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Underdogs, Magic Hornets win titles

Chad Smith led the Underdogs to the A Division crown with 12 points, one more than Dan Geoghegan of Dream Team II in what proved to be the closest matchup of Junior Knights Basketball League post-season play.

Dream Team I dominated the Hornets in the battle for the third and fourth place as Jason Harris scored 18 points for the victors. The Hornets were led by Jimmy Battista with 11.

The Jets cruised past the Hoosiers to avoid last place. Phil Weinstein led the way with a day-high 23 points. Mike Halitis led the Hoosiers with 14.

Division B: The Magic Hornets stung the Knights 34-16 for the B Division title. Marc Hunchens scored a team-high 12 points for the champions. Sam Weatherford led the Knights with seven.

In a battle for third place, the Magic stopped the Warriors 33-25. Mike Dizon led the winners with 13 points while Peter Weinstein and Stephanie Lawdermilt scored eight points apiece in defeat.

Hudson Youth Soccer

Post-season play for the Hudson Youth Soccer Association began last weekend with the Jason Kenny Cup Invitational.

In under-10 action, the Warriors will face the Hornets for the championship. The Warriors dominated the Gators 8-0, then stopped the Tidal Wave 3-2 in the semifinals. Joshua Hanson scored four goals in the Gator blowout and all three in the victory over the Tidal Wave. Billy Sainsburry and Jonathon Gresham added one goal each against the Gators. Ryan Hanson and Jacob Stuchell scored the Tidal Wave goals.

Christen Beck, Adam Memoli and Danny Miley each scored once as the Hornets fought their way past the Cyclones to advance to the championship game.

In under-8 action, the championship will pit the Bullets against the Tigers.

The Bullets reached the title game by shutting out the Yellow Jackets 3-0 with outstanding play from twins Matthew and Marshall Pielski, who shared defensive MVP honors, and from Louis Piscelli, who scored all three goals.

The Bullets stopped the Destroyers 3-1 in the quarterfinals as Piscelli again scored a hat trick. The Destroyers had dominated the Thunderbolts 13-0 in their quarterfinal game with six goals by David Miley and five by Bryan Armstrong. Eric Garton and Chuck Bonsall scored the other two.

The Tigers blanked the Terminators 4-0 in a quarterfinal on goals by Dustin Richey (two), Joe Hegwer and Kari Door, then edged the Screaming Eagles 4-3 in the semifinals on single goals by Hegwer, Door, Andy Turner and John Caruso.

West Pasco Youth Soccer

Although only in its second season, the WPYSA is sending six teams to the Region C qualifying rounds in Cape Coral Saturday and Sunday. Leading the way is coach Lenny Mercurio, who guided his under-14 boys team to a 9-0-2 record and first place in Division AA this season. Other teams going are the under-9 boys coached by Ben Harrill, under-12 boys coached by John Ryder, under-12 girls coached by Marvin Hair, under-13 boys coached by Steve Holmes, and under-16 boys coached by Norman Botelho.

Pat Hloska led his under-12 Crunchers to quarterfinal play before losing to Pinellas Soccer 4-2. The boys team went undefeated during the season with a 14-0-2 record.

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