Over the past 10 years, the West Hernando Cougars have gained a reputation as one of the top youth football programs in the area.
This season is no exception. With an abundance of talent across five age divisions, the Cougars have continued to win games in the Pasco Police Athletic League in hopes of qualifying for the season-ending Super Bowl.
With a bye approaching this weekend, West Hernando stumbled with a slate of home games against Land O'Lakes at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill on Saturday. It was the first time in nearly seven years that the Cougars were swept in all five divisions by an opponent.
The Varsity (4-2) put up the best fight of the day, losing 28-26. The team scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, coming up just short in its comeback attempt.
The Junior Varsity (6-1) and Flyweight (6-1) teams suffered their first losses of the season by scores of 42-26 and 33-0 scores, respectively. And despite losing 19-0, the Mighty Mites (4-3) have already surpassed last season's win total.
The lone division having difficulties this season for West Hernando is Junior Flyweight (2-5). The Cougars fell 32-6 last weekend.
Football director Bob McFarland has arranged a set of scrimmages against the Clearwater Rattlers for West Hernando's bye week. The scrimmages will be Saturday at Delta Woods.
PHCC 5K: Pasco-Hernando Community College will play host to its sixth annual 5K race at 8 a.m. Oct. 24 at the West Campus in New Port Richey.
The entry fee is $15 for early registration, which includes a T-shirt. The deadline is Oct. 15. Runners can sign up online at active.com. Runners can also sign up on race day for $20.
For information, send e-mail to Jacki Wachtel at [email protected]
ISA SOFTBALL: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department has announced an agreement with the Independent Softball Association to be a host site for ISA tournaments in 2010-11.
The Tom Varn Park sports complex in Brooksville will begin hosting softball events Saturday, with the contract ending on Sept. 28, 2011. The ISA sponsors youth and adult tournaments throughout the year. Tom Varn was chosen for its central location in Florida.
The agreement is expected to boost the economy of Brooksville and Hernando County when the tournaments are in town.
Teams wishing to register for tournaments may visit cityofbrooksville.us or isaflorida.com. For information, call Mike Walker at (352) 540-3830.
USTA JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS: The 2010 United States Tennis Association Junior Team Tennis fall league schedule will start at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Nature Coast Technical High School.
Sponsored by Ace Performance Tennis, the age divisions will range from 12 and under to 18 and under. Player levels can be from beginner to elite. The registration fee is $60, and participants must be USTA members.
Scholarships are available from the Nature Coast Tennis Foundation.
For more information, visit louisedowney.usptapro.com or call Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES GOLF: The Dunes Golf Club at Seville, north of Weeki Wachee, will host the sixth annual Catholic Charities Golf Tournament on Oct. 27 to benefit the building of the Arnold Andrews Northern Counties Service Center, serving Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.
The entry fee is $60 per golfer. Make all checks payable to Catholic Charities. The registration deadline is Oct. 20.
The shotgun start will be at 9 a.m., with registration starting at 8 a.m. Registration includes coffee and doughnuts. The tournament will include a hole-in-one contest for a 2011 Buick, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a golf cart or a one-year membership at the Dunes. There will also be a lunch buffet, games, prizes and an auction.
For information, call Chris Paquin at (352) 686-9897, ext. 25.
HPH GOLF TOURNAMENT: The second annual Smitty's Golf Outing benefiting HPH Hospice will take place Oct. 16 at Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club near San Antonio.
The tournament is an 18-hole scramble. Entry fees are $80 per golfer or $40 for Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club members. Fees include greens fees, cart and prizes. The field's capped at 144 golfers.
Registration begins at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. A putting contest will also take place.
For information, call Mike Fox at (352) 588-3132 or Ron Williams at (352) 588-3185.
HOLIDAY GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Holiday Golf Tournament on Dec. 2 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks.
Registration fees are $100 per person or $400 per team. Sponsorships are available at $450 for a gold sponsor (four-man team plus a hole). The platinum sponsor for the tournament is Cemex. Prices include a continental breakfast, cart and barbecue lunch.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30. There will be a hole-in-one contest and an auction, in addition to other activities. The deadline to sign up is Nov. 22.
For information, call Carla J. Hayes at (352) 796-0697.
To notify us of community sports achievements or coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.