Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 12-01)

Kelsey Barats-Shumate – Girls Weightlifting Central – Sophomore Besides pitching on the Lady Bears’ varsity softball team, the first-year lifter placed runner-up against Lecanto last Tuesday at 139 pounds with a 170-pound total at the 139.pound weight division Two days later, Barats-Shumate finished third against Bushnell-South Sumter improving with an 180-pound total. Outside of the weight room, Kelsey maintains 3.96 unweighted and 4.20 weighted grade point average. She’s also in…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 11-24)

Lauren Cantrell – Girls Basketball Hernando Christian Academy – Senior Cantrell tallied six points in the Lions’ opening game against Foundation Christian Academy. Lauren carries a 3.6905 unweighted grade point average is the Chaplin of National Honor Society and secretary for student government. Cantrell is a past Homecoming Queen. She was also the volleyball team’s Most Valuable Player for 2017 and won the Christian Character award for basketball. Outside of…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 11-17)

Victoria Cleto – Girls Swimming Springstead – Junior Served as Hernando County’s lone state qualifier during the Class 2A FHSAA State Finals at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart. Cleto, who captured first place in the 100-yard backstroke during regionals to qualify for states, finished 24th overall in 1:05.13. In the classroom, Victoria maintains 3.387 unweighted and a weighted grade point average. She is also a member of…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 11-10)

Ross Stalcup – Boys Cross Country Hernando – Senior In his 34th and final prep country 5K meet, Stalcup was Hernando County’s lone male state representative in the FHSAA State Finals in Tallahassee’s Apalachee Regional Park. The 2017 Hernando County Runner of the Year placed 73rd overall in the 182-runner field in 17:26.41 The meet marked the third time Ross has participated in the state’s elite meet in Leon County….

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 11-03)

Alexis Dross – Girls Golf Nature Coast Technical – Senior Dross is a four-year linkster and a three-time All Hernando County selection. The 2018 2A, District 13 and Region V champion, entered her third FHSAA State Finals last week as Howey-in-the-Hills‘ Mission Inn Resort. She departed the pressure-packed, two-day event with a personal best 83-79—162 total, good for 24th overall in the 94-golfer field. Dross, who will be returning to…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 10-27)

Jodi Page – Girls Volleyball Nature Coast Technical – Senior Page is a four-year volleyball letterman, the last two as a starter. During last Tuesday’s Class 6A, Region II quarterfinal win over visiting River Ridge, she was in on three digs and served up a pair of aces. Jodi, who maintains a 3.45 unweighted and 3.51 weighted grade point average, is also in her first year as member of the…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 10-20)

Ryan Maharaj – Boys Golf Springstead – Senior Maharaj is the Eagles’ team captain and Hernando County’s defending Player of the Year. The three-time All-Hernando linkster fired an 18-hole 40-38–78 total in last week’s Class 2A, District 13 Tournament at Hudson’s Meadow Oaks to earn medalist honors for the second straight season. Ryan entered the Class 2A, Region V Tournament at Zephyrhills’ Silverado Golf ^ Country Club with a county-best…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 10-13)

Lily Schultze – Girls Cross Country Springstead – Sophomore In her second season of cross country, Schultze finished 19th overall in Friday‘s 15th annual Hernando-Citrus Distance Classic at McKethan Lake Park. Lily, who also competed on the track team last spring, finished the 2017 cross country season ranked as the 15th fastest county runner. So far this season, she’s climbed to 12th best. After competing in seven 5K events in 2017, she’s…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 10-06)

Leah Marville – Girls Cross Country Nature Coast Technical – Senior Marville, a three-year letterman in cross country and a 2016 All-County selection, returned to distance running this year. In her fifth race of the season Saturday at 22nd Land O’ Lakes Invitational at Crews Lake Park in Shady Hills, Marville paced all Hernando County runners in the 130-runner field placing 16th overall in 20:49.40. After 21 career races, Marville…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 09-29)

Jennifer Aten – Girls Volleyball Springstead – Senior The four-year starter at outside hitter has again stood out for the Lady Eagles. Entering this week, the 5-foot-8 Aten led the Spring Hill spikers in sets played (45), kills (223), kill percentage (41.1), service aces (44), points (97) and blocks (16). The three-time All-County selection ranked of the team second in digs (190). Outside of the court, she maintains a 3.93…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 09-22)

Jennifer Porcelli – Girls Volleyball Nature Coast Technical – Senior Porcelli, a third-year varsity player, contributed a team-high 15 digs in Tuesday’s 25-21, 25-17, 25-22 win over Inverness-Citrus and converted 14-of-14 service attempts for seven points in Thursday’s key 25-17, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23 triumph at Weeki Wachee. The fourth-year player entered the week leading the Sharks in sets played (44) and digs (181). Besides volleyball, maintains a 3.98 unweighted and…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 09-15)

Rayaan Kader – Boys Cross Country Springstead – Sophomore The first-year Kader continued to turn heads in Saturday’s muggy sixth annual Shark Invitational at Nature Coast Technical in Brooksville. Rayaan posted the best finish of any of the 26 Hernando County competitors in the 103-runner field, placing seventh overall in the 3.1-mile event in 17:56.53. The 5K finish was Kader’s county-best second top-10 effort of 2018. He just missed duplicating…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 09-08)

Vaughn Sykora – Football Weeki Wachee – Junior Sykora, the incumbent starting quarterback for the Hornets, unfurled his best-ever effort Friday at the Hornets’ Nest. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder connected on 13-of-16 passes for 355 yards and six touchdowns without throwing an interception, in pacing the US-19 crew’s triumph over Hudson-Fivay, 52-14. The TD throws covered 50, 22, 28, 32, 48 and 70 yards. Vaughn broke the old Hernando County record…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 09-01)

Katie Klukowski – Volleyball Hernando Christian Academy – Senior Klukowski, an outside hitter on the team, registered nine kills and served up four aces in the Lady Lions’ two victories and one loss last week. Katie maintains a 4.122 weighted grade point average. She is a member of National Honor Society and volunteers on Teen Court at the Hernando County Courthouse. Klukowski also represented the Brooksville Wesleyan Church on a…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 08-25)

David Hale Bronson – Football Hernando – Senior In his fourth season with the Leopards, Bronson enjoyed a terrific all-around game in Hernando’s season-opening 40-7 win at Hudson-Fivay. On offense, Bronson carried five times for 56 yards, including a long of 29 yards and scored a touchdown. On defense, he chipped in two assists while on special teams he returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and added a…

Read More >>

Unveiling the ‘Best of the Best’: Hernando County’s student-athletes of the year

  Each of the six county athletic directors also received a $1,000 donation By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – All six Hernando County high schools recently released its Lowman Law Firm Student-Athletes of the Year. The two-year program sponsored HernandoSport.com and the Brooksville law firm recognizes the county’s athletes in outstanding athletic, scholastic and community service achievements. For student-athletes to be eligible, each nominee was required to have participated in…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 06-02)

Brennan Cross – Baseball Nature Coast Technical – Senior In the Sharks’ first-ever Final Four appearance, third sacker Cross finished 0-for-3 at the plate, but converted both defensive chances in the Class 5A semifinal loss to powerhouse Jacksonville-Bolles at Fort Myers’ Hammond Stadium, 4-1. In his best-ever season, the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder finished with 31 hits for a .352 batting averaging highlighted by 20 runs batted in. He hit safely in…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-26)

Brandon Frangione – Baseball Nature Coast Technical – Senior Frangione finished 4-for-4, clubbing a double and knocking in one run, while scoring three runs in pacing the Sharks to the Class 5A, Region II title last week at Alachua-Santa Fe, 12-3. The 6-foot, 170-pounder heads into the Sharks’ first-ever Final Four appearance in Fort Myers hitting .424 with a .523 on-base average. To date, the four-year letter winner has collected…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-19)

Jonathan “J.P.” Gates – Baseball Nature Coast Technical – Senior Gates, the two-time defending Hernando County Player of the Year, twirled a complete game 1-hit shutout to eliminate the defending Class 5A state runner-up Orlando-Bishop Moore Hornets in Brooksville, 3-0. The 6-foot-1 southpaw handcuffed the Hornets to a two-out single in the seventh. Bishop Moore Catholic hitters went a collective 1-for-22 (.045). Gates issued two walks and fanned eight of…

Read More >>

Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-12)

Zach Funkhouser Nature Coast Technical – Senior Funkhouser, a two-time All-County right fielder, extended his hitting streak to all four post-season games finishing 1-for-2 with two runs scored in last week’s Class 5A, Region II quarterfinal shutout over Pierson-Taylor Middle/High School, 7-0. Zach, who is hitting .461, has hit safely in 22 of the county and district champion Sharks’ 28 games The four-year letterman, who is in the video production…

Read More >>