Spring Hill Wrestling made its annual trip to the Virginia Beach National High School Coaches Association National Championships last week with nine grapplers competing, and three of those athletes came home with All-American honors.
Matt Landgraff placed fifth in the 85-pound weight class for sixth-graders and was the only middle school wrestler to place for Spring Hill. He is the first middle school All-American in Hernando County history. Mike McDonald, Josh Herrera and Jordan Rivera also made the trip to Virginia, but came up short of placing.
Five Springstead High wrestlers also placed. Freshman Sean Redman and sophomores Shawn Landgraff and Colton Zimmerman did not place in their respective weight classes, but freshman Cody Ross and sophomore Nick Soto carried the Spring Hill torch with All-American showings.
Ross, a Class 2A state finalist in the 119-pound class this past season, became the fourth Springstead grappler to attain All-American status, joining Soto, former state champion Schuyler Swanton and former state qualifier Dustin Soto. Ross placed second at 125 pounds in the Freshman Nationals.
Soto, a state placer in Lakeland in Class 2A at 125 pounds, is now a three-time All-American. He received the honor twice last summer, once at Freshman Nationals in Virginia Beach and once at Junior & Cadet Nationals in Fargo, N.D. Soto took fourth at 125 pounds at the Sophomore Nationals.
FIELD DAY: Shady Hills Community Center in Spring Hill and the Shady Hills Boys and Girls Club will host a Spring Field Day on from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9. Kids ages 3 to 12 are welcome to join in games and challenges.
There is no cost for the event, which will include running, jumping, throwing and football activities.
For more information, call (727) 856-7831.
BASKETBALL: Hernando Youth League will begin its spring registration starting Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Officials will be at Ernie Weaver Park and the Ridge Manor Recreation Complex. On April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., players can register at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville.
Player evaluations will be at Tom Varn Park at 2 p.m. May 3. The league is still looking for coaches, volunteers and sponsors for the upcoming season. Sponsors for the season will be $100 each.
For more information, call league commissioner Mike Bennett at (352) 585-6596.
FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING: West Hernando Cougars youth football and cheerleading will hold registration for the fall season from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.
Cougar officials will be there to sign up kids for both programs. There are multiple divisions in each sport for children ages 5 to 16.
The Cougars are a traveling competitive team governed by the Pasco Police Athletic League.
For more information, call West Hernando director Bob McFarland at (352) 585-6524.
RUNNING: The Arc Nature Coast will host the third annual Spring Lake 5K Run and 2-Mile Fun Walk at 8 a.m. May 23.
The run will be at 5283 Neff Lake Road in Brooksville and registration begins at 7 a.m. The cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the Fun Walk, and includes a T-shirt and scenic run through hills and an equestrian stable.
All proceeds will go to the Arc Nature Coast, which serves people with disabilities and their families.
Register online by visiting www.active.com and searching for Spring Lake 5K. For more information, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or e-mail info@thearc naturecoast.org or visit www.thearc-naturecoast.org.
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