Joey DelGatto: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-13)

Joey DelGatto – Baseball Springstead – Senior DelGatto, who enjoyed his best-ever prep season for the Eagles, collected one of Springstead’s two hits off Belleview during its season-ending Class 6A, Region II quarterfinal loss to the Rattlers, 2-0. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder hurled two innings of relief against Belleview surrendering an unearned. For the season, DelGatto hit .321 piling up 26 hits in 28 games. On the hill, he and teammate Jack…


Jonathan “J.P.” Gates: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-20)

Jonathan “J.P.” Gates – Baseball Nature Coast Technical – Junior Gates, carried the Sharks to second straight 5A-7 title and its first-ever regional home playoff victory over Orlando-Lake Highland Prep, threw six solid innings in falling to perennially-tough Orlando-Bishop Moore Catholic during the Class 5A, Region II semifinal in Orange County, 2-1. J.P., the 2016 Hernando County Player of the Year, led the all Hernando County batters with a .478…


Logan Flood: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-27)

Logan Flood – Baseball Hernando High – Senior Flood was selected as Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) District 10 representative for the annual Baseball All-Star Games held at Lakeland’s Tigertown. The FACA Showcase event began Sunday, May 28. Flood, a member of the West All-Stars battles the East All-Stars on Monday. A second game is set for Tuesday at the Polk County facility. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Flood paced the 15-13…

Springstead High Principal Carmine Rufa accepts the inaugural  $5000 check from Joe Lowman of Lowman Law as part of the Lowman Law Hernando Athlete of the Week program. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Springstead receives $5,000 charitable donation from the Lowman Law Firm

Spring Hill school drawn from a ping pong ball lottery ceremony BY TONY CASTRO BROOKSVILLE – The Lowman Law Firm’s initial lottery drawing to benefit Hernando County student-athletes was held Thursday at Rising Sun Bistro in Brooksville. All six Hernando County high schools were represented in this year’s Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week competition hosted by Parents, guests and family members accompanied 19 student-athlete winners dating…


Jacy Scharlow: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-06)

Jacy Scharlow – Track and Field Springstead – Junior Scharlow led all Hernando County performers in the FHSAA Track and Field State Finals at Bradenton’s IMG Academy with a second-place silver medal in the Class 3A high jump competition with a leap of 5.375” or 1.62 meters. Jacy, who is a two-time All-County pick and third-year trackster, carries a 3.0 unweighted and 3.5 weighted grade point average. As an IB…


Ali Shenefield: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 04-29)

Ali Shenefield – Softball Hernando High- Sophomore Shenefield is in her second year as a varsity starter. The 5-foot-6 right-hander pitched a scoreless district tournament last week compiling a 3-0 record in 16 innings pitched giving up zero runs. For the season, Ali is 18-8 record with a 1.22 ERA and 192 strikeouts. She is also batting .403 for the season with 29 hits, 21 runs batted in featuring 11…


Angela Cabahug: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 04-22)

Angela Cabahug – Girls Tennis Nature Coast Technical – Junior As a third-year tennis player and two-year starter Angela Cabahug helped set the tone for the Lady Sharks in last week’s two Class 2A, Region IV matches with a huge win at No. 1 doubles against Hudson-Fivay on Tuesday and come-from-behind three-set win at No. 1 singles on Thursday over Tarpon Springs. With the regional crown, NCT’s first since 2009,…


Braydon Hotchkiss: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 04-15)

Braydon Hotchkiss- Boys Tennis Nature Coast Technical – Junior After a pair of part-time seasons of action on the Nature Coast Technical boys tennis team where Hotchkiss compiled a quiet 6-2 mark in singles action, he’s blossomed in his first season as a starter. Braydon, who has totaled six wins this season in singles play, teamed with senior Mark Cabahug to reach the 2A-7 finals at Zephyrhills’ Zephyr Park at…


Kama Woodall: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 04-08)

Kama Woodall – Softball Springstead – Senior Woodall hurled back-to-back complete games last week, highlighted by a four-hit shutout – her county-leading 10th shutout and second straight over Hernando High – and helped her own cause with two hits including blasting her second homer of the season in a 2-0 nod over the Lady Leopards at Tom Varn Park. Kama, who carries a 3.9 unweighted and a 4.15 weighted grade…


Josey Sims: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 04-01)

Josey Sims – Softball Hernando – Senior The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Sims is the starting centerfielder for the Lady Leopards and is also team captain. Josey, a multi-sport student/athlete who has also played volleyball and soccer, recently signed a letter of intent to play collegiate softball with Pasco Hernando State College. Sims, who missed four games due to a shoulder injury, returned to the lineup and finished 4-for-8 last week while…


Ian Peacock: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 03-25)

Ian Peacock – Baseball Central – Senior The 6-foot-1 Peacock batted .500, going 7-for-14 with four runs batted in and a double and was also the winning pitcher of Game 1 over Zephyrhills during the Bears’ four games last week at the Tom Varn Baseball Tournament, sponsored by Brooksville’s Farm Bureau Insurance. On the hill, against the Bulldogs, the right-handed pitcher hurled six innings and allowed no earned runs and…


Abby Oliver: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 03-18)

Abby Oliver – Softball Springstead – Senior The 5-foot-9, 145-pound Oliver went 5-for-11 during this past weekend’s four-game sweep by the Lady Eagles to repeat as Leopard Slam Softball Tournament champions in Brooksville. The four-year infield starter and three-time All-Hernando County selection holds the SHS school record for career runs scored and is closing in on the career record for games played and most hits. Besides softball, Oliver is in…

Kyle Manuel

Kyle Manuel: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 03-11)

Kyle Manuel – Track & Field Springstead – Junior The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Manuel, who has played three seasons of football and is in his third season of track and field, specializes in throwing the discus and shot put. At the Mitchell Invitational, Kyle broke the school record for the discus with a heave of 158’8” snapping the old mark held by multi-sport standout Ricky Blake of 153’ set in 1985….


Carson Lashley: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 03-04)

Carson Lashley – Baseball Hernando – Sophomore The 5-foot-8, 145-pound Lashley earned his first-ever varsity win against defending 5A-7 champion Nature Coast Technical hurling five innings, yielding one run and four hits and two walks while striking out five Sharks in the Leopards’ 4-1 win. Carson had his record even at 1-1 with a five-inning loss at Palatka, 5-4. In Putnam County, he tossed five frames permitting five runs without…


Brian Eck: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-25)

Brian Eck – Boys Basketball Central – Junior The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Eck tossed in 10 points and collected seven rebounds and dished an assist in the Bears’ Class 6A, Region II semifinal 70-48 loss to Nature Coast Technical before one of the largest crowds ever at the Bears’ Den. The third-year varsity cager averaged nearly 10 points and six rebounds per game for the 6A-7 champion 20-10 Bears. Brian, who…


Dawson Rufa: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-18)

Dawson Rufa – Wrestling Springstead – Senior Rufa placed fourth in last weekend’s Class 2A, District 5 Tournament at Citrus High at Inverness in one of the toughest weight classes in the state (132 pounds). In his first varsity season on the mats, Dawson enters this weekend’s Class 2A, Region II Tournament, aka “The Region of Doom” at Brandon at 9-17 overall. When Rufa isn’t wrestling, he carries a 3.75…


Taylor Miller: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-11)

Taylor Miller – Girls Basketball Weeki Wachee – Senior The 5-foot-9 Miller has enjoyed a terrific overall season for the 6A-7 runner-up Lady Hornets, who toppled host Holiday-Anclote, 65-50, for the school’s first-ever regional victory. Taylor, who averages 12.6 points and over nine rebounds per game, ranks among the top four in Hernando County in rebounding, three-point shooting and blocked shots. Miller, who carries a weighted 3.65 grade point average,…


Tanner Kublick: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-04)

Tanner Kublick – Wrestling Springstead High – Junior Second-year grappler Tanner Kublick earned his first-ever IBT (individually bracketed tournament) medal Saturday by placing sixth at 126 pounds in the rugged 33rd Tony Ippolito Memorial Wrestling Tournament at historic Brandon High. Kublick, who in his first-ever tournament last winter, landed awkwardly and injured his elbow and missed the remainder of the season, enters the state series with a fine 26-16 overall…


Codey Maniates: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 01-28)

Codey Maniates – Wrestling Hernando High – Senior This past weekend, fourth-year grappler Maniates finished 5-1 and placed third at 145 pounds in the rugged 31st annual Flagler Rotary Tournament at Flagler Palm Coast High. Codey upped his won-lost record to a county-leading 36-5 overall, highlighted by 17 pins as the Leopards returned home with a respectable eighth-place finish in the two-day, 31-team event. Maniates, a 2016 Class 1A state…


Sarah Vo: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 01-21)

Sarah Vo – Girls Basketball Springstead High – Senior The 5-foot-6 Vo combined for 13 points last week in the 7A-8 win over Land O’ Lakes and the district loss to Mitchell. Sarah is the team’s No. 2 scorer and ranks fifth overall in the county in scoring at 12.8 points per game. Vo ranks as the circuit’s second-best free throw shooter and ranks third in assists and fourth in…