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West Hernando Little League crowns first-half champs

West Hernando Little League finished up the first half of its regular season by crowning champions in each of its four major baseball


In the Senior League (ages 15-18), the Tigers topped the Astros at the break, going 4-3 this season. In the Junior League (ages 13-14), the undefeated Cubs reigned supreme at 8-0. No other junior club has a winning record.

The Marlins (6-0) are also undefeated so far in the Major League (ages 11-12). The Red Sox (4-2) are the closest team making a run in the second half. At the AAA level (ages 9-10), even though the Cubs (3-5) won the District 15 Top Team Midseason Tournament, the Yankees (7-2) won the WHLL first-half crown.

The second half for these WHLL divisions began April 28. The inter-league season wraps up at the end May, and the District 15 Top Team Tournaments begin May 24. WHLL All-Stars, the teams that have a shot at moving on to the Little League World Series, are scheduled to be announced June 15.

Basketball: Challenger K-8 varsity boys coach Jeff Laing will host a basketball camp from June 23-27 at Challenger K-8 Gymnasium for youths entering grades 2-8.

Laing, a former varsity coach for Hernando High, will teach fundamentals for these local youths. Each day the camp will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m.

Tuition for the week-long camp is $50, and the proceeds will be used for the Challenger boys basketball program. The camp is being sponsored by Century 21 and Looper

Sports Connection.

For registrations forms and other information, visit the Challenger K-8 Web site at or contact Laing at (352) 279-0793.

HYL Day at The Trop: The Tampa Bay Rays have arranged a group discount day for those associated with the Hernando Youth League to celebrate the 50th anniversary of HYL. The event will at 6:10 p.m. May 31 when the Rays host the Chicago White Sox.

The cost for a ticket through HYL will be $10 for an outfield as compared to the $16 regular price. If interested, the fee can also include a voucher for a hot dog, a Pepsi and a snack for $5 more. After the game, there will be a free concert by country music star Trace Adkins.

For more info, contact HYL secretary Christie Williams by e-mail at

Tennis: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation is holding its Fifth Annual Mini-Shark Tournament on at 3:30 p.m. May 16 at Nature Coast Technical High.

The event will serve as a season-ending tournament and barbecue for youths who have taken part in the foundation's weekly Quick Start Tennis/Rallyball classes. Youths ages 8-12 involved in the tennis sessions are invited to take part in the tournament.

Instructors Louise and John Downey, owners of Ace Performance Tennis, will organize the event. USTA celebrates May National Tennis Month, and this tournament is part of that celebration.

The Nature Coast foundation expects 25-30 entrants in the event across the three age divisions. The size of the nets, racquets and courts will vary depending on the

age division.

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West Hernando Little League crowns first-half champs 05/08/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 1:39pm]
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