Gilbert Delgado

Versatile Delgado joins NAIA’s Webber International University Warriors

FOOTBALL NCT three-sport letter winner recruited as slot back receiver BY TONY CASTRO 2017 Nature Coast Technical graduate Gilbert Rafael Delgado, who earned nine athletic letters, including eight across three varsity venues – football, soccer and track and field – remains active each morning this summer rising up at 5 a.m. for his two-hour workout. Delgado, 19, who works out five days a week alternating between running and lifting…

Standing, Grandfather Roddy Rodriquez. Seated, Mom, Stacy, Marcus and Gail Rodriguez. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Central southpaw Rodriguez chases dream by inking with John Wood Community College

  BASEBALL The three-year letterman dreams of returning to Florida to play at USF or UNF BY TONY CASTRO Another of Central High’s eight seniors from its 17-10 2017 varsity baseball team, Marcus Jelaelan Rodriguez, yearns to a be trivia answer one day. Specifically, the 18-year-old southpaw would like to be the first-ever player to play in the Major Leagues from his birthplace, the Republic of the Marshall Islands….

Standing, Grandparents Andrew and Susan, sister, Joey, stepmother, Cassi. Seated, Mom, Carmen, Kestler, Dad, Stephen and Sister Kaylee Harbuck. (all same last name) Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Central’s Harbuck signs with John Wood Community College Blazers in Quincy, Illinois

  BASEBALL Four-year varsity letterman fanned 95 in 109.2 innings pitched BY TONY CASTRO 2017 Central High graduate Kestler Fox Harbuck was one of two Bears to recently sign to play collegiate baseball at his new digs with the John Wood Community College Blazers in Quincy, Illinois. Harbuck will be joined with teammate Marcus Rodriguez at the next level some 1,118 miles and 17 hours away from the Ken…

Jordan Wright , Mom Kirstin, Webber International University. .Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Wright’s next step? Newest Warrior at NAIA’s Webber International University

FOOTBALL 2017 SHS graduate guided Eagles to 16-12 slate across three seasons BY TONY CASTRO As many local parents can attest, they often plead to their sons or daughters that there are two ways for student/athletes to successfully accomplish any task or mission: a right way or the wrong way. For one recent 2017 Springstead High graduate, there’s also the Wright way. Jordan Anthony Wright recently signed a letter…

Dominique Walker

Central’s Walker inks with D-I Florida A&M Rattlers

FOOTBALL All-County trackster, weightlifter signs as defensive back BY TONY CASTRO The career path of recent Central High graduate Dominique Marquis Walker has led him to Leon County. The gifted 6-foot-1, 195-pounder recently signed a letter of intent to play cornerback/safety for Tallahassee-based Division I Florida A&M University Rattlers. Walker 411 In terms of campuses, Walker is used to adapting to new situations. FAMU will be his fourth campus…

Codey Maniates

Ex-Leopard Maniates on the move to Jacksonville, Illinois’ MacMurray College Highlanders

WRESTLING Two-time state wrestling qualifier joins D-III mat team BY TONY CASTRO The heart ’n soul of the best Hernando High wrestling team in 12 winters, 2017 graduate Codey Michael Maniates, has already relocated 15 hours and over 1,050 miles to begin the next phase of his life. Maniates, 18, was one of the senior captains on the 24-4 HHS mat program in 2016-17. Maniates along with fellow seniors…

Harry Williams

Newest Bacone College Warrior is ex-Leopard Harry Williams

WRESTLING How scary is Harry? Voted All-Hernando County in football, wrestling BY TONY CASTRO Since female athletes develop a lot sooner than most of their male counterparts, there seems to be more male late bloomers. One such local student/athlete is recent Hernando High graduate Harry Deshawn Williams. Williams, 18, is coming off his best-ever prep campaigns in both football and wrestling. How good? The 5-foot-10, 186-pounder was one of…

Will Roberts

Meet D-III Methodist University’s newest Monarch, ex-HCA standout Roberts

BASEBALL Six-foot-4, 182-pound right-hander finished second in the county in Ks BY TONY CASTRO Acronyms surround our daily life. Just try to read any teenager’s next text message. LOL. Athletically-speaking, baseball has its own language. Meet recent Hernando Christian Academy graduate Will Stephen Roberts. Roberts was a P.O., or pitcher only, for the Lions. The 6-foot-four, 182-pounder, who hit .353 and drove in team-best 26 runs, served as the…

Courtney Reiser

New team yields another fresh start for Springstead’s Reiser

GIRLS BASKETBALL Lady Eagles cager inks with Trinity College of Florida in New Port Richey BY TONY CASTRO It’s a common misconception that all prep basketball players have to average doubles figures in scoring or rebounding or possess a 32-inch vertical leap to play at the next level. So meet the 7-Up or the Uncola of local girls basketball: F.W. Springstead’s Courtney Lauren Reiser. The recent Lady Eagles graduate…

Brad Ellis

Royal occasion as Hernando’s Ellis inks with Warner University

FOOTBALL 6-foot, 225-pound linebacker heads to NAIA campus BY TONY CASTRO If high school sports were in Technicolor, recent Hernando High graduate Brad Raymond Ellis could be sketched in black and white. Ellis, 19, has grown up around two past times – football and baseball. After earning seven letters playing both sports on the Bell Avenue campus in Brooksville, Ellis recently inked a letter of intent to play collegiate…

Joey DelGatto, PHSC Coach Steve Winterling, Mom Amy, Dad Steve. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Taking the next step, DelGatto signs with Pasco-Hernando State College Conquistadors

BASEBALL 3-year SHS letterman enjoyed best-ever year in 2017 hitting .321 BY TONY CASTRO In a magical 2017 prep baseball campaign where eight different Springstead Eagles pieced together their best-ever seasons, Joseph “Joey” Crane DelGatto’s value could not be understated. Under the guidance of third-year SHS skipper Shawn Laferty, the current 5-foot-11, 180-pound DelGatto sparkled. DelGatto, who averaged .264 along his first two seasons on the Mariner Boulevard campus,…

Johnny Oliveira

Hereeeeee’s Johnny … meet the newest Georgia State College Bobcat

BASEBALL Two-time All-County Oliveira hit .361, collected 10 HRs, 50 RBI, in 3 seasons BY TONY CASTRO If only Ed McMahon were still around. McMahon, a television pioneer who warmed up “The Tonight Show” audience for nearly 30 years as Johnny Carson’s jovial sidekick and announcer, passed away in 2009. He was 86. McMahon was perhaps best well known for introducing John William “Johnny” Carson for his 30 years…

L-r: step grandmother Debra Flood, grand father Glenn Flood, mother Kelly Flood. Logan Flood, Kyla flood, and grandmother Julie Chandler. Back row: HHS coaches Jeff Laing and Tim Sims. Photo provided

Flood descends upon Saint Leo University

BASEBALL Two-time all-star, Hernando High CF inks with Lions BY TONY CASTRO One of Hernando County’s smoothest outfielders, recent Hernando High graduate Logan Patrick Flood, will soon descend upon the San Antonio-based Division II baseball campus. The two-time All-Hernando County all-star recently signed a letter of intent to play collegiately for the Lions. Playing at the East Pasco County facility is akin to coming home. Flood 101 Logan was…

Alice Mellicker, Alex Cromie, Brett Cromie, Coach Mark Lee.

Ex-Hornet Cromie seeks new frontiers as Tusculum College Pioneer

FOOTBALL Despite 5 wins in 3 seasons, WWHS graduate shatters records BY TONY CASTRO Perhaps Hernando County’s best-ever quarterback, recent Weeki Wachee High School graduate Alec Robert Cromie, may be the most misunderstood. After the curtains descended following last season’s dismal 0-10 Hornets’ season, the US-19’s three-year starter under center graduated early to be a part of spring football practice for the D-II Tusculum College Pioneers at Greenville, Tennessee….

Standing, sister, Ashley, Grandmother, Patricia Chevalier.
Seated, Dad Jon, Justin Chevalier and Mom Christin Gosselin. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Chevy ready roll to new dugout at Spoon River College in Canton, Illinois

BASEBALL Three-year Bears starter departs as career .284 hitter BY TONY CASTRO With Central High’s graduation looming on Tuesday, May 23, CHS senior Justin Paul “Chevy” Chevalier has set his sights in the short term on receiving his diploma and in the long run heading toward playing baseball next fall. Following the advice of his AAU mentor, Izzy Fontanez, the 19-year-old Chevalier, recently opted to begin playing collegiate baseball…

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Frascatore finds home on the range with Milligan College Buffaloes

    SOFTBALL Fourth-year HHS letterman has zoomed from hitting .173 to .402 BY TONY CASTRO The transformation of Hernando High’s Kaylee Marie Frascatore is nearly complete. The proof, as it’s been stated many times before, is in the pudding. The multi-sport Frascatore might be better known for her exploits on the pitch. Over the past four winters, the last three under skipper David Shrader, the forward/center midfielder had…

NEWEST CONQUISTADOR - NCT senior Abby Marshall is flanked by Sharks' Head Coach Jug Olmstead and Pasco Hernando State College Assistant Coach Chrissy Hartley DuShane. Behind Marshall PHSC Head Coach Tom Ryan. Photo provided

Following the Marshall plan: NCT senior catcher inks with Pasco Hernando State College

SOFTBALL Four-year letter winner enjoying best season hitting .398 BY TONY CASTRO For the past 10 years, Nature Coast Technical’s current senior catcher Abby Rose Marshall has been a fixture on Hernando County’s dusty sandlots. On Tuesday night at Tom Varn Park against archrival Hernando High, the school’s 35th lifetime meeting could be Marshall’s prep swan song. Sure, she’d love to advance to Friday’s Class 5A, Region II Final…

Josey Sims signing PHSC

Lady Leopards’ Sims inks with Pasco Hernando State College Conquistadors

SOFTBALL BY TONY CASTRO Multi-sport Hernando High senior Josey Jean Sims recently signed with the New Port Richey-based Pasco Hernando State College Conquistadors guided by former Pasco High skipper Tom Ryan. Sims, 18, may be one of the most versatile student/athletes in Hernando County. Sims 101 Josey was born in Oak Hill Hospital as the youngest of four daughters to Brooksville’s Jason and Quana Sims. The Sims family has…

Abby Oliver, Mom Lynne, Dad T, Warner College. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Springstead’s Oliver is ‘a chip off the old block’

SOFTBALL 3-time All-County selection signs with NAIA’s Warner University BY TONY CASTRO F.W. Springstead senior Abigail “Abby” Rose Oliver could be considered a chip off the old block. The 17th century phrase means, “a person or thing that derives from the source or parentage.” Raised as an all-around student/athlete Oliver recently signed a letter of intent to play collegiate softball at NAIA’s Warner University in Lake Wales. Oliver 101…

Alondra Rodriguez Mom Elizabeth. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Springstead’s Rodriguez: Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

VOLLEYBALL Oldest of three children of volleyball parents, inks with Rollins College BY TONY CASTRO F.W. Springstead senior Jaheliz “Alondra” Rodriguez recently signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball next year for Division-II Rollins College in Winter Park. The 5-foot-4, 125-pound Rodriguez, a three-year fixture at libero for the Lady Eagles, played softball, soccer and was a cheerleader as a youngster before navigating her way back to…