D-III Berry College Vikings place faith in Springstead’s Aten

  VOLLEYBALL 5-foot-9 outside hitter, middle hitter named All-County four times By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com F.W. Springstead’s finest volleyball player last fall – recent graduate – Jennifer Michelle Aten – will be journeying approximately 7½ hours from Spring Hill to her new digs: Division III Berry College Vikings in Mount Berry, Georgia. The journey – mostly up I-75 – is expected to stretch 543 miles.. The 5-foot-9, 140-pounder is expected…

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Springstead spiker DeLoach bound for D-III Mitchell College Mariners

VOLLEYBALL 5-foot-5 outside hitter will journey over 19 hrs., 1,240 miles to next home By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Life-long Hernando County resident Olivia Whitney DeLoach has opted to resettle in Connecticut to begin the next phase of her life. After the 5-foot-5, 125-pound outside hitter completed her fourth volleyball season for Springstead High – the last three campaigns at the varsity level – she signed a national letter of intent…

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New terrain for Torain: Eagle grad signs with JUCO Northland Community and Tech

BASKETBALL Three-year starter journeys to Thief River, Minnesota By TONY CASTRO Hernando Sport.com   College prospects are rarely fortunate enough to travel to a neighboring county – say to New Port Richey’s Pasco-Hernando State College – to begin the next chapter of their lives. It’s never that easy. A prime example of the transition is recent F.W. Springstead graduate Sincere Shakoor Torian. When the 18-year-old Torain reports to college –…

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Springstead’s Morales inks with NAIA‘s Campbellsville University Tigers in Kentucky

WRESTLING Eagle captain competed for 3 varsity seasons reaching states thrice, placing twice By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com     Hernando County’s top prep grappler over the past three winters – Springstead’s Christopher Ian Morales – has selected a new home. After whittling his choice of college to four schools, Morales, 18, selected NAIA’s Campbellsville, Kentucky. Morales mulled over offers from Lakeland’s Southeastern University and Keiser University in West Palm Beach…

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Springstead’s Lantigua inks with D-I UMass Lowell River Hawks

BASEBALL Eagle first sacker wins county Triple Crown in batting, homers, RBI By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Time, it’s been said, heals all. It couldn’t be truer than with the swing of Spring Hill’s Jiovel Lantigua. In three short varsity baseball seasons at F.W. Springstead High School, the stocky, 6-foot, 235-pounder has transformed his game. As a freshman, he joined the baseball team under skipper Shawn Laferty. Laferty, who is not…

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Weeki Wachee’s Facey inks with D-III NC Wesleyan

FOOTBALL Multi-sport Hornet lettered in football, basketball, wrestling By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Weeki Wachee’s Jahkiye Rymel Facey recently became the third member of the 2018 Hornet football team to join Division-III North Carolina Wesleyan at Rocky Mount, NC. Unlike the other two “good hands” products in Sebastian Class and Brian Strickland, the 6-foot-1, 250-pound Facey made his living along the trenches. Facey, 18, played football for two seasons – alternating…

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Ex-Hornet wideout Strickland rebrands with D-III North Carolina Wesleyan Battling Bishops

Set county records for career two-point attempts (19), most 2-point conversions (15) By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com   Weeki Wachee Hornets wide receiver/defensive back Brian Andrew Strickland felt – at times – like he was the proverbial Maytag repair man. You know the guy that everyone goes to when things aren’t working right, but is always there when they’re not. The sleek built – 6-foot-3, 185-pounder – demonstrated moments of brilliance…

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After Springstead’s Reynolds wraps up prep career; signs with D-III University of Mount Union Raiders

WRESTLING In three varsity seasons on the mat, Reynolds reaches states twice By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Few, if any, prep athletes have enjoyed the meteoric rise in such a short span as Christian Joseph Reynolds. Reynolds, who walked into the famed F.W. Springstead wrestling room as a freshman – quit the team for two weeks before returning. Lacking confidence – as most young men do at 14 – the then…

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Ex-Hornet, ex-Leopard Lamp inks with JUCO South Georgia State College Hawks

SOFTBALL Ex-Hornet, ex-Leopard Lamp inks with JUCO South Georgia State College Hawks Departs HHS with school record 13 HR By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com With some historic achievements, come asterisks. Just ask Spring Hill’s Madyson Lynn Lamp. Lamp, 18, is a softball anomaly of sorts. She played prep softball for four seasons locally mostly as a third baseman/designated hitter/pitcher. Problem was she only played for Weeki Wachee as a freshman and…

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Weeki Wachee’s head of the Class inks with D-III NC Wesleyan Battling Bishops

FOOTBALL Four-year Hornet gained over 3,000 yds. of total offense, scoring 31 TDs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Weeki Wachee’s current first-year skipper Chris Cook is contending with several issues on the Vespa Way campus. The first of which – probably his No. 1 priority right now – is consolidating his coaching staff for the fast-approaching 2019 season. The past off-season has been particularly unkind to the Hornets, as the majority…

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She’s certainly no louse, it’s Galhouse and she’s headed to D-II UT

SOFTBALL The .455 career hitter hit better than every Eagle except for D-I Pfent By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com As a junior, playing for her third high school softball program in three seasons, Mariah Shay Galhouse, was just looking for a niche. She was searching to fit in. After arriving in Spring Hill – following stops at Pinellas Park and Wiregrass Ranch – the 5-foot-8, 160-pounder did just that: find a…

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Springstead’s Kolwicz inks with Lake-Sumter State College Hawks

SOFTBALL Four-time All-County pick broke Pfent’s school marks for games, at-bats By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com One of the major cogs in F.W. Springstead’s recent success traces back to its infield play. That’s where Emily Nicole Kolwicz – a four-year starter – left an indelible mark. The 5-foot-9, 135-pounder, who was selected All-Hernando County four times for her infield play, recently graduated from the Mariner Boulevard campus after breaking a pair…

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No mulling over offer necessary, Mullen heads to Due West, South Carolina’s D-II Erskine College

GIRLS SOCCER Fourth-year Hornet midfielder leaves as school’s best passer By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com   While the search continues for Weeki Wachee High School’s next female head soccer coach – after the Hornets’ Danny Fierro stepped down after five seasons this winter – one of the program’s premier pillars has committed to the next level. Lauren Mullen, a four-year starter at midfield, and possessor of the WWHS school record for…

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Weeki Wachee’s Schmidt extends mat career, inks with JUCO Rowan College Roadrunners

WRESTLING Two-year Hornet starter also played varsity football By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In one of last moves as Weeki Wachee’s wrestling coach, skipper Dan Gigantelli saw one of his own sign to compete at the next level. Prior to the end of his three-year reign as the Hornets’ mentor, Gigantelli attended Jason Matthew Schmidt’s junior college signing to Rowan College at Gloucester County, New Jersey. Schmidt, 17, competed for the…

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Don’t have to Aske, Leopard hurler heads to NAIA’s Jacksonville’s Trinity Baptist College

BASEBALL Right-hander fanned 67 across 80.1 innings, going 11-2 over last two seasons By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Dade City native Marrick Christian Aske recently became the second Hernando High baseball player to confirm he’s playing at the next level. Aske, 18, recently inked with Jacksonville’s NAIA Trinity Baptist College Eagles. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound right-hander is coming off a fine season for 24th-year skipper Tim Sims. After starting three times as…

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Galda overcomes adversity, inks with Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville, Maryland Cardinals

BASEBALL Ex-HCA Lion played last three seasons at Hernando High School By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com With every prep student/athlete there are twists and turns along one’s career path. Such is the case with Brooksville’s Austin Emil Galda. Despite being the starting catcher – as an eighth- and ninth-grader – along the Emerson Road campus of Hernando Christian Academy, the current 6-foot, 170-pounder yearned for more. He transferred to Hernando High…

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Coming Home: No brain drain for Shane (Davidson) in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

FOOTBALL Recent WWHS grad aspiring to become an accountant By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com At some point today recent Weeki Wachee graduate, Shane Alexander Davidson, will arrive at his life’s next destination: Division III- Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The drive that began Wednesday evening will cover over 16 hours spanning over 1,000 miles. In a way, it’s a homecoming.   Davidson 101 Shane, an only child, was born on Christmas…

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Ex-Hornet McKnight expects a good fight for a starting slot with the D-III Wilkes University Colonels

FOOTBALL “Canada“ will major in mechanical engineering at Wilkes-Barre, Pa. campus By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com This morning, Jason Anthony McKnight began the 16-plus hour, 1,074-mile trek from his old stomping grounds – Weeki Wachee High School – to his new digs at Division-III Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. McKnight 411 Nicknamed Canada by his Hornet friends and classmates was apropos. Jason was born as the oldest of two sons to…

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Ex-Hornet Young climbing next rung of his athletic ladder at NAIA’s Webber University

    FOOTBALL Two-time All-County wide receiver, a 2-time all-county trackster By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Reached four days into the next phase of his life – ex-Weeki Wachee Hornet wide receiver Shaun Kamau Young says he’s transitioning well into his new digs at NAIA’s Webber International University. Young, a sleek 6-foot, 165-pounder, recently graduated from the US-19 campus after being named All-Hernando County as a wideout in 2016-17 while being…

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