The Spring Hill Wrestling Club had its first Iron Man Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament on Aug. 27 in the Springstead High School gymnasium.
The opening event was able to attract youth grapplers from across the state, and the club has plans for three more tournaments over the course of the next couple of months.
Local wrestlers earned medals throughout the weight classes. Although no Hernando County youth wrestler took home a gold medal, five won silver.
In the Pee-Wee class (50 pounds), Ethan Blevins of Gator MMA took second place. Blevins is from Spring Hill and formerly trained with the Spring Hill Wrestling Club. He was runner-up to Christian Moder of the Naples Wrestling Club.
Braden Basile, the son of Spring Hill Wrestling Club coach Sal Basile, took second in the Bantam 55 class. Dylan Silverstein of the Rebel Wrestling Club in St. Petersburg earned the gold medal in that division.
Isaiah Haddon (Novice 92) and Justin Patascher (Schoolboy 105) were also able to medal for the Spring Hill club. Haddon lost to Rebel Wrestling's Mitchell Kerr, while Patascher had trouble with Noah Ridley of the Brandon Wrestling Club.
Matt Oleson of the Brooksville Wrestling Club was able to place second in the Intermediate 87 class.
While no Hernando wrestlers won gold, a Pasco club did come away with a gold medal. Buccaneer Wrestling Club in New Port Richey earned a gold medal when Fischer Swartsel won the Novice 105 class. The club, which trains at Gulf High School, also earned a silver medal when Evan Simonson came in second in the Novice 75 class.
The next event in the Iron Man series will take place Saturday at the Springstead High gymnasium. Weigh-ins are at 8 a.m., and cost for entry is $15. All wrestlers must have a USA Wrestling card to enter. The tournament will begin at 10 a.m.
KIWANIS 5K: The Brooksville Kiwanis Club will have its Kiwanis Fall 5K on Sept. 24, beginning at the Target store on Spring Hill Drive.
Race registration starts at 7 a.m., and the race begins at 8. The route is a fairly flat route around the Airport Industrial Park. Awards will be handed out for first through third place. There will be age divisions and family divisions. Registration is $20 until Sept. 22 and $25 the day of the race.
Pancake breakfasts will be served from 7 to 10 a.m. The cost is $5.
All proceeds go toward Brooksville Kiwanis Club youth programs.
For information, contact Dave Hamilton at (352) 279-4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST TEE GOLF: The city of Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is getting ready to host another session of First Tee Golf for children looking to learn how to get onto the links.
Little Buddies First Tee Golf is for ages 4 to 6. The program begins on Sept. 21 and is an introduction to First Tee and the game of golf. Children learn the basics of golf and how to use the appropriate equipment. The sessions are at the Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville from 10 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday. The fee is $50 for the six-week course.
The First Tee Golf/Life Skills is for youth ages 7 to 17 and starts Nov. 7. The instructors teach the First Tee Nine Core Values through the game of golf. Students have the opportunity to work on basic life and golf skills, including putting, chipping, driving and golf course etiquette. The sessions will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays at the Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville.
For information, call Mike Groff at (352) 540-3835.
ALZHEIMER'S CHARITY GOLF: The Alzheimer's Family Organization, which serves Hernando, Pasco, Citrus and other counties on the Suncoast, will have its 11th annual charity golf tournament Nov. 12 at Seven Springs Country Club in New Port Richey.
Registration is scheduled for 6:30 a.m.; breakfast will be provided by IHOP. The shotgun start is set for 8 a.m., with lunch provided by Argento's Italian Bistro at the conclusion of play. The tournament is 18 holes with a four-person scramble format.
There will be awards for the top three teams, as well additional prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and a hole-in-one (a car provided by Ed Morse Auto Plaza). Full Circle Financial is sponsoring a putting contest, with a chance to win $10,000.
The registration fee is $80 per player. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
For information, call Kathy Montero at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free at 1-888-496-8004.
REALTORS GOLF OUTING: The Hernando County Association of Realtors is sponsoring a golf outing Sept. 17 at Seven Hills Golf Club in Spring Hill.
The event will include golf and chances to win money and other prizes. The entry fee is $40 per golfer for a cart, greens fees, lunch and other activities.
For information, call Barbara Hahn at (352) 279-2279 or John Sullivan at (352) 428-1383. Interested parties may also stop by the Realtors office at 7321 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
KIWANIS GOLF: Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville will host the sixth annual Kiwanis of Spring Hill Children Charity Golf Invitational on Sept. 28.
The Kiwanis has chosen the First Tee of Brooksville as its charity for this year's tournament. The First Tee organization strives to make an impact on the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character through the game of golf.
Registration is scheduled for 11 a.m., when refreshments will be served. The shotgun start is set for 1 p.m., with a buffet dinner, awards ceremony and silent auction at the conclusion of play.
The registration fee is $110 per player or $400 per foursome. The deadline is Sept. 16.
For information, call Dennis McKenna at (352) 584-7023, ext. 25, or visit springhillkiwanis.org.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES GOLF: Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks will host the seventh annual Catholic Charities Golf Tournament on Oct. 28.
The event will benefit the building of the Arnold Andrews Northern Counties Service Center, which will serve the residents of Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.
Registration is scheduled for 7 a.m., when coffee and doughnuts will be served. The shotgun start is set for 8 a.m., with a buffet lunch at conclusion of play.
There will be prizes awarded for hole-in-ones, including a 2011 Buick-GMC courtesy of Rick Matthews, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle courtesy of Crystal River Harley-Davidson and a golf cart courtesy of Country Club Cars of Brooksville.
The registration fee is $60 per player. Sponsorship opportunities are available until Oct. 20.
For information, call Abby Evert at (352) 686-9897, ext. 25.
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at email@example.com or (352) 584-6337.