Sharks flush Royal Knights, 60-41

5A-II GIRLS BASKETBALL   NCT returns to LO’L next Tuesday for regional semifinal BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Envision a game where 5A-7 champion Nature Coast Technical permits 19 more field goal attempts by 5A-8 runner-up New Port Richey-River Ridge, commits a game-high 26 turnovers and misfires on 21-of-38 free throw attempts. That all happened in the Sharks’ (21-6 overall) convincing 5A-II quarterfinal victory Thursday night over River Ridge…

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2014-15 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING HONOR ROLL STATS

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10 WGT NAME, SCHOOL BEN-CLN-TOTAL 101 – Kristina McCane (SPG) 105-105—210 110 – Calleigh Brannan (WW) 105-105—210 110 – Calleigh Brannan (WW) 100-110—210 119 – Kalysta Matheus (WW) 115-135—250 129 – $*Ashley Gentz (NCT) 155-170—325 129 – $*Ashley Gentz (NCT) 160-165—325 139 – *Megan Lane (HER) 160-145—305 154 – Samantha Traudt (NCT) 120-140—260 169 – Madeline Genuardi (SPG) 135-135—270 183 – Madeline Genuardi (SPG)…

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Short-handed Sharks at PHU Duals; Leopards, Hornets at loaded Kilpatrick IBT

WRESTLING Kissimmee-Osceola is top draw in Pinellas event; Lake Gibson, Jesuit at Citrus BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com With the hour glass slowly dwindling on regular season action, three Hernando County mat programs will be competing at two different sites this weekend. Injured-ravaged Nature Coast Technical journeys to Pinellas County for Friday and Saturday’s two-day, 16-team Logan Kushner Duals at Palm Harbor-University. Meanwhile, both Hernando and Weeki Wachee will face an…

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Sharks survive scare, edge Wildcats, 44-38

5A-7 BOYS BASKETBALL Oppenheimer pours in 37 as Bulldogs stun Leopards in overtime, 80-77 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – For the first time in 17 seasons Zephyrhills (20-7) reached the regional playoffs following Wednesday night’s Class 5A, District 7 boys basketball semifinals at Nature Coast Technical. The second-seeded Bulldogs rallied from an 11-point second-quarter deficit to take the take 69-66 with 35 seconds remaining in regulation against third-seeded Hernando (15-10)….

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Royal Knights visit NCT Sharks, Bears tangle at Land O’ Lakes Gators

5A-II GIRLS BASKETBALL Thursday night‘s victors clash in next Tuesday‘s Class 5A-II semifinals BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Forty-six of Class 5A’s original 78-team girls basketball field to begin the season is resting comfortably at home. Four of the remaining 32 hoop squads return to action Thursday at two of the Class 5A, Region II quarterfinal sites. Class 5A, District 8 runner-up New Port Richey-River Ridge (23-5 overall) visits 5A-7 champion…

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Leopards lap cold-shooting Bears, 57-28

5A-7 BOYS BASKETBALL No. 3 seed Hernando faces second-seeded Zephyrhills Wednesday BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – In the first of Tuesday night’s Class 5A, District 7 Boys Basketball Tournament quarterfinals, hot-shooting Hernando buried 22-of-37 field goal attempts (game-high 59 percent) to oust cold-shooting Bears, 57-28. “We knew coming in that if we didn’t allow them second-chance shots that would be the key,” identified Hernando mentor Jeff Laing. “We had…

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‘It’s anybody’s game’ in 5A-7 Tourney at NCT

BOYS BASKETBALL Host Sharks seek Fifth district title In six seasons BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com After graduating four starters from last year’s three-peat district championship hoops squad, Nature Coast Technical enters post-season play seeded first in this week’s Class 5A, District 7 Tournament at NCT. Each of Hernando County’s six prep basketball programs opened the week with a clear-cut choice, either win and advance or pack up for the season…

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Hornets claim first-ever mat trophy, place runner-up at Diamondback Duals

WRESTLING Leopards finish fifth in two-day, 15-team even BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In Year 4 of the Weeki Wachee mat program, the Hornets reached a milestone this weekend in Marion County. The Hornets reached the tournament finals Saturday in the two-day, 15-team (Bradenton Christian failed to show up) 2nd annual Diamondback Duals Wrestling Tournament at Belleview High. Through 10 bouts in the finals, the Hornets were tied with tourney-favorite and…

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Espinosa, Contegiacomo garner gold at inaugural Trojan Invitational

WRESTLING Minus four starters, NCT finishes sixth in 17-team field BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com There’s a good reason the 23-3 Nature Coast Technical Sharks finished sixth out of 17 teams in the inaugural Trojan Invitational Wrestling Tournament Saturday night at Tallahassee-Lincoln. The Sharks arrived minus four starters, injured seniors Jeramie Jazikoff, Le’Shaun Gray and Frank Ritchie along with junior Deshawn Smith, who was attending a football combine. To no one’s…

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Eagles thump state runner-up Tigers in Combs Duals III final, 52-18

WRESTLING 5 Springstead grapplers roll unbeaten including Landgraff, McDonald, Swift, Ross, Erwin BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – This time there was no suspense. There would also be no cliffhanger between two of Class 2A’s premier mat teams Saturday afternoon at Springstead during the 5-Way Combs Duals III Wrestling Tournament, sponsored by Combs Service, Inc. Last winter in the final match of day, Springstead captain Michael McDonald‘s 13-3 major…

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Lady Sharks deny Bears its initial district crown, 48-37

5A-7 GIRLS BASKETBALL Jones and Jarque combine for 27 points in NCT’s sixth district title BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – A gutsy gamble by fifth-year Nature Coast Technical mentor Emily Gore, inserting the team’s leading scorer, senior center Rita Jarque, who was saddled with three first-half fouls, back into the fray eventually paid dividends. Down 18-11 to the upset-minded Central Bears in the Class 5A, District 7 girls basketball…

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Knights celebrate Sweet 16 twice, stun Sharks via sudden victory PKs, 2-1

3A-II BOYS SOCCER NCT ties game in regulation with 0:05 ticks remaining on Gilbert Delgado goal BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – In several ways visiting 3A-8 runner-up River Ridge celebrated Sweet 16 moments Thursday night upsetting 3A-7 champion Nature Coast Technical (13-9-4) at Shark Tank Stadium, 2-1. The victory served as the Royal Knights (16-5-2) first in the regional round in 16 seasons, or since solving Leesburg in overtime…

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State runner-up Tampa-Jesuit rolls into Combs Duals III at SHS

WRESTLING Sharks at Lincoln, Leopards, Hornets at Diamondback Duals BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Four of Hernando County’s five mat programs – Springstead, Nature Coast Technical, Hernando and Weeki Wachee – will compete at three different venues this weekend. Springstead is hosting the 6-Way Combs Duals on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. NCT journeys Saturday to the first-ever 17-team Trojan Invitational at Tallahassee-Lincoln High. Meanwhile, Hernando and Weeki Wachee venture to…

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Disgruntled Eagles return with 10 placers, 3 champs from Palmetto Ridge

WRESTLING Landgraff, Swift, Ross garner gold as SHS places third BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the second time in three winters, host Naples-Palmetto Ridge hoisted a championship trophy following the two-day, watered down 20-team Chase Life Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Collier County. On the down side, the state’s best team this winter, Class 3A juggernaut Homestead-South Dade, along with four other teams never made the expected trip. According to area…

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