Eagles advance five to Punta Gorda regional meet

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING Behind a school record 19 qualifiers, host Sunlake claims its fourth district title By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com LAND O’ LAKES – After finishing runner-up in the District 5 Meet in 2015, Head Coach Denise Garcia’s Sunlake Seahawks have been on a steady climb. The current Sunshine Athletic Conference eastern champions and 2018 Disparti Invitational champs could unseat Navarre as the reigning Class 2A state champs next month. In…

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Bears frosh Joyner deals dagger with four late free throws to edge Leopards, 45-41

BOYS BASKETBALL Central avenges previous 62-49 home loss to HHS behind tough 2-3 zone “D” By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – With the district schedule whittling down each Class 3A, District 7 tilt is significant. Central High, which dropped a 62-49 verdict to Hernando High on Dec. 7 at the Bears’ Den, arrived Friday night at the Michael A. Imhoff gymnasium looking to square up the seasonal series. Instead of…

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Five teams chasing Leopards for 1A-6 dual meet supremacy

WRESTLING Tightest battle appears to be for second place between WWHS, Gulf and NCT By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Hernando High is an overwhelming favorite to repeat at Class 1A, District 6 dual meet champion following Saturday’s six-team event at Nature Coast Technical. The round robin formatted tourney is expecting to feature: Hudson, New Port Richet-Gulf and four Hernando County entries: Brooksville-Hernando, Brooksville-Central, Weeki Wachee and host NCT. The first of…

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Pasco at Hernando Wrestling Results (01-10)

WRESTLING: 01–10: Dade City-Pasco at Hernando Hernando (HER) 69, Dade City-Pasco (PAS) 6 106 – Heaven-Leigh Jackson (HER) won via forfeit. 113 – Jonathon Britton (HER) pin Kyler Dickerson, 3:32. 120 – Billy Gould (HER) pin Darrion Skelly, 3:56. 126 – J. Lisk (HER) won via forfeit. 132 – Michael Brown (HER) dec. Travis Knowlton, 3-2. 138 – Josh Pritz (HER) pin Zackary Stephens, 0:33. 145 – Boston Tafelski (HER)…

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Campbell deposits hat trick, Lewis adds pair as Eagles topple Bears, 6-2

BOYS SOCCER Down 3-0, Central comes to life behind a pair of goals by Nugo Bakaria By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – After a pair of hard-to-swallow 4-3 setbacks this week on the road at Umatilla and Zephyrhills, the main issue would be how would the Bears respond in its initial county tilt Thursday against Springstead. In its third match in four nights, CHS goalkeeper Alec Robichaud stoned the first…

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 01-05)

Seytia Hill – Girls Basketball Weeki Wachee – Senior The chameleon-like Hill helped guide the Lady Hornets to a third-place finish during the ninth Hernando Holiday Classic in Brooksville. The 5-foot-11 Hill tallied a combined 34 points, hauled down 22 rebounds and dished seven assists in WWHS’ 2-1 run. Seytia, in her fourth varsity season of hoops, completed her fourth season of varsity volleyball and will be throwing the shot…

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Lady Leopards send shock waves, blank Hornets, 3-0

GIRLS SOCCER Hernando snaps 5-match losing skein to defending county champions By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – On any given Sunday in the NFL, anyone can and usually does, win. Among the prep ranks in local girls’ soccer, Hernando High has basically been every team’s piñata. Interestingly, the Leopards captured the first 12 lifetime meetings against Weeki Wachee High School from 2011-16. In WWHS’ third season under Danny Fierro things…

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 12-29)

Bronson Tafelski – Wrestling Hernando – Senior The versatile Tafelski posted a 2-2 slate at 152 pounds highlighted by two pin falls, during the rugged Knockout Classic VII Tournament at Kissimmee-Osceola High School. Bronson, in his fourth season on the mats, recently completed his fourth football season, including three at the varsity level. The 2017 All-County defender has also lifted weights for the Leopards. Tafelski maintains a 3.4 unweighted grade…

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 12-22)

Kayla Dawson – Girls Weightlifting Central – Junior The multi-sport Dawson is splitting time this winter between playing goalie for the Lady Bears’ soccer team and weightlifting. In the 18th Hernando County Championship Meet at Weeki Wachee, Dawson tied for second place at 154 pounds behind a 110-120—230-pound total. She lost the tiebreaker to officially finish third overall. Besides competing in her first season under the bar and on the…

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 12-15)

Boston Tafelski – Wrestling Hernando – Senior The multi-sport Tafelski opened his fourth varsity mat season 11-0, posting a perfect 8-0 slate winning at the Weeki Wachee Duals VII before reaching the 37th Brooksville-Kiwanis Invitational finals for the first time at 145 pounds. Though he lost to 2018 state placer Andreas Bond of Lake Gibson, he helped the Leopards finish runner-up for its best finish in this event in 12…

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Eagles restore dignity, claim 20th Springstead Invite crown

WRESTLING After getting spanked at South Beach Duals, SHS rolls 8 placers, 5 champs By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – A week ago, F.W Spring stead’s famed mat program suffered an all-time low ebb at Fort Lauderdale. But after setting school records for futility – dropping six matches in two days at the South Beach Duals – Head Coach Mike LaRocca’s troops restored some luster this weekend. During the…

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Eagles follow ‘Unique’ path past Bears, 48-34

Central leads by 14 pts., 21-7, with 4:40 left in the third before dissolving By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – For 20 minutes, Central appeared more enamored than lackluster Springstead to finish third Thursday in the consolation round of the Greg O’Connell Shootout. For over two-plus periods, Springstead appeared to be sleep walking. Apparently, playing its third game in three nights had taken its toll. Had losing the night…

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Road to Recovery: Eagles click restart button with Corey Hill Invite this weekend

WRESTLING Nineteen mat squads will challenge SHS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Prep athletics is cyclical. It’s the nature of business as long as your school isn’t named Tampa-Jesuit, Lakeland Highland Prep or Bishop Moore – to name a few area private school powerhouses. Seldom do public school athletic programs avoid going from first to last. F.W. Springstead’s position as the North Suncoast’s premier mat program – outside of legendary Brandon…

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Lady Hornets and Leopards, HHS boys each advance to semifinals

BASKETBALL Down 9-6 after 8 minutes, HHS roars back against Bulls By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Three of four Hernando County entries – all but Nature Coast Technical – advanced to Thursday’s semifinals of the Hernando Holiday Classic at Hernando High. In the girls’ bracket, Weeki Wachee (13-0) cruised past Gulf (6-6), 61-24, Seffner-Armwood (7-1) tatooed NCT (4-6), 60-15, Chamberlain (8-4) stiff armed West Feliciana, Louisiana, 44-38, and Hernando…

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What Achilles Heel? Bears’ Simmons, Joyner sink pair of clutch foul shots to turn back Mustangs, 64-59

BOYS BASKETBALL Central nearly wastes double-digit scoring effort by four players By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – It’s been stated many a time, most athletic contests aren’t won, the other team simply finds a way to lose. The classic case in point arrived during Tuesday’s opening game of the Greg O’Connell Shootout, sponsored locally by Glory Days Restaurant in Brooksville. Thanks to meltdown 12 turnovers in the fourth quarter,…

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Anyone’s tournament: O’Connell Shootout, Hernando Holiday Classic

BOYS BASKETBALL 16 area teams including eight at Springstead, eight at HHS vying for hardware By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com If you’re a prep basketball fanatic jonesing for a fix, well, this is the right week in Hernando County. Over the next four days at F.W. Springstead in Spring Hill and at Brooksville’s Hernando High, 16 area teams will be not only fine tuning for second-half district runs, but competing for…

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Will Saints go marching through or Lady Hornets preserve unbeaten status during Hernando Holiday Classic?

GIRLS BASKETBALL Eight teams will clash for three days beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday at HHS By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Eight prep girls basketball teams will converge at Hernando High’ s Michael A. Imhoff Gymnasium beginning Wednesday morning for the ninth Hernando Holiday Classic crown. The 8-team girls’ field includes: Hernando County’s Nature Coast Technical, Weeki Wachee and host Hernando, Hillsborough County’s Seffner-Armwood, Ruskin-Lennard, and Tampa-Chamberlain, Pasco County‘s New Port…

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Leopards “thumped” at initial Knockout Classic

WRESTLING Pritz injures knee, as HHS returns sans any hardware By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com When the curtains came down on the 39-team, 400-plus wrestler event Saturday night in Kissimmee, Class 7A Camden County, Ga. claimed its fourth consecutive Knockout Christmas Classic VII Wrestling Tournament. The Wildcats finished with a tourney-high 191.0 points, besting Lakeland-Lake Gibson and Woodlawn Cartersville, Georgia – which both finished second with 185.0 points. Leopards: Tough weekend…

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Leopards step up competition, enter initial Knockout VII at Kissimmee-Osceola

WRESTLING In a massive 41-team field, 17 squads arrive from outside of Florida By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The Knockout Classic prep wrestling tournament has been labeled many things during its inception, including the state tournament on steroids. Many of the state’s finest grapplers have fallen at the expense of the huge event held for the past six winters at the palatial Kissimmee-Osceola gymnasium. The seventh edition takes place Friday and…

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