Eagles’ state aspirations contingent on surviving Brandon High’s “Region of Doom”

REGIONAL WRESTLING 51 Hernando County grapplers enter rugged 2A-II and 1A-II events By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County’s 51 remaining grapplers enter a pair of mat venues Friday with a singular purpose – to advance (via a top-four regional placing) to the 55th annual Florida High School Athletic Association State Finals set for March 8-9 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee. 2A-5 champion F.W. Springstead, fresh off its 32st…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-23)

Amelia “Milly” Jackson – Girls Basketball Hernando Christian Academy – Senior The multi-sport Jackson tallied a team-best 12 points – highlighted by 8-of-10 shooting from the foul line – grabbed five rebounds and collected four steals in the Class 2A, Region I Final loss at Tampa-Bayshore Christian, 57-36. Despite the third loss in three tries to the loaded Faith Warriors, HCA finished 22-4 overall. That game completed Jackson’s sixth varsity…

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2019 Springstead Girls Tennis Results (thru 02-21)

GIRLS TENNIS: 02-21: Springstead at Crystal River Springstead 7, Crystal River 0 Singles: No. 1 – Aszti Chadzynski (SPG) def. Maddie Lewis, 6-1, 6-1. No. 2 – Haley Palmer (SPG) def. Tess Redrick, 6-1. 6-2. No. 3 – Tallia Russell (SPG) def. Sarah Miller, 6-3, 6-1. No. 4– Summer Smith (SPG) def. Maddie Cobb, 6-1, 6-2. No. 5 – Kayleigh Marquart (SPG) def. Zoe Gonzales, 5-5, forfeit. Doubles: No. 1…

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Sharks oust cold-shooting Pirates, 67-35

BOYS BASKETBALL Crystal River clanks 1-of-12 1st period FG attempts, never recovers By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com CRYSTAL RIVER – Crystal River opted against following the identical blueprint of its startling 6A-7 title game upset 11 days before over Nature Coast Technical. The Pirates decided prior to the Class 6A, Region II semifinal Tuesday night before packed house in Citrus County, against rolling out its slow down tactics. In essence, the…

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UCF-bound Maharaj tapped as Player of the Year (again)

2018 ALL-COUNTY BOYS GOLF Four-year starter, 4-time all-star, repeats as county’s best By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Spring Hill’s Ryan Maharaj transformed many of the county’s finest area golf courses into his personal sand box. As a four-year starter, he was named by the area coaches to his fourth All-Hernando County all-star berth. The reasons were abundant. Like how many local linksters are among the county’s top four scorers four years…

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2018 All-Hernando County Boys Golf

BOYS GOLF – Compiled by TONY CASTRO Player of the Year – Ryan Maharaj Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Rare four-year starter for the Eagles … Voted four times as an All-County selection … Repeat Player of the Year … The two-sport Maharaj also plays soccer … Debuted with a splash in 2015 carding a nine-hole 39 in a tri-match loss at Silverthorn CC to NCT and Crystal River … Later…

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2019 Nature Coast Technical Girls Tennis Results (thru 02-25)

02-14: Nature Coast Technical at Inverness-Citrus NCT 6, Citrus 1 Singles: (pro set) No. 1 – Sierra Remondelli (NCT) def. Bridget Beebe, 8-0. No. 2 – Beatrice Roseus (NCT) def. Ashten Fehrenbach, 8-0. No. 3 – Angitha Reji (NCT def. Brooke Bryant, 8-6. No. 4 – Selena Quach (NCT) def. Kendall McCarrick, 8-3. No. 5 – Devyn Smith (NCT) def. Mia Hamilton, 8-3. Doubles: (pro set) No. 1 – Remondelli/Reji…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 03-02)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 02-25: BOYS TENNIS: Central at Weeki Wachee, 3 p.m. GIRLS TENNIS: Weeki Wachee at Central, 3 p.m. 02-26: BOYS BASKETBALL: Class 6A, Region II Semifinal Nature Coast Technical at Crystal River, 7 p.m. BASEBALL: Weeki Wachee at Land O’ Lakes, 7 p.m. Nature Coast Technical at Hernando, 7 p.m. Central at Hudson, 7 p.m. GIRLS SOFTBALL: Weeki Wachee at Springstead,…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-16)

Charlize Soares – Girls Track & Field Springstead – Junior The multi-sport Soares opened track season on a fine note during the Springstead Invitational in Spring Hill. Charlize captured gold medals in the triple jump (34’0.75”) and long jump (15’0”) and finished runner-up in the 300 hurdles (52.31). The third-year trackster has already competed in cross country and girls weightlifting – placing 10th in the Class 2A FHSAA State Finals…

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D-O-M-I-N-A-T-I-O-N! As Leopards roll, records tumble

1A-6 WRESTLING HHS pushes 14 into regionals, including 13 finalists, 12 champs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com If this winter is Hernando High’s best-ever mat squad it certainly issued a statement on Saturday. At home in the Michael A. Imhoff Gymnasium, the Leopards annihilated the Hernando County record book in the six-hour Class 1A, District 6 Tournament in Brooksville. Not only did the Purple and Gold tie the school record (2003-05)…

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Eagles claim 32nd IBT district crown behind meet-best 11 placers

2A-5 WRESTLING SHS returns with four district titles in 6 finals By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com INVERNESS – Prior to Saturday’s Class 2A, District 5 Tournament at Citrus High, the Eagles’ fourth-year mentor Mike LaRocca stressed dominance. After six hours, the Spring Hill mat men – the most decorated mat program along the North Suncoast – returned to Hernando County with its 32nd IBT (individually bracketed tournament) crown. Forget the facts…

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Cook succeeds Gray as Hornets’ new football coach

FOOTBALL Veteran mentor has degrees in theology and education; to teach math starting Monday By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Weeki Wachee High School’s third head football coach in three years – Christopher “Chris” Cook – will begin his first day of teaching Algebra I mathematics on Monday, Feb. 25. After giving a two-week notice at Glades County’s Moore Haven High, the 47-year-old is relocating to Hernando County. His wife is expected…

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Eagles, Leopards seeking district three-peats

WRESTLING 56 Hernando County mat men begin state series at two tourneys By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Fifty-six Hernando County grapplers, representing each of the county’s five mat programs – F.W. Springstead, Hernando, Nature Coast Technical, Weeki Wachee and Central – will begin their long-awaited state series quests this weekend at two different venues. 2A-5 at Inverness-Citrus On Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m., seven teams and 71 competitors will compete at…

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Lady Eagles’ 18-hit barrage buries Bears for the 11th straight time, 17-0

SOFTBALL Kolwicz raps four hits, McIntyre, Ryan each collect three safeties By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – In public school athletics, first-year coaches understand Rome wasn’t built in day. To that end, after 16 losing seasons over the past 17 years, is Central High’s eighth skipper, Steve Miller, supposed to simply click his heels and transform the Bears’ softball program into the New England Patriots? It ain’t gonna happen over…

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Round 4: Hornets oust cold-shooting Pirates, 52-39

GIRLS BASKETBALL WWHS’ McDaniel matches career-best 18, Vazquez hits 20 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – For the second time in four seasons, Weeki Wachee sent Crystal River packing for the winter in Tuesday night’s Class 6A, Region II semifinals. The game’s tempo favored the Pirates’ revolving door with its depth, but its cold shooting – CRHS misfired on 82 percent (58-of-71 field goal attempts) ultimately allowed the 6A-7…

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NCT Boys Tennis Results (thru 02-14)

BOYS TENNIS 02-12: Nature Coast Technical at Weeki Wachee NCT 4, Weeki Wachee 3 Singles: No. 1 – Roger Sniffen (NCT) def. Josh Bondulich, 6-4, 6-0. No. 2 – Cayden Muir (NCT) def. Rafael Garcia, 6-0, 6-3 No. 3 – Brock Vance (WW) def. Quintin Hotop, 6-3, 9-11 (6-7), 10-5. No. 4 – Christian Velez (WW) def. Alex Brezina, 6-0, 6-1. No. 5 – Evan Williams (NCT) def. Deven Carlson,…

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