Leopards (8-0) unleash 22-0 run across last five bouts to derail Strawberry Crest’s (7-1) three-peat bid, 45-29

WRESTLING Hernando’s Britton, Gould Lisk, Pritz, Boston Tafelski, Valdez each finish unbeaten By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – It took seven seasons for any Hernando County mat squad to capture the Weeki Wachee Duals. The seventh edition closed Saturday evening – sponsored locally by LaRocca Chiropractic – with a rematch of last year’s thrilling finals. Class 3A, District 6 Strawberry Crest, which arrived Friday with a sterling 16-0 overall…

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Loaded Leopards on the prowl behind 13 lettermen, 12 returning starters

WRESTLING Hornets, Sharks open season short-handed By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Year 47 of Hernando County wrestling – the county’s most successful sport – the circuit’s five mat teams will be chasing new heights. For the second time, local programs will be searching for state gold medals in dual meets and in the year-end 55th annual FHSAA IBT (individually bracketed tournament) State Finals. Both elite events are again set for Osceola…

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Girls Weightlifting: Hernando 45, Citrus 44 (thru 12-05)

12-05: Hernando at Inverness-Citrus Hernando (HER) 45, Inverness-Citrus (CIT) 44 Final Individual Results: (Top 3 scores count toward team score. Points based on 5-3-1 system). 101 – 1. Hayley Shamblin (HER) 105-80—185, 2. Taylor Koon (CIT) 70-90—160, 3. Jhayda Blake (HER) 70-65—135. 110 – 1. Teah Mellon (CIT) 95-120—215, 2. Nicole Ervin (CIT) 90-105—195, 3. Asia Burgess (HER) 75-80—155. 119 – 1. Kali Kristie (HER) 105-120—225, 2. Hannah Lynch (HER)…

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To the angst of 1A-6 Leopards, 3A-6 Chargers eye Weeki Wachee Duals three-peat

WRESTLING Two-day, 14-team duals event includes four Hernando County mat squads By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com This weekend’s seventh Weeki Wachee Duals Tournament – sponsored by LaRocca Chiropractic – rings in the 47th season of Hernando County prep wrestling. The two-day event begins at 2 p.m. Friday across three mats at the Hornets’ Nest gymnasium, 12150 Vespa Way, Weeki Wachee. Saturday’s action begins at 10 a.m. Admission cost is $7 per…

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10 champions later, 5-0 Sharks smother visiting Bears, 70-9

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING At season’s midpoint, NCT’s Gray, Fontano, C. Traudt Waddell, Johnson, Miller all 5-0 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – On Wednesday night in the pint-sized Nature Coast Technical weight room, the host Sharks (5-0) smothered the winless Central Bears (0-6), 70-9. After the two-hour affair, the third-year NCT Head Coach Rudy Story’s troops improved to 18-0 in dual meets behind a school record 10 individual meet champions featuring:…

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Gators find Peace, who buries four treys in 59-54 comeback over Springstead

BOYS BASKETBALL Eagles waste 29-point effort by Sincere Torain By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – F.W. Springstead claimed its county-leading eighth-ever district championship last winter in boys hoops at the buzzer against Land O’ Lakes, 68-67. In first round of Class 7A, District 8 action Tuesday, the David Puhalski’s Gators earned a small return favor taking the first of two regular-season clashes, 69-64. The final score was deceptive. The…

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

Kelsey Barats-Shumate – Girls Weightlifting Central – Sophomore Besides pitching on the Lady Bears’ varsity softball team, the first-year lifter placed runner-up against Lecanto last Tuesday at 139 pounds with a 170-pound total at the 139.pound weight division Two days later, Barats-Shumate finished third against Bushnell-South Sumter improving with an 180-pound total. Outside of the weight room, Kelsey maintains 3.96 unweighted and 4.20 weighted grade point average. She’s also in…

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2018-19 Hernando Leopards Girls Weightlifting Results (thru 12-04)

2018-19 Hernando Leopards Head Coach – Mark Griffith (2nd Year: 3-0-0; 6-4-0 lifetime) DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME/RESULT 11-14 Brooksville-Central^ Away W 44-21 11-14 Spring Hill-Springstead^ Away W 44-38 11-28 Crystal River Home W 64-23 12-05 Inverness-Citrus Away 3 p.m. 12-12 Weeki Wachee, Spring Hill-Springstead# Home 3 p.m. 12-19 18th Hernando County Meet % Away 1 p.m. 01-16 Class 1A, District 10 Meet& Away 3 p.m. 01-26 Class 1A, Region V…

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2018-19 Nature Coast Technical Sharks Girls Weightlifting Results (thru 12-04)

2018-19 Nature Coast Technical Sharks Head Coach – Rudy Story (3rd Year: 4-0-0 overall; 17-0-0 lifetime) DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME/RESULT 11-01 Lecanto Away W 67-22 11-08 Inverness-Citrus Home W 58-28 11-14 Shady Hills-Bishop McLaughlin Home W 75-12 11-29 Weeki Wachee Away W 71-17 12-05 Central Home 3 p.m. 12-12 Hernando & Weeki Wachee= Away 3 p.m. 12-19 18th Hernando County Meet % TBA 2 p.m. 01-16 Class 1A, District 10…

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 11-24)

Lauren Cantrell – Girls Basketball Hernando Christian Academy – Senior Cantrell tallied six points in the Lions’ opening game against Foundation Christian Academy. Lauren carries a 3.6905 unweighted grade point average is the Chaplin of National Honor Society and secretary for student government. Cantrell is a past Homecoming Queen. She was also the volleyball team’s Most Valuable Player for 2017 and won the Christian Character award for basketball. Outside of…

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 11-17)

Victoria Cleto – Girls Swimming Springstead – Junior Served as Hernando County’s lone state qualifier during the Class 2A FHSAA State Finals at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart. Cleto, who captured first place in the 100-yard backstroke during regionals to qualify for states, finished 24th overall in 1:05.13. In the classroom, Victoria maintains 3.387 unweighted and a weighted grade point average. She is also a member of…

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 11-10)

Ross Stalcup – Boys Cross Country Hernando – Senior In his 34th and final prep country 5K meet, Stalcup was Hernando County’s lone male state representative in the FHSAA State Finals in Tallahassee’s Apalachee Regional Park. The 2017 Hernando County Runner of the Year placed 73rd overall in the 182-runner field in 17:26.41 The meet marked the third time Ross has participated in the state’s elite meet in Leon County….

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NCT vs Baker County Recap

Nature Coast’s Shemar Lawson returns the opening kick. Nature Coast’s first drive  featured the rushing of Mike Weston and culminated in a 1 yard score by ,1, Fabian Burnett.  The extra point was missed by Mateo Rivera after a high snap with 8:41 showing in the fitrst quarter NCT 6- BC 0 Despite good defensive effort by Nature Coast , Baker County’s first drive also scored, adding the 2 point conversion…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY FINAL GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Kris Brooks (2nd Year)   DATE   RACE   SITE   RESULT 08-25 Inverness-Citrus Invitational Inverness-Whispering Pines Park NTS 09-01 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High NTS 09-15 6th Nature Coast Invite Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical NTS 09-29 5th Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Preserve NTS 10-06 22nd Land O’ Lakes Invite Shady Hills-Crews Lake Park NTS 10-11 15th Hernando/Citrus…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY FINAL BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Pat Greenwood (1st Year)   DATE   RACE   SITE   RESULT 08-25 Inverness-Citrus Invitational Inverness-Whispering Pines Park NTS 09-01 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High NTS 09-15 6th Nature Coast Invite Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical NTS 09-29 5th Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Preserve NTS 10-06 22nd Land O’ Lakes Invite Shady Hills-Crews Lake Park NTS 10-11 15th Hernando/Citrus…

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