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Turtles, Giants to clash for Pasco-Hernando seniors' baseball title

The Pasco-Hernando Area Senior Baseball League will have its fall championship game at 1 p.m. Sunday at the West Campus of Pasco-Hernando Community College in New Port Richey.

The title game will feature the two best clubs from the league's regular season, the Turtles and the Giants. The Giants (6-3) are coached by Brian Moore and have shown dramatic improvement since joining the league for the 2010 spring season. The Turtles (9-0) are looking to achieve a perfect season. If the team accomplishes that, it will be the first team in league history to go undefeated.

The adult league was founded in 2008 by current commissioner Dave Conrad. The league is holding open registration for its spring season, scheduled to begin Jan. 23.

Call (352) 683-1692 or send e-mail to

NATURE COAST SOLID AT STATE: Last week, the Nature Coast Technical High School bowling teams had their best showing at the state high school bowling championships since the boys won the title in 2007.

The boys, thanks to the team's depth, finished third overall, losing to Wekiva, the eventual state runners-up in the championship bracket, then falling to the eventual state champion, Palm Beach Central, in the consolation bracket.

The girls also did well behind the individual performance of Nikki Williams, who challenged some of the best bowlers in the state.

Williams lost her first match to eventual state champion Sara O'Reilly of Martin County. The Sharks came in fourth as a team.

After qualifying, Williams was third in scoring, but she finished 11th in bracket play. Melissa Martin (20th) and Franki Palermo (27th) also placed.

The boys competitors all placed well. Out of 188 entrants, Dalton Dokoupil (30th), Billy Lummus (38th), Cody Malone (52nd), Jeff Morgan (72nd) and Darian Curtis (83rd) all placed in the top half.

SPRING HILL SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP: The 11th annual Spring Hill Singles Championship was held at Spring Hill Lanes on Sunday.

The handicap tournament included 50 of the best bowlers in the area competing for a first-place prize of $850. After five games of qualifying, it was clear that Robert Zachmann was going to be tough to beat.

Carrying an average of 174 into the event, Zachmann tossed two 258 scratch games out of the gate to vault to the top of the standings. He never relinquished that advantage and reached the eight-man bracket finals.

At the end, it was Zachmann against Scott Leighly for the title, and Zachmann emerged with a 235-211 victory. Leighly received $425 for second place.

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL CLINICS: The Hernando County Recreation Department is offering fast-pitch softball clinics at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill.

The clinics are for players ages 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 and dates, contact Penny Oliver at (352) 754-4031 or

SPRING HILL WRESTLING: The Spring Hill Wrestling Club, a member of the Florida Amateur Wrestling Association, is starting its season the week after Thanksgiving.

The club is open to youngsters in first through eighth grades. Practices take place in the wrestling room at Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Beginners (no or one year of experience) will practice from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., while experienced wrestlers (two or more years) will have the room from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The cost is $140 per child. Registration details are available at

Call Eric Swensen at (352) 797-7010, ext 347.

HOLIDAY GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a holiday golf tournament 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). The platinum sponsor for the tournament is Cemex. 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 Monday.

Call Carla J. Hayes at (352) 796-0697.

To notify us of community sports achievements or coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

Turtles, Giants to clash for Pasco-Hernando seniors' baseball title 11/16/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 6:45pm]
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