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West Hernando Cougars take charge on football field

Week two of the Pasco Police Athletic League season featured the West Hernando Cougars youth football program shining once again.

Although the Varsity squad fell to 0-2 with an 18-0 loss to Wesley Chapel, the rest of the divisions went 4-0 this weekend, leaving all three of the teams undefeated and the Mighty Mites at .500.

The first road trip of the season had the Junior Flyweights, Flyweights, Mighty Mites and Junior Varsity squaring off with the Hudson Cobras program.

The Junior Flyweights (2-0) overwhelmed their opponents 40-6 thanks to solid running from Brian Strickland in the backfield. The Flyweights (2-0) squeezed out a 13-12 victory on the shoulders of tailback John McNamee, who scored both the tying touchdown and the game-winning extra point.

The Mighty Mites (1-1) won their contest 8-6 with a strong defensive effort from linebacker Elijah Fields. The Junior Varsity (2-0) continued to dominate the competition as the PPAL favorites. The JV Cougars won 30-0 behind tailback Matt Brieda and linebacker Shane Heroux.

This Saturday, the program comes home to Central High to play the Trinity Mustangs.

BASKETBALL: Hernando Youth League is starting to register new players for its 2008-09 basketball season.

Sign-up times will be Sept. 13, 20 and 27, and HYL officials will be present to accept registrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville. Age divisions are available for children 6-17 and the cost is $50.

Team sponsorships are also available at $250. For more information, contact commissioner Mike Bennett at (352) 585-6596 or visit

BASEBALL: The Brooksville Bombers AAU under-10 baseball club is looking for players for the upcoming fall season.

The Bombers are a competitive travel team based in the Spring Hill/Hudson area. For more information, contact coach Shawn Laferty at (813) 267-8530 or coach Pete Sbashnig at (352) 346-5336.

SOCCER: The Brooksville Raid competitive soccer club will hold sign-ups at Ernie Weaver Park in Brooksville.

From 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 6 and Sept. 13, officials from the Raid take registrations for the following divisions: U5, U7, U9 (all co-ed), U11, U13, U15 (separate boys and girls) and U17 boys competitive. Registration is $75, which includes uniform and insurance.

A copy of the child's birth certificate is required sign-up, and children ages 6-13 will be scheduled for skills evaluations. Volunteer coaches and assistants are still needed, as are team sponsors for $200 per team. For more information, visit

FOOTBALL: West Hernando Cougars are looking for Varsity Division players ages 14-17 for the current season.

Practices take place at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill. The registration fee will be waived for the current season for those whosign up. Players receive equipment, uniforms for the four-month season.

For more information, contact Bob McFarland at (352) 585-6524.

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West Hernando Cougars take charge on football field 08/28/08 [Last modified: Friday, August 29, 2008 10:09pm]
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