The Spring Hill Wrestling Club opened some eyes at the 2009 AAU Scholastic Wrestling Duals at Walt Disney World's Wide World of Sports Complex last weekend.
Spring Hill, one of 30 teams nationwide to make the field, finished ninth overall with an 8-3 record. The Eagles dropped their matches to Club Lightning (Ohio), Hartland (Mich.), and the eventual champions, Lake Gibson.
Nick Soto (125 pounds) and Cody Ross (130), who both placed at the FHSAA Championships this past season as members of the Springstead High varsity wrestling squad, led the way for Spring Hill. Soto and Ross each went 11-0 in the tournament to give the Eagles much-needed points.
Kenny Cox (215), a state qualifier for Springstead, went 10-1 for Spring Hill, and the recently graduated Scott Wern (189) went 9-2 in the event.
A regular stop for Spring Hill on the summer schedule, the Disney Duals is one of the biggest tournaments the local club attends each year. This year's ninth-place finish is the highest in club history.
BASEBALL: West Hernando Little League is rolling through the competition this postseason.
Representing District 15, the Big League Division (17- and 18-year-olds) All-Star squad, a combination of West Hernando and Crystal River representatives, captured the Section 7 title last week with a 14-3 victory over Palm Harbor in the final.
Palm Harbor was the defending state champion, and the District 15 Hitmen went top-to-bottom, hitting from the lineup, including two homers from Springstead High senior Jack Diven. The team moves on to the state tournament in Merritt Island starting tonight.
The West Hernando Senior (15-16) All-Stars toppled Shady Hills 10-5 for the District 15 title last week. After outscoring Greater Hudson 56-6 in two games, the bats for West Hernando never slowed. A stellar performance on the mound from Lance Linehan in the championship game earned them a berth in the Section 7 tournament in Tampa starting July 24.
The Majors Division (11-12) All-Stars began their district tournament Wednesday, and the Juniors Division (13-14) All-Stars will attempt to capture another district crown Saturday morning.
TENNIS: Ace Performance Tennis will offer two more camps this summer for students interested in learning the basics.
Ace Performance welcomes youths ages 6 to 18 to sign up. The fee is $100 with a $10 discount if they sign up more than two weeks before the start of the session.
The next session will be July 20-23 at Nature Coast Technical High with the final session Aug. 4-7 at Brooksville Country Club. Each day of camp goes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information, go online to louisedowney. usptapro.com or call John and Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658.
IMPACT TRAINING: Impact Training at Quail Ridge Country Club off of Shady Hills Road in Spring Hill is offering multiple fitness camps in the coming weeks.
Competitive Junior Training Camps will be on the following dates: Monday through July 17, July 20-23 and July 27-30. The cost is $85. Each session is from 2 to 5 p.m.
Youth summer camps that touch on tennis, golf, swimming and overall fitness are also being offered on those same dates. All children ages 7 to 16 are eligible to sign up.
Half-day sessions are available for $75 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Full days run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $140.
Rainouts will be made up, but there are no refunds. If campers do not bring a lunch, lunches are offered for an additional $5 per day.
For more information, contact Brent Wellman by phone at (727) 919-2011, by e-mail at wellmanb @hotmail.com, or visit the Web site at brentwellman.com.
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