Springstead’s Garofano: ‘It’s a sad day.’ Hernando Countians mourn Central QB Rivera’s passing

  FOOTBALL Though head trauma eventually took his life, Bear junior had his vital organs harvested for others BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The game of life is over for Central student-athlete Sebastian Anthony Rivera. According to his father, 40-year-old Martin Rivera, Sebastian died at 2:45 p.m. Sunday at Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point due to “head trauma” resulting from last Tuesday’s motorcycle accident en route to Central High. Though…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 10-03)

(NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) Monday, September 28 BOYS GOLF Nature Coast Technical vs. Hernando at Brooksville Golf & CC, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 29 BOYS GOLF Nature Coast Technical, Springstead vs. Weeki Wachee at Glen Lakes CC, 3:30 p.m. GIRLS GOLF Central vs. Weeki Wachee GlenLakes CC, 3 p.m. Hernando vs. Springstead at Oak Hills GC, 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 30 GIRLS GOLF Central vs. Nature…

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2015 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS GOLF RECAPS (thru 09-27)

GIRLS GOLF  – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2015 Central Bears Head Coach – Teresa Johns-Gordon (1st Year: 0-4-0) DATE OPPONENT SITE RESULT/TIME 09-08 Spingstead Oak Hills GC L NTS-300 09-10 Weeki Wachee Southern Hills Plantation L NTS-271 09-17 Hernando Southern Hills Plantation L 300-232 09-24 Nature Coast Technical Silverthorn CC L NTS-190 09-29 Weeki Wachee GlenLakes CC 3 p.m. 09-30 Nature Coast Technical Silverthorn CC 3 p.m. 10-07 Hernando Brooksville…

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2015 HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS GOLF RECAPS (thru 09-27)

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2015 Central Bears Head Coach – Tyson Ellis (3rd Year: 2-7 overall; 8-19 lifetime) DATE OPPONENT SITE RESULT/TIME 08-28 Inverness-Citrus Inverness G&CC L FF 08-27 Lecanto World Woods GC L FF 09-03 Weeki Wachee Southern Hills Plantation W 225-228 09-10 Inverness-Citrus Southern Hills Plantation L FF 09-14 Hernando Brooksville G&CC L 238-185 09-17 Springstead Southern Hills Plantation L NTS-210 09-17 Hernando Southern Hills Plantation L…

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Morris leads the way (again) for the Lady Leopards

  GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY HHS places 14th overall in crowded 26-team field Jay B. Starkey Park BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com NEW PORT RICHEY – This weekend’s 10th Mitchell Invitational girls cross country race lacked star power. The county’s defending Runner of the Year, NCT senior Amelia Schmit, and Weeki Wachee’s Erika Herzek skipped the meet. For the third time in four meets, Hernando High led the way locally placing 14th…

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Without Foley, Leopards crack top 10 (seventh) at Mitchell Invite

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Hernando County harriers paced for the second straight week by Springstead senior Allen Keister BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com NEW PORT RICHEY – For the fourth time in four weekends, Hernando County’s best cross country efforts were turned in by Hernando High. Though the Leopards competed for the third straight weekend without its aircraft carrier, sophomore Trevor Foley was at an elite level race in Titusville, the Purple…

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Hernando County Prep Football Standings (thru 10-01)

PREP FOOTBALL 09-25: WEEK 5 Spring Hill-Springstead – bye Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 39, Crystal River 33 Weeki Wachee 28, Brooksville-Central 27 Brooksville-Hernando 7, Inverness-Citrus 6 09-18: WEEK 4 Weeki Wachee- bye Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 53, Brooksville-Central 18 Lecanto 41, Brooksville-Hernando 15 New Port Richey-Mitchell 33, Spring Hill-Springstead 19 09-11: WEEK 3 Nature Coast Technical 35, 46, Springstead 12 Central 48, Fivay 10 Hudson 23, Weeki Wachee 13 Bushnell-South Sumter 47,…

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Sharks, Smith stave off Crystal River comeback, 39-33

FOOTBALL CRHS’ Franklin’s 211 yards, 3 TDs upstaged by Smith’s 292 yards on 19 carries, including 5 TDs BY CHRIS BERNHARDT JR. HernandoSport.com correspondent BROOKSVILLE – Unbeaten Nature Coast Technical failed to hold on to a three-score lead, but thanks to another superb performance by Deshawn Smith, the Sharks defeated Crystal River Friday night at Shark Tank Stadium, 39-33. Already with 1,087 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season, Smith…

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Hornets rule Hexam by denying Bears’ final two-pointer, 28-27

FOOTBALL WWHS spoils Devanta Smith’s 31-carry, 172-yard, 4-TD effort, behind a game-high four turnovers for a happy homecoming BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – The fourth-year varsity Weeki Wachee Hornets football program may have finally arrived. In fourth-ever meeting against rival Central, in a tilt dripping with emotion, the Hornets laid an egg in the first half trailing 21-6 at the intermission Friday night before a jam-packed house at…

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Pirates, Sharks sit atop 5A-7, but for how long?

FOOTBALL Emotional night awaits at WWHS as Bears attempt to maintain composure, Hexam trophy; winless HHS visits winless Citrus BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Week 5’s prep football schedule will not offer the Panama City-Bay Tornadoes (3-0) at Springstead (1-3) when Bay County gridders backed out from their previous agreement to visit Booster Stadium. As a result, the Eagles have a bye week. Locally, first place in Class 5A, District 7…

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Leopards’ Foley becomes county’s new top gun

CROSS COUNTRY On Gainesville golf course, HHS sophomore sets new county 3.1-mile standard in 15:34.53 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The need for speed is alive and well in Hernando County. It’s not just moniker monopolized by NASCAR, or doled out every four years when the Summer Olympics is rolled around prepping the 100 meter finals. Come on, everybody born under Eisenhower knows who Slider, Jester, Viper, Iceman, Goose and Maverick…

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CHS QB Rivera’s accident status: ‘It’s in God’s hands’ says his father

FOOTBALL Reached at the Regional Medical Center, Sebastian River’s father, Martin, reports his son has no brain activity BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The vigil continues in West Pasco County for Central High junior quarterback Sebastian Rivera. Rivera, 16, was involved in an early-morning accident en route to school on Tuesday. According to his father, 40-year-old Martin Rivera, his son Sebastian was riding a motorcycle to campus, when a sudden stop…

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2015 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS GOLF RECAPS (thru 09-21)

GIRLS GOLF – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2015 Central Bears Head Coach – Teresa Johns-Gordon (1st Year: 0-3-0) DATE OPPONENT SITE RESULT/TIME 09-08 Spingstead Oak Hills GC L NTS-300 09-10 Weeki Wachee Southern Hills Plantation L NTS-271 09-17 Hernando Southern Hills Plantation L 300-232 09-24 Nature Coast Technical Silverthorn CC 3 p.m. 09-29 Weeki Wachee GlenLakes CC 3 p.m. 10-07 Hernando Brooksville G&CC 3 p.m. 10-12 Class 2A-13 Tourney Hernando…

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2015 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS (thru 09-25)

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Elizabeth McGeehan (1st Year) DATE RACE SITE RESULT/TIME 09–05 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High 13th/16 teams 09-12 19th Land O’ Lakes Invitational Crews Lake Park NTS 09-19 4th Shark Invitational Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 7th/9 teams 09-26 10th Mitchell Invitational New Port Richey-Starkey Park 7:30 a.m. 10-03 2nd Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Perserve 8 a.m. 10-15 12th Hernando/Citrus Classic Brooksville-McKethan Lake…

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