2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM

GIRLS BASKETBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Mykenna Corbett Weeki Wachee – Senior COMMENTS: Four-year starter … Foir-time All-Hernando County pick … Impressive debut as a frosh for the Central Bears … At 5-foot-10, was the No. 1 offensive threat for the thin-rostered Lady Bears … Corbett finished second in the county in scoring behind Springstead center Alyssa Clifton at 12.9 points per game … Also,…

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Meet the Cadillac of Hernando County baseball: Springstead’s Jasiak

BASEBALL Three-time All-County selection edges teammate Lantigua for POY laurels By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com   F.W. Springstead’s recent graduate Jiovel Lantigua pieced together one of the most spectacular prep seasons ever witnessed in 2019. The 6-foot, 235-pound Dominican Republic dandy with the soft hands, but a big left-handed bat barreled through the Eagles’ 22-5 campaign. The Tampa=born Lantigua led the county in hitting at .412, hits (35), runs scored (32),…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BASEBALL TEAM

BASEBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Jack Jasiak Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Four–year letterman, three-year starter … Three-time All-Hernando County selection … Outstanding student/athlete who maintained a 3.9 unweighted and 4.2 weighted grade point average… At 6-foot-1, 200-pounds, Jasiak edged out the county’s Triple Crown winner – teammate Jiovel Lantigua – for 2019 Hernando County Player of the Year laurels, 3-2 … In 2017, he ranked…

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Lady Leopards’ mound ace Shenefield tabbed Hernando County’s Player of the Year

SOFTBALL Recent HHS graduate who rewrote county records, preps for D-II Rollins College By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Lessons are always learned by studying history. Hopefully, not to duplicate many of the same mistakes. In athletics, opportunities are granted, not handed out like Halloween treats. So given any opportunity to play, each student/athlete has to maximize his/her chance. History tells us that’s what happened with the New York Yankees when first…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY SOFTBALL TEAM

SOFTBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Ali Shenefield Hernando High – Senior COMMENTS: Fourth-year varsity letterman … Three-time All-Hernando County selection … Feted as 2019’s Hernando County Player of the Year … Broke in as a freshman in 2016 at third base and collected 26 hits in 26 games batting .342 … Concluded the season as the Lady Leopards’ mound ace … Showed flashes of brilliance…

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It’s Miller’s Time! 2019 Hernando County Player of the Year

GIRLS TENNIS Reaches rugged 3A-5 district finals at No. 1 singles and doubles By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Players of Year in any athletic endeavor typically stand out. Most, however, are never freshmen. F.W. Springstead High’s Jolie Karis Miller is one of those rare exceptions. Miller, who recently turned 15, was an integral part of the Lady Eagles’ unbeaten Hernando County champion 12-0 season in 2019. The leggy 5-foot-6, 112-pounder, created…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS TENNIS TEAM

GIRLS TENNIS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Jolie Miller Springstead – Freshman COMMENTS: Initial varsity season … First-time All-Hernando County selection … Outstanding student/athlete as a member of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at SHS … Maintains a 4.0 unweighted and 4.2 weighted grade point average … Anchored the arduous No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles positions for the unbeaten Hernando County champion Eagles ……

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Mostly awes – few flaws detected – from county’s repeat POY “Wizard of Oz” Cherubini

BOYS TENNIS In Year 2, Caracas native guided the Eagles to 3A-5 finals in singles and doubles By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County’s finest prep tennis player has further entrenched himself at the top of the local tennis ladder. Oswaldo Jesus Cherubini was voted the county’s best player after breaking into the sport anchoring the two toughest positions at No. 1 singles and doubles at F.W. Springstead last season. The…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS TENNIS TEAM

BOYS TENNIS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year No. 1 Singles – Oswaldo Cherubini Springstead – Sophomore COMMENTS: Two-year letterman … Repeat All-County selection … Voted Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019 while anchoring No. 1 singles and doubles … Listed at 5-foot-8, 165 pounds … Exceptional student/athlete who carries 3.96 unweighted and 4.5 weighted grade point average as part of the International Baccalaureate program at…

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Meet the Eagles’ mat dispenser – James Spencer – 2019’s Hernando County Wrestler of the Year

WRESTLJNG In four winters, rose from 4-9 to the FHSAA State Finals By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com There’s a reason rags to riches tales are few and far between. But recent F.W. Springstead graduate James Winfield Spencer II is living proof, they can occur, especially in wrestling. Spencer meandered into the Springstead High School wrestling practice more out of curiosity than anything else four years ago. These days he walks around…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY WRESTLING TEAM

WRESTLING By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Wrestler of the Year – James Spencer Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Fourth-year letter winner … Last three as a starter … Repeat All-Hernando County selection … Voted first SHS heavyweight to be named Wrestler of the Year … Came full circle in four seasons … Broke in quietly as a freshman behind a 4-9 slate … Has steadily improved … During his first full season…

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County’s lone state medalist – NCT’s Wellman – caps outstanding senior campaign

BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING Third-year Shark named county’s Lifter of the Year By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the first time in 16 seasons, Hernando County’s top male weightlifter – Logan Derrick Wellman – hails a from program not known for its weightlifting: Nature Coast Technical. Since the sport’s inception along the California Street campus, weightlifting has been an excuse to improve under the bar for the Sharks’ football team. Isn’t it true…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING TEAM

BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Heavyweight – Logan Wellman Nature Coast Technical – Senior COMMENTS: Multi-sport athlete, who also wrestled and played football for the Sharks … Second-year lifter … Repeat All-Hernando County performer … First-time Lifter of the Year … Initial Shark to be-ever voted by the area coaches as LOY … In 2018, Wellman competed in seven meets … Began the season on the right foot with…

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There’s no doubt about it! It‘s another (Courtney) Traudt for Hernando County Lifter of the Year

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING Three-time county champ, 3-time state qualifier, closes with fourth-place state medal By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The first family of Hernando County girls weightlifting – the Traudt’s – earned yet another honor. Across the 16 seasons that Nature Coast Technical High School has competed in the FHSAA state series under the bar, one local Spring Hill family has led the way. To date, the Traudt’s have had four daughters…

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2018-19 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Lifter of the Year – Courtney Traudt Nature Coast Technical – Senior COMMENTS: Fourth-year letterman … Three-time All-Hernando County weightlifting selection … Named Hernando County’s Lifter of the Year two years after her older sister, Samantha, was named 2016 and 2017’s Lifter of the Year … As a 5-foot-3 frosh in 2015-16, Traudt competed in seven meets and returned home with as high as…

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Stulec aptly called NCT’s “Swiss Army Knife”

BOYS SOCCER NCT senior could hurt opponents on offense, defense, special teams By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com After a dominant four-year prep career, Nature Coast Technical senior Vincent “Vinny” Louis Stulec was described by a local mentor as the Sharks’ “Swiss Army knife.” A Swiss Army knife seemed apropos. It’s extremely versatile and can deployed in multiple occasions, serving a variety of purposes – similar to the way the 6-foot-2, 170-pound…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS SOCCER

BOYS SOCCER By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Play of the Year – Vinny Stulec Nature Coast Technical – Senior COMMENTS: Fourth-year letterman … Four-time All-County selection … Sharks’ first-ever four-time pick … Initial county player named in back-to-back-to-back seasons as Player of the Year …Extremely versatile player who prefers to play defense … Fabulous debut in 2015-16 with 17 goals and six assists to rank fourth in the county scoring race…

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Weissman serves as the commish of the California Street pitch

GIRLS SOCCER In Year 1, 5-foot-2 striker wins Hernando County’s Triple Crown By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In college hoop circles, there was none more influential than the “Wizard of Westwood” – Hall of Famer John Wooden of UCLA. Wooden’s coaching legacy included such terrific players has Gail Goodrich, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Bill Walton. Locally, perhaps the best fitting moniker for Nature Coast Technical freshman striker Kennedy Alexa Weissman is…

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2018-19 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS SOCCER

GIRLS SOCCER By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Kennedy Weissman Nature Coast Technical – Freshman COMMENTS: Multi-sport athlete at 5-foot-2, who also competed in weightlifting and track and field …. First–year letter winner … Initial All-County selection … Lightning quick … Possesses great vision … Exploded on to the season leading all Hernando County players to the famed “Triple Crown” scoring the most goals (34), collecting the…

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Marveling at Marville: Opponents gush over her season

2018 ALL-COUNTY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY Third-year thinclad defeated 182-of-184 Hernando County foes By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For once, a imagine the toughest guy on your block standing 5-foot-6 and weighing in at 114 pounds. Not much an imposing figure, right? Just the contrary in the Hernando County cross country realm this season. You see, Nature Coast Technical senior Leah Marlene Marville had local rivals marveling at her success along the…

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