (Sweeties, Darlings, Angels and Ponytails).

Sting coach Dianne McClellan will lead the instruction, with assistance from members of the Sting. Three camp dates are June 13 to 15, July 11 to 13 and Aug. 1 to 3. The registration fee is $25 per player.

For information, contact McClellan at (352) 442-3047 or

ARC SPRING LAKE 5K: Arc Nature Coast will host the sixth annual Spring Lake 5K & Two-Mile Fun Run on May 26.

Registration will begin at 7 a.m. the day of the race, with the run starting at 8 a.m. The run will begin at the Arc's facilities at 5283 Neff Lake Road, east of Brooksville, and follow a course through Spring Lake and an equestrian stable.

Proceeds will benefit the Arc, which serves intellectually and developmentally disabled residents of Hernando County.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places in all age groups, which will be split by five-year increments. There is a $25 entry fee for the 5K and a $20 fee for the Fun Run. Entries will be accepted until race time; runners may preregister at

For information, call the Arc Nature Coast office at (352) 544-2322, ext. 105, or send email to

NATURE COAST VOLLEYBALL CAMP: Nature Coast Technical High School volleyball coach Emily Gore will host the program's second annual summer youth volleyball camp in the Nature Coast gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 to 13.

Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. June 11. The fee is $60 per player, which includes a T-shirt. Early registration is preferred and guarantees the correct shirt size. The camp is open to children from age 6 to those entering seventh grade. Pizza and Powerade will be sold for $1 each, or participants can bring their lunch.

Several members of the Nature Coast volleyball team will assist with the camp. The goal is to help each player have a fun experience while learning volleyball skills, game situations and rules. Forms will be available in the school's front office.

For information, call Gore at (352) 535-5091 or (352) 797-7088 ext. 228 or email or

JEROME BROWN GOLF CLASSIC: The Jerome Brown Golf Classic, sponsored by Bright House Networks, will take place June 2 at World Woods Golf Course, north of Brooksville.

The entry fee for the tournament is $70 per player or $280 per foursome, which includes golf, cart, lunch and a cap. Registration will be at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at noon. The shotgun start will be at 1 p.m.

Proceeds go to the Jerome Brown Youth Foundation. Prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams.

For information, call Dianna Rusk Yoder at (352) 796-2526.

NAMI BOWL-A-THON: The National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI Hernando will host its second annual bowl-a-thon fundraiser at 3 p.m. Saturday at Spring Hill Lanes on Commercial Way.

To take part, the cost is $20 per bowler for three games, which includes bowling shoes and a chance to win gift cards, prizes and giveaways. There will also be a hockey stick raffled, signed by Tampa Bay Lightning star Vincent Lecavalier.

Participants can be accommodated all the way up until the day of the tournament. Business sponsors and prize donations are still needed as well. Proceeds go to NAMI Hernando, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization.

To register as an individual or team of four, call NAMI at (352) 684-0004 or LaVonne Roberts at (352) 596-1541.

FIRST TEE SUMMER PROGRAM: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will begin a First Tee golf program the week of June 11 at the Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville.

First Tee focuses on golf and life skills instruction. The juniors program strives to instill in participants the organization's nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

The cost is $60 per child per week, with ages 9 to 17 eligible. Classes will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day, Monday through Friday. Students are encouraged to bring a bottle of water with them.

Donations are welcome, including youth golf clubs, bags and balls. For information, contact Miles Groff at (352) 540-3835 or

HYL FOOTBALL: Registration for the Hernando Youth League football season will be Saturday and June 9 at Ernie Wever Youth Park in Brooksville.

Officials will be on hand from 9 a.m. to noon each day registering players. The cost is $128 per player, which includes a $3 county park usage fee. Payment may be made with cash, money order, debit card or credit card. All players must be present at registration so they can be fitted for equipment.

Space is limited, so participants are urged to sign up early. For forms and information, visit online.

For other information, call (352) 346-0000.

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

Regis Lima Martial Arts team shines at Orlando qualifier 05/16/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 8:00pm]
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