HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 02-23)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 02-19: GIRLS BASKETBALL: Class 6A, Region II Semifinals Crystal River at Weeki Wachee, 7 p.m. Class 1A, Region I Final Brooksville-Hernando Christian Academy at Tampa-Bayshore Christian, 7 p.m. BOYS TENNIS: Weeki Wachee at Zephyrhills, 3 p.m. Nature Coast Technical at Central, 3 p.m. Hernando at Inverness-Citrus, 3 p.m. GIRLS TENNIS: Zephyrhills at Weeki Wachee, 3 p.m. Central at Nature Coast…

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Records tumble as Hornets claim 14th TD Talbott Duals at The Villages

WRESTLING Germain, Beck, Mayberry, Facey each return home with perfect 5-0 slates By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Records, as they say, are made to be broken. Such was the case Saturday in Sumter County. The 8-year-old Weeki Wachee mat program walked in seeking hardware and them some. The Hornets departed the one-day, 12-team, 14th annual TD Talbott Duals at The Villages with a perfect 5-0 won-lost slate. The US-19 grapplers blasted…

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Pirates’ Helmdach’s trey at the buzzer sinks Sharks, 35-33

BOYS BASKETBALL Crystal River claims initial district title in 25 seasons By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com LECANTO – As the adage goes, when a superior team allows an inferior team to hang around long enough, something bad is going to occur. For the Nature Coast Technical faithful seeking its ninth district title in 10 years Friday night at Lecanto, the top-seeded Sharks were shocked by second-seeded Crystal River in the 6A-7…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-09)

Morgan McDaniel – Girls Basketball Weeki Wachee – Sophomore In a pair of 6A-7 wins at Nature Coast Technical, the 5-foot-8 point guard tallied four points against Citrus and swished a career-high 18 markers against Crystal River in the title game. McDaniel also dished a combined 11 assists while burying 10-of-13 free throw attempts. Morgan, in her second year on varsity, maintains a 3.4 unweighted and 3.7 weighted grade point…

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Hornets set sights at school records at The Villages Duals

WRESTLING The US-19 grapplers (31-6) could break record for dual meet victories By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com It’s not every weekend when records are the main topic of conversation – prior to the meet. But that’s exactly the case for 8-year-old Weeki Wachee mat program. The Hornets are expected to walk in Saturday at The Villages High School in Sumter County as one of 12 teams in the 14th annual T.D….

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Hornets’ 11-0 run to open the third quarter helps zap Royal Knights, 55=40

GIRLS BASKETBALL WWHS’ balance surfaces behind Corbett (16), Morgan (15), Hill (12), Vazquez (10) By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – After collecting its first-ever district title last winter, Weeki Wachee laid an egg in its regional quarterfinal to Hudson-Fivay, 33-24. A year later, after the Lady Hornets collected its first-ever district repeat at Nature Coast Technical against Crystal River, veteran skipper Mike Munro didn’t have to do much more…

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Leopards slip past Eagles, 36-34

WRESTLING Five HHS seniors post individual wins at SHS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando High closed out is 47th mat season Wednesday night by edging host Springstead, 36-34. The Leopards (18-1) finished 7-7 in the dual meet against the Eagles (9-9). Five HHS seniors – J. Lisk at 126 pounds, Boston Tafelski at 145, Bronson Tafelski at 160, Fernando Valdez at 170 and Alex “New York” Espinal at 182 –…

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Table set: Pirates eliminate Leopards, Sharks oust Bears

BOYS BASKETBALL Bergantino, Valencia combine for 32 points, but it’s not enough By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com LECANTO – In the pre-game comments prior to the first of two Class 6A, District 7 semifinals, to a man Hernando High stressed rebounding and defense. Unfortunately, neither box was checked Wednesday as the second-seeded Crystal River Pirates (20-6) doubled up on third-seeded Hernando (12-15), 65-36. In the nightcap, though Nature Coast Technical didn’t…

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Sharks‘ Dominguez, Spellman earn silver medals at Kushner Scramble

WRESTLING Palm Harbor University captures meet for sixth straight year By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Nature Coast Technical’s mat program isn’t taking big leaps forward, but continued its make strides at this weekend’s Logan Kushner Scramble. The event hosted by Palm Harbor-University was held at Clearwater-Countryside High School when a pipe broke in the Hurricanes’ gym. Despite the change in venue, the 3A-8 Hurricanes claimed its sixth straight Kushner title over…

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HHS’ Batten, Wilson combined for 47 points, to oust ’Canes, 68-51

BOYS BASKETBALL Leopards face Pirates in first of two semifinals Wednesday at Lecanto By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com LECANTO – Hernando High junior Jacob Batten and senior Wesley Wilson combined for 47 points Tuesday in the 6A-7 quarterfinals permitting the Leopards to grab the all-important third meeting against Citrus High, 68-51. With the win, Hernando will square off against second-seeded Crystal River (19-6) at 6 p.m. Wednesday against at Lecanto High….

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Sans Reynolds, Eagles place four, settle for silver three times

WRESTLING Defending 2A state champ Lake Gibson wins its own event By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Defending Class 2A state champion Lakeland-Lake Gibson continued to progress toward defense of its title Saturday by capturing its two-day, 21-team, 222-wrestler Braves Invitational at “The Reservation.” Even without rolling out injured two-time state champ Ashton Habeil, the 2A-7 Polk County crew topped its closest rival, 2A-11 Fort Myers-Riverdale by 33 points, 268.5-235.5. In a…

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Leopards place fifth in 36-team Green Cove Springs Rotary Tourney

WRESTLING HHS places seven led by silver medalist Pritz at 138 pounds By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Facing major diversity for the first time this winter – Hernando High walked into this weekend’s two-day, 21st Green Cove Springs Rotary Tournament at Clay High – down three starters. With senior J. Lisk taking care of a family matter out of state, Michael Brown attending a funeral and Qwenton Coney taking the ACT,…

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2018-19 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING HONOR ROLL STATS

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING – Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10 WGT NAME/SCHOOL BEN-CLN-TOT 101 Aryana Millan (NCT) 105-105—210 110 Tara Gray (NCT) 110-135—245 119 Charlize Soares (SPG) 145-145—290 129 Kendal Haff (NCT) 130-120—250 139 Nicole Flynn (SPG) 175-135—310 154 Amanda Waddell (NCT) 135-140—275 169 Isabella Traudt (NCT) 140-155—295 183 Courtney Traudt (NCT) 165-165—330 199 Arieyanna Johnson (NCT) 170-145–315 UNL Jouie Miller (NCT) 230$-205$—435$ $ Denotes Hernando County record. 2018-19 Final Central…

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Nine of 11 state lifters denied ultimate prize at Panama City Beach

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING Eagles blanked in 2A, Leopards shut out in 1A Sharks return home 19th By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Year 16 of Nature Coast Technical weightlifting concluded with a whimper Saturday night at Panama City Beach-Arnold High. The Sharks, who walked in with high hopes that this would be the year to break the glass ceiling of attaining the county’s first-ever state crown, returned home tied for 19th place –…

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Hernando County’s search for 23rd district title begins Monday

  BOYS BASKETBALL Weeki Wachee begins 6A-7 event at CRHS, 2A-4: HCA vs. St. John By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County’s six male basketball programs – featuring five from the public school ranks and one private – initiates the FHSAA State Series Monday at three different venues. 6A-7: Four local teams – Brooksville’s Central, Hernando and Nature Coast Technical along with Weeki Wachee – comprise the seven-team Class 6A, District…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 02-16)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 02-11: BOYS BASKETBALL: Class 6A, District 7 Tournament Quarterfinals: Game 1 – Weeki Wachee at Crystal River, 7 p.m. Class 2A, District 4 Tournament at Ocala-Meadowbrook Academy Quarterfinals: Brooksville-Hernando Christian Academy vs. Ocala-St. John Lutheran, 7 p.m. 02-12: BOYS BASKETBALL: Class 6A, District 7 Tournament at Lecanto Quarterfinals Game 2 – Brooksville-Hernando vs. Inverness-Citrus, 6 p.m. Game 3 – Brooksville-Central…

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