Today's Sports

  • Villages beat Wildwood 42-0 in...

    Some football games become bad memories for the team’s involved.

    The Wildwood High football team had one of those games Friday.

    The Villages High School beat Wildwood High 42-0 at the Buffaloes field. It was the Wildcats’ final game of the season.

    “We just had several things go wrong,” said Wildwood High Interim head football coach Matt LaBranche. “They were a strong team like they always are.

    “Two of our linebackers and two of our defensive linemen were hurt.

  • Jessmer's pick six gives...

    Everybody wants to be a football hero and Devyn Jessmer earned that title Friday night.

    The 5-foot-11, 185-pound sophomore linebacker picked off a pass from the Frostproof High quarterback. Jessmer returned the interception 25 yards for a game-deciding touchdown. South Sumter finished their season with a 14-7 victory in Bushnell.

    The Raiders ended the season 2-8 overall record and 1-3 mark in Class 2A-District 4 play.

    This being the final game, the Raiders found pulled out some of their best efforts.

  • Raider girls golf wins tourney

     The South Sumter High School (SSHS) girls golf team added to a winning season by placing first in the Florida High School Athletic Association District 8 golf tournament Monday.

    The SSHS team competed against Pasco, Nature Coast and Crystal River high schools and produced an aggregate score of 34 fewer strokes than the closest competitor, Pasco High School of Dade City.

    The team earned the right to compete in the state regional tournament at Juliette Falls in Dunnellon on Oct. 25.

  • Pasco gains revenge, wins 37-14

    There was no upset this time.

    Dade City Pasco High School beat South Sumter 37-14 Friday night at W.F. Edwards Stadium.

    Pasco (3-0) was avenging a 32-7 upset by South Sumter (0-3) in 2009. The victory was the season highlight for South Sumter and served as a wakeup call for Pasco last year. Pasco won most of its games after the upset while the Raiders went on a losing streak en route to a 3-7 season.

    South Sumter managed two scores. Quarterback Ian Papenheim scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak in the third quarter. Jared Bates booted the extra point.

  • Wildwood uses turnovers, beats...

    Turnovers were magical for Wildwood High’s football team last Friday night.

    The Wildcats were able to force Hilliard High into six turnovers and beat their opponent 16-7 in a district game in Hilliard.

    Wildwood is now 4-1 overall and 2-0 in district play.

    Wildcat quarterback Sean Hensley scored on a 15-yard run and kicked a 38-yard field goal to give Wildwood all the scoring they needed.

    Wildwood running back Demetrius Brown ran for a five-yard touchdown.

    The defensive play was really crucial for the visitors.

  • South Sumter rushes to 28-22 win

    There is reason for rejoicing in Bushnell.

    The South Sumter High football team downed Lakeland Kathleen 28-22 Friday, Oct. 15 for the first Raider victory of 2010 and it came at Raider’s Field.

    The victory ended a six-game losing streak and left the Raiders at 1-6 overall. They are 0-1 in Class 2A-District 4.

    “We are pretty happy,” said South Sumter High head football coach Inman Sherman. “I think our players were extremely happy. It took us seven weeks to get there. I think our players are really pleased with themselves.’

  • Neal shines as Ocala Vanguard...

    Throughout this season, there has been at least one bright spot for the South Sumter High football team.

    Keanu “Kiki” Neal has been knocking people down and out as a linebacker on the defense.

    Last week, the 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore took part in 10 tackles and both caused and recovered a fumble. He had nine tackles and one assist.

    He reminds South Sumter faithful of his brother, Clint Hart, who had a successful professional football career as a safety with the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Diego Chargers.

  • Wildwood loses 28-6 to Hamilton

    The Wildwood High football team lost 28-6 to Hamilton County Friday and the Wildcats are now just trying to make the playoffs.

    Wildwood is now 6-2 overall and 3-1 in district play. They have an outside chance at qualifying for the state playoffs but have to win their remaining district games.

    Trevaun Nelson scored on a pass from quarterback Sean Hensley for Wildwood. The extra point run failed.

    “Hamilton County was fast,” said Wildwood coach Matt LaBranche. “They had two interceptions off Sean Hensley.

  • Sumter brings effort but Moore...

    Sometimes, a football team can bring its best effort to a game but walk away with the defeat.

    South Sumter High’s football unit gave its best but Orlando Bishop Moore took home the victory 26-10 Friday night in Orlando.

    South Sumter is now 0-6 overall and 0-1 in Class 2A-District 4 play.

    A Raider running back had his best night of the season in the losing effort.

    Shawn Baker had 20 carries for 103 yards and scored the lone touchdown.

  • Wildwood defense shuts out...

    Wildwood High’s varsity football team showed some offense and defense Friday night in downing Chiefland High 23-0.

    The defense was so strong that they scored two points when Chiefland’s quarterback made a bad pitchback.

    “The defense was lights out all game long,” said Wildwood coach Matt LaBranche.

    The Wildcats had to wait for two hours to start the game.