2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY SOFTBALL TEAM

SOFTBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Ali Shenefield Hernando High – Senior COMMENTS: Fourth-year varsity letterman … Three-time All-Hernando County selection … Feted as 2019’s Hernando County Player of the Year … Broke in as a freshman in 2016 at third base and collected 26 hits in 26 games batting .342 … Concluded the season as the Lady Leopards’ mound ace … Showed flashes of brilliance…

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Western Michigan product Walden becomes Bears’ 10th head football coach

FOOTBALL Former Explorer K-8 PE teacher served as athletic director, head football, track coach for 8 years By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – The search to fill Central High School’s one-month old vacant head coaching football position concluded Wednesday. CHS Athletic Director Al Sorrentino announced via a one-sentence text that, “Central High School is happy to announce the hiring of Rob Walden as our next Head Varsity Football Coach.” Walden,…

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Springstead’s Lantigua inks with D-I UMass Lowell River Hawks

BASEBALL Eagle first sacker wins county Triple Crown in batting, homers, RBI By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Time, it’s been said, heals all. It couldn’t be truer than with the swing of Spring Hill’s Jiovel Lantigua. In three short varsity baseball seasons at F.W. Springstead High School, the stocky, 6-foot, 235-pounder has transformed his game. As a freshman, he joined the baseball team under skipper Shawn Laferty. Laferty, who is not…

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Weeki Wachee’s Facey inks with D-III NC Wesleyan

FOOTBALL Multi-sport Hornet lettered in football, basketball, wrestling By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Weeki Wachee’s Jahkiye Rymel Facey recently became the third member of the 2018 Hornet football team to join Division-III North Carolina Wesleyan at Rocky Mount, NC. Unlike the other two “good hands” products in Sebastian Class and Brian Strickland, the 6-foot-1, 250-pound Facey made his living along the trenches. Facey, 18, played football for two seasons – alternating…

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It’s Miller’s Time! 2019 Hernando County Player of the Year

GIRLS TENNIS Reaches rugged 3A-5 district finals at No. 1 singles and doubles By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Players of Year in any athletic endeavor typically stand out. Most, however, are never freshmen. F.W. Springstead High’s Jolie Karis Miller is one of those rare exceptions. Miller, who recently turned 15, was an integral part of the Lady Eagles’ unbeaten Hernando County champion 12-0 season in 2019. The leggy 5-foot-6, 112-pounder, created…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS TENNIS TEAM

GIRLS TENNIS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Jolie Miller Springstead – Freshman COMMENTS: Initial varsity season … First-time All-Hernando County selection … Outstanding student/athlete as a member of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at SHS … Maintains a 4.0 unweighted and 4.2 weighted grade point average … Anchored the arduous No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles positions for the unbeaten Hernando County champion Eagles ……

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Ex-Hornet wideout Strickland rebrands with D-III North Carolina Wesleyan Battling Bishops

Set county records for career two-point attempts (19), most 2-point conversions (15) By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com   Weeki Wachee Hornets wide receiver/defensive back Brian Andrew Strickland felt – at times – like he was the proverbial Maytag repair man. You know the guy that everyone goes to when things aren’t working right, but is always there when they’re not. The sleek built – 6-foot-3, 185-pounder – demonstrated moments of brilliance…

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After Springstead’s Reynolds wraps up prep career; signs with D-III University of Mount Union Raiders

WRESTLING In three varsity seasons on the mat, Reynolds reaches states twice By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Few, if any, prep athletes have enjoyed the meteoric rise in such a short span as Christian Joseph Reynolds. Reynolds, who walked into the famed F.W. Springstead wrestling room as a freshman – quit the team for two weeks before returning. Lacking confidence – as most young men do at 14 – the then…

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2018 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL LEADERS

FOOTBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO Top 10 Rushers   RK.   NAME/SCHOOL   ATT   YDS   YPC   TD 1. Weston/NCT 387* 2,875* 7.43 34* 2. Fields/HER 193 1,498 7.76 20 3. Sims/SPG 154 1,198 7.78 13 4. Burnett/NCT 130 820 6.31 9 5. Bronson/HER 82 645 7.87 3 6. Class/WW 122 716 5.87 8 7. Cason, Contae/CEN 117 577 4.93 0 5. Cabrera/SPG 90 507 5.63 6…

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Ex-Hornet, ex-Leopard Lamp inks with JUCO South Georgia State College Hawks

SOFTBALL Ex-Hornet, ex-Leopard Lamp inks with JUCO South Georgia State College Hawks Departs HHS with school record 13 HR By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com With some historic achievements, come asterisks. Just ask Spring Hill’s Madyson Lynn Lamp. Lamp, 18, is a softball anomaly of sorts. She played prep softball for four seasons locally mostly as a third baseman/designated hitter/pitcher. Problem was she only played for Weeki Wachee as a freshman and…

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Mostly awes – few flaws detected – from county’s repeat POY “Wizard of Oz” Cherubini

BOYS TENNIS In Year 2, Caracas native guided the Eagles to 3A-5 finals in singles and doubles By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County’s finest prep tennis player has further entrenched himself at the top of the local tennis ladder. Oswaldo Jesus Cherubini was voted the county’s best player after breaking into the sport anchoring the two toughest positions at No. 1 singles and doubles at F.W. Springstead last season. The…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS TENNIS TEAM

BOYS TENNIS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year No. 1 Singles – Oswaldo Cherubini Springstead – Sophomore COMMENTS: Two-year letterman … Repeat All-County selection … Voted Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019 while anchoring No. 1 singles and doubles … Listed at 5-foot-8, 165 pounds … Exceptional student/athlete who carries 3.96 unweighted and 4.5 weighted grade point average as part of the International Baccalaureate program at…

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Meet the Eagles’ mat dispenser – James Spencer – 2019’s Hernando County Wrestler of the Year

WRESTLJNG In four winters, rose from 4-9 to the FHSAA State Finals By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com There’s a reason rags to riches tales are few and far between. But recent F.W. Springstead graduate James Winfield Spencer II is living proof, they can occur, especially in wrestling. Spencer meandered into the Springstead High School wrestling practice more out of curiosity than anything else four years ago. These days he walks around…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY WRESTLING TEAM

WRESTLING By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Wrestler of the Year – James Spencer Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Fourth-year letter winner … Last three as a starter … Repeat All-Hernando County selection … Voted first SHS heavyweight to be named Wrestler of the Year … Came full circle in four seasons … Broke in quietly as a freshman behind a 4-9 slate … Has steadily improved … During his first full season…

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Weeki Wachee’s head of the Class inks with D-III NC Wesleyan Battling Bishops

FOOTBALL Four-year Hornet gained over 3,000 yds. of total offense, scoring 31 TDs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Weeki Wachee’s current first-year skipper Chris Cook is contending with several issues on the Vespa Way campus. The first of which – probably his No. 1 priority right now – is consolidating his coaching staff for the fast-approaching 2019 season. The past off-season has been particularly unkind to the Hornets, as the majority…

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She’s certainly no louse, it’s Galhouse and she’s headed to D-II UT

SOFTBALL The .455 career hitter hit better than every Eagle except for D-I Pfent By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com As a junior, playing for her third high school softball program in three seasons, Mariah Shay Galhouse, was just looking for a niche. She was searching to fit in. After arriving in Spring Hill – following stops at Pinellas Park and Wiregrass Ranch – the 5-foot-8, 160-pounder did just that: find a…

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Springstead’s Kolwicz inks with Lake-Sumter State College Hawks

SOFTBALL Four-time All-County pick broke Pfent’s school marks for games, at-bats By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com One of the major cogs in F.W. Springstead’s recent success traces back to its infield play. That’s where Emily Nicole Kolwicz – a four-year starter – left an indelible mark. The 5-foot-9, 135-pounder, who was selected All-Hernando County four times for her infield play, recently graduated from the Mariner Boulevard campus after breaking a pair…

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