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IDM awaits foe for volleyball title

Only three teams remain in the battle for the Citrus County Parks and Recreation Division's power volleyball championship, with regular-season champion IDM awaiting a losers-bracket finalist in the title match.

Last week, IDM sent Spike Force to the losers bracket with a 15-6, 15-2 victory, setting up a third-place game between Spike Force and Excalibur Manufacturing at 7 p.m. Friday at Crystal River Middle School. The winner will play IDM for the title at 8 p.m., with a second title game slated for 9 p.m. if necessary.

Excalibur made its way to the final day of play with a 15-11, 15-2 victory over Florida Power in the losers bracket last week.

Women's volleyball: The Spike Squad had an easy night of it last Wednesday, accepting a forfeit over the Screwballs and picking up the first-place trophy for the Citrus County Parks and Recreation Division women's volleyball league.

Only one team was within reach of the Spike Squad going into the final night of regular-season play, but the forfeit win made it impossible for second-place Gator Vending to catch the Spike Squad at 7-3.

Gator Vending claimed sole possession of second at 6-4 with a 15-6, 12-15, 15-11 victory over Beverly Hills Shell, which wound up in a third-place tie with Phillips Tire, a 15-8, 15-9 victor over Sharp Enterprises.

Beverly Hills Shell and Phillips Tire, both 5-5, were scheduled to play Wedensday night in the first round of the post-season, double-elimination tournament to settle the battle for third place.

The tournament runs through March 23, with all games played on Wednesday nights at Lecanto Middle School.

Final regular-season standings: Spike Squad 7-3, Gator Vending 6-4, Beverly Hills Shell 5-5, Phillips Tire 5-5, Sharp Enterprises 4-6, Screwballs 3-7.

Horseshoes: Ten members of the Beverly Hills Horseshoe Club placed in the money at the Presidents Open, a nationally sanctioned event held Feb. 26 at the Beverly Hills courts.

Three local pitchers won their divisions: Ed Noble, 6-0 in Class A; Ben Cowart, 5-1 in Class B; and Ken Nichols, 4-2 in Class D. Locals also won two second-place and five third-place honors.

Other class winners included: Keith Briggs of Zephyrhills, 5-1 in Class C; Ron Boltz of Brooksville, 5-1 in Class E; Tex Strickland of Hudson, 5-1 in Class F; Mo Backa of Oak Run, 5-1 in Class G; Obert Meade, 5-0 in Class H; Judy Dennis, 6-0 in Class I (30 feet, handicapped).

Softball tourneys: The Hernando County Family YMCA in Spring Hill is sponsoring Independent Softball Association (ISA) national qualifying tournaments March 19-20 in New Port Richey. The tournaments for men and women are for Class A and A-minor. Entry fee is $135. For more information, call Harry Johnson at (904) 688-9622, or Steve Carmack at (813) 849-2717.

Local softball: Local city and county softball play will begin in the coming weeks, with men's and women's leagues operating on both sides of the county.

The Citrus County Parks and Recreation Division has five women's teams that will play on Monday and Wednesday nights at Bicentennial Park in Crystal River starting March 21, and eight men's teams that will play on Tuesday and Thursday nights starting March 22.

The City of Inverness Department of Parks and Recreation has eight women's teams that will play on Tuesday and Friday nights at Whispering Pines Park starting March 8, and four men's teams that will play on Monday and Thursday nights starting March 7.