John and Louise Downey of Ace Performance Tennis in Brooksville coach two players who excelled over the past couple of months.
Brittany Barrett, 16, competed in the PTR/ROHO International Wheelchair Championships in Hilton Head, S.C., on Sept. 24-28. She was a finalist in the female doubles division. Barrett has been a paraplegic for a little more than a year and is already excelling in athletics. She continues to aim toward competing in the 2012 Paralympics Games.
Melanie Pickersgill, 10, also emerged as an up-and-coming star by winning singles championships at two USTA Rookie tournaments in September.
FOOTBALL: With things wrapping up in the football programs for both the West Hernando and Hernando Youth leagues, upcoming events are quickly gaining importance.
This past weekend, host West Hernando swept a slate of games against the Trinity Mustangs. The Junior Varsity (8-0) highlighted the day with a 56-0 shutout. The win sets up a matchup of undefeated programs next week at Central High against the Lutz Chiefs.
The Junior Flyweights (7-1) maintained their first-place standing with a 41-6 victory. The Flyweights (6-2) and Mighty Mites (5-3) also clinched playoff spots for the Pasco Police Athletic League postseason. The Cougars will host a slate of PPAL postseason games at Central High on Nov. 1.
The HYL Leopards went 2-1 in their slate of home contests at Tom Fisher Stadium in Brooksville this past weekend. The Mighty Mites (6-1) and Junior Pee-Wees (5-2) shut out the Marion County Raiders, 32-0 and 21-0, respectively. On the other hand, the Junior Midgets (1-6) fell by shutout to Marion County 45-0.
After concluding its regular season at home this week against Dunnellon, HYL will host a round of Timucua Conference postseason games at Hernando High on Oct. 25.
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 be adding Super Flyweight (4-5) and Adult (18-27) divisions. There will also be corresponding divisions for a newly forming girls' flag football league.
Anyone interested in joining for either the spring or the fall seasons should contact West Hernando director Bob McFarland at (352) 585-6524.
TAE KWON DO: Dragon's Dojo of Spring Hill will host the 2009 Spring Hill Challenge on Jan. 24 at Powell Middle School in Brooksville.
The event is sanctioned by the AAU, the top amateur sports governing body, and is open to competitors of all skill levels. Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Black Belt divisions are available for both forms and sparring competitions.
For novice entrants, the fee is $35 for one event and $49 for two. For the remaining divisions, it is $49 for one or two events and $40 for a black belt team.
Spectators are welcome, and tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children and free for children younger than 4. The deadline for registration is Jan. 16, and a clinic will be held at the host site Jan. 23.
For more information, visit www.dragonsdojo.com or contact Carlos Carasquillo at (352) 597-5608 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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