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Spring Hill wins district again

Published Jul. 5, 2013

Spring Hill beat Wildwood, 23-13, to win its sixth consecutive district title last week at the District 6 Senior Boys (Age 14) All-Star Tournament at Brooksville's Tom Varn Park.

The win also marked the eighth district title in the division for the local league since it began competing in 2004.

Spring Hill (4-0) now qualifies for the Senior Boys State Championships on July 20 in Sebring, which will also include Wildwood (3-2), Brooksville (1-2) and Wesley Chapel (1-2).

The win was highlighted by an offensive outburst in the fourth inning. Down 13-5, Spring Hill unloaded with 15 runs. Robert Bunyon had six RBIs in the inning, including a two-run single and a grand slam. Nick Nguyen also hit a home run.

The All-Star team has 21 straight victories in the district tourney dating to 2009. Coach Shawn Laferty has led two teams to district titles in that span.

Earlier in June, Spring Hill continued its dominance in the District 6 Junior Boys (Age 13) All-Star Tournament.

In a face-off between Spring Hill and Brooksville in a best-of-three final, Spring Hill swept the series with no-hit 19-0 and 18-2 victories. Pitchers Jonathan Gates, Mikey Ebberup and Alex Hoover combined for one walk and 10 strikeouts in the first game, and Ryan Lotito Jr., Dalton Mosser, Joey Delgatto and Johnny Oliveira combined for three walks and nine strikeouts in the second game.

This club will also travel to Sebring on July 20 for the Junior Boys State Championships.

SPRING HILL PBA OPEN: Pro bowlers will return to Spring Hill Lanes on July 12-14 for the 25th annual Spring Hill Open, sponsored by Thunder Bay Builders.

A stop on the Professional Bowlers Association Southern Region Tour, the tournament is the only regular professional sporting event in Hernando County. In years past, it has featured some of the best bowlers in the sport, including Jason Couch and Patrick Allen.

On July 12, local bowlers can compete alongside the pros in the 9-pin No-Tap Pro-Am, sponsored by Samuel Adams Brewery.

For an entry fee of $17 for junior bowlers (youth league competitors), $25 for senior bowlers (ages 55 and older) or $30 for all others, amateurs can bowl on the same lanes with three professionals. Winners will receive trophies, scholarships or cash prizes.

Starting July 13, about 125 of the tour's best bowlers will begin battling for the title. The finals should start about 2 p.m. July 14.

For information, call Pam Hoppe at Spring Hill Lanes at (352) 683-7272.

SHERIFF'S YOUTH BOWLING EVENT: The 13th annual Hernando County Sheriff's Office Youth Education Services Bowling Extravaganza will be held on July 20 at Spring Hill Lanes.

Registration will begin at noon with bowling starting at 1 p.m. Teams or individual bowlers are invited to participate.

The event is still seeking lane sponsorships or prize donations. In order for the sponsor names to be displayed on the T-shirts, donations must be received by July 12.

Proceeds from the tournament will support the following programs: Sheriff's Summer R.O.A.R. (Respect Others and Yourself) Day Camps, the Richard Buckingham Community Service Scholarship, and the "In honor of Richard B. Nugent" Community Service Scholarship.

For information, call the Sheriff's Office's Community Outreach Section at (352) 754-6830, ext. 53660. A printable registration form is also available at

NATURE COAST WOMEN'S GOLF OUTING: Nature Coast Women's Golf will host a golf outing on July 22 at Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club in Hernando.

The group was formed recently by Spring Hill's Joan Guilfoyle to foster women's golf through open communication.

In its first year, Nature Coast Women's Golf is comprised of leagues from 16 courses in Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties. All member clubs have the opportunity to host monthly tournaments open to all female golfers.

This format for this tournament will be, one best ball or two, pick your own partner. Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $45 per person with a deadline of July 14.

For information, visit or call Guilfoyle at (352) 683-7882.

HERNANDO FOOTBALL CAMP: Hernando High School will host a youth football skills clinic at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium in Brooksville from July 15 to 18.

The camp will begin at 8 a.m. daily and end at 11 a.m. for children who will be in grades 6 to 8 during the 2013-14 school year. The cost is $50.

Hernando assistant principal Lorenzo Fields will lead the clinic. Fields is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he played quarterback from 1986 to 1990.

Registration forms can be found on Hernando High's Edline site,, under the "News" link. For information, call Fields at (352) 797-7015, ext. 404.

SPRINGSTEAD BASKETBALL CAMP: Springstead High School will host one more youth basketball skills clinic at the school gymnasium in Spring Hill.

The camp will run from July 22 to 25. Instruction will be daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with early drop-off available to parents at 8 a.m. for an additional fee.

The camp is open to boys and girls going into grades 2 through 7 for the 2013-14 school year.

Registration is $80 per camper or $65 for the child of a Hernando County School Board employee; $20 will be discounted for each additional child in the family.

For information, contact Springstead coach Tim Plumadore at (352) 238-7536 or

HYL FOOTBALL: Hernando Youth League is signing up players for the 2013 football season online and in person. League officials will be at Coney Island Drive Inn in Brooksville on July 20 from 10 a.m. to noon.

New registrations will be accepted for the Mitey Mite, Junior Pee Wee and Pee Wee divisions. Any outstanding items still needed (report card, physical, payment) will also be accepted at this time. Players will not be permitted on the practice field until their registration is complete.

The new registration process is also online at Parents can click on the "Register" tab and choose "Player Registration." After creating a user name and password, fill out the registration form and make an online payment.

Parents will need to print the 2013 physical form and 2013 player contract. Children and parents must sign the contract and have a physician complete the physical form.

Paperwork collection dates are listed on the website. In addition to the forms to be printed, parents will need to bring their children's final report card. Players must accompany their parents to be weighed and photographed.

For information, contact Natalie Kahler at

FIREARMS CLASSES: 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 July 20, Aug. 7, Aug. 17 and Sept. 4. A special "ladies only" class will be on Sept. 21. All classes run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit. Advance registration is required; the fee is $60.

National Rifle Association certification classes are also available in July and August. Call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernando

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