Sharks’ second-year forward Stulec rises to the head of the class on the pitch

BOYS SOCCER NCT sophomore paced the circuit in goals scored in 2016-17 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Defensive-minded Vincent “Vinny” Louis Stulec ascended from the centerback position on the pitch to deposit a county-leading 24 goals for the Nature Coast Technical Sharks en route to Hernando County’s 2016-17 Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Stulec 101 Born in Union, New Jersey as the younger of two sons to Frank and Gina…

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Lady Hornets’ Bain enjoying the fast lane

GIRLS SOCCER Weeki Wachee frosh, county’s leading scorer voted Player of the Year BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Year 6 of Weeki Wachee High School girls soccer was a season of growth. Though the Lady Hornets could not ultimately produce the school’s first-ever winning season, substantial growth was achieved. Hey, Rome wasn‘t built in a day. At the epicenter was a group of freshmen booters led by striker Reilley Ashlyn Bain….

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2017 ALL-COUNTY BOYS SOCCER

BOYS SOCCER BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Play of the Year – Vinny Stulec Nature Coast Technical – Sophomore COMMENTS: Two-year letterman … Extremely versatile player who would prefer to play defense … Repeat All-Hernando County selection … Voted Player of the Year for the first time … Fabulous debut in 2015-16 with 17 goals and six assists to rank fourth in the county scoring race and finish third on the…

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2016-17 ALL-COUNTY GIRLS SOCCER

GIRLS SOCCER BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Reilley Bain Weeki Wachee – Freshman COMMENTS: Outstanding student/athlete … All-Hernando County selection in soccer and track and field who maintained a 3.9 weighted grade point average … First Hornet player voted Girls Soccer Player of the Year … Debuted with a bang … Helped guide the US-19 program to a school record 10 wins … Poured in 24…

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NCT’s Remondelli ascends to 2017 Hernando County Player of the Year

GIRLS TENNIS In her second net season, Lady Shark collected 30 total wins BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In the area coaches’ eyes, this year’s Girls Tennis Player of the Year for Hernando County whittled down to two choices: Hernando Christian Academy senior Katherine Moore and Nature Coast Technical sophomore Sierra Paige Remondelli. When the dust settled on Moore’s seventh varsity season she concluded her prep career behind a personal-best 12-7…

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2017 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS TENNIS

GIRLS TENNIS BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Sierra Remondelli Nature Coast Technical – Sophomore COMMENTS: Second-year netter … Repeat All-Hernando County selection … Edged HCA senior Katherine Moore for Player of the Year laurels … Broke in as a freshman in 2016 with a splash … Paced all Hernando County netters with a 16-4 overall mark … Though NCT placed third in the 2A-7 Tourney at…

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2017 ALL-COUNTY BOYS TENNIS

BOYS TENNIS BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year No. 1 Singles – Alex Hoover Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Rare four-year letterman … Four-time All-County selection …Voted Player of the Year in 2017 after being named All-County in singles at the sport’s hardest position: No. 1 singles and also being chosen All-County in doubles for a fourth straight season … Broke in as a freshman in 2014 turning heads…

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2017 ALL-COUNTY GIRLS TRACK & FIELD

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Athlete of the Year – Jacy Scharlow High Jump Springstead – Junior COMMENTS: Three-year letterman … Three-time All-Hernando County selection in one event, her specialty: the high jump … Rare three-time state qualifier … Only Hernando County female to return with a state medal in 2017 … As a freshman in 2015, Scharlow competed in 10 meets and never finished below fifth…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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