History beckons as 12-0 Sharks tangle at 9-3 Blue Devils

5A-II FOOTBALL NCT defense on notice against Clay seeking its second Final Four in 2 years BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For Hernando County fans, Friday’s nearly three-hour trek to Clay County is an opportunity rarely seen. For the second time in 100 years, a local team, 12-0 Nature Coast Technical will tangle at 7:30 p.m. with 9-3 Clay High in the Class 5A, Region II football final. The stakes couldn’t…

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Sharks’ no-name front seven faces stiff challenge

FOOTBALL Clay’s Ally arrives with 2,440 yards and has scored 34 of his team’s 57 TDs BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Apparently the latest saying on the streets of Brooksville is catching on, “The best defense is a great offense.” But how long can that last? Nature Coast Technical’s current 15-game win skein and 12-0 run this season has been a byproduct of a “Bulldozer” formation that has effectively made the…

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Gentz, Rentas serve as solid 1-2 Sharks’ punch in pursuit of fourth straight county crown

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING Two-time state placer Gentz, 2-time state qualifier Rentas expected to carry the burden BY TONY CASTRO Hernandoport.com For a fourth straight winter, Nature Coast Technical’s girls’ weightlifters appear poised for a county-four peat. The three-time defending Hernando County champion Sharks return five-time County Coach of the Year Sharon Elliott and a pair of 2015 state qualifiers: seniors Ashley Gentz and Annelise Rentas. Gentz, Hernando County’s defending Lifter of…

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2015-16 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING HONOR ROLL STATS (thru 12-01)

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING – Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10   WGT   NAME/SCHOOL   BEN-CLN-TOT   101 Paisley Easton (HER) 95-90—185   110 Calleigh Brannen (WW) 110-105—215   119 Victoria Davila (NCT) 115-115—230   129 $$Ashley Gentz (NCT) 140-150—280   139 **Annelise Rentas (NCT) 140-150—290   154 Samantha Traudt (NCT) 145-155—300   169 Imani Powell (HER) 135-125—260   183 Breanna Hartman (WW) 130-120—250   199 Kelsey Manns (WW) 120-120—240  …

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2015-16 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING MEET RESULTS (thru 12-01)

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 11-12: Inverness-Citrus at Weeki Wachee Citrus (CIT) 52, Weeki Wachee (WW) 38 101 – 1. Jasmine Pryor (CIT) 100-110—210, 2. Bittenbender (CIT) 65-75—140, 3. Lauren Stoker (WW) 55-50—105. 110 – 1. Calleigh Brannan (WW) 110-95—205, 2. Sahmeeha Grimes (CIT) 95-85—180, 3. Brandi Vedder (WW) 85-80—165. 119 – 1. Kilahni Villanueva (CIT) 125-120—245, 2. Katocs (WW) 90-85—175, 3. Pogue (WW) 95-70—165. 129 – 1….

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Lady Sharks knock Bears off unbeaten pedestal, 3-0

GIRLS SOCCER NCT’s suffocating defense doesn’t yield one Central shot on goal BY TONY CASTRO Hernando Sport.com BROOKSVILLE – In Tuesday night’s match where both squads, Central and Nature Coast Technical, were missing a combined seven players due to sickness, injury or family commitments, the host Sharks did what no one else has officially done, solving the Bears, 3-0. Sure, CHS girls’ soccer team dropped its season opener to The…

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Weeki Wachee’s Werkmeister tapped as the unanimous POY selection

HernandoSport.com 2015 ALL-COUNTY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Hornet junior outside hitter paced the county in kills, led WWHS to county, district titles BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the second time in four seasons, a member the Werkmeister family has been named to the All-Hernando County Girls Volleyball Team. Following the 2012 campaign, Halie Werkmeister was named All-County becoming the first Hornet spiker named to the All-Star squad. A year later, freshman Miranda…

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HernandoSport.com 2015 All-Hernando County Girls Volleyball

HernandoSport.com 2015 All-Hernando County Girls Volleyball – Compiled by TONY CASTRO Player of the Year Miranda Werkmeister Weeki Wachee – Junior COMMENTS: Three-year varsity letterman …First-time All-Hernando County selection …First-time recipient of Player of the Year honors … Led Hernando County in kills (398) and kills per set (4.1) … Ranked third on the team from the service line in aces (40) … Ranked second on the team in digs…

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2015 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL RECAPS

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2015 Central Bears Head Coach: Dawn Ali-Carr (1st Year: 0-17 overall) DATE OPPONENT SITE   RESULT 08-25 Brooksville-Hernando#* Home L 9-25, 26-24, 6-25, 8-25 08-27 Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical#* Home L 13-25, 25-16, 7-25, 22-25 09-01 Lecanto# Away L 7-25, 15-25, 17-25 09-03 Inverness-Citrus# Home L 14-25, 13-25, 21-25 09-08 Brooksville-Central#* Home L 12-25, 5-25, 13-25 09-09 Crystal River# Away L 3-25, 10-25, 15-25…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 11-27)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) Monday, Nov. 23 BOYS BASKETBALL The Villages at Central, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Central at Springstead, 7:30 p.m. Weeki Wachee at Hudson, 7:30 p.m. BOYS SOCCER Central at Springstead, 7:30 p.m. Nature Coast Technical at Weeki Wachee, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Weeki Wachee at Central, 7:30 p.m. Crystal River at Hernando, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24 BOYS BASKETBALL Citrus at…

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HERNANDO COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 11-26)

FOOTBALL 11-20: WEEK 13 Class 5A, Region II Semifinal Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 42, New Port Richey-River Ridge 33 11-13: WEEK 12 Class 5A, Region II Quarterfinal Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 42, Zephyrhills 13 11-06: WEEK 11 Brookville-Hernando-bye. Spring Hill-Springstead 47, Weeki Wachee 28 Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 57, Groveland-South Lake 21 Holiday-Anclote 21, Brooksville-Central 13 10-30: WEEK 10 Brooksville-Central – bye Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 56, Brooksville-Hernando 7 Spring Hill-Springstead 44, Dade City-Pasco…

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Smith, unbeaten Sharks roll past River Ridge Royal Knights, 42-33

FOOTBALL NCT senior racks career-best, county-high 447 yards, adds 6 TDs, 2-pointer and blocks a FG BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – On any other night, River Ridge senior battering ram Chris Schwarz would be a headliner rushing the ball 38 times for 270 yards – etching his 12th 100+ rushing effort this season – highlighted by his 25th and 26th touchdowns of the season from 65 and 1 yard…

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Hernando County Sports Briefs (thru 11-22)

  Weeki Wachee TE Tinch named to Dec. 19 FACA All-Star game WEEKI WACHEE – Weeki Waxhee High School Athletic Director Mark Lee announced Friday that Hornets tight end Jacob Tinch has been selected to play in the annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star football game set for Dec. 19 at The Villages. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Tinch, who played under fourth-year skipper Lee, was named along with three other Hornets…

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‘A test of wills’: 10-1 Knights clash vs. 11-0 Sharks

5A-II FOOTBALL High-octane NCT arrives averaging almost 45 ppg, while defense-first RRHS has allowed 8 ppg. BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the Hernando County aficionados of the Midwest’s rock ’em, sock ’em-style of football, a treat is in store at 7:30 p.m. Friday night in the third-ever meeting between Class 5A, Region II semifinal protagonists: 10-1 River Ridge at 11-0 Nature Coast Technical. On paper, the New Port Richey-based Royal…

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Making a point: Shark kickers excel despite random use

FOOTBALL First-year PK Pierce needs 5 PATs to tie county mark set in 1997 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Though no one expects Friday’s Class 5A, Region II semifinal football tilt between New Port Richey-River Ridge and host Nature Coast Technical to boil down to a game-deciding kick, the preparation is a matter of details. For the 10-1 Royal Knights, its an opportunity expunge the memory of last fall’s first-ever regional…

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