Leopards’ ‘Fear the Pfent’ approach successful when Mobley goes yard in the seventh, 3-2

SOFTBALL After collecting one hit thru six frames, HHS rallies for three runs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Over the years, certain sports strategies have been given monikers. Ever heard of the prevent defense? Fans believe that stance typically prevents team’s from winning. Are you listening Cleveland Browns? Ever heard of Carolina’s “four-to-score?” Under Dean Smith, they’d pull the ball out and hold it until finally either going…

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Pirates nip Sharks for district crown as knee injury sidelines Hotchkiss, 14-12

2A-7 BOYS TENNIS Despite 11th-hour injury, Sharks advance to regionals for the 10th straight season By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com CRYSTAL RIVER – Imagine any prep program advancing to regionals for a school record 10th straight season. There’d be plenty of celebration, right? Now, imagine that same program feeling unsatisfied with its performance. That’s not Hollywood. That’s no myth. It’s Nature Coast Technical’s boys tennis team’s reality. You see, NCT was…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 04-14)

Karli Kimbrough Hernando – Senior Karli is a four-year member of the varsity softball team and three-year member of the varsity tennis team. She entered the Class 2A, District 7 Tournament undefeated at 5-0 this year for the Lady Leopards. She’s never lost a regular season match in three years. In softball, Kimbrough collected two hits last week and scored four runs. Karli is closing in on 100 hits (92)…

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Fab Pfent launches 29th career tater igniting 9-run fifth-inning as Eagles topple Sharks, 10-4

SOFTBALL SHS’ Cruz, Galhouse each rap three safeties in 14-hit barrage to sweep NCT By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – For the sixth time in the last seven meetings Wednesday night, F.W. Springstead bested archrival Nature Coast Technical, 10-4. In Year 14 of the rivalry, the Eagles (5-0 county, 20-3 overall) improved to 19-10 lifetime against NCT (4-4 county, 16-9 overall) behind a game-high 14-hit barrage – as nine…

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Four first-time district champs carry the day as Lady Sharks earn initial repeat in 10 seasons

2A-7 GIRLS TENNIS NCT’s Cabahug, Remedio, Roseus split four district titles at Crystal River By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com CRYSTAL RIVER – The stellar 15th season of Nature Coast Technical girls tennis rolled on Tuesday at Crystal River High School. Forget walking into the seven-team, two-day, single elimination event as two-time Hernando County champions. Like wise, the Sharks’ tying school-record tying 16-1 dual meet mark. Fourth-year NCT mentor Kristine Brown entered…

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Eagles topple Hornets, clinch county title, 6-1

BOYS TENNIS Springstead repeats as Hernando County champs behind perfect 4-0 record By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – After last Monday’s 6-1 thrashing by Lecanto – matching its worst setback of the season – F.W. Springstead’s boys’ tennis team bounced back Thursday with a solid win over Weeki Wachee at Delta Woods Park, 6-1. The victory not only helped ease the sting of Monday’s 6A-6 setback to the defending…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY BASEBALL STANDINGS (thru 04-15)

BASEBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2018 HERNANDO COUNTY BASEBALL STANDINGS    PL.   TEAM   W   L   .PCT 1. Spring Hill-Springstead$ 5 0 1.000 2. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 4 1 .800 3. Brooksville-Hernando 2 3 .400 4. Brooksville-Central 1 4 .200 5. Weeki Wachee 1 5 .167   TOTALS (5)   13   13   .500 $ Denotes defending Hernando County champion. 2018 Class 5A, District 7…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL STANDINGS (thru 04-15)

SOFTBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2018 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL STANDINGS PL. TEAM W L .PCT 1. Spring Hill-Springstead$ 5 0 1.000 2. Brooksville-Hernando 5 1 .833 3. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 3 3 .500 4. Weeki Wachee 1 5 .167 5. Brooksville-Central 1 6 .143 TOTALS (5) 15 15 .500 $ Denotes defending Hernando County champion. 2018 Class 5A, District 7 Girls Softball Standings PL. TEAM W L…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS TRACK & FIELD RECAPS (thru 04-24)

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2018 Central Bears Head Coach – Pat Greenwood (1st Year)   DATE   EVENT   SITE   TIME/RESULT 02-13 Lecanto Invitational Away 6th/8 teams 02-16 Spring Hill-Springstead Invitational Home 9th (T)/11 teams 02-22 Brooksville-Hernando Kiwanis Away 8th/12 teams 03-02 Bushnell-South Sumter Invitational Away 9th/15 teams 04-04 Hernando/Citrus Classic Away 8th/9 teams 04-11 Class 2A, District 7 Championship+ Away 6th/11 teams 04-25…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 04-20)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 04-16: BASEBALL Lecanto at Nature Coast Technical, 7 p.m. Hernando at Bushnell-South Sumter, 7 p.m. HCA at Ocala-Meadowbrook, 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Hernando at New Port Richey-Gulf, 7 p.m. HCA at Ocala-Meadowbrook Christian Academy, 4 p.m. BOYS TENNIS Class 3A, District 5 Tournament Springstead at Gainesville’s Jonesville Tennis Center, 8 a.m. GIRLS TENNIS Class 2A, District 7 Tournament Central, Hernando, Nature…

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Springstead’s Scharlow, Kanaar, Sims garner gold at 3A-7 Meet

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD State silver medalist Scharlow pockets 18th career win, repeats as DC By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Despite walking into Cypress Creek High School with 14 competitors, F.W. Springstead’s mentor, Joel Myers, couldn’t be happier with his team’s fourth-place finish in Friday’s Class 3A, District 7 Meet. In the eight-team meet, hosted by Land O’ Lakes-Sunlake, the Seahawks nearly doubled up runner-up New Port Richey-Mitchell, 197.5-105.0. Land O’…

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Make that seven consecutive district titles in a row as Lady Sharks solve Hornets, 167.5-136.5

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD First-year NCT mentor Hall becomes fourth skipper to earn a district championship By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com First-year Nature Coast Technical Head Coach Zach Hall revealed last week beating young and talented F.W. Springstead would be more difficult than winning districts. On Wednesday, his beliefs stood firm The Lady Sharks – behind their fourth mentor in seven seasons – returned home as district champions besting its closest…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS TRACK & FIELD RECAPS (thru 04-24)

BOYS TRACK & FIELD – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2018 Central Bears Head Coach – Kris Brooks (1st Year) DATE EVENT SITE TIME/RESULT 02-13 Lecanto Invitational Away 6th/8 teams 02-16 Spring Hill-Springstead Invitational Home 10th/12 teams 02-22 Brooksville-Hernando Kiwanis Away 9th/9 teams 03-02 Bushnell-South Sumter Invitational Away 10th/15 teams 03-27 Eagle Relays Away 3:30 p.m. 04-04 Hernando/Citrus Classic Away 7th/9 teams 04-11 Class 2A, District 7 Championship+ Away 7th/10 teams…

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Manuel Overdrive: SHS senior claims 16th and 17th individual wins of the season in shot put and discus at Cypress Creek

BOYS TRACK & FIELD Eagles depart East Pasco County with six wins, second-place team trophy By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The historic track and field career for F.W. Springstead senior Kyle Manuel is down to its last two meets. But its not without a couple fresh notations on his resume. On Friday at Wesley Chapel’s Cypress Creek High School, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Manuel continued his assault on the SHS record book….

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Behind five event wins, short-handed Sharks pocket district three-peat at Hudson-Fivay

BOYS TRACK & FIELD Injuries have shelved Lindo and Smith for the remainder of the season By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Nature Coast Technical rebounded from its first Hernando County championship loss in a decade by claiming the school’s third straight district title Wednesday at Hudson-Fivay. In the 10-team, Class 2A, District 7 Meet in West Pasco County, the Sharks returned back to Brooksville with its eighth district crown in 10…

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Jack’s back; so are the Eagles, dousing Golden Hurricanes, 9-3

BASEBALL Returning from the flu, Jasiak raps three hits, fans nine across five frames By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – For F.W. Springstead’s fourth-year skipper Shawn Laferty, he wasn’t looking forward to playing on Friday the 13th. In short, it’s been a long week. Laferty, who works in Clearwater, lost a valuable 15-year employee. His 55-year-old brother was also hospitalized. To compound matters, his Eagles lost on Monday when…

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