2016-17 ALL-COUNTY GIRLS SOCCER

GIRLS SOCCER BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Reilley Bain Weeki Wachee – Freshman COMMENTS: Outstanding student/athlete … All-Hernando County selection in soccer and track and field who maintained a 3.9 weighted grade point average … First Hornet player voted Girls Soccer Player of the Year … Debuted with a bang … Helped guide the US-19 program to a school record 10 wins … Poured in 24…

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Another piece in Falcon puzzle takes shape as WWHS’ Herzek inks

GIRLS SOCCER Four-year Hornet starter played goalkeeper last winter for the US-19 crew BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com NAIA’s Florida College landed yet another piece to its puzzle for the 2017-18 women’s soccer season by recently signing 2017 Weeki Wachee graduate Erika Rose Herzek. Herzek, 18, also earned four letters in track and field and two in cross country along the US-19 campus. Herzek 101 Erika was born the middle of…

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If playing defense is the game, ex-Bear Sameri is the aim

  GIRLS SOCCER Defending three-time All-County defender inks with Florida College BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The unprecedented mining of women’s soccer talent from Hernando County by NAIA’s Florida College Falcons continues. The Temple Terrace program pried away perhaps the county’s finest man-marking defender in 2017 Central High graduate Rogina Sameri to its Hillsborough County campus. Sameri 101 Rogina was born in Tallahassee as the youngest of three children to Sam…

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Bears suffer another personnel loss when coach Willie “Buck” Thomas, 52, passes away from a massive stroke

FOOTBALL USAF veteran and CHS defensive coordinator will be buried Thursday in Tallahassee BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the second time in 22 months, a member of the Central High School football family has passed. It was September 27, 2015 when CHS’ starting quarterback Sebastian Rivera succumbed to his injuries following an early morning motorcycle accident the previous Tuesday en route to school. His loss triggered a 1-5 slide during…

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Ex-Hornet setter Asbury heads for Pasco-Hernando State College

VOLLEYBALL Two-time All-Hernando County setter led WWHS to a pair of regional finals BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Home grown spiker Sarah Elizabeth Asbury will remain local for the next two years. The talented 2017 Weeki Wachee High School graduate, who served as the team’s starting setter for the past four seasons, will begin competing at the next level with Pasco-Hernando State College Conquistadors in New Port Richey. Asbury 101 Sarah…

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Former Spring Hill resident Anthony Caso enjoys homecoming by bagging first pro win

BOWLING Former Westside Elementary and Hernando County home schooler garners initial tour triumph BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – It’s only been 14 months since former Hernando County resident and local professional bowler Anthony Caso relocated to Merritt Island. Though he currently resides in Brevard County, his parents and family still live here and he calls it his home. The southpaw Caso, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Saturday,…

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NCT’s Remondelli ascends to 2017 Hernando County Player of the Year

GIRLS TENNIS In her second net season, Lady Shark collected 30 total wins BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In the area coaches’ eyes, this year’s Girls Tennis Player of the Year for Hernando County whittled down to two choices: Hernando Christian Academy senior Katherine Moore and Nature Coast Technical sophomore Sierra Paige Remondelli. When the dust settled on Moore’s seventh varsity season she concluded her prep career behind a personal-best 12-7…

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Wheeling, dealing is at the heart of center midfielder Sasha Garcia’s game

GIRLS SOCCER Sixth-best assist total allows SHS graduate to sign with NAIA Florida College BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com So what do U.S. President Donald Trump and legendary TV game show host Monty Hall have in common? They’re best known for “Let’s Make Deal”. Now what does recent 2017 F.W. Springstead center midfielder Sasha Monique Garcia have in common with Trump and 2007 American Game Show Host Hall of Famer Hall…

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Ex-Eagle standout Gibson is another reason to ‘Fear the Falcon’

  GIRLS SOCCER All-County performer inks with NAIA’s Florida College Falcons in Temple Terrace BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Another local product, 2017 F.W. Springstead graduate Kimberly Andrea Gibson, has signed with NAIA’s Florida College Falcons soccer squad based in Temple Terrace. Under skipper David Castillo, the Falcons have mined the Hernando County turf and signed NCT’s Santina Paonessa, Central’s Regina Sameri and Springstead’s Sasha Garcia and Gibson. Gibson 411 Kim…

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“Preseason Clash 4 Clayton” set for Aug. 12 at SHS’ Booster Stadium

FOOTBALL All proceeds will benefit 1-year-old Clayton Mahler’s battle against cancer BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Former Hudson High head football coach Rob Mahler is no longer pacing the West Pasco County sidelines. For good reason, he stepped down after last season. Mahler, a father of two, and his wife Jordan, are fighting the biggest battle of their lives as their one-year-old son, Clayton, was diagnosed with pediatric cancer. Springstead High…

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Spring Hill Lanes’ PBA Pro-Am, Southern Regional set this weekend

BOWLING SPRING HILL – The 2017 Pro Bowlers Association (PBA) ProAm set for Friday, July 21 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way (US 19), Spring Hill. Don’t miss you chance to bowl with the pros! Spring Hill Lanes is also hosting the 29th annual Professional Bowlers Association Southern Regional on July 22-23. Some of the finest bowlers in the Southern United States will converge on to Hernando County facility….

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2017 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS TENNIS

GIRLS TENNIS BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Sierra Remondelli Nature Coast Technical – Sophomore COMMENTS: Second-year netter … Repeat All-Hernando County selection … Edged HCA senior Katherine Moore for Player of the Year laurels … Broke in as a freshman in 2016 with a splash … Paced all Hernando County netters with a 16-4 overall mark … Though NCT placed third in the 2A-7 Tourney at…

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2017 HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS TENNIS SCOREBOARD

BOYS TENNIS 2017 Final Hernando Christian Academy Lions Results 02-13: Hernando Christian Academy at Pasco Pasco 6, HCA 0 Singles: (pro set) No. 1 – Harrison Phillips (PAS) won by forfeit. No. 2 – Brent Charlick (PAS) def. Jason Xu, 8-1. No. 3 – Aaron Leslie (PAS) def. Jamie Vanderveken, 8-3. No. 4 – Robby Princinato (PAS) def. Bailey Probus, 8-5. No. 5 – Vinson Telfire (PAS) def. Li Mingri,…

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2017 ALL-COUNTY BOYS TENNIS

BOYS TENNIS BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year No. 1 Singles – Alex Hoover Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Rare four-year letterman … Four-time All-County selection …Voted Player of the Year in 2017 after being named All-County in singles at the sport’s hardest position: No. 1 singles and also being chosen All-County in doubles for a fourth straight season … Broke in as a freshman in 2014 turning heads…

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Former Explorer mentor Kyra Leonard tabbed SHS’ new volleyball coach

VOLLEYBALL Springstead skipper is school’s third coach in four seasons BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com When Kaitlin Wadsworth was not renewed as Springstead High’s volleyball coach early this season, first-year SHS Athletic Director Dustin Kupcik admittedly had a number of available suitors. Never did he think that the Spring Hill spikers would not have a coach in place by the end of the 2016-17 school year. Unfortunately, one-by-one each potential candidate…

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‘Almost like a dream come true’ says ex-Shark Osborne signing with NAIA’s Warner University Royals

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING Two-time district champion lifter, won districts in 2017 PV BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com 2017 Nature Coast Technical graduate Jessica Marie Osborne believes she’s living proof that dreams do come true. Despite a diminutive stature., the pint-size pistol of an athlete at 5-foot-2 and 115 pounds soaking wet, earned seven varsity letters: four in track and field and three in weightlifting. Osborne, 18, reached the FHSAA’s elite meet twice…

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Ex-Bear Rivera lands at linebacker for D-II Lincoln University in Pennsylvania

FOOTBALL Two-time All-County gridder, district champ lifter is newest Lion BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com On Aug. 7, Spring Hill’s Joshua “Josh” Anthony Rivera begins the next chapter of his life. In reality, he’s he been prepping for this moment for as long as he has walked this earth. Rivera, 17, signed a letter of intent to play D-II football beginning next month for Lincoln University, which lies about 40 minutes…

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Ex-NCT Homecoming Queen Paonessa inks as defender with NAIA’s Florida College Falcons

GIRLS SOCCER Three-year Shark letterman reports to Temple Terrace campus BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com One of the most perplexing local trivia questions is when is any football player crowned Homecoming Queen? It’s never happened in a century of prep football, right? Wrong. The exception is when the gridder in question is a female football player, dba as placekicker. Prior to last season, third-year NCT football mentor Justin Worden was in…

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