Until April 18, Anthony Caso, 18, competed exclusively in youth leagues and tournaments. But when Caso stepped onto the approach at Spring Hill Lanes for the Small Business Scratch League, he showed no nerves, tossing the highest series of his young career.
With games of 279, 268 and 278, the elite competitor completed an 825 series, his fifth 800 series. Caso is the second-youngest Hernando County bowler to roll an 800, and he has three of the six 800 series ever thrown by a youth bowler in county history.
He also became only the fourth Hernando County bowler this season to toss an 800 series in a Hernando adult league. Joey Fierro bowled an 800 in the Monday Night Men's League at Spring Hill in October, Darian Curtis shot an 814 in the Friday Early Mariners League at Mariner Lanes, and Todd Brower threw an 816 in the Spring Hill Wednesday Mixers League at Spring Hill.
Caso, who works at Kevin's Pro Shop at Spring Hill Lanes, credits his latest success to his Storm Bowling equipment. In the past calendar year, he has three 800 series and three perfect games to go with numerous youth tournament titles.
LOCAL GYMNAST SUCCEEDS AT HIGH LEVEL: Ryanna Head, 12, won a state title at the Florida Xcel State Championships and finished sixth in the Junior 2 Division at the Southeast Region competition to qualify for the Eastern National Invitational, May 2 to 5 in Battle Creek, Mich.
Competing since she was 3 years old, Head achieved the elite Level 9 at an early age, competing with the Suncoast Gymnastics Academy in Port Richey before moving to her current team, LaFleur's Gymnastics Club in Tampa.
Head is a resident of Hernando Beach who has a state championship in the floor exercise in 2011, an all-around title at the 2010 City of Lights Invitational in Orlando, and an all-around title at the 2013 Gymnasts Unite Pink Invitational in Philadelphia.
WEST HERNANDO SENIOR SOFTBALL:The West Hernando Athletic Club Senior Softball League ended its season April 19.
On April 22, first-half champion Suncoast Orthopedic (34-17) squared off against second-half winner C's Pub (32-20) for the overall crown. Suncoast Orthopedic emerged with a 16-13 victory.
Suncoast Orthopedic is made up of 14 players, including first baseman Tony Passanesi, second baseman Bobby Gill, outfielder Bobby Bair, shortstop Jerry Flannery, third baseman Angel Larragoity, outfielder Gerry Rivera, outfielder Cesar Mendez, outfielder Bobby Sardiello, outfielder Charlie Fisher, catcher Vic Tidund, catcher Lee Byers, pitcher Dennis Fagan, pitcher Jim Pulver and player-manager Tom McCain.
Following Suncoast Orthopedic and C's Pub in the final standings were: American Legion Post 186, Economy Insurance Mart, Rookies Sports Bar/Master Air Auto and Minerva's Hair Salon.
NATURE COAST BASKETBALL CAMP: Nature Coast Technical High School will host two summer basketball skills camps for both boys and girls from age 5 to seventh grade.
The camps will be June 17 to 20 and July 22 to 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The fee is $50 per child.
For information, call Nature Coast basketball coach David Pisarcik at (727) 385-2194.
HI-C FOOTBALL CAMP: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department and former NFL star Horace "Hi-C" Copeland will host the third annual Hi-C Football Camp at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill on May 18.
Registration is limited to the first 300 participants between the ages of 5 and 16. Preregistration is required. With the help of several local businesses, the camp is free to everyone who signs up.
Check-in begins at 8 a.m., with clinics running from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
For information or to preregister, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031.
JEROME BROWN GOLF CLASSIC: The Jerome Brown Youth Foundation will host a golf outing June 15 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The format is a four-person scramble. Sponsored by Bright House Networks, there will be awards for the first-, second- and third-place teams.
The entry fee is $75 per golfer, including a lunch that begins at noon, greens fees, a cart and a golf cap. Golfers may enter as a team or as individuals.
For information, call Dianna Rusk Yoder at (352) 796-2526.
SPCA GOLF OUTING: The Hernando County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will host a golf outing May 18 at Rivard Golf Club, south of Brooksville.
Registration begins at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The format will be a four-person scramble. Prizes will be awarded for longest putt, closest-to-the-pin and best scores. The entry fee includes lunch after the round of golf.
The entry fee is $45 per golfer, with the majority of the proceeds going to the local SPCA. Golfers may enter as a team or as individuals. The registration deadline is May 14. Hole sponsorships are available for $50.
The rain date is May 25.
For information, call the Hernando County SPCA at (352) 596-7000.
CYSTIC FIBROSIS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday at Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club, south of Brooksville.
The four-person scramble will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $75 per golfer, with the majority of the proceeds going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Golfers may enter as a team or as individuals.
For information, contact George or Peggy Ostensen at (352) 397-3411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADULT MIXED DOUBLES TENNIS TOURNAMENT: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will host its second annual Cinco de Mayo Adult Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament on Saturday and May 5 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.
The event will feature two divisions. Teams with a combined national tennis rating of 7 or above according to the U.S. Tennis Association will be placed in Division A; tandems with a combined rating of less than 7 will compete in Division B.
The cost is $20 per player; non-USTA members are welcome.
For information, call Don Kirby at (352) 584-2778 or Karen Lund at (352) 585-3733. Players may also send email to email@example.com or visit nctf.usta.com.
PARROTT FOOTBALL GOLF CLASSIC: The Parrott Middle School football program will have its Parrott Football Golf Classic on May 23 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville. Proceeds will go to the Parrott football team for the fall season.
Registration fee is $75 per golfer or $300 per foursome. Platinum ($3,000), gold ($2,000), drink cart ($500) and hole ($125) sponsorships are available. Donations will also be accepted.
The entry fee includes greens fees, prizes and lunch. The shotgun start will be at 1 p.m., with a barbecue lunch provided at noon.
Rick Matthews GMC-Buick is sponsoring four hole-in-one prizes, including money, golf clubs, rounds of golf and a vacation package. There will also be a closest-to-the-pin contest, a longest-drive contest, a 50-50 raffle and door prizes.
For information, contact James Ellis at (352) 279-0055, Dionne Brinson at (352) 279-5982 or Clarissa Parks at (352) 282-6687.
FIREARMS CLASSES AND BENEFIT EVENT: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, on U.S. 19 north of Weeki Wachee, is offering firearms safety classes over the next few months.
The next class dates are: Wednesday and May 18 and June 5. A special "ladies only" class will be on June 15. All classes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The course covers lessons about the basics of firearm safety around the home and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. The class includes practice time on the range.
Completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit.
Advance registration is required; the fee is $60 per person. For more information, call (352) 597-9931 or visit online at hernandosportsmansclub.com.
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 584-6337.