Sasha Garcia, Mom Anna, Dad Edward, Florida College Coach David Castille.Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Wheeling, dealing is at the heart of center midfielder Sasha Garcia’s game

GIRLS SOCCER Sixth-best assist total allows SHS graduate to sign with NAIA Florida College BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com So what do U.S. President Donald Trump and legendary TV game show host Monty Hall have in common? They’re best known for “Let’s Make Deal”. Now what does recent 2017 F.W. Springstead center midfielder Sasha Monique Garcia have in common with Trump and 2007 American Game Show Host Hall of Famer Hall…

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Kimberly Gibson, Mom Maria Leon, Dad Chris Leon, Florida College Coach David Castille.Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Ex-Eagle standout Gibson is another reason to ‘Fear the Falcon’

  GIRLS SOCCER All-County performer inks with NAIA’s Florida College Falcons in Temple Terrace BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Another local product, 2017 F.W. Springstead graduate Kimberly Andrea Gibson, has signed with NAIA’s Florida College Falcons soccer squad based in Temple Terrace. Under skipper David Castillo, the Falcons have mined the Hernando County turf and signed NCT’s Santina Paonessa, Central’s Regina Sameri and Springstead’s Sasha Garcia and Gibson. Gibson 411 Kim…

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Preaseason Clash 4 Clayton

“Preseason Clash 4 Clayton” set for Aug. 12 at SHS’ Booster Stadium

FOOTBALL All proceeds will benefit 1-year-old Clayton Mahler’s battle against cancer BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Former Hudson High head football coach Rob Mahler is no longer pacing the West Pasco County sidelines. For good reason, he stepped down after last season. Mahler, a father of two, and his wife Jordan, are fighting the biggest battle of their lives as their one-year-old son, Clayton, was diagnosed with pediatric cancer. Springstead High…

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Tom Daugherty Winner, George?. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Spring Hill Lanes’ PBA Pro-Am, Southern Regional set this weekend

BOWLING SPRING HILL – The 2017 Pro Bowlers Association (PBA) ProAm set for Friday, July 21 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way (US 19), Spring Hill. Don’t miss you chance to bowl with the pros! Spring Hill Lanes is also hosting the 29th annual Professional Bowlers Association Southern Regional on July 22-23. Some of the finest bowlers in the Southern United States will converge on to Hernando County facility….

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Sierra Remondelli.
Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2017 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS TENNIS

GIRLS TENNIS BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Sierra Remondelli Nature Coast Technical – Sophomore COMMENTS: Second-year netter … Repeat All-Hernando County selection … Edged HCA senior Katherine Moore for Player of the Year laurels … Broke in as a freshman in 2016 with a splash … Paced all Hernando County netters with a 16-4 overall mark … Though NCT placed third in the 2A-7 Tourney at…

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Carter McNamara. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2017 HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS TENNIS SCOREBOARD

BOYS TENNIS 2017 Final Hernando Christian Academy Lions Results 02-13: Hernando Christian Academy at Pasco Pasco 6, HCA 0 Singles: (pro set) No. 1 – Harrison Phillips (PAS) won by forfeit. No. 2 – Brent Charlick (PAS) def. Jason Xu, 8-1. No. 3 – Aaron Leslie (PAS) def. Jamie Vanderveken, 8-3. No. 4 – Robby Princinato (PAS) def. Bailey Probus, 8-5. No. 5 – Vinson Telfire (PAS) def. Li Mingri,…

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Springstead's Alex Hoover Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2017 ALL-COUNTY BOYS TENNIS

BOYS TENNIS BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year No. 1 Singles – Alex Hoover Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Rare four-year letterman … Four-time All-County selection …Voted Player of the Year in 2017 after being named All-County in singles at the sport’s hardest position: No. 1 singles and also being chosen All-County in doubles for a fourth straight season … Broke in as a freshman in 2014 turning heads…

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Kyra Leonard

Former Explorer mentor Kyra Leonard tabbed SHS’ new volleyball coach

VOLLEYBALL Springstead skipper is school’s third coach in four seasons BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com When Kaitlin Wadsworth was not renewed as Springstead High’s volleyball coach early this season, first-year SHS Athletic Director Dustin Kupcik admittedly had a number of available suitors. Never did he think that the Spring Hill spikers would not have a coach in place by the end of the 2016-17 school year. Unfortunately, one-by-one each potential candidate…

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2017 Jessica Osborne 2

‘Almost like a dream come true’ says ex-Shark Osborne signing with NAIA’s Warner University Royals

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING Two-time district champion lifter, won districts in 2017 PV BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com 2017 Nature Coast Technical graduate Jessica Marie Osborne believes she’s living proof that dreams do come true. Despite a diminutive stature., the pint-size pistol of an athlete at 5-foot-2 and 115 pounds soaking wet, earned seven varsity letters: four in track and field and three in weightlifting. Osborne, 18, reached the FHSAA’s elite meet twice…

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Josh Rivera

Ex-Bear Rivera lands at linebacker for D-II Lincoln University in Pennsylvania

FOOTBALL Two-time All-County gridder, district champ lifter is newest Lion BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com On Aug. 7, Spring Hill’s Joshua “Josh” Anthony Rivera begins the next chapter of his life. In reality, he’s he been prepping for this moment for as long as he has walked this earth. Rivera, 17, signed a letter of intent to play D-II football beginning next month for Lincoln University, which lies about 40 minutes…

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Santina Paonessa

Ex-NCT Homecoming Queen Paonessa inks as defender with NAIA’s Florida College Falcons

GIRLS SOCCER Three-year Shark letterman reports to Temple Terrace campus BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com One of the most perplexing local trivia questions is when is any football player crowned Homecoming Queen? It’s never happened in a century of prep football, right? Wrong. The exception is when the gridder in question is a female football player, dba as placekicker. Prior to last season, third-year NCT football mentor Justin Worden was in…

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Jayna Tyler

Rare air: NCT’s Tyler inks with D-I University of South Carolina Upstate Spartans

GIRLS SOCCER Three-year Sharks‘ starter tallied 42 goals, added 17 assists BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Despite one of the worst seasons of female soccer in 27 winters – where all five Hernando County programs failed to have one team reach .500 – for the second straight time a local player has signed to play at the NCAA’s elite Division-I level. 2017 Nature Coast Technical striker Jayna Morgan Tyler signed with…

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Hernando High's Tai Hayes concentrates during the 100 meter hurdle. She finished fifth. Photo by JOE DICRISTOFALO

2017 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS TRACK & FIELD RECAPS

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2017 Central Bears Head Coach – Amanda Flateau (1st Year) DATE EVENT SITE RESULT 02-15 Tarpon Springs-East Lake Early Bird Inv. Away 24th/24 teams 02-17 Holiday-Anclote Away 8th/8 teams 03-03 New Port Richey-Mitchell Invitational Away 19th/19 teams 03-09 Dade City-Pasco Invitational Away 10th/10 teams 03-21 Inverness-Citrus High’s Doug Patton Memorial Away 13th/13 teams 04-06 Hernando/Citrus County Championship Away 9th/9 teams 04-21…

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Nature Coast's Leah Marville took the 1600 meter run in 5:44.46. Photo by JOE DICRISTOFALO

2017 ALL-COUNTY GIRLS TRACK & FIELD

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Athlete of the Year – Jacy Scharlow High Jump Springstead – Junior COMMENTS: Three-year letterman … Three-time All-Hernando County selection in one event, her specialty: the high jump … Rare three-time state qualifier … Only Hernando County female to return with a state medal in 2017 … As a freshman in 2015, Scharlow competed in 10 meets and never finished below fifth…

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Gilbert Delgado

Versatile Delgado joins NAIA’s Webber International University Warriors

FOOTBALL NCT three-sport letter winner recruited as slot back receiver BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com 2017 Nature Coast Technical graduate Gilbert Rafael Delgado, who earned nine athletic letters, including eight across three varsity venues – football, soccer and track and field – remains active each morning this summer rising up at 5 a.m. for his two-hour workout. Delgado, 19, who works out five days a week alternating between running and lifting…

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Hernando High's Ross Stalcup was edged in the final straight of the 1600 meter final by John Jessup from Gulf High. Photo by JOE DICRISTOFALO

2017 Final Hernando County Boys Track and Field Recaps

BOYS TRACK & FIELD – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2017 Central Bears Head Coach – Kevin Ballard (2nd Year) DATE EVENT SITE RESULT 02-15 Tarpon Springs-East Lake Early Bird Inv. Away 24th/24 teams 02-17 Holiday-Anclote Invitational Away 6th (T)/8 teams 03-03 New Port Richey-Mitchell Invitational Away 19th/19 teams 03-09 Dade City-Pasco Invitational Away 10th/10 teams 03-21 Inverness-Citrus High’s Doug Patton Memorial Away 12th/12 teams 04-06 Hernando/Citrus County Championship Away 9th/9…

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Manuel

Springstead’s Manuel nearly runs the table to earn AOY laurels

BOYS TRACK Eagles junior garners eight wins in 10 meets, county’s lone state medal BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Greatness isn’t always measured with one fortunate swing or toss, but rather over time. Stats, as they say, don’t lie, either. Neither does consistency and resolve. F.W. Springstead junior Kyle Thomas Manuel brought a determination, and ardent consistency to forge a tremendously successful 2017 track and field season in Hernando County. How…

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Nature Coast Technical's Dontay Washington passes the baton to Anchor, Nickinson Sineus. The Sharks won the 4 x 100 in a time of 44.23. Taye Moodie and Len'kel Smith rounded out the squad. Photo by JOE DICRISTOFALO

2017 ALL-COUNTY BOYS TRACK & FIELD

BOYS TRACK & FIELD BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Athlete of the Year – Kyle Manuel Discus, Shot Put Springstead – Junior COMMENTS: Three-sport student/athlete at F.W. Springstead in football, weightlifting and track & field while maintaining a 3.75 unweighted and 4.1 weighted grade point average … Named All-Hernando County in track for a third season … Voted Boys Track Athlete of the Year for the first time … In the…

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Standing, Grandfather Roddy Rodriquez. Seated, Mom, Stacy, Marcus and Gail Rodriguez. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Central southpaw Rodriguez chases dream by inking with John Wood Community College

  BASEBALL The three-year letterman dreams of returning to Florida to play at USF or UNF BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Another of Central High’s eight seniors from its 17-10 2017 varsity baseball team, Marcus Jelaelan Rodriguez, yearns to a be trivia answer one day. Specifically, the 18-year-old southpaw would like to be the first-ever player to play in the Major Leagues from his birthplace, the Republic of the Marshall Islands….

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