The 16th annual Halloween Doubles Tournament took place at Spring Hill Lanes on Oct. 31, with Marie and Tom Burke stealing the show.
The tournament had each duo toss three handicap games with the "scariest" — or lowest — score being dropped. Sixteen teams entered.
To win the championship, the Burkes totaled 960 pins and walked away with $120 in prize money. They are in their first season bowling at Spring Hill and both compete in the Sunday Mixed League. Tom had a 197 average this past summer in the Monday Men's Trio League.
Shannon and Phil LaRiviere came in second place, only 30 pins back of the winners with a 930 tally. The father-daughter pair garnered $68 for their effort. Shannon regularly competes in the Monday Night Ladies and Roadrunners leagues. Phil competes in the Monday Night Men's and Friday Senior Men's leagues, averaging 187 last season.
The last team to cash in at the Halloween festivities was Joyce Hooper and George Mulligan (916). This pair was the only other team with a score over 900, walking away with $40. Both competitors are from Lake City. Joyce averages a 146, and George a 179.
NATURE COAST WINS DISTRICTS: The Nature Coast Technical High School bowling teams started this season with one goal in mind: a return to the supremacy they had before disbanding a couple of years ago.
After both the girls and boys teams won the District 4 titles last week to qualify for the state meet in Orlando, the dream is alive and well.
Hosting the district tournament for the first time in school history at Spring Hill Lanes, the female Sharks took advantage by easily winning the traditional 10-pin matches in Round 1. After three games, they had 2,414, with second-place St. Petersburg Catholic at 2,032.
The teams then moved on to Baker's doubles format, where Nature Coast has struggled in the past. The Sharks defeated South Lake in the final for the title.
The boys' road wasn't quite as easy. After Round 1, Nature Coast trailed Eustis, 3,154 to 3,131.
Baker's doubles, where the team has run into trouble in the past, is where Nature Coast took control. The Sharks knocked off Eustis in the second round of the bracket and faced Leesburg in the final to win the title.
Nature Coast also swept the individual district titles when Nikki Williams averaged 189 over the first three games of the event, and Darian Curtis rolled a 740 series to start the tournament.
GOLFING "FORE" KIDS: The Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast is sponsoring its first Golfing "Fore" Kids charity event Nov. 20.
The tournament will be at the Rivard Golf Club, 18001 Rivard Blvd., south of Brooksville. The four-person scramble is open to students as well as adults.
The registration cost is $35 for students (18 and younger) and $45 for adults (19 and older). The fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, contest entries, barbecue dinner and beverage tickets. Applications must be received by Nov. 12, and there is a 36-team limit.
Registration begins at 11 a.m. on the day of the event, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Participants can win a car from Rick Matthews Buick-Pontiac-GMC for a hole-in-one. For information, call Judie Jerdan at (352) 232-4887 or Keith Pursell at (813) 892-6404.
ST. ANTHONY'S GOLF: St. Anthony Catholic Church's 18th annual golf tournament will be Wednesday at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive in Brooksville.
The format will be a four-person scramble. Golfers can form their own teams, or organizers can match them up. Teams will be grouped into flights based on handicap with prizes for net scores. The shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m.
The hole-in-one prize is a Ford Fusion from Autoway Ford.
The cost is $65 per golfer, which includes golf and a prime rib dinner. Those wishing to attend only the dinner pay $25.
Registration forms are available in the St. Anthony parish office at 20428 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville. For information, call (352) 796-2096, ext. 22.
SPRING HILL WRESTLING: The Spring Hill Wrestling Club, a member of the Florida Amateur Wrestling Association, is starting its season the week after Thanksgiving.
The club is open to youth from first through eighth grades. Practices take place Tuesday and Thursday nights in the wrestling room at Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.
Beginners (no experience or one year of experience) will practice from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; experienced wrestlers (two or more years) will have the room from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Cost is $140 per child. Details about registration are available at springhillwrestling.com. For information, call Eric Swensen at (352) 797-7010, ext 347.
TENNIS ROUND ROBIN SOCIAL: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will host its monthly Mixed Doubles Round Robin Social on Saturday at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.
The social will take place at 7 p.m., with a cost of $5 per player. The public is invited. One need not be a U.S. Tennis Association member to participate. For information, call Phil Zee at (352) 263-9546 or visit nctf.usta.com.
FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL CLINICS: The Hernando County Recreation Department is offering fast-pitch softball clinics at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill.
The clinics are for players ages 7 to 16. Private and group lessons are also available. The clinics will be led by April Pelham, a certified Florida fast-pitch instructor. The cost is $20 for the 30-minute clinics. Group lessons are $10 per hour per person (with a minimum of four students). Private lessons for hitting or catching are $20 for 30 minutes, and private lessons for fielding or throwing are $15 for 30 minutes.
For times, dates and other information, contact Penny Oliver at (352) 754-4031 or [email protected] hernandocounty.us.
HOLIDAY GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Holiday Golf Tournament on Dec. 2 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks.
Registration fees are $100 per person or $400 per team. Sponsorships are available at $450 for a gold sponsor (four-man team plus a hole). The platinum sponsor for the tournament is Cemex. Prices include a continental breakfast, cart and barbecue lunch.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30. There will be a hole-in-one contest and an auction, in addition to other activities. The deadline to sign up is Nov. 22.
For information, call Carla J. Hayes at (352) 796-0697.
To notify us of community sports achievements or coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.