History in the making as Spring Hill Juniors fend off West Volusia for state crown, 9-6

DIXIE BASEBALL Nine members of last year’s Ozone state champions repeat at the M.E.R.E. Complex BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com MARIANNA – For nine members of Spring Hill’s 2014 Ozone All-Stars, who captured their first state Dixie Baseball title last summer at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex, there was a sense of déjà vu Wednesday. Spring Hill (4-0) roared through the five-team, double-elimination Junior Boys (age 13) All-Stars tournament concluding with…

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Dixie Baseball State Tournament Scoreboard (thru 07-15)

  DIXIE BASEBALL 20th annual Dixie Baseball Juniors Boys (age 13) All-Stars State Tournament Recap at the Marianna Educational Recreational Expo 07-11: Highlands County-bye. Spring Hill 21, East Lakeland 1 (3 Inns.) Marianna 10, West Volusia 9 (5.5 Inns) 07-12: Marianna – bye. West Volusia 11, East Lakeland 1 Spring Hill 15, Highlands County 0 (2½ Innings) SH NOTES – Spring Hill opened with a 5-run first inning followed by…

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Dixie Baseball State Tourney Scoreboard (thru 07-14)

DIXIE BASEBALL 20th annual Dixie Baseball Juniors Boys (age 13) All-Stars State Tournament Recap at the Marianna Educational Recreational Expo 07-11: Highlands County-bye. Spring Hill 21, East Lakeland 1 (3 Inns.) Marianna 10, West Volusia 9 (5.5 Inns) 07-12: Marianna – bye. West Volusia 11, East Lakeland 1 Spring Hill 15, Highlands County 0 (2½ Innings) SH NOTES – Spring Hill opened with a 5-run first inning followed by a…

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Dixie Baseball State Tournament Scoreboard (thru 07-13)

DIXIE BASEBALL 20th annual Dixie Baseball Juniors Boys (age 13) All-Stars State Tournament Recap at the Marianna Educational Recreational Expo 07-11: Highlands County-bye. Spring Hill 21, East Lakeland 1 (3 Inns.) Marianna 10, West Volusia 9 (5.5 Inns) 07-12: Marianna – bye. West Volusia 11, East Lakeland 1 Spring Hill 15, Highlands County 0 (2½ Innings) SH NOTES – Spring Hill opened with a 5-run first inning followed by a…

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Dixie Baseball Tournament Scoreboard (thru 07-12)

DIXIE BASEBALL 20th annual Dixie Baseball Juniors Boys (age 13) All-Stars State Tournament Recap at the Marianna Educational Recreational Expo 07-11: Highlands County-bye. Spring Hill 21, East Lakeland 1 (3 Inns.) Marianna 10, West Volusia 9 (5.5 Inns) 07-12: Marianna – bye. West Volusia 11, East Lakeland 1 Spring Hill 15, Highlands County 0 (2½ Innings) SH NOTES – Spring Hill opened with a 5-run first inning followed by a…

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Dixie Baseball Tournament Scoreboard (07-11)

    DIXIE BASEBALL 41st annual Dixie Baseball Seniors Boys (age 14) All-Stars State Tournament Recap at the Marianna Educational Recreational Expo 07-11: Okeechobee 11, Wesley Chapel 2 Brooksville 11, Liberty County 1 BRK NOTES – Brooksville broke the game open with eight runs in the third inning…David Hill Bronson 3 walks, 3 runs scored…Kelden Pupello 2-for-3 with two singles, 2 RBI…Alex Kraft 1-for-3 with a two-run double…On the hill,…

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Marianna mugging: Spring Hill Juniors squash East Lakeland, 21-1

  DIXIE BASEBALL 17-run third inning seals lopsided opener; Collura, Ortiz each rap 3 hits BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com MARIANNA – Amid stifling July temperatures approaching 100 degrees at the 31-year Marianna Educational Recreational Expo, Spring Hill’s Juniors Boys Dixie Baseball All-Stars (age 13) blasted East Lakeland via the 15-run mercy rule after three innings, 21-1. The 92-minute tourney opener wasn’t that close. Down three touchdowns (21-0) with two outs…

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Brooksville Pre-Majors seek World Series berth in Marianna

DIXIE BASEBALL HYL squad returns eight U-15 all-stars to six-team state event in Marianna BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com On the 10th anniversary of Brooksville’s last Pre-Majors state championship club in 2005 at Chipley under skipper Tim Sims, Head Coach Jeff Laing heads to Marianna this weekend with a with a 14-member roster. The six-team Pre-Majors State Tourney begins Saturday morning at Marianna High School. The event has drawn six teams…

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Two Spring Hill AA Rookies teams out to break down barriers at Sebring

DIXIE BASEBALL District 6 champ SH National, third-place SH American seek first Machine-Pitch state crown BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Through eight of the past nine summers, Dixie Baseball’s AA Rookies (ages 7-8) All-Stars Machine-Pitch State Championship has boiled down to supremacy between two state programs in Highlands and Seminole County. Seminole County teams have collected five state titles while Highlands County’s Sebring program has claimed three state titles. Only the…

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Trio of Hernando County Senior, Junior Boys All-Stars invade Jackson County

DIXIE BASEBALL Two-time defending state champion Spring Hill 14s face stiff 9-team field BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For 15 respective Dixie Baseball All-Star teams, the path to Junior (age 13) and Senior Boys (age 14) World Series in Aiken, South Carolina will become much clearer beginning Saturday in Jackson County. The two tourneys will run concurrently utilizing a double-elimination format. Only the state champion in each age division will represent…

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Ex-Leopard Tankersley ‘gets life back’ with basketball

  GIRLS BASKETBALL 2014 HHS graduate returns to hardwood floors with NAIA Florida College in Temple Terrace BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Purgatory for 2014 Hernando High graduate Arianna Markee Tankersley consisted of not having basketball as a compass. In a year since commencement exercises, the 5-foot-10, 126-pound Tankersley literally lost her way. In her words, she was not mature enough to leave home and opted to take a few classes…

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Hernando grad Delaine walks on to Highland Community College

FOOTBALL Two-time All-Hernando County defender joins ex-Leopard Troy Grant BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Beginning Monday, July 6, 2015 Hernando High graduate Steven Jamal Delaine will begin the next chapter of his life at the walk-on level with the Scotties at Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas. The sturdy 6-foot-1, 240-pound Delaine was named All-Hernando County as a defensive tackle in 2013, and as linebacker for the Leopards in 2014. Across…

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District 6 AAA Majors (ages 10-11) Dixie Baseball Tourney Recap (thru 07-02)

  2015 District 6 AAA Majors (ages 10-11) Dixie Baseball All-Stars Tourney Recap at Ridge Manor Community Park 06-27: South Lake – bye. Bushnell 8, Brooksville HYL 4 Oak Griner 8, Wildwood 7 (7 Innings) 06-29: Oak Griner – bye Brooksville HYL 6, Wildwood 2 Bushnell 8, South Lake 4 06-30: South Lake 10, Brooksville HYL 5 Bushnell 13, Oak Griner 1 07-01: Bushnell – bye. South Lake 13, Oak…

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District 6 AAA Majors (ages 10-11) Dixie Baseball Tourney Recap (thru 07-01)

2015 District 6 AAA Majors (ages 10-11) Dixie Baseball All-Stars Tourney Recap at Ridge Manor Community Park 06-27: South Lake – bye. Bushnell 8, Brooksville HYL 4 Oak Griner 8, Wildwood 7 (7 Innings) 06-29: Oak Griner – bye Brooksville HYL 6, Wildwood 2 Bushnell 8, South Lake 4 06-30: South Lake 10, Brooksville HYL 5 Bushnell 13, Oak Griner 1 07-01: Bushnell – bye. South Lake 13, Oak Griner…

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Daniel Webster College Eagles welcome ex-Bear cager McGee

GIRLS BASKETBALL Hernando County’s No. 2 scorer and rebounder signs with Nashua, NH school BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County’s second-leading scorer and rebounder in 2014-15, Central alumnus Desiree Kenisha McGee, is packing for new digs. She says that she’s going shopping soon for some fresh winter gear. She’s going to need it. The 5-foot-9, 146-pounder recently signed a letter of intent to play hoops at the next level at…

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Lewis inks with D-III NC Wesleyan College Battling Bishops

GIRLS BASKETBALL Four-year Central cager finished fourth in scoring, third in rebounding 2014-15 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Spring Hill resident Christina Autumn Lewis remembers playing basketball in her initial organized sport at 5 years-old, nearly 13 years ago. In Year 14, she’ll continue to participate on the hardwood courts as a member of the Division III North Carolina Wesleyan College Batting Bishops in Rocky Mount, NC. Lewis 411 Christina was…

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