Springstead's 170 pound – Billy Swift won with a pin James Redner, from Dixie-Hollins at 2:41.Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

No second helpings for Pirates as Eagles sweep Anclote Duals Challenge

  WRESTLING   Springstead collects six gold medals, four silvers   BY TONY CASTRO Hernandosport.com   HOLIDAY – Just over a month ago at the 33-team Brooksville-Kiwanis Invitational Tournament at Hernando, Dade City-Pasco spoiled the Springstead’s eight-year championship grip in that event by 53 points, 214.0-161.0.   At the conclusion of Saturday night’s nine-hour, 12-team, fifth annual Anclote Duals Challenge, the Eagles returned the favor.   Springstead, Tarpon Springs-East Lake,…

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Spring stead High Girls Soccer 2015 District Champions. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Betters delivers clutch goal in final two minutes as Lady Eagles nip Cobras, 2-1

  GIRLS SOCCER Springstead claims seventh district title in thriller BY TONY CASTRO Hernandosport.com SPRING HILL – In Springstead’s 499th career tilt,  the top-seeded Lady Eagles faced the same opponent it faced on Day 1 of its program debut on Nov. 30, 1990: Hudson. For only the third time in 25 seasons, SHS tangled with the third-seeded Lady Cobras in a district title match. The others were doozies. After the…

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Anthony Contegiacomo

Contegiacomo’s stock rising with NCT Sharks

WRESTLING Coming off OSW effort at Combs Duals, closing in on 100 wins BY TONY CASTRO Hernandosport.com After a decade of mat competition involving 122 varsity competitors, Nature Coast Technical’s program has produced four grapplers with 100 career victories, featuring: Sean Nguyen (148), Carter Bolesta (133), Tyler Forand (118) and Scott Cronin (104). That tiny fraternity is expected to accept two more members — senior Mark Espinosa and junior Anthony…

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Eagles seek Pirates rematch at Anclote Challenge

WRESTLING NCT, HHS journey to Rob Hermann Cup By TONY CASTRO Hernandosport.com Three of the county’s mat programs – Springstead, Nature Coast Technical and Hernando – hit the road this weekend. Springstead will take part in Saturday’s 12-team, fifth-annual Anclote Challenge in Holiday. Meanwhile, NCT and Hernando head to Inverness Friday for the two-day, nine-team Rob Hermann Cup Duals at Citrus High. Hermann Cup 101 The Hermann Cup field features:…

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Hernando High district champion Megan Lane shown here during the Hernando County Championship Meet. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

In a photo finish, NCT three-peats over WWHS, 55-51

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING   In closest-ever county meet, SHS crowns 4 champs BY TONY CASTRO Hernandosport.com WEEKI WACHEE – In “History of the World: Part I” Mel Brooks uttered the now famous, ‘It‘s good to be king.’” Similarly, Nature Coast Technical’s girls weightlifting team knows the feeling. In Wednesday’s closest-ever Hernando County Championship Meet at Weeki Wachee – where the top four teams were separated by six points – the Lady Sharks…

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Lady Eagles rally past stubborn Sharks, 2-1

GIRLS SOCCER SHS will tangle with Hudson in Friday’s finale By TONY CASTRO Hernando Sport.com SPRING HILL – During Wednesday night’s first of two tense Class 3A, District 7 Girls Soccer Tournament semifinals, arrived the tourney’s first upset. Third-seeded Hudson (18-5-2) rallied from behind to overcome archrival and second-seeded Fivay (15-5-3) at Booster Stadium, 3-1. n the nightcap, top-seed and host Springstead (18-1-1) also rallied to oust the two-time defending district…

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Crystal River’s ,10, Matti Campbell and Nature Coast’s ,13,Chelsea Reid clash at mid-field Tuesday in the Class 3A, District 7 Girls Soccer Tournament at Springstead High’s Booster Stadium. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Lady Eagles, Sharks clash in 3A-7 semis

GIRLS SOCCER   Fivay, Hudson battle in Wednesday’s other semifinal BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – The Class 3A, District 7 Girls Soccer Tournament quarterfinals held serve Tuesday at Booster Stadium. There were no upsets as all four of the highest seeded teams won. In the early tilts, third-seeded Hudson (17-5-2 overall) dismantled sixth-seeded Inverness-Citrus (5-12-2) in 55 minutes via the mercy rule, 8-0. Next, senior Alex Christianson scored…

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Lady Sharks heavily-favored to three-repeat

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING Five-team county championship Wednesday at Weeki Wachee BY TONY CASTRO Hernando Sport.com History is in the offing for the Nature Coast Technical Lady Sharks. NCT (2-1-1 overall) arrives Wednesday afternoon at the 14th Hernando County Championship Meet at Weeki Wachee’s gymnasium, attempting to go where the Brooksville-base program has never achieved: a county three-peat. The Sharks are coming off a sub-par Sub-District Meet last week at Bushnell-South Sumter….

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Frascatore deals hat trick as HHS tames WWHS, 4-3

GIRLS SOCCER Leopard keeper Nixon stones two breakaways in final 10 minutes By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – If Monday night’s soggy No. 8 versus No. 9 play-in match means a thing, look out for an entertaining Class 3A, District 7 Girls Soccer Tournament this week at Booster Stadium. On a pitch fit befitting the Scottish countryside, Hernando sophomore forward Kaylee Frascatore buried a season-high three goals, including what…

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Samantha Betters

2014-15 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS SOCCER HONOR ROLL STATS (thru 01-11)

  – Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10 SCORING RK.    PLAYER        SCH    YR    G    A    TP 1.    Betters, Samantha     SPG    11th    39*    22*    100* 2.    Blackwell, Erin    SPG    12th    30    19    79 3.    Reid, Chelsea        NCT    11th     19    10    48 4.    Tyler, Jayna        NCT    10th    14    4    32 5.    Gibson, Kimberly    SPG    10th    10    4    24 5.    York, Emily        CEN    11th    11    2    24…

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Top-seeded Lady Eagles enter with targets on their backs

GIRLS SOCCER HHS vs. WWHS open action tonight at 6 p.m. BY TONY CASTRO Hernando Sport.com Hernando County’s five girls’ soccer teams will initiate their state title quests at the district level beginning Monday night at F.W. Springstead’s Booster Stadium during the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) state series. District tourneys feature a single-elimination post-season format – except for the finals. Through 25 seasons of winter action, no Hernando…

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Nature Coast's 138 pound Keegan Davis grapples with Citrus High's Victor Segarra during the Combs Duals Tournament. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Sharks falter at the finish line of Combs Duals III, placing third

WRESTLING BY TONY CASTRO Hernando Sport.com BROOKSVILLE – Across seven matches, host Nature Coast Technical worked its mojo into a first-place tie with heavy favorites Venice and Palm Harbor University during the Combs Duals III. The Venice Indians, however, earned some breathing room solving the three-time defending tourney champions from PHU, 35-24. The Indians followed by knocking NCT off its unbeaten perch behind a resounding 68-9 nod. In the 1A-6…

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Springstead versus Fivay soccer gallery 1/8/15

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Eagles clip Falcons on Senior Night, 3-1

BOYS SOCCER BY TONY CASTRO Hernando Sport.com SPRING HILL – Under plunging 49-degree temperatures and a stiff easterly breeze, Springstead’s two-game slide to open the New Year never morphed into three in a row Thursday at Booster Stadium against visiting Fivay. Instead, Hernando County’s leading scorer, senior Matt McDuff, took over on Senior Night. McDuff, who scored twice in Wednesday night’s loss at Inverness against 3A-7 leader Citrus, tallied single goals…

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2014-15 GIRLS SOCCER STANDINGS (thru 01-01) – Compiled by TONY CASTRO

    2014-15 Hernando County Girls Soccer Standings RK.    TEAM                    W    L    T    TP 1.    Spring Hill-Springstead$            8    0    0    24 2.    Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical        6    2    0    18 3.    Brooksville-Central                3    5    0    9 3.    Brooksville-Hernando                3    5    0    9 5.    Weeki Wachee                0    8    0    0 TOTALS                    20   …

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2014-15 HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS SOCCER HONOR ROLL STATS (thru 01-04)

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10 SCORING RK.    PLAYER,        SCH    YR    G    A    TP 1.    McDuff, Matt        SPG    12th    15*    7    37* 2.    Vasquez, Oscar    NCT    10th     11    8    30 3.    Delgado, Gilbert    NCT    10th     12    2    26 4.    Vraspir, Morgan    NCT    11th    9    4    22 5.    Tinari, Mike        WW    12th    8    4    20 6.    Arcidiacono, Tyler    SPG    11th    7    5    19 7.    Wright,…

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2014-15 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS SOCCER HONOR ROLL STATS (thru 01-05) 

  – Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10 SCORING RK.    PLAYER        SCH    YR    G    A    TP 1.    Betters, Samantha     SPG    11th    39*    22*    100* 2.    Blackwell, Erin    SPG    12th    30    19    79 3.    Reid, Chelsea        NCT    11th     18    9    45 4.    Tyler, Jayna        NCT    10th    14    4    32 5.    Gibson, Kimberly    SPG    10th    10    4    24 6.    York, Emily        CEN    11th    9    1    19…

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2014-15 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING HONOR ROLL STATS (thru 01-07)

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10 WGT NAME, SCHOOL        BEN-CLN-TOTAL 101 – Kristina McCane (SPG)     105-105—210 110 – Victoria Davila (NCT)         110-95—205 110 – Calleigh Brannan (WW)     100-105—205 119 – Kalysta Matheus (WW)     115-135—250 129 – $Ashley Gentz (NCT)         140-160—300 139 – *Annelise Rentas (NCT)     130-155—285 154 – Samantha Traudt (NCT)     120-140—260 169 – Madeline Genuardi (SPG)     135-135—270…

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Hernando County mat teams return to work

WRESTLING BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com All five Hernando County mat programs return to action this weekend. Central (2-11) and Hernando (5-3) along with Weeki Wachee (8-8) return Friday to the two-day, 10-team Nature Coast Technical Duals in Brooksville, sponsored by Combs Service, Inc. Meanwhile, F.W. Spingstead hikes to Live Oak for the two-day, 18-team Billy Saylor (formerly Suwannee) Invitational. NCT Duals field This will be the sixth straight season that…

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