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PHSC Foundation fishing tournament set for April 22 in Port Richey

The 10th annual Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation Catch-and-Release Fishing Tournament starts at 8 a.m. April 22 at Catches Waterfront Grille in Port Richey.

An awards party will be held at the host restaurant immediately after the tournament. Skanska USA Building and Borrell Electric Co. are the presenting sponsors of the tournament. Opportunities are available for sponsorships and angler teams.

All angler team registrations include a boat, a Coast Guard-licensed professional guide, breakfast, box lunches and beverages, bait and tackle, official tournament apparel, a goodie bag, entrance to the awards party and recognition on the PHSC website. No experience is necessary.

Tournament species categories include snook, trout and redfish. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places for combined total inches. A prize will also be awarded for largest single fish in each category, and a master angler award will be presented for biggest cobia.

This event raises funds to benefit the PHSC Foundation. Proceeds support programs at the college.

To register an angler team or as a sponsor, visit or call (727) 816-3410.

KIDS FISHING CLINIC: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Kids Fishing Clinic, sponsored by the Weeki Wachee Anglers, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., north of Hernando Beach.

Admission is free. About 80 kids ages 5 to 15 will be allowed to take part in this catch-and-release event.

Participants will go through hands-on learning stations where volunteers teach and promote responsible angling. Upon completion of the clinic, participants will be given the opportunity to go fishing, and volunteers will emphasize proper catch-and-release techniques. Photos of catches will be taken and given to the kids before the catch is released. Organizations promoting the event will provide free water and gift bags to each child.

For information, call (207) 608-5442.

PHSC BASEBALL HONORS: Pasco-Hernando State College's Tanner Thompson was named Pitcher of the Week in Division II, Region 8 baseball by the National Junior College Athletic Association for games played in the week of March 7.

The sophomore from Lithia went 2-0 with one save and a 0.00 ERA in three appearances. His efforts helped PHSC to a perfect 8-0 record.

Thompson picked up his save against Division II 12th-ranked Lincoln Land Community College. He also tossed seven shutout innings in his win over Macomb Community College. His other win was against Hibbing Community College. In 11 total innings, he allowed no runs, three hits and three walks while striking out 10.

Michael Faul was also named Player of the Week in Division II, Region 8 baseball by the NJCAA for the same week.

The freshman from Mount Washington, Ky., hit .526 with five doubles and 10 RBI in seven games.

LOCAL SOCCER CLUB HEADED TO COLOMBIA: The West Pasco Football Club, which includes Spring Hill residents Brandon Rogers and Seth Tarbox, is planning a trip to Colombia in July.

The organization took a similar trip last summer, with successful results. The U12 and U14 teams will both make the trip, taking the field against some of the best teams in Colombia, a top soccer-playing country.

Over the course of 11 days, West Pasco will play four professional academies. All games will be in a professional stadium, and players will get to train with the academies' staffs.

The club has a total of 68 people hoping to travel to Colombia. Fundraising is under way, and all assistance is appreciated. For information, contact West Pasco FC director of coaching Novi Maric at (727) 534-3371 or

Youth ministry golf tournament: The second annual Fore! the Kids Youth Missions Golf Tournament will be April 30 at Brooksville Country Club.

The four-person scramble will have a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places, as well as for the longest drive, closest to the pin and a raffle. There will be a barbecue chicken buffet lunch. The entry fee is $60 per person, which includes golf and lunch.

Proceeds will support the summer mission trips for the Youth Ministry of First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill. Sponsorship opportunities are available through hole sponsorships or raffle donations.

For information, contact Scott Funkhouser at (813) 966-5835 or

MLB PITCH, HIT & RUN: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a preliminary qualifier for the Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition on May 1 in Brooksville.

The skills contest will be at noon at Tom Varn Park and is free for kids ages 7 to 14. There will be four age divisions: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.

Winners will move on to the next of four levels of competition, with sectional winners competing at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg and national winners competing at the 2016 MLB All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego.

Individual pitching, hitting and running and all-around champions will advance. Entrants must bring a copy of their birth certificate to the event.

For information, call Desiree Fratianni at (352) 540-3835.

SPRING LAKE 5K RUN: The Arc Nature Coast will host the 10th annual Spring Lake 5K Run and 2-Mile Fun Walk at 8 a.m. May 28.

The run will begin at 5283 Neff Lake Road, east of Brooksville, and registration begins at 7 a.m. The cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the Fun Walk, and includes a T-shirt and a scenic run through hills and an equestrian stable.

Proceeds will go to the Arc Nature Coast, which serves people with disabilities and their families. T-shirts are guaranteed to everyone who enters before May 20.

Register online by visiting and searching for Spring Lake 5K. For more information, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, email or visit

HERNANDO SPORTSMAN'S CLUB: The Hernando Sportsman's Club offers firearms safety classes. The next class dates are May 4, May 21 and June 1. There will also be a special "ladies only" class on June 18.

All classes will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hernando Sportsman's Club at 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee.

This is an introductory class for new shooters. It will include instruction, live-fire training on the range and a lunch break. All materials and equipment will be provided, including the use of a .22-caliber firearm, ammunition, earplugs and eye protection.

The fee is $60, and completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed-carry permit. Advance registration is required.

Registration for the classes can be completed by calling (352) 597-9931.

The club also will sponsor its annual Independence Day Machine Gun Shoot on July 4.

The shoot will be on the club's 200-yard machine gun range. Shooters may bring their own machine guns, pistols and rifles. Besides old cars and trucks, there are usually old fire extinguishers, washing machines, water heaters and various other targets to shoot for fun at various distances.

Admission fee is $20 per shooter. No tracers or incendiary ammo allowed. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Spectator admission is $2, with kids younger than 15 free with an adult. Bring eye and ear protection, including for spectators, especially for children.

Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase in the clubhouse. For information about the Machine Gun Shoots, call Randie Rickert at (352) 799-3605.

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.