Mission accomplished: Lady Sharks secure spot in history with repeat regional crown, 377-441

TWO-TIME REGIONAL CHAMPS! – Nature Coast Technical celebrates a rare achievement Tuesday behind its second straight Class 2A, Region V crown following the six-team event at Meadow Oaks Golf Club in Hudson. Members of the team include, first row (left to right): Skylar Muscianese and Dawn Posey. Back row: Assistant Coach Mike Dono, Annabelle Bennett, Alexa Dono, Alexis Dross and Head Coach David Pisarcik. Photo by TONY CASTRO
NCT senior Skylar Muscianese watches her approach to the 12th hole at Meadow Oaks which led to an opening eagle. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
SENIOR POWER! – Two members of the Lady Sharks Class of 2018, Skylar Muscianese and Dawn Posey, admire their second straight Class 2A, Region V championship trophy at Meadow Oaks Golf Club in Hudson. Photo by TONY CASTRO

NCT’s Muscianese follows

third district title with initial

regional crown behind a 78



HUDSON – Nature Coast Technical’s remarkable run isn’t over.

For only the second time in over 100 years of Hernando County athletics, the 2A-13 champion Lady Sharks achieved a tremendous milestone Tuesday at Meadow Oaks Golf Club claiming a rare regional repeat topping its closest rival, 2A-15 titlist Zephyrhills by 64 strokes, 377-441.

Only five times before in Hernando County laurels has any program etched back-to-back regional crowns – twice by the famed F.W. Springstead wrestling program from 1997-98 and from 2011-13 – and three times by the Hernando High boys cross country program guided by Ernie Chatman (1979-80, 1992-93, 2005-2006).

Interestingly, never before Tuesday no female athletic program ever climbed the mountain NCT attained.

After winning last fall by three shots, 388-391, over Land O’ Lakes, the Sharks continued its unblemished season.

After completing an 11-0 regular season, the Brooksville linksters added district and regional crowns.

The next stop is Mission Inn in Lake County for the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 68th annual FHSAA State Finals.

Nature Coast Technical Sharks

Leading the way was three-time All-Hernando County and two-time defending Player of the Year, senior Skylar Muscianese.

Muscianese, a three-time district champion, qualified for her third straight state tourney by fashioning an 8-over-par 40-38—78 total along the 5,487-yard layout, besting her closest rival, Gulf frosh Bailey Weaver’s 39-41—80.

NCT junior Alexis Dross, who had solved Muscianese seven times during the regular season, finished fourth overall with 38-44—82, one shot behind Hudson-Fivay senior Olivia Kassian’s 40-41—81.

Weaver and Kassian, as individuals not associated with either NCT or Zephyrhills, also advanced to state’s elite Class 2A meet next week.

NCT, which returned four starters from last year’s first-ever regional champs, saw junior Alexa Dono (48-59—107), senior Dawn Posey (56-54—110) and freshman Annabelle Bennett (56-59—115) complement Muscianese and Dross’ fine efforts.

David Pisarcik Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Third-year NCT skipper David Pisarcik joined Hall of Famer Bob Levija and Eric Swensen as only Hernando County head coaches to ever orchestrate back-to-back regional title efforts.

“Winning this a second time is a very big deal,” explained Pisarcik, who is 28-0 during the regular season over the past three seasons. “We practiced hard and took advantage of the situation.”

The event, which was postponed after a second batch of torrential showers on Monday afternoon, didn’t seem to faze the Sharks.

“People talk about the weather and playing situations; to me that’s minor,” acknowledged Pisarcik. “Our girls came in focused and were all business.

“… I’m most proud of our team effort, not the lower scores. These girls are creating memories that will last as a team,” added Pisarcik.

Despite the added tension of every swing, Pisarcik heaped praise on Muscianese.

“It’s so true. Big-time players make big-time plays,” shrugged Pisarcik. “That’s Skylar. And I also have to credit Alexa. She opened the tournament with a 14 and still managed a 110. Give her credit for not giving up and not allowing that first hole to bother her.”

Looking ahead to a return trip to the treacherous Las Colinas layout, “We were expected to make it; we’re gonna enjoy it,” beamed Pisarcik. “Our goal in practice this week is to play better at states than we did last year.”

Muscianese adds regional title

In Muscianese’s checkered prep career she achieved the goal of entering states as a regional champion.

Skylar Muscianese

“My round was amazing; it went great,” beamed Muscianese, who finished Monday evening just prior to skies opening up and cancelling the final four holes. “The bipolar weather didn’t give me any trouble. My practice round really helped prepare me.”

It didn’t hurt one bit that Muscianese began the event with an eagle on the her opening hole – the par five 12th hole.

“My short game saved me today,” shared the 18-year-old. “After the eagle, I knew it was gonna be good day. I figured ‘I got this.’”

Describing her round, “I stayed positive the entire round. By the end, I thought I did enough to advance,” summed up Muscianese. “I wasn‘t just happy; I was ecstatic. Winning this as a player and as a team has been my goal since my freshman year. This was the best regional I’ve ever played. It’s really nice to go out as good as you can.”

Dross: ‘Pretty good’

Like Muscianese, Dross was off the course before Monday’s late downpour.

Alexis Dross

“My round started on the back nine, which is a little tougher,” shared the 16-year-old Dross. “I couldn’t hit my irons. As the round went on, I adjusted and played pretty good.

“I had a couple birdies, but I should’ve had more,” admitted the frustrated Dross. “With the early rain the course was a little muddy.”

Dross revealed she didn’t achieve what she set out to do.

“I think I left some strokes out there,” explained Dross. “But I played to the best of my abilities.”

Posey: Turns it around

Posey revealed that she began the pressure-packed event on the wrong foot, going out-of-bounds on her first hole.

Dawn Posey

“Yesterday, I started out rough,” detailed Posey, 17. “On my first hole, I went OB. After that, I started getting it together.

“…The course played smart,” added Posey. “It played short, but I remained positive throughout. My approach shots really worked.”

On what Posey will be working on in practice beginning on Thursday, “When I get back, I’ll go back to working on my driver. I rotated over too much,” she said. “I’ve been looking forward to returning to states. In a tournament like this, I didn’t want to let my teammates down.”


Carter paces the Leopards

Junior Ashley Carter, a 2016 All-County selection, who carded a 104 total in this event last fall, improved with a 51-49—100 total.

Ashley Carter

Carter’s team-best score enabled the Leopards to place sixth in the six-team field.

“My round went alright,“ declared the 16-year-old Carter, who was one of many linksters to finish on Tuesday. “The fairways here are pretty narrow. I scrambled out of a few tough lies. This course was tougher compared to Silverthorn. The greens here were fast.”

Pleased with her efforts, Carter gave herself an “A” for the event.

“I didn’t do the best with I could’ve with a 100, but I scrambled and worked through a lot of situations,” she said. “The biggest lesson learned? That I have to get better prior to my senior year. When I get back to practice I’m gonna continue working on my driving.”

Benard hits century mark

In her first-ever regional, Weeki Wachee senior Makailey Benard edged junior teammate Hailey Zapata, by three shots, 100-103.

Makailey Benard

“My round was good,” shared the 17-year-old Benard. “I felt much more at ease this week than last week. I thought the rain killed me. The ground was so soft. The balls would hit and stick.

Reviewing her round, “I worked my driver well and I got some pars on the threes,” reminded Benard. “I’d give myself a “B” for the tournament. This wasn’t my best, but I’ve really improved a lot. The most difficulty I had was chipping close to the hole.”

Eagles earn fifth

Springstead placed fifth overall, besting 2A-13 runner-up Hernando by 34 strokes.

Victoria Normandin

SHS’ leader was senior Victoria Normandin.

Last fall, Normandin carded an 18-hole 137. This time, she sliced off 18 shots to finish with a 56-63—119 total.

“I had a good round,” described Normandin, 17. “Mentally, it was hard to comeback after all the rain yesterday, but I had such a good start today. Yesterday was cold and windy and the conditions worked against me.

“Today, I stayed away from using my driver and tried to remain positive,” stressed Normandin. “I did a good job of not worrying what the outcome would be.”

On playing her last prep match, “It’s kinda bittersweet,” admitted Normandin. “Yesterday, things didn’t go well but today, I recovered well. My only regret was allowing the rain to get to me yesterday.” 

2017 Class 2A, Region V Girls Golf Tourney Standings at Hudson’s Meadow Oaks Golf Club

Nature Coast Technical Sharks







Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical#






Land O’ lakes-Sunlake



New Port Richey-Mitchell



Spring Hill-Springstead












Land O’Lakes



New Port Richey-Gulf



New Port Richey-River Ridge



Dade City-Pasco



Wesley Chapel



Weeki Wachee


# Denotes will advance to Oct. 31-Nov. 1 68th annual Class 2A

FHSAA State Finals at Howey-in-the-Hills in Lake County.

2017 Class 2A, Region V Tourney

Girls Golf Team Results:

NATURE COAST TECHNICAL (377) – Skylar Muscianese 40-38—78, Alexis Dross 38-44—82, Alexa Dono 48-59—107, Dawn Posey 56-54—110, Annabelle Bennett 56-59—115.

ZEPHYRHILLS (441) – Hannah Sullivan 47-47—94, Emillie Alderman 50-52—102, Sydney Baldus 54-62—116, Ashley Regan 57-72—129, Kenzi Ennis 70-69—139.

SUNLAKE (453) – Madison Wagner 47-46—93, Sofia Clark 61-57—118, Kristen Corredor 49-66—115, Jennifer Bryer 61-66—127, Morgan Boudreau 66-62—128.

MITCHELL (458) – Chloe Brennen 45-53—98, Jillian Peters 46-55—102, Julianne Sta.Ana 57-60—117, Emmy Chefero 69-72—141, Haley Springer DNF.

SPRINGSTEAD (514) – Victoria Normandin 56-63—119, Kayleigh Marquart 60-62—122, Brooke Johnson 66-59—125, Taylor Piesek 73-75—148, Angel Ellis 81-73—154.

GULF (525) – Bailey Weaver 39-41—80, Courtney Corlett 58-72—130, Caitlyn Corlett 74-68—142, Julia Scales 83-90—173, Abby Usewick DNF.

HERNANDO (548) – Ashley Carter 51-49—100, Victoria Rivera 69-63—132, Ali Shenefield 66-74—140, Sammy Burnette 92-84—176, Jasmine Sokolowski 85-93—178.

LAND O’ LAKES (NTS) – Maggie Schmook 44-38—82, Autumn Bradley DNF, Sarah Sanderson DNF, Camryn Steele DNF, Avery Wild DNF.

FIVAY (NTS) – Olivia Kassian 40-41—81.

PASCO (NTS) – Kacie Huber 48-42—90.

WEEKI WACHEE (NTS) – Makailey Benard 48-52—100, Hailey Zapata 52-51—103.

RIVER RIDGE (NTS) – Hannah Spoo 53-50—103, Kendall Hill 69-71—140.

WESLEY CHAPEL (NTS) – Hannah Collin 55-57—112, Cydnee Jonas 67-68—135.

ANCLOTE (NTS) – Savannah Pepe 65-69—134.

2017 Final Class 2A, Region V

Top 4 Individual Results:

Skylar Muscianese











Skylar Muscianese

Nature Coast Technical




Bailey Weaver*





Olivia Kassian*





Alexis Dross

Nature Coast Technical




Maggie Schmook

Land O’ Lakes



* Denotes will advance as individuals to Oct. 31-Nov. 1 68th annual

Class 2A FHSAA State Finals at Howey-in-the-Hills in Lake County.


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