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Spring Hill National wins its first league championship

The Dixie Baseball District 6 Double-A Rookies (ages 7 and 8) All-Star Tournament took place over the weekend in Wesley Chapel, and Spring Hill National captured its first league championship.

Not even heavy rains could derail Spring Hill National. First, the team dispatched South Lake 9-5 on the opening day of the tournament. That was followed by an 18-4 win over Wesley Chapel National in the second round. The club knocked off Wildwood 20-2 in the semifinals on Sunday.

In a final that pitted Spring Hill National (6-0) against Wesley Chapel American (3-2), the local team won 9-5 in a game that lasted almost four hours because of a lightning delay.

Jaxen Gates starred early in the game to put Spring Hill National up. In the first inning, Gates knocked in leadoff hitter Justin Leyden with an RBI double, then scored himself on a wild pitch. Spring Hill pushed its lead to 3-1 in the second, but Wesley Chapel stormed back after a two-hour delay, scoring three to take the lead.

Gates helped spark the charge back with a leadoff single in the fourth before being knocked in by Anthony Mastrandrea in a frame where Spring Hill plated three runs. Gates was among three more to score in the fifth as well.

To top it off, Gates (3-for-4 with one double, three runs scored and an RBI) came in to pitch and close the game for Spring Hill, working the final two innings. He gave up only two hits and one run.

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

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

The clinics will put emphasis on fundamentals, skills and drills, followed by scrimmages Monday through Thursday. For a fee of $65 per week, the campers will take part from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Extended hours from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. are available for an extra $10.

West Hernando Middle School will host the camp June 18 to 21 and July 16 to 19. Challenger K-8 School will host from July 9 to 12.

A volleyball camp will be held for two weeks by Hernando High School girls volleyball coach Patti Martin and assistant Robin Bailey. The tandem will teach fundamentals with daily drills and skills, followed by interleague games.

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

Challenger K-8 will host both sessions, from June 25 to 28 and from July 30 to Aug. 2.

The baseball camp has one remaining session to learn from former pro third baseman Eddie Looper, who will teach the fundamentals of hitting, catching, fielding and throwing.

The cost is $65 for the clinic, from 9 a.m. to noon June 25 to 29, at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill.

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

The cost is $65 for each of the two sessions, with a limit of 50 campers. The camp will take place at West Hernando Middle School and is open to ages 8 to 14.

The activities will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. for an additional $10. The dates are June 25 to 28 and July 23 to 26.

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

PHCC BASKETBALL CAMP: Pasco-Hernando Community College is offering a summer basketball camp for kids at the West Campus in New Port Richey starting Monday.

The camp will be directed by PHCC head coaches, with assistance from the college's assistant coaches and athletes and high school coaching staffs. Sessions include fundamental skills, individual player development and team competitions.

The registration fee includes a camp T-shirt and instruction.

The camp is open to both boys and girls, age 7 to 16. Instruction will be led by PHCC athletic director and boys basketball coach James E. Johnson and will run from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. The fee is $75.

For registration or information, 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 plenty of 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 every weekend in June.

Officials will be at Delta Woods Park on Deltona Boulevard in Spring Hill for signups from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and on June 30. Coaches and officials will also be on hand from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 23 for mini-camps, along with registration.

Mini-camps will be free for youths who have paid in full for the upcoming season. Otherwise, the fee for the camps is $10 per player.

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.

BATTERED MUG GOLF FUNDRAISER: The Battered Mug Saloon will host a golf tournament fundraiser June 23 at Seven Hills Golf Club in Spring Hill. Proceeds will benefit the family of Isaac Wetherington of Brooksville, who died recently. The 18-month-old was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect.

There will be a shotgun start at 8 a.m. for a cost of $45 per golfer, which includes lunch at the Battered Mug, 2109 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The deadline for registration is Friday.

For information or to register, call Kelley Rose at (352) 688-4077 or (352) 835-1320.

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 to 13 and Aug. 1 to 3. The registration fee is $25 per player.

For information, contact McClellan at (352) 442-3047 or

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

Spring Hill National wins its first league championship 06/13/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:20pm]
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