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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Ex-Bear Tyler Adler rides fine senior campaign into signing with NAIA’s Brescia Bearcats

BASEBALL After suffering through a bad shoulder, broken arm, centerfielder blossoms in ’18 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The next stop for recent Central High graduate, Tyler Robert Adler, won’t be easy. He will consume nearly 12½ hours behind the wheel of his black 2013 Honda Civic and cover nearly 811 miles from the Ken Austin Parkway campus to NAIA’s Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky. Adler, 18, is extremely thankful for…

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The latest crave? It’s Booker riding D-I Green Wave at New Orleans’ Tulane University

FOOTBALL 3-sport All-County all-star in football, basketball, track, adjusting to New Orleans By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For the Fourth of July weekend, one of Brooksville’s favorite sons returned home for a brief respite. For recent Hernando High graduate Ygenio Cornelius (no relation to Soul Train’s Don Cornelius) Booker it was time for a bit of R&R. Booker, a Brooksville native, had never left his hometown of 7,999 residents (based on…

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Seeking a Royal experience, frosh Josh (Vonada) inks with NAIA’s Warner University

FOOTBALL Exercise science major aspires to become an engineer or future coach By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Until now, the greatest father-son coaching combo hailing from Hernando County are the Palmer’s. Willard or “Dub” Palmer guided the Hernando Leopard fortunes in its hey day. From 1979-82, the eldest Palmer reeled off a magnificent 36-7 run (84 percent) during one of his many coaching stops in Florida. Though he’s since passed on,…

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All guts and team-first Butts heads off to D-III Greenville University Panthers

FOOTBALL Leopards’ third-leading tackler last fall, collected 5 TBL and recovered 2 fumbles By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Every prep football program has chiefs and Indians aboard. Chiefs are similar to leading men in theatrical and cinematic roles. But the role players, aka the Indians, are just as vital, if not more. Last season, Hernando High tied F.W. Springstead for the county lead in gridiron district championships (4) behind several role…

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Here’s the kicker! Ex-Leopard D’Ambrosio signs with NAIA’s Webber International

FOOTBALL 2017 All-County PK drained 46 PATs, 4 FGs for 58 points By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com After a stellar 2017 football campaign, recent 2018 Hernando High School graduate Luke Michael D’Ambrosio heads to new digs on Aug. 1 at NAIA’s Webber International University in Babson Park. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound D’Ambrosio was named All-Hernando County after leading the county in extra point attempts (50), extra points (46) and converting a county-high…

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Fields signed, sealed, off to NAIA’s Cincinnati Christian University

TRACK & FIELD Four-year trackster, 3-time state qualifier, inks with first-year Eagles By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Wildwood resident Isaac Fields missed most of senior track season. Pardon that he had a lot on his mind this spring at Hernando High due to an extensive search for the next chapter of his life. It also didn’t help that 5-foot-8, 155-pound elite-level hurdler wasn‘t fully recovered from a nagging turf toe injury…

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Imagine that, the next at-bat for ex-Bear Matt (Voda) at Hillsborough Community College

BASEBALL Four-year Central High southpaw hurler lands at Tampa’s HCC By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Imagine being fortunate enough to play high school athletics in the Sunshine State. Now, envision beginning the next level of your baseball career remaining in state. For those reasons, life is good for recent Central High graduate Matthew “Matt” John Voda. After a four-year stint with the Ken Austin Parkway Bears, the 18-year-old Voda will report…

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After weighing pros and cons, Weeki Wachee’s Pons inks with D-III Lynx

SOFTBALL Hornet hurler signs academic scholarship to Rhodes College By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Weeki Wachee’s school record holding pitcher, right-hander Abigail Jean Pons, is less than eight weeks away from relocating to her new digs. Pons, 18, a four-year letter winner with the Lady Hornets under Charlene Ross, signed an academic scholarship and will receive additional grants in aid to attend Division III Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. According to…

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It’s no ruse as team-first Cruz inks with D-I UNF Ospreys

SOFTBALL Four-time All-County selection hit a collective .395 average with 98 RBI By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The 29th Hernando County fast-pitch season yielded a bountiful harvest unseen in these parts. Three local players – Nature Coast Technical’s Chayse Skinner and Springstead’s Paige Pfent and Kayla Adrea Cruz all inked Division I national letter of intents. In county history, that’s never happened before. Skinner signed with University of Tennessee at Martin…

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Sorrentino: Newest Night Hawk ready to rock

BASEBALL After two seasons with Bishop State Wildcats, ex-Bear inks with Thomas U. By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The next rung on the baseball ladder for Spring Hill’s Thomas Cody Sorrentino is NAIA’s Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia. The newest Night Hawk arrives in the Peach State fresh from two seasons of junior college activity with the Bishop State Community College Wildcats in Mobile, Alabama. The 6-foot, 210-pound southpaw pitcher and…

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Another piece in Falcon puzzle takes shape as WWHS’ Herzek inks

GIRLS SOCCER Four-year Hornet starter played goalkeeper last winter for the US-19 crew BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com NAIA’s Florida College landed yet another piece to its puzzle for the 2017-18 women’s soccer season by recently signing 2017 Weeki Wachee graduate Erika Rose Herzek. Herzek, 18, also earned four letters in track and field and two in cross country along the US-19 campus. Herzek 101 Erika was born the middle of…

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If playing defense is the game, ex-Bear Sameri is the aim

  GIRLS SOCCER Defending three-time All-County defender inks with Florida College BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The unprecedented mining of women’s soccer talent from Hernando County by NAIA’s Florida College Falcons continues. The Temple Terrace program pried away perhaps the county’s finest man-marking defender in 2017 Central High graduate Rogina Sameri to its Hillsborough County campus. Sameri 101 Rogina was born in Tallahassee as the youngest of three children to Sam…

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Ex-Hornet setter Asbury heads for Pasco-Hernando State College

VOLLEYBALL Two-time All-Hernando County setter led WWHS to a pair of regional finals BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Home grown spiker Sarah Elizabeth Asbury will remain local for the next two years. The talented 2017 Weeki Wachee High School graduate, who served as the team’s starting setter for the past four seasons, will begin competing at the next level with Pasco-Hernando State College Conquistadors in New Port Richey. Asbury 101 Sarah…

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Wheeling, dealing is at the heart of center midfielder Sasha Garcia’s game

GIRLS SOCCER Sixth-best assist total allows SHS graduate to sign with NAIA Florida College BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com So what do U.S. President Donald Trump and legendary TV game show host Monty Hall have in common? They’re best known for “Let’s Make Deal”. Now what does recent 2017 F.W. Springstead center midfielder Sasha Monique Garcia have in common with Trump and 2007 American Game Show Host Hall of Famer Hall…

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Ex-Eagle standout Gibson is another reason to ‘Fear the Falcon’

  GIRLS SOCCER All-County performer inks with NAIA’s Florida College Falcons in Temple Terrace BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Another local product, 2017 F.W. Springstead graduate Kimberly Andrea Gibson, has signed with NAIA’s Florida College Falcons soccer squad based in Temple Terrace. Under skipper David Castillo, the Falcons have mined the Hernando County turf and signed NCT’s Santina Paonessa, Central’s Regina Sameri and Springstead’s Sasha Garcia and Gibson. Gibson 411 Kim…

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