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Tyler Knight, 11, of Spring Hill rises in BMX ranks

Tyler Knight, 11, of Spring Hill has a passion for BMX competition. He has risen in the ranks over the past six years and, in light of his most recent accomplishments, his future looks even brighter.

Tyler, sponsored by EBR Racing, competed in the 2010 National Bicycle League Southeast Regional Series. The nearly yearlong series came to an end Aug. 14 at the Peachtree City BMX in Peachtree City, Ga.

Tyler came into the event eighth in the series in points, but after a weekend where he placed third overall, he soared to third in series points. The ranking makes him one of the top riders in the nation as an 11 Expert.

Tyler 's long-term goal is to become Spring Hill's first Olympian. BMX is a summer Olympics event. If Tyler continues to progress the way he has over the past few years, his national ranking should assure him of that chance.

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 a Chinese auction.

For information, call Chris Paquin at (352) 686-9897, ext. 25.

HYL BASKETBALL: Hernando Youth League Basketball will have registration for the winter season at Tom Varn Park for the next three Saturdays.

On Sept. 11, 18 and 25, league officials will accept signups at the park. Volunteers will be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The league is need of players, coaches and sponsors.

All potential players must turn 6 years old by Dec. 1. Participants cannot turn 17 before that date. The cost for joining is $65 per child. A copy of the child's birth certificate is necessary for registration. The sponsor's fee is $125. Practices start in November, and games will be played in December and January.

For information, call Mike Bennett at (352) 585-6596.

NCTF 9/11 TENNIS SOCIAL: The United States Tennis Association and Nature Coast Tennis Foundation are sponsoring a 9/11 Tennis Social on Saturday at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

The purpose of the social is to showcase the programs the two organizations have to offer the community. The programs are open to players of all ages.

The event is free, and there will be food, prizes and round-robin tennis matches. For information, call Louise Downey at (352) 650-6268.

HPH GOLF TOURNAMENT: The second annual Smitty's Golf Outing benefiting HPH Hospice will take place Oct. 16 at Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club near San Antonio.

The tournament is an 18-hole scramble format. Entry fees are $80 per golfer or $40 for Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club members. The fees include greens fees, cart and prizes. The field is limited to 144 golfers.

Registration will begin 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.

PHCC GOLF FUNDRAISER: The inaugural golf tournament to benefit the Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation will be Oct. 4 at the Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch, 2600 W Black Diamond Circle in Lecanto.

The event will be a scramble start. Opportunities are available for sponsors, individual golfers and foursomes. Players receive breakfast, lunch on the course, a barbecue and awards banquet, beverages, official tournament shirts, goodie bags and recognition on the PHCC website. Awards will be given to each player on the first-place team, and also for longest drive and closest to the pin.

The tournament will benefit the PHCC Foundation, which supports programs and activities at the college.

To register as a participant or sponsor, visit phcc.edu/foundation/golf or call (727) 816-3410. Registration deadline is Sept. 10.

KIWANIS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill is sponsoring the fifth annual Children's Charity Golf Invitational on Sept. 29 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.

The tournament is a four-person team scramble format. Entry fees are $100 per golfer or $360 per foursome. Make all checks payable to the Spring Hill Kiwanis Club. Deadline for registration is Sept. 22.

The shotgun start for the tournament will be at 1 p.m., with registration starting at 11 a.m. The tournament will include a silent auction, a lunch, a dinner buffet, award presentations and special surprise guest appearances.

For information, call Richard Sanvenero at (352) 263-7829 or visit springhillkiwanis.org.

NATURE COAST TENNIS: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will have its first Adult Doubles Tournament on Sept. 25 and 26 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

The tournament includes male, female and mixed doubles divisions. The entry fee is $25 per player for one event and $40 for two. The format is best-of-three sets and double elimination. The fee includes lunch provided by Chick-fil-A and awards for the division winners.

For information, visit nctf.usta.com or call Karen Lund at (352) 585-3733.

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

Tyler Knight, 11, of Spring Hill rises in BMX ranks 09/08/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 8:28pm]

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