Behind a first-half avalanche, Leopards celebrate joyous Homecoming Game, burying Bears, 56-6

FOOTBALL Hernando touches the ball seven times in the first half producing seven touchdowns By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – On a night Hernando High took over sole possession of first place in the district – thanks to Citrus High’s colossal upset over Nature Coast Technical at the Citrus Bowl in Inverness, 37-27 – the Leopards remained focused handling its business quickly and efficiently. The Purple and Gold reminded of…

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2017 HERNANDO COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-20)

FOOTBALL 10-20: WEEK 9 @ Spring Hill Springstead 59, Cypress Creek 0 @ Brooksville Hernando 56, Central 6 @ Inverness Citrus 37, NCT 27 @ Lecanto Weeki Wachee 42, Lecanto 21 10-13: WEEK 8 @ Spring Hill Springstead 14, Land O’ Lakes 7 @ Weeki Wachee Hernando 49, Weeki Wachee 7 @ Brooksville Crystal River 22, Central 6 10-03: @ Brooksville NCT 67, Lecanto 0 10-06: WEEK 7 @ New…

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Bears serve as Leopards’ Homecoming Game date, so are the Coyotes for the Springstead Eagles

FOOTBALL Visiting NCT seeks eighth straight series win at the Citrus Bowl By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com This week’s Hernando County prep football docket features two homecoming games – namely Central (2-5 overall) at unbeaten Hernando (5-0) and Wesley Chapel-Cypress Creek (1-6) at Springstead (4-2) – as well two road tilts in Citrus County: Nature Coast Technical (5-1) at Inverness-Citrus (3-3) and Weeki Wachee (1-5) at winless Lecanto (0-6). Each game…

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Lady Hornets outlast Sharks behind Sereda’s triple-double, 25-27, 25-15, 25-22, 23-25, 15-6

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL WWHS claim third straight district crown in second 5-set thriller By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – For 24 matches this season, the two-time defending district champion and regional finalist Weeki Wachee never was able to win a five-set match. One of reasons the US-19 spikers claimed its third straight Class 6A, District 7 title has a direct correlation with the Lady Hornets finding a way to peak precisely…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 10-14)

Bronson Tafelski – Football Hernando – Junior Bronson is a two-year starter for the varsity football team at Hernando High. On Friday, he ignited the Leopards defensively with two first-quarter quarter interceptions in the HHS’ 49-7 win at Weeki Wachee. The 5-foot-7, 150-pounder also added a sack contributed five tackles. For the season, Tafelski has 35 tackles and is tied for the county lead in interceptions (3) as a linebacker….

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2017 HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS (thru 10-25)

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Kevin Ballard (1st Year) DATE RACE SITE TIME/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 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS (thru 10-25)

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Kris Brooks (1st Year)   DATE   RACE   SITE   TIME/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…

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2017 Class 1A, District 8 Boys Golf Tournament Results

BOYS GOLF Class 1A, District 8 Boys Golf Tournament Results at Ocala-Stone Creek Golf Club 2017 Final Class 1A, District 8 Boys Golf Tourney Standings   PL.   TEAM   PTS. 1. The Villages# 311 2. Ocala-Trinity Catholic# 316 3. Ocala-Meadowbrook Academy# 360 4. Brooksville-Hernando Christian 455 5. Ocala-St. John Lutheran NTS 5. Lecanto-Seven Rivers Christian NTS # – Will advance to Oct. 23 Class 1A, Region III @ Lake…

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Parrott survives sloppy, turnover-filled effort, trims Explorer, 36-0

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL On a dry field at WWHS, teams combine for six lost fumbles, two INTs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – A year ago, Dominic Rodriguez ran wild for Explorer K-8 as the Bobcats upset Parrott at Hernando High’s Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium, 24-16. In Wednesday’s rescheduled game between both squads at the Hornets’ Nest, a bum ankle reduced the sturdy 5-foot-9, 205-pound Rodriguez to defense only….

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-18)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-18: @ Weeki Wachee Parrott 36, Explorer K-8 0 10-17: Powell – bye @ Central West Hernando 40, Fox Chapel 6 @ Weeki Wachee Challenger K-8 7, Winding Waters 6 NOTE: Challenger running back Owen Andress rushed for a touchdown and booted what turned out to the be winning point-after before WW scored and misfired on a two-point conversion. 10-10: West Hernando – bye @ Springstead Challenger…

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Panthers can’t push Hornets off the cliff as WWHS survives in five-set semifinal

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL NCT brooms HHS in the nightcap to set up all-Hernando County final By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – On a night that reduced Hernando County’s post-season volleyball teams from five to two, second-seeded Weeki Wachee felt fortunate not to fall prey to third-seeded Lecanto. In the first two Class 6A, District 7 semifinals at the Michael A. Imhoff Gymnasium, the Panthers (14-11 overall) appeared poised to advance to…

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Lady Sharks earn three-peat, so does NCT’s Muscianese as medalist

2A-13 GIRLS GOLF Hernando High shocks six-team field with second, Springstead places third By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Prior to the first ball being teed off at Silverthorn Country Club Tuesday under pleasant overcast skies and no rain with a slight westerly breeze, the Class 2A, District 13 Girls Golf Tournament dropped several bomb shells in the coaches’ meeting. Last year’s district runner-up, Hudson-Fivay, unexpectedly arrived with only…

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Hernando County Prep Football Players of the Week (thru 10-13)

FOOTBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO OFFENSE Nature Coast Technical sophomore Lenkel Smith, who returned an interception the week before against Weeki Wachee 103 yards for a back-breaking touchdown, was again active in Friday’s 67-0 Homecoming Game pounding over Lecanto. On a night when NCT rushed for 371 yards utilizing 14 different ball carriers against the Panthers, Smith rushed twice for 19 yards and scored one of the Sharks’ seven…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-17)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-18: @ Weeki Wachee Parrott vs. Explorer K-8 at Weeki Wachee, 6:30 p.m. 10-17: Powell – bye @ Central West Hernando 40, Fox Chapel 6 @ Weeki Wachee Challenger K-8 7, Winding Waters 6 NOTE: Challenger running back Owen Andress rushed for a touchdown and booted what turned out to the be winning point-after before WW scored and misfired on a two-point conversion. 10-10: West Hernando –…

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Lady Leopards upset Pirates, join Hornets, Sharks in 6A-7 semifinals

  GIRLS VOLLEYBALL WWHS advances behind Flaherty’s game-high 20 pts.; Balogh’s 14 kills paces HHS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – After the opening salvo of post-season matches during Monday‘s Class 6A, District 7 Volleyball Tournament at Hernando High, third-seeded Lecanto flattened sixth-seeded Inverness-Citrus, 25-11, 25-13, 25-14, second-seeded Weeki Wachee dispatched seventh-seeded Central, 25-13, 25-6, 25-14, and fifth-seeded Hernando upset fourth-seeded Crystal River, 25-22, 25-27, 25-10, 25-19. As a result,…

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Sharks’ ‘Great Escape’ yields fourth straight district crown by a whisker, edging Eagles, 375-376

  2A-13 BOYS GOLF Springstead junior Ryan Maharaj fires five-over-par 77 to grab medalist honors at GlenLakes CC By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – Nature Coast Technical’s boys’ golf team ran roughshod over its county brothers en route to a perfect 9-0 regular season. But the hallmark of great teams is overcoming adversity. That certainly was the case Monday at the 18-hole, 6,429-yard challenging layout presented by GlenLakes Country Club….

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