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Published:   |   Updated: April 25, 2013 at 02:57 PM

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Marlins baseball team holding tryout Saturday

BROOKSVILLE The Marlins baseball travel team is currently looking for a few experienced players to add to its soon-to-be 12U team roster.

A second tryout is being held Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Kennedy Park. Registration begins 30 minutes prior to tryout time.

All participating players must not turn 13 years of age before May 1, 2014.

For more information, contact head coach Ted Leo at (352) 585-2574.

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.

Football camp starting up

SPRING HILL It Is All About The Youth Inc. will be holding its inaugural spring football camp, May 6-17 at Veterans Memorial Park.

The camps will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Friday during that timeframe, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The registration fee is $30.

For more information, contact Coach Eric Riggins Sr. at (352) 340-6132.

National Senior Games deadline approaching

TALLAHASSEE The Florida Sports Foundation, presenters of the annual Florida International Senior Games and State Championships, wants to make Florida the top traveling state delegation at the 2013 National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio.

The May 1 registration deadline is rapidly approaching and Florida currently is the fourth-largest traveling state delegation with 459 athletes.

Florida senior athletes are traditionally one of the largest traveling delegations to the National Senior Games, consistently in the top five of traveling states. Since 2001, over 3,000 Florida athletes have traveled to the National Senior Games, which is held in odd-numbered years. The most Florida athletes to travel to the Games came in 2007 when 645 senior athletes represented the Sunshine State in Louisville, Kentucky.

The National Senior Games is one of the largest recurring multi-sport events in the United States and is expected to draw more than 10,000 athletes to the Cleveland area between July 19 and Aug. 1. Medal-contending competitions for the 2013 Games include archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, race walk, road race, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, triathlon and volleyball.

Florida athletes who qualified at the 2012 Games who may have been waiting until the last minute to register, the last minute is approaching. To be a part of an exceptional group of athletes representing the State of Florida, go to to register.

Ride of Silence set for May 15

BROOKSVILLE The 10th annual Ride of Silence bicycle ride will take place May 15 at 6:30 p.m.

The event is a silent procession to honor friends and family members who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

Riders of all abilities are invited to participate. A brief ceremony will be held at Suncoast Trailhead on State Road 50 in remembrance of lost colleagues and loved ones, followed by information on ride protocol, placement of signs to be pinned on riders’ jerseys, arm bands, etc.

The ride will roll out from the Suncoast Trailhead at 7 p.m. Again this year Brewer and Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services will be providing a hearse as a pace car. The ride will last for one hour from the trailhead to the Brewer and Sons facility in Brooksville and back at a 10-12 mph pace.

Route map and cue sheet can be found at:

For more information, call Owen Williams at (352) 596-6912 or visit

Nature Coast basketball skills camps

BROOKSVILLE Nature Coast Technical High School will be holding boys and girls basketball skills camps this summer, for players age 5 to those entering seventh grade.

The camps will take place June 17-20 and July 22-25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Nature Coast gym. Players and coaches will be at the NCT gym at 8 a.m. for camper drop off.

The cost is $75 per camper. The camp instructor will be David Pisarcik, a former college basketball standout at Armstrong Atlantic State University and current head boys basketball coach at Nature Coast. The camps will also include Nature Coast varsity boys basketball players to give individual instruction to campers.

The camp will consist of individual and group instruction on basic fundamentals of basketball, which include: basic and advanced ball-handling skills; fundamentals on shooting and passing; individual defense; team defense; daily contests and prizes; team competitions (3v3, 5v5); infamous pickle shot; 3-point, free throw and hot shot competitions; and trophies and awards.

For more information or to confirm your spot, call Pisarcik at (727) 385-2194.

Firearms safety classes

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

The class dates include 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.

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

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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