Senior-laden Hornets and Eagles expected to battle Pasco for 3A-7 title-game berth

BOYS SOCCER Three-time county champion NCT returns four All-County performers, unfurls 19 newbies By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Spec Martin Memorial Stadium in Deland serves as the host site of the 41st FHSAA Boys Soccer State Finals on Feb. 22-24. Of Hernando County’s six soccer programs, each yearns to be the first local entry to reach the coveted FHSAA Final Four. Here’s a look at program. NCT: Encore effort is possible…

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Lady Hornets take season’s first step forward, solve Springstead behind Mullen’s goal, two assists, 3-1

GIRLS SOCCER Weeki Wachee had dropped the initial 13 meetings by a combined 90-6 count By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – Three hours before Wednesday night’s first of two clashes with F.W. Springstead, fourth-year Weeki Wachee mentor Danny Fierro added yet another casualty to his mounting M*A*S*H* unit. Already playing without last season’s leading scorer, sophomore striker Reilley Bain (left knee MCL) and the county’s fifth-leading scorer, sophomore Marleen…

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Hornets‘ Gray needs your vote today!

FOOTBALL Visit the Bucs’ Web site and vote for Gray for the High School Coach of the Year By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – Weeki Wachee’s first-year Head Coach Jacob Gray needs your help. Gray, fresh from his 3-7 season with the US-19 gridiron program, was selected as one nine of WFLA News Channel 8’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers High School Coach of the Week selections by sports anchor Dan…

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Hernando County Prep Football Players of the Week (thru 11-11)

FOOTBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO OFFENSE Hernando High senior slot back Ygenio Booker was a one-man highlight reel for the Leopards. The 5-foot-11, 192-pounder rushed seven times for 92 yards and scored two touchdowns, snared a game-high five passes for 91 yards, including a TD grab, and added a 28-yard kickoff return in a sterling 211-yard all-purpose effort in Friday night’s Class 5A, Region II quarterfinal loss to visiting…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 11-11)

Emily Escamilla – Girls Cross Country Nature Coast Technical – Senior Last Saturday morning, Escamilla concluded a fine prep career with her 23rd lifetime race at the 44th Class 2A FHSAA State Finals at Tallahassee’s Apalachee Regional Park. Emily placed 108th in the 174-runner event helping the Lady Sharks to an 18th-place finish out of 23 teams. The three-year varsity runner and current two-time All-County cross country selection maintains a…

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Hiller rips four goals, as Lady Eagles dispatch Leopards, 4-1

GIRLS SOCCER Down 4-0, HHS’ Wylie spoils Burzumato’s shutout bid at 75:11 By TONY CASTRO Hernando Sport.com BROOKSVILLE – In last winter’s Class 3A, District 7 quarterfinals at Weeki Wachee, F.W. Springstead trailed Hernando, 2-1. That’s before Spring Hill forward Erica Hiller took over. The three-time All-Hernando County striker eventually finished with four goals as the Lady Eagles eliminated HHS, 6-3. On Monday night’s 3A-7 lid-lifter, there was no comeback drama….

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 11-18)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 11-13: BOYS SOCCER Hernando at Crystal River, 7:30 p.m. Nature Coast Technical at Zephyrhills, 7:30 p.m. Dade City-Pasco at Weeki Wachee, 7:30 p.m. Tampa Catholic at Springstead, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Weeki Wachee at Dade City-Pasco, 7:30 p.m. Springstead at Hernando, 7:30 p.m. Zephyrhills at Nature Coast Technical, 6:30 p.m. 11-14: GIRLS SOCCER Bushnell-South Sumter at Central, 7 p.m. 11-15:…

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Lady Hornets enter “Death Valley” in Dade City sans POY Bain and Ohr

GIRLS SOCCER After two matches last week, Ohr breaks her foot, Bain suffers MCL knee injury By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Everyone has had a bad day from time to time. But imagine Weeki Wachee’s fourth-year Head Coach Danny Fierro expression before the start of last Friday night’s match against Inverness-Citrus. The Lady Hornets’ girls soccer team – which entered the season with high expectations of winning the…

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2017 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Kris Brooks (1st Year) DATE RACE SITE RESULT 08-26 Inverness-Citrus Invitational Inverness-Whispering Pines Park NTS 09-02 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High NTS 09-23 Crystal River Invitational Crystal River High NTS 09-30 4th Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Preserve NTS 10-04 5th Nature Coast Invitational Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical NTS 10-07 21st Land O’ Lakes Invitational Shady Hills-Crews Lake Park…

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2017 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Kevin Ballard (1st Year) DATE RACE SITE RESULT 08-26 Inverness-Citrus Invitational Inverness-Whispering Pines Park NTS 09-02 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High NTS 09-23 Crystal River Invitational Crystal River High NTS 09-30 4th Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Preserve NTS 10-04 5th Nature Coast Invitational Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical NTS 10-07 21st Land O’ Lakes Invitational Shady Hills-Crews Lake Park…

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State meet highlights include personal records set by NCT’s Barbee, Dahmer & Ryczek

CROSS COUNTRY Lady Sharks place 18th, sans No. 4 runner Lindo, boys’ team places 23rd By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Nature Coast Technical’s 12 cross country runners – serving as Hernando County’s final representatives – returned home with three personal records from the state’s elite stage. During Saturday morning’s Class 2A State Finals along the hilly 3.1-mile terrain at the Apalachee Regional Park, the NCT Lady Sharks placed 18th, out of…

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Tomorrow will be better … Copeland interception with 2:33 left snuffs out final Hernando rally as Clay prevails, 41-37

FOOTBALL Blue Devils advance behind bulldozer Carter’s 29 carries for 281 yds, 3 TDs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – For whatever Florida pundit picked the Blue Devils as four touchdown favorites prior to Friday night’s first-ever meeting against Hernando, ask anybody who attended the Class 5A, Region II quarterfinal and they‘ll tell you … the game was a coin flip. On the night, the opposing offenses accumulated a combined…

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2017 HERNANDO COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 11-10)

FOOTBALL 11-10: WEEK 12 @ Brooksville Green Cove Springs-Clay 41, Hernando 37 @ Glen St. Mary Baker County 34, NCT 7 11-08: @ Hudson Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl II Hudson 57, Weeki Wachee 35 11-04: WEEK 11 @ Springstead Springstead 31, Hernando 24 11-03: @ New Port Richey Weeki Wachee 56, Gulf 6 10-31: @ Brooksville NCT 29, Springstead 21 @ Brooksville Hernando 54, Lecanto 0 10-27: WEEK 10 @…

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Sharks confront ultimate test of wills: Saturday’s FHSAA Class 2A State Finals in Tallahassee

CROSS COUNTRY Six male and six female NCT runners seek to tame ‘Heart Break Hill’ By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In long distance running circles the centerpiece of the FHSAA Cross Country State Finals being contested Saturday morning at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee is “Heart Break Hill.” It’s one of the main reasons, Florida State University selected the course for an NCAA litmus test. The final 12 Hernando County cross…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 11-04)

Zack Meyer – Football Springstead – Senior The courageous 6-foot-4, 165-pound Meyer returned to football this season after suffering a season-ending anterior cruciate knee injury (ACL) in 2016. Zack corralled two passes for 19 yards in his final prep game during Saturday night’s 31-24 upset over the 5A-7 champion Hernando Leopards in Spring Hill. On an offense that garnered most of its yardage (85 percent of its nearly 3,300 yards)…

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Clay Blue Devils (7-3) invade Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium to face HHS (7-2)

  5A-II FOOTBALL Eighth-seeded NCT (7-2) travels three hours, 165 miles to confront Baker Co. ’Cats (9-1) By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Any possible home field advantage will be on full display during Friday night’s Class 5A, Region II football quarterfinal playoffs. The 5A-7 champion Hernando Leopards (7-2) are seeded third in 5A-II and will entertain the 5A-5 runner-up and sixth-seeded Green Cove Springs-Clay Blue Devils (7-3) behind a 7:30 p.m….

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