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A roundup of youth sports in Hernando County

The Brooksville Bulldogs Under-10 USSSA baseball club reached the championship of a major tournament in Lake City earlier this month. It was the second time this season the Bulldogs finished second in a major tournament, qualifying them for the USSSA World Series in Louisiana.

Because of cost and short notice, the club won't be able to attend the Series, but the accomplishment is overwhelming on its own. Before falling 15-1 to the Lake City Avalanche in the finals, the Bulldogs went 3-1 in the tournament, including a convincing win over the Bradford Blaze (15-4) in the semi-finals.

This weekend, the Bulldogs will play at Tropicana Field, and upon invitation from the Tampa Bay Rays organization, the club will play a pair of games against the Tampa Titans. The Bulldogs are the second team from Hernando County to play at the Trop this season, joining the Brooksville Bombers Under-8 AAU club.

FOOTBALL: Both the HYL Leopards and West Hernando Cougars completed a slate of games this past weekend with very different results.

The Leopards dropped all three of its games against Timucua Pop Warner League, two at Inverness against the Storm and one at Belleview against the Panthers. The Mighty Mites (2-1) and Junior Pee-Wees (2-1) came up short against the Storm, losing 28-6 and 16-6. The Junior Midgets (0-3) failed to defeat the Panthers for the second time in two weeks, losing 12-7. This weekend, HYL travels to the Villages to take on the Buffalo.

West Hernando had more success in their trip to Shady Hills to take on the Raiders in a Pasco Police Athletic League showdown. The Cougar squads went 4-1 on the day, dropping only the Junior Flyweight game, 6-0. It was the first loss of the season in that division.

The Varsity (2-3) won its contest 6-0 to take back-to-back games for the first time this year and dig out of an early winless hole. The Flyweights (5-0) and Junior Varsity (2-0) maintained undefeated records with 29-0 and 46-7 wins, respectively. The Mighty Mites (4-1) also shut out their opponents 36-0.

WRESTLING: Central Wrestling Club is looking for members of its rapidly-growing organization. The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Central High Cafeteria.

Youths from grades pre-K to eighth are welcome and cost is $35 that covers a USA Wrestling membership and card, which can be purchased online at

For more information, contact Reyes at (352) 232-3786.

BASKETBALL: Hernando Youth League is starting to register new players for its 2008-09 basketball season.

Sign-up times will be Saturday and Sept. 27, and HYL officials will be present to accept registrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville. Age divisions are available for children 6-17 and cost is $50 per player.

Team sponsorship slots are also available at $250 per team. For more information, contact Commissioner Mike Bennett at (352) 585-6596 or visit

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A roundup of youth sports in Hernando County 09/18/08 [Last modified: Thursday, September 25, 2008 4:14pm]
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