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W. Hernando beats Hernando in Majors

West Hernando's Blue-Gray Dixie League Majors squad combined four runs in the second inning with six innings of shutout pitching to defeat Hernando 10-2 Monday night.

Knuckleball pitcher Tim Volce of West Hernando gave up no hits in three innings, then Anthony David came in and added three innings of one-hit ball.

The key play in the second was a double from James Zanatta that scored Volce, who had singled, and Adam Vargas, who had reached on an error.

Hernando got its runs on a two-run homer by Eddie Prather in the seventh inning off Vargas.

All of the Dixie League Majors teams (ages 15-18) are preparing for a Fourth of July tournament plus an all-star tournament in Sebring in late July.

More baseball: The Hernando County Family YMCA youth season concluded last week with a pair of two-game sweeps in the championship series by the top-seeded teams.

In the Major ranks (ages 10-12), the top-seeded Pirates beat the Yankees and the second-seeded Braves knocked off the Mets in the semifinals. In the finals, the Pirates (15-2-1 overall) won 8-7 and 10-8 over the Braves.

The Giants (16-1) swept through the playoffs in the Minor division (ages 7-9). They defeated the Mets 14-12 in the first round, then knocked off the A's 12-2 and swept the Bulldogs 12-2 and 6-5 in the championship series.

Other first-round games saw the Pirates beat the Yankees 11-10, the A's defeat the Cubs 11-5, and the Bulldogs knock off the Braves 12-4.

The Bulldogs, fourth in the regular season, knocked off the seventh-place Pirates in the other semifinal 11-10.

Karate: Five members of the Go Rin Do Kan karate club in Spring Hill attended the seventh annual Orange Blossom Classic, a state-level tournament in Lakeland, last weekend and came home with eight top-five finishes.

Club instructor David Tripp said the tournament drew nearly 600 competitors from around the state. The Association for the Schools of Martial Arts was the national sanctioning body for the event.

Andrew Pearce, 19, of Spring Hill took home the most individual honors, placing first in kata, second in fighting, and third in weapons in the adult black belt division.

His sister, Jennifer, was second in kata for 15-to-17-year-olds. Then, after not enough contestants signed up in her age group for green belt fighting, she joined the adult women's division and still came in second.

Spring Hill's Jennifer Bucaria was first in fighting and fourth in kata in the beginners 15-17 age bracket.

Two Spring Hill sisters, Angela and Charlene Estampador, rounded out the awards, with Angela placing third in beginner yellow belt kata, and Charlene finishing fourth in beginners kata.

All five will compete in the Sunshine State Games July 7-12 in Tallahassee.

Soccer: The Palm Harbor Nighthawks under-12 team, which had two Hernando County residents on its roster, finished third out of 13 teams in the South regional tournament last weekend in Jackson, Miss.

The Nighthawks, which also had Spring Hill's R.J. Dofka and Shawn Karahalios on the roster when they won the state championship in Cocoa last month, ran into two Texas teams that stopped their march to the title.

A pair of early wins, 6-1 over Alabama and 2-1 over Mississippi, were followed by a 1-1 tie against North Texas and a 1-0 loss to eventual champion South Texas.

Swimming: The Hernando County Family YMCA is offering a new season of youth swimming lessons beginning July 5-6.

All sessions run for four weeks except for Saturday lessons, which begin July 17 and run for eight weeks. Here is the schedule:

Water babies I (ages 6-18 months), four groups available: Monday and Wednesday, 9:30-10 a.m. or 4-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 6-6:30 p.m.; or Saturday, 9:30-10 a.m.

Water babies II (ages 18-36 months), four groups available: Monday and Wednesday, 10-10:30 a.m. or 4-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 6-6:30 p.m.; or Saturday, 9:30-10 a.m.

Pre-school (3 to 5 years old), five groups available: Monday and Wednesday, 10:30-11 a.m. or 3:30-4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 4-4:30 p.m. or 6:30-7 p.m.; or Saturday, 10-10:30 a.m.

Progressive lessons (ages 6 and up), four groups available: Monday through Thursday (two weeks only), 11:15 a.m.-noon; Monday and Wednesday, 6:30-7:15 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30-5:15 p.m.; or Saturday, 10:45-11:30 a.m.

The cost is $15 for facility members or $30 for program members. Program membership is $25 annually for adults and $10 for children. The Hernando County Family YMCA is located at 1300 Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill. For further information, call the YMCA at 688-9622.

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