The Spring Hill Shockers competed in their first National Softball Association-sanctioned tournament this past weekend. The team had a strong showing early on, picking up the second seed by winning two out of its first three games.
Spring Hill played in the semifinals against the Tampa Diamonds, losing 9-4 after grabbing an early 4-2 lead.
The Shockers had strong hitting from Breezy Harvey, Celine Kordon, Abbey Primavera and Kaeleen Koehler.
Spring Hill has only played together since July and it has already made great strides. The program's goal is to play in multiple tournaments this year and go full strength in 2009 with eight returning players from the 10-player roster.
To see the roster and other information, visit www.shshock ers.com.
Those interested in playing can also contact Glenn Primavera at (352) 442-1957.
FOOTBALL: The HYL Leopards won two key games last Saturday on their trip to Crystal River to square off against the Sharks.
The Mighty Mites (4-1) defeated the previously undefeated conference foe, Sharks Gray squad, 20-0 to move into a tie for third place in the ever-changing Timucua Pop Warner Conference. The Junior Pee-Wees (3-2) also won their game against the Sharks 12-6, putting them only one game back of a three-way tie for first place that includes the Villages, Inverness and Marion County.
The only loss of the weekend for the Leopards came with the Junior Midgets (1-4). That program was blasted by the Sharks 45-7. This weekend, the Leopards will travel to Dunnellon to take on the Jaguars.
West Hernando hosted New Port Richey last weekend, losing a couple heartbreakers but maintaining a first place hold on the Junior Varsity, Junior Flyweight and Flyweight divisions.
The Junior Flyweights (5-1) downed the Bucs 39-18 to maintain a tie for first place in the PPAL West Conference with Shady Hills, and the Flyweights (5-1) continue to hold onto first despite losing 7-6. The Junior Varsity (6-0) kept their undefeated record with a 30-6 victory over a tough Bucs squad.
The other two games were both losses with the Mighty Mites (4-2) dropping their game to New Port Richey in an 8-6 heartbreaker and the Varsity (3-4) losing 24-0 to fall under .500. Saturday, the Cougars will make the trip to Hudson to finish their season series with the Cobras.
FLAG FOOTBALL: The Hernando County YMCA is forming its annual flag football league for 2008.
The league is open to players from ages 7-17 and the season runs from Oct. 18 to Dec. 13. There are four age divisions (7-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-17). The schedule includes two weeks of practice before taking on a six-week game schedule with two games per week.
The cost is $67 for YMCA members and $77 for nonmembers, which includes uniform T-shirts for participants and a trophy at the end of the year. Registration deadline is today. For more information, contact the YMCA at (352) 688-9622.
TENNIS: Strings and Things holds tennis lessons at Delta Woods Park on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. The cost is $40 for four weeks or $15 per class.
There is also Olympic Tennis available, which is based around drills. Ages 6 and older are invited to take part in lessons on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at the cost of $35 for four classes or $12.50 per class. For more information, call (352) 754-4031.
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