This month, Mathew Lightner accomplished something that's only been done a handful of times on Hernando County's bowling lanes. The Pasco County resident, in his first year competing in a local youth league, threw an 825 series.
The total marked one of only five 800 series ever tossed by a youth bowler in Hernando history. The 15-year-old Lightner had games of 279, 279 and 267 while competing in the Spring Hill Youth Elite League on Oct. 2 at Spring Hill Lanes.
The 825 total bested the previous youth record of 813 held by Anthony Caso. Caso threw his series on Feb. 7, 2009, at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill.
Another recent honor score at Spring Hill came from Todd Brower. During the Mike's Auto Body League on Sept. 28, Brower tossed a 299, only one pin shy of a perfect game.
Since the start of 2010, Brower has had a career year. He's had two 800 series, a perfect game, a 290, a 298 and now a 299. He finished the night with a 703 series.
REC TENNIS PROGRAMS: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is offering two tennis programs for local youth.
The Quick Start tennis program is being held at Bud McKethan Park in Brooksville starting Oct. 25. The hour-long series of classes will start at 5 p.m. each Monday and cost $50 per student. The course runs six weeks, and the fee includes a T-shirt.
The other program is Little Buddies tennis. This clinic is for youth ages 4 to 6 and will start on Oct. 27. It is also a weekly hourlong course that runs for six weeks. Little Buddies takes place at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville. The cost is $50 per child, which also includes a T-shirt.
For information, call (352) 540-3835.
PHCC 5K: Pasco-Hernando Community College will play host to its sixth annual 5K race at 8 a.m. Oct. 24 at the West Campus in New Port Richey. All proceeds will benefit the PHCC women's cross-country program.
The entry fee is $15 for early registration, which includes a T-shirt. The deadline is Saturday. Runners may sign up online at active.com. Runners may also sign up on race day for $20.
Awards will be given to the first 35 male and female finishers. The event will also feature free post-race refreshments, games, goodie bags, photos and drawings.
For information, send e-mail to Jacki Wachtel at [email protected] For sponsorship opportunities, call Katherine Matuszko at (727) 768-5809.
FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL CLINICS: The Hernando County Recreation Department is offering fast-pitch softball clinics at Spring Hill's Anderson Snow Park in.
The clinics are for players 7 to 16. Private and group lessons are also available. The clinics will be led by April Pelham, a certified Florida fast-pitch instructor.
The cost is $20 for the 30-minute clinics. Group lessons are $10 per hour per person (with a minimum of four students). Private lessons for hitting or catching are $20 for 30 minutes, and private lessons for fielding or throwing are $15 for 30 minutes.
For times, dates and other information, contact Penny Oliver at (352) 754-4031 or [email protected]
CATHOLIC CHARITIES GOLF: The Dunes Golf Club at Seville, north of Weeki Wachee, will host the sixth annual Catholic Charities Golf Tournament on Oct. 27 to benefit the building of the Arnold Andrews Northern Counties Service Center, serving Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.
The entry fee is $60 per golfer. Make all checks payable to Catholic Charities. The registration deadline is Oct. 20.
The shotgun start will be at 9 a.m. with registration starting at 8 a.m. Registration includes coffee and doughnuts. The tournament will include a hole-in-one contest for a 2011 Buick, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a golf cart or a one-year membership at the Dunes. There will also be a lunch buffet, games, prizes and an auction.
For information, call Chris Paquin at (352) 686-9897, ext. 25.
HPH GOLF TOURNAMENT: The second annual Smitty's Golf Outing benefiting HPH Hospice will take place Saturday at Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club near San Antonio.
The tournament is an 18-hole scramble. Entry fees are $80 per golfer or $40 for Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club members. Fees include greens fees, cart and prizes. The field's capped at 144 golfers.
Registration begins at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. A putting contest will also take place.
For information, call Mike Fox at (352) 588-3132 or Ron Williams at (352) 588-3185.
HOLIDAY GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Holiday Golf Tournament on Dec. 2 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks.
Registration fees are $100 per person or $400 per team. Sponsorships are available at $450 for a gold sponsor (four-man team plus a hole). Prices include a continental breakfast, cart and barbecue lunch.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30. There will be a hole-in-one contest and an auction, in addition to other activities.
The deadline to sign up is Nov. 22.
For information, call Carla J. Hayes at (352) 796-0697.
To notify us of community sports achievements or coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.