County’s last eight lifters reach FHSAA State Finals at Panama City Beach

BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING Eagles tow largest-ever contingency – six – to elite meet in Bay County BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County will be represented by eight lifters – including six from F.W. Springstead in Friday’s Class 2A State Finals – and two in Saturday’s Class 1A State Finals: both at Panama City Beach’s Arnold High School. Neither Central, Hernando nor Weeki Wachee had anyone reach the 45th FHSAA State Finals…

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2019 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL STANDINGS (thru 03-24)

SOFTBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2019 Hernando County Girls Softball Regular Season Standings PL. TEAM W L .PCT 1. Spring Hill-Springstead$$ 4 0 1.000 2. Brooksville-Hernando$$ 3 0 1.000 3. Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical 2 2 .500 4. Brooksville-Central 0 3 .000 5. Weeki Wachee 0 4 .000 TOTALS (5) 9 9 .500 $ Denotes defending co=Hernando County champion. 2019 Class 5A, District 7 Girls Softball Regular Season Standings PL….

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Entering Kissimmee: Top-of-the-podium dreams remain for 19 Hernando County grapplers

STATE WRESTLING Springstead’s Morales has best opportunity to become 48th state champ By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com With two crucial days remaining in Hernando County’s 47th mat season, only 19 (21 percent) of this year’s 89 varsity grapplers remain alive entering this weekend’s 55th FHSAA State Finals at the Silver Spurs Arena, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee. The county record is 20 grapplers that advanced to The Lakeland Center in 2012,…

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Dominguez gains gold medal as Sharks place sixth at Palmetto IBT

WRESTLING 2A-8 Brandon nearly laps the 18-team field behind 313.0 points By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Surely, but slowly the young and inexperienced Nature Coast Technical mat team is progressing. Behind a season-high 11 wrestlers in Manatee County, the Sharks returned home Saturday night with its best-ever efforts – placing sixth in the one-day, 18-team, 169-wrestler Palmetto Pride IBT. 2A-8 powerhouse Brandon High nearly lapped the assembled field with 313.0 points,…

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Eagles outgun Coyotes as Torain drops in 31 points, 80-41

BOYS BASKETBALL Eagles outgun Coyotes as Torain drops in 31 points, 80-41 Leading 34-26 at the intermission, hosts explode for 46 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Slow starts are part of the growing process. Springstead’s boys’ basketball team wasn’t firing on all cylinders in its first game back Tuesday night from what Head Coach Matt McGarry called his team’s worst game of the year – a 10-point loss…

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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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