2016 Hernando County Girls Softball Standings (thru 02-28)

SOFTBALL  – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2016 Hernando County Girls Softball Standings (thru 02-28)   RK.   TEAM   W   L   .PCT 1. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical$$ 5 0 1.000 2. Spring Hill-Springstead 1 1 .500 3. Brooksville-Hernando 1 2 .333 4. Brooksville-Central 0 2 .000 4. Weeki Wachee 0 2 .000   TOTALS (5)   7   7   .500 $$ Denotes defending two-time Hernando County champion. 2016…

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Brooks rises to occasion, snaps Hornets’ regional title drought at Titusville

1A-II WRESTLING 11 from Hernando County advance from 1A-II to FHSAA Finals By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Defending Class 1A state champion Orlando-Lake Highland Prep collected its third consecutive regional title in resounding fashion following Saturday’s Class 1A, Region II Wrestling Tournament at Titusville‘s Eastern Florida State College. The Highlanders, who walked in with 13 grapplers, departed with a meet-best 12 state qualifiers to the Mar.4-5 52nd annual FHSAA State Finals…

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Eagles’ D’Alessandro, Williams, Burgess advance to state meet

2A-II WRESTLING “Region of Doom” claims other seven Springstead grapplers By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BRANDON – For the non-believers across the state, Lakeland-Lake Gibson’s 15th-year skipper Danny Walker did not appreciate the term “fluke” associated with the Braves besting 26-time state champion Brandon in last week’s Class 2A, District 7 Tournament at Armwood by 9½ points. At the conclusion of Saturday’s two-day, 12½-hour, 34-team, 222-wrestler Class 2A, Region II, aka…

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Life on the mats alters WWHS’ Enoch compass in life

WRESTLING After father is gunned down, Hornet senior Enoch finds consolation in wrestling By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Weeki Wachee senior Brandon Scott Enoch would like nothing more than to repay wrestling for what it’s done for him. This weekend in Titusville, Enoch, 17, would like to become the first Hornet since Dante Padilla to ever reach the FHSAA State Finals in back-to-back seasons. The 5-foot-10, 145-pounder has excelled on the…

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Could Lake Gibson, or anyone else, bloom in the “Region of Doom”?

REGIONAL WRESTLING 41 Hernando County grapplers enter rugged 2A-II and 1A-II events By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County’s 41 remaining grapplers enter two mat tourneys Friday with a singular goal – to advance (via a top-four regional placing) to the 52nd annual Florida High School Athletic Association State Finals set for Mar. 4-5 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee. Ironically, three-time 2A state champion F.W. Springstead isn’t towing the…

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Gators’ combined two-hitter drops Sharks from unbeaten ranks, 7-2

SOFTBALL Saile, Turner join forces for 11 Ks, 1 BB to derail red-hot NCT By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – The North Suncoast’s last unbeaten softball team, Nature Coast Technical, fell victim Wednesday to a combined two-hitter by Land O’ Lakes senior right-hander Shannon Saile and freshman southpaw Callie Turner, 7-2. Facing a 9-0 Sharks team, that arrived hitting a collective .347, averaging over eights hits and eight runs per…

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Ex-Leopard keeper Nixon follows ‘higher calling’ by inking with D-II Southern Wesleyan University Warriors

GIRLS SOCCER HHS senior Caitlynn Nixon off to Central, South Carolina campus By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Multi-sport Hernando High senior Caitlynn Diane Nixon has settled on her future and it’s not on the tennis courts, but on the pitch. Recently, the 17-year-old Nixon signed with the Division-II Southern Wesleyan University Warriors soccer team in Central, South Carolina. Nixon, currently in her fourth season of varsity tennis for the defending district…

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Lady Eagles’ bomb squad – Oliver & Pfent – go yard thrice, shell Hornets, 16-0

SOFTBALL SHS’ Cruz hurls team’s fifth shutout behind eight-strikeout, zero-walk, 1-hitter By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – For the second time in less than two weeks, the Springstead Lady Eagles’ bomb squad struck. On Feb.11 at Lecanto, sophomore Paige Pfent and junior Abby Oliver went yard three times in Citrus County to hammer 6A-6 foe Lecanto, 13-0. On Tuesday at home, the host Lady Eagles deposited a 16-hit barrage…

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2016 Hernando County Baseball Standings (thru 02-22)

BASEBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2016 Hernando County Baseball Standings (thru 02-22)   RK.   TEAM   W   L   .PCT 1. Brooksville-Central 2 0 1.000 2. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 1 1 .500 3. Brooksville-Hernando$ 0 0 .000 3. Spring Hill-Springstead 0 0 .000 5. Weeki Wachee 0 2 .000   TOTALS (5)   3   3   .500 $ Denotes defending Hernando County champion. 2016 Class 5A,…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 02-27)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) Monday, Feb. 22 BOYS TENNIS HCA vs. Carrollwood Day at Tampa-Hillsborough Community College, 3 p.m. GIRLS TENNIS HCA vs. Carrollwood Day at Tampa-Hillsborough Community College, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 BASEBALL Hernando at Nature Coast Technical, 7 p.m. New Port Richey-Gulf at Central, 7 p.m. Weeki Wachee at Springstead, 7 p.m. HCA vs. Tampa-Citrus Park at Skyway Little League, 3:30…

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2016 Hernando County Girls Softball Standings (thru 02-22)

SOFTBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2016 Hernando County Girls Softball Standings (thru 02-22)   RK.   TEAM   W   L   .PCT 1. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical$$ 3 0 1.000 2. Brooksville-Hernando 1 1 .500 3. Brooksville-Central 0 1 .000 3. Spring Hill-Springstead 0 1 .000 3. Weeki Wachee 0 1 .000   TOTALS (5)   4   4   .500 $$ Denotes defending two-time Hernando County champion. 2016…

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After 11 straight district crowns, Springstead settles on second

2A-5 WRESTLING Eagles advance 10 to “Region of Doom” including two district champs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Most of the state‘s wrestling programs would be satisfied with a second-place district championship trophy. But most programs aren’t Springstead. The Spring Hill-based Eagles fell victims to Belleview’s first-ever district championship in 20 years Saturday in Marion County. As expected at the conclusion of the seven-team, 74-member Class 2A, District 5 Tournament, the…

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Dominant Hornets climb mountain, return home with first-ever district championship

1A-6 WRESTLING HHS finishes runner-up while NCT places fourth behind three district champs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com HOLIDAY – In the Soviet Union, five-year economic plans are as frequent as clouds in the sky. Weeki Wachee’s five-year mat program came of age Saturday when the fledging senior-laden program snapped a 0-for-48 drought in dual-meet and IBTs (individually bracketed tournaments) by claiming its first-ever Class 1A, District 6 championship at Anclote…

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2A-5 at Belleview: Springstead’s streak of 11 straight district titles in doubt

WRESTLING WWHS, HHS, NCT could post historic 1-2-3 finish at 1A-6 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com A weekend of historic proportions appears to be on the horizon for the Hernando County grappling community. Long known as the most credentialed sport locally, 54 Hernando County wrestlers are expected to enter the opening round of the 51st state series at the district level in two separate venues beginning Saturday morning. In Marion County,…

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From worst to first, Hornets’ DeJesus climbs ladder of success

WRESTLING With mat time dwindling down, four-year starter seeks big splash in state series By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Across 43 seasons of Hernando County wrestling, Weeki Wachee senior Nathaniel Antonio DeJesus began his prep career along the bottom rung, collecting a county record 29 losses in 2012-13. Three winters later, “Fluffy” as he’s known to his teammates and friends alike along the US-19 campus, has pieced together three straight winning…

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