Falcons’ Widdows, Luth combine to blank Bears, 2-0

5A-II BASEBALL Zach Sorrentino, Dwyer each collect two hits as 5A-7 champions toppled BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Dunedin junior southpaw Colton Widdows hurled six innings of shutout ball before senior right-hander Tim Luth pitched around a two-out single in the scoreless seventh as the Falcons (23-6) eliminated Central (18-11) in the Class 5A, Region II baseball semifinal Thursday at the Bears’ Den, 2-0. The DHS hurlers combined on…

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Falcons swoop into town; face Bears in Thursday’s regional quarterfinal

5A-II BASEBALL Two-time state champion 25-time district titlist, Dunedin arrives hitting .344 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Regional baseball returns to Brooksville on Thursday with one of the state’s most credentialed programs, the Dunedin Falcons (22-6), squaring off against the host Central Bears (18-10) at 7 p.m. at the Bears’ Den. The action will be carried “live” by WWJB (AM) 1450 and 103.9 and 101.1 FM. The pre-game show is slated…

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Brooksville’s Sims leaves nest, inks with D-I University of Akron Zips

SOFTBALL Ex-Leopard standout headed to state tourney this weekend with Seminole State Raiders BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In 2010, Ashley Hunter Sims was in her initial varsity fast-pitch season on the Bell Avenue campus of Hernando High. Similar to many first-time prep players at that level, she struggled collecting a quiet five hits in 28 at-bats for a .179 batting average. But blonde-tressed and blue-eyed daughter of Brooksville’s Jason and…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 05-02)

(NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) Thursday, April 30 BASEBALL Class 5A, Region II Baseball Quarterfinals Dunedin at Brooksville-Central, 7 p.m. Friday, May 1 TRACK & FIELD 106th FHSAA State Boys and 41st Girls Class 2A Track & Field Championships Hernando, Nature Coast Technical at Jacksonville’s University of North Florida‘s Hodges Stadium, 9 a.m. Saturday, May 2 TRACK & FIELD 41st Girls Class 3ATrack & Field Championships Springstead…

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Class 2A, Region II Boys/Girls Track Meet Results

BOYS TRACK & FIELD – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 04-23: Class 2A, Region II Boys Track & Field Meet at Orlando-Lake Highland Prep Final Boys Team Standings/36 teams (Top 8 placers scoring on 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis) * Denotes 2015 state qualifier. PL. TEAM PTS. 1. Palatka (PAL) 90.0 2. Orlando-Trinity Prep (TP) 55.0 3. Gainesville-Eastside (EAST) 53.0 4. Orlando-Jones (JONES) 50.0 5. Mount Dora (MD) 44.0 6. Orlando-Bishop Moore (OBM) 43.0…

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Down 3-0, fifth-seeded Bears deliver bad news to third-seeded Wesley Chapel, 14-6

5A-7 BASEBALL 11-run fifth inning uprising featuring nine hits turns the tide for the 12-hit Bears’ attack BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Apparently, the word impossible no longer exists. Just ask the throng of jubilant Hernando County fans on hand Friday at the Bears’ Den. Through four innings, third-seeded Wesley Chapel seemed poised for the Class 5A, District 7 Baseball Tournament Championship against the host and fifth-seeded Central, leading,…

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‘Big Mac’ inks with Division-I Appalachian State

WRESTLING Eagle captain courted among others by the US Naval Academy, UT Chattanooga and NC State BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Numbers-wise, F.W. Springstead senior Michael “Mikey” Joseph McDonald departs the prep ranks as one of the most credentialed grapplers to ever be produced in Hernando County.   McDonald, 18, will graduate in June 4 at Booster Stadium as a four-time state qualifier, three-time state placer and possessor of back-to-back state…

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Class 3A, Region II Boys/Girls Track Meet Results

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO 04-22: Class 3A, Region II Girls Track & Field Meet at Harmony Final Team Standings (Top 8 placers scoring on 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis) * Denotes 2015 State Qualifier. PL. TEAM PTS. 1. Lakeland-Kathleen (KATH) 60.0 2. Orlando-Edgewater (EDGE) 56.0 3. Daytona Beach-Seabreeze (SEAB) 48.0 4. Ocala-Lake Weir (LWR) 47.0 5. Land O’ Lakes (LOL) 45.0 6. Gainesville (GAIN) 43.0 7. Ocala-Vanguard (OV) 42.0 8. Auburndale (AUB)…

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Class 3A, District 7 Boys Track & Field Results

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO 04-14: Class 3A, District 7 Boys Track & Field Meet at Lecanto Final Team Standings (Top 8 placers scoring on 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis) PL. TEAM PTS. 1. Land O’ Lakes (LOL) 151.0 2. Lecanto (LEC) 105.0 3. Land O’ Lakes-Sunlake (SNL) 92.0 4. Belleview (BELL) 70.0 5. New Port Richey-River Ridge (RR) 49.0 6. Zephyrhills (ZEP) 48.0 6. New Port Richey-Mitchell (MIT) 48.0 8. Hudson-Fivay (FIV)…

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Class 3A, District 7 Girls Track & Field Meet Results

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO 04-14: Class 3A, District 7 Girls Track & Field Meet at Lecanto Final Team Standings (Top 8 placers scoring on 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis) PL. TEAM PTS. 1. Land O’ Lakes (LOL) 165.2 2. Lecanto (LEC) 109.2 3. Belleview (BELL) 100.4 4. New Port Richey-Mitchell (MIT) 92.0 5. Land O’ Lakes-Sunlake (SNL) 70.2 6. New Port Richey-River Ridge (RR) 38.0 7. Inverness-Citrus (CIT) 37.0 8. Spring Hill-Springstead…

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Unlikely hero Pantaleon crushes clutch RBI double as Bears shock top-seeded Bulldogs, 3-1

BASEBALL Central seeks first district crown in 13 year vs. Wesley Chapel on Friday BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the first time in five seasons, Class 5A, District 7’s fifth-seeded Central Bears baseball team has advanced to next week’s state regional playoffs. Red-hot CHS snapped a 1-all tie in the top of the sixth inning Wednesday night during the 5A-7 semifinals as unheralded junior Pedro Pantaleon became a hero. Pantaleon,…

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Class 2A, District 7 Girls Track and Field Meet Results

  GIRLS TRACK & FIELD – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 04-21: Class 2A, District 7 Girls Track & Field Meet at Brooksville-Central Final Team Standings (Top 8 placers scoring on 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis) PL. TEAM PTS. 1. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical (NCT) 137.0 2. Crystal River (CR) 110.0 3. Dade City-Pasco (PAS) 88.0 4. Bushnell-South Sumter (SS) 76.0 5. Brooksville-Hernando (HER) 63.0 6. New Port Richey-Ridgewood (RW) 45.5 7. New Port Richey-Gulf…

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Spongers celebrate first-ever regional win, edge sloppy Leopards, 4-2

5A-II SOFTBALL BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – On a historic night, Class 5A-8 runner-up Tarpon Springs (15-8) rode senior right-hander Lindsey White’s complete-game four-hitter, featuring 11 strikeouts to upset host and 5A-7 champion Hernando (19-10) Wednesday during the 5A-II softball quarterfinal at Tom Varn Park, 4-2. With the win, Tarpon Springs will travel to New Port Richey-River Ridge for the 5A-II semifinal next Tuesday. River Ridge advanced by eliminating…

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Class 2A, District 7 Boys Track Meet Results

BOYS TRACK & FIELD – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 04-21: Class 2A, District 7 Boys Track & Field Meet at Brooksville-Central Final Team Standings (Top 8 placers scoring on 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis) PL. TEAM PTS. 1. Bushnell-South Sumter (SS) 124.0 2. Dade City-Pasco (PAS) 94.0 3. Wesley Chapel (WC) 91.0 4. New Port Richey-Ridgewood (RW) 82.5 5. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical (NCT) 65.0 6. Crystal River (CR) 51.5 7. Brooksville-Hernando (HER) 45.0…

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Lady Leopards, Sharks aim at remaining alive

5A-II SOFTBALL HHS (19-9) hosts Tarpon Springs (16-8) while NCT (21-4) journeys to River Ridge (17-7) BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Several storylines are intertwined entering Wednesday’s Class 5A, Region II fast-pitch softball quarterfinals involving Hernando County’s remaining three diamond teams. 5A-8 runner-up Tarpon Springs (16-8) travels to 5A-7 champion Brooksville Leopards (19-9) at Brooksville’s Tom Varn Park beginning at 7 p.m. At the same time in West Pasco County, 5A-7…

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Leopards oust Hornets, 10-2; Sharks shown door, 4-3; Bears eliminate Pirates, 9-1

BASEBALL   Hernando versus Pasco County in both 5A-7 semifinals on Wednesday BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Two Hernando County teams extended their seasons and two others saw the curtains come down Tuesday following the win-or-go-home Class 5A, District 7 Baseball Tournament quarterfinals at the Bears’ Den. In the first game of a triple header, Leopard senior southpaw Travis Young weathered an uneven performance yielding seven hits, four walks…

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HHS’ Sims on 5A-7 Tourney, “It’s anybody’s to win. Wide open.”

BASEBALL Seven-team, single-elimination event scheduled for Bears’ Den starting Tuesday at 1 p.m. BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The long-awaited post-season level of the state baseball playoffs arrived yesterday in Hernando County with two semifinals in the four-team Class 2A, District 7 Tournament at Hernando Christian Academy. The host and third-seeded Lions (10-9) were eliminated by second-seeded Tampa-Cambridge Christian Lancers (10-14), 15-2 (4½ Innings). Four of the county’s six prep diamond…

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