A win and they’re in: Sharks could reach Final Four for the first time in 15 seasons Tuesday night at Alachua-Santa Fe (weather permitting)

REGIONAL BASEBALL Raiders (16-13) are no slouches in their 23rd regional tournament By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For only the 14th time over the last 88 years, a Hernando County prep baseball team will attempt to reach the coveted FHSAA Final Four. At 7 p.m. Tuesday night, Hernando County champion and three-time Class 5A, District 7 champion Nature Coast Technical (25-4) will confront 5A-5 champ Alachua-Santa Fe (16-13). The Sharks are…

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NCT’s Gates carries mates past perennially tough Hornets behind brilliant 12-K, 1-hitter, 3-0

BASEBALL Riera aids with two-run first-inning double, while Frangione adds RBI single By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – In Year 15 of Nature Coast Technical baseball, its 382nd career game Wednesday night against private school bully, Orlando-Bishop Moore Catholic, may be remembered for awhile. For years, the Orange County-based Hornets have owned the volleyball, basketball courts, football fields, soccer surfaces and baseball diamonds against any Hernando County opposition. Local teams…

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For a third night in a row, Springstead at Dunnellon cancelled due to rain

BASEBALL Eagles vs. Tigers will attempt to play for a 4th time at 7 p.m. Friday By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The unpredictable weather this week has wrecked havoc on playoff baseball. For a third night in a row, area showers in Marion County resulted in the cancellation of the Springstead Eagles (18-10) versus the Dunnellon Tigers (19-6). The regional semifinal game has been pushed back to 7 p.m. Friday. 05-15…

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Challenger K-8 returns to the top, solves favored West Hernando, 100.0-87.5

BOYS TRACK & FIELD Navigators earn first county crown since 2015 behind four champions By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – For the third time in three seasons, there was different Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Boys Track & Field team champion crowned Wednesday at Springstead. Challenger K-8, which won back-to-back crowns in 2014-15, solved heavily-favored West Hernando, 100.0-87.5 points. The remainder of the seven-team field featured: Parrott (82.0),…

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Parrott halts Challenger‘s bid at seven-peat, 166.0-147.0

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD Leopards‘ White nabs three gold medals in 100m, 4×100, long jump By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Challenger K-8’s six-year grip on the Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference’s Girls Track & Field Championship trophy ended Wednesday at Booster Stadium at F.W. Springstead. Parrott, which had captured each of its four regular season meets, finished its fifth meet unbeaten behind a stunning 166.0-147.0 nod over…

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Vonada tenders resignation as the Leopards’ coach

FOOTBALL The 19-year mentor steps down as Hernando County’s winningest coach By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Two days prior to the Leopards pre-season spring game in Land O’ Lakes against Sunlake High, veteran Hernando County teacher William “Bill” Vonada officially tendered his resignation at Hernando High. Vonada, guided the Leopards for the past four seasons, compiling an overall 17-21 won-lost slate, highlighted by last season’s district championship. Prior to that, Vonada…

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Springstead at Dunnellon rained out (again)

BASEBALL Eagles vs. Tigers will attempt to play for a third time at 7 p.m. Thursday By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The off-and-on showers that have plagued Florida claimed yet another casualty. For the second straight night, area thunder storms in Marion County resulted in the cancellation of the Springstead Eagles (18-10) versus the Dunnellon Tigers (19-6). The game has been pushed back to 7 p.m. Thursday. 05-15 Class 6A, Region…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-12)

Zach Funkhouser Nature Coast Technical – Senior Funkhouser, a two-time All-County right fielder, extended his hitting streak to all four post-season games finishing 1-for-2 with two runs scored in last week’s Class 5A, Region II quarterfinal shutout over Pierson-Taylor Middle/High School, 7-0. Zach, who is hitting .461, has hit safely in 22 of the county and district champion Sharks’ 28 games The four-year letterman, who is in the video production…

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Hitting the reset button: Hornets at Sharks, Eagles at Tigers – rained out

BASEBALL Amid weather concerns both semifinals slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Mother Nature is the ultimate judge and jury. Tuesday’s evening showers cancelled half of the Class 6A, Region II and the Class 5A, Region II semifinals. In the only in-county affair, Orlando-Bishop Moore Catholic (25-3) at Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical (24-4) was cancelled, pushing the game back to 7 p.m. Wednesday. On the other side of…

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Perennially tough Hornets stand in the way of Gates & Company’s final home tilt

REGIONAL BASEBALL SHS journeys back to Marion County facing 6A-6 champ Dunnellon By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County’s remaining baseball programs – Nature Coast Technical and F.W. Springstead – will battle in a pair of different regional semifinal venues Tuesday night, May 15. In the lone in-county home game, the 5A-8 champion and defending state runner-up Orlando-Bishop Moore Catholic Hornets (25-3 overall) travel to 5A-7 champion Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical Sharks…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 05-19)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 05-15: BASEBALL Class 6A, Region II Semifinals: Spring Hill-Springstead at Dunnellon, 7 p.m. Class 5A, Region II Semifinals: Orlando-Bishop Moore at Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical, 7 p.m. 05-16: TRACK & FIELD Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Championship Meet Challenger K-8, Explorer, Fox Chapel, Parrott, Powell, West Hernando, Winding Waters at Spring Hill-Springstead, 1 p.m. FOOTBALL Nature Coast Technical at Lakeland-Lake…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY FINAL GIRLS TRACK & FIELD RECAPS

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2018 Central Bears Head Coach – Pat Greenwood (1st Year)   DATE   EVENT   SITE   RESULT 02-13 Lecanto Invitational Away 6th/8 teams 02-16 Spring Hill-Springstead Invitational Home 9th (T)/11 teams 02-22 Brooksville-Hernando Kiwanis Away 8th/12 teams 03-02 Bushnell-South Sumter Invitational Away 9th/15 teams 04-04 Hernando/Citrus Classic Away 8th/9 teams 04-11 Class 2A, District 7 Championship+ Away 6th/11 teams 04-25…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY FINAL BOYS TRACK & FIELD RECAPS

BOYS TRACK & FIELD – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2018 Central Bears Head Coach – Kris Brooks (1st Year) DATE EVENT SITE RESULT 02-13 Lecanto Invitational Away 6th/8 teams 02-16 Spring Hill-Springstead Invitational Home 10th/12 teams 02-22 Brooksville-Hernando Kiwanis Away 9th/9 teams 03-02 Bushnell-South Sumter Invitational Away 10th/15 teams 03-27 Eagle Relays Away 3:30 p.m. 04-04 Hernando/Citrus Classic Away 7th/9 teams 04-11 Class 2A, District 7 Championship+ Away 7th/10 teams…

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Harvesting hardware: Nine Eagles enter states, six depart with medals

3A TRACK & FIELD SHS senior thrower Kyle Manuel places in discus and shot put By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The resurgent F.W. Springstead track and field program concluded its outstanding season with six of its nine representatives in Class 3A State Finals walking away with hardware following the two-day, elite event at Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida. The prep equivalent of the New England Patriots in track…

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Central’s Brown (fifth), Hernando’s Roberts (eighth) reach medal podium

2A TRACK & FIELD Brown shatters DuJuan “Foxx” Harris’ previous school record in 100 meters By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Of Hernando County 12 track athletes participating the FHSAA Class 2A State Track & Field Finals at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium, two returned home with top-eight medal efforts. As far as team scores, Hallandale dominated both the boys and girls meets. In the boys meet, the Chargers won…

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