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First Hernando teams win two soccer titles

First Hernando Youth Soccer had two teams earn district championships in the finals of the C-6 Tournament last weekend.

The under-10 Ruckus claimed its second straight district victory while the under-14 Steelers won their first.

For the Ruckus, Sunday's final against Zephyrhills could not have been more dramatic: They trailed 4-3 late, but J.T. Greene's penalty kick tied the game, which went into overtime. With 3 minutes left in the overtime period, Greene scored the winner with a header off a cross from Michael Banks.

The Ruckus won Saturday in similarly dramatic fashion, as Banks broke a 4-4 tie against East Pasco with a goal in overtime.

The Steelers took their championship win one step beyond OT. After a draw through regulation against East Citrus Red remained 3-3 after a 20-minute overtime, the final came down to penalty kicks.

Steelers goalkeeper Matt Crowe rose to the challenge, limiting the Red shooters to one goal. Jason Pierce scored to match that, and Jeffrey Hess put it away with his goal.

It was Hess' second clutch penalty kick of the game, as his first had tied the game with only 5 minutes left. Danny Foster scored the first two goals for the Steelers, who won their Saturday game 4-3 over East Citrus Purple.

The under-12 Hurricanes and under-14 girls fell short of their title hopes. The Hurricanes defeated the West Pasco Wolfpack 9-1 on Saturday morning but fell 2-1 to the West Pasco Mustangs that afternoon. The girls team fell 5-1 to the Citrus Breakaway on Sunday.

LOCAL WRESTLERS TAKE FIRSTS: Spring Hill Wrestling Club coaches were happy just to get 12 kids to attend a tournament last week, since it was all the way down in Naples and spanned two days.

But they were ecstatic with how they performed, as all placed and six took first-place honors.

With only a dozen wrestlers entered in the Naples Bulldogs Kids Challenge, Spring Hill finished third overall with 49 points, only four behind Naples, which brought twice as many wrestlers. Venice, which brought more than 50 entrants, won the tournament with 101 points.

"A lot of the weight classes came down to two of our guys going at it for first place" in brackets that averaged 8-10 entrants, coach Chris Soto said.

Spring Hill had champions in all four age divisions, bantam (6-8 years old), midget (8-10), novice (11-12) and school boy (12-13). This is the list of placers:

Bantam: Dustin Soto, 6, took first at 25 pounds. Brandon Kuhn, 7, won at 50 pounds. Greg Clancy defeated teammate Thad Klenovich, both 6, in the final at 55 pounds. Nick Soto, 4, was third at 35 pounds, and Chris Smith, 7, was third at 50 pounds.

Midget: Jeremy Powers, 10, and Jason Booker, 9, respectively took first and second in the 60-pound final.

Novice: Nathaniel Booker, 11, won the 90-pound title.

School boy: Joel Powers, 13, was first at 150 pounds. Louis Kachiroubas, 13, was first at 130 pounds. Matt Booker, 12, was second at 85 pounds.

Spring Hill Wrestling Club meets Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Springstead High wrestling room (south side of building). For information, call Soto at 597-0292, Louis Kachiroubas Sr. at 596-9246, or Dave Smith at 597-4969.

PORK BUTT TENNIS DRAWS 33: Thirty-three junior tennis players from across the North Suncoast participated in the first "Pork Butt" tournament last weekend at Silverthorn Country Club.

Prizes were awarded for spirit and originality based upon tennis attire. Nola Rasper won for the girls with her "Babe" tennis cap; Jerry Armand won for the boys with tennis shorts that oinked Jingle Bells; and Karen Radacky was the adult/parent winner with a pig-in-a-blanket sweatshirt, pig earrings and a pig wristwatch.

The title match results:

Boys high school singles: Ramesh Nagarajan, Spring Hill, defeated Sean Racine, Brooksville, 7-6, 6-2. Boys middle school singles: Jerry Armand, Spring Hill, defeated Wesley Radacky, Spring Hill, 6-2, 6-0.

Girls high school singles: Nola Rasper, Brooksville, defeated Nicole D'Anna, Spring Hill, 6-4, 6-1. Girls middle school singles: Jennifer Rimes, Hernando, defeated Paula Nagarajan, Spring Hill, 6-0, 6-4.

"Fun Mixed Up Doubles" (all ages and divisions combined): D'Anna and Josh Bonner, Spring Hill, defeated Rasper and Vinay Ganti, Spring Hill, 6-2, 6-0.

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