Diante Thomas

Weeki Wachee, Central both invade Lake County

FOOTBALL Hornets face Tavares Bulldogs while Bears confront South Lake Eagles BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Two Hernando County prep gridiron programs – Weeki Wachee and Central – will venture to Lake County for Friday’s 7 p.m. Fall Football Classic kickoffs. The 5A-7 Hornets visit the 5A-13 Tavares Bulldogs while the 5A-7 Bears journey to 5A-13 Groveland-South Lake. Hornets vs. Bulldogs Weeki Wachee is a week shy of opening its sixth…

Springstead's ,4,Anthony Alexis tries to elude a Hudson tackler. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

No Sims, No Clark, No Problem: Springstead skins Cobras, 33-6

FOOTBALL Despite 14 penalties, 3 turnovers, Eagles roll up 472 yards of offense BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com HUDSON – ‘Twas a typically sloppy scrimmage game Thursday night in the final dress rehearsal for the 2017 season for the Springstead Eagles at Cobra Stadium at Hudson. The Eagles – who did not suit up two main cogs: junior quarterback Nathan Sims nor senior linebacker Klayvon Clark – appeared sluggish out of…

Springstead ,27, Randy Morgan exploits a hole for a nice gain against the South Sumter defense. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Springstead’s Sims, Clark to sit out final dress rehearsal at Hudson

FOOTBALL Cobras entertain Eagles prior to opening 44th season in “Death Valley” BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Thursday’s 7 p.m. Fall Football Classic between F.W. Springstead at Hudson High serves as an appetizer to main course being served beginning next Friday, Aug. 25. 6A-6 Springstead will open its 42nd season a week from Friday by hosting the 5A-7 Central Bears at Booster Stadium. The Cobras, for their part, travel to what…

Allan Leavitt

Pinellas County native Leavitt morphs only season at HHS into Hall of Fame nod

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Set placekicking records at University of Georgia before playing with the Bucs BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In the hotel and hospitality trade, it’s all about location, location, location. In many ways, the same can be said about life. How many seniors-to-be transfer prior to their final prep season? In 1972, a disenchanted Allan James Leavitt transferred from St. Petersburg-Lakewood High to what is now Weeki Wachee…

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Jam-packed calendar awaits bride-to-be Tara Allen

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Ex-Lady Leopard linkster and weightlifter will push back honeymoon for HOF nod BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For 2005 Hernando High School graduate Tara Allen, September, 2017 may be a month she’ll never forget. Allen, 30, will celebrate her 11th anniversary on Sept. 3 with another former Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University grad and golfer, Tom Miller. The petite 5-foot-2, 125-pounder will be celebrating in style by exchanging marriage…

Vinny Stulec

Sharks’ second-year forward Stulec rises to the head of the class on the pitch

BOYS SOCCER NCT sophomore paced the circuit in goals scored in 2016-17 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Defensive-minded Vincent “Vinny” Louis Stulec ascended from the centerback position on the pitch to deposit a county-leading 24 goals for the Nature Coast Technical Sharks en route to Hernando County’s 2016-17 Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Stulec 101 Born in Union, New Jersey as the younger of two sons to Frank and Gina…

Mike Hamilton

Hernando County’s first-ever wrestling state champ, HHS’ Hamilton enters Leopards’ HOF

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Three-sport athlete played football, wrestled, ran track from 1980-82 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com If Arnold Scharzenegger is still recognized as “The Terminator” – he may even give Jerry Brown another run for the governor’s seat in California – meet Hernando High’s “Originator”: Michael “Mike” Ross Hamilton. Hamilton, 53, was neither an actor nor the Governor of California. Instead, he is most noted for becoming the first…

Springstead QB, Nathan Sims rushes out of the  grasp of South Sumter's ,2, Mathew Palmer. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO


08-12: FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGE (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) At Springstead Tentative schedule: Springstead vs. Fivay, 9:30 a.m. Bishop McLaughlin vs. Gulf, 10:10 a.m. Hernando vs. River Ridge, 10:50 a.m. Break, 11:35 a.m.-12:05 p.m. Nature Coast Technical vs. Sunlake, 12:10 p.m. Weeki Wachee vs. Wiregrass Ranch, 12:50 p.m. Hudson vs. Land O Lakes, 1:30 p.m.

Reilley Bain

Lady Hornets’ Bain enjoying the fast lane

GIRLS SOCCER Weeki Wachee frosh, county’s leading scorer voted Player of the Year BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Year 6 of Weeki Wachee High School girls soccer was a season of growth. Though the Lady Hornets could not ultimately produce the school’s first-ever winning season, substantial growth was achieved. Hey, Rome wasn‘t built in a day. At the epicenter was a group of freshmen booters led by striker Reilley Ashlyn Bain….

Nature Coast's Vinny Stulec. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO


BOYS SOCCER BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Play of the Year – Vinny Stulec Nature Coast Technical – Sophomore COMMENTS: Two-year letterman … Extremely versatile player who would prefer to play defense … Repeat All-Hernando County selection … Voted Player of the Year for the first time … Fabulous debut in 2015-16 with 17 goals and six assists to rank fourth in the county scoring race and finish third on the…

Reilley Bain


GIRLS SOCCER BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Reilley Bain Weeki Wachee – Freshman COMMENTS: Outstanding student/athlete … All-Hernando County selection in soccer and track and field who maintained a 3.9 weighted grade point average … First Hornet player voted Girls Soccer Player of the Year … Debuted with a bang … Helped guide the US-19 program to a school record 10 wins … Poured in 24…

Weeki Wachee High goal keeper, Erika Herzek launches a goal kick in the 3A-7 district tournament at Weeki Wachee High School. Photo by JOE DICRISTOFALO

Another piece in Falcon puzzle takes shape as WWHS’ Herzek inks

GIRLS SOCCER Four-year Hornet starter played goalkeeper last winter for the US-19 crew BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com NAIA’s Florida College landed yet another piece to its puzzle for the 2017-18 women’s soccer season by recently signing 2017 Weeki Wachee graduate Erika Rose Herzek. Herzek, 18, also earned four letters in track and field and two in cross country along the US-19 campus. Herzek 101 Erika was born the middle of…

Rogina Sameri

If playing defense is the game, ex-Bear Sameri is the aim

  GIRLS SOCCER Defending three-time All-County defender inks with Florida College BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The unprecedented mining of women’s soccer talent from Hernando County by NAIA’s Florida College Falcons continues. The Temple Terrace program pried away perhaps the county’s finest man-marking defender in 2017 Central High graduate Rogina Sameri to its Hillsborough County campus. Sameri 101 Rogina was born in Tallahassee as the youngest of three children to Sam…

Willie Thomas Jr.

Bears suffer another personnel loss when coach Willie “Buck” Thomas, 52, passes away from a massive stroke

FOOTBALL USAF veteran and CHS defensive coordinator will be buried Thursday in Tallahassee BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the second time in 22 months, a member of the Central High School football family has passed. It was September 27, 2015 when CHS’ starting quarterback Sebastian Rivera succumbed to his injuries following an early morning motorcycle accident the previous Tuesday en route to school. His loss triggered a 1-5 slide during…

Sarah Asbury

Ex-Hornet setter Asbury heads for Pasco-Hernando State College

VOLLEYBALL Two-time All-Hernando County setter led WWHS to a pair of regional finals BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Home grown spiker Sarah Elizabeth Asbury will remain local for the next two years. The talented 2017 Weeki Wachee High School graduate, who served as the team’s starting setter for the past four seasons, will begin competing at the next level with Pasco-Hernando State College Conquistadors in New Port Richey. Asbury 101 Sarah…

Anthony Caso at the  29th annual Crystal Automotive Southern Open at Spring Hill Lane. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Former Spring Hill resident Anthony Caso enjoys homecoming by bagging first pro win

BOWLING Former Westside Elementary and Hernando County home schooler garners initial tour triumph BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – It’s only been 14 months since former Hernando County resident and local professional bowler Anthony Caso relocated to Merritt Island. Though he currently resides in Brevard County, his parents and family still live here and he calls it his home. The southpaw Caso, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Saturday,…

Sierra Remondelli

NCT’s Remondelli ascends to 2017 Hernando County Player of the Year

GIRLS TENNIS In her second net season, Lady Shark collected 30 total wins BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In the area coaches’ eyes, this year’s Girls Tennis Player of the Year for Hernando County whittled down to two choices: Hernando Christian Academy senior Katherine Moore and Nature Coast Technical sophomore Sierra Paige Remondelli. When the dust settled on Moore’s seventh varsity season she concluded her prep career behind a personal-best 12-7…