2017 WW MS BTRK Medalists

Yellow Jackets pull stunner, claim first-ever county championship

BOYS TRACK & FIELD Winding Waters secures 99 points to edge runner-up Powell by 20 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – In 2016, Explorer K-8 turned heads with its first-ever Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Boys Track & Field Championship at Weeki Wachee High School. A year later, its was host Winding Waters’ turn to hoist the meet’s tallest trophy. The Yellow Jackets won with an impressive 99…

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2017 CHAL GTRK Champions

Kanaar reaps three gold medals again pacing Challenger K-8’s county six-peat

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD Navigators top runner-up Panthers by 32½ points BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – In Thursday’s four-hour Hernando County Middle School Girls Athletic Conference Track & Field at Weeki Wachee High School, Challenger K-8 once again dominated the local scene. The Navigators earned first-place gold medals in eight of the 12 contested events at the Hornets’ Nest to claim its sixth straight county crown, defeating runner-up…

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Powell Panthers, County Champs. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Navigators have no solution for Hall’s 13 points, dropping title game to Powell, 31-12

MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL Quick Powell defense forces Challenger into 20 turnovers, 14% shooting BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Basketball is difficult enough. But imagine shooting 14 percent for the game – clanking 25-of-29 field goal attempts – like second-seeded Challenger K-8 (8-2 overall) did Monday night at Powell in the finals of the Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Tournament. Now compound matters by turning the ball over a…

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Parrott's ,3, Issac Edwards runs around end for a touchdown. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Leopards’ hex continues over Navigators spoiling unbeaten county run, 30-7

  MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Parrott’s Edwards tallies twice, as ’Gators fall to Leopards for the 16th straight time BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In 2016, Challenger K-8 will have to suffice in garnering its first Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference title. The Navigators earned its initial county title by default last week when Winding Waters upset short-handed Powell at Weeki Wachee’s Hornets’ Nest, 28-14. With the upset, Powell suffered its…

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All-Time Hernando County Middle School Football Champions (2000-16/17 Seasons)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL All-Time Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Football Champions (2000-16/17 Seasons) – Compiled by TONY CASTRO YEAR SCHOOL W L .PCT COACH 2000 Powell 3 0 1.000 Garofano, Mike 2001 Fox Chapel 2 1 .667 Isles, Troy 2001 Parrott 2 1 .667 Mobley, Dwayne 2002 West Hernando 3 0 1.000 Martinez, Benny 2003 Parrott 3 0 1.000 Mobley, Dwayne 2004 Parrott 3 0 1.000 Mobley, Dwayne 2005…

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Challenger ,2, Jaylen Thompson. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 11-02)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 11-01: Parrott 30, Challenger K-8 7 10-26: Winding Waters K-8 28, Powell 14 10-25: Challenger K-8 40, West Hernando 6 Explorer K-8 22, Fox Chapel 0 Bushnell-South Sumter 44, Parrott 6 10-18: South Sumter 44, West Hernando 0 Challenger K-8 13, Powell 6 Explorer K-8 28, Winding Waters K-8 12 Parrott 46, Fox Chapel 0 10-12: Powell – bye Parrott 56, West…

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Challenger ,2, Jaylen Thompson. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 11-01)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-26: Winding Waters K-8 28, Powell 14 10-25: Challenger K-8 40, West Hernando 6 Explorer K-8 22, Fox Chapel 0 (non-conference) Bushnell-South Sumter 44, Parrott 6 10-18: (non-conference) South Sumter 44, West Hernando 0 Challenger K-8 13, Powell 6 Explorer K-8 28, Winding Waters K-8 12 Parrott 46, Fox Chapel 0 10-12: Powell – bye Parrott 56, West Hernando 0 Challenger K-8 36, Explorer K-8 20 Winding…

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Winding Waters ,22,Perry Nation exploits the open field against Powell. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Bigger is better: Jacket receiver latches on to two TD passes as Winding Waters stuns Powell, 28-14

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Sans three starters, Panthers drop third series tilt against Winding Waters BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – Two long-time adages rang true Wednesday evening at the Hornets’ Nest: football can be cruel and bigger is better. A week ago, a dropped pass in the end zone by a Powell receiver against Challenger K-8 might have been the final straw in the Navigators’ upset over the previously…

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Challenger ,4, Owen Andress.Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-26)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-26: Powell vs. Winding Waters K-8 at Weeki Wachee, 6:30 p.m. 10-25: Challenger K-8 40, West Hernando 6 Explorer K-8 22, Fox Chapel 0 Bushnell-South Sumter 44, Parrott 6 10-18: South Sumter 44, West Hernando 0 Challenger K-8 13, Powell 6 Explorer K-8 28, Winding Waters K-8 12 Parrott 46, Fox Chapel 0 10-12: Powell – bye Parrott 56, West Hernando 0 Challenger K-8 36, Explorer K-8…

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Challenger ,2, Jaylen Thompson. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

HERNANDO COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-18)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL  – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 10-18: (non conference) Bushnell-South Sumter 44, West Hernando 0 Challenger K-8 13, Powell 6 Explorer K-8 28, Winding Waters K-8 12 Parrott 46, Fox Chapel 0 10-12: Powell – bye Parrott 56, West Hernando 0 Challenger K-8 36, Explorer K-8 20 Winding Waters 44, Fox Chapel 0 10-05: Explorer K-8 – bye Parrott 32, Winding Waters 0 Powell 30, West Hernando 8…

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Explorer, 3, Austin Aliotta. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Hernando County Middle School Football Scoreboard (thru 10-11)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL 10-12: Powell – bye Parrott 56, West Hernando 0 Challenger K-8 36, Explorer K-8 20 Winding Waters 44, Fox Chapel 0 10-05: Explorer K-8 – bye Parrott 32, Winding Waters 0 Powell 30, West Hernando 8 10-04: Challenger K-8 68, Fox Chapel 0 09-27: Fox Chapel – bye Powell 20, Parrott 8 Explorer K-8 32, West Hernando 15 Challenger K-8 28, Winding Waters 26 09-20: Winding Waters…

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Challenger , 30, Robert Burgos runs free after an interception. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Challenger remains in title hunt rallies for 30 second-half points to trim Explorer, 36-20

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Navigators’ Burgos swipes career-high three passes, returns pick-six 55 yards BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Challenger K-8 eighth-grade cornerback Robert Burgos recalls intercepting two passes once. That was until Tuesday night at Shark Tank Stadium against visiting Explorer K-8 when Burgos pilfered three passes from quarterback Austin Aliotta and returned the last theft 55 yards to pay dirt to emphatically stamp the Navigators (3-0 county, 3-1 overall)…

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Navigators (8-0) complete unbeaten campaign sweep Eagles, Panthers for fourth straight county crown

MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL Challenger’s K-8’s Eurell pours in 13 points from service line to tame Powell BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – The growing tradition of excellence of Navigator K-8 varsity volleyball continued Monday at West Hernando Middle School. During the season-ending single-elimination Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Girls Volleyball Tournament, the top-seed Challenger K-8 more than lived up to its advanced billing. The Navigators, under first-year Olivia Cullum,…

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Hurricane Matthew wipes out Thursday and Friday’s complete athletic schedules

SPORTS CALENDAR The dangerous Category 4 system is expected to make Florida landfall tonight BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Due the affects of potentially catastrophic Category 4 Hurricane Matthew landing on Florida east coast late Thursday night, there will be no school athletic events including after-school practices either Thursday or Friday. On Wednesday, Marion County had opted to cancel the Hernando High at Ocala-Forest football game. Shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday,…

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West Hernando ,14, Sheldon Robinson gets away from Powell's , 2, Dedric Hall.Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2016 Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference Football Standings (thru 10-10)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD (thru 10-05) 10-05: Explorer K-8 – bye Parrott 32, Winding Waters 0 Powell 30, West Hernando 8 10-04: Challenger K-8 68, Fox Chapel 0 09-27: Fox Chapel – bye Powell 20, Parrott 8 Explorer K-8 32, West Hernando 15 Challenger K-8 28, Winding Waters 26 09-20: Winding Waters – bye Powell 22, Explorer K-8 0 West Hernando 49,…

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Powell's , 15, Kyle McIntosh gets taken down by West Hernando's ,10, Braedhun Lawrence.Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Powell enjoys M&Ms’ (Martinez & McIntosh) four combined TDs, routing West Hernando, 30-8

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Golden Eagles’ Lawrence’s game-high 141 yards, dazzling 62-yard TD goes for naught BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Suffice it to say 12th-year Powell skipper Ron Blackwell remembers his salad days as a head coach. Blackwell went 7-7 in his first two seasons – 2005 & 2006 – featuring three losses in three meetings to West Hernando. But since Oct. 3, 2006’s 12-6 double overtime loss…

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9/22/2008--SPRING HILL, FL.--FOX CHAPEL VS. CHALLENGER VARSITY VOLLEYBALL--Challenger's "11", Courtney Skinner concentrates on keeping a play alive at Fox Chapel Middle School Monday in a match between the two county rivals. JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Unbeaten Navigators earn top seed in annual county tourney at West Hernando

MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL First-round matches feature: Explorer vs. W. Hernando, Winding Waters vs. Parrott, Fox Chapel vs. Powell BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – West Hernando Athletic Director Trish Engelmeier released the Hernando County Middle School Athletic Conference volleyball seedings for Wednesday-Thursday’s single-elimination event at the Golden Eagles’ gymnasium. Three matches will be contested on Wednesday. To no one’s surprise unbeaten Challenger K-8 (6-0) earned the first-round bye. On court…

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‘Videogate’ exposes flawed gridiron scouting system

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL Ex-Winding Waters coach Cooper videotaped Parrott at Powell game without permission BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com After Sputnik, President John F. Kennedy vowed that the U.S. would land a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s. Suffice it to say that was a huge undertaking by NASA. Even after Kennedy was assassinated and the turbulent 60’s social unrest mounted, America kept its promise in 1969….

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2016 Hernando County Sports Calendar (thru 10-08)

SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 10-03: VOLLEYBALL: Crystal River at Central, 6:30 p.m. Clearwater-Lakeside Christian at HCA, 6 p.m. 10-04: MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Explorer K-8 – bye Fox Chapel vs. Challenger K-8 at Nature Coast Technical, 6:30 p.m. Powell vs. West Hernando at Springstead, 6:30 p.m. Winding Waters K-8 vs. Parrott at Hernando, 6:30 p.m. VOLLEYBALL: Nature Coast Technical at Weeki Wachee, 7 p.m. Springstead…

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Powell, 12, Matthew Martinez lunges to help stop the progress of Parrott runner Issac Edwards.Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2016 Hernando County Middle School Football Recaps (thru 10-03)

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2016 Challenger K-8 Navigators Head Coach: Brett Teitelman (11th Year: 1-1 overall)   DATE   OPPONENT   SITE   TIME/RESULT 09-08 Lakeland Christian Away L 19-38 09-20 Parrott* HHS PP/Field Conditions   09-27   Winding Waters K-8*   WWHS   W 38-36 10-04 Fox Chapel* NCT 6:30 p.m. 10-11 Explorer K-8* NCT 6:30 p.m. 10-18 Powell* NCT 6:30 p.m. 10-25 West Hernando*…

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