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Cougars wrap solid season, with all teams in playoffs

West Hernando wrapped up its regular season schedule with a slate of games this past weekend at Central High against Shady Hills. The Cougars finished an impressive regular season with each team over .500 and making the playoffs.

The Junior Flyweights (7-3) finished with the highest win total for that division in Cougar history, but lost the finale 36-19. The Flyweights (7-3) won a 7-0 shutout, and the Mighty Mites (7-3) also shut out Shady Hills 39-0 under first-year coach Mike Donaldson.

The Junior Varsity (9-1) shut out the Raiders 36-0 to achieve the best single-season record for any team in Cougar history. After a 0-3 start, Varsity (4-4) climbed back to make the playoffs with an 8-7 victory Saturday. This is the seventh-straight season the Varsity program has made the postseason.

West Hernando is scheduled to host a round of PPAL playoff games this Saturday at either Central High in Brooksville or Shady Hills Park. The Junior Flyweights will face Shady Hills, the Flyweights square off with New Port Richey, the Mighty Mites and JV have Hudson scheduled and Varsity takes on Wesley Chapel.

MORE FOOTBALL: The West Hernando Cougars football program will be holding a spring football season for the first time in 2009 with a schedule running from January to April. There will also be new divisions included in the program.

Besides the Junior Flyweight (6-7), Flyweight (8-9), Mighty Mite (10-11), Junior Varsity (12-14) and Varsity (15-17) divisions, the Cougars will be adding Super Flyweight (4-5) and Adult (18-27) divisions. There will also be corresponding divisions for a newly forming girls flag football league.

For information, call West Hernando director Bob McFarland at (352) 585-6524.

CHEERLEADING: The West Hernando Cougars cheerleaders competed in the Gulf Coast Classic Saturday at the Lakeland Civic Center.

The Junior Varsity won its division and emerged as the Grand Champions of the entire event, beating out an 87-squad field from seven different counties. The Varsity squad tied for first in its division with fellow Pasco Police Athletic League program Lutz. The Mighty Mites and Flyweights each came in second place in their divisions.

Coming up next month, West Hernando Cheerleading Coordinator Debbie McFarland has her squad scheduled for three major competitions. On Sunday, the Cougars will travel to River Ridge High for the PPAL Cheer-Off. On Nov. 9, the squads will be at the USF Sun Dome for the Florida Invitational, and on Nov. 23, the Cheer Blast will be at the Tampa Convention Center.

TAE KWON DO: Dragon's Dojo of Spring Hill will be hosting the 2009 Spring Hill Challenge on Jan. 24 at Powell Middle School in Brooksville.

The event is sanctioned by the AAU, the top amateur sports governing body, and will open to competitors of all skill levels. Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Black Belt divisions are available for both forms and sparring competitions. The cost for entry varies. For novice entrants, the fee is $35 for one event and $49 for two. For the remaining divisions, it is $49 for one or two events and $40 for a black belt team.

Spectators are welcome to be on hand at Powell Middle for the festivities. Tickets for adults are $6, children 4 and older are $4 and younger children are free. Deadline for registration is Jan. 16, and a clinic will be held at the host site Jan. 23.

For information, visit www.dragonsdojo.com or contact Carlos Carasquillo at (352) 597-5608 or by e-mail at carlos dragon968@aol.com.

Submit upcoming events, registrations, info to communitysports@tampabay.com.

Cougars wrap solid season, with all teams in playoffs 10/30/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 30, 2008 4:39pm]
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