Weeki Wachee seeks elusive initial series win against ‘Big 3’ at Springstead

FOOTBALL Sharks search for first road nod at Bushnell, Leopards at Orlando, CHS at Tavares By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For football-clamoring Hernando County fans, there’s only one home game set for Week 2, with three other tilts on the road. The US-19-based Weeki Hornets (0-1 overall, 0-0 county) visit Spring Hill’s F.W. Springstead Eagles (1-0 overall, 1-0 county) beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday Meanwhile, the Nature Coast Technical Sharks (0-1)…

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Size matters: Springstead’s smallish (31-member) roster means depth is the Eagles’ primary concern

FOOTBALL Early-season home schedule features visits by NCT and Mitchell By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In Year 43 after two weekends, the thin F.W. Springstead High football roster has seen two players not reach the end of the first quarter. In the fall classic against Hudson, SHS lost its starting half back, junior Anthony Alexis, with a compound fracture of his leg. Physicians say it’ll take eight weeks before he’s cleared….

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Sharks pushing the envelope, seeking fourth straight playoff berth

FOOTBALL NCT also yearns to extend its 15-game county winning skein By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Though the calendar continues to turn pages, the expectations within the Nature Coast Technical football program remain the same. In Year 15, the Columbia blue and black-clad Sharks are seeking its ninth Hernando County championship. The Brooksville gridders enter 2018 riding a 15-game county winning streak. Despite a coaching change prior to 2017, the Sharks…

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Leopards seek first-ever district repeat behind revamped O-line, first-year Kazmier

FOOTBALL Purple and Gold attempting to duplicate 2017 sans 22 players By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Imagine being hired as a prep football head coach for the first time. Lots of hope and promise, right? But then you realize your gig isn’t at any of the local outposts that offers you time to build your program. Come on, at some places a 5-5 ledger will get you the keys to the…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 09-01)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 08-27: GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Inverness-Citrus at Springstead, 7 p.m. Spring Hill-Classical Prep at HCA, 6:30 p.m. 08-28: GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Central at Crystal River, 7 p.m. Hernando at Lecanto, 7 p.m. HCA at Valrico-Foundation Academy, 6:30 p.m. 08-29: GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Hernando at Springstead, 7:30 p.m. Weeki Wachee at Nature Coast Technical, 7:30 p.m. 08-30: GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Hernando at Central, 7:30 p.m. Lecanto…

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Springstead’s Sims strafes Central behind 202 rushing yards, three touchdowns, 41-0

FOOTBALL Eagles pile up game-high 409 yards of total offense, amassing 18 first downs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Some prognosticators read tea leaves for a peek into the future. Others are more pragmatic. On Friday night at Bears’ Den, in perhaps a harbinger on things to come, F.W. Springstead achieved three things exceptionally well en route opening its 43rd season at Central. First, the Eagles departed with an…

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Sixteen reasons (returning starters) fuel Hornets’ optimism for first-ever winning campaign

FOOTBALL Year 7 unfurls tonight at Marion County’s dangerous Lake Weir By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com There are several reasons for optimism these days along the US-19 campus of Weeki Wachee High School. The Hornets extricated themselves from 2016’s odious 0-10 disaster with a building block 3-7 season last fall. Most importantly, after surrendering a Hernando County record 469 points – including 67 touchdowns – the Hornets yielding 368 markers and…

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Bear essentials: offensive line must come together … and quickly

FOOTBALL Warren era begins lacking experience along the trenches By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Year 30 of Central High football, under its ninth-ever head coach, John Warren, hinges on the development of its decimated offensive line. Following a 2-7 campaign – the fourth season under Chris Sands before he departed to Eau Gallie High in Melbourne – the Bears are attempting to rebuild minus its entire offensive line from a year…

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South Lake’s Joiner dazzles, rushes for 157 yards, 3 TDs in Eagles’ rout over Central, 49-14

FOOTBALL Bears counter with Hickey’s 13-yd. TD pass to C.J. Cason, Brown’s 96-yard kickoff return By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – On a dry, but humid Friday night at the Bears’ Den, South Lake tailback Kelly Joiner, Jr. left defenders gasping. With two spin moves that left defenders perplexed, Joiner rushed 13 times for a game-high 157 yards and three touchdowns pacing the Lake County-based Eagles to a 49-14 fall…

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County hosts three games on Friday night

FOOTBALL South Lake Eagles visit Bears, Tavares travels to Weeki Wachee, Super Collegiate at Nature Coast, By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com With prep football officially beginning in a week, the final tune-ups are in place for three Hernando County teams. The Groveland-South Lake Eagles will visit the Central High Bears’ Den beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, the Clearwater-Superior Collegiate Legion drops in on Nature Coast Technical at 7:30 p.m. as the…

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Springstead tramples mistake-prone Hudson, 68-0

FOOTBALL After rolling up 472 yards in 2017, Eagles piles up 434, forcing a game-high 6 turnovers By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Don’t worry Hudson High football fans, the trash can for Thursday night’s game tape against host Springstead High is nearby. Hudson, which yielded five touchdowns and 472 offensive yards against the Eagles in last year‘s fall classic at Cobra Field, surrendered 434 yards and 10 touchdowns…

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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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