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Published:   |   Updated: December 5, 2013 at 06:30 PM

Spring Hill Lanes' Monthly Eliminator

SPRING HILL - Spring Hill Lanes will be holding its next Monthly Eliminator Tournament Sunday at 6 p.m.

The entry fee is $30. Prize money will be paid on a 6-to-1 ratio. Top five bowlers advance to a stepladder final. Handicap is based on 90 percent of 240.

For more information or to register, call Spring Hill Lanes at (352) 683-7272.

Travel ball 12U Marlins looking for players

The 12U Marlins, a competitive travel ball team from Hernando County, will be holding open tryouts for the spring 2014 season Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 at Ernie Wever Youth Park at 6:30 p.m.

They are looking to add a couple of players to their nine-man roster. They are looking for talented players with great attitudes that will give 100 percent effort on field.

The team practices twice a week, will play two tournaments a month and participate in league play, with hopes of playing in one big tournament in the summer.

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

HCRD men's softball meeting

SPRING HILL - Hernando County Recreation Department will be holding a coaches/managers meeting for its new season Dec. 10 at Delta Woods Park at 6:15 p.m.

The meeting will take place at the park's large picnic pavilion located by the basketball courts.

The league starts the second week in January and is open to players age 18 and over.

The cost is $569 per team ($335 sponsor fee and $234 players fee). Deadline to enter a team is Dec. 30.

Games are played at Veterans Memorial Park and Anderson Snow Sports Complex, Monday through Friday nights. Games start at 7 p.m. and three games per night are played across a 14-game schedule, with the top half of teams in each division making the playoffs.

For more information call Harry Johnson at (352) 540-6356 or the HCRD at (352) 754-4031, or visit

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 Sunday 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.

NRA classes offered

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is offering several special NRA classes.

The NRA Basic Shotgun-Student class is scheduled for Jan. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Jan. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The NRA Basic Shotgun-Student course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target. Students receive classroom and range time learning to shoot shotguns.

Lessons include: the NRA's rules for safe gun handling; shotgun parts and operation; shotgun shell components; shotgun shell malfunctions; range rules; shooting at straightaway and angled targets; and cleaning the shotgun.

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

NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) course is set for Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Instructor candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills and be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline they wish to be certified. Candidates will learn NRA policies and procedures; basic public speaking skills; training methodology; use of a training team and training aids; organizing a course; building a budget; and preparing to teach.

Students will receive the NRA trainer's guidebook. Cost of the course is $100.

A NRA Pistol-Instructor class is set for Feb. 1-2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Instructor candidates learn how to teach safe gun handling, ammunition knowledge, the fundamentals of pistol shooting, and how to improve the performance of beginning pistol shooters.

Candidates must pass exam with a score of at least 90 percent and receive endorsement of training counselor for certification.

Pre-requisites: Completion of both the NRA Basic Pistol-Student class and NRA BIT class. The NRA BIT class must have been completed within two years previously. Cost of the course is $300.

A NRA Rifle-Instructor class is set for March 8-9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Instructor candidates learn how to teach safe gun handling, ammunition knowledge, the fundamentals of rifle shooting, and how to improve the performance of beginning rifle shooters.

Candidates must pass exam with a score of at least 90 percent and receive endorsement of training counselor for certification.

Pre-requisites: Completion of both the NRA Basic Rifle-Student class and NRA BIT class. The NRA BIT class must have been completed within two years previously. Cost of the course is $300.

A NRA Shotgun-Instructor course will run March 22-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Instructor candidates learn how to teach safe gun handling, ammunition knowledge, the fundamentals of shotgun shooting, and how to improve the performance of beginning shotgun shooters.

Candidates must pass exam with a score of at least 90 percent and receive endorsement of training counselor for certification.

Pre-requisites: Completion of both the NRA Basic Shotgun-Student class and NRA BIT class. The NRA BIT class must have been completed within two years previously. Cost of the course is $200.

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

New archery program at Sportsman's Club

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is pleased to announce a new archery program starting in January.

Beginning Jan. 12, the 50-yard range will be open to the public for general archery practice on the second Sunday of each month.

No crossbows are allowed and no broad heads. Field points only.

The club will also be soon offering the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Online Archery Program's field-day exercises of their online archery class. This hands-on field-day exercise includes lessons on bow setup and shooting, field walks, blood-trail exercises, erecting and safely ascending and descending from tree stands, as well as equipment preparation and survival techniques.

For more information, or sign up and take the online archery class, visit

For further information, contact the club at (352) 597-9931 or visit

Girls Night Out trap shoot group

BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando Sportsman's Club is pleased to announce a new "Girls Night Out" trap shooting group starting in January.

Beginning Jan. 2, the ladies trap shooting group will meet the first Thursday night of the month at the trap range, from 5 to 9 p.m.

For those who have never tried out trap shooting or don't have their own shotgun, the club will be providing 20-gauge shotguns for the ladies group to use.

For those using a club shotgun, be sure to bring at least two boxes of 20-gauge ammo, ear plugs and eye protection. You may use your own shotgun, too.

The trap range fee is $5 for members/$8 for non-members for two games of trap.

The Hernando Sportsman's Club is located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. 19) in Brooksville.

For more information, contact the club at (352) 597-9931, visit or the club's Facebook page at

FHSAA Sunshine State Spirit Showdown

GAINESVILLE - Passionate sports rivalries are a way of life in Florida high schools, and now schools across the state have the opportunity to prove who has the best cheering section.

The Florida High School Athletics Association has launched the Sunshine State Spirit Showdown, a video contest in which students are encouraged to submit videos showing their classmates and community exhibiting positive sportsmanship while rooting for their favorite school.

Students across Florida are invited to submit appropriate videos proving that their school has the best fans. The videos can run from 90 seconds to three minutes, including at least 30 seconds of why that school's student section is the greatest.

Students can upload their videos to by Jan. 31. Fans will then have the chance to vote for their favorite video, with voting to last from Feb. 6 to March 6, and those online votes will factor into judging.

Members of the FHSAA's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will conduct official judging on March 7. The winning school will be announced on March 10 and will receive a plaque and banner from the FHSAA.

Students are encouraged to make the videos unique by including anything from picture montages and background music, to special chants, or even choreographed dances. Judges will base their decision on sportsmanship, participation, school spirit, organization, creativity and fun. All students are welcome to participate, from football players to band members, from soccer players to yearbook staffers.

Full details about the Sunshine State Spirit Showdown contest, including video requirements, voting and judging, are available at

Masters Tennis demos during Senior Games

FORT MYERS - For more than 20 years, tennis has been a staple of the Florida Senior Games, providing quality competition to Florida's senior athletes at first-class venues.

Beginning in December, senior players will have a second tennis option at the Florida International Senior Games and State Championships with the demonstration-sport debut of the short-court Masters Tennis format.

The introduction of Masters Tennis is through a partnership with the Florida Sports Foundation and the United States Tennis Association-Florida Section (USTA Florida).

The demo play days, free to the public, will be held at Three Oaks Community Park in Fort Myers on Dec. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and Dec. 11, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Masters Tennis is tennis played on a smaller 60-foot court with a lower-compression ball and a lighter racquet, or participants can use their regular racquet.

The game has simpler numerical scoring, using the 1-2-3-4 system. The first person or team winning four points wins the game. The first person or team winning six games wins the match.

Modified equipment will be provided for all participants. The Dec. 10 event will be a demonstration to learn the Masters Tennis format, followed by free play the following day.

Anyone over 50 is invited to join the events of both days and learn more about Masters Tennis.

The 22nd annual Florida International Senior Games and State Championships full-court tennis competition will be played Dec. 7-12. Singles will be played the first two days followed by men's and women's doubles on Dec. 9-10 and mixed doubles Dec. 11-12.

For more about Florida Senior Games tennis, contact the FSF at 866-FLGAMES, or visit

You can also follow the Florida Senior Games on Facebook.

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

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

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 Jan. 8, Jan. 18, Feb. 5, Feb. 15 and March 5. A special "ladies only" firearms safety course will be held on Dec. 21 and March 22.

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

This is an introductory "First Steps" orientation class for new shooters. 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 .22-caliber 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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