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Spring Hill dance team returns from Orlando with national honors

The competition team from Erin's Danceworks in Spring Hill traveled to Orlando for the DanceAmerica National Championships last month, and several team members came back with honors.

Sarah Lewandowski, 15, beat out 206 other intermediate and senior soloists to win the Senior Dancer of the Year title, determined by combining the scores from an interview, a jazz combination audition and a dancer's solo score. In addition to Dancer of the Year, Lewandowski was awarded trophies for being the highest scoring soloist and having the best emotional execution of all the soloists.

Five days after winning the Dancer of the Year title, Lewandowski competed against 193 other soloists with her contemporary dance to the song Left and earned the fourth runner-up position at the International Dance Challenge. Her solo was choreographed by instructor Kelli Simpson. Sarah has been dancing at Erin's Danceworks for 12 years and has been taught by both Simpson and owner/instructor Erin Messaris.

Other soloists who received high honors at the DanceAmerica Nationals were Taylor Storey (first runner-up), Malia Nicolini and Lauren Alagna (top 12 in Senior Division) and Kelcey Morris (top 12 in Junior Division).

The team brought home first-place national champion awards for 16 dances, plus numerous other runner-up and placement awards.

BROOKSVILLE RAID: The Brooksville Raid under-17 girls soccer club has started its competitive travel season successfully.

On Aug. 14, the Raid went to Palm Harbor and squared off with the West Florida Premier. Brooksville opened its regular-season schedule with a 3-1 victory, but the two-goal advantage wasn't reflective of the Raid's dominance.

Brooksville held possession for much of the match. Midfielder Karrissa Dimuccio scored the first two goals for the Raid, putting the team up for good. The finishing touch came when the third goal was scored by forward Spencer Valdespino.

Jeri Loffler was solid in goal, saving the few opportunities the Premier had and punting the ball effectively to put the Raid in position offensively.

The next match for Brooksville is at 3 p.m. Saturday in Punta Gorda against the Charlotte Premier.

PUTTS & PIZZA: The Toscana Crossing Golf Course at the Heather "Putts and Pizza" golf outing is Sept. 4. Toscana Crossing is at 7406 St. Andrews Blvd., north of Weeki Wachee.

Golf begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. with a pizza buffet to follow. A cash bar will be available. The price for golf is $10 to ride a cart and $6 to walk. The buffet is an additional $7.

Call Barbara Phillips at (352) 596-5344 for information.

PHCC GOLF FUNDRAISER: The inaugural golf tournament to benefit the Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation will be Oct. 4 at the Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch, 2600 W Black Diamond Circle in Lecanto.

The event will be a scramble start. Opportunities are available for sponsorships, individual golfers and foursomes. Players get breakfast, lunch on the course, a barbecue and awards banquet, beverages, official tournament shirts, goodie bags and recognition on the PHCC website. Awards will be given to each player on the first-place team, as well as for longest drive and closest to the pin.

The tournament benefits the PHCC Foundation, which supports programs and activities at the college.

To register as a participant or sponsor, visit or call (727) 816-3410. Registration deadline is Sept. 10.

SPRING HILL DIXIE: Spring Hill Dixie Softball will hold registration for the fall season at Anderson Snow Park in the coming weeks.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 1 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 4, league officials will accept sign-ups under the pavilion at the park.

All potential players must turn 5 years old by April 30, 2011. There are playing divisions for children ages 5 to 18.

The cost for joining is $70 per child or $55 for 8-and-under age groups. A copy of the child's birth certificate is necessary for registration. The fee covers uniforms (shirts and socks), insurance and trophies.

Call league registrar Ami Lamp at (352) 428-4169 or league director Glenn Primavera at (352) 442-1957, or visit

HYL DIXIE: Sign ups for Hernando Youth League Dixie Baseball/Softball for the fall season continue at Ernie Wever Park this month.

League officials will accept sign-ups at the park from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Registration can also be completed at Looper Sports Connection, 7631 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All potential players must turn 5 years old by April 30, 2011. Participants cannot turn 15 years old before Nov. 23. The cost for joining is $45 per child and $40 for additional siblings. A copy of the child's birth certificate is necessary for registration.


KIWANIS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill fifth annual Children's Charity Golf Invitational is Sept. 29 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.

The tournament is a four-person team scramble. Entry fees are $100 per golfer or $360 per foursome. Make all checks payable to the Spring Hill Kiwanis Club. The deadline for registration is Sept. 22.

The shotgun start will be at 1 p.m., with registration starting at 11 a.m. In addition to golf, the tournament will include a silent auction, a lunch, a dinner buffet, award presentations and special surprise guest appearances.

Visit or call Richard Sanvenero at (352) 263-7829.

NATURE COAST TENNIS: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation's first Adult Doubles Tournament is Sept. 25 and 26 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

The tournament includes male, female and mixed doubles divisions. The entry fee is $25 per player for one event and $40 for two. The format is best-of-three sets and double elimination. The fee includes lunch provided by Chick-fil-A and awards for the division winners.

Visit or call Karen Lund at (352) 585-3733.

To notify us of community sports achievements or coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

Spring Hill dance team returns from Orlando with national honors 08/24/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 8:27pm]
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