Records tumble as Spingstead claim 29th district title

2A-5 WRESTLING Eight champs later, Eagles earn 11th straight district crown at Inverness BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com INVERNESS – No where was the Hernando County record book more useless than Saturday during the 5½ hour, 72-member, seven-team Class 2A, District 5 Wrestling Tournament at Citrus High. F.W. Springstead obliterated most of the existing pages of the record book behind a dominating performance in Citrus County. The Mariner Boulevard mat men…

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Gonzalez’s RBI single pushes Sharks past Bulldogs, 5-4

SOFTBALL ZHS’ Christopher’s one-out, two-homer in the seventh ties game BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Nature Coast Technical senior centerfielder Kat Gonzalez rammed her a third hit, a bases-loaded RBI single up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning lifting the host Sharks past valiant Zephyrhills (4-1 5A-7, 5-5 overall), 5-4. In a battle beaten between the last two unbeaten Class 5A, District 7…

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Springstead’s D’Alessandro’s career path altered with wrestling

WRESTLING After finding niche on the mats, SHS grappler’s life turned has turned around BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Quite simply, not every F.W. Springstead mat member is named Barker, Landgraff, McDonald, or Ross. Those families have dedicated their sons to life on the mats for years through the Spring Hill Wrestling Club. Eagle senior Quentin Alexander D’Alessandro, however, wasn’t raised on the mats. Just the opposite. His two-year rise in…

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2A-5: Springstead seeks county-record 11th straight district crown

  WRESTLING Sharks, Leopards, Hornets, Bears tangle in 1A-6 @ HHS BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Entering Week 12 of the longest Florida High School Athletic Association wrestling season in half a century has arrived. Beginning Saturday, the mat season’s 3-week state series gets underway with five Hernando County programs split into two venues. An estimated 58 county grapplers – Central, Hernando, Nature Coast Technical, Springstead and Weeki Wachee – are…

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NCT seeks ninth consecutive winning season

BOYS TENNIS New coach at defending 3A-5 champion SHS; others rebuilding BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSports.com With two of last season’s top Hernando County netters, seniors Patrick Deslaurier from Springstead relocating to Orlando, and Nature Coast Technical’s Jesse DeWitt relocating to Saddlebrook Academy, has created a void at the top of the local tennis ladders. 2014 was a banner season team-wise as both NCT and Springstead, tied for the county title…

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Mother Nature wrecks havoc on female net programs

GIRLS TENNIS Defending district runner-up Hernando has played three matches BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com To date, Hernando County’s six female tennis programs have been plagued by the fickle fits of Mother Nature. Here’s a look at each program. Lady Leopards: Familiar face returns Last spring, Hernando High’s first-year mentor Connie Foster guided the Lady Leopards to a runner-up finish in Class 2A, District 7 Tournament at Crystal River behind champion…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (02-23 thru 03-01)

  (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change) Monday, Feb. 23 BOYS TENNIS Citrus at Central, 3:30 p.m. HCA at Tampa-Cambridge, 3:30 p.m. GIRLS TENNIS HCA at Tampa-Cambridge, 3:30 p.m. Central at Citrus, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 BASEBALL Nature Coast Technical at Central 7 p.m. Weeki Wachee at Wesley Chapel, 7 p.m. Hernando at Springstead, 7 p.m. HCA at Tampa-Cambridge, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL Mitchell at Springstead, 7 p.m….

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2015 Hernando County Girls Softball Standings (thru 02-22)

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2015 Hernando County Girls Softball Standings PL TEAM W L .PCT 1. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical$ 2 0 1.000 2. Spring Hill-Springstead 1 0 1.000 3. Brooksville-Hernando$ 1 1 .500 3. Brooksville-Central 1 1 .500 5. Weeki Wachee 0 3 .000 TOTALS (5) 5 5 .500 $ Denotes co-Hernando County champions. 2014 Class 6A, District 10 Regular Season Standings PL TEAM W L .PCT 1. Spring…

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Springstead’s Betters is better; tabbed Player of the Year (again)

GIRLS SOCCER MVP PROFILE District, county champion Lady Eagles paced by Triple Crown scoring wiz BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the second time in three winters, Spring Hill’s Samantha “Sammy” Anne Betters laced her boots and participated in girls soccer. Both of her varsity seasons were separated by a dreaded ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) knee tear suffered during the summer of 2013. Yet, the locally born and raised and youngest…

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2014-15 HERNANDOSPORT.com ALL-COUNTY GIRLS SOCCER

BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year MF/F Samantha “Sammy” Betters Springstead – Junior COMMENTS: Two-time All-Hernando County selection …Two-time Player of the Year …Missed all of 2013-14 to an ACL knee injury. …Has tremendous vision. …Can thread a pass accurately with either foot. …Can take over a game in a blink…As a freshman, won the county’s Triple Crown in goals scored (46), assists (23) and total points (115)….

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Streaking Barker sets sights on another freshman mark

WRESTLING First-year Eagle yearns to become 10th frosh district champion BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com There several reasons why one of the most exclusive mat fraternities means passing through a portal few grapplers ever get a glance at. In general, 14-year-old freshmen wrestlers seldom compete at the varsity level. Most can’t handle the pressures associated in tangling with grown men. The physical maturity level is too much to bear for many…

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Pirates’ perfect season nixed by NCT netters, 5-2

BOYS TENNIS NCT’s Pais, Bianculli remain unbeaten at No. 4-5 singles BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – A week ago, Crystal River’s boys tennis mentor William “Bill” Reyes welcomed the team’s 4-0 start to the 2015 prep season, but cautioned that “next week’s (district) match at Nature Coast Technical will tell us more about the team.” Tuesday’s match at defending Class 2A, District 7 and Region 2A-II champion NCT was…

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After loaded NCT, parity rules Hernando County diamonds

SOFTBALL In Year 11, Lady Sharks seek first district title BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County’s 26th fast-pitch softball season is under way. Besides Nature Coast Technical, which didn’t lose a starter from last year’s school-record 22-5 campaign, the remainder of the circuit displays parity. Here’s a snapshot of each club. NCT: Needs consistency in the circle The majority of fast-pitch softball mentors will invariably point out that genesis of…

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Crystal River Pirates repeat as T.D. Talbott Duals champs at The Villages

WRESTLING Hornets second, Leopards third in six-team event BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Behind five unbeaten Pirates, Crystal River (26-14) successfully defended its T.D. Talbott Duals title in its final regular season event Saturday at The Villages. In the one-day, six-team dual-meet formatted event, sponsored by the American Legion Post 347 in Sumter County, the Pirates went 5-0 defeating: Lecanto (63-6), Brooksville-Hernando (47-30), The Villages (57-5), Weeki Wachee (45-34) and Ocala-Trinity…

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NCT’s Gray garners gold at Bluejacket Invite

WRESTLING Five other Sharks reach the tourney finals in Pinellas County BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com As anticipated, the Class 1A, Region III champions of a year ago, the Cape Coral-Mariner Tritons, repeated as the Bluejacket Invitational team champions Saturday at St. Petersburg-Admiral Farragut Academy. In the watered down one-day, 12-team IBT (individually bracketed tournament), AFA purchased more medals (84/six for each of the 14 weight divisions) than there were competitors…

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‘No moral victories; We came here to win,’ says Basile as Brandon edges Springstead for Ippolito title by 12 points

WRESTLING Behind six SHS finalists, Barker, McDonald, Smith and Ross strike gold BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BRANDON – For a tenth straight winter, Class 2A’s current No. 2-ranked mat team, Spring Hill-F.W. Springstead, returned home Saturday from Hillsborough County without fulfilling its top priority. Though host Brandon High was missing two injured starters and three other grapplers failed to place among the top six, the host and Class 2A’s No….

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