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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Tallia Russell Springstead – Freshman Russell, in her first-ever Class 3A State Track and Field Finals at Jacksonville’s University of North Florida Hodges Stadium, reached the medal podium placing eighth in the discus with a personal-best heave of 117’10” Tallia has also played varsity basketball and tennis this season. As an International Baccalaureate student, Russell maintains an unweighted 4.0 and weighted 4.3 grade point average. Besides her athletic endeavors, she’s…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 04-28)

Jackson Short Hernando – Senior Last week, Short, a 6-foot-1 right-hander, earned a win against county rival Springstead by hurling 6.2 innings and only giving up one run, On the season, the Leopard ace improved to 6-1 with a 1.57 earned run average. Jackson maintains a 3.196 grade point average while taking honors and advancement classes. He’s also an avid bowler, carrying a 218 average. He’s competed in various tournaments…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 04-21)

Haley Palmer Springstead – Sophomore Haley is a second-year member of the Lady Eagles’ tennis team. She finished 2-1 at No. 4 singles and 2-1 at No. 2 doubles during last week’s rugged Class 3A, District 5 Tournament at the Jonesville Tennis Center in Gainesville. The 2017 All-County all-star leads the Eagles in singles wins (13) and doubles victories (12) and helped SHS secure the district runner-up trophy and a…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 04-14)

Karli Kimbrough Hernando – Senior Karli is a four-year member of the varsity softball team and three-year member of the varsity tennis team. She entered the Class 2A, District 7 Tournament undefeated at 5-0 this year for the Lady Leopards. She’s never lost a regular season match in three years. In softball, Kimbrough collected two hits last week and scored four runs. Karli is closing in on 100 hits (92)…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 04-07)

Roger Sniffen Nature Coast Technical – Junior Sniffen, in his third season as a varsity netter, finished 1-2 last week at the rugged No. 1 singles besting Citrus’ Van Crawley, 6-0, 6-1, before succumbing to Wiregrass Ranch‘s talented Destiny Okungbowa, 6-1, 6-1 and Tampa-Jesuit’s Nick Haggar, 6-3, 6-1. The two-time All-Hernando County selection stands 8-7 overall in singles action and a combined 6-7 in doubles play with four different partners….

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 03-31)

Mackenzie Vraspir Nature Coast Technical – Senior Last week at No. 1 singles, Vraspir defeated Cassie Smith of River Ridge, 4-6, 6-4, 10-4, and downed Central High’s Emily Gifford, 6-2, 6-1, to improve to 8-2 on the season for the 13-0 Sharks, At No. 1 doubles, Vraspir and Nicole Remedio topped Smith/Victoria Laman-Dentici, 8-6, to climb to 6-1 overall. The 2017 All-Hernando County singles (No. 4) and doubles (No. 2)…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 03-24)

Connor Morgan – Baseball Hernando – Sophomore Morgan nearly single-handedly led the Leopards to its first Tom Varn Baseball Tournament final, sponsored by Brooksville’s Farm Bureau Insurance, in 14 years against eventual champion Land O‘ Lakes. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder rapped a team-high 10 hits in 14 at-bats for a sizzling .714 average, hitting safely in all four tourney games at Emerson Field. Besides playing third base in his second season…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 03-17)

Kayla Cruz – Softball Springstead – Senior Despite being under the weather with a lingering 24-hour flu bug, Cruz enabled the Lady Eagles to reach its third Leopard Slam Tourney final in Brooksville. Kayla collected six hits in 13 at-bats (.462), drove in a team-high six runs batted in while pitching 13.2 innings and went 1-1 on the mound during the 10-team Slam VII event at Ernie Chatman Field at…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 03-10)

Jack Jasiak – Baseball Springstead – Junior Jasiak made his third start a memorable one Thursday night against Hernando. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound right-hander faced 18 batters across a five-inning mercy-rule shortened 12-1 win over the 5A-7 runner-up Leopards. Jack yielded two hits (both singles) and one run (unearned) while allowing a walk against a game-high nine strikeouts to improve to 3-0. Against the Leopards, he helped himself at the plate…

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

Kylie Kanaar – Girls Track & Field Springstead – Freshman Kanaar helped the Lady Eagles to a county-best third place finish in the 15-team Raider Invitational at Bushnell-South Sumter High School. The multi-sport Kylie, who has already participated in golf and cross country, captured first place in the 800 meters in 2:23.85 and teamed up with three other freshmen including Katelynn Sims, Maya Rhymer and Yanializ Bonnelly to win the…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-24)

Ali Shenefield – Softball Hernando – Junior Shenefield started two games for the Lady Leopards, winning both while striking out 22 batters across 11 innings of work. She stands 4-0 with 44 punchouts in 20 innings. Ali’s week was highlighted by a complete game, 3-hit shutout, her 13th lifetime behind a career-best 16 Ks against district runner-up Nature Coast Technical. The 2017 All-County softball selection maintains a 3.14 grade point…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-17)

Jeffrey Cotnoir – Boys Basketball Springstead – Senior Cotnoir averaged 12.0 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals per game last week for the Eagles, who captured the Class 7A, District 8 title by eliminating Sunlake on Wednesday, 67-53, and top-seeded Land O’ Lakes on Friday, 68-67. The 5-foot-11, 178-pounder carries an unweighted 3.78 and a weighted 4.06 grade point average. Jeff also volunteers at the JD Floyd STEAM…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-10)

Lynndell Hudson – Boys Basketball Central – Senior In a 1-1 week for the Bears, the 6-foot-7, 298-pound Hudson averaged three points, nine rebounds and four blocks per game. Hudson, who played right tackle for the Bears’ football team, recently signed D-I scholarship with Florida International University in Miami. Lynndell, who maintains a 2.9 unweighted and 3.1 weighted grade point average, volunteers at his church.

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-03)

Alexis Hobbs – Girls Weightlifting Weeki Wachee – Senior Hobbs completed a dream sequence by concluding the 2017-18 girls weightlifting season with a perfect 7-0 run culminating with the Class 1A FHSAA State Finals gold medal at 129 pounds Friday at Panama City Beach-Arnold. With the win, the third-year lifter became WWHS’ first-ever state champion. Alexis has also lettered in track and field, specializing in the pole vault. Hobbs, who…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 01-27)

Madisyn Tyler – Girls Basketball Hernando Christian Academy – Sophomore Tyler, a 5-foot-9 forward, who averages 3.9 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per games, scored two points in the Lady Lions’ 15th win of the season over Lecanto-Seven River Christian, 54-23, and followed with two points against 2A-4’s top-seeded Bayshore Christian. Maddie, who also plays softball alternating between shortstop, catcher and outfield, maintains a 3.25 grade point average. She’s…

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