SPRING HILL - Springstead High's 47-44 victory over Gulf on Wednesdayproved to be much more than a mere first-round victory in the Class 3A, District 7 girls high school basketball tournament.
The district victory, Eagles coach Joel Myers said, was the varsity program's first postseason victory since the school opened in 1975.
"I didn't find out until lunchtime (Thursday)," Myers said. "It's really kind of amazing - but I'll take it."
Sharron Washington scored a game-high 23 points for the Eagles, who improved to 8-16. Gina DeAngelis sealed the victory from the free throw line.
Springstead, seeded eighth in the nine-team tourney, earned the right to meet top-seeded Land O'Lakes on Thursday night by beating Gulf.
Last season, Springstead's first with Myers as head coach, the Eagles failed to win a game.
Crystal River boys played Citrus tough Coach Bill Murray's Crystal River High boys basketball team played one of its better games of the season Tuesday night. The Pirates (10-13) took cross-county rival Citrus into the final 10 seconds before falling 52-48.
"We played about as good as we can play," Murray said. "We just missed a couple of shots here and there.
"I have to be positive about it. We wanted to stay in the game, which we did, and we still have to play Zephyrhills (18-8) Friday."
Citrus won its fourth straight game when it defeated Crystal River.
It also was the third consecutive win by less than five points for the Hurricanes, who were 21-5 heading into Thursday night's game with Leesburg.
The Hurricanes were bothered by a poor 13-for-26 effort from the free throw line, and 25 turnovers.
"We average about 13 (turnovers) per game, so that was a lot more than normal," Citrus coach Glen Sykes said. "I also like our free-throw shooting to be around 70 percent.
"On the plus side, we shot extremely well. We only took 34 and made 19, and we also outrebounded Crystal River 28-25."
Hernando golf lessons begin Tuesday
SPRING HILL - Golf lessons offered by the Hernando County Recreation Division are scheduled to begin Tuesday.
One-hour beginner classes will begin at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. A one-hour advanced beginner class will start at 10:30 a.m. Each session will meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for three weeks.
Registration fee is $30. Each participant must also supply their own five iron or iron. The lessons will be taught at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.
Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited. For more information, call the Hernando County Recreation Division at (904) 754-4031.
Quail Ridge to host Valentine's golf event
SHADY HILLS - Quail Ridge Golf and Country Club will conduct its Valentine Couple Event Saturday with 34-36 members expected to participate. Players will go off Nos. 1 and 10 tees beginning at 11:30 a.m. "Depending on the availability of tee times we may be able to take some players from the public," Quail Ridge head pro Jan Johnson said. "The entry fee would be $24 per person, which includes cart, greens fees and hors d'oeuvres."
Anyone interested in playing should call Johnson at (813) 856-6064.
- Staff writers Tim Buckley and Joanne Korth and correspondent Terry Organ contributed to this report.