Joey DelGatto, PHSC Coach Steve Winterling, Mom Amy, Dad Steve. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Taking the next step, DelGatto signs with Pasco-Hernando State College Conquistadors

BASEBALL 3-year SHS letterman enjoyed best-ever year in 2017 hitting .321 BY TONY CASTRO In a magical 2017 prep baseball campaign where eight different Springstead Eagles pieced together their best-ever seasons, Joseph “Joey” Crane DelGatto’s value could not be understated. Under the guidance of third-year SHS skipper Shawn Laferty, the current 5-foot-11, 180-pound DelGatto sparkled. DelGatto, who averaged .264 along his first two seasons on the Mariner Boulevard campus,…

Johnny Oliveira

Hereeeeee’s Johnny … meet the newest Georgia State College Bobcat

BASEBALL Two-time All-County Oliveira hit .361, collected 10 HRs, 50 RBI, in 3 seasons BY TONY CASTRO If only Ed McMahon were still around. McMahon, a television pioneer who warmed up “The Tonight Show” audience for nearly 30 years as Johnny Carson’s jovial sidekick and announcer, passed away in 2009. He was 86. McMahon was perhaps best well known for introducing John William “Johnny” Carson for his 30 years…

L-r: step grandmother Debra Flood, grand father Glenn Flood, mother Kelly Flood. Logan Flood, Kyla flood, and grandmother Julie Chandler. Back row: HHS coaches Jeff Laing and Tim Sims. Photo provided

Flood descends upon Saint Leo University

BASEBALL Two-time all-star, Hernando High CF inks with Lions BY TONY CASTRO One of Hernando County’s smoothest outfielders, recent Hernando High graduate Logan Patrick Flood, will soon descend upon the San Antonio-based Division II baseball campus. The two-time All-Hernando County all-star recently signed a letter of intent to play collegiately for the Lions. Playing at the East Pasco County facility is akin to coming home. Flood 101 Logan was…


Joey DelGatto: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-13)

Joey DelGatto – Baseball Springstead – Senior DelGatto, who enjoyed his best-ever prep season for the Eagles, collected one of Springstead’s two hits off Belleview during its season-ending Class 6A, Region II quarterfinal loss to the Rattlers, 2-0. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder hurled two innings of relief against Belleview surrendering an unearned. For the season, DelGatto hit .321 piling up 26 hits in 28 games. On the hill, he and teammate Jack…


Jonathan “J.P.” Gates: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-20)

Jonathan “J.P.” Gates – Baseball Nature Coast Technical – Junior Gates, carried the Sharks to second straight 5A-7 title and its first-ever regional home playoff victory over Orlando-Lake Highland Prep, threw six solid innings in falling to perennially-tough Orlando-Bishop Moore Catholic during the Class 5A, Region II semifinal in Orange County, 2-1. J.P., the 2016 Hernando County Player of the Year, led the all Hernando County batters with a .478…


Logan Flood: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-27)

Logan Flood – Baseball Hernando High – Senior Flood was selected as Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) District 10 representative for the annual Baseball All-Star Games held at Lakeland’s Tigertown. The FACA Showcase event began Sunday, May 28. Flood, a member of the West All-Stars battles the East All-Stars on Monday. A second game is set for Tuesday at the Polk County facility. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Flood paced the 15-13…

Jonathan Gates

NCT’s Gates garners prep ‘Triple Crown’ en route repeat Player of the Year laurels

BASEBALL Third-year Shark batted a Hernando County-best .478 with 10 HRs, 45 RBI BY TONY CASTRO Across 148 years of Major League Baseball, one of the rarest sights is the crowning of a Triple Crown champion. Only 16 previous times has any major leaguer led the league in the same season in batting average, home runs and runs batted in. The 14 players who have achieved the feat represent…

Jonathan Gates Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO


BASEBALL BY TONY CASTRO Player of the Year – Jonathan “J.P.” Gates Nature Coast Technical – Junior COMMENTS: Third-year starter … Two-time All-Hernando County selection … Repeat Player of the Year pick … As a freshman, Gates batted .284 breaking in with 21 hits in 22 games, featuring 11 extra-base hits and 17 runs batted in … On the hill, he fanned 40 batters in 39 innings going 2-4…

Kaine McColley

Hernando County’s Player of the Year is no folly, it’s McColley

BOYS BASKETBALL NCT senior earns second All-County berth, POY nod BY TONY CASTRO When Hernando County’s boys basketball coaches selected its 2016-17 All-Hernando County squad, there was a consensus on this year’s Player of the Year: Kaine Joshua McColley. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound senior forward from Nature Coast Technical wasn’t a one-man wrecking ball, but rather the leader of a stout 27-2 Sharks squad. McColley 411 Kaine’s parents, Kurt and…

Kama Woodall

Is Springstead right-hander Kama Woodall the county’s best-ever hurler?

SOFTBALL Senior unanimously voted as Hernando County’s Player of the Year in 2017 BY TONY CASTRO Let the comparisons begin. At the conclusion of Year 28 of Hernando County fast-pitch softball, there’s only one queen of the local diamonds: F.W. Springstead senior Kama Alexandra Woodall. Woodall, who will graduate during Friday evening’s commencement exercises at Booster Stadium in Spring Hill, ranked 35th in a class of over 400 students….

Kama Woodall. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO


SOFTBALL BY TONY CASTRO Player of the Year – Kama Woodall Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Two-year staff ace … Two-time All-Hernando County selection … Unanimously voted unanimously as 2017’s Hernando County Player of the Year … The Spring Hill resident, who transferred to F.W. Springstead after leading St. Petersburg-Canterbury to a trio of Final Fours and a pair of state titles … In 2016, the stud right-hander missed some…

Alice Mellicker, Alex Cromie, Brett Cromie, Coach Mark Lee.

Ex-Hornet Cromie seeks new frontiers as Tusculum College Pioneer

FOOTBALL Despite 5 wins in 3 seasons, WWHS graduate shatters records BY TONY CASTRO Perhaps Hernando County’s best-ever quarterback, recent Weeki Wachee High School graduate Alec Robert Cromie, may be the most misunderstood. After the curtains descended following last season’s dismal 0-10 Hornets’ season, the US-19’s three-year starter under center graduated early to be a part of spring football practice for the D-II Tusculum College Pioneers at Greenville, Tennessee….

Springstead High Principal Carmine Rufa accepts the inaugural  $5000 check from Joe Lowman of Lowman Law as part of the Lowman Law Hernando Athlete of the Week program. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Springstead receives $5,000 charitable donation from the Lowman Law Firm

Spring Hill school drawn from a ping pong ball lottery ceremony BY TONY CASTRO BROOKSVILLE – The Lowman Law Firm’s initial lottery drawing to benefit Hernando County student-athletes was held Thursday at Rising Sun Bistro in Brooksville. All six Hernando County high schools were represented in this year’s Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week competition hosted by Parents, guests and family members accompanied 19 student-athlete winners dating…

Kaine McColley         Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2017 All-Hernando County Boys Basketball Team

BOYS BASKETBALL BY TONY CASTRO Player of the Year – Kaine McColley Nature Coast Technical – Senior COMMENTS: At 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, McColley transferred from Lecanto High … McColley was a two-year starter for Sharks … Two-time All-Hernando County selection … As a junior, McColley averaged 14.6 points per game … He maintained his consistency reaching double figure scoring in 21 of 28 tilts … Pumped in 20+ plus…

Reagan Huden

Pint-sized guard Springstead’s Huden is Hernando County’s cage queen

GIRLS BASKETBALL 5-foot-3 shooting guard voted 2016-17 Player of the Year BY TONY CASTRO Though NFL Hall of Famer Vince Lombardi is no longer pacing the sidelines his vernacular remains. His insightful language on life and sports has left a blue print on American athletics. Though F.W. Springstead junior shooting guard Reagan Lynne Huden has never played football, there’s a Lombardism available to describe how a 5-foot-3, 146-pound shooting…