Dog fight expected for the top rung of Class 6A, District 7 ladder

BOYS BASKETBALL Springstead will have its hands full competing in rugged 7A-8 Tourney By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County’s five public hoops programs have begun to wade through its 2017-18 schedule. The ultimate goal is to reach the FHSAA State Finals set for March 5-10 at The Lakeland Center in Polk County. The last Hernando County squad to reach the coveted Final Four was in 2012 by Nature Coast Technical….

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 12-09)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 12-04: BOYS SOCCER Hernando at Weeki Wachee, 7:30 p.m. Springstead at Zephyrhills, 7:30 p.m. Ocala-St. John Lutheran at Central, 6 p.m. Hernando Christian Academy at Tampa-Universal, 4 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Weeki Wachee at Hernando, 7:30 p.m. Zephyrhills at Springstead, 7 p.m. Nature Coast Technical at Wesley Chapel-Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL New Port Ridgewood at Springstead, 7:30 p.m. Ocala-Meadowbrook…

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Down 30-0, Chargers rally past Leopards for repeat Weeki Wachee Duals dual-meet crown, 37-36

WRESTLING Six county grapplers enjoy perfect 8-0 runs at 2-day, 12-team event By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – Despite the loss of half of its team during last June’s commencement exercises, defending Class 1A, District 6 champion Hernando High came within two points of claiming its initial Weeki Wachee Duals Tournament title in six tries Saturday night. In the sixth edition, HHS built a 30-0 cushion before the 3A-6-based…

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2017-18 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS SOCCER STANDINGS (thru 12-03)

GIRLS SOCCER – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2017-18 Hernando County Girls Soccer Standings  RK.                          TEAM W L T TP 1. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 2 0 0 6 2. Spring Hill-Springstead$ 1 2 0 3 2. Weeki Wachee 1 0 0 3 4. Brooksville-Central 0 0 1 1 4. Brooksville-Hernando 0 2 1 1                   TOTALS (5) 4 4  2 $ Denotes defending Hernando County champion. 2017-18 Class 3A, District…

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McAdam, Vilkama deliver goals as Springstead blanks archrival NCT at Shark Tank Stadium, 2-0

BOYS SOCCER Costly win for the Eagles as Andreu is kicked by NCT’s Soto, possibly fracturing his knee By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – After the first three weeks of the Hernando County boys’ soccer season, F.W. Springstead lost its third starter Friday night at Shark Tank Stadium. Though the Eagles snapped a two-game losing skein by blanking the defending Hernando County and Class 3A, District 7 champion Nature Coast…

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Chargers arrive at Weeki Wachee Duals VI with title repeat in mind

WRESTLING Two-day, 12-team duals event includes four Hernando County mat squads By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The sixth edition of the Weeki Wachee Duals Tournament will officially kicksoff the 46th season of Hernando County prep wrestling beginning Friday at 2 p.m. across three mats at the Hornets’ Nest gymnasium, 12150 Vespa Way, Weeki Wachee. Saturday’s action begins at 10 a.m. Admission cost is $5 per person per day. The expected 12-team…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 11-25)

Caleb Johnson – Boys Basketball Central – Senior Johnson, the county’s defending scoring champion from 2016-17 at 19.8 points per game, helped the Bears split its two preseason games against Shady Hills-Bishop McLaughlin (winning 74-66) and Holiday-Anclote (losing 66-63), averaging 20 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals per game. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound guard, who was named All-County for the first time last winter, maintains a 3.5 grade point…

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Eagles search for dual meet, IBT state mat success

WRESTLING Behind nine returning lettermen and six state qualifiers, SHS eyes gold By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In Year 46 of Hernando County wrestling – the county’s most successful sport – the circuit’s five teams will be chasing a new angle: a pair of state championships. Besides the year-end 54th annual FHSAA IBT (individually bracketed tournament) State Finals in Osceola County, the state’s initial dual meet State Final will take place…

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NCT’s Miele selected to USA International Bowl IX at AT&T Stadium in Arlington

FOOTBALL Sharks’ six-foot-eight, 315-pound left tackle departs January 8 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Nature Coast Technical’s six-foot-eight, 315-pound starting left offensive tackle Louis Miele. was recently selected to compete in the USA International Bowl IX on Jan. 12 in the AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Miele, 18, believes he’s come full circle. Louis’ older brother, Stan, graduated from Springstead in 2009. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder transferred from Hernando High to play at…

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Down 13, Hornets’ Corbett pumps in game-high 21 as Weeki Wachee staves off SHS in thriller, 40-37

GIRLS BASKETBALL WWHS defense clamps down in fourth quarter limiting Eagles to 1 FG By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Counting the preseason, 6A-7 runner-up Weeki Wachee entered Wednesday’s non-district county affair at Springstead High behind four straight one-sided blowout victories. But the host Lady Eagles served as no pushovers. Actually, just the opposite occurred. Springstead, the two-time defending 7A-8 runners-up, staggered the Hornets by scoring 20 of the…

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2017-18 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING HONOR ROLL STATS

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING – Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10 WGT NAME/SCHOOL BEN-CLN-TOT 101 Allie Anthony (NCT) 95-105—200 110 Kayla Rivera (NCT) 110-125—235 119 Tara Gray (NCT) 100-120—220 129 Abigail Fontano (NCT) 100-120—220 139 Alexis Hobbs! (WW) 160-170—330 154 Morgen Arey! (WW) 155-145—300  169 Arianna Gennusa (SPG) 135-115—250 169 Alaysha Diaz (NCT) 115-125––240 183 Courtney Traudt! (NCT) 150-145–295 199 Janea Mobley (HER)!* 135-145—280 UNL Jouie Miller (NCT)^* 210-205–415 $$ Denotes 2016-17…

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Lady Sharks maintain supremacy, sweep quad meet at Hernando

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING NCT rolls up seven champs, claims five runners-up to remain unbeaten at 6-0 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – The beat goes on for the two-time Class 1A state runner-up Nature Coast Technical girls’ weightlifting program. Despite the loss of a boatload of talented lifters over the past two seasons, the Lady Sharks devoured Wednesday’s quad meet at Hernando High’s Fitness Center improving to 6-0. NCT, behind a…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 12-02)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 11-27: BOYS SOCCER Dade City-Pasco at Springstead, 7:30 p.m. Nature Coast Technical at Hernando, 7:30 p.m. Bushnell-South Sumter at Central, 6 p.m. Weeki Wachee at Wesley Chapel, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Hernando at Nature Coast Technical, 7:30 p.m. Wesley Chapel at Weeki Wachee, 7:30 p.m. Springstead at Dade City-Pasco, 7:30 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Springstead at Hudson-Fivay, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 11-18)

Collin Andreu – Boys Soccer Springstead – Sophomore Andreu served as the unlikely hero in the Eagles’ nail-biting win on Nov. 15 over Weeki Wachee at Booster Stadium in Spring Hill, 3-2. Collin, who scored a goal and notched two assists in 2016-17, redirected a corner kick for what turned out to be the game-winner against the visiting Hornets. Besides playing in his second varsity season under Jason Soto, Andreu…

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Coaching consensus: Lady Hornets to meet Pirates in 6A-7 rematch

  GIRLS BASKETBALL Hernando Christian Academy, Springstead seek third straight regional playoff berths in Feb. By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com After 42 winters of FHSAA girls basketball, only one Hernando County program has ever reached the coveted Final Four: Hernando High in 1988 in Class 3A and in 1999 in Class 4A – both under the winningest-ever female mentor and HHS Hall of Famer Walt Cermak. Season 43 tips off with…

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