2015 HernandoSport.com ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS TENNIS

2015 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS TENNIS BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year Grace Curren No. 1 Singles Grace Curren Hernando – Junior COMMENTS: Three-peat All-Hernando County selection … Three-time Player of the Year …In 2013, Curren was the school’s first Player of the Year since Alison Steiner in 2010 …She joined NCT’s Delanie McCabe (2009) and Central’s Jeanette McDonald as rare freshman POY selections …For a third straight season,…

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2015 Final Hernando County Girls Tennis Results

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2015 Weeki Wachee Hornets 02-03: Central at Weeki Wachee Central 6, Weeki Wachee 1 Singles (pro set) No. 1 – Vanessa Valencia (CEN) def. Caitlyn Lewandowski, 8-1. No. 2 – Nicole Carrier (CEN) def. Mariann Flaherty, 8-3. No. 3 – Jordyn Brunetti (CEN) def. Alexis Romano, 8-0. No. 4 – Kaitlin Barrow (WW) def. Hailey Hoffenkamp, 8-1. No. 5 – Alexandria Viera (CEN) def. Danielle…

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Challenger claims six gold medals en route to four-peat over closest rival Parrott, 140-82

    GIRLS TRACK & FIELD Meanwhile, Parrott eighth-grader Janssens garners gold twice in 800 meters and high jump BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – It was no one’s surprise when Challenger K-8’s female trackers claimed its fourth straight Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference title. The Navigators captured six of 12 events in the broiling hot meet Wednesday at Nature Coast Technical’s Shark Tank Stadium. The ’Gators finished with…

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Navigators edge Bobcats in mile relay to earn back-to-back track titles

BOYS TRACK & FIELD Winding Waters’ eighth-graders Ramirez-Class, Murray claim five individual event gold medals BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Wednesday’s 2015 Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Track and Field boys championship meet boiled down to the 12th and final event at Nature Coast Technical’s muggy Shark Tank Stadium. Despite the event’s 91-degree temperatures, the Explorer K-8 Bobcats simply needed to win the 4×400, or mile relay, to…

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Parrott staves off 11th-hour rally, dethrones Challenger, 11-9

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS SOFTBALL Navigators had captured the last five Hernando County softball titles BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – For the first time in six seasons, someone other than the storied Challenger K-8 softball team captured the Hernando County Athletic Conference Middle School title. In Friday’s 1:58-hour thriller, Parrott eighth-grade right-hander Ali Shenefield looked solid through five innings hurling a no-hitter at the Navigators. Though the Leopards led…

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Marines instruct Weeki Wachee gridders with Leadership Seminar

WEEKI WACHEE – The United States Marine Corps made their way to Weeki Wachee High School on Saturday morning to put the football team through their Leadership Seminar. The seminar provided a unique opportunity for the Hornets to receive valuable instruction on leadership skills and team unity throughout the course of completing a grueling Marine Corps-style workout. Staff Sergeant Rafael Rodriguez led the way for the USMC. He first put…

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HernandoSport.com’s Castro, DiCristofalo receive prestigious Dorothy Brunson Community Service Award for 2014-15 from FIAAA

  FLORIDA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION 2013-14 winner was also from Hernando County, Springstead Principal Susan Duval BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For a second straight year, Hernando County was honored by Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (FIAAA) in their annual awards banquet Sunday evening at the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside. In 2013-14, outgoing Springstead High Principal Susan Duval was presented the Dorothy W. Brunson Special Service Award. On Sunday evening…

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Given a second chance at life, Bailey’s hoop quest continues by signing with Pasco-Hernando State College

        BOYS BASKETBALL Six-foot-four forward returned to the courts following horrible car accident BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For Brooksville’s Dylan Wayne Bailey every day is Thanksgiving. The 18-year-old Hernando High senior returned to hardwood courts this past winter after a 2013 automobile accident in New Port Richey that nearly claimed his life. Bailey was driving alone returning home from a church gymnasium following an AAU basketball practice…

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HHS versus HCSO Basketball Game

HHS versus HCSO Basketball Game BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando High School boys basketball team will play the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office team at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Michael A. Imhoff Gymnasium at HHS. Admission is $2. All proceeds will go to the HHS basketball team. Snacks and drinks will be available in the concession stand.

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 05-15)

(NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) Friday, May 8 MIDDLE SCHOOL SOFTBALL Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference softball championship game at Weeki Wachee High School, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9 BOYS BASKETBALL Hernando County Sherriff’s Office versus Hernando High boys basketball team at HHS, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 MIDDLE SCHOOL TRACK & FIELD Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference track and field championship meet at Nature Coast…

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Double the pleasure: NCT’s Gentz, Hernando’s Patrick return home with two state medals

STATE TRACK & FIELD Regional runner-up Lady Sharks place 15th in 2A State Meet in J-ville BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County’s 16-member track and field state contingency did not come home empty-handed following Friday and Saturday’s Class 2A-3A FHSAA State Finals at Hodges Stadium at Jacksonville’s University of North Florida. The highlight arrived during the 41st annual 2A meet on Friday when Hernando senior Jasha Patrick returned home with…

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2015 HernandoSport.com ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY SOFTBALL

BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year Megan Lane Hernando – Senior COMMENTS: Multi-sport student/athlete…Participated in weightlifting, track and field and softball…Two-time Hernando County weightlifting champion at 139 pounds …2015 state qualifier in weightlifting…On the diamond, she was a rare four-year starter. …Even rarer four-time All-Hernando County selection …Beat out Springstead pitcher Louisa Disi for Player of the Year laurels…Division I softball signee with the Mercer University Bears in…

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Softball Player of the Year shifts to fast Lane

SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR Hernando High senior Megan Lane closes career with a season for the ages BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Brooksville’s Megan Renee Lane may have pieced together the finest of her four prep seasons to earn this year’s Hernando County Softball Player of the Year laurels over her closest rival Springstead‘s Louisa Disi. Unlike Disi, who controlled the game as a hurler, the 18-year-Lane dictated many of…

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16 Hernando County athletes represented in state track

STATE TRACK & FIELD BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Sixteen Hernando County track and field athletes will descend upon Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville for this weekend’s 106th annual boys and 41st annual girls FHSAA State Track and Field Finals. The Class 2A Finals is Friday, May 1, while the Class 3A Finals is Saturday, May 2. Action begins both days at 9…

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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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