Hernando High's Ali Bronson rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Hudson. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Leopards hammer Hudson behind Shenefield’s second whitewash in three nights, 10-0

SOFTBALL HHS‘ Bronson goes yard, joins Dowdell with game-high 2 hits BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Hernando High’s 12th-year skipper Kevin Bittinger reached a rare milestone late Wednesday night following the second of two Class 5A, District 7 softball semifinals at Nature Coast Technical, but scoffed at its significance. Unlike the host NCT Sharks, who opened the semifinals with uncharacteristic back-to-back-to-back errors, the Lady Leopards (18-9) appeared crisp and…

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Nature Coast's Celine Kordon rips a double against Gulf High.  Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Behind special Ks, Kordon and Kelly, Lady Sharks oust Bucs, 12-2

SOFTBALL Kordon’s 3-run double in a six-run third frame pushes NCT into finals BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – On Wednesday for the fourth straight spring and fifth time in 13 seasons, top-seeded Nature Coast Technical’s softball team reached the district finals by ousting the fourth-seeded Gulf Buccaneers, 12-2. In the 78-minute mercy rule-shortened affair lasting five innings, the host Sharks survived an uncharacteristic third-inning, three-error meltdown plating both of…

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Angela Cabahug: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 04-22)

Angela Cabahug – Girls Tennis Nature Coast Technical – Junior As a third-year tennis player and two-year starter Angela Cabahug helped set the tone for the Lady Sharks in last week’s two Class 2A, Region IV matches with a huge win at No. 1 doubles against Hudson-Fivay on Tuesday and come-from-behind three-set win at No. 1 singles on Thursday over Tarpon Springs. With the regional crown, NCT’s first since 2009,…

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Springtead High's Kama Woodall concentrates at he plate. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

SHS’ Woodall goes yard, ties county record with 12th mound shutout in no-hitter over Lecanto, 6-0

SOFTBALL Eagles’ eight-hit attack led by frosh Ryan’s two safeties BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com CRYSTAL RIVER – The Woodall train continues to motor for the Springstead Eagles. In the process, senior pitcher Kama Woodall continued her assault on the local record book. Facing a must win or go home situation, Woodall again carried the load as the top-seeded Lady Eagles (22-4 overall) ousted fifth-seeded Lecanto (12-15 overall) Tuesday night in…

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2017 SPG BB HN County Champs

Eagles clinch county crown, rally past Sharks three times, 8-3

    BASEBALL DelGatto rolls to 5-0 as Oliveira, Sbashnig, Blevens shine on Senior Night BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – The 2017 bucket list for F.W. Springstead’s baseball program just got shorter. In a season of accomplishments, the Eagles (21-3 overall) rallied three times Monday night on ‘Senior Night’ to sweep archrival Nature Coast Technical (14-9 overall) and clinch its first Hernando County championship in the 21st Century,…

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Hernando High's Ali Shenefield. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

5A-7, 6A-6 Girls Softball Tourney Day 1 Recaps

SOFTBALL BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Class 5A, District 7 Fast-Pitch Softball Recap at Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 04-24 Quarterfinals: Hernando 15, Hudson-Fivay 0 (4 Innings) NOTES – HHS sophomore pitcher Ali Shenefield (16-8 overall) hurled her fourth no-hitter of the season at the Falcons … Fivay remained winless against Hernando, dropping to 0-8 lifetime … Leopards amassed 12 hits … Freshman catcher Taliyah Dowdell hit a homer, her fourth of the…

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Nature Coast's Ishamel Poole demonstates good form in a second place finish in the 110 meter hurdles. Photo by JOE DICRISTOFALO

HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 04-29)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 04-24: BASEBALL Nature Coast Technical at Springstead, 7 p.m. SOFTBALL Class 5A, District 7 Tournament Quarterfinal at Nature Coast Technical Fivay vs. Hernando, 6:30 p.m. Class 6A, District 6 Tournament Quarterfinals at Crystal River Lecanto vs. Citrus at 5 p.m. Weeki Wachee vs. Dunnellon at 7 p.m. Class 2A, District 5 Tournament Quarterfinals at St. Petersburg-Canterbury HCA vs. Lakeside Christian…

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Kama Woodall Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Road to Vero Beach begins for six Hernando County programs with district tourneys

SOFTBALL Single-elimination events held at three different venues BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu attempted to express that great things start from humble roots when he uttered, “A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” Such is the case beginning Monday for Hernando County’s six fast-pitch softball programs entering the first leg of the FHSAA playoffs beginning with three single-elimination district tournaments at three different…

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2017 HERNANDO COUNTY BASEBALL STANDINGS (thru 04-23)

BASEBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2017 Hernando County Baseball Standings  PL.                        TEAM W  L  .PCT 1. Spring Hill-Springstead$ 6 0 1.000 2. Brooksville-Hernando 5 2 .714 3. Brooksville-Central 4 4 .500 4. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical$ 2 4 .333 5. Weeki Wachee 0 7 .000                          TOTALS  17 17 .500 $ Denotes Hernando County co-champion. 2017 Final Class 5A, District 7 Baseball Standings PL.                            TEAM  W L  .PCT 1….

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Springstead High's Kama Woodall watches her home run against Nature Coast. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2017 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL STANDINGS

SOFTBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2017 Final Hernando County Girls Softball Standings PL. TEAM W L .PCT 1. Spring Hill-Springstead$ 7 1 .875 2. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 6 2 .750 3. Brooksville-Hernando 5 3 .625 4. Weeki Wachee 2 6 .250 5. Brooksville-Central 0 8 .000 TOTALS (5) 20 20 .500 $ Denotes Hernando County champion. 2017 Final Class 5A, District 7 Girls Softball Standings PL. TEAM W L…

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2017 SPG GSB County Champs

Springstead’s Woodall shines bright on ‘Senior Night’ twirling 4-hit bagel at HHS clinching county title, 1-0.

SOFTBALL Woodall’s third shutout against Leopards proceeded by third homer in 3 games BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – If Friday night served as Kama Woodall’s local curtain call, she made it a doozy. On the eve of next week’s Class 6A, District 6 Tournament, should top-seeded F.W. Springstead fall Tuesday in the semifinals, Class of 2017 seniors Abby Oliver and Woodall would have played their final game in…

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2017 NCT 2A-IV GTEN REGIONAL CHAMPS

Next stop: Casselberry! Lady Sharks garner second-ever regional title, soaking Spongers, 4-1

2A-IV GIRLS TENNIS NCT snaps eight-year regional title drought with four singles wins BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Tarpon Springs High School 1992 alumnus Kristine Brown had mixed feelings Thursday afternoon at Delta Woods Park. Brown, who played tennis from 1989-92 for the Lady Spongers, guided Nature Coast Technical to its first-ever meeting in 14 seasons against the Pinellas County netters. In the Class 2A, Region IV Final,…

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Springstead Head Coach Shawn Laferty, left, and Central High Head Coach Al Sorrentino share a greeting before the Farm Bureau Tournament Championship game. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2017 Bishop Bash Baseball Tourney Day 4 Results

BASEBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 04-17: Belen Jesuit 14, IMG Academy Gray 4 (6) Nature Coast Technical 4, IMG Academy Gray 2 Springstead 6, Cardinal Gibbons 2 04-18: Bishop McLaughlin 3, Cardinal Gibbons 2 Bishop McLaughlin 10, Springstead 5 Belen Jesuit 5, Nature Coast Technical 4 04-19: (Championship) Belen Jesuit 11, Bishop McLaughlin 9 04-20: Cardinal Gibbons 11, Nature Coast Technical 4 Springstead 4, IMG Academy Gray 1 NOTES…

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Mark Cabahug hits a backhand in 5 singles match vs Citrus High. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Pirates deny Sharks a state berth behind four singles wins, 4-2

2A-IV BOYS TENNIS NCT drop third straight regional final to 2A-7 runner-up CRHS BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – No one will ever mistake Crystal River’s sixth-year boys tennis mentor Bill Reyes for Nostradamus. Nevertheless, Reyes correctly predicted prior to Thursday’s pressure-packed Class 2A, Region IV Boys Tennis Final at Nature Coast Technical, that if the Pirates advanced to states – via its first-ever regional title in the 21st Century…

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Nicole Remedio Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Pirates, Lady Spongers stand in the way of Sharks’ state appearances

2A-IV REGIONAL TENNIS 2A-7 runner-up Crystal River downed NCT on Feb. 27, 4-3 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For Nature Coast Technical’s prep tennis programs in Thursday’s pair of regional finals it’s simple: with a win and they’re in. The 2A-7 champion Lady Sharks (15-1) will host 2A-8 champion Tarpon Springs at 3 p.m. at Spring Hill’s Delta Woods Park in the Class 2A, Region IV Final. The Lady Sharks lone…

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Nature Coast's Chayse Skinner stands on second after her ninth inning double plated the go ahead run against Springstead. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Sharks’ Skinner lashes four hits as NCT rallies past Springstead in nine, 7-4

SOFTBALL In loss, SHS’ Oliver collects 2 safeties, becomes all-time hits leader BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – In less than 24 hours, Nature Coast Technical bounced back from Tuesday’s 3-hit, 4-0 whitewash at home to Bushnell-South Sumter to rally past archrival Springstead Wednesday night behind 13 hits in nine innings, 7-4. The win snapped the Sharks’ four-game losing series skein – all previously against right hander Kama Woodall…

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