Trio of Eagles, McCane, Morales, Roche, return home as bronze medalists from rugged Knockout VI

WRESTLING SHS posts collective 28-23 won-lost mark in colossal 38-team event By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com KISSIMMEE – At the end of Saturday night’s colossal two-day, 405-grappler, 38-team Knockout Christmas Classic VI Wrestling Tournament, Class 7A Camden County, Ga. sweated out another team win. Had Homestead-South Dade captured the meet’s final bout – an agonizing 2-1 loss at 285 pounds, the Buccaneers would have edged the Wildcats. Instead, the ’Cats claimed…

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Busy week ahead as Eagles enter star-studded Knockout VI at Kissimmee-Osceola

WRESTLING Mostly 3A event serves as the appetizer prior to 2A-5 Duals Tourney By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The dictionary defines star-studded as exhibiting or characterized by the presence of many preeminent performers. Over the next seven days, F.W. Springstead begins a stretch of three straight mat tournaments. The first is Friday and Saturday’s Dec. 29-30, star-studded Knockout Christmas Classic VI at Kissimmee-Osceola High’s palatial gymnasium, 420 S. Thacker Ave., Kissimmee….

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Hornets finish with a flourish, capture last three matches at Harmony Duals

WRESTLING Martins, McKnight, Davidson each roll up team-best 7-1 efforts By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com When Cardinal Gibbons – a five-time Class 1A mat state champion comes knocking – folks are typically flocking to see them. So when Frank Pettineo’s Broward County-based troops visited this weekend’s 12th annual Harmony Duals with four returning state qualifiers, it wasn’t a surprise when they dominated the two-day, 16-team field. The county’s lone representative, Weeki…

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2017-18 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS BASKETBALL STANDINGS (thru 01-01)

GIRLS BASKETBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2017-18 Hernando County Girls Basketball Regular Season Standings PL. TEAM W L .PCT 1. Weeki Wachee$ 4 0 1.000 2. Spring Hill-Springstead 2 1 .667 2. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 2 1 .667 4. Brooksville-Hernando 1 3 .250 5. Brooksville-Central 0 4 .000 TOTALS (5) 9 9 .500 $ Denotes defending Hernando County champion. 2017-18 Class 6A, District 7 Girls Basketball Regular Season Standings…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 12-29)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 12-27: BOYS BASKETBALL Nature Coast Christmas Tournament New Port Richey-Mitchell vs. Hernando, 9:30 a.m. Tampa-Jefferson vs. Nature Coast Technical, 5 p.m. New Port Richey-Ridgewood Rotary Ram Classic Springstead vs. Tampa-Plant, 6 p.m. 12-28: BOYS BASKETBALL Nature Coast Christmas Tournament Hernando vs. TBA, TBA Nature Coast Technical vs. TBA, TBA New Port Richey-Ridgewood Rotary Ram Classic Springstead vs. TBA, TBA 12-29:…

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Eagles are beyond reproach, leash Flagler Palm Coast Bulldogs without Roche, 37-29

WRESTLING Though 104-degree fever sidelines senior, SHS rolls Corey Hill Duals going 7-0 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – On Day 1 of the watered down Corey Hill Duals Wrestling Tournament, host Springstead would have had Union General William Tecumseh Sherman blush. Sherman, known as for his troops’ obliterating “March to the Sea” campaign during the Civil War through Georgia was emulated by the Eagles’ mat men. In the…

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2017-18 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING HONOR ROLL STATS (thru 01-09)

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING – Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10 WGT NAME/SCHOOL BEN-CLN-TOT 101 Allie Anthony (NCT) 95-105—200 101 Allie Anthony (NCT) 100-100—200 110 Kayla Rivera (NCT) 110-125—235 119 Charlize Soares 120-115—235 129 Alexis Hobbs! 150-170—320 139 Alexis Hobbs! (WW) 160-170—330 154 Morgen Arey! (WW) 160-160—320 169 Ariana Gennusa (SPG) 140-120—260 183 Courtney Traudt! (NCT) 150-145–295 199 Janea Mobley (HER)!* 145-150–295 UNL Jouie Miller (NCT)^* 210-205–415 $$ Denotes 2016-17 state champion…

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2017-18 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING RESULTS (thru 01-09)

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING 2017-18 Weeki Wachee Hornets Results 101 – 1. Hayley Shamblin (HER) 100-75—175, 2. Nichole Petron (WW) 70-65—135. 110 – 1. Kayla Rivera** (NCT) 105-125—230, 2. Aryana Millan (NCT) 110-95—205, 3. 3. Kaitlyn Clemens (WW) 105-100—205, 4. Stephanie Rix (HER) 90-85—175, 5. Christie Kali (HER) 80-95—175. 119 – 1. Charlize Soares (SPG) 120-115—235, 2. Tara Gray (NCT) 105-125—230, 3. Megan Smith (HER) 105-110—215, 4. Aliyah Dipalma (NCT) 100-105—205, 5….

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Loaded Flagler Palm Coast Bulldogs roll into town as heavy favorites in Corey Hill Duals

WRESTLING Flagler County ’Dawgs return five state qualifiers including two 3A state placers By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The last two – and coincidentally only two times – perennial Class 3A mat power Flagler Palm Coast has visited Spring Hill, its departed with team titles. The Bulldogs, who finished 10th in last winter’s 3A State Tourney in Kissimmee, are the heavy favorites to make it three wins in its last three…

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Make that five out-of-six county titles, Sharks cruise, 75-46

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING Nature Coast, Springstead each depart with three champs, Weeki Wachee adds a pair By TONY CASTRO Hernando Sport.com WEEKI WACHEE – The 17th Hernando County Girls Weightlifting Championship Meet on Wednesday at Weeki Wachee’s Hornets’ Nest seemed more like video loop that continues to rewind. To no one’s awe, Nature Coast Technical remained unbeaten in Year 15, collecting its fifth county team crown in six winters over runner-up…

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Eagles snap Leopards’ two-year hex behind five pins, 42-24

WRESTLING Down 6-0, SHS rolls seven wins across eight bouts to solve HHS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Sans two state qualifiers – junior Chris Morales, who has been floored by a flu bug and senior Tommy McCane, who was not allowed to weigh in – visiting Springstead still managed to snap Hernando’s two-year dual meet hex Wednesday, 42-24. With two other starters unavailable – Jackson Barker and Lucas Betancourt –…

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’Canes claim Hermann Cup Duals title, Hornets finish as runners-up

WRESTLING Five WWHS grapplers depart Citrus County with unbeaten efforts By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com As expected, the two top teams in this past weekend’s Rob Hermann Cup Duals Tournament at Inverness-Citrus High were the host Golden Hurricanes and visiting Weeki Wachee Hornets. In the two-day, eight-team, round-robin event, the ’Canes finished 7-0 behind five unbeaten grapplers including: Jake Reynolds at 106 pounds, who finish 5-0 with four pins; Kobe Rosario…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 12-16)

Lauren Mullen – Girls Soccer Weeki Wachee – Junior Mullen, third-year midfielder, scored at least one point in the Lady Hornets’ four matches. Lauren notched an assist against Nature Coast Technical (a 3-1 loss) on Monday, tallied three goals and dished six assists against Zephyrhills (8-0 win) on Wednesday, had an assist against Fivay (7-1 loss) on Thursday and chipped in two assists versus Hernando on Friday night (8-0 win). Through…

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