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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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