Leopards (8-0) unleash 22-0 run across last five bouts to derail Strawberry Crest’s (7-1) three-peat bid, 45-29

WRESTLING Hernando’s Britton, Gould Lisk, Pritz, Boston Tafelski, Valdez each finish unbeaten By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – It took seven seasons for any Hernando County mat squad to capture the Weeki Wachee Duals. The seventh edition closed Saturday evening – sponsored locally by LaRocca Chiropractic – with a rematch of last year’s thrilling finals. Class 3A, District 6 Strawberry Crest, which arrived Friday with a sterling 16-0 overall…

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Loaded Leopards on the prowl behind 13 lettermen, 12 returning starters

WRESTLING Hornets, Sharks open season short-handed By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Year 47 of Hernando County wrestling – the county’s most successful sport – the circuit’s five mat teams will be chasing new heights. For the second time, local programs will be searching for state gold medals in dual meets and in the year-end 55th annual FHSAA IBT (individually bracketed tournament) State Finals. Both elite events are again set for Osceola…

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Girls Weightlifting: Hernando 45, Citrus 44 (thru 12-05)

12-05: Hernando at Inverness-Citrus Hernando (HER) 45, Inverness-Citrus (CIT) 44 Final Individual Results: (Top 3 scores count toward team score. Points based on 5-3-1 system). 101 – 1. Hayley Shamblin (HER) 105-80—185, 2. Taylor Koon (CIT) 70-90—160, 3. Jhayda Blake (HER) 70-65—135. 110 – 1. Teah Mellon (CIT) 95-120—215, 2. Nicole Ervin (CIT) 90-105—195, 3. Asia Burgess (HER) 75-80—155. 119 – 1. Kali Kristie (HER) 105-120—225, 2. Hannah Lynch (HER)…

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To the angst of 1A-6 Leopards, 3A-6 Chargers eye Weeki Wachee Duals three-peat

WRESTLING Two-day, 14-team duals event includes four Hernando County mat squads By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com This weekend’s seventh Weeki Wachee Duals Tournament – sponsored by LaRocca Chiropractic – rings in the 47th season of Hernando County prep wrestling. The two-day event begins at 2 p.m. Friday across three mats at the Hornets’ Nest gymnasium, 12150 Vespa Way, Weeki Wachee. Saturday’s action begins at 10 a.m. Admission cost is $7 per…

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2018-19 Hernando Leopards Girls Weightlifting Results (thru 12-04)

2018-19 Hernando Leopards Head Coach – Mark Griffith (2nd Year: 3-0-0; 6-4-0 lifetime) DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME/RESULT 11-14 Brooksville-Central^ Away W 44-21 11-14 Spring Hill-Springstead^ Away W 44-38 11-28 Crystal River Home W 64-23 12-05 Inverness-Citrus Away 3 p.m. 12-12 Weeki Wachee, Spring Hill-Springstead# Home 3 p.m. 12-19 18th Hernando County Meet % Away 1 p.m. 01-16 Class 1A, District 10 Meet& Away 3 p.m. 01-26 Class 1A, Region V…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY FINAL GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Kris Brooks (2nd Year)   DATE   RACE   SITE   RESULT 08-25 Inverness-Citrus Invitational Inverness-Whispering Pines Park NTS 09-01 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High NTS 09-15 6th Nature Coast Invite Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical NTS 09-29 5th Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Preserve NTS 10-06 22nd Land O’ Lakes Invite Shady Hills-Crews Lake Park NTS 10-11 15th Hernando/Citrus…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY FINAL BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Pat Greenwood (1st Year)   DATE   RACE   SITE   RESULT 08-25 Inverness-Citrus Invitational Inverness-Whispering Pines Park NTS 09-01 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High NTS 09-15 6th Nature Coast Invite Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical NTS 09-29 5th Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Preserve NTS 10-06 22nd Land O’ Lakes Invite Shady Hills-Crews Lake Park NTS 10-11 15th Hernando/Citrus…

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Lady Sharks arrive seeded 20th, depart 21st – out of 23 teams – in Class 2A State Finals

STATE CROSS COUNTRY HHS senior Ross Stalcup finishes 73rd overall in 182-runner boys final By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com None of Hernando County’s eight entries in Saturday’s Class 2A FHSAA State Finals at Apalachee Regional Park, did so with a personal record or hardware. Nature Coast Technical’s girls’ team, which finished 23rd in last year’s stiff meet, arrived seeded 20th. This time, the Sharks couldn’t catch US-41 rival Inverness-Citrus for the…

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Hernando County Prep Football Scoreboard (thru 11-09) Results

FOOTBALL 11-09 Week 13 Results: Class 5A, Region II Quarterfinals @ Brooksville Nature Coast Technical 57, Gainesville-Eastside 26 @Glen St. Mary Mary-Baker County Baker County 28, Hernando 14 11-02 Week 12 Results: @ Weeki Wachee Weeki Wachee 50, Gulf 14 @ Brooksville Nature Coast Technical 34, IMG White 10 10-26 Week 11 Results: @ Lecanto Nature Coast Technical 36, Lecanto 0 10-26 Week 10 Results: @ Brooksville Nature Coast Technical…

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Opening salvos: Heavily-favored Sharks (9-1) host Eastside Rams (7-3)

FOOTBALL Hernando (7-3) seeks to snap 21-year playoff drought at Glen St. Mary-Baker Co. (6-4) By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Nature Coast Technical’s fifth Hernando County and district championships are items for the banquet circuit. The red-hot Sharks – winners of nine straight – since debuting its 15th season on road with a Week 1, 30-27 setback to Orange Park-Ridgeview, opens the Class 5A, Region II playoffs at Shark Tank Stadium….

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Chatman Legacy Continues ….

Spear-headed by a drive by Weeki Wachee’s Patrick Skipper, the City of Brooksville and Hernando County agreed to rename – beginning  at Dec. 6, 2018 at 12:01 a.m – East North Avenue officially Ernie Chatman Run. The school address will be changed about the same time. Chatman, 67, a Florida Athletic Coaches Association and HHS Hall of Famer, passed away during the summer of 2016.

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 11-10)

(NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 11-06: MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Hernando County Athletic Conference Finals @ Nature Coast Technical No. 2 Challenger K-8 vs. No. 1 seed Powell, 6:30 p.m. 11-09: FHSAA Class 5A Region II Playoffs @ Nature Coast Technical Gainesville=Eastside vs. Nature Coast Technical, 7:30 p.m. @ Glen St Mary Hernando vs. Bakev County, 7L30  p.m. 11-10: CROSS COUNTRY Class 2A State Finals at Tallahassee’s Apalachee Regional…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS (thru 11-09)

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Pat Greenwood (1st Year)   DATE   RACE   SITE   RESULT 08-25 Inverness-Citrus Invitational Inverness-Whispering Pines Park NTS 09-01 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High NTS 09-15 6th Nature Coast Invite Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical NTS 09-29 5th Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Preserve NTS 10-06 22nd Land O’ Lakes Invite Shady Hills-Crews Lake Park NTS 10-11 15th Hernando/Citrus…

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Welcome to Ross Country! Hernando High’s Stalcup advances to states (again)

        REGIONAL BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Saving his best for last, defending Runner of the Year rips season’s best By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Eleven male Hernando County cross country runners began Saturday with an opportunity to reach the promised land: next week’s FHSAA State Finals in Tallahassee. But only one, Hernando High senior Ross Stalcup, advanced. Stalcup, who has had an up and down season, perhaps saved his…

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2018 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS (thru 11-09)

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Kris Brooks (2nd Year)   DATE   RACE   SITE   RESULT 08-25 Inverness-Citrus Invitational Inverness-Whispering Pines Park NTS 09-01 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High NTS 09-15 6th Nature Coast Invite Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical NTS 09-29 5th Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Preserve NTS 10-06 22nd Land O’ Lakes Invite Shady Hills-Crews Lake Park NTS 10-11 15th Hernando/Citrus…

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Sharks chasing Region II’s top seed, host IMG White

FOOTBALL Weeki Wachee hosts Gulf, as Sykora eyes rare 2,000- yard passing plateau By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In a relatively quiet Week 12 menu, Central (0-10) and Springstead (7-3) have concluded its regular season schedules. The Eagles are holding out its faint bowl game hopes for a last-second opponent to agree to play next week – otherwise its 43rd season is a lock. Hernando (7-3), which is davoring a bye…

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