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Umpire clinics offer opportunity for training

The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association, the largest baseball/softball umpires association in the area, has scheduled its fourth annual umpires clinics.

The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and the sessions also can help seasoned umpires improve. The clinics will take place at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday and again on Feb. 28.

Sign-up for either session is open to men and women ages 16 and older. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m., with the clinics starting at 1 p.m. There is a $20 charge for each participant, and everyone will receive a Major League Baseball rule book, along with other handouts.

To register in advance, call Jerry Theilen at (352) 428-0071 or send an e-mail to hernando

BOWLING HONOR SCORES: The month of February has been kind to Jay Olsen so far.

One of the premier bowlers in Hernando County, Olsen tossed a perfect game at Mariner Lanes on Feb. 1. The next night, at Spring Hill, the U.S. Bowling Congress honor achievements piled up.

He threw games of 300, 290 and 236 to finish with an 836 series in the Mike's Auto Body League. The evening of three honor scores (a perfect game, 11 consecutive strikes and an 800 series) gives him four for the year, leading all local competitors.

In the same league, Steve Ulm also threw a perfect game. He finished the night with a 658 series. Ulm is no stranger to perfection, having rolled three 300s and an 814 series last year.

Clint Bullock, competing in the Coca-Cola Classic League at Mariner on Feb. 8, threw his first perfect game of the year. His last 300 came on Dec. 10 at Spring Hill. Bullock, known in the community for his work as a youth bowling coach, had two 300s and two 299s in 2009.

On Feb. 3 in the Kevin's Pro Shop League at Spring Hill, Ray Goffio came within two pins of a flawless game. He threw a 298 game and a 671 series. Goffio, who is in his first season competing in this league, threw a perfect game in October. He was previously a regular in Pasco County.

LITTLE BUDDIES ATHLETICS: The Brooksville Recreation Department is starting another installment of Little Buddies Athletics with two more sports.

The Little Buddies Soccer program, open to ages 3 to 8, is designed to introduce youths to the fundamentals of the game while allowing parents to spend some quality time with their children.

Beginning Monday, the soccer program will be held weekly from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays at the Jerome Brown Community Center, off Darby Lane in Brooksville.

Call Tina Nichols at (352) 540-3835.

The Little Buddies First Tee program, open to ages 5 to 12, is designed to teach the basics of golf.

Beginning Feb. 25, the program will be held weekly on Thursdays at the Quarry Golf Course, off S Broad Street in Brooksville.

Call Christi Adams at (352) 540-5485.

Both programs cost $50 per child, run for five weeks, and include a T-shirt.

SPRING HILL WRESTLING: The Spring Hill Wrestling Club is enrolling members for the spring season, which runs until March 18.

Practices are every Tuesday and Thursday night at Springstead High School. Children in kindergarten through grade 3 practice from 6 to 7 p.m.; grades 4 to 8 practice from 7 to 8 p.m. A $100 registration fee per child includes a USA Wrestling card with insurance and a club T-shirt.

Call Eric Swensen at (352) 797-7010.

BASKETBALL CHALLENGE: The Brooksville Recreation Department will host a local division of the inaugural Hoops Skills Challenge on Saturday.

Open to all youths ages 9 to 14, this national basketball skills competition is free for all who wish to participate. Everyone who enters will go through a half-court obstacle course.

The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Jerome Brown Community Center, off Darby Lane in Brooksville.

Call Tina Nichols or Evelyn Lehman at (352) 540-3835.

WEST FLORIDA YOUNG GUNS: The 10-and-under West Florida Young Guns traveling baseball club is looking for players to complete its spring roster. Players cannot turn 11 before May 1. The team focuses on fundamentals and development. Call (727) 226-7160.

HERNANDO HAVOC: The Hernando Havoc traveling baseball club for those 11 and under is looking for players for the spring season.

These experienced players compete in USSSA, RBI/Nations Baseball and AAU-sanctioned events. All team members must be no more than 11 on or before May 1.

Call Dominic Orlando at (352) 684-1536, Steve DelGatto at (352) 442-1750 or Ed Kimzsal at (813) 508-8244.

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 dinner and awards ceremony will be at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park after the tournament.

Send e-mail to Debbie Hogan at or to Jennifer Rey at, or call (352) 799-8423.

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

Umpire clinics offer opportunity for training 02/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 6:15pm]
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