Trading Places: Vonada relocates to Weeki Wachee, Lee switches to Hernando

FOOTBALL Ex- Hornet Athletic Director Lee and Endeavor’s Ruiz to HHS, Vonada takes reins as WWHS AD By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In an ever-changing world of professional and collegiate athletics, trades take place every day. Mostly lateral moves to new locales. Now, no one locally had ever heard of Springstead High School’s physical education instructor. Frank Vitale, maintaining his PE slot on the Mariner Boulevard campus while being hired as…

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2018 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING HONOR ROLL

BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING – Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10 WGT NAME/SCHOOL BEN-CLN-TOT 119 Gilmore, Jordan (SPG) ^ 190-170—360 129 Solari, Bradley (SPG) 200-185—385 139 Weaver, Hunter (SPG) 225-200—425 154 Pasmore, Jake (WW) 265-200—465 169 Bronson, David Hale (HER) 280-250—530 183 Bronson, David Hale (HER) 270-245—515 199 Barry, Zayne (SPG) 305-225—530 219 Pagels, Colin (HER) ^ 290-290—580 238 Torres, Jesus (NCT) ^ 360-245—605 HWT Wellman, Logan (NCT) 325-280—605 ^ Denotes 2018…

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Shark alumnus Kaz adds head coach to resume at HHS

FOOTBALL Former recruiting coordinator, linebacker mentor assumes controls By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Robert “Kaz” Kazmier was introduced this week as Hernando High’s 31st head football coach in 79 seasons. According to HHS’ athletic director Kevin Bittinger, the 31-year-old Kazmier was one of four applicants for the internally posted position. On what set Kaz apart, “He’s a great guy. He’s energetic and always carries a positive outlook. He’s built relationships within…

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Zero is the loneliest number as Bittinger steps down as Lady Leopards’ hoops mentor

GIRLS BASKETBALL HHS athletic director will remain as HHS’ softball skipper By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Classic rock band Three Dog Night produced 13 gold albums and produced 21 Billboard top 40 hits. It’s first gold record was “One” written by Harry Nilsson. The lyrics suggest “One is the loneliest number.” Yet, Hernando High’s current athletic director Kevin Bittinger vehemently disagrees. Bittinger counters by saying zero is the loneliest number. As…

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2017-18 FINALHERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING HONOR ROLL STATS

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING – Compiled by TONY CASTRO TOP 10   WGT   NAME/SCHOOL   BEN-CLN-TOT   101 Allie Anthony (NCT) 95-105—200   101 Allie Anthony (NCT) 100-100—200   110 Kayla Rivera (NCT) 110-125—235   119 Charlize Soares (SPG) 135-120—255   129 Alexis Hobbs (WW) 160-175—335   139 Alexis Hobbs (WW) 160-170—330   154 Morgen Arey (WW) 160-160—320   169 Ariana Gennusa (SPG) 140-120—260   183 Courtney Traudt (NCT) 160-155—315  …

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2017 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL RECAPS

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2017 Central Bears Head Coach: Erin Clark (2nd Year: 0-17; 0-33 lifetime overall)   DATE   OPPONENT   SITE   RESULT 08-22 Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical#* Away L 8-25, 10-25, 13-25 08-24 Weeki Wachee#* Away L 10-25, 13-25, 12-25 08-29 Inverness-Citrus# Away L 10-25, 13-25, 16-25 08-31 Crystal River# Away L 6-25, 11-25, 16-25 09-05 Brooksville-Hernando#* Away L 23-25, 8-25, 18-25 09-18 Spring Hill-Springstead*…

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2017 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Kevin Ballard (1st Year)   DATE   RACE   SITE   RESULT 08-26 Inverness-Citrus Invitational Inverness-Whispering Pines Park NTS 09-02 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High NTS 09-23 Crystal River Invitational Crystal River High NTS 09-30 4th Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Preserve NTS 10-04 5th Nature Coast Invitational Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical NTS 10-07 21st Land O’ Lakes Invitational…

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2017 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY RECAPS

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY – Compiled by TONY CASTRO CENTRAL BEARS Head Coach – Kris Brooks (1st Year)   DATE   RACE   SITE   RESULT 08-26 Inverness-Citrus Invitational Inverness-Whispering Pines Park NTS 09-02 Lecanto Invitational Lecanto High NTS 09-23 Crystal River Invitational Crystal River High NTS 09-30 4th Weeki Wachee Invitational Weeki Wachee Preserve NTS 10-04 5th Nature Coast Invitational Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical NTS 10-07 21st Land O’ Lakes Invitational…

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2017 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL LEADERS

FOOTBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO Top 10 Rushers   RK.   NAME/SCHOOL   ATT   YDS   YPC   TD 1. Morgan/SPG 225* 1,424* 6.33 18* 2. Class/WW 137 1,301 9.50 13 3. Weston/NCT 120 1,169 9.74* 13 4. Sims/SPG 156 970 6.22 9 5. Burnett/NCT 94 901 9.60 6 6. Fields, Izzy/HER 106 878 8.28 17 7. Zena/CEN 112 830 7.41 3 8. Fribbley, J./CEN 88 633 7.19…

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2017-18 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY FOOTBALL

FOOTBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com OFFENSE Hernando County Player of the Year – Randy Morgan Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Third-year varsity gridder who also played varsity basketball …Two-time All-Hernando County selection … Voted as Hernando County’s 2017 Offensive Player of the Year and Hernando County’s Player of the Year … Listed at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds … In 2015, Morgan rushed 69 times for 465 yards as a sophomore and scored…

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Vonada tenders resignation as the Leopards’ coach

FOOTBALL The 19-year mentor steps down as Hernando County’s winningest coach By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Two days prior to the Leopards pre-season spring game in Land O’ Lakes against Sunlake High, veteran Hernando County teacher William “Bill” Vonada officially tendered his resignation at Hernando High. Vonada, guided the Leopards for the past four seasons, compiling an overall 17-21 won-lost slate, highlighted by last season’s district championship. Prior to that, Vonada…

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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS CALENDAR (thru 05-19)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 05-15: BASEBALL Class 6A, Region II Semifinals: Spring Hill-Springstead at Dunnellon, 7 p.m. Class 5A, Region II Semifinals: Orlando-Bishop Moore at Brooksville-Nature Coast Technical, 7 p.m. 05-16: TRACK & FIELD Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Championship Meet Challenger K-8, Explorer, Fox Chapel, Parrott, Powell, West Hernando, Winding Waters at Spring Hill-Springstead, 1 p.m. FOOTBALL Nature Coast Technical at Lakeland-Lake…

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