Golden Hurricanes invade Booster Stadium

FOOTBALL Kickoff Classic serves as final regular season tune-up By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Thursday night’s prep Kickoff Classic at 7 p.m. at Booster Stadium in Spring Hill serves as the tune-up for 44th season of Eagle football. Inverness-Citrus invades Spring Hill for the first time since 2014. The Golden Hurricanes finished 2018 at 4-6 -winning four of its last five tilts under Nate Varnadore. Varnadore stepped down immediately after the…

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15 years later, Lexington, SC’s Dick Allen repeats as Southern Open Champion

BOWLING Allen claims 25th PBA regional crown edging Spring Hill’s Champion, 246-234 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – It took 15 years, but on Sunday, Lexington, South Carolina’s Richie “Dick” Allen repeated as the Spring Hill Open champion at the Southern Regional held at Spring Hill Lanes. Allen, who’ll turn 41 next month, topped Spring Hill’s Colin Champion in the step ladder finals, 246-234. Among the final eight competitors,…

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2018 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY 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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2018 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY FOOTBALL TEAM

FOOTBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com OFFENSE Hernando County Player of the Year – Michael “Mike Mike” Weston Nature Coast Technical – Senior COMMENTS: Three-time All-County pick …A physical specimen at 6-foot, 210 pounds… Reached the FHSAA Class 1A State Finals in wrestling twice (2017-18)… In 2015, Weston carried 16 times for a pedestrian 90 yards and ranked 18th in tackles with 20 … In 2016, Weston rushed 109 times for…

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2019 HERNANDO BOYS TRACK & FIELD RECAPS

BOYS TRACK & FIELD – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2019 HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS TRACK & FIELD RECAPS 2019 Central Bears Head Coach – Kris Brooks (2nd Year)   DATE   EVENT   SITE   RESULT 02-12 Lecanto Invitational Away 4th/8 teams 02-15 Spring Hill-Springstead Invitational Away 6th/8 teams 02-22 Brooksville-Hernando Quad Away 3rd/4 teams 03-07 Wesley Chapel-Cypress Creek Invitational Away 16th/15 teams 03-14 Brooksville-Hernando Kiwanis Away 10th/12 teams 04-03 Hernando/Citrus…

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Teamed up with Coach Capel, Hartman enjoys best-ever season

BOYS TRACK Hernando County‘s Athlete of the Year heads to Dodge City Community College By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Springstead High’s silky smooth 6-foot-3, 165-pound sprinter, Jacorey Richard Hartman, made it look easy this past track and field season. For his efforts. Hartman, 18, was voted Hernando County’s Boys Track Athlete of the Year. It makes the balloting a lot easier when the fourth-year Hartman reached the FHSAA State Finals in…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS TRACK & FIELD TEAM

BOYS TRACK By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Athlete of the Year Jacorey Hartman – 100 Meters, 200 Meters & Long Jump Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Fourth-year trackster … Attended three schools in four years … Transferred from Hernando to NCT … Transferred to Springstead from NCT … Only Hernando County athlete to reach states in 2019 in three events: 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump … Was the Eagles’ workhorse…

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2019 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS TRACK & FIELD RECAPS

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2019 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS TRACK & FIELD RECAPS 2019 Central Bears Head Coach – Pat Greenwood (2nd Year) DATE EVENT SITE RESULT 02-12 Lecanto Invitational Away 5th/8 teams 02-15 Spring Hill-Springstead Invitational Away 5th/8 teams 02-22 Brooksville-Hernando Quad Away 3rd/4 teams 03-07 Wesley Chapel-Cypress Creek Invitational Away 12th (T)/15 teams 03-14 Brooksville-Hernando Kiwanis Away 10th/12 teams 04-03 Hernando/Citrus Classic Away 7th/9…

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Weeki Wachee‘s Hill tabbed Athlete of the Year

Three-sport Hornet. four-time state qualifier returns home with second medal By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com   The FHSAA State Finals at Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida served as a fitting back drop for the prep career of Seytia Coreyn Hill. Hill, in her fourth State Track and Field Finals, returned home with her second-ever state medal – a fifth-place medallion following the Class 2A discus competition. After participating…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS TRACK & FIELD TEAM

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD TEAM By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Athlete of the Year – Seytia Hill Weeki Wachee – Senior COMMENTS: Rare four-year starter …The 5-foot-10 Hill also played four years of volleyball and basketball … Named All-County in all three venues … In track and field, she concentrated in throwing the discus and shot put … In the shot put, she placed third in the county meet and fifth…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM

Orien Adams Nature Coast Technical – Junior The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Adams was a two-year fixture for the Sharks … Repeat All-County selection … Finished as the county’s fifth-leading scorer in 2018-19 averaging 16.9 points per game … Tallied more points (525) than any local player … Outstanding glass cleaner, who served as a walking double-double … He paced the local circuit in rebounds per game (16.7) …Intimidated on defense ranking…

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Ex-Hornet Sereda looks forward to the next chapter with Pasco-Hernando State College

VOLLEYBALL Two-time All-County volleyball selection begins practice next Monday By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Two-time All-Hernando County volleyball selection – 2017 & 2018 – Brooke Kenzi Sereda of Weeki Wachee High begins the next phase of her life next week in New Port Richey as a member of the Pasco-Hernando State College volleyball program. By her side, she’ll be joined by three-time All-County middle hitter Seytia Hill. Both recently graduated from…

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Meet the Queen of the hardwood courts, Weeki Wachee’s Mckenna Corbett

GIRLS BASKETBALL Second straight POY who has opted not play at the collegiate level By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the second straight season, Hernando County’s Girls Basketball Player of the Year – Weeki Wachee graduate Mckenna Marie Corbett – has opted against playing at the next level. That’s ironic because the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder definitely earned her success. The brown-tressed and blue-eyed Corbett was born in nearby Inverness. Raised as the…

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Next stop for ex-Leopard Urso: ChiTown

BASEBALL Set to report Aug. 16 to Division-I Chicago State Cougars after hitting .347 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Six-foot, 195-pound left-handed hitter Anthony Urso of Brooksville continues to wield a wicked bat. Urso, a two-time All-Hernando County baseball selection in 2017-18, graduated from the Bell Ave. campus as a career .389 hitter. But in just over half a season, at Bryant & Stratton College in Virginia Beach, Urso forged his…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM

GIRLS BASKETBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Mykenna Corbett Weeki Wachee – Senior COMMENTS: Four-year starter … Foir-time All-Hernando County pick … Impressive debut as a frosh for the Central Bears … At 5-foot-10, was the No. 1 offensive threat for the thin-rostered Lady Bears … Corbett finished second in the county in scoring behind Springstead center Alyssa Clifton at 12.9 points per game … Also,…

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Phillips steps down as Sharks‘ mat mentor; search continues for successor

WRESTLING Two-time Georgia state qualifier departs following 20-28 combined record By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In a fickle world of prep athletics, the 12-year tenure of Mike Lastra at Nature Coast Technical did not initially stand out. From 2004-16, Lastra paced the sidelines for the NCT wrestling program. From scratch, Lastra’s crews did not record a winning campaign in 2004-05 (1-17), 2005-06 (8-16) or 2006-07 (3-19). In Year 4, the Brooksville-based…

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