2018 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS TRACK & FIELD RECAPS

BOYS TRACK & FIELD – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2018 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS TRACK & FIELD RECAPS 2018 Central Bears Head Coach – Kris Brooks (1st Year)   DATE   EVENT   SITE   RESULT 02-13 Lecanto Invitational Away 6th/8 teams 02-16 Spring Hill-Springstead Invitational Home 10th/12 teams 02-22 Brooksville-Hernando Kiwanis Away 9th/9 teams 03-02 Bushnell-South Sumter Invitational Away 10th/15 teams 03-27 Eagle Relays Away 3:30 p.m. 04-04 Hernando/Citrus…

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Doubling the pleasure: Springstead’s Manuel repeats as Athlete of the Year

BOYS TRACK & FIELD 2018 Eagles’ graduate inks with NAIA’s Southeastern University after collecting two state medals By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com This year’s balloting for Hernando County’s Track Athlete of the Year whittled down to three extremely qualified choices. Each candidate – Central junior Tayvon Brown, Springstead junior JaCorey Hartman and Springstead’s Kyle Thomas Manuel – specialized in multiple events. Most importantly, each returned home with an FHSAA State Finals…

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2018 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS TRACK & FIELD

BOYS TRACK & FIELD By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Athlete of the Year – Kyle Manuel Discus, Shot Put Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Three-sport student-athlete at F.W. Springstead in football, weightlifting and track & field while maintaining a 3.8 unweighted and 4.1 weighted grade point average … Named All-County in football in 2017 … Tabbed All-Hernando County in track for a fourth straight season … Is the first four-time All-County trackster…

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Imagine that, the next at-bat for ex-Bear Matt (Voda) at Hillsborough Community College

BASEBALL Four-year Central High southpaw hurler lands at Tampa’s HCC By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Imagine being fortunate enough to play high school athletics in the Sunshine State. Now, envision beginning the next level of your baseball career remaining in state. For those reasons, life is good for recent Central High graduate Matthew “Matt” John Voda. After a four-year stint with the Ken Austin Parkway Bears, the 18-year-old Voda will report…

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Spring Hill Lanes hosts Southern Open on July 20-22

BOWLING Spring Hill Lanes hosting several July events including Southern Open SPRING HILL – In July, several Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) events are scheduled for Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way (US 19), Spring Hill. The bowling center will host a scratch sweeper on Sunday, July 8, a prelude to Spring Hill Southern Open on July 20-22. Anyone is invited to roll with the pros on Friday, July 20‘s 9-Pin, No…

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Sting ’n Shoot Passing League Football Tourney set for Thursday, June 28, at WWHS

FOOTBALL Six area high school teams will play a pool play 7-man event along three fields WEEKI WACHEE – With just over six weeks prior to mid-August fall classic football games, six area teams will converge (weather permitting) Thursday morning at the Hornets’ Nest at Weeki Wachee High School for a 7-Man Passing League Football Tournament. According to tourney coordinator, Jacob Gray of WWHS, the six participating squads will feature…

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Trading Places: Vonada relocates to Weeki Wachee, Lee switches to Hernando

FOOTBALL Ex- Hornet Athletic Director Lee and Endeavor’s Ruiz to HHS, Vonada takes reins as WWHS AD By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In an ever-changing world of professional and collegiate athletics, trades take place every day. Mostly lateral moves to new locales. Now, no one locally had ever heard of Springstead High School’s physical education instructor. Frank Vitale, maintaining his PE slot on the Mariner Boulevard campus while being hired as…

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Gates’ traits lead mates to new fates, third POY honor

BASEBALL Fourth-year Shark rewrites NCT record book behind 40 hits, 10 HRs, 48 RBI By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Cooperstown, N.Y. is recognized as the home for professional baseball’s best of the best. The Baseball Hall of Fame serves as a landmark site for fans of all ages of the American past time. If there was prep baseball Hall of Fame locally, instead of admiring Gehrig, Ruth or even Clemente as…

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2018 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BASEBALL

BASEBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Jonathan “J.P.” Gates Nature Coast Technical – Senior COMMENTS: Rare four-year starter … Three-time All-Hernando County selection … Chosen Player of the Year for the third time … At 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, he’s perhaps the best two-way player ever from Hernando County … Certainly a five-tool player … As a freshman, Gates batted .284 breaking in with 21 hits in 22…

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After weighing pros and cons, Weeki Wachee’s Pons inks with D-III Lynx

SOFTBALL Hornet hurler signs academic scholarship to Rhodes College By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Weeki Wachee’s school record holding pitcher, right-hander Abigail Jean Pons, is less than eight weeks away from relocating to her new digs. Pons, 18, a four-year letter winner with the Lady Hornets under Charlene Ross, signed an academic scholarship and will receive additional grants in aid to attend Division III Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. According to…

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It’s no ruse as team-first Cruz inks with D-I UNF Ospreys

SOFTBALL Four-time All-County selection hit a collective .395 average with 98 RBI By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The 29th Hernando County fast-pitch season yielded a bountiful harvest unseen in these parts. Three local players – Nature Coast Technical’s Chayse Skinner and Springstead’s Paige Pfent and Kayla Adrea Cruz all inked Division I national letter of intents. In county history, that’s never happened before. Skinner signed with University of Tennessee at Martin…

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Sorrentino: Newest Night Hawk ready to rock

BASEBALL After two seasons with Bishop State Wildcats, ex-Bear inks with Thomas U. By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The next rung on the baseball ladder for Spring Hill’s Thomas Cody Sorrentino is NAIA’s Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia. The newest Night Hawk arrives in the Peach State fresh from two seasons of junior college activity with the Bishop State Community College Wildcats in Mobile, Alabama. The 6-foot, 210-pound southpaw pitcher and…

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It’s all the rage: Springstead’s Paige (Pfent) voted Player of the Year (again)

  SOFTBALL Senior catcher leaves a legacy by rewriting SHS, county record books By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com As the curtains came down on Year 39 of Hernando County fast-pitch softball, so ended the prep career of perhaps its best-ever player. Spring Hill’s Paige Pfent concluded her fourth prep season with several calling cards. The 5-foot-7, 180-pound receiver was a catalyst in leading the Lady Eagles to an outstanding 97-17 run…

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2018 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Paige Pfent Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Four-year starter … Rare four-time All-Hernando County selection … Voted two-time Hernando County Player of the Year … Was a stellar student-athlete maintaining a 3.7 unweighted and a 4.3 weighted grade point average …As a freshman in 2015, Pfent turned heads on defense and at the plate … A natural field general behind the…

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Can’t dismiss Chris (Morales) as Hernando County’s mat king

2018 WRESTLER OF THE YEAR Springstead junior notched 50 wins, 33 pins, and placed in all eight IBTs in 2017-18 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Despite Hernando County not crowning its 48th state champion at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee this past mat season, the circuit’s finest grappler wasn’t hard to decipher. Springstead junior Christopher Ian Morales was the unanimous selection for Wrestler of the Year. Morales, 17, dominated the…

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2017-18 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY WRESTLING

WRESTLING By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Wrestler of the Year 138 – Chris Morales Springstead – Junior COMMENTS: Relocated from New Jersey back to Spring Hill… Repeat All-Hernando County selection … First-time Wrestler of the Year … Athletically gifted … Super quick on his feet … Is a takedown machine … Terrific rookie campaign in 2016-17, notching 35 wins across 44 matches (80 percent) … Finished runner-up at Springstead Invitational before…

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