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D'Andria skates to two golds

Nikki D'Andria of Spring Hill struck gold recently in the United States Amateur Confederation of Roller Skating's Regional Championship in Pensacola.

D'Andria captured gold medals in solo dance and in sophomore team dance with partner Matt Stone of Port Richey. She also placed second in the figures event and third in the loop event, qualifying her for the August national championships in Syracuse, N.Y., in all four events.

D'Andria placed second in last year's regional solo competition, then went on to a sixth-place finish at the national championships in Lincoln, Neb. The teenager also was fifth in the nation two years ago in the Junior Olympics solo dance event.

The 11-day national championships will match the top three finishers in each event from nine regional competitions.

Golf lessons: The Hernando County Recreation Division is accepting applications for its series of junior golf lessons taught by Buzz Walker that begin Aug. 1. The County Line Golf Range in Spring Hill will be the site of the three-day sessions.

Youths ages 6 and 7 will meet Aug. 1 and 3 from 5:30-6 p.m., and Aug. 5 from 8:30 to 9 a.m. The cost is $10.

Youths 8-12 are scheduled to meet from 6:15-7 p.m. on Aug. 1 and 3 and from 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Aug. 5. The cost is $16.

Ages 13-17 will meet from 7:15-8 p.m. on Aug. 1 and 3 and from 10:30-11:15 a.m. on Aug. 5. The cost also is $16.

For more information or to register, call the Hernando County Recreation Division at (904) 754-4031.

Soccer clinic: The Hernando County Recreation Division is taking applications for an upcoming intermediate and advanced level soccer clinic. Dates and times for the week-long clinic are yet to be determined.

Available to 8-14-year-olds, the instruction will concentrate on ball control, passing, and goal keeping. The cost is $50, which includes insurance.

For more information, call Philip or Tina Pearce at 754-5163 or 796-5683, or the Recreation Division at 754-4031.

Soccer camp: The Spring Hill Classic Soccer Club is accepting applications for a camp that will run from July 17-21, 9 a.m. to noon, at Delta Woods Park.

It will be run by the North American Soccer Camps organization. To register, or for more information, call Kris Bates at (904) 686-4944.

Basketball school: Bill Brooks, who has guided several of his teams to state high school basketball championships, will hold his fourth annual basketball school July 17-21 at the new Spring Hill Baptist Church Gym.

The school is open to boys and girls in the fifth through 12th grades and will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. throughout the week.

It will stress all the fundamentals of the game and include skill contests, league play on a daily basis, and all-star games on the final day. Participants will receive a T-shirt and a trophy.

For more information, call Bill Brooks at 686-9247 or Scott Benedict at 686-8939.

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