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Men of LaMantia couldn't lose

The new men's softball season at the Hernando County Family YMCA has a twist _ LaMantia Athletic Club picked up a rare early loss at the hands of LaMantia Athletic Club.

No, it wasn't a scrimmage game. LaMantia now has two teams: the original LaMantia, now known as LaMantia A.C. I, and the old Pit Boss BBQ team, which has battled on several occasions for top honors in the YMCA league and is now known as LaMantia A.C. II.

LaMantia A.C. I handed its counterpart a 16-4 loss last week as the season got under way. LaMantia I is 3-0, tied with Barriba's for top honors. AJ's Sports Restaurant and One Stop also are unbeaten, but a half-game behind at 2-0.

The rest of the standings: The Braves and LaMantia II, 2-1; Benedetti's and Mariner Records, 1-2; Suncoast Turf 0-1; and Spring Hill Golf, Paw Trucking, KFC (Spring Hill) and Citrus Oldsmobile/Pontiac, all 0-2.

Scores from this week: LaMantia I 17, Braves 3; Barriba's 5, Mariner Records 2; Lamantia AC II 12, Benedetti's 0; AJ's 17, Spring Hill Golf 5.

Last week's results: Braves 10, Paw Trucking 9; One Stop 13, Citrus Oldsmobile/Pontiac 3; Mariner Records 12, KFC 10; AJ's 8, Suncoast Turf 2; Barriba's 15, Paw 5; One Stop 10, Benedetti's 3; Braves 10, Mariner Records 7; LaMantia A.C. II 10, Citrus Oldsmobile/Pontiac 3; and LaMantia A.C. I 16, KFC 7.

In other YMCA news, women basketball players can still sign up for the Y league that will begin next Tuesday. The league is seeking more teams or individual players.

Cost is a $100 sponsor fee and $20 per player. For further information, call Harry Johnson at the YMCA, (904) 688-9622.

Karate: The Hernando County Family YMCA is holding karate instruction for all adults.

The class will meet Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30-9 p.m., at the YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Cost is $20 a month for facility members and $40 a month for program members.

Bill Baker, a second-degree black belt, is the instructor. Class studies will include akido (a Japanese martial arts discipline), hapkido (Chinese) and tai chi (Chinese) in addition to tang soo do.

For further information or to register, contact the YMCA at (904) 688-9622.

Golf: The Hernando County Recreation Division is hosting adult golf lessons starting June 26.

Classes will last three weeks except for Saturday sessions, which will last four weeks. Instructor is Buzz Walker, and classes will be at the County Line Golf Range, 9201 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

The schedule: Saturday (June 26-July 24) _ Short game/Basic II, 8:30-10 a.m.; Basic I/Beginner, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Intermediate I, with woods, 1-2:30 p.m.; Intermediate II, woods and driver, 3-4:30 p.m.

Monday and Wednesday (June 28-July 14) _ Basic I/Beginner, 6-7 p.m.; Intermediate I, with woods, 7-8 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday (June 29-July 15) _ Basic I/Beginner, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Short game/Basic II, 10-11 a.m.; Intermediate II, woods and driver, 11 a.m.-noon.

Pre-registration is required. For further information, contact the Hernando County Recreation Division at (904) 754-4031.

Tournaments: A USSSA rings tournament (the winning teams receive championship rings) will be held at the New Port Richey Fivay Complex this Saturday and Sunday.

Four men's classes _ A, B/C, D and E _ plus women and church divisions will crown champions. Cost is $135 for Class E teams, $175 per team in all other classes.

Also, an Independent Softball Association church and co-ed tournament will be held June 26, also at the Fivay complex. Cost is $135 per team.

Another rings tournament will be held July 10-11 at the Mitchell Complex in New Port Richey for Class AA, A and A Minor men's and women's teams.

For further information on any of these tournaments, contact Harry Johnson at the YMCA at (904) 688-9622, or Steve Carmack at (813) 849-2717.

Anyone with information about adult or senior recreational sports in Hernando County, please contact Jim Tomlin at 1-800-333-7505, ext. 3342 or Tim Buckley at 754-6117.