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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2018 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Runner of the Year – Leah Marville Nature Coast Technical – Senior COMMENTS: Multi-sport student … Tremendous student-athlete … Third-year distance runner … Two-time All-County cross country pick … First time all-star in 2017 … Named All-County in 2016 and 2017 in track and field as a member of the Sharks’ 4×800 relay squad and 1,600 meters …Broke into distance running ranked 11th…

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Good luck attempting to stay up with Hernando’s Stalcup

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Fourth-year Leopard distance thinclad repeats as Runner of the Year By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Despite the lack of a supporting cast of previous cross country seasons, Hernando High senior Ross Dean Stalcup repeated as Hernando County’s 2018 Runner of the Year. The 5-foot-11, 145-pounder turned his fourth prep season along the winding 3.1-mile area courses into his own trail. So much so that area coaches voted him…

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2018 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Runner of the Year Ross Stalcup Hernando – Senior COMMENTS: Four-year letterman … Also competed in track and field … All-County trackster in the 1,600 meters in 2017 … Three-peat All-County cross country selection … Repeated as Runner of the Year in 2018 … Broke in as a freshman in 2015 competing in 10 meets … One of only four county runners to…

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Clark provides spark, paces Sharks to 25-2

VOLLEYBALL 5-foot-8 hitter has started for 3 seasons By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the first time in seven seasons, the Hernando County’s volleyball Player of the Year hails from Nature Coast Technical. Madison Rae Clark was voted Hernando County’s 2018 Player of the Year – the first Shark since Courtney Skinner in 2012. The 5-foot-8, 155-pounder served as the centerpiece of an intricate senior-laden squad that finished with a county-high…

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2018 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Madison Clark – Outside Hitter Nature Coast Technical – Junior COMMENTS: Three-year varsity letterman … Repeat All-County volleyball selection … Broke in as a frosh in 2016 playing in 82 sets and led the team in blocks (45) … Finished second on the team in kills (128) … Ranked fourth in serving up aces (32) … In 2017, led the Sharks in sets (68)…

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NCT’s Dross: Second to none

GIRLS GOLF Three-time state qualifier led the county in scoring as a junior and as a senior By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com At the conclusion of the 2016 and 2017 girls golf seasons, Nature Coast Technical’s Alexis Briana Dross was considered the county’s second-best linkster. That’s what happens when you’re a step behind the Sharks’ two-time Player of the Year Skylar Muscianese. But from the first tee to FHSAA State Finals…

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2018 All-Hernando County Girls Golf

GIRLS GOLF – Compiled by TONY CASTRO Player of the Year Alexis Dross Nature Coast Technical – Senior COMMENTS: Has lettered in basketball and golf … Four-time All-Hernando County links selection … Debuted in 2015 ranking second in the county in nine-hole scoring average at 46.5 behind POY Skylar Muscianese … Finest round was a 42 twice; once at Oak Hills Golf Club vs. Springstead, the other during the pressure-packed…

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UCF-bound Maharaj tapped as Player of the Year (again)

2018 ALL-COUNTY BOYS GOLF Four-year starter, 4-time all-star, repeats as county’s best By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Spring Hill’s Ryan Maharaj transformed many of the county’s finest area golf courses into his personal sand box. As a four-year starter, he was named by the area coaches to his fourth All-Hernando County all-star berth. The reasons were abundant. Like how many local linksters are among the county’s top four scorers four years…

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2018 All-Hernando County Boys Golf

BOYS GOLF – Compiled by TONY CASTRO Player of the Year – Ryan Maharaj Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Rare four-year starter for the Eagles … Voted four times as an All-County selection … Repeat Player of the Year … The two-sport Maharaj also plays soccer … Debuted with a splash in 2015 carding a nine-hole 39 in a tri-match loss at Silverthorn CC to NCT and Crystal River … Later…

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Moving on up: NCT’s McAfee, tabbed county POY, headed to Marietta College

BASKETBALL Ex-Michigan wrestler transitions to standout Shark cager in 3 seasons By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Watching football players attempt to tackle swimming lessons could be comical. Offensive tackles trying to duplicate a breaststroke? Really? That would be akin prep wrestlers attempting to play basketball. Not much vertical there. One local exemption, however, resides at Nature Coast Technical. Recent NCT graduate, Robert Andrew McAfee, successfully navigated through the transition from the…

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2017-18 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM

BOYS BASKETBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Robert McAfee Nature Coast Technical – Senior COMMENTS: Three-year letterman for the Sharks … Second-year starter … Repeat All-County selection … As a sophomore, the 6-foot-1 McAfee played in 29 games, but didn’t score once in double figures … He averaged a quiet 2.2 points per game and 1.9 rebounds per game … A year later, McAfee quadrupled his…

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Springstead’s pint-sized point guard Huden disproves size matters, repeats as POY

GIRLS BASKETBALL 5-foot-3 guard re-writes Eagle record book By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In basketball, a game dominated by ultra-agile big people, there’s a refreshing new twist: a pint-sized point guard in Spring Hill’s Reagan Lynne Huden. You see, the Lord above didn’t bless the 18-year-old in stature at 5-foot-3. But the four-year Hernando County girls basketball fixture at F.W. Springstead, excelled on the court. The Pinellas County native could dribble,…

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2017-18 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM

GIRLS BASKETBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Player of the Year – Reagan Huden Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Rare four-year starter … Four-time All-County selection … Tabbed Hernando County’s Player of the Year for the second straight winter … Forget her size – it’s 5-foot-3 in stilettos – she has finished first, third and first and third in the county scoring race the past four winters … As a freshman, she…

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Gee, there’s no plea for Athlete of the Year, it’s Kylie (Kanaar)

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD Four-sport Lady Eagle becomes first freshman AOY since Blount in ’03 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com 2003 was a banner year for ex-Hernando High thrower Valerie Blount. As a freshman, specializing in the shot put and discus, Blount was named Hernando County’s Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year. It was the first of four All-Hernando County all-star nods. That same year, Brooksville’s Kylie Rose Kanaar…

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2018 ALL-COUNTY GIRLS TRACK & FIELD TEAM

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Athlete of the Year – Kylie Kanaar Springstead – Freshman COMMENTS: Tremendous multi-sport student-athlete who lettered in golf, cross country, weightlifting and track and field in 2017-18 … Besides being Springstead’s top female linkster, she was named All-County in cross country, weightlifting and track … Was also feted as Hernando County’s Girls Track Athlete of the Year … Named All-County in the…

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Doubling the pleasure: Springstead’s Manuel repeats as Athlete of the Year

BOYS TRACK & FIELD 2018 Eagles’ graduate inks with NAIA’s Southeastern University after collecting two state medals By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com This year’s balloting for Hernando County’s Track Athlete of the Year whittled down to three extremely qualified choices. Each candidate – Central junior Tayvon Brown, Springstead junior JaCorey Hartman and Springstead’s Kyle Thomas Manuel – specialized in multiple events. Most importantly, each returned home with an FHSAA State Finals…

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2018 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS TRACK & FIELD

BOYS TRACK & FIELD By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Athlete of the Year – Kyle Manuel Discus, Shot Put Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Three-sport student-athlete at F.W. Springstead in football, weightlifting and track & field while maintaining a 3.8 unweighted and 4.1 weighted grade point average … Named All-County in football in 2017 … Tabbed All-Hernando County in track for a fourth straight season … Is the first four-time All-County trackster…

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