The Spring Hill Wrestling Folkstyle State Warm-ups Tournament was a success this past Saturday and Sunday at Springstead High Gymnasium.
Hosted by the Spring Hill Wrestling Club, the tournament included grapplers from nine separate clubs from across the state. The host organization led with 14 champions. Buffalo Wrestling Club (Lady Lake) snatched six individual titles in the event followed by McIntosh Wrestling (Sarasota) with four and Black & Blue Wrestling (Riverview) and World Class Wrestling (New Port Richey) with two each.
Spring Hill's Sean Redman was the only double-winner in the event with individual titles in both the Schoolboy 119-pound Division and the Cadet 119-pound Division. He defeated McIntosh's Joseph Pennino in the Cadet bracket and took out teammate Conor Ross in the Schoolboy final.
Springstead regional qualifier Scott Wern also won a crown for Spring Hill in the Junior 190-pound Division. Joining him were fellow Springstead varsity wrestlers Shawn Landgraff (Junior 145), Kenny Cox (Cadet 200) and Richie Bliss (Cadet 105).
The youngest and smallest champion for Spring Hill was Pee Wee 40-pounder Zeth Rodriguez. Spring Hill wrestlers Cael Swensen and Braden Basile also finished third and fourth, respectively, in that division.
Baseball: Playing in the Sunshine Baseball AAU Super Regional this past weekend in Lakeland, the Brooksville Bombers (13-9) suffered through a difficult Sunday, going 2-2 and finishing in third place.
After coming back in the sixth inning against the Tampa Pirates on Saturday to win 6-5, the Bombers continued with an undefeated opening day by downing the Tampa Bay Bulls 18-3 in four innings.
The Bombers were swept at the hands of the Central Florida Young Guns and the Pirates as the bats just never got going in the two games. Brooksville kept it close behind the arms of starters Dalton Mosser and Steven Beach, but in the end, the scores of 3-1 and 4-1 weren't enough.
Shortstop Brendon Sessa played stellar defense even after suffering a mild hand injury when a baserunner slid into him during the opening contest Sunday.
Basketball: The Florida Fastbreak travel AAU/USSSA teams have been announced for the 2008 season.
Four members of the boys 14- and-under squad and four members of the girls 15-and-under squad are Hernando County residents.
On the boys' team, Challenger K-8 students Jonathan Parker, Tyler Bergantino and Victor Davila will join Hernando Christian's Blake Lowman on the roster. Bergantino and Parker, both over 6-feet tall, will provide the team with solid size on the court.
For the girls, Powell Middle's twin combo JeNel and JeNay Yore will rotate at the forward position. Central's Raqurra Ishmar and Challenger K-8's Carcy Bossey will also be on the squad.
YMCA Sports: The Spring Hill YMCA is beginning its spring 2008 season Saturday.
The YMCA will have youth soccer played at Veterans Park on Spring Hill Drove and a baseball league with three divisions: Tee ball (3-5 years), Tee ball/coach pitch (6-7) and coach pitch (8-12) and be played at YMCA fields on Mariner Boulevard.
Both sports have an eight-week season that ends May 17. More information on the leagues can be found at www.ymcasuncoast.org.