Eagles prep for expected Cobra aerial assault

FOOTBALL Pass-happy West Pasco County crew faces SHS secondary sans Brunson, Rodriguez By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com F.W. Springstead lifts the curtains on its 43rd varsity season in a week visiting Central High at the Bears’ Den. After besting Bushnell-South Sumter in the spring football classic at Red Raiders’ field, 27-20, the Eagles host neighboring Hudson High in its final dress rehearsal for next week at 7 p.m. Thursday night at…

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Moving on up: NCT’s McAfee, tabbed county POY, headed to Marietta College

BASKETBALL Ex-Michigan wrestler transitions to standout Shark cager in 3 seasons By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Watching football players attempt to tackle swimming lessons could be comical. Offensive tackles trying to duplicate a breaststroke? Really? That would be akin prep wrestlers attempting to play basketball. Not much vertical there. One local exemption, however, resides at Nature Coast Technical. Recent NCT graduate, Robert Andrew McAfee, successfully navigated through the transition from the…

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2017-18 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM

BOYS BASKETBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Robert McAfee Nature Coast Technical – Senior COMMENTS: Three-year letterman for the Sharks … Second-year starter … Repeat All-County selection … As a sophomore, the 6-foot-1 McAfee played in 29 games, but didn’t score once in double figures … He averaged a quiet 2.2 points per game and 1.9 rebounds per game … A year later, McAfee quadrupled his…

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Coming Home: No brain drain for Shane (Davidson) in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

FOOTBALL Recent WWHS grad aspiring to become an accountant By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com At some point today recent Weeki Wachee graduate, Shane Alexander Davidson, will arrive at his life’s next destination: Division III- Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The drive that began Wednesday evening will cover over 16 hours spanning over 1,000 miles. In a way, it’s a homecoming.   Davidson 101 Shane, an only child, was born on Christmas…

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Ex-Hornet McKnight expects a good fight for a starting slot with the D-III Wilkes University Colonels

FOOTBALL “Canada“ will major in mechanical engineering at Wilkes-Barre, Pa. campus By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com This morning, Jason Anthony McKnight began the 16-plus hour, 1,074-mile trek from his old stomping grounds – Weeki Wachee High School – to his new digs at Division-III Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. McKnight 411 Nicknamed Canada by his Hornet friends and classmates was apropos. Jason was born as the oldest of two sons to…

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Ex-Hornet Young climbing next rung of his athletic ladder at NAIA’s Webber University

    FOOTBALL Two-time All-County wide receiver, a 2-time all-county trackster By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Reached four days into the next phase of his life – ex-Weeki Wachee Hornet wide receiver Shaun Kamau Young says he’s transitioning well into his new digs at NAIA’s Webber International University. Young, a sleek 6-foot, 165-pounder, recently graduated from the US-19 campus after being named All-Hernando County as a wideout in 2016-17 while being…

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Staying busy: Izzy (Zena) is in no tizzy prepping for NAIA’s Lindenwood University

FOOTBALL Former two-time All-County gridder heads to Belleville, Illinois By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Imagine a Bear care package landing at your door. On Monday – three ex-Central Bears: Izzy Zena, Casey McCarthy and Joshua Turner – will begin to navigate to their next stop: NAIA’s Lindenwood University in Belleville, Illinois. McCarthy and Turner served as the center and right guard under Zena, the quarterback, for the 2-7 Bears in 2017….

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7-time All-Hernando County all-star, HHS’ Mobley’s next stop is Avon Park’s South Florida State College

SOFTBALL Three-time weightlifting state qualifier, and 4-year first sacker hit a career .411 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Two enormous voids were created in Hernando High’s girls weightlifting and softball programs with the recent graduation of Janea’ Elizabeth Mobley. Mobley, 18, was a rare four-year varsity letter winner in two sports before signing with the South Florida State College Panthers in Avon Park. Mobley 101 Janea was born at Spring Hill…

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Southern Comfort: Ex-Bear Hudson easing into life with the D-I FIU Panthers

FOOTBALL Two-time All-County right tackle played football basketball, track at CHS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com What happens when a country-born and raised Brooksville lad reaches the streets of cosmopolitan Miami at 18? Stay tuned. We’re all fixin’ to find out. Recent Central High School graduate, Lynndell Genard Hudson, completed his first month of summer courses at Division I-Florida International University. The Hernando County product received an A and two Bs…

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Sharks “Give Up the Funk”; three-time all-star Funkhouser signs with Niceville community college

BASEBALL Career .390 hitter led the state in runs scored in 2018 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Before he climbed into the batter’s box for each of his home games in Brooksville, Zachary Ryan Funkhouser was serenaded. In his honor, his walkup song was a “funky” classic. “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)” by Parliament was played over the public address system. It was released as a…

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Ex-NCT catcher Riera joining the Raiders

BASEBALL Four-year letterman inks with Northwest Florida State College By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Collegiate baseball signings have continued well after last pitch of the 2018 prep baseball season. Recent Nature Coast Technical graduate, Brandon Riera, a three-time All-Hernando County selection behind the plate, just inked with the Niceville-based junior college program at Northwest Florida State College. Riera 411 The journey to Okaloosa County began for Brandon in Dade County. He…

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Don’t snort, ex-Leopard Short, who can literally hold court in any sport, signs with the Coastal Alabama Warhawks

BASEBALL Former Ridge Manor Dixie League product was HHS’ ace in 2018 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The current urban dictionary describes the phrase one trick pony as, a friend, acquaintance or stranger, who has very few talents. The opposite might feature an illustration of Brooksville’s Jackson Taylor Short. You see the 18-year-old Short is a jack-of-all- trades. One of his best traits is he’s a fast learner. Maybe that’s why…

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Trying harder: Bears’ Johnson inks with JUCO Florida Gateway

BASKETBALL Two-time All-County shooting guard departs as Central’s No. 2 scorer By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Over 30 winters of varsity hoops, three-time All-Hernando County guard, Darryn Frazier, graduated in 2009 as the Bears’ all-time leading scorer with 1,787 points. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder played three varsity seasons under skipper Eric Hayes, compiling an overall 18-59 won-lost slate (23 percent). Frazier, who played in 77 games for the Bears, “averaged” a gaudy…

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No need to check; ex-Bear Eck is on deck to wreck havoc for the NAIA Florida College Falcons

BASKETBALL Four-letter varsity cager is coming off best season at 11.8 ppg By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com At 3, Brian Lawrence Eck could be spotted with a basketball at Hernando County Family YMCA in Spring Hill. Fifteen years later, Eck continues his passion for the hardwood courts at his next stop: NAIA’s Florida College Falcons’ campus in Temple Terrace. Eck 101 Brian was born the younger of two sons to Rick…

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Redemption worth the wait for Riverview‘s Daugherty

BOWLING After waiting 12 months, Daugherty halts Naumann’s bid at his first regional crown, 223-212 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Redemption is worth the wait. Just ask Tampa-Riverview-based professional bowler Tom Daugherty. A year ago, the three-time Spring Hill Open champion was attempting to duplicate Tampa’s Darin Hays’ tourney record four individual wins at the Southern Regional held at Spring Hill Lanes. But a former Spring Hill native…

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Springstead’s pint-sized point guard Huden disproves size matters, repeats as POY

GIRLS BASKETBALL 5-foot-3 guard re-writes Eagle record book By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In basketball, a game dominated by ultra-agile big people, there’s a refreshing new twist: a pint-sized point guard in Spring Hill’s Reagan Lynne Huden. You see, the Lord above didn’t bless the 18-year-old in stature at 5-foot-3. But the four-year Hernando County girls basketball fixture at F.W. Springstead, excelled on the court. The Pinellas County native could dribble,…

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2017-18 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM

GIRLS BASKETBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Reagan Huden Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Rare four-year starter … Four-time All-County selection … Tabbed Hernando County’s Player of the Year for the second straight winter … Forget her size – it’s 5-foot-3 in stilettos – she has finished first, third and first and third in the county scoring race the past four winters … As a freshman, she…

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