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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One for the books! Falcons stun Sharks, 62-56

5A-II BOYS BASKETBALL     BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Alternating its inside-outside threats, 5A-8 runner-up Dunedin (12-14) snapped a 48-year regional playoff win drought by stunning 5A-7 champion and host Nature Coast Technical (20-9) Thursday in the 5A-II boys basketball quarterfinal, 62-56. From the perimeter, Dunedin senior guard Sam Ralston seemed like he had camped out on the Brooksville hardwood courts. As Ralston wiggled free beyond the arc…

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31st Ippolito features No. 2 Springstead at No. 1 Brandon

WRESTLING Hornets, Leopards at T.D. Talbott Duals, Sharks at Farragut Invite BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Four local mat programs – every Hernando County squad minus Central – remains active at three different locales this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, Class 2A’s No. 2 ranked F.W. Springstead will be participating in the 31th Tony Ippolito Memorial Wrestling Tournament at 2A’s No. 1 ranked Brandon. Nature Coast Technical will visit Pinellas County…

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Upset-minded Falcons swoop into Nature Coast Technical’s Shark Tank

5A-II BOYS BASKETBALL Dunedin (11-14) seeks first regional hoops victory since Lyndon Johnson administration BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com There’s plenty at stake when the 5A-8 runner-up Dunedin Falcons (11-14) swoop into Brooksville Thursday night to face 5A-7 champion Nature Cost Technical Sharks (20-8) for the Class 5A, Region II boys basketball quarterfinal. In the win-or-go-home tilt, the victor will face the survivor of Thursday’s clash between Zephyrhills/Tarpon Springs next Tuesday,…

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Year 42: Sharks set county record for most single season dual-meet wins (27)

WRESTLING NCT junior Contegiacomo sees his 21-match win skein snapped vs. AFA’s Enmon, 12-4 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com On the surface, Nature Coast Technical’s 4-5 weekend at the Logan Kushner Duals at Palm Harbor-University may not have caused much of a ripple. But quite the contrary, the effort opened many doors. Though host PHU stunned short-handed Kissimmee-Osceola, 39-29, to defend the Hurricanes (10-0 tourney, 29-1 overall) title in this 10th-year event,…

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Déjà vu strikes, Gators oust Sharks, 49-44

5A-II GIRLS BASKETBALL NCT’s Jarque tallies 12 points and grabs 21 rebounds in semifinal loss BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com LAND O’ LAKES – Nature Coast Technical’s 12th girls basketball season concluded Tuesday night in a similar fashion as the winter before. In the Class 5A, Region II semifinal at Land O’ Lakes, the visiting Sharks (21-7 overall) never led in falling to the Gators (27-3), 49-44. The final score wasn’t…

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Leopards’ Graves garners gold at Kilpatrick Classic

WRESTLING Weeki Wachee’s three finalists all settle for silver medals BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com At the conclusion of Saturday’s 10th-annual, 17-team Ed Kilpatrick Wrestling Classic in Inverness, only one of Hernando County’s four finalists returned home a champion. Hernando High sophomore Robert Graves at 285 pounds capped a perfect 3-0 effort via decision over top-seeded Jordon Ortega of Belleview, 14-11. Graves (31-14 overall) was the Leopards’ lone champion as Hernando…

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A return to “The Swamp”: Sharks vs. Gators

5A-II GIRLS BASKETBALL In similar scenario last year, LOL edged NCT, 46-40 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For a second consecutive season, Nature Coast Technical squares off at Land O’Lakes at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a girls basketball regional final date within its sites. A year ago, both teams were district runners-ups. The host Gators prevailed, 46-40, en route to its first-ever state appearance. This time, the Sharks (21-6), winners of…

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