The West Hernando Cougars youth football season kicked off this past weekend with their opening games against the New Port Richey Buccaneers at Bear Den Stadium at Central High in Brooksville.
Two shining efforts came from the Junior Varsity and Junior Flyweights. The J.V. Cougars won 34-0 behind quarterback Rashad Hart, while the Junior Flyweights shut out the Bucs 31-0 with Tommy McKay tossing two touchdowns.
The Flyweights also emerged with an opening win over the Bucs, 14-8. Running back Dominique Walker scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The two losses for West Hernando came from the Varsity squad, which is still looking for players, and the Mighty Mites, a team still jelling after losing key players in the off season. Varsity dropped its game in a rout, 27-6. The Mighty Mites put up a valiant effort, but still fell short, 19-8.
The program travels to Hudson on Saturday to face the Cobras.
BASKETBALL: Hernando Youth League is registering 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 cost is $50 per player.
Team sponsorship slots are also available at $250 per team. For more information, contact Commissioner Mike Bennett at (352) 585-6596 or visit the Web site at www.hernandosports.net.
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.
SOFTBALL: Spring Hill Dixie is preparing for this season's Girls Fast Pitch Softball League. Registration for players from ages 5-18 will be held Aug. 27 and 29 at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill.
On these two days, officials will also be accepting paperwork from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $55 for the first child in each family, $45 for the second child and each additional child is free. Financial assistance is available, and a copy of a birth certificate is required at registration. The season runs from September through November.
For more information, visit www.shdixiesoftball.com or call (352) 688-5570.
SOCCER: The Brooksville Raid competitive soccer club will be holding sign-ups on three of the next four Saturdays at Ernie Weaver Park in Brooksville.
From 9 a.m.-noon on Aug. 23, Sept. 6 and Sept. 13, officials from the Raid will be taking registrations for the following seven divisions: U5, U7, U9 (all Co-Ed.), U11, U13, U15 (separate boys and girls) and U17 boys competitive. Registration is $75 per child which includes uniform and insurance.
A copy of a birth certificate is required at sign-up date and children from ages 6-13 will be scheduled for skill evaluations. Volunteer coaches and assistants are still needed, as are team sponsors for $200 per team. For more information, visit www.brooksvillesoccer.com.
FOOTBALL: West Hernando Cougars are looking for Varsity Division players from the ages of 14-17 for the current season.
Practices take place at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill. Registration fee will be waived for the current season for those who sign up. Players receive equipment, uniforms and participation in a four-month season.
For more information, contact Bob McFarland at (352) 585-6524.
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