Griffin, Huber tally two goals apiece as Lady Leopards remain hot, caging Bears, 5-1

GIRLS SOCCER Hernando snaps Central’s 2-match win skein by aiming 18 shots on goalie Dawson By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Hernando County’s longest string of consecutive losing seasons – 14 – was finally put to rest recently by Head Coach David Shrader’s fifth team. Not since 2003-04 – under former HHS keeper- turned-mentor Kristi Mule – was the last time the Purple and Gold posted a winning season. That…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 01-12)

Lauren Mullen – Girls Soccer Weeki Wachee – Senior Mullen, a fourth-year midfielder, tallied two goals and dished four assists in the Lady Hornets’ 9-1 win over Central. Lauren, who set a Hernando County record last winter with 34 assists, also played one season of varsity tennis. Mullen, and who maintains a 3.3 unweighted and 3.7 weighted grade point average, is expected to sign in February with D-II Erskine College…

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Bears, Eagles, Leopards, Sharks, Hornets fan out across four different venues

WRESTLING Hernando, NCT at Jerry Mita, SHS returns to St. Cloud Duals, CHS at Citrus, WWHS at Fivay By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com All five county mat squads will remain busy this weekend at four different venues. F.W. Springstead journeys Friday to Osceola County for the two-day Milton-Winter Duals at St. Cloud High School. The Eagles have captured two of last three St. Cloud Duals events. Hernando and Nature Coast Technical…

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Sharks chisel four-peat, behind 8 gold medals

  GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING 33 Hernando County advance to regional meet at Leesburg By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – As expected, unbeaten Nature Coast Technical dominated Wednesday night’s 10-team, 135-lifter Class 1A, District 10 Girls Weightlifting Meet at Weeki Wachee. For a fourth straight winter, NCT hoisted the tallest trophy, outpacing its closest rival, Inverness-Citrus High, 83-51. Brooksville-Hernando placed third with 30 points, followed by Lecanto (24.0), Crystal River (9.0),…

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Done in eight minutes; Hornets tally school record 36-point first quarter to halt Lecanto, 67-33

GIRLS BASKETBALL Panthers’ five-game win skein concludes as WWHS earns eighth straight series win By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – The 2015-16 basketball season wasn’t that long ago – just four winters. That’s the last time Lecanto High solved Weeki Wachee. The Panthers whipped the US-19 cagers three times that season – 59-38, 78-13 and in the 5A-7 Tourney at Crystal River, 57-35. That’s also when WWHS’ ‘Big 3’…

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Eagles advance five to Punta Gorda regional meet

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING Behind a school record 19 qualifiers, host Sunlake claims its fourth district title By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com LAND O’ LAKES – After finishing runner-up in the District 5 Meet in 2015, Head Coach Denise Garcia’s Sunlake Seahawks have been on a steady climb. The current Sunshine Athletic Conference eastern champions and 2018 Disparti Invitational champs could unseat Navarre as the reigning Class 2A state champs next month. In…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 01-19)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 01-14: GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING: Class 2A, District 15 Tournament Springstead at Land O’ Lakes-Sunlake, 2 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL: Bronson at Weeki Wachee, 7:30 p.m. HCA at Clearwater-Lakeside Christian, 6:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL: HCA at Clearwater-Lakeside Christian, 5 p.m. BOYS SOCCER: Nature Coast Technical at Springstead, 7 p.m. Zephyrhills at Hernando, 7:30 p.m. Wesley Chapel at Weeki Wachee, 7:30 p.m. HCA at…

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Repeat success: Leopards smother 1A-6 foes behind 11 undefeated grapplers

WRESTLING Hernando registers 65 wins across 70 bouts (93 percent), while WWHS also advances By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – The two top seeds from Class 1A, District 6 duals tournament departed Nature Coast Technical Saturday achieving its desired goals. Heavily-favored Hernando High lived up to its advanced billing. The mat bullies from Bell Avenue repeated as 1A-6 champs in impressive fashion. It wasn’t that the Leopards simply went 5-0;…

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2018-19 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING HONOR ROLL STATS (thru 01-13)

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING – Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10 WGT NAME/SCHOOL BEN-CLN-TOT 101 Aryana Millan (NCT) 105-100—205 110 Tara Gray (NCT) 105-125—230 119 Charlize Soares (SPG) 145-140—285 129 Kendal Haff (NCT) 125-120—245 129 Madison Griffin (HER) 120-125—245 139 Nicole Flynn (SPG) 175-130—305 154 Amanda Waddell (NCT) 135-135—270 169 Isabella Traudt (NCT) 140-155—295 183 Courtney Traudt (NCT) 165-165—330 199 Arieyanna Johnson (NCT) 170-145–315 UNL Jouie Miller (NCT) 220$-205—425$ $ Denotes Hernando…

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Bishop McLaughlin, South Sumter at Hernando Girls Weightlifting Results (01-09)

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING 01-09-12: Bishop McLaughlin, South Sumter at Hernando Tri-Meet 1. Hernando (HER) 56, 2. Bushnell-South Sumter (SS) 29, 3. Shady-Hills-Bishop McLaughlin (BM) 20. Final Individual Results: (Top 4 scores count toward team score. Points based on 5-3–2-1 system). 101 – 1. Hayley Shamblin (HER) 105-95—200, 2. Jhada Blake (HER) 75-65—140, 3. Fercella (BM) 60-70—130, 4. Cassidy (SS) 50-55—105. .110 – 1. Dooley (BM) 80-85—165, 2. Brenner (BM) 70-85—155, 3….

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Bears frosh Joyner deals dagger with four late free throws to edge Leopards, 45-41

BOYS BASKETBALL Central avenges previous 62-49 home loss to HHS behind tough 2-3 zone “D” By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – With the district schedule whittling down each Class 3A, District 7 tilt is significant. Central High, which dropped a 62-49 verdict to Hernando High on Dec. 7 at the Bears’ Den, arrived Friday night at the Michael A. Imhoff gymnasium looking to square up the seasonal series. Instead of…

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Springstead at River Ridge Girls Weightlifting Results (thru 01-09)

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING 01-09: Springstead at New Port Richey-River Ridge New Port Richey-River Ridge (RR) 59, Springstead (SPG) 15. Final Individual Results: (Top 3 scores count toward team score. Points based on 5-3–1 system). 101 – 1. Cucchiere (RR) 95-90—185, 2. Lainie Barker (SPG) 75-65—140, 3. Manning (RR) 60-75—135. 110 – no competitors. 119 – 1.Kirves (RR) 145-140—285, 2. Charlize Soares (SPG) 145-140—285. 129 – 1. Stewart (RR) 115-130—245, 2. Katelyn…

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Five teams chasing Leopards for 1A-6 dual meet supremacy

WRESTLING Tightest battle appears to be for second place between WWHS, Gulf and NCT By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando High is an overwhelming favorite to repeat at Class 1A, District 6 dual meet champion following Saturday’s six-team event at Nature Coast Technical. The round robin formatted tourney is expecting to feature: Hudson, New Port Richet-Gulf and four Hernando County entries: Brooksville-Hernando, Brooksville-Central, Weeki Wachee and host NCT. The first of…

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Pasco at Hernando Wrestling Results (01-10)

WRESTLING: 01–10: Dade City-Pasco at Hernando Hernando (HER) 69, Dade City-Pasco (PAS) 6 106 – Heaven-Leigh Jackson (HER) won via forfeit. 113 – Jonathon Britton (HER) pin Kyler Dickerson, 3:32. 120 – Billy Gould (HER) pin Darrion Skelly, 3:56. 126 – J. Lisk (HER) won via forfeit. 132 – Michael Brown (HER) dec. Travis Knowlton, 3-2. 138 – Josh Pritz (HER) pin Zackary Stephens, 0:33. 145 – Boston Tafelski (HER)…

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