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A Spring Hill push for girls softball

The youth sports movement in Hernando County could see yet another sign of growth with the formation of a Dixie Youth softball league for girls in Spring Hill.

Terry Mea, secretary of a group attempting to form the league, said play should begin in spring 1993 at an undecided location.

"We have a lot of younger families moving in to this area," said Mea. "We're trying to get things going, especially for girls."

The organization is planning a fund-raising car wash at the Spring Hill Hardee's, at the corner of Spring Hill Drive and Mariner Boulevard, for Oct. 17 starting at 10 a.m. A fund-raising dance also is slated for some time in November.

Mea said the league's emphasis would be on local play rather than tournament play, and to provide a recreational outlet.

Mea said girls ages 9-15 with Spring Hill addresses would be eligible for the slow-pitch league, and any sponsor support, coaching help or other active participation in the league is welcomed.

For further information, call Dixie treasurer Marie Gonzalez at (904) 666-0642 or Becky Clothier at (813) 856-5992.

Football: In the North Suncoast Youth Football Conference, the West Hernando Cougar Flyweights remained unbeaten and unscored upon at the halfway point of the season with a 32-0 victory at Bushnell on Saturday.

"It was like the Mud Bowl," West Hernando coach Sam Buckwalter said. "(Bushnell) has new fields and they're pretty nice; it just rained all day."

Backup quarterback Steve Garofano scored two touchdowns for the Cougars (5-0), and T.J. Hedick, Mike McGrath and Darrell Scott each scored once.

The Mighty Mites (2-3) also registered a shutout as John Grice scored twice and Chris Buckwalter and Brandon Valencia once each in a 39-0 win. The Pee Wees (0-5) couldn't complete the sweep, losing to Bushnell 55-6.

Basketball: Springstead boys basketball coach Greg O'Connell will conduct his annual Eagle Basketball Association Junior League for boys in grades 3-8 beginning Oct. 24.

The program will teach basic fundamentals, rules and team play. Games will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday at Springstead High School.

The program also will stress developing an interest in the sport and having fun, said O'Connell, who has been Springstead's coach for 16 years.

Interested boys can register the morning of the first meeting, Oct. 24, from 8:30-10 a.m.

The league will conclude its season Dec. 12. For further information, call O'Connell at 683-2843 or 683-3538.

Anyone with information about Hernando County youth sports, please contact Jim Tomlin at 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6106, or Tim Buckley at 754-6117.

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