2017 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Kevin Ballard (1st Year)   DATE   RACE   SITE   RESULT 08-26 Inverness-Citrus Invitational Inverness-Whispering Pines Park NTS 09-02 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High NTS 09-23 Crystal River Invitational Crystal River High NTS 09-30 4th Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Preserve NTS 10-04 5th Nature Coast Invitational Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical NTS 10-07 21st Land O’ Lakes Invitational…

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Things looking up for Hernando High’s Stalcup

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Without much of a supporting cast, third-year Leopard named Runner of the Year By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com With the graduation loss of Ryan Bell and the transfer of Trevor Foley to his third school in four seasons, team-wise Hernando High suffered a huge power loss in cross country in 2017. No one could replace the losses of its 1-2 punch from 2016. Junior Ross Stalcup, however, attempted…

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2017 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Runner of the Year Ross Stalcup Hernando – Junior COMMENTS: Third-year letterman … Also competed in track and field … All-County trackster in the 1,600 meters in 2017 … Repeat All-County cross country selection … Named Runner of the Year, too … Broke in as a freshman in 2015 competing in 10 meets … One of only four county runners to compete in…

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David vs. Goliath: The Sequel as NCT Sharks confront Jacksonville-Bolles Bulldogs

STATE BASEBALL Brooksville nine is in its first Final Four, while ‘Dawgs seek its 9th state crown By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com On paper, Thursday morning’s first of two Class 5A State Semifinals is a clear mismatch. Fortunately, for long suffering Hernando County fans that haven’t since a state championship banner raised since Lyndon Johnson in 1967, baseball games aren’t played on paper. The new kids on the block, the Hernando…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-26)

Brandon Frangione – Baseball Nature Coast Technical – Senior Frangione finished 4-for-4, clubbing a double and knocking in one run, while scoring three runs in pacing the Sharks to the Class 5A, Region II title last week at Alachua-Santa Fe, 12-3. The 6-foot, 170-pounder heads into the Sharks’ first-ever Final Four appearance in Fort Myers hitting .424 with a .523 on-base average. To date, the four-year letter winner has collected…

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2017 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Kris Brooks (1st Year)   DATE   RACE   SITE   RESULT 08-26 Inverness-Citrus Invitational Inverness-Whispering Pines Park NTS 09-02 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High NTS 09-23 Crystal River Invitational Crystal River High NTS 09-30 4th Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Preserve NTS 10-04 5th Nature Coast Invitational Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical NTS 10-07 21st Land O’ Lakes Invitational…

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NCT’s Mia (DeRonda) says ‘see ya’ to county opposition at the starting line

ALL-COUNTY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY First-year thinclad defeated 137-of-137 Hernando County foes By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Imagine a terrorist standing all of 5-foot-3 and weighing 117 pounds. That’s not much of threat, eh? It’s not, unless she’s Mia Fiore DeRonda in a cross country uniform for Nature Coast Technical. The Tampa-born DeRonda dominated the local long distance landscape as a freshman in 2017. How much so? The dirty-blonde tressed and hazel-eyed…

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2017 ALL=HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Runner of the Year – Mia DeRonda Nature Coast Technical – Freshman COMMENTS: First-time All-Hernando County pick … Missed the first meet of the season at Whispering Pines Park in Inverness, but competed in the last eight meets … After opening with a 21st-place finish at Lecanto Invite, DeRonda pieced together five straight races finishing fourth or better … In that span, she…

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2017 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL LEADERS

FOOTBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO Top 10 Rushers   RK.   NAME/SCHOOL   ATT   YDS   YPC   TD 1. Morgan/SPG 225* 1,424* 6.33 18* 2. Class/WW 137 1,301 9.50 13 3. Weston/NCT 120 1,169 9.74* 13 4. Sims/SPG 156 970 6.22 9 5. Burnett/NCT 94 901 9.60 6 6. Fields, Izzy/HER 106 878 8.28 17 7. Zena/CEN 112 830 7.41 3 8. Fribbley, J./CEN 88 633 7.19…

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Eagles’ jim-dandy fullback Randy Morgan tabbed Player of the Year

ALL-COUNTY FOOTBALL SHS senior led the county in rushing atts., yards, TDs, scoring By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com F.W. Springstead fullback Randy Morgan could be described in many ways for the 2017 season he compiled. Webster’s best definition might be jim-dandy. It’s a definition dating back to 1887 and is still relevant today. Jim-dandy refers to something excellent of its kind. Morgan’s senior campaign was all that. Morgan rules The 5-foot-10,…

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2017-18 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY FOOTBALL

FOOTBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com OFFENSE Hernando County Player of the Year – Randy Morgan Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Third-year varsity gridder who also played varsity basketball …Two-time All-Hernando County selection … Voted as Hernando County’s 2017 Offensive Player of the Year and Hernando County’s Player of the Year … Listed at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds … In 2015, Morgan rushed 69 times for 465 yards as a sophomore and scored…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-19)

Jonathan “J.P.” Gates – Baseball Nature Coast Technical – Senior Gates, the two-time defending Hernando County Player of the Year, twirled a complete game 1-hit shutout to eliminate the defending Class 5A state runner-up Orlando-Bishop Moore Hornets in Brooksville, 3-0. The 6-foot-1 southpaw handcuffed the Hornets to a two-out single in the seventh. Bishop Moore Catholic hitters went a collective 1-for-22 (.045). Gates issued two walks and fanned eight of…

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Sharks’ Gates and mates head to states by bouncing Raiders, 12-3

BASEBALL NCT’s McMath drives in 4 RBI, Frangione & Gates each deliver four hits apiece By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com History was elevated to new level Tuesday night in Alachua County, when Nature Coast Technical pocketed its sixth straight post-season win in a row over host Alachua-Santa Fe (16-14 overall), 12-3. In a 16-hit onslaught, the Sharks (26-4) extended its 15th season by rallying from a first-inning 2-0 deficit to add…

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Challenger starts rollin’ with Nowlan, 16-12

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Ex-guard-turned-quarterback clicks on 12-of-16 passing for 182 yards and one 1 TD By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Maybe more football teams should scan its offensive line for its next signal caller. Challenger K-8’s search to replace last year’s starter ended along its O-line when skipper David Barrett converted former guard Brady Nowlan to quarterback this spring. Nowlan’s apprenticeship included a baptism under fire Wednesday night…

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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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