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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Upset-minded Royal Knights invade Shark Tank

BOYS SOCCER Hornets journey to loaded Sunlake BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In a year of firsts for Hernando County soccer, Nature Coast Technical will host a regional quarterfinal playoff tilt Thursday while Weeki Wachee will make its regional debut. The Class 3A, District 7 runner-up Hornets (11-6-4) journey to face 3A-7 champion Land O’ Lakes-Sunlake Seahawks (25-1-0) at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the 3A-7 champion Nature Coast Technical (13-8-4) will entertain…

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Round 3: Bears face Sharks in all-Hernando County final

  5A-7 GIRLS BASKETBALL Central ousts Pasco, 53-36 NCT eliminates Z‘hills, 60-33 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – As Pasco County’s final two entries in the original seven-team Class 5A, District 7 Girls Basketball Tournament – Pasco and neighboring Zephyrhills – were eliminated Wednesday at Nature Coast Technical, it set up Friday night’s all-Hernando County final. In the first of two semifinals, third-seed Pasco (16-8 overall) sliced what was a…

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Land O’ Lakes’ Cannata deals, Springstead reels, 4-2

3A-II GIRLS SOCCER Gator junior pours in 3-goal hat trick; Betters spoils shutout behind 49th& 50th goals BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com LAND O’ LAKES – A pair of future Southeastern Conference strikers put on a goal-scoring clinic Tuesday at “The Swamp” during the Class 3A, Region II girls soccer semifinal. For a second straight winter Land O’ Lakes junior Victoria “Tori” Cannata helped eliminate a Hernando County squad. Last winter,…

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Springstead’s defense: No time to rest

GIRLS SOCCER 3A-II semifinal success hinges on Eagle backline BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Through 25 seasons, or from 1990 to the present, F.W. Springstead’s girls soccer program has played 500 matches. Not one game, however, has been contested past a regional semifinal round. In fact in a generation of Hernando County futbol, only the 2012-13 Nature Coast Technical Sharks have achieved a regional final. If the Lady Eagles elect to…

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Bears, Hornets, Leopards line up for 5A-7 tipoff at NCT

GIRLS BASKETBALL 6A-10: Largo at Springstead at 7 p.m. Monday 2A-8: HCA battles Citrus Park at Keswick at 6 p.m. Tuesday BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Post-season hoops have arrived for the county’s female varsity basketball teams. Each of the county’s six programs face a win or go home district scenario at three different venues. Four local teams – Brooksville-Central, Brooksville-Hernando and Weeki Wachee and host Nature Coast Technical – comprise…

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Lady Gators overwhelming favorites against visiting Springstead

  GIRLS SOCCER Land O’ Lakes hasn’t lost to the Lady Eagles since Jenny O’Sullivan era in 1995 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSports.com If ever another David faced Goliath, consider Tuesday’s 7 p.m. Class 3A, Region II girls soccer semifinal at “The Swamp” pitting visiting F.W. Springstead (20-1-1) at Land O’ Lakes (21-1-1). The stakes are huge. The matches’ survivor will host Friday, Jan. 30’s 3A-II final against the winner of…

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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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Sharks’ Espinosa has unfinished business on the mats

WRESTLING NCT senior seeks his first IBT victory BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In the wrestling terms, Nature Coast Technical senior Mark Anthony Espinosa is a living paradox. For all of Espinosa’s mat achievements to date — specifically his 103 career wins, 54 pin falls and a trip to states — to rank among the top 10 in each of those categories at the California St. campus, his career cup may…

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Sharks sweep Rob Hermann Cup Duals, 8-0

WRESTLING NCT claims first mat championship in 3½ seasons BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Led by the sensational 7-1 debut of senior Zach Jarque at 285 pounds, Nature Coast Technical snapped its longest non-winning streak at 38 tournaments Saturday at Rob Hermann Cup Duals at Inverness-Citrus High. The Sharks, who hadn’t won a tournament since capturing the 15-team Ocala-Forest Invitational on Nov. 26, 2011, collected 71 wins across 96 bouts (74…

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Sharks blank Hornets as Fontano delivers clutch goal, 1-0

BOYS SOCCER NCT claims its first district title on huge Solorzano feed BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – For the majority of the 35th season of Hernando County boys’ soccer, Nature Coast Technical’s Riccardo Solorzano has served the role of a Maytag repairman. He was always been around, but he’s mainly hovered in obscurity completing passes to his teammates. Few fans realized that the Shark senior arrived at Friday night’s…

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All-Time Hernando County Girls Soccer Champions

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com YEAR SCHOOL HEAD COACH W L T 1993-94 Springstead John Bifulco 2 0 0 1994-95 Springstead John Bifulco 2 0 0 1995-96 DNP 1996-97 DNP 1997-98 Central ## Jess Maeder 1 0 1 1997-98 Springstead## Eileen Pandolfo 1 0 1 1998-99 Springstead Bill Horvath 2 0 0 1999-00 Springstead Bill Horvath 4 0 0 2000-01 Springstead John Bifulco 3 0 1 2001-02 Springstead Randy…

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Sans McDonald and Smith, Eagles limp into Palmetto Ridge

WRESTLING 3rd annual Chase Life Tourney features 25 teams BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com While Central, Hernando, Nature Coast Technical and Weeki Wachee rest, F.W. Springstead returns to mats this weekend for the two-day, 25-team 3rd annual Chase Life Wrestling Tournament at Naples-Palmetto Ridge. According to tourney director David Parmenter, the event is named in honor of a beloved Palmetto Ridge junior varsity Chase Hoover, whose life was cut short to…

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Behind Betters’ hat trick, Springstead eliminates Pasco, 4-0

  3A-II GIRLS SOCCER Eagles tie Hernando County record with its 20th win, first regional shutout BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Pasco High’s finest girls’ soccer campaign in a decade concluded Thursday night at Booster Stadium behind Springstead junior Sammy Betters’ three-goal hat trick, 4-0. Betters, who arrived as Hernando County’s leading scorer with 45 goals, tallied at 29, 49 and 72nd minutes. Sophomore Kimberly Gibson scored her…

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Hernando’s Lane rules in District 5 Meet

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING NCT’s Gentz, Rentas also qualify for states BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com NEW PORT RICHEY – At the conclusion of Wednesday’s 3½-hour, 22-team District 5 Girls Weightlifting Meet at River Ridge Middle/High School, the 103-lifter field was reduced to 30 state qualifiers. The collateral damage included 19 of Hernando County’s 22 lifters being ousted. The county will be represented in the 12th annual FHSAA State Finals by three lifters,…

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