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Spring Hill gymnasts excel at state

Top Contenders Gymnastics of Spring Hill attended the USA Gymnastics Florida State Championships in Palmetto on Nov. 19 and 20 and was one of the best academies in the Level 2 and 3 competition.

Top Contenders placed fifth overall in Level 2 with 146.95 points. In Level 3, the Spring Hill team also came in fifth overall with 187.75 points.

Chloe Krug (Level 2) was a standout in every event. While winning the individual overall title with 37.50 points, Krug placed in the top five in everything she entered. She won the vault (9.20) and bars (9.65), took third in the beam (9.35) and fourth in floor (9.30).

Teammates Alexandria McCann, Aurora McBeth and Abigail Stallings also did well in their various divisions. McCann won the beam with a score of 8.80. McBeth won the vault (9.15), and Stallings was another vault winner (9.20).

Natalie Torraco led all Top Contenders Level 3 gymnasts. Torraco won every event except the bars (9.175), where she placed second. She took home gold in the vault (9.50), beam (9.525) and floor (9.50) before winning the overall title (37.70).

Sofia Palma also won an overall gold at Level 3 with 37.825 points. She also won the bars (9.575). Other Level 3 winners for the local school in various divisions included Gabrielle Healis (beam, second overall), Kayden Clift (second overall) and Mackenzie Bell (third overall).

LOCAL KARATE INSTRUCTOR HONORED: Jason Chase Sr., owner of J.C. Karate at the Brooksville Academy of the Arts in Ridge Manor, was recently named the 2011 National Instructor of the Year by the Independent Karate Schools of America.

Chase was chosen from hundreds of instructors throughout the United States. Legendary martial artist Bill Wallace remarked how he enjoyed Chase's assistance in his own classes.

WOMEN'S SOCCER LEAGUE: The Hernando County Women's Soccer League is holding registration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Friday at Rookies Sports Bar & Grill in Spring Hill.

The league is trying to get all players registered before its charity tournament in January. Credit card, check and cash payments are all accepted..

Also, the league will host the Women's 30-and-over Mother's Day Ball Tournament from May 10 to 13. The format is 11-versus-11. Teams with 22-player rosters play at Ernie Wever Park in Brooksville.

For information, call Alyson Kraft at (352) at 442-4540.

PHCC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: The Pasco-Hernando Community College men's basketball team will host the New Year's Shootout tournament from Jan. 2 to 5 in the Physical Fitness Center on the West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road.

All games are free and open to the public. In addition to PHCC, teams will be competing from: Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y.; Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, N.C.; Wytheville Community College in Wytheville, Va., and Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.

PHCC will play the opening game against Onondaga at 2 p.m. Jan. 2. On Jan. 3, Onondaga will play Guilford Tech at 2 p.m., and PHCC will take on Wytheville at 4 p.m. On Jan. 4, Guilford Tech will play Indian River at 2 p.m., followed by a match-up between Onondaga and Wytheville at 4 p.m. The tournament will conclude Jan. 5, with PHCC taking on Guilford Tech at 2 p.m. and Indian River playing Wytheville at 4 p.m.

For information, call Conquistadors coach James Johnson at (727) 816-3340 or send e-mail to

UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled a set of baseball/softball umpiring clinics.

The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and the sessions also can help seasoned umpires improve. Local clinics will take place Jan. 8 and 22 at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill and Jan. 29 at Ridge Manor Park in Ridge Manor.

The sessions are open to men and women age 16 and older. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the clinics starting at noon. There is a $20 charge for each participant, and everyone will receive a Major League Baseball rule book, along with other handouts.

Visit to register. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or send e-mail to

HERNANDO HURRICANES BASEBALL: The Hernando Hurricanes will have an open tryout Jan. 15 for its 13-and-younger travel baseball team. The tryout will be from noon to 2 p.m. at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill.

The Hurricanes are a select travel baseball organization with their own training facility. The team competes in the West Coast Florida League in the spring and in tournaments around the state sanctioned by United States Special Sports Association and Nations Baseball.

For information, call Jeff Lewis at (352) 442-2370 or send e-mail to

FIRST TEE GOLF: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is holding its First Tee golf program starting Jan. 17 and running for six weeks at the Quarry Golf Course, Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks and Silverthorn Country Club.

First Tee's golf and life skills instruction differentiates it from other junior golf programs. The program strives to instill in participants the program's nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

The cost is $60 per child, with ages 5 to 17 eligible. Preregistration is required. The program is accepting up to 10 participants per class.

Volunteers are also needed. Donations are welcome, including youth golf clubs, bags and balls.

For information, call Miles Groff at (352) 540-3835 or send e-mail to

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at

Spring Hill gymnasts excel at state 12/20/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 5:00pm]
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