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Springstead Hockey Club continues competitive run

The Springstead Hockey Club tied Palm Harbor 4-4 last Friday night in Oldsmar to continue toward another state playoff run.

The Eagles (12-5-1) knotted the score with 13.5 seconds left when freshman Chris Henry hit a slap shot goal. Joey Purcelli, Tyler Glass and David Cross scored the other three goals.

Playing in the Western Division of the Tampa Bay Junior Lightning Youth Ice Hockey Organization, the Eagles are coming off a state title in 2008 and are in third place behind River Ridge and East Lake. The club's final regular season game is tonight against Sarasota in Ellenton before the program moves on to the first round of the state playoffs at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa next Friday.

"I think we've got a pretty good chance to go far if I can get all the kids to show up," Springstead coach Jim Fisher said. "There's some pretty stiff competition this season."

Since 2002, Springstead has put together a successful ice hockey squad and won two state titles, including one in 2004.

RUNNING: The Arc Nature Coast will host the third annual Spring Lake 5K Run and 2-Mile Fun Walk at 8 a.m. May 23.

The run will be at 5283 Neff Lake Road in Brooksville and registration begins at 7 a.m. The cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the Fun Walk, and includes a T-shirt and scenic run through hills and an equestrian stable.

All proceeds will go the Arc Nature Coast, which serves people with disabilities and their families.

Register online by visiting and searching for Spring Lake 5K. For more information, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or e-mail info@thearc- or visit

BOWL-A-THON: The Arc Nature Coast will also hold its 16th annual Bowl-A-Thon from 4 to 6 p.m. July 11 at Spring Hill Lanes.

Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. and is $125 for a five-person team, which includes T-shirts for each participant. Each team member will be asked to collect at least $25 in pledges for the cause of the fundraiser.

Businesses can also register for a lane sponsorship for $125. The fee includes a large banner promoting the company, the company name printed on the Bowl-A-Thon T-shirts, and recognition in the Arc's quarterly newsletter.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Arc Nature Coast, which, in conjunction with the United Way, aims to provide support for people with disabilities and their families.

For more information, call (352) 544-2322 ext. 109 or e-mail

LITTLE BUDDIES: Brooksville Recreation Department is starting up more sessions of Little Buddies Tennis for children ages 4 to 7. The camp will include two separate classes Monday evenings.

From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville, beginners will start from scratch. From 5:30 to 6:30, rookies (youths with some experience) will hold their class. All classes are indoors.

Little Buddies Golf is also starting up for children ages 5 to 7. The camp will run every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. starting April 9. The Jerome Brown center will be hosting the clinic. The cost for either clinic is $50 per child for eight lessons and a program T-shirt.

For more information or to register, call the recreation staff at (352) 540-3835.

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Springstead Hockey Club continues competitive run 03/12/09 [Last modified: Thursday, March 12, 2009 7:02pm]
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