Possible Power surgeBy BRANT JAMES
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Springstead High alum Jennifer O'Sullivan could see her playing time increase next season with the Women's United Soccer Association's New York Power.
O'Sullivan, a former captain at Stanford, played just 59 minutes over six games in the league's first season, but will get a chance at more game time with the recent retirement of fellow defenders and Norwegian international players Gro Espeseth and Ann Kristin Aarones.
Power coach Pat Farmer said he expected O'Sullivan, 23, to earn more time and used the United Games, a charity event to benefit families of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, to expand her role.
"I won't be surprised if she gets 90 minutes per game," Farmer told nypower.com. "She's played well. ... She'll get a long look."
O'Sullivan played the entire game in Saturday's 3-1 loss to Washington at RFK Stadium.
Catching on as youngest at showcase
Donnie Messineo, a 15-year-old freshman at Springstead, got an early start on what he hopes will be a professional career when he participated in the All-American Baseball Talent Showcase Saturday at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.
For $295, high school-aged players have clinics and are evaluated by college and pro scouts.
"It was a little weird because I was the youngest one," said Messineo, a catcher. "I was catching for a whole bunch of juniors and seniors. I felt I could have done better but I did pretty good.
"It was nerve-wracking, but it was fun and it was a good experience for me."
Messineo plays Dixie League and American Legion baseball in Spring Hill.
Gabriel wins event
Spring Hill's Glenn Gabriel continues to play well after winning the National Competitive Golf Tour's National Championship in October.
The Springstead alum shot 72 on Saturday at Remington Golf Club in Kissimmee to win the Gross Division in the tour's weekly game. He won $200 when Lance Serine lipped a 5-foot par putt for tie on the 18th hole.
Super Net Total -- Mike Fessler 69.2; Tony Hobensack 70.0; Glenn Gabriel 71.5; David Barnes 71.6.
Super Gross Total -- Glenn Gabriel 72; Lance Serine 73; Bill Dienes 83.
Bobby O'Connell shot 61 Thursday to win the Wellington Mixed Golf League's low-net game.
Phil Daniele (63) was second, nudging Rich Ruggeri (64) and Howard Keefer (65). Mae Rowe (67) was fifth.
Beverly Pickens shot 87 on Oct. 29 to win the A Flight Gross game in the Hernando Ladies Golf League monthly Low Gross/Low Net game.
Pat Garrison, Barbara Gautier and Vera Turnbull tied for second at 93.
Becky Ingram (68) won A Net, ahead of Jan Himmelspach (72) and Gail Samples (74).
Janet Lillvik (102) won B Gross, edging Gill Maden (103) and Judy Jones (107).
Gloria Carbaugh (67) won B Net ahead of Neil Craine (69) and Bobbi O'Connell (76).
Sandi Duart (101) was best in C Gross. Rusty Ryal (102) was second and Dolores Dini (106) was third.
Sally Salkewicz (62) claimed D Net. Betty Harding and Jean Berezuk (72) tied for second.
Joan Schall and Mary Koch (106) tied atop D Gross and Nancy Colton (116) was third.
Mary Wagner and Doris Thomas (72) won D Gross ahead of Joyce Johns (78).
The second annual Wal-Mart SuperCenter Make-A-Wish Foundation Golf Tournament, a four-person scramble, will be 1 p.m. Nov. 11 at Silverthorn Country Club in Brooksville.
All proceeds will remain in Hernando County.
A $55 entry fee includes greens and cart fees, range balls, door prizes and food.
First prize is $500, second $200, and third $100. Call Annie Steen at (352) 597-3807 for information.
Al Reeves and Roy Burgess hit holes-in-one last week at Brooksville Golf & Country Club. Harry Thompson, 86, shot 79 to break the age barrier.
New 5K challenge
The inaugural Sheriff's 5K Challenge will be Nov. 17 at Sand Hill Scout Reservation on State Road 50, east of Spring Hill.
Registration is at 7 a.m. The race begins at 8 a.m.
Runners may preregister on-line at www.hernandosheriff.org (click on Press Releases) or by calling Cinda Moore at (352) 754-6830, ext. 312. Pre-registration costs $12. Race-day fee is $14.
A Kids Fun Run will also be held for a $2 fee. Each child will receive a souvenir medal.
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