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Tue. May 25, 2010 | Derek J. LaRiviere

Around the North Suncoast in 30 days

A daily spring preview of every football program in Hernando and Pasco counties

Weeki Wachee

Coach: Mark Lee (first season; second season overall, 7-4)

Last season: first-year program

District: None (JV only)

Players to watch: QB David Tinch, C James Purdy, LB/TE John Boudreau, OL/DL Tyler Pierson, ATH John King

What’s new: The entire program. Coming off of a season in which he led Nature Coast to a playoff berth and controlled his share of egos and expectations, it’s a complete about-face for Lee. The Hornets named a starting quarterback in rising freshman Tinch. “He has worked on his mechanics since the beginning of the spring and made a lot of improvement,” Lee said. With his dual roles as athletic director and coach, Lee has a great deal of confidence in his new coaching staff. Former Central assistant Bob Croyle will help run the defense. Lee’s former college roommate, Mike Poyer, will lend a hand on offense. David Tinch Sr. is the other assistant. Lee raves about King, who joined the team late in spring practice. King should play skill positions all over the field, from running back to wide receiver. The former Fox Chapel Middle School student has already opened a lot of eyes in practice.

Audible: “We’ve gotten a heck of a lot better from Day 1 to the past week. How we work in the summer is going to depend on how we are in the fall. We are going to set the tone for every athletic team at the school.” — Lee

Did you know? The Hornets’ roster is made up of only freshmen and sophomores. The biggest obstacle is that spring practice is at Fox Chapel Middle School in Spring Hill and all of the players have to travel from other schools to get there. Lee starts practice at 4:30 p.m. “The biggest challenge is going to find out what the commitment level is going to be like. You’re not going from the last class of the day to the football field. The first day we had 38 kids. The next day we had 22 kids.” …While some of the other schools that opened recently on the North Suncoast (Sunlake, Wiregrass Ranch, Anclote, Fivay) played mixed JV and varsity schedules in their inaugural seasons, the Hornets are going with an all-JV slate. Those other schools included freshman, sophomore and junior classes from the start of enrollment. Weeki Wachee will open this fall with only freshmen and sophomore classes.

Spring game: None

2010 schedule
Sept. 2     at Citrus
Sept. 9     vs. Fivay
Sept. 16     at Springstead
Sept. 23     at Wildwood
Sept. 30     vs. Central
Oct. 7     vs. Crystal River
Oct. 14    vs. Hernando
Oct. 21     at Clearwater Central Catholic

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