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Nick Fernandez, a 2006 Springstead graduate, played for the Springstead hockey team from 2003 to 2006. Currently, he is a sophomore goalie for Florida Gulf Coast University, a Division II Club team. He won all four games he played as a freshman. Fernandez played for Florida Gulf in its recent 6-2 win against South Florida. He played 60 minutes and gave up two goals in 26 shots. He started the season 7-0 with wins against such teams at Central Michigan, North Carolina State, Maryland and Ohio State.


Brooksville girl shines in Clearwater

Destiny Hunter, 13, of Brooksville finished first in her age group in the third annual Clearwater Half-Marathon and 5-Mile race. She finished 74th overall and 30th among the women. There were 266 entries and 165 finished the 5-mile race on Jan. 20. Her time for the 5-mile race was 48 minutes 49 seconds. Her pace was 9:47 per mile. She received a gold medal.


Young winners, finalists

Louise Downey, left, president of the Nature Coast Tennis Foundation, stands with two of the players from last weekend's foundation tournament for youth. In the center is Alexa Burns, high school finalist, and at right is Tamara Bustard, winner.

In boys' results, P.J. Waterson, left, was the high school finalist and Anthony Carter, center, was winner. At right is Rose Atkins, vice president of the Nature Coast Tennis Foundation.

Two will attend Athlete Congress

Mark Swiconek of Spring Hill and Rosetta LoBianco of Holiday are taking part this week in the third Special Olympics Florida Athlete Congress in Tallahassee.

For Swiconek, this marks his third time representing Hernando County at an Athlete Congress.

The Athlete Congress, which started Wednesday and continues through Friday, is a forum where delegates with intellectual disabilities from throughout Florida will work to recommend policy and set direction for the Special Olympics movement.

Twenty-six delegates from throughout Florida meet for three days in the Capitol using the Senate Committee rooms and the Senate Chamber as their forum for discussion and voting.

The inaugural Congress was held in Tallahassee in 2006.