While the West Hernando Cougars enjoyed the PPAL's league-wide bye week, the Hernando Youth League Leopards had a full slate of games while traveling to The Villages this past weekend.
The Leopards took two of the three games, as the Junior Midgets (1-3) got their first win by shutting out the Buffalo 33-0. The Mighty-Mites (3-1) also blanked their Buffalo counterparts 8-0 for the victory. The Villages gained some measure of revenge in the Junior Pee-Wees (2-2) game. The Buffalo shut down the Leopard offense for an 18-0 win.
The Cougars headed into their bye week leading three of the five PPAL division standings, with the Junior Flyweights (4-1) in a dogfight for first with Shady Hills, Dade City and Lutz. The Flyweights (5-0) and Junior Varsity (5-0) are still undefeated and tied with Lutz in both divisions for first place.
Next week, the Cougars will host the New Port Richey Buccaneers at Bear Den Stadium at Central High, while the Leopards will be on the road, traveling to Crystal River to face the Sharks.
FLAG FOOTBALL: The YMCA Hernando Branch in Spring Hill is forming its annual flag football leagues for 2008.
The league is open to players from ages 7-17 and the season runs from Oct. 18 to Dec. 13. There are four different age divisions available for entrants (7-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-17). The schedule includes two weeks of practice before taking on a six-week game schedule with two games per week.
Cost is $67 for YMCA members and $77 for non-members. That fee includes uniform T-shirts for all participants and a participation trophy at the end of the year. Registration deadline is Oct. 3. For more information, contact the YMCA at (352) 688-9622.
TENNIS: Strings and Things holds tennis lessons at Delta Woods Park on Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. and 8:15-9:15 p.m. Cost is $40 for four weeks or $15 per class.
There is also Olympic Tennis available, which is based on drills. Ages 6 and up are invited to take part in lessons on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. at the cost of $35 for four classes or $12.50 per class. For more information, call (352) 754-4031.
WRESTLING: Central Wrestling Club is looking for members of its rapidly-growing organization. The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Central High Cafeteria.
Youths from grades pre-K to eighth grade are welcome to join. The cost is $35 which covers a USA Wrestling membership and card, which can be purchased online at www. floridausawrestling.org. For more information, contact Reyes at (352) 232-3786.
BASKETBALL: Hernando Youth League is starting to register new players for its 2008-09 basketball season.
The final sign-up time will be Sept. 27, and HYL officials will be present to accept registrations from 10 a.m.-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 www. hernandosports.net.
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