West Hernando Cougars youth football kicked off the 2009 season this past weekend with home games at Bear Den Field at Central High in Brooksville.
The Cougars played their closest rivals in the Pasco Police Athletic League, the Hudson Cobras. West Hernando, which has been one of the top programs in the PPAL over the past few seasons, went 4-1 across its five divisions.
The Junior Flyweights (18-6), Flyweights (14-6), Junior Varsity (12-6) and Varsity (6-0) teams all finished with victories, while the Mighty Mites went down 36-6.
The JV won despite starting a quarterback, Ryan Quigley, who was playing in his first game of organized football Saturday. In a close game, defensive end Ranger Roberts took the game over in the fourth quarter, pressuring the opposing quarterback on nearly every down.
BASEBALL: The West Hernando Warriors baseball program is holding tryouts this month.
A member of the Nations/RBIBC Baseball League, the Warriors will have tryouts every Monday and Wednesday in August for children ages 8-10. The tryouts will be at the Little Red School House field in Spring Hill. Tryout times will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
For more information, contact Mike Scarangella at (727) 639-4031.
BASKETBALL: Hernando Youth League is preparing for the basketball season.
There will be four sign-up dates next month for the league that plays at both Faith Presbyterian Church and the Jerome Brown Community Center, both in Brooksville. The registration dates are Saturdays in September from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville.
Player evaluations or tryouts will be Oct. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tom Varn Park. All potential coaches must be present for. Registration fees are $50 per player, and the league is also looking for sponsors at $100 per team.
For more information, contact HYL basketball director Mike Bennett at (352) 585-6596 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
LITTLE BUDDIES: The Brooksville Recreation Department will host Little Buddies Athletics programs this fall.
Little Buddies Soccer will be Tuesdays from Sept. 8 to Oct. 27. Players ages 3 to 5 are allowed to attend with a parent. Little Buddies Tennis, a program provided in conjunction with USTA Smart Start, will be Mondays from Sept. 14 to Nov. 2 for ages 4 to 7. All classes will be at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville. A fee of $60 includes a T-shirt.
For more information, call Tina Nichols at (352) 540-3835.
HOCKEY: Springstead Ice Hockey Club begins its season Oct. 9. The team is looking for players from any high school in Citrus or Hernando counties to join the Eagles.
For more information, contact Springstead coach Rick Glass at (352) 346-8396.
RUNNING: The Hernando Branch YMCA in Spring Hill is hosting is eighth annual Run to Remember on Sept. 11 at 6:30 a.m. It's a 5K run or a 1-mile walk that is free.
T-shirts can be purchased for $5 and registration can be done at the Y's front desk or downloading a form ymcasuncoast.org.
For more information, call (352) 688-9622.
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