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State bowling title eludes Nature Coast girls

After winning the district title two weeks ago at Liberty Lanes in Largo, the Nature Coast Technical High School girls bowling team moved on to the FHSAA state championships at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando last week.

The Sharks were hoping to repeat what the Nature Coast boys were able to do in 2007 — win a state title. However, the District 4 champions were unable to achieve that goal.

Nature Coast went 1-2 in team matches. The Sharks lost in the first round of the championship bracket to Mandarin (Jacksonville) High School 3-1. After winning its first consolation round match 3-0 over DeLand High School, Nature Coast was eliminated by South Fork (Stuart) High School 3-1.

Nikki Williams, who won the individual district title for Nature Coast by 113 pins over teammate Melissa Martin, was eligible for the individual competition at state. Williams finished 12th at Boardwalk Bowl with a four-game total of 775. Martin (715) and Franki Palermo (713) placed 32nd and 34th, respectively, out of 209 entrants.

The boys were represented by only one bowler, Connor Garvey. Garvey finished sixth in District 4, but competed well enough to advance to the individual state championships. He ended up totaling 744 pins in four games, finishing 73rd of 183 qualifying bowlers.

COUGARS FOOTBALL/CHEERLEADING: The West Hernando Cougars youth football and cheerleading program, based in Spring Hill, is on the verge of the best season in its long history.

The Junior Flyweight Cougars (12-0) maintained their undefeated record and clinched a berth in the Pasco Police Athletic League Super Bowl against Land O'Lakes. The Varsity Cougars (12-0) did the same and will square off with Land O'Lakes in their division. The Flyweight Cougars (9-3) will also have to deal with Land O'Lakes in their Super Bowl. All three games are scheduled for Saturday in New Port Richey.

The West Hernando cheerleaders have also impressed over the past month. Competing in the PPAL Cheer Off and the Florida Invitational, the Cougars emerged with titles in four divisions.

The Varsity Cougars won a divisional crown at the Cheer Off to go with the highest team score overall in the competition. At the Florida Invitational, the West Hernando squad won its division again and also won the Grand Champions title.

Three other squads were successful in the events. The Junior Varsity Cougars took a division title at the Cheer Off and second place at the Florida Invitational. The Mighty Mite and Flyweight Cougars also won division gold at the Cheer Off.

The Varsity, Junior Varsity and Mighty Mite cheer teams will all go on to the nationals on Dec. 5 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa.

PANTHERS BASEBALL: The West Florida Panthers 16U travel team is off to a fast start for what coaches believe will be the team's most successful season thus far.

The Panthers took the USSSA Fall State Championship, playing in a tournament at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee this month. West Florida was 6-0, outscoring opponents 47-10.

Although the team plays in the 16-and-under division, all but one player is either 14 or 15 years old after moving up as a team from the 14U division in 2008. In the final, the Panthers defeated Gatorball Baseball Academy of Gainesville 5-0.

Members of the 11-player title-winning roster include Springstead High freshman Ryan Nicoll, Central High sophomore Louis Colaiacomo and Springstead freshman Brandon Lawson.

YOUTH WRESTLING: Spring Hill Wrestling Club is starting its youth season Dec. 1.

Practices will be at Springstead High School in the wrestling room. Registration is $100.

Sign-ups will be at the door the first week of the season.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, wrestlers from kindergarten through third grade will practice from 6 to 7 p.m. Wrestlers from fourth through eighth grade will practice from 7 to 8 p.m. The season will run until March 3.

Call coach Eric Swensen at (352) 797-7010.

BOWL-A-THON: A bowl-a-thon to benefit the national DECA presidential campaign for Central High's Michelle Venezia will be Dec. 5 at Spring Hill Lanes.

There will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Check-in will be at noon, with bowling at 1 p.m.

The cost is $20 per bowler, including three games, shoes and lunch. Corporate lane sponsorship packages are available.

Send an e-mail to campaign manager Nick Catroppo at or call (352) 585-6527.

ROTARY GOLF FUNDRAISER: The Rotary Club of Brooksville will have its 32nd annual charity golf tournament Dec. 9 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive, Brooksville.

The cost is $75 per golfer. Sponsorships are also available for $75. All proceeds go to the Rotary Club's charitable activities.

Call Jerry Sheffield at (352) 799-2265 or Brooksville Rotary Club at (352) 796-1143.

FISHING TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIP: The Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice is looking for sponsors.

Last year's inaugural event had more than 50 anglers and raised more than $13,000 for hospice. The tournament casts off April 24 from Bayport. A post-tournament dinner and awards ceremony will be at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

E-mail Debbie Hogan at or Jennifer Rey at or call (352) 799-8423.

To notify us of community sports achievements or upcoming events, Derek J. LaRiviere can be reached at or (352) 584-6337.

State bowling title eludes Nature Coast girls 11/17/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 6:23pm]
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