Morgan grows up, so do Hornets, solving Pirates to muster first-ever repeat, 61-51

GIRLS BASKETBALL Weeki Wachee rolls up 15-4 run across the last 3:15 minutes for win By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – In a nip and tuck third meeting this winter, top-seeded Weeki Wachee utilized a 15-4 run across the final 3:15 minutes to repeat as 6A-7 champions over second-seeded Crystal River, 61-51. With 3:52 left at Nature Coast Technical, Pirate senior Beyonce Scriven stepped back and banked in a three-pointer…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-02)

Wesley Wilson – Boys Basketball Hernando – Senior In a pair of losses to Crystal River and Lecanto, the 6-foot-1 Wilson tossed in a combined 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and collected two steals. The all-around athlete has competed in five sports including one year of football, one season of swimming, three years of varsity basketball, four seasons of cross country and will be participating in track and field for…

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Rugged tests await Eagles, Leopards, Sharks

WRESTLING Springstead zips to Lake Gibson, Hernando off to Clay High Rotary, while NCT visits Countryside By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Two weeks shy of the state series, three Hernando County teams await rugged mat exams this weekend. F.W. Springstead returns to action at the Braves Invitational at Lakeland’s Lake Gibson High School “Reservation“ gymnasium. Hernando returns to the loaded Green Cove Springs Clay High Rotary Invite while Nature Coast Technical…

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Hornets cruise past ’Canes, 61-30

GIRLS BASKETBALL Host NCT loses in OT to CRHS in nightcap, 65-62 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – An omen of a pending long night arrived early when fourth-seeded Citrus High misfired on its initial five field goal attempts against top-seeded Weeki Wachee. The Hornets took advantage of Inverness crew missing 11 of its 13 first quarter-FG tries to trail after eight minutes, 22-4. Meanwhile, WWHS seniors Seytia Hill and…

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Dominguez gains gold medal as Sharks place sixth at Palmetto IBT

WRESTLING 2A-8 Brandon nearly laps the 18-team field behind 313.0 points By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Surely, but slowly the young and inexperienced Nature Coast Technical mat team is progressing. Behind a season-high 11 wrestlers in Manatee County, the Sharks returned home Saturday night with its best-ever efforts – placing sixth in the one-day, 18-team, 169-wrestler Palmetto Pride IBT. 2A-8 powerhouse Brandon High nearly lapped the assembled field with 313.0 points,…

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Sixth-seeded Sharks ride outside-inside punch of Crima, Lee past third-seeded Leopards, 59-47

GIRLS BASKETBALL Citrus High survives 1-of-16 fourth quarter to edge Lecanto, 43-40 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Riding the outside-inside contributions of Danielle Crima and Heaven Lee, host and sixth-seeded Nature Coast Technical upended third-seeded Hernando, 59-47. In the first of two Class 6A, District 7 quarterfinals on Tuesday, try as they might to give a game away – fourth-seeded Citrus misfired on 15-of-16 fourth quarter field goal attempts,…

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At Crawfordville, third-place Hornets return from “long road trip”

WRESTLING Schmidt, Facey place runner-up as host Wakulla dominates By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In its longest road trip in eight winters, Weeki Wachee returned from this weekend’s trip north along US-19 to Crawfordville, finishing third in the Wakulla Invitational. The weekend began on Friday when the Hornets competed in a dual meet at Wakulla High against Tallahassee-Chiles. The Hornets (30-6 overall) posted wins in nine of 14 bouts to solve…

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Behind a season-high 11 placers, HHS rolls up third championship in Orlando

WRESTLING Valdez, Pritz garner gold as Leopards claim Wolfpack Invite at Timber Creek By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The exceptional 2018-19 mat season continues along the Bell Avenue campus. At Orlando, 1A-6 Hernando High pocketed its third championship trophy – including its first IBT crown – at the conclusion of Saturday’s Timber Creek Invitational. The Wolfpack Invite featured 215 grapplers and 19 teams, across one day in Orange County. The Leopards,…

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Jackson trio tosses in a combined 40 points as Lions oust Mustangs, 55-15

GIRLS BASKETBALL Lions’ defense forces game-high 44 turnovers to advance to semifinals By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Due to geographical concerns – long distances between Ocala and Clearwater – member schools of the Class 2A, District 4 believed it was prudent to reduce its original nine-team field to eight and two sub-districts for the first leg of the state series. After Monday night’s quarterfinals, only four teams remain standing….

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2018-19 HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS (thru 02-03)

BOYS BASKETBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2018-19 Final Hernando County Boys Basketball Regular Season Standings PL. TEAM W L .PCT 1. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical$ 7 1 .875 2. Spring Hill-Springstead 6 2 .750 3. Brooksville-Central 4 4 .500 4s. Brooksville-Hernando 3 5 .375 5. Weeki Wachee 0 8 .000 TOTALS (5) 20 20 .500 $ Denotes defending Hernando County champion. 2018-19 Final Class 6A, District 7 Boys Basketball Regular…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 02-09)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 02-04: GIRLS BASKETBALL: Class 7A, District 8 Semifinals at Spring Hill-Springstead Game 1 – New Port Richey-Mitchell vs. Land O’ Lakes, 6 p.m. Game 2 – Land O’ Lakes-Sunlake vs. Springstead, 7:30 p.m. Class 6A, District 7 Quarterfinal at Crystal River: Game 1 – Brooksville-Central vs. Crystal River, 7 p.m. Class 2A, District 4 Quarterfinals at Brooksville-Hernando Christian Academy Game…

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With districts, quest begins for county’s first state champ in hoops

GIRLS BASKETBALL All six Hernando Co. programs open the 1st leg of district this week By TONY CASTRO Hernando Sport.com The 43rd FHSAA girls basketball state series begins in earnest on Monday with a treat for local hoop aficionados – three district tourneys within the Hernando County borders. Four area teams – Brooksville-Central, Brooksville-Hernando, Weeki Wachee and Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical help comprise the seven-team Class 3A, District 7 field competing…

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2018-19 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS BASKETBALL STANDINGS (thru 02-01)

GIRLS BASKETBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2018-19 Final Hernando County Girls Basketball Regular Season Standings   PL.   TEAM   W   L   .PCT 1. Weeki Wachee$ 8 0 1.000 2. Brooksville-Hernando 6 2 .750 3. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 3 5 .375 3. Spring Hill-Springstead 2 6 .250 5. Brooksville-Central 1 7 .125   TOTALS (5)   20   20   .500 $ Denotes two-time defending Hernando County…

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Road trip Saturday: Leopards, Sharks, Hornets at three different venues

WRESTLING HHS revisits Timber Creek, WWHS at Crawfordville, NCT ventures to Palmetto By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Three Hernando County mat squads – Hernando, Nature Coast Technical, Weeki Wachee – will hit the road Saturday for a trio of IBTs (individually bracketed tournaments). Hernando revisits Orlando for the 5th Wolfpack Invitational at Timber Creek High School while NCT journeys to the Palmetto Pride IBT and Weeki Wachee zips down US-19 to…

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