Battle-tested: Ex-Bear seeks D-II national championship with West Florida Argonauts on Saturday

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 2013 CHS graduate was named All-County Special Teams POY in 2012 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com If life about the bling, Brooksville’s Quadavis Battle’s search is about the ring. As in NCAA championship. Battle 101 Team success has not always sided with Battle. Battle graduated from Central High in 2013. His last prep season was 2012 when the Bears, under Mike Einspahr, were outscored by 281 points,…

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Leopards rule 1A-6, stake claim to county’s initial dual meet district title behind a 4-0 run

WRESTLING HHS, NCT advance to dual-meet regional behind 10 unbeaten efforts By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – In a trivia question answer for future generations, Hernando High claimed Hernando County’s first-ever wrestling district championships in 1982 (individual bracketed tournament) and 35 years later in the 2017 (dual meet). As expected the Leopards steamrolled its four opponents on Wednesday at Nature Coast Technical to claim the inaugural Class 1A, District 6…

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Leopards seeking pioneer status as county’s first dual-meet district champion at NCT

WRESTLING Battle looms for second, as five-team meet begins at 1 p.m. along two mats By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com On Feb. 6, 1982, Hernando High’s wrestling program achieved the first of many milestones. In Year 10 of its existence, the Leopards, under second-year mat mentor Ken Pritz departed Land O’ Lakes High School as the Class 3A. District 7 champions. The triumph marked the initial district IBT (individually bracketed tournament)…

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2017-18 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS BASKETBALL STANDINGS (thru 12-11)

GIRLS BASKETBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2017-18 Hernando County Girls Basketball Regular Season Standings PL. TEAM W L .PCT 1. Weeki Wachee$ 3 0 1.000 2. Brooksville-Hernando 1 0 1.000 3. Spring Hill-Springstead 1 1 .500 4. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 0 1 .000 5. Brooksville-Central 0 3 .000 TOTALS 5 5 .500 $ Denotes defending Hernando County champion. 2017-18 Class 6A, District 7 Girls Basketball Regular Season Standings PL….

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 12-16)

SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 12-16) (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 12-11: BOYS SOCCER Nature Coast Technical at Weeki Wachee, 7:30 p.m. Wesley Chapel at Springstead, 7:30 p.m. Ocala-Trinity Catholic at Central, 6 p.m. Hernando at Zephyrhills, 7:30 p.m. Hernando Christian Academy at Land O’ Lakes-Academy at the Lake, 4 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Weeki Wachee at Nature Coast Technical, 7:30 p.m. Zephyrhills at Hernando, 6 p.m. Springstead at Wesley…

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2017-18 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING HONOR ROLL STATS (thru 12-12)

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING – Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10 WGT NAME/SCHOOL BEN-CLN-TOT 101 Allie Anthony (NCT) 95-105—200 110 Kayla Rivera (NCT) 110-125—235 119 Tara Gray (NCT) 100-120—220 129 Kylie Kanaar (SPG) 115-120—235 139 Alexis Hobbs! (WW) 160-170—330 154 Morgen Arey! (WW) 155-145—300 169 Ariana Gennusa (SPG) 135-120—255 183 Courtney Traudt! (NCT) 150-145–295 199 Janea Mobley (HER)!* 145-150–295 UNL Jouie Miller (NCT)^* 210-205–415 $$ Denotes 2016-17 state champion ^ Denotes 2017…

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Springstead signals comeback by capturing Brooksville-Kiwanis Invite by edging Lake Gibson, 239.0-237.5

WRESTLING Eagles claim county-best 19th Kiwanis title behind tourney-high 10 placers By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – In perhaps an omen of the future, F.W. Springstead opened its 38th mat campaign with a significant trophy win following the conclusion of Saturday night’s 36th Brooksville-Kiwanis Tournament. In the two-day, 32-team, 343-wrestler Kiwanis event at the Michael A. Imhoff Gymnasium, Springstead walked in with 13 grapplers and departed with a meet-high 10…

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32 teams attempt to unseat the defending Class 2A state runner-up Lakeland-Lake Gibson Braves at 36th Brooksville-Kiwanis Invitational

WRESTLING Polk County’s Braves arrives with six state qualifiers, same as 18-time Kiwanis champ Springstead By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com One of the state’s premier mat events – the 36th annual Brooksville Kiwanis Invitational – highlights the Week 2 prep wrestling schedule. This weekend’s oldest and largest mat tourney on the North Suncoast begins Friday with the noon weigh-ins as 33 teams will fill engulf Hernando High‘s Michael A. Imhoff Gymnasium….

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Deep NCT seeking fifth county title in six seasons

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING Despite graduation losses, Lady Sharks possess 43-member roster to defend its state runner-up trophy By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the past five winters, success under the bar has been synonymous locally with Nature Coast Technical’s girls’ weightlifting program. The outlook remains identical this winter. Here’s a look at each local program. NCT: Queens of the block In Year 15 along the California Street campus, don’t shed a tear…

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Dog fight expected for the top rung of Class 6A, District 7 ladder

BOYS BASKETBALL Springstead will have its hands full competing in rugged 7A-8 Tourney By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County’s five public hoops programs have begun to wade through its 2017-18 schedule. The ultimate goal is to reach the FHSAA State Finals set for March 5-10 at The Lakeland Center in Polk County. The last Hernando County squad to reach the coveted Final Four was in 2012 by Nature Coast Technical….

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 12-09)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 12-04: BOYS SOCCER Hernando at Weeki Wachee, 7:30 p.m. Springstead at Zephyrhills, 7:30 p.m. Ocala-St. John Lutheran at Central, 6 p.m. Hernando Christian Academy at Tampa-Universal, 4 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Weeki Wachee at Hernando, 7:30 p.m. Zephyrhills at Springstead, 7 p.m. Nature Coast Technical at Wesley Chapel-Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL New Port Ridgewood at Springstead, 7:30 p.m. Ocala-Meadowbrook…

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Down 30-0, Chargers rally past Leopards for repeat Weeki Wachee Duals dual-meet crown, 37-36

WRESTLING Six county grapplers enjoy perfect 8-0 runs at 2-day, 12-team event By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – Despite the loss of half of its team during last June’s commencement exercises, defending Class 1A, District 6 champion Hernando High came within two points of claiming its initial Weeki Wachee Duals Tournament title in six tries Saturday night. In the sixth edition, HHS built a 30-0 cushion before the 3A-6-based…

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