17 Hernando County linksters bid for a prestigious berth at “The Show”

REGIONAL BOYS GOLF Region V title features a tussle between loaded Sunlake and Mitchell BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For a third consecutive season all five Hernando County prep links programs will be presented at the regional level beginning Monday morning at Lexington Oaks Golf Club, 26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., Wesley Chapel. The stakes are enormous. Only the top two finishing teams and top two golfers not associated with those programs…

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2015 HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS GOLF RECAPS (thru 10-18)

BOYS GOLF  – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2015 Central Bears Head Coach – Tyson Ellis (3rd Year: 2-10 overall; 8-22 lifetime) DATE OPPONENT SITE RESULT/TIME 08-28 Inverness-Citrus Inverness G&CC L FF 08-27 Lecanto World Woods GC L FF 09-03 Weeki Wachee Southern Hills Plantation W 225-228 09-10 Inverness-Citrus Southern Hills Plantation L FF 09-14 Hernando Brooksville G&CC L 238-185 09-17 Springstead Southern Hills Plantation L NTS-210 09-17 Hernando Southern Hills…

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Sharks pummel Panthers behind Smith’s 5 TDs, 43-24

FOOTBALL Lecanto lashed by second unbeaten foe, surrendering 562 yards as Smith piles up 318 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the first time in Season 12, Nature Coast Technical faced any adversity and actually trailed twice. In the end it didn’t matter, the host Sharks (7-0 overall, 4-0 5A-7) amassed 562 yards of real estate, including a game-high 481 via the ground attack to gain sole possession of first place…

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HERNANDO COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-22)

10-16: WEEK 8 Land O’ Lakes 19, Spring Hill-Springstead 17 Brooksville-Central 27, Crystal River 14 Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 43, Lecanto 24 Brooksville-Hernando 31, Weeki Wachee 21 10-09: WEEK 7 Spring Hill-Springstead – bye Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 58, Weeki Wachee 14 Ocala-Forest 38, Brooksville-Hernando 7 Inverness-Citrus 48, Brooksville-Central 33 10-02: WEEK 6 Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical – bye Land O’ Lakes-Sunlake 38, Spring Hill-Springstead 20 Lecanto 39, Brooksville-Central 28 Weeki Wachee 34,…

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Land O’ Lakes thwarts Springstead at 1-foot line, 19-17

FOOTBALL Eagles waste 2 INTs, plus a solid pair 100-plus rushing efforts by Walker and Morgan in homecoming loss BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – 2014 will be remembered by Eagles’ fans as the season that could’ve been. That’s what happened when Springstead dropped three tilts on the last play of the game to finish 6-4. A year later, the Spring Hill gridders appeared poised to deliver a decisive…

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Contenders or Pretenders? Lecanto Panthers at NCT Sharks

  FOOTBALL Eagles host Gators, Bears host Pirates, Leopards at Hornets BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Four Hernando County tilts complete Week 8’s prep football menu. The headliner is for supremacy in Class 5A, District 7 features Lecanto (5-1 overall, 3-0 5A-7) ) visiting Nature Coast Technical (6-0 overall, 3-0 5A-7) at Shark Tank Stank. Two programs, F.W. Springstead and Central celebrate homecoming. Land O’ Lakes (2-4 overall, 0-1 6A-6) journeys…

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Even without Schmit, NCT claims fourth county crown

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY Day belongs to Citrus County as Golden Hurricanes claim first-ever distance classic title BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – It took 12 times, but 2A-7 Inverness-Citrus got it right Thursday as the Golden Hurricanes claimed its first-ever Hernando-Citrus Distance Classic title over 3A-7 Lecanto, 69-72. Third place went to 1A-5 Lecanto-Seven Rivers Christian (79 points) followed by the Amelia Schmit-less Nature Coast Technical Sharks (83), Hernando (107),…

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HHS’ Foley goes wire-to-wire, captures Hernando-Citrus Distance Classic

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Lecanto staves off Leopards, claims season’s fifth title, posting back-to-back wins BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – 3A-7 Lecanto bunched up its top five runners among the initial 13 runners to the finish line Thursday to stiff arm 2A-7 Hernando for the 12th Hernando-Citrus Distance Classic boys cross country event at McKethan Lake, 40-48. 3A-7 Springstead finished third (82 points) followed by Crystal River (111), Nature Coast…

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100 years later, Leopard track and field pioneer Raymond Pearson garners HOF nod

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Pearson earned four gold medals in 1915 state meet in Gainesville, 3 more in 1917 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Not many Hernando County residents from 100 years ago in 1915, can recall the events of the day. Here’s a snap shot of spring events: February 8 – The controversial film The Birth of a Nation by D.W. Griffith premieres (Los Angeles, California). * February 12 –…

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Leopards, Lady ’Canes enter as precarious Hernando/Citrus Classic front-runners

CROSS COUNTRY Citrus gals have never captured this event, while HHS is attempting to snap a 47-race non-winning drought BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com An overwhelming amount of uncertainty looms on the eve of the 12th annual Hernando/Citrus Distance Classic prior to Thursday’s varsity girls and boys’ cross country races at Brooksville‘s McKethan Lake. McKethan Lake is located approximately seven miles north of downtown Brooksville on US 41. It consists of…

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Spike this! Top-shelf volleyball player Vicki Saltsman Balogh enters hall

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 2013 Florida Southern College Hall of Famer played in 4 sports at HHS BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com There aren’t many athletes who make the quantum leap from taking care of horse and no sports to two Hall of Fames, but Ridge Manor’s Vicki Lyn Saltsman Balogh is quite special. A week from Friday, Balogh, 45, will be introduced at halftime of the Central High game as…

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No one can sink Bismarck as NCT humbles Hernando, 342-389

2A-13 BOYS GOLF Sharks Bismarck, Dono finish 1-2 as NCT equals record set by CHS in 2006-07 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com It took 11 years for Nature Coast Technical to break through and record its first-ever district boys golf tournament championship in 2014, topping Hernando, 345-360. A year later, it took the Sharks 6½ hours to humble HHS by 47 strokes, 342-389, to walk away with a rare district repeat…

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Lady Sharks play follow the leader (Muscianese), returning to the top as district champions

2A-13 GIRLS GOLF NCT, Hernando teams advance to regionals along with a trio of linksters from WWHS BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Three years of frustration concluded in celebration for the unbeaten Nature Coast Technical girls’ golf team Monday at Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club. NCT sophomore Skylar Muscianese set the tone firing a 14-over-par 45-41—86 total to earn medalist honors in the 24-member Class 2A, District 13…

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Sharks behind Smith, Haygood pound Hornets, 58-14

FOOTBALL NCT tallies 44 unanswered points as Smith scores four touchdowns, Haygood adds career-high three BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Tied at 14-all in the second quarter of Friday’s homecoming game against Weeki Wachee, unbeaten Nature Coast Technical literally stepped on the gas pedal scoring 44 unanswered points to pound the Hornets, 58-14. The Sharks (6-0 overall, 3-0 5A-7) remained unbeaten in three career tilts against the US-19 crew amassing a…

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At home at Silverthorn CC, unbeaten Sharks (14-0-1) appear as shoo-ins for district repeat

BOYS GOLF NCT’s Bismarck, HHS’ Kimbrough, Vasquez and SHS’ Maharaj in medalist mix BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Last fall, Nature Coast Technical was attempting to literally cross the Sahara with one canteen. Metaphorically speaking, the Sharks were attempting to snap an 0-for-11 district title drought. In Year 12 during the Class 2A, District 13 Boys Golf Tournament at Hernando Oaks, Head Coach Tom Brown’s crew responded with an impressive 15-stroke…

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Heavily-favored, unbeaten Lady Sharks (8-0) poised to celebrate 2A-13 title

GIRLS GOLF NCT’s Muscianese, Dross, HHS’ Pickersgill, Moore, Fivay’s Dalton seek medalist honors BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com A funny thing happened en route to Hudson-Fivay’s fourth straight district title last fall, it didn’t happen. The Lady Falcons were upset at the hands of upstart Hernando at The Dunes Golf Club in Weeki Wachee, 413-414. A year later, Nature Coast Technical enters Monday’s Class 2A, District 13 Girls Golf Tournament akin…

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2015 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS GOLF RECAPS (thru 10-11)

GIRLS GOLF – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2015 Central Bears Head Coach – Teresa Johns-Gordon (1st Year: 0-7-1) DATE OPPONENT SITE RESULT/TIME 09-08 Spingstead Oak Hills GC L NTS-300 09-10 Weeki Wachee Southern Hills Plantation L NTS-271 09-17 Hernando Southern Hills Plantation L 300-232 09-24 Nature Coast Technical Silverthorn CC L NTS-190 09-29 Weeki Wachee GlenLakes CC L 270-NTS 09-30 Nature Coast Technical Silverthorn CC L NTS-184 10-07 Hernando Brooksville…

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