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Local youth football leagues are up and running

West Hernando continued to cruise through its season with a round of home games against the Trinity Mustangs, while the HYL Leopards youth football program kicked off its season against South Sumter.

The Junior Flyweights, Flyweights, Mighty Mites and Junior Varsity all emerged victorious at Bear Den Stadium at Central High, while the undermanned Varsity program dropped to 0-3 with a 34-0 loss.

The most talented team in the program might be the JV (3-0), which annihilated Trinity 60-0 behind strong play from quarterback Antoine Curry. The Mighty Mites improved to 2-1 with a 24-6 victory, and the Flyweights (3-0) won 13-7 thanks to linebackers from Dylan Shire and Brandon Enoch. The Junior Flyweights (3-0), also a favorite to win the league crown, won 12-6 on a game-winning touchdown catch by wide receiver Noah Urban.

The Leopards took two of the three games from the program played this past weekend. The Mighty Mites defeated the South Sumter Wolfpack 25-20, and the Junior Pee Wees also won their contest 19-0. The Junior Midgets lost their opener 30-0 on the road to the Dunnellon Jaguars.

Next weekend, HYL hosts Belleview at Tom Fisher Stadium at Hernando High, while West Hernando will host Dade City on Saturday.

TENNIS: USTA Junior Team Tennis registration will be held Sept. 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Nature Coast Technical High for youths ages 8-18.

For more information, including QuickStart Tennis (ages 5-10) and additional programs, visit the Ace Performance Tennis Web site at or call (352) 666-0658.

TAE KWON DO: Nature Coast Tae Kwon Do, working with the Suncoast YMCA, has two different classes available.

With Youth (ages 5-13) and Adult (ages 14 & up) Divisions available, classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:45-8:45 p.m. Cost is $86 per month ($38 for the facility, $48 for the program). Uniforms also need to be purchased through the instructors for $35.

For more information, contact the Hernando County Family YMCA at (352) 688-9622.

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

Sign-up times will be Sept. 13, 20 and 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

SOCCER: The Brooksville Raid competitive soccer club will be holding sign-ups next weekend at Ernie Weaver Park in Brooksville.

From 9 a.m.-noon on Sept. 13, officials from the Raid will be out taking registrations for the following seven divisions: U5, U7, U9 (all Co-Ed.), U11, U13, U15 (separate boys & girls) & U17 boys competitive. Registration is $75 per child which includes uniform and insurance.

A copy of a birth certificate is required at sign-up date, and children from ages 6-13 will be scheduled for skill evaluations. Volunteer coaches and assistants are still needed, as are team sponsors for $200 per team. For more information, visit

CHEERLEADING: West Hernando Cougars youth cheerleading is looking for more members for their Varsity Division (ages 14-17) squad. The Cougars take part in competitions and cheer at local games for the corresponding youth football teams. Registration for the league is $65 per child. For more information, contact director Debbie McFarland at (352) 592-2190.

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Local youth football leagues are up and running 09/04/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 3:43pm]
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