For the first time in the history of Dixie League Baseball, Spring Hill Dixie was able to capture state titles in both the Triple-A Majors Division and Senior Division.
The Spring Hill Senior team will be moving on to Covington, Ga. for the national title in the Dixie World Series today through Aug. 7. The team, made up of 13- and 14-year-olds, was able to capture the title after defeating West Volusia 14-3 in the second half a championship game doubleheader in Marianna.
The scenario was similar for the Triple-A Majors team that needed two attempts to take out South Lake in the championship round for the state crown. They will travel to LaGrange, Ga. for a trip to the Dixie Youth World Series from Aug. 4-9.
The senior club faces the Tennessee state champ in the first round of the series, while the Triple-A Majors squad is primed for a contest with the Mississippi state champs, Laurel-Jones County. Both brackets are double-elimination.
TAE KWON DO: Dragon's Dojo Martial Arts of Spring Hill recently returned from the AAU National Championships in Madison, Wis., from July 1-5.
At the tournament, the local school walked away with 21 medals out of a possible 22. William Schook, competing in the intermediate division (10-11 years old), snatched the first gold medal of the trip for Dragon's Dojo and head instructor Master Carlos Carasquillo.
Michelle Alfonso defeated teammate Delia Faggart in the gold medal round to capture another national title in the intermediate division (14-17). She swept both intermediate (14-17) crowns in sparring and forms performances, becoming the only double national champ on the trip.
Schook was close to accomplishing the same feat, but picked up a silver after tying and losing a tiebreaker under AAU regulations in the forms competition.
The other members of the team to attend the AAU National Championships included medalists: Carasquillo, Maria Faggart, Elijah Moore, Cailyn Infiesta, Carl Blanchard-Vincent, Christian Coleman, Jennifer Zielinski and Zachary Zielinski.
BASKETBALL: The Brooksville Recreation Department will be at the Jerome Brown Center at Tom Varn Park for a basketball camp for area youths. The camp will run from Aug. 4-8.
The camp will run daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with after-care available from 2-5 p.m. The cost is $12 per child for the week. That cost includes lunch and a camp T-shirt.
For more information, contact the Recreation Department staff at (352) 544-5498.
TENNIS: Ace Performance Tennis will be hosting a youth tennis camp at Brooksville Country Club from August 5-8.
The camp will run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $90 per child per session or $25 daily. Run by tennis pros Louise and John Downey, the camp will focus on beginner and intermediate play in the mold of the QuickStart Tennis program supported by the local USTA.
For more information, contact Ace Performance Tennis at (352) 666-0658 or visit louisedowney.usptapro.com.
BASEBALL: West Florida Young Guns Under-14 club is looking for players. This is a traveling competitive ball club based out of Hudson. For tryout information, contact Chris Conner at (727) 919-8954.
Submit upcoming events, registration, info to [email protected] tampabay.com.