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The Springstead High School junior varsity cheerleaders are ready for competition this season with new team members and new coaches.

The cheerleaders support the Springstead JV football team, which just finished its season going undefeated, with a 7-0 record.

Members of the cheerleading squad include: captain Jordan Joyce, co-captain Nicole Juliano, Samantha Bierwiler, Kristina Boccio, Tiffany Brijbag, Deahnna Freeman, Christina Figueroa, Katie Fisher, Jessica Hallet, Rayne Messina, Shalane McKinney, Tawnia Self, Tiffany Shemwell, Sherri Singleton, Chelsea Sparks and Holly Sullivan.

The cheerleaders are coached by Wahnita Dow and Tami Juliano.

"The JV cheerleaders are having their most promising year. The team is strong and well disciplined this year, and is going to state competitions for the first time in many years," Juliano said.

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The West Hernando Athletic Club Seniors is a softball league for individuals over 55 years old. The 60-game schedule runs through April. The playoffs are in May. Larry Wagner umpires all games.

The 2003-04 WHACS teams include: Ron Fee, Suncoast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center/Dr. Fady Zeidan, American Legion Post 186, Elks Lodge 2582, The Casablanca Pub and Yellow Submarine Cafe, and Moose Lodge 521. The commissioner is Joe Yantus.

On Oct. 13, Suncoast Orthopedics defeated Casablanca/Yellow Submarine, 16-4. In the second game, Ron Fee beat the Elks, 16-6.

On Oct. 15, Moose Lodge 521 stopped the Elks, 16-9. In the second game, Casablanca/Yellow Submarine whipped the American Legion, 23-11.

On Oct. 17, Ron Fee topped the American Legion, 20-18, in the first game. In the second game, Suncoast Orthopedics beat Moose Lodge 521, 19-5.

To date, the standings are: Ron Fee, 8-3; Suncoast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center, 8-4; Casablanca Pub and Yellow Submarine Cafe, 7-6; Moose Lodge 521, 7-6; Elks Lodge 2582, 4-7; American Legion Post 186, 2-10.

Games are at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill. For information about joining the league, contact Lloyd Rogers, league secretary, at 596-7412.

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The Springstead High School junior varsity cheerleaders, flyers on top from left, are: captain Jordan Joyce, Rayne Messina and Sherri Singleton. Bases standing, from left, are: Holly Sullivan, Chelsea Sparks, Christina Figueroa, Tiffany Brijbag, Katie Fisher, Samantha Bierwiler, co-captain Nicole Juliano, Kristina Boccio and Tawnia Self. Seated in front, from left, are: Deahnna Freeman, Jessica Hallet and Tiffany Shemwell. Shalane McKinney is not pictured.


Organizers of the Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival recently selected winners of the contest for the design to appear in advertising and on T-shirts for the 2004 festival. The design mascot is a whimsical otter.

The winners are: Karen Ganci of Spring Hill, first place ($100); Jennifer Behm of Brooksville, second place ($75), and Jamie Newbegin of Weeki Wachee, third place ($50).

There were 91 entries, the most since the contest began in 1995; the entries included drawings from art classes at all area high schools.

The original art by all who entered will be on display at the 11th annual Swamp Festival, set for March 6 and 7 at its new location at Jenkins Creek on Shoal Line Boulevard.

According to Don Deedrick, festival director, the T-shirts will be available in five different colors at the festival.

As part of Brooksville's Founders Week celebration, City Hall was the site of an award ceremony and reception Oct. 13 to honor the first Great Brooksvillian.

Brooksville Mayor Richard E. Lewis presented Margaret Rogers Ghiotto with the first Great Brooksvillian Award. The program, fashioned after the state of Florida's Great Floridian program, is designed to recognize an outstanding man or woman who has made significant positive contributions to the history, culture or economy of the city of Brooksville.

Affectionately known to her family, friends and close acquaintances as "Weenie," Mrs. Ghiotto is best known as the founder and proprietor of Rogers Christmas House Village in Brooksville. In addition, she was recognized as a champion of the historic preservation of Brooksville; she has undertaken the task of purchasing and restoring many notable residences and properties in and around the city over the years.

With her background in education, Mrs. Ghiotto has always strived to educate children and the public on the value of trees and plants in the environment, often giving away dogwoods and other ornamental and native species to plant in the community.

Over the years, Mrs. Ghiotto has been recognized as Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, American Business Women's Association Business Associate of the Year, Hernando County Business & Professional Women Woman of Achievement, and Lion's Club Outstanding Citizen.

The city of Brooksville has been honored with her past service as a city commissioner from 1972 to 1975, and she was a member of the First Florida Bank advisory board, the Lykes Memorial Hospital board and the Hernando County park board.