Nature Coast ,21, Jordan Baxter rebounds against Zephyrhills Tuesday evening in Brooksville. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2016-17 Hernando County Boys Basketball Recaps (thru 12-06)

BOYS BASKETBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2016-17 Central Bears Head Coach – Matt Zandecki (2-1 overall) DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME/RESULT 11-22 Inverness-Citrus# Away W 65-62 11-29 Crystal River# Home W 115-111 (2 OT) 12-02 Land O’Lakes-Sunlake Home L 56-74 12-06 Lecanto# Home 7:30 p.m. 12-07 Spring Hill-Springstead* Away 7:30 p.m. 12-09 Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical#* Home 7:30 p.m. 12-13 Brooksville-Hernando#* Away 7:30 p.m. 12-14 Land O’ Lakes Home 7:30 p.m….

Nature Coast's ,1,  Kaine McColley lays ups shot against Zephyrhills in the Class 2A, Region II Semifinals. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO


BOYS BASKETBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2016-17 Hernando County Boys Basketball Regular Season Standings   PL.   TEAM   W   L   .PCT 1. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical$ 1 0 1.000 1. Brooksville-Hernando 1 0 1.000 3. Spring Hill-Springstead 0 1 .000 4. Weeki Wachee 0 2 .000 5. Brooksville-Central 0 0 .000   TOTALS (5)   2   2   .500 $ Denotes defending Hernando County champion. 2016-17…

Hernando High's ,2, Nakayla Roberts eyes the basket at Weeki Wachee High. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2016-17 Hernando County Girls Basketball Recaps (thru 12-05)

GIRLS BASKETBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2016-17 Central Bears Head Coach – Penny Gressick (12th Year: 2-4 overall)   DATE   OPPONENT   SITE   TIME/RESULT   11-15   Lecanto-Seven Rivers Christian   Home   W 48-47   11-16   Ocala-Trinity Catholic   Away   W 41-39 11-18 Weeki Wachee#* Away L 42-57 11-22 Inverness-Citrus# Home L 59-68 11-29 Crystal River# Away L 23-69 12-05 Ocala-Trinity Catholic Home L…

Hernando High's ,21, Taylor Neblock attempts to drive past Weeki Wachee High's ,15, Brooke Murray. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO


GIRLS BASKETBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2016-17 Hernando County Girls Basketball Regular Season Standings RK. TEAM W L .PCT 1. Weeki Wachee 3 1 .750 2. Brooksville-Hernando 1 1 .500 2. Spring Hill-Springstead$$ 1 1 .500 4. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical$$ 1 2 .333 5. Brooksville-Central 0 1 .000 TOTALS (5) 6 6 .500 $$ Denotes defending co-Hernando County champion. 2016-17 Class 6A, District 7 Girls Basketball Regular Season Standings…

Nature Coast Tech's ,8, Harry Flanagan attempts to flip the ball over his head while defended by Weeki Wachee High's ,11, Karsyn Roberts. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

WWHS’ Flanagan’s 37-yard free kick salvages second draw with Sharks in five days, 2-2

BOYS SOCCER NCT’s Soto scores once on PK, adds assist for hosts BY TONY CASTRO BROOKSVILLE – Same verse, same as the first. That might sum up Monday night’s second meeting in five days between 3A-7 rivals Weeki Wachee and Nature Coast Technical at Shark Tank Stadium. Last Wednesday, NCT rallied from 1-0 deficit for a 1-all draw. This time, the script was flipped. Down 2-1, visiting Weeki Wachee…

Jessica Osborne Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO


GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING – Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10 WGT NAME/SCHOOL BEN-CLN-TOT 101 Adream Jones (CEN) 95-85—180 110 *Jessica Osborne (NCT) 105-120—225 119 *Victoria Davila (NCT) 135-125—260 129 Alexis Hobbs (WW) 125-145—270 139 *Kaitlyn Pierce (NCT) 145-155—300 154 *Kaitlyn Pierce (NCT) 135-140—275 169 Hailey Barker (WW) 125-125—250 183 *Imani Powell (HER) 145-140—285 199 *Janea Mobley (HER) 130-135—265 UNL *Jouie Miller (NCT) 190-200—390# $$$ Denotes three-time state placer. * Denotes 2016…

2/20/2010--Lakeland, Fl.--2010 FHSAA STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE LAKELAND CENTER--135 - Cody Ross (SPG) vs. James Jenkins (DWY) Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO.

2016 Hernando County Sports Calendar (thru 12-10)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 12-05: BOYS SOCCER: Weeki Wachee at Nature Coast Technical, 7:30 p.m. Zephyrhills at Hernando, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER: Nature Coast Technical at Weeki Wachee, 7:30 p.m. Hernando at Zephyrhills, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL: Ocala-Trinity Catholic at Central, 7 p.m. Lecanto at Springstead, 7:30 p.m. Tampa-Adventist Academy at HCA, 6:30 p.m. GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING: Inverness-Citrus, Springstead at Weeki Wachee, 3:30 p.m. 12-06:…

Hernando High's Heaven Leigh Jackson pins Weeki Wachee High's Jordan Bray at 106 pounds. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Chargers rally past Leopards for WW Duals V crown, 49-21

WRESTLING 3A-6 Strawberry Crest rallies from 6-0 deficit over HHS with 7 straight wins BY TONY CASTRO WEEKI WACHEE – With last year’s third-place finish in the Class 3A, District 6 Tourney in Polk County in the rearview mirror, Strawberry Crest’s wrestling team surged past Hernando to capture this weekend’s Weeki Wachee Duals V Wrestling Tournament. The Chargers, who totaled 126.0 points last winter in Lakeland, well behind district…

Jouie Miller

Nature Coast Technical, Weeki Wachee at Springstead GWL tri-meet results

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING 11-30: Nature Coast Technical, Weeki Wachee at Springstead tri-meet Nature Coast Technical (NCT) 62, Weeki Wachee (WW) 33, Springstead (SPG) 9. Final Individual Results: (Top 4 scores count toward team score. Points based on 5-3-2-1 system). 101 – 1. Al Janal Anthony (NCT) 75-75—150, 2. Lauren Stoker (WW) 60-65—125. 110 – 1. Jessica Osborne (NCT) 105-120—225, 2. Sarah O’Connell (WW) 95-110—205, 3. Kaitlyn Clemons (WW) 95-90—185, 4. Aryana…

Rd 1, Cody Maniates, Dominick Venturi, American Heritage. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Expect the unexpected during season-opening Weeki Wachee Duals V

WRESTLING Defending tourney champ Belleview returns 2 state qualifiers BY TONY CASTRO The fifth installment of the Weeki Wachee Duals Tournament will officially kickoff the 44th season of Hernando County prep wrestling beginning Friday at 2 p.m. across four mats at the Hornets’ Nest gymnasium, 12150 Vespa Way, Weeki Wachee. Saturday’s action begins at 10 a.m. Admission cost is $5 per person per day. Though two teams – New…

Rd 1, Harry Williams, Brandon Petit, Miami Jackson Senior. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Eagles, Leopards seek return to mat prominence

WRESTLING Behind HOF skipper Levija, SHS hunts 2A-5 crown while HHS pursues 1A-6 BY TONY CASTRO Year 44 of Hernando County wrestling – the county’s most successful sport – begins with a makeover featuring three new coaches at the helm across five campuses. Though Weeki Wachee enjoyed a breakout 2015-16 campaign, June’s commencement exercises strafed the Hornets’ roster. Here’s a peek at each local program. Leopards: 13 returning lettermen…

Nature Coast Tech goal keeper Brian Urling has this Weeki Wachee shot just slip by for the Nature Coasts lone goal . Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Down three starters, NCT rallies for second-half draw at Weeki Wachee, 1-1

BOYS SOCCER After being out-shot in first half, 12-2, Stulec-to-Reid combo ties match BY TONY CASTRO WEEKI WACHEE – On an odd evening, defending 3A-7 finalist Nature Coast Technical salvaged a 1-1 draw on a Vinny Stulec to Hunter Reid goal 89 seconds into Wednesday’s second half of a 3A-7 match at the Hornets‘ Nest. In a tale of two different halves, host Weeki Wachee (1-0-2 county, 3-1-2 3A-7,…

Kama Woodall, Mom Janet, Dad Rich. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Woodall’s world officially expands to D-I’s North Carolina State University

SOFTBALL First-ever Springstead D-I softball signee throws 65-67 mph BY TONY CASTRO F.W. Springstead senior Kama Alexandra Woodall officially signed recently with Division I’s North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Woodall, 17, who inked a national letter of intent on her father Rich’s birthday, became the first Eagles softball player to ink D-I. The Springstead right-handed pitcher, who carries 4.0 unweighted and a 4.5 weighted grade point average,…