Fields tears off 253 all-purpose yards, scores four times as Leopards tie NCT for county lead, taming Bears, 36-0

FOOTBALL HHS’ Boston Tafelski clicks on 6-of-7 aerials for season-high 212, 2 TDs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Save a make-up game against between Lecanto and Nature Coast Technical, the Class 5A, District 7 race and Hernando County championship table is set next week for Shark Tank Stadium. The Sharks, the reigning four-time county champs, did its part with a bit of redemption, tatooing Inverness-Citrus, 35-7. Next week, NCT…

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Prep Football Scoreboard Week 9 Results (thru 10-19):

FOOTBALL 10-19 Week 9 Results: @ Brooksville Hernando 36, Central 0 @ Weeki Wachee Weeki Wachee 46, Lecanto 14 @ Brooksville Nature Coast Technical 35, Inverness-Citrus 7 @ Wesley Chapel Springstead 54, Cypress Creek 7 10-12 Week 8 Results: @ Brooksville Hernando 47, Weeki Wachee 0 @ Land O‘ Lakes Springstead 23, Land O‘ Lakes 10 @ Crystal River Crystal River 45, Central 0 10-05 Week 7 Results: @! Brooksville…

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 10-13)

Lily Schultze – Girls Cross Country Springstead – Sophomore In her second season of cross country, Schultze finished 19th overall in Friday‘s 15th annual Hernando-Citrus Distance Classic at McKethan Lake Park. Lily, who also competed on the track team last spring, finished the 2017 cross country season ranked as the 15th fastest county runner. So far this season, she’s climbed to 12th best. After competing in seven 5K events in 2017, she’s…

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Playoff push continues as Leopards visit Bears

FOOTBALL Golden Hurricanes visit Shark Tank, Coyotes entertain Eagles, Hornets celebrate homecoming By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Mathematically-speaking, Hernando High still has a boxer’s chance of attaining the post-season playoffs on Nov. 9. The Leopards, the defending 5A-7 champions, can help themselves by capturing its last two district tilts beginning Friday night with its 29th clash against winless Central High (0-8) at the Bears‘ Den at 7 p.m. 5A-7’s only unbeaten…

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‘The Long Run’ concludes with Lady Sharks besting defending champion Weeki Wachee, 25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 25-13

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Seven-year district title drought ends as NCT denies Hornets a county record By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com LECANTO – Most folks would identify “The Long Run” with famed Eagles song writers Don Henley and Glenn Frey. The famed duo released that monster single in 1979. The song was the title track of its seventh album. “The Long Run” album was a seven-time certified platinum recording and has sold more…

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Eagles post third district title in 29 seasons, edging runner-up Leopards, 385-387

2A-13 BOYS GOLF Springstead senior Ryan Maharaj shoots 8-over-par 78 to repeat as district champion low medalist By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com HUDSON – F.W. Springstead barely remained unbeaten thanks to an unlikely hero. When SHS’ No. 5 linkster, freshman Andre El Yamani, rolled in with two last members of the Class 2A, District 13 Boys Golf Tournament field at Hudson’s Meadow Oaks, little did he know what was on the…

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West Hernando’s Lawrence fumbles at the 1-yard line in overtime, Powell holds on, 20-13

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Earlier in the day, Eagles announce forfeit to Fox Chapel on opening day By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com EROOKSVILLE – ’Twas a long, hot Tuesday for the West Hernando Golden Eagles football program. Earlier in the day, West Hernando announced it forfeited its season-opening 48-12 triumph over Fox Chapel. Between the lines, West Hernando won handedly, 48-12. But the Golden Eagles utilized an ineligible player during the game….

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-16)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-16: Explorer K-8 – bye @ Central Powell 20, West Hernando 13 (OT) NOTES – Madden Buratczuk scored on a 5-yard quarterback keeper and Caiden Mellecker added the extra point on the first set of downs in overtime for Powell … On West Hernando’s first play in the Kansas tiebreaker from the Panthers’ 10-yard, Breydhum Lawrence, who had scored two second-half touchdowns, scooted around the right side…

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Lady Sharks follow Dross’ medalist lead, claim 2A-13 four-feat by 94 strokes

2A-13 GIRLS GOLF Hernando High departs with second place trophy, WWHS finishes third By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com HUDSON – Four years into her dream, Nature Coast Technical senior Alexis Dross walked away as a dual champion from Monday’s six-team Class 2A, District 13 girls golf tournament at Meadow Oaks Golf Club. In a rare achievement, how many seniors can conclude the district tourney chapter of their prep careers with four…

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2A-13 coaching consensus: ‘It‘s Springstead’s tournament to lose’

BOYS GOLF Hernando County’s top two players – Springstead’s Maharaj, WWHS‘ Hurst battle for medalist By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com A maximum of 35 players are expected to duel Tuesday – confronting the never ending summer-like conditions of 93 degrees – at Hudson’s Meadow Oaks Golf Club for the Class 2A, District 13 Golf Tournament. The event is expected to begin with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Tuesday’s field features four-time…

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Something has to give: Lady Hornets seek historic district four-peat, streaking Sharks look to return to the top

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Up and down Leopards open against Pirates, WWHS tangles with CHS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The initial leg of the 45th FHSAA state playoffs in volleyball begins Monday. Hernando County volleyball is seeking its first-ever state title with four of six programs wading into district play. Four local teams – Central, Hernando, Hernando Christian Academy and Weeki Wachee – open in action on Monday. On Tuesday, F.W. Springstead…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 10-20)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 10-15: GIRLS GOLF Class 2A, District 13 Golf Tournament Central, Hernando, Nature Coast Technical, Spingstead, Weeki Wachee at Hudson’s Meadow Oaks Golf Club, 8 a.m. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Class 6A, District 7 Tournament at Lecanto Game 1 – No. 6 seed Crystal River vs. No. 3 seed Hernando, 4 p.m. Game 2 – No. 7 seed Central vs. No. 2 seed…

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Lady Sharks tracking 2A-13 four-peat Monday at Meadow Oaks GC

GIRLS GOLF Hernando’s County’s top 3 linksters include NCT’s Dross, Dono, Bennett By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Despite not playing a match since Sept. 27, Nature Coast Technical arrives as the undisputed favorite for Monday’s Class 2A, District 13 Golf Tournament at Hudson’s Meadow Oaks Golf, 13125 Fairwinds Road. A shotgun start is set for 8 a.m. Seven schools are expected to be represented in this 18-hole event including: Brooksville-Central, Brooksville-Hernando,…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS (thru 10-17)

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Kris Brooks (2nd Year)   DATE   RACE   SITE   TIME/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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Despite Sharks bunching four runners among top 10, Golden Hurricanes deny NCT a title repeat, 34-47

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY NCT’s Marville expands cushion as county’s fastest runner with 20:21.33 time By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the fifth time in six meets, Nature Coast Technical senior Leah Marville bested Springstead sophomore Kylie Kanaar to the finish line in Friday’s 15th Hernando-Citrus Distance Classic at Brooksville’s McKethan Lake Park. Marville, who did not compete last season due to injury, finished runner-up in the 78-runner field behind Inverness-Citrus freshman…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS (thru 10-17)

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY  – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Pat Greenwood (1st Year)   DATE   RACE   SITE   TIME/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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Eagles snap 29-year county championship drought, edging Hornets, Sharks at McKethan Park

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Springstead last ruled the roast under Fred Hudson from 1988-1990 seasons By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com On Friday, one of the county’s biggest-ever upsets occurred at the peaceful and typically serene 3.1-mile asphalt-lined surface dotting McKethan Lake Park. Class 3A, District 7’s F.W. Springstead finished a distant second to district rival Lecanto in the 15th edition of the Hernando-Citrus Distance Classic, 28-102. Lecanto was heavily favored to win…

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