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HORSE RACING

Waldron's Smoak

in Kahayla Classic

Smoak, owned and trained by Brooksville's Bill Waldron, has been invited to participate in the $250,000 Kahayla Classic at the Dubai World Cup in March.

Smoak earned his place by winning the Arabian Cup Championship last month at Delaware Park.

The Kahayla Classic is named after Smoak's half sister, who was born, raised and trained at Waldron Farm.

Personal First, co-owned by Brooksville's Diane K. Waldron and Leah Killingsworth, finished fifth out of seven on Tuesday in a $57,200 optional claiming race at Churchill Downs. He was a nose out of fourth in a race won by Bet Me Best.

SOCCER

O'Sullivan gets kick

out of mini camp

Former Springstead standout Jennifer O'Sullivan is enjoying her chance to impress during a mandatory mini camp with the Women's United Soccer Association's New York Power.

O'Sullivan, 23, has played all 270 minutes in three exhibition games this offseason, as coach Pat Farmer prepares for major roster decisions to be made Dec. 1.

"It's the offseason, but at the same time, the level of competition has been just as high," O'Sullivan told nypwer.com, the team's web site.

"It's been great. It's probably my first real opportunity to play 90 minutes instead of playing 20 here and there," she said. "It's nice to get into a rhythm of starting and finishing."

O'Sullivan played on the right side of the defense in a 2-2 draw against Boston and a 3-2 win over the Washington Freedom.

"She has been very tough from behind, and she's just had a really good camp," Farmer said on the web site. "Her attitude has been great."

But there's no assurance the evaluation will lead to greater time with the Power next season _ or if she'll even be in the organization.

"Obviously, I'd love to be here next year," O'Sullivan said. "If I got traded, I'd make the most of it.

"I really like this team, and after a year you start forming relationships and it's kind of like family. Is it better playing more minutes somewhere else, or is it better to play 30 or 40 here or there and stay here?"

GOLF

Weeks, Ryal win

Bessie Weeks and Rusty Ryal each shot a 67 on Nov. 7 to capture the title of the Seven Hills Ladies League weekly "low net" game.

Gerry Lounsberry (69) was next, followed by Joan Starr, Jane Szeltner and Bev Johnson (70).

Spring Hill's Glenn Gabriel won the Westchase Golf Club Tournament in the National Competitive Golf Tour this past weekend, capturing the gross with a 71 and the net with 71.2.

Gabriel leads the nation with 714 points. The tour qualifies players for the National Championship Tournament, Sept. 26-28 at Harbour Town (S.C.). He won the 2001 national championship.

Marcia Froh shot a plus-8 on Nov. 8 to win the Wellington Mixed Golf League weekly event.

Don Spencer (plus-7) was next, followed by Gary Taylor (plus-6) and Ian McDonald, Isabel McDonald, Duncan Ferguson, Ken Rowe and Phil Cohen (plus-3).

VOLLEYBALL

SCC winner

The West Hernando Christian Academy boys junior varsity team won titles in the Suncoast Christian Conference and SCC Tournament last weekend at Genesis Preparatory School in New Port Richey.

The six-member squad beat Elfers Christian School for the championship.

SOFTBALL

Bulldogs need players

Girls 16 or younger interested in playing on the Bulldogs tournament team can contact Mike Eicholtz, (352) 686-2717.

_ BRANT JAMES

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