Saturday, April 21, 2018

Women take home prizes at 9-pin no tap tourney in Spring Hill

The Hernando County Women's 500 Club had its second tournament of the season on Dec. 2 at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill.

The 9-pin no-tap tournament included two divisions, Class A (151 average and above) and Class B (150 average and below). The A division paid out to the top four places, and the B division paid to the top seven.

Denise Chamberland won the Class A title over 19 other bowlers with an 831-pin total. Eileen Jaeger (828) finished second for the second consecutive tournament. Chamberland bowled well in the last two games with a 226 and 220, but her 256 in the first string pushed her to a lead she never lost. She earned $51.20 for her effort, while Jaeger took home $43.20.

Virginia Strittmatter (789) in third place and Theresa Matos (775) in fourth also won prize money — Strittmatter $35.20 and Matos $30.40.

The Class B crown was won by Pauline Valenzano (833) after she tossed an opening game 226. Her 207 handicap, along with some consistent shooting, led to a dominant, 22-pin win in the 32-entry field. The effort won Valenzano, who came in second in the first 500 Club event, $56.32.

Geraldine Webb (811) was runner-up, winning $46.08. Rounding out the top seven were Sheila Wehrenberg (804), Terrie Champenoy (786), Claudine Goodseal (745), Marla Johnson (742) and Marilyn Frontiero (738).

Frontiero also captured the Mystery Money raffle, earning $73.50. Added to her bowling winnings, she came away with $93.98 for the day. Teresa Burgan won the Christmas Money Tree raffle worth $25.

The club's next tournament will be Feb. 24 at Spring Hill Lanes. That event will be a doubles tournament. For information, call Wehrenberg at (352) 688-1575.

PHCC PLAYER HONORED: Pasco-Hernando Community College center Dylan King was awarded a National Junior College Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Week honorable mention for the week of Nov. 20.

The Florida College System Activities Association released its men's and women's basketball coaches polls, noting that King scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in his only game that week, a 68-60 loss to Florida College. The center earned NJCAA Region 8 and FCSAA Player of the Week honorable mention honors.

"King worked hard and should be proud of the recognition," PHCC athletic director and basketball coach James Johnson said.

King, a freshman, graduated from Dunnellon High School and is averaging 10.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game through seven contests.

JUNIOR CIRCUIT TENNIS: With perfect weather, the Junior Circuit Tennis Series had its third tournament of the season Dec. 1 at Sugarmill Woods in Homosassa.

The field drew players from Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and other counties and was split into two divisions: high school boys and high school girls.

Chris Rosser of Spring Hill, who was eliminated in the semifinals in the previous tournament, was able to win both his semifinal match over Spring Hill's Coty Willey (6-2, 6-0) and his championship match over Mark Mulleavey of Weeki Wachee. Rosser captured the boys title when Mulleavey was unable to finish the tournament due to illness.

The consolation final was won by Dhruv Patel of Lecanto over Elliott Rosser of Spring Hill in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

Mahima Tatam of Lecanto, who won the JCT overall title last season, continued to dominate the girls' tour. After winning last month's event, she won again this month with a finals victory over Amber Gamble of Lecanto (6-0, 6-3). Tatam arrived at the final by defeating Bryn Buckner of Brooksville 6-0, 6-4 in the semifinals, while Gamble knocked off Alison Wilfong of Weeki Wachee 6-0, 6-0 in her semifinal match.

Junior Circuit Tennis features professionals Lou Giglio, Rick Scholl and Judy Jeanette, who help organize events and coach players. The next tournament is scheduled for Jan. 12 and 13 at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville and is open to all junior tennis players in grade school, middle school or high school. Registration fee is $20.

For information, contact Jeanette at [email protected] or (352) 232-0322.

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

The next regular class dates will be Jan. 5 and 19, Feb. 6 and 16 and March 6. A special class for females is scheduled for March 16.

All classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee.

The safety 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 and the fundamentals of pistol shooting, an introduction to pistol shooting from the seated and standing position, and an introduction to pistol cleaning and storage.

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

The cost is $60. Completion of this class also provides required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit.

Preregistration is required. Call (352) 597-9931.

For information, visit

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

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 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 [email protected]

Derek J. LaRiviere can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.

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