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Published Feb. 4, 2008

The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation held its third annual Junior Singles Championship at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill this past weekend.

Weather trouble caused a move from Saturday to Sunday, but the rains held off long enough for the foundation to finish the tournament.

With 42 entries, tournament director Louise Downey characterized the turnout as "highly successful."

In the High School Girls final, Tamara Bustard defeated Alexa Burns in straight sets for the title, 7-5, 7-5.

The High School Boys title was arguably the match of the tournament. Lasting more than two hours, Anthony Carter ousted P.J. Waterson in a final set tiebreaker, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6.

In the Middle School divisions, the girls champion was Mallorie Pickersgill, who dominated Kayla Papp in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1. The boys champion was Kayla's brother, Brandon Papp, who defeated Kyle Everett, 6-0, 6-4.

Mark Mulleavy won the Elementary School final over Alec Lund, 4-0, 4-3.

Consolation finals winners included Andrew Lund (high school boys), Layla Shuster (high school girls), Carl Zee (middle school boys) and Delanie McCabe (middle school girls).

WHLL Opening Day: West Hernando Little League has announced its Spring 2008 Opening Day ceremonies.

On Saturday, March 1, the WHLL will ring in the season by commemorating the event with lavish festivities.

Events will begin at 9 a.m. with the presentation of colors from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office Color Guard.

The ceremonial first pitch will then be thrown by Sheriff Richard Nugent. Other events include a T-shirt giveaway, a raffle of a 19-inch HD LCD television and the start of a raffle for a 2008 Chevy Tahoe sponsored by Register Chevrolet.

Red Mule Race : The 29th annual Red Mule Runners Flatlanders Challenge will be held Saturday in downtown Brooksville.

The race, which includes 5K and 10K runs and 1K kids' run, will start in front of the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N. Main St. The 5K and 10K runs are set to start at 8 a.m. while the kids' 1K will begin at 10 a.m.

Registration for the main races is $25 the day of the race. T-shirts will be included in the fee while supplies last.

The fee for the kids' run is $5 and also includes a free T-shirt. For more information, contact the club at (352) 799-5257 or (352) 585-6277.

Interested parties can also reach the club by e-mail at or visit the Web site at

MLB Comes to Brooksville : The city of Brooksville Recreation Department will be hosting a free baseball clinic for children between the ages 7 and 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Tom Varn Park.

The Major League Baseball Alumni Association will arrange for former professional players to attend the camp and teach the youths on hand the fundamentals of the game.

For more information or to register, call Mike Walker at (352) 544-5495. Information can also be obtained by e-mail at

Got a good tip? Any registrations that people need to know? Then submit info to communitysports@tampabay.comor call (352) 544 9480.