Moment of truth: Hernando tackles 4-time defending state champion Coral Springs Charter in Thursday morning’s state semifinal

SOFTBALL Panthers start two players seeking their fifth state title rings By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In the 1980’s Madonna bested summed up a generation with her rendition of “Material Girl.” But 30 years later, winning championships – and wearing the bling – is what most prep athletes covet. To that end, Broward County’s Coral Springs Charter Panthers’ softball program – has few rivals. The Panthers (27-1) – the No. 8…

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Weissman serves as the commish of the California Street pitch

GIRLS SOCCER In Year 1, 5-foot-2 striker wins Hernando County’s Triple Crown By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In college hoop circles, there was none more influential than the “Wizard of Westwood” – Hall of Famer John Wooden of UCLA. Wooden’s coaching legacy included such terrific players has Gail Goodrich, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Bill Walton. Locally, perhaps the best fitting moniker for Nature Coast Technical freshman striker Kennedy Alexa Weissman is…

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5th time is a charm! Lamp’s solo homer derails Raiders, clinches rare regional title, 1-0

SOFTBALL HHS advances to first state Final Four since 2001 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Persistence finally paid off Friday night in Alachua County. The game was delayed 55 minutes at beginning of the second inning due to lightning in the area. In Hernando High skipper Kevin Bittinger’s 14th season – and fifth regional final – the Leopards rode Madyson Lamp’s solo homer in the top of the seventh inning to…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 05-24)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 05-23: GIRLS SOFTBALL: Class 5A State Semifinals at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex at Vero Beach: Marianna vs. Hardee County, 8:35 a.m. Hernando vs. Coral Springs Charter, 9:50 a.m. SPRING FOOTBALL: Clearwater-Calvary Christian at Weeki Wachee, 7 p.m. MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL JAMBOREE: Challenger K-8, Explorer, West Hernando at Springstead, 6 p.m. 05-24: GIRLS SOFTBALL: Class 5A State Championship at the…

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2018-19 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS SOCCER

GIRLS SOCCER By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Kennedy Weissman Nature Coast Technical – Freshman COMMENTS: Multi-sport athlete at 5-foot-2, who also competed in weightlifting and track and field …. First–year letter winner … Initial All-County selection … Lightning quick … Possesses great vision … Exploded on to the season leading all Hernando County players to the famed “Triple Crown” scoring the most goals (34), collecting the…

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20-year regional drought ends as Bears rally past Sharks, 9-4

BASEBALL Central wins fourth straight as Boyce goes six frames, fanning 11 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Ninth-year Central High baseball skipper Al Sorrentino is a lonely man these days. His recent run of good fortune was extended when the Bears rallied Wednesday from a 4-0 deficit after 3½ innings to eliminate Class 5A, District 8 runner-up Port Orange-Atlantic, 9-5. As he looked around following the Class 5A, Region II quarterfinal,…

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2018 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY 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 Classic Brooksville-McKethan Lake NTS…

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Marveling at Marville: Opponents gush over her season

2018 ALL-COUNTY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY Third-year thinclad defeated 182-of-184 Hernando County foes By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For once, a imagine the toughest guy on your block standing 5-foot-6 and weighing in at 114 pounds. Not much an imposing figure, right? Just the contrary in the Hernando County cross country realm this season. You see, Nature Coast Technical senior Leah Marlene Marville had local rivals marveling at her success along the…

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Dowdell, Shenefield combine for five hits as Lady Leopards solve Coyotes, 8-7

SOFTBALL HHS seeks first region title since 2001 at Santa Fe By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando High collected five of its seven hits between Ali Shenefield and Taliyah Dowdell Wednesday night in East Pasco County to eliminate host Cypress Creek Middle/High School, 8-7. In the tense Class 5A, Region II semifinal, the Leopards (26-3) improved to 5-1 lifetime against the second-year Coyotes (15-9). With the triumph, the Purple and Gold…

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Blair spins 3-hitter, as North Marion trims Springstead, 4-1

BASEBALL Colts’ right-hander fans 11 to earn rematch with DHS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – After one-and-done quarterfinal performances in 2017-18, North Marion advanced to the Class 6A, Region II semifinals by eliminating F.W. Springstead Wednesday night, 4-1. The Colts (17-11), in the regional playoffs for a ninth straight season under 15th-year skipper Dale Hall, rode senior right-hander Jake Blair’s 3-hitter to topple the host Eagles (22-5). With…

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2018 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Runner of the Year – Leah Marville Nature Coast Technical – Senior COMMENTS: Multi-sport student … Tremendous student-athlete … Third-year distance runner … Two-time All-County cross country pick … First time all-star in 2017 … Named All-County in 2016 and 2017 in track and field as a member of the Sharks’ 4×800 relay squad and 1,600 meters …Broke into distance running ranked 11th…

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5A-II semi tilt:Leopards/Coyotes rained out; rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wesley Chapel

BROOKSVILLE – The Class 5A, Region II semifinal softball game between Hernando at Cypress Creek Middle/High School set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, has been postponed due to field conditions. HHS Athletic Director and Head Softball Coach Kevin Bittinger indicated that the Coyotes’ field “is underwater.” The game has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in East Pasco County.

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Leopards at Coyotes: ‘Day of Reckoning’ arrives

REGIONAL SOFTBALL Hernando visits Cypress Creek at 7 p.m. Tuesday in W. Chapel By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Few preps teams ever have a chance to redeem themselves within an 11-day window. That rare possibility has presented itself when the 30-year-old Hernando High fast-pitch softball program visits second-year Cypress Creek Middle/High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Wesley Chapel. Unlike the 5A-7 title game at Brooksville’s Tom Varn on May 3,…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 05-18)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 05-14: GIRLS SOFTBALL: Class 5A, Region II Semifinals: Hernando at Wesley Chapel-Cypress Creek, 7 p.m. 05-15: BASEBALL: Class 6A, Region II Quarterfinals: Citra-North Marion at Springstead, 7 p.m. Class 5A, Region II Quarterfinals: Port Orange-Atlantic at Central, 7 p.m. 05-16: SPRING FOOTBALL: Springstead at Dunnellon, 7 p.m. Central at Dunedin, 7 p.m. Hernando at Groveland-South Lake, 7 p.m. 05-17: GIRLS…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-11)

Solaris Genberg – Softball Hernando – Freshman Genberg, the Leopards’ starting shortstop, rammed two hits in three at-bats, scored a run and drove in a run in Wednesday’s Class 5A, Region II quarterfinal 4-0 win on the road against Orlando-Bishop Moore Catholic. “Solo” as her teammates have nicknamed her, bounced back from a pair of errors in the 5A-7 title game against Cypress Creek handling two chances flawlessly. Entering the…

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