Manuel

Springstead’s Manuel nearly runs the table to earn AOY laurels

BOYS TRACK Eagles junior garners eight wins in 10 meets, county’s lone state medal BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Greatness isn’t always measured with one fortunate swing or toss, but rather over time. Stats, as they say, don’t lie, either. Neither does consistency and resolve. F.W. Springstead junior Kyle Thomas Manuel brought a determination, and ardent consistency to forge a tremendously successful 2017 track and field season in Hernando County. How…

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Nature Coast Technical's Dontay Washington passes the baton to Anchor, Nickinson Sineus. The Sharks won the 4 x 100 in a time of 44.23. Taye Moodie and Len'kel Smith rounded out the squad. Photo by JOE DICRISTOFALO

2017 ALL-COUNTY BOYS TRACK & FIELD

BOYS TRACK & FIELD BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Athlete of the Year – Kyle Manuel Discus, Shot Put Springstead – Junior COMMENTS: Three-sport student/athlete at F.W. Springstead in football, weightlifting and track & field while maintaining a 3.75 unweighted and 4.1 weighted grade point average … Named All-Hernando County in track for a third season … Voted Boys Track Athlete of the Year for the first time … In the…

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Dominique Walker

Hernando County’s 2017 Lifter of the Year is no big talker, it’s Central’s Walker

BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING Bears’ state medalist prefers to allow his efforts to speak for itself BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the first time in 15 years, Hernando County’s top male weightlifter hails from Central High School. In 2002, three-time state placer and 2001 state champion Viet Lam was voted by the area coaches as county’s top lifter. That season he returned with a shiny silver medal to add to his collection…

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Dominique Walker

2017 ALL-COUNTY BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING

BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Lifter of the Year – Dominique Walker Central – Senior COMMENTS: The 6-foot-1 multi-skilled athlete in football, track and field and weightlifting … Played for three schools in four years … Transferred to Springstead after freshman year at NCT … Transferred to Central after a year and half at Springstead … Closed out his final year and a half with the Bears … Two-year…

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Richie Rivera

Springstead’s Richie Rivera is a reality king, rules local mats

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR With his father Richard laying in a hospital after a stroke, Rivera garners gold BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Some would say the world is saturated with fake news, just ask our 45th President Donald J. Trump. Everyone else, however, isn’t a billionaire, looking to secure his next deal. The rest of us live in a world brimming with reality like life and death and paying taxes….

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Richie Rivera vs Dominic Cerilllo , Nice.Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2016-17 ALL-COUNTY WRESTLING

WRESTLING BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Wrestler of the Year 113 – Richie Rivera Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Competed for three seasons … Only completed one full season due to academic issues … First-time All-Hernando County selection in 2016-17 … Unanimously voted Wrestler of the Year after returning home with Hernando County’s 47th state gold medal in 45 seasons … Broke in as a frosh in 2013-14 posting a 16-11 mark…

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Samantha Traudt

Traudt rises from fender bender to the top of the podium (again)

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING NCT’s Samantha Traudt closes prep career with record-tying 9 straight wins BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Ironically, in a local rush to success, Nature Coast Technical’s Samantha Rose Traudt was better known for her “slow and steady” approach in the weight room en route to winning her last nine weight lifting meets, including two FHSAA State Finals gold medals in 2016 and 2017. Her amazing run began innocently with…

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Samantha Traudt at the 2017 FHSAA State Championship at Bellview High School. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2016-17 ALL-COUNTY GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Lifter of the Year – Samantha Traudt Nature Coast Technical – Senior COMMENTS: Third-year varsity lifter … Three-time All-Hernando County weightlifting selection. … Voted 2016’s Hernando County Co-Lifter of the Year with NCT teammate Ashley Gentz … Unanimously voted Lifter of the Year in 2017 … As a sophomore, Traudt alternated between 139 and 154 pounds … Competed in six meets, claiming wins in…

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Jonathan Gates

NCT’s Gates garners prep ‘Triple Crown’ en route repeat Player of the Year laurels

BASEBALL Third-year Shark batted a Hernando County-best .478 with 10 HRs, 45 RBI BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Across 148 years of Major League Baseball, one of the rarest sights is the crowning of a Triple Crown champion. Only 16 previous times has any major leaguer led the league in the same season in batting average, home runs and runs batted in. The 14 players who have achieved the feat represent…

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Jonathan Gates Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2017 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BASEBALL

BASEBALL BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Jonathan “J.P.” Gates Nature Coast Technical – Junior COMMENTS: Third-year starter … Two-time All-Hernando County selection … Repeat Player of the Year pick … As a freshman, Gates batted .284 breaking in with 21 hits in 22 games, featuring 11 extra-base hits and 17 runs batted in … On the hill, he fanned 40 batters in 39 innings going 2-4…

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Kaine McColley

Hernando County’s Player of the Year is no folly, it’s McColley

BOYS BASKETBALL NCT senior earns second All-County berth, POY nod BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com When Hernando County’s boys basketball coaches selected its 2016-17 All-Hernando County squad, there was a consensus on this year’s Player of the Year: Kaine Joshua McColley. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound senior forward from Nature Coast Technical wasn’t a one-man wrecking ball, but rather the leader of a stout 27-2 Sharks squad. McColley 411 Kaine’s parents, Kurt and…

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Kama Woodall

Is Springstead right-hander Kama Woodall the county’s best-ever hurler?

SOFTBALL Senior unanimously voted as Hernando County’s Player of the Year in 2017 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Let the comparisons begin. At the conclusion of Year 28 of Hernando County fast-pitch softball, there’s only one queen of the local diamonds: F.W. Springstead senior Kama Alexandra Woodall. Woodall, who will graduate during Friday evening’s commencement exercises at Booster Stadium in Spring Hill, ranked 35th in a class of over 400 students….

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Kama Woodall. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2017 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Kama Woodall Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Two-year staff ace … Two-time All-Hernando County selection … Unanimously voted unanimously as 2017’s Hernando County Player of the Year … The Spring Hill resident, who transferred to F.W. Springstead after leading St. Petersburg-Canterbury to a trio of Final Fours and a pair of state titles … In 2016, the stud right-hander missed some…

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Kaine McColley         Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2017 HernandoSport.com All-Hernando County Boys Basketball Team

BOYS BASKETBALL BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Kaine McColley Nature Coast Technical – Senior COMMENTS: At 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, McColley transferred from Lecanto High … McColley was a two-year starter for Sharks … Two-time All-Hernando County selection … As a junior, McColley averaged 14.6 points per game … He maintained his consistency reaching double figure scoring in 21 of 28 tilts … Pumped in 20+ plus…

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Reagan Huden

Pint-sized guard Springstead’s Huden is Hernando County’s cage queen

GIRLS BASKETBALL 5-foot-3 shooting guard voted 2016-17 Player of the Year BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Though NFL Hall of Famer Vince Lombardi is no longer pacing the sidelines his vernacular remains. His insightful language on life and sports has left a blue print on American athletics. Though F.W. Springstead junior shooting guard Reagan Lynne Huden has never played football, there’s a Lombardism available to describe how a 5-foot-3, 146-pound shooting…

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Reagan Huden         Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2016-17 HernandoSport.com All-Hernando County Girls Basketball Team

GIRLS BASKETBALL BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Reagan Huden Springstead – Junior COMMENTS: Three-year starter …Three-time All-County selection … Forget her size, at 5-foot-3, she has finished first, third and first in the county in scoring race the past three winters … As a freshman, she carried the team’s offensive burden averaging 17.3 points per game while converted 54 three-pointers … Paced the Lady Eagles in…

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De'vonta Smith

Central’s Smith feted as Hernando County’s slam dunk Player of the Year selection

2016-17 ALL-COUNTY FOOTBALL Four-year, two-way player departed with over 6,300 rushing yds. BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Imagine what Central High’s 29th football season might have been without De’vonta Da’shaun Smith, because uncertainty lines the future. Looking back to 2016, the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder did it all for the 6-4 Bears. Smith, 19, helped snap the Bears’ nine-year losing streak at the Bears’ Den en route to being named by every county…

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De'vonta Smith

2016-17 HernandoSport.com ALL-COUNTY FOOTBALL

FOOTBALL BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com OFFENSE Player of the Year – De’vonta Smith Offensive Player of the Year – De’vonta Smith Central – Senior COMMENTS: Fourth-year letterman … Two-time All-County selection at running back … Feted as the Hernando County Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 before being selected as the county‘s top Offensive Player and Player of the Year in 2016 … In his first two seasons as…

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Miranda Werkmeister

Hornets’ Werkmeister repeats as POY selection

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Weeki Wachee senior outside hitter led US-19 spikers to second district title BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The name Werkmeister derives from its German roots meaning master craftsman, especially a master builder. It seems only fitting that the Weeki Wachee High School Werkmeisters are synonymous with master craftsmanship on the volleyball court. For the third time in five local seasons, a Werkmeister – senior Miranda Werkmeister – was named…

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Miranda Werkmeister goes cross court against Ponte Vedra. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

HernandoSport.com 2016 All-Hernando County Girls Volleyball

VOLLEYBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO Player of the Year Miranda Werkmeister Weeki Wachee – Senior COMMENTS: Fourth-year varsity letterman … FACA District 10 All-Star representative … Second-time All-Hernando County selection … Repeat Player of the Year recipient … Amassed 317 kills, 41 aces, 441 digs and 16 assists … … Helped guide the Lady Hornets to back-to-back district championships and pair of regional finals before being ousted at home…

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