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West Hernando Cougars squad comes up short in Super Bowl

West Hernando won a Super Bowl title in 2007 with its Mighty Mites squad. It was the first time in more than 15 years a Cougars division had accomplished the feat.

Last Saturday, the program was going for two championships in two seasons, but its lone Super Bowl representative, the Junior Flyweights, came up short.

In a game hosted by Zephyrhills, the Junior Flyweights (9-4) came up just short against the Dade City Pirates, 36-12. The Cougars, who defeated the Pirates 29-21 earlier this season at home, couldn't do so again on neutral ground.

Other Pasco Police Athletic League Super Bowl champions included the Land O'Lakes Gators, the New Port Richey Buccaneers and the Lutz Chiefs. Lutz won the Junior Varsity and Flyweight titles with 9-6 and 8-6 wins over New Port Richey and Hudson, and New Port Richey got revenge with a 9-6 win over Lutz in the Varsity game. The Gators won the Mighty Mites crown with a 26-6 walloping of Lutz.

Until recently, the Cougars hadn't been known as one of the top programs in the PPAL, but this was the third-straight season a Cougar team went to the Super Bowl. The Mighty Mites also reached the big game in 2006.

WRESTLING: Spring Hill Wrestling Club will begin another session on Dec. 2 that will run through March.

The meetings will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. for kindergarten to third grade, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. for fourth to eighth grade.

All meetings will be at the Springstead High Wrestling Room, and the fee is $80. Checks can be made out to Springstead Wrestling.

For more information, contact Springstead wrestling coach Eric Swensen at (352) 797-7010 or visit

CHEERLEADING: The West Hernando Cougars cheerleaders will be competing in the Cheer Blast to be held at the Tampa Bay Convention Center this weekend.

After earning top honors at its last three competitions, the Cougars Junior Varsity team is looking to add another Grand Champions trophy while under the direction of Debbie McFarland.

The other four divisions — Junior Flyweights, Flyweights, Mighty Mites and Varsity — have all placed at every competition this year and look to continue that run of success.

BASEBALL: The Brooksville Bulldogs 10 and under baseball club is looking for competitive, dedicated players for the upcoming spring season.

This is an AAU travel team that includes players who won't turn 11 before May 1, 2009. For more information, contact Bruce Price at (813) 714-1054.

BOWLING: Louie's Bowling Center in Brooksville is extending an invitation for all families of individuals with disabilities to join the center in the creation of a bowling league.

BLAST (Brooksville – Louie's Athletes of Special Talents) is a new program being developed at the center for those with disabilities.

Planning for the league will take place Dec. 7 at 1:30 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to all athletes who participate in the venture.

For more information, contact Karen O'Dell at (352) 796-9580 or by e-mail at

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West Hernando Cougars squad comes up short in Super Bowl 11/20/08 [Last modified: Friday, November 21, 2008 5:52pm]
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