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McManus places 9th in Gasparilla 5K

Lecanto High sophomore Sean McManus won the 11th annual Whispering Pines Park 5K Cross-Country Challenge on Feb. 19, completing the course in 29 minutes and 1 second.

Like many local runners, McManus used the race as a warm-up for the Gasparilla Distance Classic Saturday in Tampa, where he placed ninth in the 5K in 16:19. Lecanto High's Chad Fugere also competed in the Gasparilla 5K, finishing 20th in 17:07.

Cheri Titus was the first woman to cross the finish line in the Whispering Pines race, running 33:23.

Female age-division winners included: 14-19 _ Katherine Wheeler, 46:09; 40-49 _Jacqueline Gay, 50:19; 50-59 _ Sperry Rademaker, 39:46. Male age-division winners included: 20-29 _ Daniel Epstein, 32:02; 30-39 _ James Martone, 31:46; 40-49 _ C.T. Blevins 42:17; 50-59 _ John Murdock 39:08; 60-69 _ Jack Rademaker 34:43; 70-79 _ John Boyle, 47:00.

Tennis: The Citrus County Hospice Foundation Doubles Tournament will be held March 19-20 at Citrus Hills. There will be men's and women's A, B, and C divisions, and trophies for the first, second and consolation finishers.

Entry fee is $12 per person, $15 if T-shirts are provided. Balls will be provided and donations accepted by those who cannot play. Everyone will be guaranteed two matches. Dealine for entries is March 16.

For starting times, call "Big Frank" at 746-6003 on March 18 between 1-5 p.m. Tournament directors are Jeff Smith (746-7261) and Frank Inamorati (746-6003).

Spring Hill tennis: More than 120 players competed in 16 divisions of singles and doubles last weekend in the Spring Hill Tennis Open, which raised nearly $3,000 for the Spouse Abuse Building Fund at the Hernando County Rape Crisis Center.

Ken McWilliams of Spring Hill was the men's open singles winner, Steve Koehler and Dennis Kolean of Spring Hill were the men's open doubles champions, and Brooksville's Marion Walker teamed with Homosassa's Kathy Bromead to win women's doubles.

Matt Lai of Spring Hill was the boys high school winner and Kenzie Zook of Brooksville was the girls prep champion. (For complete results, see For the Record.)

Light n' Lively tennis: Nutrition, sports psychology and the game of tennis are among the topics for a Ladies Day workshop being held in conjunction with the Light n' Lively Doubles tournament at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel.

The program will be presented by professional player Pam Shriver, who is president of the St. Petersburg-based Women's Tennis Association Tour Players Association, and tennis coach Julie Anthony.

The workshop for area players is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 25. Cost is $28, which includes lunch and quarterfinal-round tickets to the tourney. For more information, call (813) 535-4511.

NASCAR coverage: Radio station WWJB-AM (1450) in Brooksville will begin carrying this year's entire schedule of NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing.

In addition to the live broadcasts, WWJB also will air NASCAR LIVE, a telephone call-in show hosted by Eli Gold from 6-8 p.m. each Tuesday during the racing season, and daily five-minute NASCAR updates at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Coverage begins at 1 p.m. Sunday with the Pontiac 400 from Richmond, Va. (For complete broadcast schedule, see For the Record).