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Bowling honor scores

Hernando County bowling honor scores so far for the 2013-14 winter season include:

Spring Hill Lanes - 300 games by Jeremy Updyke (Aug. 30, T.G.I.F. league), Chris Castro (Sept. 10, Mike's Auto Body), Jason Mahr (Sept. 17, Mike's Auto Body), Keith Zavrel (Sept. 24, Mike's Auto Body) and John Chesko (Sept. 26, Small Business Scratch).

299 games by Sal Gennusa (Sept. 24, Mike's Auto Body) and Rich Kastner Jr. (Sept. 26, Small Business Scratch).

800 series by Jason Mahr (826, Sept. 17, Mike's Auto Body) and Anthony Caso (803, Sept. 17, Mike's Auto Body).

Mariner Lanes - 300 games by Chris Bernhardt Sr. (Aug. 23, Friday Early Mariners), Ron Wellons (Sept. 2, Coca-Cola Classic), James Kupres (Sept. 2, Coca-Cola Classic), Jack Redmond (Sept. 27, Friday Early Mariners) and Tom Russell (Sept. 27, Friday Early Mariners).

800 series by Tom Russell (825, Sept. 27, Friday Early Mariners).

4-H Benefit Trap Tournament

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is hosting a 4-H Benefit Trap Tournament on Saturday, at the club's trap range, located at 16121 Commercial Way.

All proceeds are to benefit the youth of the Hernando Sportsman's 4-H Club.

The trap tournament consists of four rounds of 25 shots each, for a total of 100 shots. Trophies will be awarded from three categories: youth, adult and senior. The winner is determined by most targets hit.

Cost is $40 per trap shooter. Lunch is provided to all participants.

Registration for shooters begins at 8 a.m. Shooting will start at 9 a.m. Please bring your own shotgun, ammo and lawn chair.

For more information, contact Ken at (352) 797-0409.

Globetrotters coming to USF

TAMPA - The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will take fan interaction to a new level when the 2014 "Fans Rule" World Tour comes to the USF Sun Dome on March 7 at 7 pm.

Online voting is now open at, where all fans can choose which new game-changing rules they want to see in their hometown.

The Globetrotters were the first organization in sports and entertainment to let fans vote on rules when the team introduced the concept last year. Since the fan response was so overwhelming, the team is doing it again - but with a major twist.

The 2014 online ballot includes three never-before-seen revolutionary rules:

Hot Hand Jersey - Both teams will have a "Hot Hand Jersey" they can pass among each other. The player who is wearing this jersey will receive double points on made baskets.

Make or Miss - The quarter begins with only two players on the court for each team. When a team scores, a teammate may enter the game. When they miss, the player missing the shot must leave the court, leaving his or her teammates shorthanded.

Trick Shot Challenge - Via three challenge flags per team, each coach can challenge the other team to make a trick shot. If the team makes the trick shot, they earn five points. If they miss, the other team receives five points.

With a roster showcasing stars such as Special K Daley, Big Easy, Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Hi-Lite Bruton and Dizzy Grant - plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu - the Globetrotters' one-of-a-kind family show features mesmerizing ball-handling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks and precise timing - all with an array of comedy guaranteed to entertain the young and the young at heart.

After virtually every game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.

Tickets for this event are now on sale. Ticket prices are $24.75, $32.75, $40.75, $56.75 and $111.75. Additional fees may apply.

Tickets will be available through, Ticketmaster outlets, by calling (800) 745-3000 or at the Sun Dome Box Office. Sign up for the SD VIP Pass to receive all the information you need about this event and others at

Groups of 10 or more may save $7 per ticket on select prices.

For more information, contact Rachel Meyrowitz at (813)974-8916 or

Family-oriented 'Amazing Race' event returns to Tampa

TAMPA - Registration is under way for a family-oriented event modeled after the popular "Amazing Race" reality TV series.

The annual family-friendly obstacle/adventure event starts Dec. 8 at 2 p.m., at Oscar Cooler Park in Lutz. The event is open to two-member teams of all ages, although children in kindergarten must be paired with an adult entrant.

Contestants are advised to be prepared to get dirty and wet during the race, expected to take two hours. The team with the fastest overall time wins.

Children in the race are tasked with being the team captains, which involves naming their teams and encouraging their adult partners.

Medals are awarded to winners of each race division: kindergarten -fourth grade, fifth grade-eighth grade, ninth grade-12th grade, and adult teams.

The top 25 teams qualify for the national championship and a chance to win $2,000.

The race will be held, rain or shine, at Oscar Cooler Park, 770 W. Fern Lutz Road in Lutz. Walk-ups are accepted.

The event is limited to 120 pairs, so racers are encouraged to reserve a spot now, as teammates can be added on the day of the event.

Online registration cost is $40 per two-member team, and can be completed at Members of Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, YMCA, 4-H, BBBS, BGC, military, law enforcement and fire department receive special pricing.

Hernando Sportsman's Club swap meet

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is sponsoring a swap meet on Nov. 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The swap meet will be held in the clubhouse, located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. Hwy 19), in Brooksville.

The swap meet will feature used firearms, archery items, reloading equipment and supplies, and related accessories for "Swap, Sell, Trade, Barter or Give Away."

Table rentals are available. Club members pay $10 per table; non-members pay $20 per table.

Admission is free for club members. Non-members pay $3 per person.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

For more information, call the clubhouse at (352) 597-9931, or visit or

NRA classes offered

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is offering two special NRA classes this November.

The two-day NRA Basic Pistol course takes place Nov. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and operating a pistol safely. Students receive classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.

Lessons include: the NRA's rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, range rules, shooting from the bench rest position and two-handed standing positions, and cleaning the pistol.

All students receive the NRA's Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook. Cost of the course is $100.

A NRA Basic Rifle-Student class runs Nov. 23-24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

The NRA Basic Rifle course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting. Students receive classroom and range time learning to shoot rifles.

Lessons include: the NRA's rules for safe gun handling; rifle parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest, prone, sitting, standing and kneeling positions; and cleaning the rifle.

Preregistration is required for all classes.

To preregister, or more information on the courses, call Hernando Sportsman's Club at (352) 597-9931 or visit

J.C. Karate offering classes

RIDGE MANOR - J.C. Karate is currently offering a first month, two classes per week special for only $20.

Come out and train under Soke Master Jason P. Chase Sr., a two-time Triple Crown state champion and 2011 National Instructor of the Year, with no hidden fees or surprise costs.

J.C. Karate is located in Ridge Manor at 31162 Cortez Blvd., in the Winn-Dixie plaza.

For more information, contact (352) 467-0506 or

Senior Games online registration now open

TALLAHASSEE - Online registration is now available for the 2013 Florida International Senior Games and State Championships, to be held Dec. 7-15 in Lee County, featuring 23 sports and events for athletes age 50 and over.

Visit and like the new Florida Senior Games Facebook page, at, to register online.

Registration deadlines are in mid-to-late November and entry fees vary by sport.

Sports needing a qualifying performance by Florida residents include 3-on-3 basketball, basketball shooting, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track and field.

The Florida International Senior Games and State Championships are open to out-of-state athletes. Out-of-state athletes are not required to qualify at a local Senior Games event.

Open sports which do not need a qualifying performance are archery, bag toss, billiards, bocce, croquet, pickleball, powerlifting, power walk, race walk, racquetball, 5K and 10K road race and volleyball.

Two new sports have been added, as bag toss and croquet debut. Bocce returns to Veteran's Park in Cape Coral after not being offered in 2011 and 2012.

Ride to Defeat ALS approaching

TAMPA - On Nov. 2, an estimated 500 cyclists will gather in Indian Rocks Beach for the 4th annual Ride to Defeat ALS.

The Ride is a one-day, fully supported cycling event that raises funds to fight Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The NuMotion Family Fun Ride has been completely redesigned this year. Cyclists of all ages will ride a one-mile route that starts and ends at the Holiday Inn Harbourside in Indian Rocks Beach.

Wheelchair-bound patients, children and families can do multiple loops through a quiet local neighborhood and alongside the distinctive Gulf Boulevard businesses of Indian Rocks Beach. Riders are never more than one-half mile from the Holiday Inn Harbourside and event personnel. This year's sponsor, NuMotion, specializes in individualized health and mobility solutions.

While the Ride to Defeat ALS is not a race, participants are racing toward a world without Lou Gehrig's Disease. Each participating cyclist raises funds that support patient care, programs and research.

While the minimum fundraising amount is $250, many participants exceed this amount, raising even more funds that go directly to those affected by ALS.

The one-day ride was named the "Event of the Year" by the Florida Bicycle Association and includes three routes of varying intensity (1-mile, 25-mile or 62-mile) for riders of all skill levels. Each route was designed for optimum safety and takes riders through scenic areas of Pinellas County, including Fort DeSoto Park.

Breakfast will be served pre-ride and this year's after-party includes entertainment, lunch and ice-cold beer.

For more information, to register or to sign up to help, visit

Travel ball 12U Marlins looking for players

The 12U Marlins, a competitive travel ball team from Hernando County, are looking for a few experienced players and parents to complete their fall roster.

All participating players must not turn 13 by May 1, 2014.

For more information, contact Coach Ted Leo at (352) 585-2574 or, or visit

Kissimmee St. Cloud Senior Games registration opens

KISSIMMEE - Registration is now open for the 2013 Kissimmee-St. Cloud Senior Games. In its 18th year, this annual event is the ultimate competition for athletes age 50 and over. The games are hosted by Experience Kissimmee.

Events will take place Oct. 12-19. Twenty-three physical and recreational activities will be held throughout Osceola County. Athletes may participate in as many events as they would like.

Physical events include: archery, billiards, swimming, basketball shooting, bowling, track and field, shuffleboard, golf, cycling, race walking 5K run, pickle ball, table tennis and tennis. Some of the recreational activities include: euchre, Mah Jongg, cribbage, bridge, Texas hold 'em poker and corn hole.

The Senior Games are a sanctioned event for the Florida Senior Games Series, acting as a qualifying site for the 2013 Florida Senior Games State Championship. The top five finishers in most events will advance to the state competition in December.

Another highlight of the Kissimmee St. Cloud Senior Games is the annual "Celebration of Athletes" banquet which recognizes all participants, sponsors, staff and volunteers who help make the event happen. The banquet also includes a ballroom dancing exhibition and interactive teaching session. It will take place Oct. 19 at Osceola Heritage Park.

To register for the competition or banquet, call (407) 742-8252 or visit

Golf lessons available

BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County Recreation Department is offering golf lessons for beginner and intermediate players.

Class schedule is as follows: Thursdays - Intermediate with Woods from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Woods Only 6 to 7 p.m.; Saturdays - Beginners from 10 to 11 a.m. and Intermediate 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Beginner classes are for the person or child who has never played, maybe played but needs a review, or possibly has just never had formal lessons.

Short Game is for those who need help with shots 50 yards out from the putting green.

Woods Only is a continuation in the program and for correction of additional swing problems.

Intermediate with Woods is for players in need of swing improvement.

All ages welcome. The cost is $7 per session, per person. The instructor is Chuck Bridgewater.

To register or for more information, contact Barbara (352) 596-5344, or the HCRD at (352) 754-4031 or

The Ridge Ladies' Golf Invitational seeking sponsors

RIDGE MANOR - The Ridge Ladies' Invitational Golf Tournament, held at The Ridge Golf Club (formerly Ridge Manor Oaks and Whispering Oaks) on Feb. 24, is seeking sponsors.

Hole sponsors, paying $50 per hole, will have their company name posted at one (or more) of the 18 holes, or a banner can be provided to hang in the clubhouse. All sponsors will be listed in the program for the event.

For more information, contact Betty O'Brien at The Ridge, (352) 608-4800 or

Firearms safety classes

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is offering several firearms safety classes over the next few months.

The class dates include Oct. 19, Nov. 6, Nov. 16 and Dec. 4. A special "ladies only" firearms safety course will be held on Dec. 21.

All classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way.

The courses cover lessons about the basics of firearms safety around the home; intro to pistol safety, parts and operation; intro to ammo and the fundamentals of pistol shooting; intro to pistol shooting from the seated and standing position; and intro to pistol cleaning and storage.

The classes include instruction, live-fire training on the range and a lunch break. All materials and equipment needed for the class and live-fire training is provided to students, including the use of a firearm, ammo, earplugs and eye protection.

The cost is $60. Successful completion of this class also provides required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit if desired.

Pre-registration is required. Please call (352) 597-9931 to pre-register.

For information on the club, visit

Tennis camp and classes

SPRING HILL - Ace Performance Tennis is offering Quick Start Drills Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Delta Woods Park.

The cost is $10.00 per class. Drills and games are designed for beginning players using the USTA-approved strategies for 60-foot court players.

Learn to play tennis quickly with age- and size-appropriate equipment and modified courts.

Additionally, Ace Performance Tennis is offering a Ladies Night Out, Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Delta Woods Park.

The cost is $10 per class. Women of beginning and intermediate skill levels will learn to play in a fun social setting.

For more information on the camp and classes, contact John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or

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