Lady Sharks arrive seeded 20th, depart 21st – out of 23 teams – in Class 2A State Finals

STATE CROSS COUNTRY HHS senior Ross Stalcup finishes 73rd overall in 182-runner boys final By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com None of Hernando County’s eight entries in Saturday’s Class 2A FHSAA State Finals at Apalachee Regional Park, did so with a personal record or hardware. Nature Coast Technical’s girls’ team, which finished 23rd in last year’s stiff meet, arrived seeded 20th. This time, the Sharks couldn’t catch US-41 rival Inverness-Citrus for the…

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Hernando County Prep Football Scoreboard (thru 11-09) Results

FOOTBALL 11-09 Week 13 Results: Class 5A, Region II Quarterfinals @ Brooksville Nature Coast Technical 57, Gainesville-Eastside 26 @Glen St. Mary Mary-Baker County Baker County 28, Hernando 14 11-02 Week 12 Results: @ Weeki Wachee Weeki Wachee 50, Gulf 14 @ Brooksville Nature Coast Technical 34, IMG White 10 10-26 Week 11 Results: @ Lecanto Nature Coast Technical 36, Lecanto 0 10-26 Week 10 Results: @ Brooksville Nature Coast Technical…

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Opening salvos: Heavily-favored Sharks (9-1) host Eastside Rams (7-3)

FOOTBALL Hernando (7-3) seeks to snap 21-year playoff drought at Glen St. Mary-Baker Co. (6-4) By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Nature Coast Technical’s fifth Hernando County and district championships are items for the banquet circuit. The red-hot Sharks – winners of nine straight – since debuting its 15th season on road with a Week 1, 30-27 setback to Orange Park-Ridgeview, opens the Class 5A, Region II playoffs at Shark Tank Stadium….

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Chatman Legacy Continues ….

Spear-headed by a drive by Weeki Wachee’s Patrick Skipper, the City of Brooksville and Hernando County agreed to rename – beginning  at Dec. 6, 2018 at 12:01 a.m – East North Avenue officially Ernie Chatman Run. The school address will be changed about the same time. Chatman, 67, a Florida Athletic Coaches Association and HHS Hall of Famer, passed away during the summer of 2016.

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 11-03)

Alexis Dross – Girls Golf Nature Coast Technical – Senior Dross is a four-year linkster and a three-time All Hernando County selection. The 2018 2A, District 13 and Region V champion, entered her third FHSAA State Finals last week as Howey-in-the-Hills‘ Mission Inn Resort. She departed the pressure-packed, two-day event with a personal best 83-79—162 total, good for 24th overall in the 94-golfer field. Dross, who will be returning to…

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Dross settles for 24th-place, Sharks finish 15th out of 16 teams

GIRLS GOLF By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com A rare third time trip to the Lake County’s 69th annual FHSAA Class 2A State Finals didn’t quite have the deserved effect for Hernando Comity’s lone entry Nature Coast Technical. In last weekend’s star-studded field, the Brooksville-based linksters could not duplicate its top-10 magic of the year before. Instead, NCT finished second to last in 16-team competition along the treacherous Las Colinas course at…

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18-year title drought ends for Powell (8-0), Panthers manhandle Navigators (6-2), 40-0

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Panthers win turnover margin, 3-0, capitalize behind Buratzuk’s 3-TD air raid By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – The 24th and final Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference football game – featuring second-seeded and top-seeded Powell – didn’t follow the script of a nip and tuck regular season. On Tuesday, 18 seasons since Powell claimed its last county title under Mike Garofano – who left to become the…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 11-06)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL  11-06: County Final @ Nature Coast Technical Powell 40, Challenger K-8 0 NOTES – Nightmare night for Navigators … Challenger was out-gained 365=145 …. Navigators lost turnover battle, 3-0, having a punt blocked and suffering two pick sixes for touchdowns …Powell’s Allen Ho collected three passes for 102 yards and two TDs, Jayden Skipper rushed 3 times for game-high 75 yards and scored once on a pass…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 11-10)

(NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 11-06: MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Hernando County Athletic Conference Finals @ Nature Coast Technical No. 2 Challenger K-8 vs. No. 1 seed Powell, 6:30 p.m. 11-09: FHSAA Class 5A Region II Playoffs @ Nature Coast Technical Gainesville=Eastside vs. Nature Coast Technical, 7:30 p.m. @ Glen St Mary Hernando vs. Bakev County, 7L30  p.m. 11-10: CROSS COUNTRY Class 2A State Finals at Tallahassee’s Apalachee Regional…

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Navigators limp into county championship vs. Powell sans its best all-around player: Samuels

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Challenger’s No. 2 running back, Lovell, limited to defense By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The curtains come down in one of the most competitive middle school football seasons in memory at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Shark Tank Stadium. The 2018 Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference title will be decided between top-seeded and undefeated Powell Panthers (7-0) against the No. 2 seed Challenger Navigators (6-1). Ironically, over the…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS (thru 11-09)

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Pat Greenwood (1st Year)   DATE   RACE   SITE   RESULT 08-25 Inverness-Citrus Invitational Inverness-Whispering Pines Park NTS 09-01 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High NTS 09-15 6th Nature Coast Invite Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical NTS 09-29 5th Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Preserve NTS 10-06 22nd Land O’ Lakes Invite Shady Hills-Crews Lake Park NTS 10-11 15th Hernando/Citrus…

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Welcome to Ross Country! Hernando High’s Stalcup advances to states (again)

        REGIONAL BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Saving his best for last, defending Runner of the Year rips season’s best By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Eleven male Hernando County cross country runners began Saturday with an opportunity to reach the promised land: next week’s FHSAA State Finals in Tallahassee. But only one, Hernando High senior Ross Stalcup, advanced. Stalcup, who has had an up and down season, perhaps saved his…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS (thru 11-09)

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Kris Brooks (2nd Year)   DATE   RACE   SITE   RESULT 08-25 Inverness-Citrus Invitational Inverness-Whispering Pines Park NTS 09-01 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High NTS 09-15 6th Nature Coast Invite Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical NTS 09-29 5th Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Preserve NTS 10-06 22nd Land O’ Lakes Invite Shady Hills-Crews Lake Park NTS 10-11 15th Hernando/Citrus…

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Sharks trek to Tallahassee’s FHSAA State Finals for the fifth time 16 years

REGIONAL GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY Springstead places ninth in 3A-II Meet at Lecanto, WWHS’ Newhall ousted By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Of the 15 female Hernando County harriers to compete in this weekend’s stern litmus regional races, seven advanced to “The Show” – the 45th FHSAA Cross Country Finals next Saturday in Leon County. At Lecanto, F.W. Springstead – which returns 11-of-12 starters – placed ninth in the 13-team Class 3A, Region…

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Hornets tie record, post school=best fourth win, baffling Bucs, 50-14

FOOTBALL Class, Vance combine for 268 yards, 5 TDs, Strickland swipes two passes for scores By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – In the final tilt of Year 7, Weeki Wachee tied the school record set in 2015 for the most single season wins (4). The US-19 gridders handed punchless Gulf High (1-9 overall) its 38th loss across in last 40 games Friday night at Hornets’ Nest, 50-14. The heroes…

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Hernando County Prep Football Scoreboard Week 12 Results (thru 11-02)

FOOTBALL 11-02 Week 12 Results: @ Weeki Wachee Weeki Wachee 50, Gulf 14 @ Brooksville Nature Coast Technical 34, IMG White 10 10-26 Week 11 Results: @ Lecanto Nature Coast Technical 36, Lecanto 0 10-26 Week 10 Results: @ Brooksville Nature Coast Technical 35, Hernando 14 @ Brooksville Land O’ Lakes-Sunlake 30, Central 6 @ Weeki Wachee Crystal River 32, Week Wachee 22 @ Springstead Springstead 48, Dade City-Pasco 8…

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Sharks chasing Region II’s top seed, host IMG White

FOOTBALL Weeki Wachee hosts Gulf, as Sykora eyes rare 2,000- yard passing plateau By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In a relatively quiet Week 12 menu, Central (0-10) and Springstead (7-3) have concluded its regular season schedules. The Eagles are holding out its faint bowl game hopes for a last-second opponent to agree to play next week – otherwise its 43rd season is a lock. Hernando (7-3), which is davoring a bye…

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