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County is starting a Junior Ladder League

Citrus County has run a successful Junior Ladder League for more than a year, and now the concept is coming to Hernando County.

A ladder league provides an organized tennis activity for semi-skilled juniors of all ages to compete against other juniors in singles. Each junior is encouraged to play two singles matches per month, and will move up or down on the "ladder" depending on the results.

League matches may be played at public or private courts, and the schedule is flexible. Interested parents should call Strings & Things Pro Shop at 799-8999 for details or registration.

COW TIPPERS GOOD SPORTS: Hernando County Cow Tippers won the sportsmanship award at the Junior Team Tennis state championships held recently in Lakeland.

The team was Jerry Armand, Heather Douin, Dee Dee Lawson, Sean Racine and Brian Szudarek.

"This award has more merit than any gold or silver medal won during the tournament," said tournament official Andy McFarland. "Junior Team Tennis thrives on showing good sportsmanship during matches, and this team definitely exemplifies what it meant to be good sports throughout the tournament."

ARMAND MOST ACCURATE: Armand won a $25 gift certificate to Strings & Things for winning the summer/early fall cone-hitting contest for juniors.

Armand won the skills and accuracy contest going away with 53,780 points. Lawson was second with 33,457, followed by Nicole D'Anna (32,890) and Douin (30,201).

AEROBICS TO BEGIN: Wednesday is the kickoff for Low Impact/Step Aerobics being offered weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Silverthorn Community Center.

The class is designed for all fitness levels and focuses on maximized fat burning and muscle toning with minimal stress to the bones and joints. Fee is $4 for the public, $2 for Silverthorn members. For information/registration, call 848-0020.

LADIES SINGLES RESULTS: Final leaders in the Nature Coast Ladies Singles League were: 1. Louise Harres, Spring Hill, 27 points; 2. Mattie Smouse, 26; 3. Carolyn Mahoney, 26; 4. Marie Maguire, 25.

Interest has been expressed in organizing another singles league for the winter. Skill level will vary between 3.0 to 4.0 ratings, and opponents will be able to schedule between themselves a convenient site, day and time to play. Fee per player is $15. Call Strings & Things at 799-8999 for information.

In the Nature Coast Spring Hill Lady Deuces League, Debbie McCaffrey of Spring Hill took first place with 21 points, and Laura Brazeau of Hudson was second with 17. Winter session for the intermediate skill level (B and C) league begins in January. Call 799-8999.