2018 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL LEADERS

FOOTBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO Top 10 Rushers   RK.   NAME/SCHOOL   ATT   YDS   YPC   TD 1. Weston/NCT 387* 2,875* 7.43 34* 2. Fields/HER 193 1,498 7.76 20 3. Sims/SPG 154 1,198 7.78 13 4. Burnett/NCT 130 820 6.31 9 5. Bronson/HER 82 645 7.87 3 6. Class/WW 122 716 5.87 8 7. Cason, Contae/CEN 117 577 4.93 0 5. Cabrera/SPG 90 507 5.63 6…

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Ex-Hornet, ex-Leopard Lamp inks with JUCO South Georgia State College Hawks

SOFTBALL Ex-Hornet, ex-Leopard Lamp inks with JUCO South Georgia State College Hawks Departs HHS with school record 13 HR By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com With some historic achievements, come asterisks. Just ask Spring Hill’s Madyson Lynn Lamp. Lamp, 18, is a softball anomaly of sorts. She played prep softball for four seasons locally mostly as a third baseman/designated hitter/pitcher. Problem was she only played for Weeki Wachee as a freshman and…

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Mostly awes – few flaws detected – from county’s repeat POY “Wizard of Oz” Cherubini

BOYS TENNIS In Year 2, Caracas native guided the Eagles to 3A-5 finals in singles and doubles By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County’s finest prep tennis player has further entrenched himself at the top of the local tennis ladder. Oswaldo Jesus Cherubini was voted the county’s best player after breaking into the sport anchoring the two toughest positions at No. 1 singles and doubles at F.W. Springstead last season. The…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS TENNIS TEAM

BOYS TENNIS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year No. 1 Singles – Oswaldo Cherubini Springstead – Sophomore COMMENTS: Two-year letterman … Repeat All-County selection … Voted Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019 while anchoring No. 1 singles and doubles … Listed at 5-foot-8, 165 pounds … Exceptional student/athlete who carries 3.96 unweighted and 4.5 weighted grade point average as part of the International Baccalaureate program at…

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Meet the Eagles’ mat dispenser – James Spencer – 2019’s Hernando County Wrestler of the Year

WRESTLJNG In four winters, rose from 4-9 to the FHSAA State Finals By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com There’s a reason rags to riches tales are few and far between. But recent F.W. Springstead graduate James Winfield Spencer II is living proof, they can occur, especially in wrestling. Spencer meandered into the Springstead High School wrestling practice more out of curiosity than anything else four years ago. These days he walks around…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY WRESTLING TEAM

WRESTLING By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Wrestler of the Year – James Spencer Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Fourth-year letter winner … Last three as a starter … Repeat All-Hernando County selection … Voted first SHS heavyweight to be named Wrestler of the Year … Came full circle in four seasons … Broke in quietly as a freshman behind a 4-9 slate … Has steadily improved … During his first full season…

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Weeki Wachee’s head of the Class inks with D-III NC Wesleyan Battling Bishops

FOOTBALL Four-year Hornet gained over 3,000 yds. of total offense, scoring 31 TDs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Weeki Wachee’s current first-year skipper Chris Cook is contending with several issues on the Vespa Way campus. The first of which – probably his No. 1 priority right now – is consolidating his coaching staff for the fast-approaching 2019 season. The past off-season has been particularly unkind to the Hornets, as the majority…

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She’s certainly no louse, it’s Galhouse and she’s headed to D-II UT

SOFTBALL The .455 career hitter hit better than every Eagle except for D-I Pfent By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com As a junior, playing for her third high school softball program in three seasons, Mariah Shay Galhouse, was just looking for a niche. She was searching to fit in. After arriving in Spring Hill – following stops at Pinellas Park and Wiregrass Ranch – the 5-foot-8, 160-pounder did just that: find a…

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Springstead’s Kolwicz inks with Lake-Sumter State College Hawks

SOFTBALL Four-time All-County pick broke Pfent’s school marks for games, at-bats By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com One of the major cogs in F.W. Springstead’s recent success traces back to its infield play. That’s where Emily Nicole Kolwicz – a four-year starter – left an indelible mark. The 5-foot-9, 135-pounder, who was selected All-Hernando County four times for her infield play, recently graduated from the Mariner Boulevard campus after breaking a pair…

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Laing – Longest-tenured Leopard hoops coach at 12 years – calls it quits

BOYS BASKETBALL Will concentrate his efforts at locating a collegiate baseball home for his son By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – The revolving carousel of prep athletics continues this week at Hernando High. According to Athletic Director Kevin Bittinger, the Leopards were currently advertising to fill head coaching vacancies in boys and girls swimming, boys and girls cross country, a head boys soccer mentor and an assistant soccer coach. That…

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LOWMAN LAW FIRM FETES HERNANDO COUNTY’s 2018-19 STUDENT/ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

  2018-19 HernandoSport.com Lowman Law Firm Student/Athletes of the Week – Compiled by TONY CASTRO DATE STUDENT/ATHLETE SCH SPORT 08-24 David Hale Bronson $ HER Football 08-31 Katie Klukowski HCA Volleyball 09-08 Vaughn Sykora WW Football 09-15 Rayaan Kader SPG Cross Country 09-22 Jennifer Porcelli NCT Volleyball 09-29 Jennifer Aten SPG Volleyball 10-06 Leah Marville $ NCT Cross Country 10-13 Lily Schultze SPG Cross Country 10-20 Ryan Maharaj SPG Boys…

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2019 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING HONOR ROLL

BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING – Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10 WGT NAME/SCHOOL BEN-CLN-TOT 119 Carbone, John (CEN) 175-135—310 129 Garcia, Lex (HER) 155-145—300 139 Forde, Omari (WW) 215-185—400 154 Weaver, Hunter (SPG) 275-250—525 169 McClure, Joey (SPG) 290-230—520 183 Hopper, Joey (SPG) 305-240—545 199 Barry, Zayne (SPG) 325-250—575 219 Torres, Jesus (NCT) 370-230—600 238 Torres, Jesus (NCT) 375-255—630 HWT Wellman, Logan (NCT) 395-315—710 2019 Final Central Bears WGT NAME BEN-CLN-TOT 119…

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County’s lone state medalist – NCT’s Wellman – caps outstanding senior campaign

BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING Third-year Shark named county’s Lifter of the Year By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the first time in 16 seasons, Hernando County’s top male weightlifter – Logan Derrick Wellman – hails a from program not known for its weightlifting: Nature Coast Technical. Since the sport’s inception along the California Street campus, weightlifting has been an excuse to improve under the bar for the Sharks’ football team. Isn’t it true…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING TEAM

BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Heavyweight – Logan Wellman Nature Coast Technical – Senior COMMENTS: Multi-sport athlete, who also wrestled and played football for the Sharks … Second-year lifter … Repeat All-Hernando County performer … First-time Lifter of the Year … Initial Shark to be-ever voted by the area coaches as LOY … In 2018, Wellman competed in seven meets … Began the season on the right foot with…

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No mulling over offer necessary, Mullen heads to Due West, South Carolina’s D-II Erskine College

GIRLS SOCCER Fourth-year Hornet midfielder leaves as school’s best passer By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com   While the search continues for Weeki Wachee High School’s next female head soccer coach – after the Hornets’ Danny Fierro stepped down after five seasons this winter – one of the program’s premier pillars has committed to the next level. Lauren Mullen, a four-year starter at midfield, and possessor of the WWHS school record for…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-25)

Alyssa Forte – Softball Hernando – Junior The multi-sport Forte, who anchored second base in softball and also played basketball, enabled the Leopards to reach the Class 5A FHSAA State Final Four in Vero Beach for the first time in 18 years. Forte, who hit .379 for the season, grabbed a third-inning bunt attempt for an out and fired a seed to third base to complete the game’s lone double…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-18)

Jiovel Lantigua – Baseball Springstead – Senior Lantigua, the Hernando County’s leading hitter, went 0-for-2 plus a walk in the Eagles’ Class 6A, Region II quarterfinal loss at home to Citra-North Marion, 4-1. Jiovel, who became the first Springstead player in 42 seasons to win the county’s Triple Crown – leading in hitting (.412), homeruns (13) and runs batted in (44) – played flawlessly at first base converting seven chances…

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Weeki Wachee’s Schmidt extends mat career, inks with JUCO Rowan College Roadrunners

WRESTLING Two-year Hornet starter also played varsity football By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In one of last moves as Weeki Wachee’s wrestling coach, skipper Dan Gigantelli saw one of his own sign to compete at the next level. Prior to the end of his three-year reign as the Hornets’ mentor, Gigantelli attended Jason Matthew Schmidt’s junior college signing to Rowan College at Gloucester County, New Jersey. Schmidt, 17, competed for the…

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