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Weeki Wachee Hornets Host MLK Basketball Tournament

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Weeki Wachee High School hosted a basketball tournament on Mon. Jan. 17 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Lady Hornets tipped off the first game against Springstead. Both teams played the court very well offensively and defensively. The Lady Hornets and Lady Eagles continue to show how game-play discipline and communication works on the court.

“I am extremely proud of my girls. They were tested throughout the game against Springstead and it was a great game on both sides. Springstead is a well-coached team and they always have battled us on the court. My hat goes off to them and we wish them good luck as they prepare for districts in three weeks,” said Weeki Wachee girl’s varsity Coach Billy Hughes.

“We have gotten better since the beginning of our season. But our main goal right now is basic execution and as far as going into districts-we have got to stay healthy,” said Springstead’s girls’ varsity Coach Zach Anspach.

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Game result: Weeki Wachee secured another win against Springstead 34-21.

Next, Weeki Wachee’s JV boys tipped off their competition against The Villages Charter. While the season is not over for the JV Hornets, the game against The Villages showed potential and a positive direction towards their final game of the season against Hudson on February 3rd.

Game result: Weeki Wachee falls to The Villages Charter 61-48.

The varsity team followed the JV match, competing on their home court against The Villages Charter.

When an available game date opened up for Weeki Wachee’s boys’ varsity coach Steve Boyett, he put out a call to The Villages Charter boys basketball coach Colt McDowell.

“I knew we had a choice at that point was to probably practice or play,” Boyett said. “I just felt we would get more out playing against them than practice.”

The Hornets may have been battled and bruised in this challenge, however, the overall importance to any game is what you learned from it.

“Colt McDowell runs a fantastic program and they have excellent players, so we knew we were facing a challenge,” Boyett said. He remarked that exposing his players to that culture is a positive experience. “Our culture at Weeki Wachee, in the four years that I have been there, has progressively been improving, so that’s why this seemed like the right time to bring them (The Villages) in to play.”

The Villages Charter closed out Weeki Wachee 88-33.

Alice Mary Herden
Alice Mary Herden
Alice Mary Herden is an award-winning writer and photographer. She is also an Advance Florida Master Naturalist.
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