2 Hernando County lifters, SHS’ Boettjer, NCT’s Green, enter states with identical (gold) goal

Springstead senior Geoff Boettjer arrives in his second straight state meet seeking a top-six medal performance in Friday’s Class 2A Meet at 154 pounds. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO STATE WEIGHTLIFTING Springstead’s Boettjer competes in Friday’s 2A State Finals, while Green competes Saturday in 1A BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County will be represented by two senior lifters, Springstead’s Geoff Boettjer and Nature Coast Technical’s Jermaine Green, in this weekend’s 41st…

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Bring on Round 4: Leopards pound Bulldogs behind 30-hit barrage, 24-8

SOFTBALL NCT’s Primavera just misses perfecto, settles on no-hitter over Bears, 11-0 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Round 4 of Hernando versus Nature Coast Technical will decide Thursday’s Class 5A, District 7 Softball Tournament at 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting). In Wednesday’s semifinals, third-seeded Hernando (18-9 overall) was down 7-2 after two innings, but the Leopards out-scored second-seeded Zephyrhills (14-13 overall) 22-1 down the stretch featuring 30 hits, winning 24-8….

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Leopards follow ‘fast Lane’ squish Hornets, 11-1

  SOFTBALL HHS senior Megan Lane, who arrived hitting .631, goes 3-for-4, steals home BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Normally, most prep fast-pitch softball players don’t arrive into single-elimination tournaments hitting .631. But most people aren’t Hernando High’s leadoff batter and four-year starter Megan Lane. Lane, playing as if this was her last game, the three-time All-Hernando County selection put on a clinic Tuesday evening as the third-seeded Leopards…

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Koehler, Bears rise to the occasion, stave off 11th-hour Pasco rally, 8-7

  SOFTBALL Down 8-0 after six frames, Pirates roar back with six hits in 7-run seventh inning BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – There must be something magical about Central southpaw Kaeleen Koehler when she faces Pasco High, especially in a win-or-go-home situation. What else could explain Koehler’s complete-game, six-hitter against the fourth seeded Pirates in last spring’s Class 5A, District 7 softball tournament upset at Tom Varn Park, 7-3….

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WWHS’ Tinari preps for next level, inks with D-II Saint Leo University Lions

  BOYS SOCCER Weeki Wachee senior enabled Hornets to reach regionals for first time BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com There’s an old adage that applies to so many teenagers. If you want to know what your son or daughter is doing, look for their friends. For Weeki Wachee senior Michael “Mike” Anthony Tinari, his decision to separate from “his friends” at Central High, may have ultimately resulted in his recent soccer…

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Hernando County’s six teams wade into state series

SOFTBALL Single-elimination events held at three different venues BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Year 26 of Hernando County fast-pitch softball yields to the rigors of the Florida High School Athletic Association state series. All six county programs will take part in three single-elimination tournaments including one in Hernando County and featuring two in Pinellas County. Setting the table Brooksville-Hernando Christian Academy opens play at 7 p.m. Monday as the third seed…

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2015 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS SOFTBALL RECAPS (thru 04-12)

  – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2015 Central Bears Head Coach – Tyson Ellis (8th Year: 5-20 overall; 66-128 lifetime) DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME/RESULT 02-04 Spring Hill-Springstead* Home L 0-3 02-06 Dade City-Pasco# Away L 6-13 02-10 Wesley Chapel# Home W 16-1 (4.5 Innings) 02-12 Land O’ Lakes Home L 0-15 (5) 02-13 Weeki Wachee*# Home W 3-1 02-18 Zephyrhills# Away L 1-11 (6) 02-25 Inverness-Citrus Home L 0-11 (4)…

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2015 Hernando County Boys Weightlifting Honor Roll Stats (thru 04-16)

  – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2014 TOP 10 HONOR ROLL WGT NAME BEN-CLEAN-TOTAL 119 – Cooper, Benjamin (CEN) 170-105—275 129 – Johnson, Dakota (WW) 230-135—365 129 – Johnson, Dakota (WW) 215-150—365 139 – Vasquez, Julio (WW) 215-200—415 154 – Boettjer, Geoffrey (SPG)^# 320-240—560 169 – Magill, Jason (SPG) 275-225—500 183 – Magill, Jason (SPG) 270-225—495 199 – McLeod, Dylan (SPG) 305-270—575 219 – McLeod, Dylan (SPG) 295-265—560 238 –…

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2015 Hernando County Boys Weightlifting Results (thru 04-16)

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS 04-01: Class 1A, District 6 Boys Weightlifting Meet @ Hudson-Fivay (Top 6 placers score points based on 7-5-4-3-2-1 system) Final Team Standings PL TEAM PTS. 1. New Port Richey-Gulf (GF) 41.0 2. Inverness-Citrus (CIT) 28.0 3. Brooksville-Hernando (HER) 24.0 4.(tie) Zephyrhills (ZEP) 21.0 4.(tie) Lecanto (LEC) 21.0 6. New Port Richey-Ridgewood (RW) 16.0 7. Hudson-Fivay (FIV) 14.0 8. New Port Richey-River Ridge (RR)…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (04-13 thru 04-18)

HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (04-13 thru 04-18) (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) Monday, April 13 BASEBALL Hudson at Springstead, 7 p.m. Mitchell at Nature Coast Technical, 7 p.m. Winter Park-Geneva School at Hernando Christian Academy, 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Class 6A, District 10 Tournament Quarterfinals at New Port Richey-Mitchell Game 1 No. 5 seed Largo vs. No. 4 seed Mitchell, 7 p.m. Class 2A, District 8 Tournament Quarterfinals…

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‘Mr. Springstead’ Ross inks with D-I AA JU Fins

FOOTBALL Bouncing back from ACL injury, Eagle senior gridder/grappler a member of five district championships BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Conventional wisdom would dictate that the optimal words to describe Springstead senior Conor James Ross would be “Mr. Springstead.” And why not. The chiseled 5-foot-11, 210-pounder didn’t reinvent the wheel of athletics at the Mariner Boulevard campus, but instilled a sense of ‘follow me and I’ll take you to the promised…

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Lady Leopards earn honeymoon in Casselberry, 4-2

  GIRLS TENNIS HHS solves Crystal River in 2A-IV final BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com A season of wonderment continued Thursday evening along the City of Brooksville Library Courts off Howell Ave. The same Hernando High girls tennis team that dropped its last two regular season matches, including a ‘How did that happen 4-3 loss at Weeki Wachee?’ can now add regional championship to its resume alongside its district title. After…

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Pirates deny Sharks a fourth regional crown and first repeat, 4-2

  BOYS TENNIS Pasco’s Ray recovers from cramps to win twice pacing 4-2 win BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com DADE CITY – It took 4:16 hours Thursday and several generations of tennis, but Pasco High’s boys netters (17-3) finally solved its regional hex, denying visiting Nature Coast Technical (17-3) its first regional repeat, 4-2. Prior to the Class 2A, Region IV final, the Pirates’ 12th-year skipper Mickey Wilks predicted the No….

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On-the-move Strobel arrives in Duval County as next ‘Blue Wave’

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Springstead middle blocker inks letter-of-intent with Florida State College of Jacksonville BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Imagine any athlete attending seven schools across a seven-year period and not being associated as a member of a military family. If you can, welcome to the world of Springstead senior middle blocker/hitter Cailla Lyn Strobel. Strobel 101 Cailla was born in Stark County’s Massillon, Ohio, a hot bed for athletes, to Ken…

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NCT Sharks seek first-ever regional repeat

BOYS TENNIS Pasco yearns for initial state appearance in team competition BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Make no mistake about it, both visiting Nature Coast Technical (17-2) and host Pasco High (16-3) realize what’s at stake in Thursday’s winner-take-all Class 2A, Region IV boys tennis final in Dade City. Class 2A, District 7’s top two teams, Pasco and NCT, met once in the regular season with the Brooksville netters winning, 4-3….

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Lady Leopards prefer being brides than brides maids against Crystal River

GIRLS TENNIS 2A-IV Final on Thursday pits Crystal River at Hernando at Brooksville City Courts, 3 p.m. BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Sometime after 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Brooksville City Library Court off Howell Avenue, one girls tennis team will be the belle of the ball or leave as the bride to next week’s 77th FHSAA State Finals team competition at Red Bug Lake Park at Casselberry. The alternative…

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Assault on record books continues per SHS’ Disi and HHS’ Lane

SOFTBALL Springstead mentor Swartout reaches rare air with 200th win BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Over the past week, several noteworthy performances haven taken place along the Hernando County diamonds, mostly involving Springstead softball. Lady Eagle senior southpaw Louisa Disi is a having a season for the ages, both at the plate and on the hill. A prime example occurred last week in Spring Hill. Disi enters Thursday’s action in Citrus…

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