Eagles, Leopards looking for a place in history

WRESTLING 61 Hernando County mat men begin state series at two tourneys By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Sixty-one Hernando County grapplers representing each of the county’s five mat programs – F.W. Springstead, Hernando, Nature Coast Technical, Weeki Wachee and Central – will begin their long-awaited state series quests this weekend at two different venues. 2A-5 at Belleview On Friday beginning at 2 p.m., seven teams will compete at Belleview High, 10400…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-10)

Lynndell Hudson – Boys Basketball Central – Senior In a 1-1 week for the Bears, the 6-foot-7, 298-pound Hudson averaged three points, nine rebounds and four blocks per game. Hudson, who played right tackle for the Bears’ football team, recently signed D-I scholarship with Florida International University in Miami. Lynndell, who maintains a 2.9 unweighted and 3.1 weighted grade point average, volunteers at his church.

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Bears’ Johnson goes from zero to hero with 16 points across final 8½ minutes to stun second-seeded Pirates, 43-41

BOYS BASKETBALL For the first time in nearly 20 winters, CHS reaches back-to-back title tilts By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – With ‘March Madness’ right around the corner, what about a dose of prep ‘February Frenzy’. For only the second time in 29 seasons – dating back to John Sedlack’s first season in 1989-90 – have the Central High Bears reached the FHSAA regional playoffs in back-to-back seasons. The first…

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Eight (years) is Enough: Eagles end district title-game drought, clip ’Hawks, 67-53

BOYS BASKETBALL SHS earns first district final since 2010 as bench comes through with 17 pts. By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – What started well and ended well for second-seeded Springstead in the first of two Class 7A, District 8 Boys Basketball Tournament semifinals Wednesday night. The same can’t be said for third-seeded Land O’ Lakes-Sunlake. Jim Bragg’s Seahawks, who carry three seniors, but lose only one starter, are…

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Bears advance, Leopards ousted after 18-6 second-quarter spurt fuels quarterfinal win

BOYS BASKETBALL 6A-7 semifinals set with Lecanto vs. NCT at 6 p.m., Crystal River vs. Central, 7:30 p.m. By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – After two days and three games, the Class 6A, District 7 final four is set. Among Wednesday night’s semifinalists are the three top seeds. In the lone upset Tuesday night at Central High‘s Bears‘ Den, fifth-seeded Lecanto dismissed fourth-seeded Inverness-Citrus, 65-55. Later, Central raced out a…

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Springstead’s Spencer becoming a dispenser of pain on the mats

WRESTLING Third-year grappler’s stock is rising on the eve of state series By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com One might say less than 100 varsity wrestling matches isn’t a sufficient sample size to analyze someone’s achievements. On the other hand, through 92 career bouts, F.W. Springstead junior heavyweight James Winfield Spencer, is turning heads. No one is saying Spencer will be the next John Dreggors. Dreggors, a three-time state qualifier at SHS…

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Time to scoop up the next hoop title

BOYS BASKETBALL All five public school cage programs playing within county confines By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County’s four oldest athletic prep programs collected a meager seven district titles in basketball before the millennium. Since 2000, the county talent pool has thinned out even more with the addition of two more high schools, yet basketball-wise, Hernando County has hoisted 13 district championship trophies over the past 18 winters. The quest…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 02-17)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 02-12: BOYS BASKETBALL Class 6A, District 7 Tournament at Brooksville-Central Game 1 – No. 7 seed – Weeki Wachee vs. No. 2 seed Crystal River, 6 p.m. 02-13: BOYS BASKETBALL Class 6A, District 7 Tournament at Brooksville-Central Game 2 – No. 5 seed – Lecanto vs. No. 4 seed Inverness-Citrus, 6 p.m. Game 3 – No. 6 seed Brooksville-Hernando vs….

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Lady Hornets’ ‘Big Three’ – Corbett, Hill, Vazquez – combine for 45 points to topple Crystal River from championship perch, 55-39

GIRLS BASKETBALL Despite misfiring on 33 FGs, 27 FTs, committing 22 TOs, WWHS earns 1st district crown By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com CRYSTAL RIVER – It wasn’t a work of art, but it was effective. Perhaps that’s the best way to sum up Weeki Wachee’s girls basketball team’s Class 6A, District 7 championship game win over Crystal River Friday night in Citrus County, 55-39. WWHS’ triumvirate of juniors – Mykenna Corbett,…

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Sharks wrap up regular season with skeleton crew at The Villages

WRESTLING Remaining mat programs hunkering down for 54th state series next week By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The final weekend of regular season action, finds most Hernando County mat programs hunkering down for the start of next week’s state series. Most of the teams will be represented at the Junior Varsity State Championship Tournament set for this weekend. Only Nature Coast Technical will be participating in any regular-season action. The Sharks…

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Leopards’ latest mat toxin; look no further than Bronson (Tafelski)

WRESTLING Third-year grappler enjoying breakout campaign, has been poison to opponents in 2017-18 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com At the epicenter of Hernando High’s climb to the top of Class 1A, District 6 team standings has been the steady growth of third-year grappler that ironically does not attend the Bell Avenue campus, Bronson Hall Tafelski. You see, the 17-year-old Tafelski is home schooled from his Brooksville residence. The Leopards’ football, wrestling…

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Why worry? There’s McMurray with six critical points as Hornets solve upset-minded Panthers, 41-29

GIRLS BASKETBALL WWHS’ 10th leading scorer senior Brook McMurray buries 3-of-3 FG attempts By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com CRYSTAL RIVER – Two area hoop programs – second-seeded Nature Coast Technical and fifth-seeded Lecanto – that had not participated in the FHSAA regional playoffs since 2014-15, were ousted in Wednesday’s Class 6A, District 7 semifinals at Crystal River High School. In the first game, NCT appeared to headed in that direction riding…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-03)

Alexis Hobbs – Girls Weightlifting Weeki Wachee – Senior Hobbs completed a dream sequence by concluding the 2017-18 girls weightlifting season with a perfect 7-0 run culminating with the Class 1A FHSAA State Finals gold medal at 129 pounds Friday at Panama City Beach-Arnold. With the win, the third-year lifter became WWHS’ first-ever state champion. Alexis has also lettered in track and field, specializing in the pole vault. Hobbs, who…

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Mitchell’s devine intervention! Dinovo’s only points – a layup – with 13 seconds left sinks Springstead, 44-41

  GIRLS BASKETBALL Despite piling up 30 turnovers, trailing early 16-0, Mustangs advance By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com NEW PORT RICHEY – After four decades, F.W. Springstead’s dreams of its first-ever district championship were shattered Tuesday night at “The Corral.” Third-seeded Mitchell literally did every it could to hand second-seeded Springstead a victory in the first quarter. In the rubber meeting between both teams this winter – each squad had won…

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District hoops arrive; it’s a matter of survival

GIRLS BASKETBALL HCA seeks third straight title at Bayshore, WWHS, SHS seek first-ever hoop crowns By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The elusive district title search continues in the FHSAA’s 43rd season of girls varsity basketball this week. Hernando County’s six female programs began the week seeking its collective 20th title. Through 42 winters, Hernando High has collected 11 district titles, but none over the past 17 seasons. In only its 15th…

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