Stern litmus tests await county’s final 26 harriers

REGIONAL CROSS COUNTRY Coveted trip to the FHSAA State Finals at Tallahassee on the line Bt TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County’s final 26 distance runners will be seeking a berth in Saturday, Nov. 10’s prestigious FHSAA State Finals at Leon County. At Hernando Beach’s Weeki Wachee Preserve, the Class 2A, Region II Meet is set for 8:30 a.m. female start followed by the boys’ race at 9:05 a.m. The female…

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Sharks’ Dross hopes third time is a charm

STATE GIRLS GOLF Brooksville linksters seek to top last season’s ninth- place finish in Lake County By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Nature Coast Technical’s girls’ golf team is the lone Hernando County representative in Friday’s 69th Class 2A FHSAA State Finals. Despite not losing to any Hernando County squad, and capturing 2A-13 crown and finishing runner-up to stout Sunlake in regionals, there’s one more order of business. After Thursday’s practice round,…

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 10-27)

Jodi Page – Girls Volleyball Nature Coast Technical – Senior Page is a four-year volleyball letterman, the last two as a starter. During last Tuesday’s Class 6A, Region II quarterfinal win over visiting River Ridge, she was in on three digs and served up a pair of aces. Jodi, who maintains a 3.45 unweighted and 3.51 weighted grade point average, is also in her first year as member of the…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS GOLF RECAPS (thru 11-01)

GIRLS GOLF – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2018 Hernando Leopards Head Coach – Casey Ellis (8th Year: 8-2-0; 40-29-2 lifetime) DATE OPPONENT SITE RESULT 08-21 Weeki Wachee Weeki Wachee-GlenLakes G&CC W 227-NTS 08-30 Central Brooksville-Southern Hills Plantation W 240-278 09-04 Inverness-Citrus Inverness-Lakeside CC W 261-NTS 09-06 Springstead Brooksville CC W 258-269 09-06 Central Brooksville CC W 238-NTS 09-18 Springstead Spring Hill-Oak Hills GC W 235-247 09-18 Central Spring Hill-Oak Hills…

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Déjà vu: Panthers fumble in final minute, Navigators cash in on 16-yard TD pass from Nowlan to Joyner for game winner, 21-14

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Challenger K-8’s two top backs – Samuels, Lovell – suffer hamstring injuries By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – The football gods must be looking down favorably upon Challenger K-8 skipper David Barrett. After winning three games by a combined nine points, the Navigators pulled another rabbit out of the hat Tuesday night at Booster Stadium. With 40 seconds remaining in a 14-14 game, Explorer’s Christian Hobbs…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-30)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-30: County Semifinals @ Nature Coast Technical Powell 33, Parrott 6 NOTES – Powell scored two touchdowns within the game’s initial 30 seconds to lead 14-0 and never looked back … Offensively, eighth-grader Allan Ho scored a pair of touchdown runs … Seventh-grader Jayden Skipper scored three times, two on TD pass receptions and another on a punt return …. Carlos Rodriguez also scored on a screen…

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Final Four arrives; Parrott vs. Powell at NCT, Explorer vs. Challenger K-8 at SHS

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Can new-look Leopards solve top-seeded Panthers? Bobcats, Navigators in rematch By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In a season steeped in parity, the Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Final Four football playoffs rev up Tuesday night at two venues. The two victors will meet next week for the winner-take-all county crown. At F.W, Springstead, the No. 3 seed Explorer Bobcats (3-3) tangle in a rematch against No. 2…

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Gore warns, ‘Forget the records’, as Lady Sharks (25-1) face solid Falcons (13-12)

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Defending regional finalist Fivay seeks repeat Class 6A, Region II final berth By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Both Nature Coast Technical and Hudson-Fivay are a win shy of a regional final berth entering Tuesday night’s Class 6A, Region II semifinals in West Pasco County. With two wins, the Sharks or the host Falcons could earn the school’s first-ever Final Four berth. Whoever triumphs tonight will confront the survivor of…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY FINAL BOYS GOLF RECAPS

  BOYS GOLF – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2018 Central Bears Head Coach – Tyson Ellis (6th Year: 4-10-1 overall; 22-44-3 lifetime) DATE OPPONENT SITE RESULT 08-27 Dade City-Pasco Brooksville-Southern Hills Plantation L 200-172 08-27 Weeki Wachee Brooksville-Southern Hills Plantation W 200-NTS 08-30 Inverness-Citrus Brooksville-Southern Hills Plantation W 203-223 08-30 Nature Coast Technical Brooksville-Southern Hills Plantation L 203-201 08-30 Lecanto Brooksville-Southern Hills Plantation L 203-201 09-04 Springstead Brooksville-Hernando Oaks GC…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL RECAPS (thru 10-29)

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2018 Central Bears Head Coach: Nikki LaRiviere (1st Year: 2-20 overall)   DATE   OPPONENT   SITE   RESULT 08-21 Lecanto#^ Home L 18-25, 7-25, 11-25 08-23 Spring Hill-Springstead* Home L 14-25, 13-25. 13-25 08-28 Crystal River# Away L 23-25, 21-25, 17-25 08-30 Brooksville-Hernando#*^ Home L 17-25, 17-25, 9-25 09-06 Inverness-Citrus# Away L 12-25, 15-25, 10-25 09-10 Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical#*^ Home L 8-25,…

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HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-26)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-26: @ Hernando Parrott wins by forfeit over no-show Winding Waters 10-24: @ Nature Coast Technical Challenger 48, Fox Chapel, 6 10-23: Powell – bye @ Central Parrott 22, West Hernando 18 NOTES – Leopards’ massive 6-foot-1, 285-pound Devin Williams rushed nine times for 88 yards and added a pair of touchdowns (28. 6 yards) and tackled West Hernando’s Breydhun Lawrence in the end zone for a…

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Hernando County Prep Football Scoreboard Week 11 Results (thru 10-29)

FOOTBALL 10-29 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 10-19 Week 9 Results: @ Brooksville Hernando 36, Central 0 @ Weeki Wachee Weeki Wachee 46, Lecanto 14 @ Brooksville Nature…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 11-03)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 10-29: FOOTBALLWEEK 11 @ Lecanto Nature Coast Technical at Lecanto, 7 p.m. 10-30: GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Class 6A, District Region II Semifinal Nature Coast Technical at Hudson-Fivay, 7 p.m. MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Hernando County Athletic Conference Semifinals @ Nature Coast Technical No. 4 seed Parrott vs. No. 1 seed Powell, 6:30 p.m. @ Springstead No. 3 seed Explorer K-8 vs. No….

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS (thru 11-02)

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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Sharks’ entire team, HHS’ Stalcup, Weeki Wachee’s Raghunandan brothers qualify for regionals

2A-7 BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Gulf High Buccaneers claim third district title in six seasons By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – For the third time in six seasons, Gulf High’s talented Buccaneers hoisted the top prize in the Class 2A, District 7 Meet Thursday evening at McKethan Lake Park. The Bucs, who earned back-to-back crowns in 2013-14, returned to first place, out-distancing runner-up Inverness-Citrus, 51-113. The Golden Hurricanes surprised Nature Coast…

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Springstead’s whiz kid Kader sets PR, posts school’s second-fastest 5K clocking to advance to regionals

3A-7 BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Sunlake improves from fourth to first with 2018’s fourth straight title at McKethan By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – While Sunlake High continued its meteoric rise, so F.W. Springstead rookie distance runner Rayaan Kader during Thursday’s Class 3A, District 7 Meet at McKethan Lake Park. How much have the Seahawks improved? A year ago – along the identical NASCAR-like flat and paved asphalt course – the…

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