HCA Lions lanced by Cambridge Christian, 15-2

2A-7 BASEBALL All-Hillsborough County final pits Bayshore versus Cambridge Christian BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – For a second year in a row, Thursday’s 4 p.m. Class 2A, District 7 Baseball Tournament finals at Hernando Christian Academy will feature an all-Hillsborough County flavor. Despite Monday’s menacing skies, off-and-on gusty breezes at the Lions’ Den, the tourney’s two top seeds advanced. Top-seeded Bayshore Christian (11-3) managed only five hits, but sparkled…

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2015 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING HONOR ROLL

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2014 TOP 10 HONOR ROLL WGT NAME BEN-CLEAN-TOTAL 119 – Cooper, Benjamin (CEN) 170-105—275 129 – Johnson, Dakota (WW) 230-135—365 129 – Johnson, Dakota (WW) 215-150—365 139 – Vasquez, Julio (WW) 215-200—415 154 – Boettjer, Geoffrey (SPG)^# 320-240—560 169 – Magill, Jason (SPG) 275-225—500 183 – Magill, Jason (SPG) 270-225—495 199 – McLeod, Dylan (SPG) 305-270—575 219 – McLeod, Dylan (SPG) 295-265—560 238 – Green,…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (04-20 thru 04-25)

  (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) Monday, April 20 BASEBALL Class 2A, District 7 Baseball Tournament at Brooksville-Hernando Christian Academy Game 1: No. 4 seed Land O’ Lakes-Academy at the Lakes vs. No. 1 seed Tampa-Bayshore Christian, 1 p.m. Game 2: No. 3 seed Hernando Christian Academy vs. No. 2 seed Tampa-Cambridge Christian, 4 p.m. TRACK & FIELD Class 2A, District 7 Track & Field Championship Hernando,…

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NCT’s Green struggles in first-ever state appearance

STATE 1A BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com KISSIMMEE – How difficult was Saturday’s 41st annual FHSAA State Boys Weightlifting Finals at the Kissimmee Civic Center? Look no further than Hernando County‘s lone state representative, county and district champion Jermaine Green of Nature Coast Technical, who scratched out of the competition. Green, a senior, who was seeded 17th in the 18-man bracket, began well tying a personal record with a…

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Round 4 stunner: Lady Leopards snap Sharks’ 19-game home winning skein, 7-4

SOFTBALL History in the making, HHS’ Lane collects 200th career hit, while Harvey’s collects 100th with a homer BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – In a nutshell, Friday afternoon’s 28th meeting between archrivals Hernando and Nature Coast Technical may eventually be the backdrop for a 30/30 ESPN feature film. And why not? The teams were playing for the Class 5A, District 7 Girls softball championship just after ‘High Noon’ due…

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Springstead’s Boettjer returns home with hardware, third-place bronze medallion

  STATE BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING Eagles’ medal streak extended to nine consecutive seasons BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com KISSIMMEE – In an overall lackluster season, Hernando County’s one representative in Friday’s 41st annual, 69-team FHSAA State Boys Weightlifting Finals the Kissimmee Civic Center, returned home mission: accomplished. In his second straight state visit, Springstead senior Geoff Boettjer registered personal records in his bench press (325 pounds), power cleans (250) and totals (575)…

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Sharks, Lady Leopards return home sans hardware

  STATE TENNIS HHS’ No. 1 doubles duo of Curren/Bergstrom reach semifinals BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For both the Hernando High girls tennis team and Nature Coast Technical’s No. 1 doubles team, the visit to states lasted two grueling days. Both sets of Brooksville netters won one match before returning home to Hernando County sans any hardware. NCT Sharks finish 1-1 The Sharks’ seventh state representation in nine years ended…

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2 Hernando County lifters, SHS’ Boettjer, NCT’s Green, enter states with identical (gold) goal

Springstead senior Geoff Boettjer arrives in his second straight state meet seeking a top-six medal performance in Friday’s Class 2A Meet at 154 pounds. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO STATE WEIGHTLIFTING Springstead’s Boettjer competes in Friday’s 2A State Finals, while Green competes Saturday in 1A BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County will be represented by two senior lifters, Springstead’s Geoff Boettjer and Nature Coast Technical’s Jermaine Green, in this weekend’s 41st…

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Bring on Round 4: Leopards pound Bulldogs behind 30-hit barrage, 24-8

SOFTBALL NCT’s Primavera just misses perfecto, settles on no-hitter over Bears, 11-0 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Round 4 of Hernando versus Nature Coast Technical will decide Thursday’s Class 5A, District 7 Softball Tournament at 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting). In Wednesday’s semifinals, third-seeded Hernando (18-9 overall) was down 7-2 after two innings, but the Leopards out-scored second-seeded Zephyrhills (14-13 overall) 22-1 down the stretch featuring 30 hits, winning 24-8….

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Leopards follow ‘fast Lane’ squish Hornets, 11-1

  SOFTBALL HHS senior Megan Lane, who arrived hitting .631, goes 3-for-4, steals home BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Normally, most prep fast-pitch softball players don’t arrive into single-elimination tournaments hitting .631. But most people aren’t Hernando High’s leadoff batter and four-year starter Megan Lane. Lane, playing as if this was her last game, the three-time All-Hernando County selection put on a clinic Tuesday evening as the third-seeded Leopards…

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Koehler, Bears rise to the occasion, stave off 11th-hour Pasco rally, 8-7

  SOFTBALL Down 8-0 after six frames, Pirates roar back with six hits in 7-run seventh inning BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – There must be something magical about Central southpaw Kaeleen Koehler when she faces Pasco High, especially in a win-or-go-home situation. What else could explain Koehler’s complete-game, six-hitter against the fourth seeded Pirates in last spring’s Class 5A, District 7 softball tournament upset at Tom Varn Park, 7-3….

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WWHS’ Tinari preps for next level, inks with D-II Saint Leo University Lions

  BOYS SOCCER Weeki Wachee senior enabled Hornets to reach regionals for first time BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com There’s an old adage that applies to so many teenagers. If you want to know what your son or daughter is doing, look for their friends. For Weeki Wachee senior Michael “Mike” Anthony Tinari, his decision to separate from “his friends” at Central High, may have ultimately resulted in his recent soccer…

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Hernando County’s six teams wade into state series

SOFTBALL Single-elimination events held at three different venues BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Year 26 of Hernando County fast-pitch softball yields to the rigors of the Florida High School Athletic Association state series. All six county programs will take part in three single-elimination tournaments including one in Hernando County and featuring two in Pinellas County. Setting the table Brooksville-Hernando Christian Academy opens play at 7 p.m. Monday as the third seed…

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2015 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS SOFTBALL RECAPS (thru 04-12)

  – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2015 Central Bears Head Coach – Tyson Ellis (8th Year: 5-20 overall; 66-128 lifetime) DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME/RESULT 02-04 Spring Hill-Springstead* Home L 0-3 02-06 Dade City-Pasco# Away L 6-13 02-10 Wesley Chapel# Home W 16-1 (4.5 Innings) 02-12 Land O’ Lakes Home L 0-15 (5) 02-13 Weeki Wachee*# Home W 3-1 02-18 Zephyrhills# Away L 1-11 (6) 02-25 Inverness-Citrus Home L 0-11 (4)…

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2015 Hernando County Boys Weightlifting Honor Roll Stats (thru 04-16)

  – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2014 TOP 10 HONOR ROLL WGT NAME BEN-CLEAN-TOTAL 119 – Cooper, Benjamin (CEN) 170-105—275 129 – Johnson, Dakota (WW) 230-135—365 129 – Johnson, Dakota (WW) 215-150—365 139 – Vasquez, Julio (WW) 215-200—415 154 – Boettjer, Geoffrey (SPG)^# 320-240—560 169 – Magill, Jason (SPG) 275-225—500 183 – Magill, Jason (SPG) 270-225—495 199 – McLeod, Dylan (SPG) 305-270—575 219 – McLeod, Dylan (SPG) 295-265—560 238 –…

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2015 Hernando County Boys Weightlifting Results (thru 04-16)

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS 04-01: Class 1A, District 6 Boys Weightlifting Meet @ Hudson-Fivay (Top 6 placers score points based on 7-5-4-3-2-1 system) Final Team Standings PL TEAM PTS. 1. New Port Richey-Gulf (GF) 41.0 2. Inverness-Citrus (CIT) 28.0 3. Brooksville-Hernando (HER) 24.0 4.(tie) Zephyrhills (ZEP) 21.0 4.(tie) Lecanto (LEC) 21.0 6. New Port Richey-Ridgewood (RW) 16.0 7. Hudson-Fivay (FIV) 14.0 8. New Port Richey-River Ridge (RR)…

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