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Spring Hill's Kelly wins national karate title

Dennis Kelly of Spring Hill returned home earlier this week with his first national tournament title after winning the forms and fighting competitions in his division at the Irvine National Karate Championships.

Kelly, a first-degree black belt holder, won the men's senior (ages 35 and over) black belt division in the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) event held Sunday on the campus of the University of California-Irvine.

The 54-year-old dance-studio manager said he is believed to be the oldest person to win a title in his division. The Irvine competition included six entrants in a round-robin format. Kelly has been competing about 3{ years in state and national events.

The Irvine tournament was the first of the 1992 NASKA season, which includes regular stops throughout the United States.

Football: Zephyrhills High quarterback Marcus McCants has signed a football scholarship agreement with Morehouse College in Atlanta, Bulldogs coach Tom Fisher said.

McCants, who also considered Bethune-Cookman College and the University of Central Florida, led Pasco County with 1,039 yards passing and completed 46 of 103 attempts for 10 touchdowns.

Morehouse is a predominantly black NCAA Division II school.