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Travel baseball team tryouts

The Marlins Baseball Club, a local travel ball team, is holding tryouts Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kennedy Park.

The Marlins’ fall season will begin in August and run through December. The team will become a 12U Boys AA team in August.

The Marlins travel baseball program is open to players in grades fourth through sixth. All participating players must not turn 13 years of age before May 1, 2014.

Each player will be provided with a number during registration. Tryout registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the scheduled tryout time. Players will need to bring baseball gloves, bats, helmets and cleats. Bring water and/or Gatorade to stay hydrated.

For more information about the Marlins, visit or, or contact team mom Dawn Leo at

Softball tournament for cystic fibrosis

SPRING HILL The Hernando County Recreation Department will hold a one-pitch, co-ed softball tournament Saturday at Anderson Snow Sports Complex and Veterans Memorial Park.

The cost is $175 per team. All proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

All teams must provide two softballs. A trophy and T-shirts will be awarded to the champion, and a trophy to the runner-up. The deadline to enter a team is today.

For more information, contact Harry Johnson at (352) 540-6356.

HCRD men’s softball starting up

SPRING HILL The men’s softball season starts April 22, with a league meeting set for today at 6 p.m. at the HCRD office, 205 E. Fort Dade Ave. in Brooksville.

Games are played at Veterans Memorial Park and Anderson Snow Sports Complex Monday through Friday nights. Teams play a 14-game schedule, with games starting at 7 p.m. The top half of the teams in each division will make the playoffs.

This league is also open to players age 18 and up. The cost is $569 ($335 sponsor fee and $234 player fee). The deadline to enter a team is April 22.

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

NRA classes offered

BROOKSVILLE The Hernando Sportsman’s Club is offering several special NRA classes for March and April.

A NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) class takes place today, from 4 to 10 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 two-day NRA Rifle-Instructor class takes place Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

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 an exam with a score of at least 90 percent and receive endorsement of the training counselor for certification.

Pre-requisites include completion of both the NRA Basic Rifle-Student class and NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) class. The NRA BIT training class must have been completed within the previous two years.

Cost of the course is $300.

Pre-registration is required for all classes.

For more information or to pre-register, call the club at (352) 597-9931.

Dinner auction to benefit Weeki Wachee athletics

WEEKI WACHEE Dance through the Decades, the second annual dinner auction benefitting Weeki Wachee High School athletics, takes place Saturday at GlenLakes Golf and Country Club.

The event, featuring an Italian dinner and adult beverages topping the menu, as well live entertainment, will run from 6 to 10 p.m. It will celebrate the evolution of music from the ‘60s to now, and guests are invited to dress in the popular styles of their favorite decade. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Greg.

Items to be auctioned include Rays tickets, a wine cruise on a private sailboat, kayak, crotchet Hornet blanket, Dan Connor autographed jersey and an autographed picture of Twilight’s most famous vampire.

Attendees are asked to RSVP by Friday. Tickets are $20 per person and $30 per couple, and can be purchased from Weeki Wachee Booster Club members or by calling Blair Houston at (813) 528-6050 or Kevin Yates at (813) 476-3363.

Weber highlights PBA50 Suncoast Open

NEW PORT RICHEY At age 50, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber shows no signs of slowing down.

The 37-time PBA Tour champion is coming off a two-tournament winning streak and now he takes his show to the season opener of the 2013 PBA50 Tour (formerly Senior Tour) season at the Pasco County Suncoast Open benefitting Wounded Warriors April 14-17 at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey.

A little more than a week ago Weber won his second Tournament of Champions title, and his PBA League team, the New York City WTT KingPins presented by GEICO, owned by tennis legend Billie Jean King, won the inaugural PBA League Elias Cup.

Beginning Monday, he will be among a field of approximately 120 players 50 years of age and older who will compete during the 11-tournament PBA50 Tour season.

Another player who competes on both of PBA tours is Hall of Famer and reigning PBA50 Senior Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala. Williams, the leader in career PBA Tour titles with 47, is competing in his fourth PBA50 Tour season.

During the 2012 PBA50 season the four-time Senior Tour titlist won two titles and had six top-five finishes in nine tournaments entered.

Thirty players from Florida have entered the tournament. Another notable player scheduled to compete is two-time PBA50 Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, who has traveled the farthest to compete in New Port Richey – nearly 4,000 miles.

Throughout the 2013 PBA50 Tour season, players will be competing for the opportunity to advance to the nationally-televised PBA50 Tour Finals, which will be conducted as part of the World Series of Bowling V in Las Vegas in November. The top three players in points at the conclusion of the season will advance to the PBA50 Tour Finals.

Suncoast Open competition begins on Monday with qualifying rounds beginning at 8 a.m. Qualifying continues on Tuesday after which the field will be cut to the top 40 to begin match play on April 17. Match play continues all day with championship rounds to begin at 5:30 p.m. Practice and pro-ams will be conducted on Sunday. Admission is $10, good for all three days of competition.

The Lucas, Green & Magazine Pro-Am on Sunday gives area amateurs the opportunity to bowl with the pros. Squads are scheduled for 3 and 5:30 p.m. Entry fee is only $39 for adults and $19 for kids. There will also be a Corporate Charity Challenge which allows companies to help raise money for the WWP while a team of their employees bowl with the pros in a fun format.

For more information, contact Lane Glo Bowl at (727) 376-1164.

Horace Copeland annual football camp

SPRING HILL The Horace “Hi-C” Copeland Football Camp returns this year, May 18 at Anderson Snow Sports Complex.

This popular event, held by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Horace Copeland for ages 5-16, is free but registration is limited to the first 300 campers.

Check-in starts at 8 a.m. The non-contact camp runs 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Pre-register now by calling Hernando County Parks and Recreation at (352) 754-4031. For more information, visit Horace “Hi-C” Copeland’s Facebook page.

Firearms safety classes

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

The class dates include April 20, May 1, May 18 and June 5. A special “ladies only” firearms safety course will be held June 15.

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

The course covers 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

Spring Hill Lanes Kids Camp

SPRING HILL Spring Hill Lanes’ Kids Camp will be held for eight weeks this summer, allowing children ages 5-16 of all skill levels to have fun and learn how to bowl.

The camp will take place Wednesdays, June 15-July 31, and Saturdays, June 8-July 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The cost is $10 per week. Included is a choice of bowling ball, bag and shoes, free on-lane instruction, free T-shirt, open bowling for $1.50 per game, and an instructional video on Wednesdays.

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

Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic

BROOKSVILLE The Project Appleseed marksmanship clinic will be held April 20-21 at the Hernando Sportsman’s Club, located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. Hwy. 19).

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The clinic starts at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. both days.

Project Appleseed is an activity of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association and dedicated to teaching every American our shared heritage and history as well as traditional rifle marksmanship skills. The Revolutionary War Veterans Association is a non-profit organization operated by volunteer instructors.

Their heritage program vividly portrays the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Modern listeners are confronted with the danger, the fear, and the heartbreaking separations that arose out of the choices made on April 19, 1775. They are also reminded of the marksmanship skills and masterful organization that ultimately helped set the colonists on the path to success. Those who attend gain a better understanding of the fundamental choices faced by our ancestors as they began to set the stage for the nation we now enjoy.

Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills that allow a rifleman to be accurate out to 400 yards, with iron sights, standard rifle and surplus ammo. Most of the instruction at a Project Appleseed event is conducted on the firing range at 25 meters, at reduced-size targets to simulate 100 to 400 yards. Students will learn safe gun handling, proper use of a sling and Revolutionary War history.

Please bring ear/eye protection, rifle with sling and ammo, rifle mat, bug repellent, hat, sunscreen, a packed lunch, snacks and drinks. Please bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. Food and beverages are also available for purchase for lunch in the clubhouse.

A .22-caliber rifle is recommended due to the cost of ammo, but a centerfire rifle can be used if preferred. About 250 rounds of ammo will be needed per day.

Marksmanship Clinic fees are $50 one day/$80 two days for men, $20 one day/$40 two days for women, $10 one day/$20 two days for youth age 18 and under, or one free youth per paying adult, male or female.

Active military, Guard and Reserve, law enforcement officers with ID, disabled, elected officials and Revolutionary re-enactors in costume are free. Additional club range fees of $14 per day apply for all.

To register online, go to For more information, contact Trey Dawson at (727) 452-4650 or

Springstead basketball camp

SPRING HILL Springstead High’s inaugural All Skills Basketball Camp, sponsored by Impact Sports, takes place this summer, open to boys and girls going into second through seventh grade.

The camp will be offered at Springstead’s gym, in two separate sessions, June 24-27 and July 22-25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early drop-off is available starting at 8 p.m. for an additional fee.

Campers must bring their own lunch, though pizza, Powerade and water will be available for purchase.

Cost is $80 per camper, $65 for children of Hernando County school district employees, and $20 off for each additional child.

Sign-ups will take place May 25 at the Springstead gym, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Early registration is available at, or through the registration brochure.

For more information, contact Springstead boys basketball head coach Tim Plumadore at (352) 797-7010 ext. 251, (352) 238-7536 or

Suncoast Select 16U looking for players

SPRING HILL The Suncoast Select 16U baseball team is looking for a few more elite level players to fill its 2013 summer roster.

The Select will play a competitive schedule beginning in mid-May and continuing through the fall. The schedule includes highly scouted events such as Perfect Game and Under Armour, to name a few. The current roster features players from Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties.

Players interested in trying out must visit, and click on “Contact Us” and fill out the short form. A coach will be in contact within 24-48 hours.

For more information, contact head coach Izzy Fontanez at (352) 428-0035 or

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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