Felice returns to the Weeki Wachee mat program he founded

WRESTLING In 5 years, the math instructor guided the Hornets to a district title By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The lone Weeki Wachee High School mentor to ever guide a male Hornets team to a district championship – Joe Felice – has returned the Vespa Way campus. Felice, who’ll turn 45 this year, recently transferred back to Weeki Wachee High School from Central High to fill the vacancy left by Dan…

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D-III Berry College Vikings place faith in Springstead’s Aten

  VOLLEYBALL 5-foot-9 outside hitter, middle hitter named All-County four times By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com F.W. Springstead’s finest volleyball player last fall – recent graduate – Jennifer Michelle Aten – will be journeying approximately 7½ hours from Spring Hill to her new digs: Division III Berry College Vikings in Mount Berry, Georgia. The journey – mostly up I-75 – is expected to stretch 543 miles.. The 5-foot-9, 140-pounder is expected…

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Springstead spiker DeLoach bound for D-III Mitchell College Mariners

VOLLEYBALL 5-foot-5 outside hitter will journey over 19 hrs., 1,240 miles to next home By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Life-long Hernando County resident Olivia Whitney DeLoach has opted to resettle in Connecticut to begin the next phase of her life. After the 5-foot-5, 125-pound outside hitter completed her fourth volleyball season for Springstead High – the last three campaigns at the varsity level – she signed a national letter of intent…

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Meet the Cadillac of Hernando County baseball: Springstead’s Jasiak

BASEBALL Three-time All-County selection edges teammate Lantigua for POY laurels By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com   F.W. Springstead’s recent graduate Jiovel Lantigua pieced together one of the most spectacular prep seasons ever witnessed in 2019. The 6-foot, 235-pound Dominican Republic dandy with the soft hands, but a big left-handed bat barreled through the Eagles’ 22-5 campaign. The Tampa=born Lantigua led the county in hitting at .412, hits (35), runs scored (32),…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BASEBALL TEAM

BASEBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Jack Jasiak Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Four–year letterman, three-year starter … Three-time All-Hernando County selection … Outstanding student/athlete who maintained a 3.9 unweighted and 4.2 weighted grade point average… At 6-foot-1, 200-pounds, Jasiak edged out the county’s Triple Crown winner – teammate Jiovel Lantigua – for 2019 Hernando County Player of the Year laurels, 3-2 … In 2017, he ranked…

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Crystal Automotive Southern Open set for Spring Hill Lanes on Aug. 2-4

  BOWLING Tampa-Riverview’s Daughety is a 4-time defending champion SPRING HILL – The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) tour meanders its way to the Sunshine State in August at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way (US 19), Spring Hill. The defending champion is Tampa-Riverview’s Tom Daugherty. Daugherty, a four-time Spring Hill Open champ, also won this event in 2006, 2008, and 2016. For PBA and PWBA members the entry fee for…

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Lady Leopards’ mound ace Shenefield tabbed Hernando County’s Player of the Year

SOFTBALL Recent HHS graduate who rewrote county records, preps for D-II Rollins College By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Lessons are always learned by studying history. Hopefully, not to duplicate many of the same mistakes. In athletics, opportunities are granted, not handed out like Halloween treats. So given any opportunity to play, each student/athlete has to maximize his/her chance. History tells us that’s what happened with the New York Yankees when first…

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New terrain for Torain: Eagle grad signs with JUCO Northland Community and Tech

BASKETBALL Three-year starter journeys to Thief River, Minnesota By TONY CASTRO Hernando Sport.com   College prospects are rarely fortunate enough to travel to a neighboring county – say to New Port Richey’s Pasco-Hernando State College – to begin the next chapter of their lives. It’s never that easy. A prime example of the transition is recent F.W. Springstead graduate Sincere Shakoor Torian. When the 18-year-old Torain reports to college –…

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Springstead’s Morales inks with NAIA‘s Campbellsville University Tigers in Kentucky

WRESTLING Eagle captain competed for 3 varsity seasons reaching states thrice, placing twice By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com     Hernando County’s top prep grappler over the past three winters – Springstead’s Christopher Ian Morales – has selected a new home. After whittling his choice of college to four schools, Morales, 18, selected NAIA’s Campbellsville, Kentucky. Morales mulled over offers from Lakeland’s Southeastern University and Keiser University in West Palm Beach…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY SOFTBALL TEAM

SOFTBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Ali Shenefield Hernando High – Senior COMMENTS: Fourth-year varsity letterman … Three-time All-Hernando County selection … Feted as 2019’s Hernando County Player of the Year … Broke in as a freshman in 2016 at third base and collected 26 hits in 26 games batting .342 … Concluded the season as the Lady Leopards’ mound ace … Showed flashes of brilliance…

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Western Michigan product Walden becomes Bears’ 10th head football coach

FOOTBALL Former Explorer K-8 PE teacher served as athletic director, head football, track coach for 8 years By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – The search to fill Central High School’s one-month old vacant head coaching football position concluded Wednesday. CHS Athletic Director Al Sorrentino announced via a one-sentence text that, “Central High School is happy to announce the hiring of Rob Walden as our next Head Varsity Football Coach.” Walden,…

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Springstead’s Lantigua inks with D-I UMass Lowell River Hawks

BASEBALL Eagle first sacker wins county Triple Crown in batting, homers, RBI By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Time, it’s been said, heals all. It couldn’t be truer than with the swing of Spring Hill’s Jiovel Lantigua. In three short varsity baseball seasons at F.W. Springstead High School, the stocky, 6-foot, 235-pounder has transformed his game. As a freshman, he joined the baseball team under skipper Shawn Laferty. Laferty, who is not…

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Weeki Wachee’s Facey inks with D-III NC Wesleyan

FOOTBALL Multi-sport Hornet lettered in football, basketball, wrestling By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Weeki Wachee’s Jahkiye Rymel Facey recently became the third member of the 2018 Hornet football team to join Division-III North Carolina Wesleyan at Rocky Mount, NC. Unlike the other two “good hands” products in Sebastian Class and Brian Strickland, the 6-foot-1, 250-pound Facey made his living along the trenches. Facey, 18, played football for two seasons – alternating…

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It’s Miller’s Time! 2019 Hernando County Player of the Year

GIRLS TENNIS Reaches rugged 3A-5 district finals at No. 1 singles and doubles By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Players of Year in any athletic endeavor typically stand out. Most, however, are never freshmen. F.W. Springstead High’s Jolie Karis Miller is one of those rare exceptions. Miller, who recently turned 15, was an integral part of the Lady Eagles’ unbeaten Hernando County champion 12-0 season in 2019. The leggy 5-foot-6, 112-pounder, created…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS TENNIS TEAM

GIRLS TENNIS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Jolie Miller Springstead – Freshman COMMENTS: Initial varsity season … First-time All-Hernando County selection … Outstanding student/athlete as a member of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at SHS … Maintains a 4.0 unweighted and 4.2 weighted grade point average … Anchored the arduous No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles positions for the unbeaten Hernando County champion Eagles ……

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Ex-Hornet wideout Strickland rebrands with D-III North Carolina Wesleyan Battling Bishops

Set county records for career two-point attempts (19), most 2-point conversions (15) By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com   Weeki Wachee Hornets wide receiver/defensive back Brian Andrew Strickland felt – at times – like he was the proverbial Maytag repair man. You know the guy that everyone goes to when things aren’t working right, but is always there when they’re not. The sleek built – 6-foot-3, 185-pounder – demonstrated moments of brilliance…

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After Springstead’s Reynolds wraps up prep career; signs with D-III University of Mount Union Raiders

WRESTLING In three varsity seasons on the mat, Reynolds reaches states twice By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Few, if any, prep athletes have enjoyed the meteoric rise in such a short span as Christian Joseph Reynolds. Reynolds, who walked into the famed F.W. Springstead wrestling room as a freshman – quit the team for two weeks before returning. Lacking confidence – as most young men do at 14 – the then…

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