Suncoast Orthopedic claims slow pitch title

The West Hernando Athletic Club for Seniors wrapped up the first half its Men's Slow Pitch Softball League season on Dec. 14 with Suncoast Orthopedic winning the first-half championship.

Suncoast Orthopedic (21-6) dominated league play ahead of second-place Minerva's Hair Salon (15-10). C's Pub (14-13), Rookies Sports Bar (11-15), American Legion (9-17) and Economy Insurance Mart (8-17) rounded out the standings.

Members of the team include: Lee Byers, Jerry Flannery, Bobby Sardiello, Angel Larragoity, Gerry Rivera, Cesar Mendez, Bob Gill, Charlie Fisher, Jim Pulver, Dennis Fagan, Tony Passanesi, Bobby Bair and manager Tom McCain.

The second half of the season begins on Jan. 7.

UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled a series of baseball/softball umpiring clinics.

The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and also can help seasoned umpires improve. Clinics will take place Jan. 20 and Feb. 17 at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill, Jan. 27 at Ernie Wever Park in Brooksville, and Feb. 3 at Ridge Manor Park in Ridge Manor.

The sessions are open to men and women 16 and older. All clinics will start at 10 a.m.

Visit hernandosumterumpire.com to register. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or send email to clinics@hernandosumterumpire.com.

HERNANDO BOWLER EXCELS AT HUDSON: Spring Hill resident Mike Morrison, a regular at Hudson Bowl, tossed his first career 800 series in the center's Brunswick Classic League on Dec. 13.

With games of 278, 300 and 222, the 48-year-old lane veteran captured an elusive U.S. Bowling Congress honor score that many never achieve. The perfect game he threw in the second game of the series was the sixth of his career and his second of 2012, having rolled the first on March 1 in the same league.

Morrison also competes in the Pasco P.M. Tires Plus League in Hudson on Tuesdays.

BROOKSVILLE BULLDOGS BASEBALL: The Brooksville Bulldogs will be holding sign-ups for the coming season on Jan. 5, 19 and 26 at Kennedy Park in Brooksville.

The Bulldogs compete in both the Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth leagues with age groups from 9 to 18 years old. Travel players are welcome as well.

Registrations will be taken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on each of the dates.

For information, contact Bruce Price at (813) 714-1054 or bruce67price@hotmail.com.

CROOM ZOOM TRAIL RUN: The Croom Zoom Trail Run will take place Jan. 5 on the trails in the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest.

The event will feature three distance courses — a 100K, a 50K and a 25K.

All race participants will receive T-shirts with awards for the top finishers and trophies for the overall male and female winners.

For information or to register, visit croomzoom.com.

FIREARMS SAFETY CLASSES: The Hernando Sportsman's Club will be offering firearms safety classes.

The next regular class dates will be Jan. 5, Jan. 19, Feb. 6, Feb. 16 and March 6. A firearms safety course for females will be on March 16.

All classes will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at sportsman's club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee.

The course will cover lessons about the basics of firearms safety around the home as well as an introduction to pistol safety, parts and operation, an introduction to ammunition, the fundamentals of pistol shooting, an introduction to pistol shooting from the seated and standing positions, and an introduction to pistol cleaning and storage.

Classes include instruction, live-fire training on the range and a lunch break.

Cost is $60. Completion of the class also provides required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit.

Advance registration is required. Call (352) 597-9931. For information, visit hernandosportsmansclub.com.

TENNIS CLINICS: Ace Performance Tennis is offering QuickStart drills every Monday at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., players will take part in drills and games designed for beginners, using the U.S. Tennis Association-approved strategies for 60-foot court players. The fee is $10 per player.

Ace Performance Tennis also offers Ladies Night Out from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday at Delta Woods Park.

For $10 per class, women of beginning and intermediate skill levels can learn to play in a fun social setting.

For information, call John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or visit louisedowney.usptapro.com.

TOURETTE SYNDROME GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Plantation Golf Resort in Crystal River will host the inaugural Tee Off for Tourette Celebrity Golf Tournament on Feb. 1 and 2.

Proceeds will benefit the Tourette Syndrome Association of Florida, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping individuals and families living with Tourette's syndrome. The money will help send children to an annual camp, where they can be with other children with Tourette syndrome and can make new friends.

The basic entry fee is $500 per four-player team, which includes a hole sign and recognition in the tournament program, as well as greens fees and a cart. Other sponsorship levels include gold, platinum and event.

For $1,000, a sponsor receives the same features as with the basic fee, plus a plaque commemorating the event. For a platinum fee of $2,500, a corporate sponsor gets two four-player teams. The event sponsor fee of $5,000 includes three four-player teams and the privilege of playing the round with one of the celebrities signed up to be on hand.

Individual hole sponsorships are $250. Individual players can play for a cost of $100 per golfer.

Among the celebrities expected to appear are former Buffalo Bills linebacker Darryl Talley, American Idol Season 9 contestant Dave Pittman, Kansas City Royals minor leaguer Nick DelGuidice and sports artist John Prince.

For more information, contact event chairman Gary D'Amico at (352) 527-2938 or gary78@tampabay.rr.com.

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at derekjlariviere@gmail.com or (352) 584-6337.

Suncoast Orthopedic claims slow pitch title 12/27/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 7:24pm]

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