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Notebook: West Hernando meets Lutz Chiefs

West Hernando came up on the short end of a slate of tough battles against a strong Lutz program, while Hernando Youth League went 2-1 while hosting Dunnellon.

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This past weekend, host West Hernando squared off against the Lutz Chiefs. The Cougars lost first-place contests in the Junior Varsity (8-1) and Junior Flyweight (8-1) divisions, 18-6 and 12-6, respectively. The Mighty Mites (6-3) highlighted the day with a 20-14 victory. The Flyweights (6-3) also fell to Lutz 19-6.

The Cougars will host Shady Hills at Central High this weekend for the last slate of games before the postseason starts Nov. 1. West Hernando will also host a round of PPAL playoff games that day.

The Leopards continued their trends this season with success from the Mighty Mites (7-1) and Juniors Pee-Wees (6-2) while the Junior Midgets (1-7) were unable to break through. In their slate of home contests at Tom Fisher Stadium in Brooksville this past weekend, the Mighty Mites knocked off the Panthers 38-0, while the Junior Pee-Wees also shut out their opponents 33-0. The Junior Midgets fell 28-6.

Saturday, HYL will host a round of Timucua Conference postseason games at Hernando High.

MORE FOOTBALL: The West Hernando Cougars football program will hold 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 add Super Flyweight (4-5) and Adult (18-27) divisions. There will also be corresponding divisions for a newly forming girls' flag football league.

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

HOCKEY: Opening its sixth season, the Springstead Hockey Club started the new season last Friday against Dunedin-Tarpon, the same program the Eagles defeated last season in the state finals for their second title.

The team knocked off Dunedin-Tarpon again, 9-3. Ryan Nelson, one of the Eagles' leading goal-scorers last season, led the team with a hat trick in the opener, while David Cross and Chris Henry each scored twice.

SOCCER: The Hernando Heat Under-9 soccer club competed in the Junior Soccer Showcase held at Monroe Middle School in South Tampa last month. The tournament was hosted by the RSL Florida Soccer Club.

In this age group (U-9), there are no finalists, and all teams are limited to three matches. The program finished 2-0-1 in those contests.

Hernando's starting goalkeeper, Matthew Armstrong, played 1 1/2 games of shutout ball in net. The Heat also used Kyle Bruno and Kyle Pierce in goal. Coach Mike Lovelock received multigoal efforts offensively from Bruno, Chayse Skinner, Jeremy Dasch and Vinny Stulec in the tournament.

LACROSSE: Hernando Lacrosse Club in association with the Hernando County Recreation Department will hold lacrosse skills session free to any player from third to 12th grade.

The sessions will be held at West Hernando Middle School behind the campus on the football field on Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m. The camp will be going on until nightfall.

For more information, visit or contact HLC director Greg Longo at hernandolacrosse

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Notebook: West Hernando meets Lutz Chiefs 10/23/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 10:13pm]
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