HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 06-27)

(NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) Monday, June 22 DIXIE BASEBALL District 6 AAA Minors (ages 10-under) All-Stars Tournament at Bushnell’s Kenny Dixon Sports Complex Spring Hill American – bye. Bushnell vs. San Antonio, 6 p.m. Wildwood vs. Spring Hill National, 6 p.m. Brooksville HYL vs. South Lake, 8 p.m. Wesley Chapel American vs. Wesley Chapel National, 8 p.m. District 6 O-Zone (ages 11-12) All-Stars Tournament at Wesley…

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District 6 O-Zone Dixie Baseball Tourney Recap (thru 06-20)

2015 District 6 O-Zone Dixie Baseball Tourney Recap from Wesley Chapel’s District Park 06-20: Spring Hill American 11, Spring Hill National 0 (4 Innings) SHA NOTES – Zeth Rodriguez (1-0) 4 IP, 1H, 9 Ks, 0 BB across 69 pitches thrown…SHA rapped 12 hits…Chase Davis, Yoskar Lopez and Zeth Rodriguez each collected two hits…Davis and Christian Cooper each scored two runs…Rodriguez hit a solo homer in the third inning…Lopez hit…

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Gates spins 2-hitter, Spring Hill American whips Wildwood, 12-2

  DIXIE BASEBALL West Hernando crew raps game-high 12 safeties, featuring five batters with two hits apiece BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BUSHNELL – Spring Hill American shook off a quiet first inning, erupting for four runs across in each of the next three innings Saturday morning to whip Wildwood in the tourney opener of the AAA Minors All-Stars (ages 10-under) Dixie Baseball Tournament at the Kenny Dixon Sports Complex, 12-2….

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Spring Hill National staves off last-minute Bushnell charge, 9-6

    DIXIE BASEBALL West Hernando County crew claims first district title since 2012 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WESLEY CHAPEL – Down seven runs entering its final at-bats, always-tough Bushnell literally turned up the heat in the kitchen to make things dicey Thursday evening at Wesley Chapel’s District Park. Head Coach Matt Ellis’ Sumter County nine never threw in the towel taking advantage of one hit, two Spring Hill National…

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Extremely deep Spring Hill American keeps eyes on the prize in AAA Minors event in Bushnell

DIXIE BASEBALL SH National is one of nine teams in week-long at Kenny Dixon Complex BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Numbers don’t lie, though they may mask the reasons for success. Such is the case for the Hernando County-based AAA Minors All-Stars teams (ages 9-10) since 2001. Across the past 14 summers, Hernando County has raised 10 district championship banners in the District 6 Tournament, including nine by Spring Hill teams….

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Arms race key for both Spring Hill O-Zone entries

DIXIE BASEBALL Tiny 4-team event opens Saturday at Wesley Chapel BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Four Dixie Baseball teams – including two from Spring Hill and two from host Wesley Chapel – will battle beginning Saturday at Wesley Chapel’s District Park for the O-Zone (ages 11-12) All-Stars District 6 Tourney championship. The double-elimination format is expected to conclude Wednesday (weather permitting). The district’s two top entries will advance to O-Zone State…

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District 6 AA Rookies Baseball Tourney Recap (thru 06-17)

  District 6 AA Rookies (ages 7-8) Tourney Recap at Wesley Chapel’s District Park 06-13: Bushnell 14, Brooksville HYL 2 (4.0 Innings) Spring Hill National 15, Wildwood 3 (3.5 Innings) Spring Hill American 11, Wesley Chapel National 4 San Antonio 18, Wesley Chapel American 7 06-15: Brooksville HYL 18, Wesley Chapel American 1 (3 Innings) Wildwood 14, Wesley Chapel National 0 (4) Bushnell 17, San Antonio 5 (4) Spring Hill…

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District 6 AA Rookies Baseball Tourney Recap (thru 06-16)

  District 6 AA Rookies (ages 7-8) Tourney Recap at Wesley Chapel’s District Park 06-13: Bushnell 14, Brooksville HYL 2 (4.0 Innings) Spring Hill National 15, Wildwood 3 (3.5 Innings) Spring Hill American 11, Wesley Chapel National 4 San Antonio 18, Wesley Chapel American 7 06-15: Brooksville HYL 18, Wesley Chapel American 1 (3 Innings) Wildwood 14, Wesley Chapel National 0 (4) Bushnell 17, San Antonio 5 (4) Spring Hill…

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District 6 AA Rookies Baseball Tourney Recap (thru 06-15)

District 6 AA Rookies (ages 7-8) Tourney Recap at Wesley Chapel’s District Park 06-13: Bushnell 14, Brooksville HYL 2 (4.0 Innings) Spring Hill National 15, Wildwood 3 (3.5 Innings) Spring Hill American 11, Wesley Chapel National 4 San Antonio 18, Wesley Chapel American 7 06-15: Brooksville HYL 18, Wesley Chapel American 1 (3 Innings) Wildwood 14, Wesley Chapel National 0 (4) Bushnell 17, San Antonio 5 (4) Spring Hill National…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 06-20)

(NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) Monday, June 15 DIXIE BASEBALL District 6 Rookies (ages 7-8) All-Stars Tournament at Wesley Chapel District Park Brooksville HYL vs. Wesley Chapel American, 6 p.m. Wildwood vs. Wesley Chapel National, 6 p.m. Bushnell vs. San Antonio, 8 p.m. Spring Hill National vs. Spring Hill American, 8 p.m. FOOTBALL Springstead High School Football Camp, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 DIXIE BASEBALL District…

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Spring Hill National shrugs off shaky start, trims Wildwood, 15-3

Photos from this game at,  http://jdicrist.zenfolio.com/p509730186 DIXIE BASEBALL After a trio of first-inning errors, National rap 11 hits, plates game’s final 15 runs BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WESLEY CHAPEL – To label Saturday’s Spring Hill National AA Rookies (ages 7-8) performance shaky would be apropos. In an inauspicious beginning, Spring Hill All-Stars trailed Wildwood after five batters in the first frame Saturday in the opening round of the eight-team District…

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2015 Final Dixie Baseball T-Ball District 6 Tourney Results

DIXIE BASEBALL BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com 2015 Dixie Baseball T-Ball District 6 Tourney Results at Wildwood’s Millennium Park 06-06: Bushnell 23, Brooksville HYL 12 Wildwood 29, Wesley Chapel American 28 Wesley Chapel National 27, San Antonio 15 06-08: San Antonio – bye. Wesley Chapel National – bye. Wesley Chapel American 25, Brooksville HYL 15 Bushnell 19, Wildwood 11 06-09: Wildwood – bye. Wesley Chapel American 30, San Antonio 14 Bushnell…

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Spring Hill National locked and loaded for AA Rookies Tourney

DIXIE BASEBALL Eight-team, six-day event begins Saturday at Wesley Chapel’s District Park BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Eight area teams – representing three counties (Pasco, Hernando and Sumter) – will take part in Saturday’s Dixie Rookies (ages 7-8) District 6 Baseball Tournament at Wesley Chapel’s District Park, 7727 Boyette Rd. The expected six-day tourney (weather permitting) features a double-elimination format. The field is expected to consist of Brooksville, Bushnell, San Antonio,…

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Springstead’s Boettjer cooks up terrific season, lands Lifter of the Year laurels

  BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING LOY PROFILE Two-time Eagle state qualifier aspires to become a head chef BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The next time your family dines in a five-star restaurant and savors a meal so exquisite you rush to compliment the cook – don’t look know, but it could have been prepared by a weightlifter. That’s future premise of Spring Hill’s Geoffrey “Geoff” Nicholas Boettjer. Boettjer, 17, graduated last week from…

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Spring Hill’s LaRoche participates in national event in Orlando

  DIXIE BASEBALL Future Explorer K-8 sixth-grader dreams to play baseball BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Hernando County resident Izabell “Izzy” LaRoche, a member of Spring Hill Dixie Baseball, was selected to play in the May 30 through June 4 Baseball For All’s 2015 Nationals in Orlando. This tournament was billed as America’s first national girls baseball tournament. All-Star girls, ages, 10-13, from around the country traveled to…

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Hernando County Sports Briefs

Eagles host football camp from June 15-17 SPRING HILL – The F.W. Springstead High School football staff will be hosting its annual football camp at Booster Stadium from June 15-17. The camp will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and is for boys and girls age 7 through students entering seventh grade. The camp fee is $60 for non-Hernando County School Board employees and $40 for HCSB employees. Students…

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Hernando County Sports Calendar (thru 06-19)

Monday, June 8 DIXIE BASEBALL District 6 T-Ball (ages 5-6) All-Stars Tournament at Wildwood’s Millennium Park FOOTBALL Weeki Wachee Hornet Football Camp, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, June 9 DIXIE BASEBALL District 6 T-Ball (ages 5-6) All-Stars Tournament at Wildwood’s Millennium Park FOOTBALL Weeki Wachee Hornet Football Camp, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 DIXIE BASEBALL District 6 T-Ball (ages 5-6) All-Stars Tournament at Wildwood’s Millennium Park FOOTBALL Weeki Wachee Hornet…

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Coaching mat challenges: Basile out, LaRocca in at SHS

  WRESTLING 1998 Eagle graduate LaRocca becomes school’s fifth skipper after ’93 grad Basile joins Jesuit BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The ever-morphing landscape of prep athletics in Florida took yet another twist locally. The most credentialed athletic program in Hernando County history – F.W. Springstead’s mat men – proved it’s not immune to change. Within the last week SHS Principal Carmine Rufa officially announced the hiring of current business consultant…

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Landgraff brothers join forces for Oklahoma City University Stars

  WRESTLING Pair of five-time state grapplers sign with NAIA program BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Even after their respective high school graduations – three years apart – a pair ex-F.W. Springstead grappling brothers, Shawn and Matthew “Matt” Ryan Landgraff, will be reunited on the mats this fall. The sibling duo that accumulated a combined won-lost prep slate of 319-63 (84 percent) with 197 pin falls, recently signed…

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2015 HernandoSport.com ALL-COUNTY BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING

2015 ALL-COUNTY BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Lifter of the Year Geoff Boettjer 154 Geoff Boettjer Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Three-year letterman …Repeat All-Hernando County selection …First-time Lifter of the Year…Two-time state qualifier … Two-time district champion … As a sophomore in 2013, Boettjer captured four of the five meets he competed in (River Ridge quad, Weeki Wachee, Hernando and Central duals) …Scratched out during the Hernando County meet…

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