Seven-run first inning propels Eagles past Knights, 14-4

BASEBALL SHS right-hander Jasiak departs after 66 pitches, two-hitter and 12-0 lead By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – Here’s a tell tale stat. Just two seasons ago when F.W. Springstead set a new school record behind a magical 24-4 campaign, it established another mark for longest win streak. Over an 11-game stretch, the Eagles carved out 11 straight wins averaging 6.23 runs per game. Two years later, fifth-year skipper…

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Leopards’ Aske delivers clutch complete-game effort to solve upset-minded Citrus, 5-4

BASEBALL Of Hernando’s 10 safeties, Lashley, Morgan, Bronson, Valdez each collect 2 hits By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Class 5A, District 7 favorites this spring, Hernando High, saved its best efforts for last Monday night to avoid a costly two-game losing skein. After dropping two of three games last week – including its first-ever loss to 5A-7 foe Cypress Creek last Friday in Wesley Chapel, 5-3 – the Leopards…

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Springstead finishes third in 2A-6 Meet

WEIGHTLIFTING Eagles’ 10 lifters all place led by Barry’s repeat district crown By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com LECANTO – It wasn’t a shock to see host Lecanto finally solve Sunlake for Friday’s Class 2A, District 6 boys weightlifting crown. The loaded Seahawks had rolled up five straight district titles in a row – and six of the last seven – until the Panthers bested them, 64-48. For a third straight winter,…

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Eagles repeat as county champs, garner 12th team title

BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING SHS wins behind five champions, four runners-ups By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – F.W. Springstead followed an all-too-familiar blue print for its 12th Hernando County boys weightlifting crown. For years, 16th-year Eagle mentor Mike Garofano has preached to win a meet this big, his squad need to be at full force, have no scratches and max out on its number of individual champions. Competing at home, Garofano…

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Lantigua raps three knocks including third dinger as Eagles bury Beas, 15-5

BASEBALL In 15-hit onslaught, Ortiz, Miller, Hopper Blevens collect 2 hits By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Springstead sophomore southpaw Marcus Opolski was credited with his initial varsity mound victory in his first-ever start Thursday night against young and inexperienced Central. The first-year left-hander faced 12 batters across the first three innings of a mercy-rule shortened 15-5 Hernando County win. The 6-foot, 180-pound Opolski departed after 60 pitches and…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 03-09)

Ali Shenefield – Softball Hernando – Senior Shenefield went 3-0 last week throwing 14 innings, giving up zero runs and striking out 38 batters. She struck out 19 batters against Nature Coast Technical, setting a new Hernando High School single game record. She also  recorded her 100th career hit and 600th lifetime strikeout of her career. Ali carries a 3.44 grade point average. The two-time All-Hernando County softball selection has…

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SHS’ Galhouse yields 5 singles, 2 unearned runs while fanning career-high 14 to solve NCT, 6-2

SOFTBALL In 9-hit attack, Galhouse, Ryan, DiCono rap 2 hits By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Springstead senior right-hander Mariah Galhouse spun a complete game five-hitter Wednesday, featuring a personal record 14 strikeouts without a walk as the Eagles solved host Nature Coast Technical, 6-2. Galhouse (5-2) previously fanned a career-high 13 against Bishop McLaughlin this season. She scattered five singles across the 26 batters she faced and yielded two…

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Stifanic, Galhouse go yard, as Lady Eagles bury Panthers in 2½ frames, 15-0

SOFTBALL In 14-hit attack, Kolwicz, Rizzuto, Galhouse, DiCono rap two hits each By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – After a pair of painful back-to-back narrow road losses last week at Dunnellon and Crystal River – both by 2-1 counts – was there cause for concern for the Springstead offense? In the Lady Eagles’ four other games – all victories – the Spring Hill crew tallied 48 runs. So which…

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2019 Nature Coast Technical Sharks Boys Tennis Results (thru 03-11)

BOYS TENNIS 02-12: Nature Coast Technical at Weeki Wachee NCT 4, Weeki Wachee 3 Singles: No. 1 – Roger Sniffen (NCT) def. Josh Bondulich, 6-4, 6-0. No. 2 – Cayden Muir (NCT) def. Rafael Garcia, 6-0, 6-3 No. 3 – Brock Vance (WW) def. Quintin Hotop, 6-3, 9-11 (6-7), 10-5. No. 4 – Christian Velez (WW) def. Alex Brezina, 6-0, 6-1. No. 5 – Evan Williams (NCT) def. Deven Carlson,…

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Springstead’s Spencer settles on 2A silver medal at 285, as Eagles place seventh as a team

STATE WRESTLING In 1A, Hernando High finishes tenth overall behind 4 state placers By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com KISSIMMEE – Consistency at the state level has been a hallmark of the North Suncoast’s most dominant mat program: F.W. Springstead. It was certainly noticeably during this weekend’s rugged two-day, 55th annual FHSAA State Finals at the Silver Spurs Arena. For the 14th straight winter, the Springstead Eagles’ mat program walked away from…

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

Kylie Kanaar – Girls Track & Field Springstead – Sophomore During Thursday’s Raider Open at Bushnell-South Sumter, Kanaar earned gold medals in three different events: 800 meters in 2:29.27, 4×800 relay in 10:42.85 and the 1,600 meters. In the mile, she established a new school record of 5:33. The multi-sport Kylie, who has already participated in cross country is an International Baccalaureate student at SHS with a weighted 3.8 grade…

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Legiste, Dugazon combine for 44 points as Stranahan topples NCT, 76-45

  BOYS BASKETBALL NCT junior center Orien Adams tosses 22, grabs 13 boards By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com LAKELAND – The Stranahan Dragons’ inside-outside combo of center Inady Legiste and point guard Brian Dugazon brought down the curtains on Nature Coast Technical’s second-best-ever season Wednesday night at the George Jenkins Arena at the RF Funding Center in Polk County, 76-45. The 6-foot-6 225-pound Legiste knocked down 11-of-13 field goal attempts and…

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Sharks match wits with Class 6A’s top team – Ft. Lauderdale-Stranahan Dragons – at 8 p.m. Wednesday

BOYS BASKETBALL NCT’s first return to Final Four in 7 years By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Just over seven years ago – March 1, 2012 – Nature Coast Technical’s boys basketball program reached its apex. That’s when the Sharks fell at the hands of the Jacksonville-Terry Parker Braves at The Lakeland Center during the Class 5A state semifinals 74-49. It marked as the final prep game of Tyler Bergantino’s illustrious prep…

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Spoils of battle: HHS loses Tafelski for the season, but advance nine to states

1A-II WRESTLING Leopards break 14-year school record for state placers By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Like a lawnmower, defending regional champion, Lake Highland Prep, trimmed the 178-grappler field to 56 during this weekend’s Class 1A, Region II Tournament at Oviedo’s The Master’s Academy. LHP, which has captured six of the last seven Class 1A state crowns, advanced a meet-high 13 Highlanders – highlighted by 12 regional champions – to the Mar….

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Ticket to Ride: Eagles place fourth in ‘The Doom’ – advance five to states

2A-II WRESTLING Morales, Spencer claim SHS’ 73rd, 74th regional crowns at Brandon High By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BRANDON – Though over three-fourths of the 220 grapplers who entered the ‘House that Cozart Built’ didn’t survive, this weekend’s Class 2A, Region II Tournament, aka “The Region of Doom,” wasn’t all gloom. Across the rugged two-day litmus test – known as the toughest regional in the state – six of F.W. Springstead’s…

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Eagles’ state aspirations contingent on surviving Brandon High’s “Region of Doom”

REGIONAL WRESTLING 51 Hernando County grapplers enter rugged 2A-II and 1A-II events By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando County’s 51 remaining grapplers enter a pair of mat venues Friday with a singular purpose – to advance (via a top-four regional placing) to the 55th annual Florida High School Athletic Association State Finals set for March 8-9 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee. 2A-5 champion F.W. Springstead, fresh off its 32st…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-23)

Amelia “Milly” Jackson – Girls Basketball Hernando Christian Academy – Senior The multi-sport Jackson tallied a team-best 12 points – highlighted by 8-of-10 shooting from the foul line – grabbed five rebounds and collected four steals in the Class 2A, Region I Final loss at Tampa-Bayshore Christian, 57-36. Despite the third loss in three tries to the loaded Faith Warriors, HCA finished 22-4 overall. That game completed Jackson’s sixth varsity…

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Sharks oust cold-shooting Pirates, 67-35

BOYS BASKETBALL Crystal River clanks 1-of-12 1st period FG attempts, never recovers By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com CRYSTAL RIVER – Crystal River opted against following the identical blueprint of its startling 6A-7 title game upset 11 days before over Nature Coast Technical. The Pirates decided prior to the Class 6A, Region II semifinal Tuesday night before packed house in Citrus County, against rolling out its slow down tactics. In essence, the…

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UCF-bound Maharaj tapped as Player of the Year (again)

2018 ALL-COUNTY BOYS GOLF Four-year starter, 4-time all-star, repeats as county’s best By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Spring Hill’s Ryan Maharaj transformed many of the county’s finest area golf courses into his personal sand box. As a four-year starter, he was named by the area coaches to his fourth All-Hernando County all-star berth. The reasons were abundant. Like how many local linksters are among the county’s top four scorers four years…

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2018 All-Hernando County Boys Golf

BOYS GOLF – Compiled by TONY CASTRO Player of the Year – Ryan Maharaj Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Rare four-year starter for the Eagles … Voted four times as an All-County selection … Repeat Player of the Year … The two-sport Maharaj also plays soccer … Debuted with a splash in 2015 carding a nine-hole 39 in a tri-match loss at Silverthorn CC to NCT and Crystal River … Later…

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