Post-season arrives with wide-open tourney field in 6A-7 while Mitchell expected to rule 7A-8

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Three Hernando County spiker squads open Monday at Hernando High By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com If the regular season was a precursor of what’s coming up in first leg of this week’s FHSAA state series, local teams had better buckle up. Six Hernando County volleyball programs are vying to become the first local program to return home as the eventual 44th FHSAA State Finals champion. District play begins Monday…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 10-21)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 10-16: VOLLEYBALL Class 6A, District 7 Tournament at Hernando High Nature Coast Technical – bye. Game 1 – No. 6 seed Inverness-Citrus vs. No. 3 seed Lecanto, 4 p.m. Game 2 – No. 7 seed Central vs. No. 2 seed Weeki Wachee, 5:30 p.m. Game 3 – No. 5 seed Hernando High vs. No. 4 seed Crystal River, 7 p.m….

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Lady Sharks on the brink of 2A-13 three-repeat at Silverthorn CC

GIRLS GOLF Unbeaten NCT (11-0) linksters Dross, Muscianese in scuffle for medalist honors By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The Nature Coast Technical girls golf team enters the post season with momentum and all hands on deck. Forget the Lady Sharks’ 38-match regular-season win skein dating back to its last dual-meet loss on Sept. 30, 2014 to archrival Hernando, 218-191, NCT has larger aspirations walking into Tuesday’s seven-team Class 2A, District 13…

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2017 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS GOLF RECAPS (thru 10-15)

GIRLS GOLF – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2017 Central Bears Head Coach – Penny Gressick (2nd Year: 0-8-0; 2-14-0 lifetime) DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME/RESULT 08-24 Nature Coast Technical Brooksville-Southern Hills Plantation L NTS-198 09-19 Spingstead Spring Hill-Oak Hills GC L 270-252 09-20 Nature Coast Technical Spring Hill-Silverthorn CC L 270-190 09-21 Springstead Brooksville-Southern Hills Plantation L 254-243 09-28 Hernando Brooksville CC L 295-264 10-03 Weeki Wachee Weeki Wachee-GlenLakes G&CC L…

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Sharks’ four-peat quest begins Monday at GlenLakes G&CC

BOYS GOLF Medalist honors battle expected to be between NCT’s Felts & Dono, SHS’ Maharaj By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Typically on Mondays GlenLakes Golf & Country Club’s golf course is closed for regular maintenance. But on Monday, Oct. 16, there will be an exception. The private 18-hole course covering 6,782 yards was gracious enough to allow Weeki Wachee High School to host the seven-team, Class 2A, District 13 Boys Golf…

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2017 HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS GOLF RECAPS (thru 10-15)

BOYS GOLF – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2017 Central Bears Head Coach – Tyson Ellis (5th Year: 4-7-1 overall; 18-34-2 lifetime)   DATE   OPPONENT   SITE   TIME/RESULT 08-22 Springstead Brooksville-Hernando Oaks GC L 221-205 08-24 Nature Coast Technical Brooksville-Southern Hills Plantation L 215-181 09-20 Nature Coast Technical Spring Hill-Silverthorn CC L 217-189 09-21 Dade City-Pasco Brooksville-Southern Hills Plantation L 170-NTS 09-21 Weeki Wachee Brooksville-Southern Hills Plantation T NTS-NTS…

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2017 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL 2017 Final Hernando County Girls Volleyball Standings – Compiled by TONY CASTRO PL. TEAM W L .PCT 1. Spring Hill-Springstead$ 7 0 1.000 2. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 5 3 .625 3. Weeki Wachee 4 3 .571 4. Brooksville-Hernando 3 5 .375 5. Brooksville-Central 0 8 .000 TOTALS (5) 19 19 .500 $ Denotes Hernando County champion. 2017 Class 6A, District 7 Final Girls Volleyball Regular Season Standings –…

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2017 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL RECAPS (thru 10-15)

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2017 Central Bears Head Coach: Erin Clark (2nd Year: 0-16; 0-32 lifetime overall) DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME/RESULT 08-22 Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical#* Away L 8-25, 10-25, 13-25 08-24 Weeki Wachee#* Away L 10-25, 13-25, 12-25 08-29 Inverness-Citrus# Away L 10-25, 13-25, 16-25 08-31 Crystal River# Away L 6-25, 11-25, 16-25 09-05 Brooksville-Hernando#* Away L 23-25, 8-25, 18-25 09-18 Spring Hill-Springstead* Away L 5-25, 14-25,…

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Hernando applies the lumber, hammers Weeki Wachee, 49-7

FOOTBALL After a first-play fumble, Leopards score touchdowns on its last seven possessions By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – On Hernando High’s first offensive snap, senior slot back and do-everything Ygenio Booker gained 11 yards, but committed a Cardinal sin losing the fumble in traffic. Weeki Wachee sophomore Michael McMurray recovered. It would be one of only two Hornet highlights in the game. The next snap at 8:54 showing…

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2017 HERNANDO COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-13)

FOOTBALL 10-13: WEEK 8 @ Spring Hill Springstead 14, Land O’ Lakes 7 @ Weeki Wachee Hernando 49, Weeki Wachee 7 @ Brooksville Crystal River 22, Central 6 @ Brooksville NCT 67, Lecanto 0 10-06: WEEK 7 @ New Port Richey Mitchell 28, Springstead 7 @ Brooksville NCT 48, Weeki Wachee 8 @ Inverness Citrus 21, Central 14 10-03: @ Brooksville NCT 28, Central 26 09-29: WEEK 6 @ Weeki…

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District-leading Leopards return to work, trek to Weeki Wachee; Sharks celebrate homecoming

FOOTBALL Visiting HHS begins three-game in-county stretch at Hornets’ Nest By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Many fans believe 5A-7 leaders Hernando and Nature Coast Technical are on a collision course of destiny. The two-time defending district champion Sharks just completed one of its toughest stretches playing three games in seven days and coming out the other end of the tunnel 2-1. The Sharks (4-1 overall, 2-0 5A-7) will celebrate its homecoming…

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Sharks hoist Hernando-Citrus Distance Classic title trophy, topple runner-up Lecanto, 53-63

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY NCT’s Escamilla, Iacopelli, Ryczek place among top 10 pacing sixth county crown By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Of Hernando County’s five harriers who placed among the top 10 in Thursday’s 94-runner 14th Hernando-Citrus Distance Classic at McKethan Lake, three emerged from Nature Coast Technical. The 2A-7 Sharks, who placed a distant fifth in this event last fall, bunched its top five thinclads among the initial 15…

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Lady Sharks continue to sizzle, grab Hernando-Citrus Distance Classic, edging Citrus, 44-52

  GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY NCT’s DeRonda, Escamilla & Barbee, SHS’ Kanaar among top 10 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – For the fifth time in six seasons and third straight year, Nature Coast Technical earned the Hernando County Girls Cross Country Championship at the conclusion of Thursday’s seven-team 14th annual Hernando-Citrus Distance Classic at McKethan Lake. Moreover, the Lady Sharks reeled off its third consecutive win this season claiming its…

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In battle for first place, Navigators cage Bobcats for the fourth straight season, 32-8

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Challenger tailback Owen Andress adds 8th, 9th, 10th TDs; defense yields 2 first downs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Save for a brilliant fake punt run for 66 yards on the final play of the third quarter by David Rivera, the host Explorer K-8 Bobcats were stymied Tuesday night Booster Stadium by the swarming and tenacious Challenger K-8 defense. On a night where the Bobcats…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-10)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-10: West Hernando – bye @ Springstead Challenger K-8 32, Explorer K-8 8 @ Weeki Wachee Winding Waters 26, Powell 20 @ Central Parrott 54, Fox Chapel 0 NOTE: Parrott’s Gabe Tafelski and Jordan Williams each returned interceptions for touchdowns … Williams added three receptions for over 80 yards and one other score … The shutout was Fox Chapel’s 11th in a row dating back to 2015….

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 10-07)

Erin Mause – Volleyball Springstead – Sophomore According to Springstead’s first-year mentor Kyra Leonard, the first-year starter Mause at libero is “the glue that holds our defense together.” In a week that saw the Lady Eagles fall twice to 7A state semifinalist Mitchell and solve Nature Coast Technical, the 5-foot-3 defender stands second on the team in digs (76) and ranks third on the team in serving percentage (95 percent),…

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