Springstead rides all-Torain vehicles, trimming Tampa-King, 71-44

BOYS BASKETBALL Sincere drops in 25, Unique adds 16 pts., featuring three dunks By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – F.W. Springstead claimed its first regional playoff win Thursday night in nine seasons, riding its all-Torain vehicles. Junior Sincere Torain, who arrived averaging 14.6 points per game, connected on 9-of-17 field goal attempts and 3-for-3 from the foul line for a game-high 25 points. From an Eagle bench that contributed…

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The next Great Houdini; welcome to Springstead’s Nardini

WRESTLING First-year Eagle grappler turning heads with 3 straight IBT finals By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The next Harry Houdini on the mats, might be closer than you think in Springstead freshman Dominic Lawrence Nardini. Nardini 101 Born in Spring Hill as the youngest of two siblings – older sister Rowen is a golfer – to Dominic John and Sabrina Nardini, isn’t escaping from shackles in water-filled tanks. Nardini, 15, is…

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Eagles’ state dreams loom walking into the “Region of Doom” at Brandon High

REGIONAL WRESTLING 45 Hernando County grapplers enter rugged 2A-II and 1A-II events By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County’s 45 remaining grapplers enter a pair of mat venues Friday with a singular purpose – to advance (via a top-four regional placing) to the 54th annual Florida High School Athletic Association State Finals set for March 2-3 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee. 2A-5 champion F.W. Springstead, fresh off its 31st…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-17)

Jeffrey Cotnoir – Boys Basketball Springstead – Senior Cotnoir averaged 12.0 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals per game last week for the Eagles, who captured the Class 7A, District 8 title by eliminating Sunlake on Wednesday, 67-53, and top-seeded Land O’ Lakes on Friday, 68-67. The 5-foot-11, 178-pounder carries an unweighted 3.78 and a weighted 4.06 grade point average. Jeff also volunteers at the JD Floyd STEAM…

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Skinner buries game-winner; sinks 2 free throws with .1 seconds left as Springstead edges LO’L in thriller, 68-67

BOYS BASKETBALL SHS earn county-best eighth district title as Cotnoir’s inbound pass collected by Skinner By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com “The Miracle on Mariner” still belongs to the F.W. Springstead softball team in 2004 when the eighth-seeded Lady Eagles, under Craig Swartout. SHS defied all the odds to reach the 4A-9 district title game only to lose in the bottom of the seventh inning on a wild pitch to Clermont-East Ridge,…

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Leopards’ Dowdell triples, scores on a passed ball as Leopards nip NCT, 1-0

SOFTBALL HHS’ Shenefield spins 3-hit whitewash, notches 16 Ks, fanning every Shark starter once By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – After a pair of appetizers to open the season for last year’s Class 5A, District 7 finalists – Hernando and Nature Coast Technical – arrived the opening salvo between the archrivals Tuesday night at NCT. What unraveled in the 1:48 tilt was a classic pitcher’s duel with defending district champion…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 02-24)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 02-20: BASEBALL Weeki Wachee at Nature Coast Technical, 4 p.m. Hudson-Fivay at Hernando, 7 p.m. Central at Hudson, 7 p.m. HCA at Riverview-Bell Creek Academy, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL Hernando at Nature Coast Technical, 7 p.m. Wesley Chapel-Cypress Creek at Central, 6:30 p.m. Lecanto-Seven Rivers Christian at Weeki Wachee, 6 p.m. BOYS TENNIS Springstead at Lecanto, 3 p.m. 02-21: BASEBALL Wesley…

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Hernando shatters school record behind eight district champs en route to district repeat over WWHS, 229.0-164.0

1A-6 WRESTLING Leopards push meet-best 12 grapplers to next weekend‘s Class 1A, Region II Meet By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – In a remarkable effort – nothing similar in 46 seasons – the Hernando High Leopards elevated its overall game Saturday at the Michael A. Imhoff Gymnasium. Not only did the Purple and Gold repeat as district champions across the eight-team, double-elimination format, but set three school records in the…

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Eagles reverse rough start with terrific finish – 9 champs in 10 finals – to repeat as district champions at Belleview

2A-5 WRESTLING Springstead advances meet-high 11 downing runner-up Citrus, 221.5-154.0 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BELLEVIEW – Imagine this scenario prior to stepping on the mat for Friday’s seven-team Class 2A, District 5 Wrestling Tournament at Belleview. The North Suncoast’s most credentialed mat program – remember Bandon is in Hillsborough County, so they’re not called considered a North Suncoast squad – arrived in Marion County without its typical full line-up. Turns…

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Fivay’s Lewis pours in 19, nearly outscoring entire Hornets’ team, 33-24

GIRLS BASKETBALL In a long night, WWHS sinks just 10 of 60 FG attempts (17 percent) By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – After closing its best ever season with 12 straight wins – capturing the Hernando County and Class 6A, District 7 titles – locals fans didn’t expect what happened Thursday against Hudson-Fivay in the Class 6A, Region II quarterfinals. Fivay survived a 1-for-16 shooting effort in the first…

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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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