Sunday, December 17, 2017

Spring Hill bowler comes from behind to win youth tournament

On Sunday, Spring Hill Lanes hosted the Burkins Bowling Youth Scholarship Eliminator, a tournament that was open to any U.S. Bowling Congress youth members who wanted to compete for scholarships.

The champion was Anthony Caso of Spring Hill. The 18-year-old was fifth after the four-game qualifier at the beginning of the day, with scores of 191, 265, 255 and 176. His total of 887 placed him as the final member to get into the finals, along with Austin Robinson (900), Kody Daugherty (899), Justin Paxton (891) and Kristopher Rummel (889).

Because he was the final qualifier, Caso had to defeat each of the other four bowlers to win the title. In the first round, he knocked off Rummel, 256-203. He followed that match with a 225-213 win over Paxton. He then rolled a 266 to earn a victory over Daugherty (193). He won the A Division scratch crown with a 231-215 win over Robinson.

The championship earned Caso a $167.81 scholarship from Burkins Bowling. Robinson, also a Spring Hill resident, took home a $125.86 scholarship for second place. Daugherty, a Wesley Chapel resident and the son of PBA bowler Tom Daugherty, earned an $83.90 scholarship. The final A Division scholarship of $41.95 was awarded to New Port Richey's Paxton.

Tyler Burkhart of New Port Richey defeated North Tampa's Joshua Spence 169-154 to win the B Division handicap title and a $192.72 scholarship. Austin Cramer of Gainesville knocked off Scott Hasson of Hudson 231-228 to earn the C Division handicap championship and a $170.43 scholarship.

DIXIE BASEBALL DISTRICT TOURNAMENT: Spring Hill Dixie (2-0) won the District 6 Juniors Dixie Baseball Tournament on Monday with a two-game sweep of South Sumter.

The two-team district allows both clubs to advance to the Florida Dixie Championships on July 14 in Sebring.

Spring Hill exhibited its dominance by winning the first game against South Sumter 18-0 on Saturday, then completed the sweep win a 17-1 victory for the title.

Shawn Laferty, who managed the Triple-A Majors Spring Hill team that won the state title last season, directed the squad. Trevor Vendrone and Zachary Peek combined for a four-inning no-hitter in the Saturday win. Laferty's son Luke hit two home runs in the victory.

Noah Siem, Robert Bunyon and Luke Laferty combined for the five-inning effort on Monday. Siem added a 3-for-3 day to his victory on the mound and finished the tournament 5-for-5 at the plate.

Spring Hill National (3-2) was the runner-up to Bushnell in the District 6 Triple-A Majors Dixie Tournament on Friday.

Bushnell, the state runner-up last season, returned most of its players, and took control of the tournament, going 5-0. Will Glenn, in his first season as an All-Star manager, touted the pitching performance of Johnny Moran throughout the tournament, but no one could shut down Bushnell's lineup in its 16-0 victory to clinch the title.

Both teams advance to the Florida Dixie Championships on July 14 at Ernie Wever Park in Brooksville.

HERNANDO SPORTS CAMPS: The Hernando County Recreation Department has several sports camps available for children this summer.

The basketball camp will run for two different weeks and will be taught by Marion Jones, Michael Jones and Calvin Brown.

The clinics will put emphasis on fundamentals of the game, skills and drills. There also will be scrimmage games. For a fee of $65 per week, the campers will take part from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 9 and 3 to 4 p.m. are available for an extra $10.

West Hernando Middle School will host the camp July 16-20; another camp will be at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics from July 9-12.

A volleyball camp, taught by Hernando High School girls volleyball coach Patti Martin and assistant Robin Bailey, will take place from July 30 to Aug. 2 at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics. The tandem will teach fundamentals with daily drills and skills, followed by interleague games.

The cost is $65, with camp hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as the extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 9 and 3 to 4 p.m. for those who pay the additional $10.

Sports camp, from July 23 to 26, will allow kids to enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor sports activities, including basketball, flag football, tennis, dodgeball, kickball and more. Campers will spend each day learning the rules and playing the games.

The cost is $65, with a limit of 50 campers. The camp will be at West Hernando Middle School and is open to children age 8 to 14.

The activities will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 9 and 3 to 4 p.m. for those who pay the additional $10.

For information, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or visit

SPRINGSTEAD SOCCER CONDITIONING: Springstead High School girls soccer coach Scott Wern is holding summer conditioning work from 9 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the school's soccer/football fields, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

The workouts are open to all potential players, including incoming freshmen, who are zoned for Springstead. Each player should bring cleats, sneakers and water.

For information, call Wern at (352) 238-4230.

WEST HERNANDO COUGARS: The West Hernando Cougars youth football and cheerleading program will have registration for the coming season this weekend.

Officials will be at Delta Woods Park on Deltona Boulevard in Spring Hill for sign-ups from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The registration fee for football or cheerleading is $195 per child. The fee includes full football uniform with a personalized jersey to keep or cheerleading top, skirt, bloomers and shoes. Divisions are open to youth age 5 to 15.

For information, call Bobby McFarland at (352) 585-6524 or visit West Hernando Cougars Football and Cheerleading on Facebook.

YOUTH SOFTBALL CLINICS: The Spring Hill Sting travel softball team is hosting a series of 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. The two remaining camp dates are July 11-13 and Aug. 1-3. The registration fee is $25 per player.

For information, contact McClellan at (352) 442-3047 or [email protected]

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

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