HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS BRIEFS (thru 06-18)

PHSC hosts summer basketball camp June 18-20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. NEW PORT RICHEY – Pasco Hernando Community College will host a summer basketball camp from June 18-20 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the PHSC West Campus Physical Fitness Center, 10230 Ridge Road. Hernando High alumnus and PHSC Head Coach Mike Jones says the camp will consist of lectures, individual instruction and full-court games for boys and girls ages,…

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2018 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING HONOR ROLL

BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING – Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10 WGT NAME/SCHOOL BEN-CLN-TOT 119 Gilmore, Jordan (SPG) ^ 190-170—360 129 Solari, Bradley (SPG) 200-185—385 139 Weaver, Hunter (SPG) 225-200—425 154 Pasmore, Jake (WW) 265-200—465 169 Bronson, David Hale (HER) 280-250—530 183 Bronson, David Hale (HER) 270-245—515 199 Barry, Zayne (SPG) 305-225—530 219 Pagels, Colin (HER) ^ 290-290—580 238 Torres, Jesus (NCT) ^ 360-245—605 HWT Wellman, Logan (NCT) 325-280—605 ^ Denotes 2018…

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No uproar for Hernando County’s Lifter of the Year it’s Springstead’s Gilmore

BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING Four-year letterman placed highest at state, won 12 career meets By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the first time in 16 seasons, Hernando County’s top male weightlifter hails from the lightest weight class: 119 pounds. Recent Springstead graduate Jordan Gilmore became the first 119-pounder to be chosen as Lifter of the Year since Central High’s Viet Lam achieved the feat in 2002. The diminutive, but stocky Lam departed the…

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2018 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING

BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Lifter of the Year 119 – Jordan Gilmore Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Fourth-year lifter, who also played cornerback in football … Two-time All-County weightlifting selection … First-time Lifter of the Year … Debuted in 2015 as a freshman competing in five meets at 119 pounds … In his first-ever varsity competition in a dual meet against Weeki Wachee, he returned home a winner ……

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Price not right: Undrafted NCT pitcher Gates heads to Coral Gables

BASEBALL Defending county POY bound for the University of Miami Hurricanes By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Imagine 1,214 baseball players were selected during the annual Major League Baseball draft last week, spanning three days and 40 rounds. But the major mystery locally is why Hernando County’s best player, recent Nature Coast Technical pitcher/first baseman, Jonathan “J.P.” Gates, wasn’t one of them. There are probably 1,175,000 million reasons – as in US…

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Ex-Bear hurler McKenna adheres to editor’s advice, ‘Go West, Young Man’ Go West!’

BASEBALL 22-year-old southpaw will board a flight Monday morning in Tampa headed for Scottsdale to pitch for the Arizona D-Backs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com “Go West, Young Man, Go West” was an expression first used by John Babsone Lane Soule in the Terre Haute Express in 1851. It appealed to Horace Greeley, who rephrased it slightly in an editorial in the New York Tribune on July 13, 1865: “Go West,…

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Shark alumnus Kaz adds head coach to resume at HHS

FOOTBALL Former recruiting coordinator, linebacker mentor assumes controls By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Robert “Kaz” Kazmier was introduced this week as Hernando High’s 31st head football coach in 79 seasons. According to HHS’ athletic director Kevin Bittinger, the 31-year-old Kazmier was one of four applicants for the internally posted position. On what set Kaz apart, “He’s a great guy. He’s energetic and always carries a positive outlook. He’s built relationships within…

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Zero is the loneliest number as Bittinger steps down as Lady Leopards’ hoops mentor

GIRLS BASKETBALL HHS athletic director will remain as HHS’ softball skipper By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Classic rock band Three Dog Night produced 13 gold albums and produced 21 Billboard top 40 hits. It’s first gold record was “One” written by Harry Nilsson. The lyrics suggest “One is the loneliest number.” Yet, Hernando High’s current athletic director Kevin Bittinger vehemently disagrees. Bittinger counters by saying zero is the loneliest number. As…

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Unveiling the ‘Best of the Best’: Hernando County’s student-athletes of the year

  Each of the six county athletic directors also received a $1,000 donation By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – All six Hernando County high schools recently released its Lowman Law Firm Student-Athletes of the Year. The two-year program sponsored HernandoSport.com and the Brooksville law firm recognizes the county’s athletes in outstanding athletic, scholastic and community service achievements. For student-athletes to be eligible, each nominee was required to have participated in…

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2017-18 FINALHERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING HONOR ROLL STATS

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING – Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10   WGT   NAME/SCHOOL   BEN-CLN-TOT   101 Allie Anthony (NCT) 95-105—200   101 Allie Anthony (NCT) 100-100—200   110 Kayla Rivera (NCT) 110-125—235   119 Charlize Soares (SPG) 135-120—255   129 Alexis Hobbs (WW) 160-175—335   139 Alexis Hobbs (WW) 160-170—330   154 Morgen Arey (WW) 160-160—320   169 Ariana Gennusa (SPG) 140-120—260   183 Courtney Traudt (NCT) 160-155—315  …

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Weeki Wachee’s LOY Hobbs: There’s a ring to it

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING Hornet senior graduates early with the school’s first state championship By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Webster’s dictionary defines pioneer as a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area. Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor, who served on the bench from 1981 until 2006 – the court’s first female member – stands out as a pioneer. So does,…

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2017-18 ALL-COUNTY GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Lifter of the Year – Alexis Hobbs Weeki Wachee – Senior COMMENTS: Naturally strong … Third-year varsity lifter, who also competed in track & field … First-time All-Hernando County weightlifting selection. …Unanimous pick for Hernando County Lifter of the Year … As a sophomore in 2015-16, she started slowly competing in eight meets … In her third-ever meet she won at 129 pounds in…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 06-02)

Brennan Cross – Baseball Nature Coast Technical – Senior In the Sharks’ first-ever Final Four appearance, third sacker Cross finished 0-for-3 at the plate, but converted both defensive chances in the Class 5A semifinal loss to powerhouse Jacksonville-Bolles at Fort Myers’ Hammond Stadium, 4-1. In his best-ever season, the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder finished with 31 hits for a .352 batting averaging highlighted by 20 runs batted in. He hit safely in…

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2017 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL RECAPS

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2017 Central Bears Head Coach: Erin Clark (2nd Year: 0-17; 0-33 lifetime overall)   DATE   OPPONENT   SITE   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*…

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POY Thompson provides options during Lady Eagles’ ascent

ALL-COUNTY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Spring stead’s three-sport jumping jack lands at Daytona State College BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For most baby boomers the name David O’Neil Thompson is synonymous with achieving extra-ordinary feats on a basketball floor. The former North Carolina State standout played in the defunct ABA and NBA with the Denver Nuggets and Seattle SuperSonics. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound glider once dropped 73 points on an NBA opponent. The five-time…

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2017 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Alexis Thompson Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Multi-sport athlete who also played tennis and participated in track and field … Plays year-round club volleyball … Third-year varsity letterman … Repeat All-Hernando County spiker selection … Selected as Player of the Year for the first time … Known as a human pogo stick … Has an exceptional vertical leap … Can…

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Bolles rolls: Quest for its ninth state title continues after ousting Sharks, 4-1

BASEBALL Perennially tough Bulldogs snap NCT’s seven-game winning skein behind 5 hits By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Two of Florida’s blue blood baseball programs – Jacksonville-Bolles and Avon Park – went into Thursday’s Class 5A State Semifinals seeking to match Tampa Catholic’s run of nine state titles. The Duval County-based Bulldogs closed within a win of its goal by scoring early to eliminate Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical at Fort Myers‘ Hammond Stadium,…

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2017 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Kevin Ballard (1st Year)   DATE   RACE   SITE   RESULT 08-26 Inverness-Citrus Invitational Inverness-Whispering Pines Park NTS 09-02 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High NTS 09-23 Crystal River Invitational Crystal River High NTS 09-30 4th Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Preserve NTS 10-04 5th Nature Coast Invitational Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical NTS 10-07 21st Land O’ Lakes Invitational…

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Things looking up for Hernando High’s Stalcup

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Without much of a supporting cast, third-year Leopard named Runner of the Year By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com With the graduation loss of Ryan Bell and the transfer of Trevor Foley to his third school in four seasons, team-wise Hernando High suffered a huge power loss in cross country in 2017. No one could replace the losses of its 1-2 punch from 2016. Junior Ross Stalcup, however, attempted…

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