Pirates’ Parker applies the dagger – 208 rushing yards, 2 (second-half) TDs – as Crystal River rallies past Hernando, 14-7

FOOTBALL Fields’ 156 yards, Bronson’s 113 yards not nearly enough, as Leopards lose three fumbles By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – As the adage goes, good football teams put people away early. But just as telling, great football teams win close games. Agonizingly, the Leopard faithful are coming to grips with the latter. In a rare Saturday night performance, the Leopards (3-2, 1-2 5A-7) could not sustain its offensive, nor…

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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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Staying busy: Izzy (Zena) is in no tizzy prepping for NAIA’s Lindenwood University

FOOTBALL Former two-time All-County gridder heads to Belleville, Illinois By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Imagine a Bear care package landing at your door. On Monday – three ex-Central Bears: Izzy Zena, Casey McCarthy and Joshua Turner – will begin to navigate to their next stop: NAIA’s Lindenwood University in Belleville, Illinois. McCarthy and Turner served as the center and right guard under Zena, the quarterback, for the 2-7 Bears in 2017….

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7-time All-Hernando County all-star, HHS’ Mobley’s next stop is Avon Park’s South Florida State College

SOFTBALL Three-time weightlifting state qualifier, and 4-year first sacker hit a career .411 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Two enormous voids were created in Hernando High’s girls weightlifting and softball programs with the recent graduation of Janea’ Elizabeth Mobley. Mobley, 18, was a rare four-year varsity letter winner in two sports before signing with the South Florida State College Panthers in Avon Park. Mobley 101 Janea was born at Spring Hill…

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Southern Comfort: Ex-Bear Hudson easing into life with the D-I FIU Panthers

FOOTBALL Two-time All-County right tackle played football basketball, track at CHS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com What happens when a country-born and raised Brooksville lad reaches the streets of cosmopolitan Miami at 18? Stay tuned. We’re all fixin’ to find out. Recent Central High School graduate, Lynndell Genard Hudson, completed his first month of summer courses at Division I-Florida International University. The Hernando County product received an A and two Bs…

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Sharks “Give Up the Funk”; three-time all-star Funkhouser signs with Niceville community college

BASEBALL Career .390 hitter led the state in runs scored in 2018 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Before he climbed into the batter’s box for each of his home games in Brooksville, Zachary Ryan Funkhouser was serenaded. In his honor, his walkup song was a “funky” classic. “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)” by Parliament was played over the public address system. It was released as a…

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Ex-NCT catcher Riera joining the Raiders

BASEBALL Four-year letterman inks with Northwest Florida State College By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Collegiate baseball signings have continued well after last pitch of the 2018 prep baseball season. Recent Nature Coast Technical graduate, Brandon Riera, a three-time All-Hernando County selection behind the plate, just inked with the Niceville-based junior college program at Northwest Florida State College. Riera 411 The journey to Okaloosa County began for Brandon in Dade County. He…

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Don’t snort, ex-Leopard Short, who can literally hold court in any sport, signs with the Coastal Alabama Warhawks

BASEBALL Former Ridge Manor Dixie League product was HHS’ ace in 2018 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The current urban dictionary describes the phrase one trick pony as, a friend, acquaintance or stranger, who has very few talents. The opposite might feature an illustration of Brooksville’s Jackson Taylor Short. You see the 18-year-old Short is a jack-of-all- trades. One of his best traits is he’s a fast learner. Maybe that’s why…

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Trying harder: Bears’ Johnson inks with JUCO Florida Gateway

BASKETBALL Two-time All-County shooting guard departs as Central’s No. 2 scorer By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Over 30 winters of varsity hoops, three-time All-Hernando County guard, Darryn Frazier, graduated in 2009 as the Bears’ all-time leading scorer with 1,787 points. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder played three varsity seasons under skipper Eric Hayes, compiling an overall 18-59 won-lost slate (23 percent). Frazier, who played in 77 games for the Bears, “averaged” a gaudy…

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No need to check; ex-Bear Eck is on deck to wreck havoc for the NAIA Florida College Falcons

BASKETBALL Four-letter varsity cager is coming off best season at 11.8 ppg By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com At 3, Brian Lawrence Eck could be spotted with a basketball at Hernando County Family YMCA in Spring Hill. Fifteen years later, Eck continues his passion for the hardwood courts at his next stop: NAIA’s Florida College Falcons’ campus in Temple Terrace. Eck 101 Brian was born the younger of two sons to Rick…

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Newest Bobcat? Ex-Leopard Urso signs with Bryant & Stratton College

BASEBALL Career .389 prep hitter heads to Virginia Beach junior college program By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com One of the county’s best hitters over the past two seasons – recent Hernando High graduate Anthony Valentino Urso – is heading to Virginia. Urso, a two-year starter for the Leopards, who filled in at several positions and hit a career .389 from 2016-18, signed with the out-of-state junior college program at Bryant &…

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Don’t fret over the next dual-sport collegiate threat, it‘s ex-Eagle Meyer

BASKETBALL/FOOTBALL Recent Springstead receiver, hoopster will play both for NAIA’s Webber University By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Dual-sport standouts like Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders are few and far between. It’s hard enough for most prep athletes to make the jump playing on one collegiate team at the next level, let alone two. So, it’s refreshing to meet ex-Springstead Eagle Zackary Edward Meyer. You see, the lanky 6-foot-4, 175-pounder, who played…

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Getting a (Austin) Legg up at NAIA’s Missouri Valley College

BASEBALL Multi-sport, Idaho native hit .287 with 32 RBI over the last 2 yrs. at HHS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Life’s journey continues for multi-sport ex-Leopard catcher Austin Thomas Legg. Legg, a recent Hernando High graduate, will report in mid-August to his new digs at NAIA’s Missouri Valley College. The 5-foot, 11½-inch, 195-pounder, completed the last two seasons on the Bell Avenue campus as the Leopards’ two-year catcher and breaststroke…

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Ex-Eagle Tomas signs with East Georgia State Bobcats

BASEBALL Across three seasons, right-handed hurler finished 10-6, hit .295 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the second straight season, a Springstead graduate will trek to Swainsboro, Georgia to begin the next chapter of his life. In 2017, two-time All-Hernando County centerfielder Johnny “Johnny O” Oliveira departed for the Peach State junior college program after amassing 10 career homers and bountiful .361 career batting average. A year later, Oliveira is back…

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Cleaver ex-Bear Trevor (Adler) heads to next endeavor at NAIA’s Briar Cliff University

BASEBALL Central shortstop named All-Hernando County in baseball after hitting .354 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The next road trip on life’s journey will be significant for recent Central High graduate: Trevor Albert Adler. After concluding a splendid 2018 campaign, where Adler paced all the county defenders in assists for a second straight season at shortstop and batted .354, was named All-Hernando County for the fist time. Besides a terrific fourth…

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