Unbeaten ’Canes (4-0) crush winless Hornets (0-4), 46-14

FOOTBALL CHS’ Weems scores thrice, Bishop hurls two TD passes By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com WEEKI WACHEE – Next week’s bye couldn’t have come at a better time for Weeki Wachee. The Hornets, a seven-year old program seeking its initial winning campaign, will have to regroup for its first win of 2019. The visiting and unbeaten Invernvess-Citrus Hurricanes (4-0 overall, 1-0 5A-8) swatted the Hornets (0-4 overall, 0-1 5A-8), 46-14. T.J….

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District play debuts as Pirates (1-2) host lethal Leopards (1-2)

FOOTBALL Citrus County crew nudged HHS last fall in Brooksville, 14-7 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The first couple weeks of any season serve as ‘feeling out’ process prior to start of district action. This year is no different. Hernando High feels like it got off the canvas last Saturday thanks to rolling over winless Ocala-Lake Weir, 51-0. That first win enabled an emerging Leopard offensive unit to take its next…

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Lccanto Panthers (1-2) looking to spoil Central’s rare 4-0 run

FOOTBALL Bears need two victories to duplicate 1998’s 5-0 start By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Central High’s first-year skipper, Rob Walden, can’t help but speak with optimism echoing in his tone these days. And for good reason. You see, the Bears are the talk of Brooksville. Walden, CHS’ 10th head football coach since the doors flung open in 1989, has taken a page from the old manuscript along the Ken Austin…

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Leopards: No longer winless, level Lake Weir 51-0

FOOTBALL Seven different players find the end zone vs. ’Canes By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – A week prior to the start of its district schedule, Hernando High enjoyed a breather Saturday morning. After getting beat up by Lakeland-Lake Gibson, 43-0, and falling short end of a 13-7 road trip last weekend to Brevard County, Hernando High stood at the cross roads of unfamiliar 0-2 start. But in the first…

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It’s over! Eagles conclude Sharks’ 4-year, 19-game win skein, 30-19

FOOTBALL SHS’ Cabrera scores twice before being injured, Alexis’ 96-yard kick return seals the deal By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – For many first-time visitors to Shark Tank Stadium, its an experience unlike so many others. But Friday night’s 15th lifetime clash between archrivals NCT and F.W. Springstead represented a unique blend of football. After four years of frustration, the Spring Hill crew became the first Hernando County squad to…

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0-2 Hurricanes seek season‘s first win at winless Hernando

FOOTBALL Saturday’s kickoff slated for 10 a.m. By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com At 10 a.m. Saturday. the winless Ocala-Lake Weir Hurricanes (0-2) will test the winless Hernando Leopards (0-2) at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium. The two teams that have not played since splitting the series in 2005-06. In 2005 in Brooksville, Matt Smith‘s Leopards edged the Hurricanes, 35-28. The following season, Lake Weir prevailed, 22-17. The Marion County crew opened the…

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Winless Leopards “It’s a matter of execution,” stresses Kazmier

FOOTBALL Hernando hopes Marion County schools open, to play this weekend By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Frustration could easily be sensed from Brooksville to Spring Hill with second-year skipper Robert Kazmier’s tone Tuesday afternoon. You see, things begin to get testy when Hernando High opens a season with back-to-back losses. It’s one thing, according to Coach Kazmier, to open with the toughest team on your schedule, falling to powerhouse, Lakeland-Lake Gibson,…

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Hornets seek first-ever win over visiting Eagles

FOOTBALL WWHS’ Chris Cook makes home debut By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com According to the Hornets’ first-year skipper, Chris Cook, last week carried a positive vibe for the Hornets. After going through another rehiring process – when Jacob Gray – opted to take a job out of state – the Hornets landed former Sebring native Chris Cook to retool its gridiron program. In Cook’s debut – at Groveland-South Lake, the Hornets…

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Eagles close line Hawks, 53-0

FOOTBALL Seven backs carry the rock as SHS opens impressively By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – Prior to ninth lifetime meeting between former district rivals Sunlake and Springstead, SHS skipper Mike Garofano was anxious to see what he had. After sitting out last week’s pre-season classic, Garofano received his answer. The Eagles unleashed seven different ball carriers in throttling the visiting Seahawks to open up its 44th season Friday at…

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New-look Seahawks trek to Booster Stadium

FOOTBALL After Veteran skipper Bill Browning retired, defensive coordinator Matt Smith is sitting out 2019. By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com F.W. Springstead’s 44th season of varsity football begins Friday night 7:30 p.m. with always-tough Sunlake rolling into Booster Stadium. The Eagles. coming off a 7-3 campaign in 2018, were flooded out last week, and were not able to set foot on to its turf for its annual pre=season-classic against Inverness-Citrus. Meanwhile,…

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Golden Hurricanes invade Booster Stadium

FOOTBALL Kickoff Classic serves as final regular season tune-up By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Thursday night’s prep Kickoff Classic at 7 p.m. at Booster Stadium in Spring Hill serves as the tune-up for 44th season of Eagle football. Inverness-Citrus invades Spring Hill for the first time since 2014. The Golden Hurricanes finished 2018 at 4-6 -winning four of its last five tilts under Nate Varnadore. Varnadore stepped down immediately after the…

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15 years later, Lexington, SC’s Dick Allen repeats as Southern Open Champion

BOWLING Allen claims 25th PBA regional crown edging Spring Hill’s Champion, 246-234 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – It took 15 years, but on Sunday, Lexington, South Carolina’s Richie “Dick” Allen repeated as the Spring Hill Open champion at the Southern Regional held at Spring Hill Lanes. Allen, who’ll turn 41 next month, topped Spring Hill’s Colin Champion in the step ladder finals, 246-234. Among the final eight competitors,…

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2018 FINAL HERNANDO COUNTY FOOTBALL LEADERS

FOOTBALL – Compiled by TONY CASTRO Top 10 Rushers   RK.   NAME/SCHOOL   ATT   YDS   YPC   TD 1. Weston/NCT 387* 2,875* 7.43 34* 2. Fields/HER 193 1,498 7.76 20 3. Sims/SPG 154 1,198 7.78 13 4. Burnett/NCT 130 820 6.31 9 5. Bronson/HER 82 645 7.87 3 6. Class/WW 122 716 5.87 8 7. Cason, Contae/CEN 117 577 4.93 0 5. Cabrera/SPG 90 507 5.63 6…

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2018 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY FOOTBALL TEAM

FOOTBALL By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com OFFENSE Hernando County Player of the Year – Michael “Mike Mike” Weston Nature Coast Technical – Senior COMMENTS: Three-time All-County pick …A physical specimen at 6-foot, 210 pounds… Reached the FHSAA Class 1A State Finals in wrestling twice (2017-18)… In 2015, Weston carried 16 times for a pedestrian 90 yards and ranked 18th in tackles with 20 … In 2016, Weston rushed 109 times for…

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2019 HERNANDO BOYS TRACK & FIELD RECAPS

BOYS TRACK & FIELD – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2019 HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS TRACK & FIELD RECAPS 2019 Central Bears Head Coach – Kris Brooks (2nd Year)   DATE   EVENT   SITE   RESULT 02-12 Lecanto Invitational Away 4th/8 teams 02-15 Spring Hill-Springstead Invitational Away 6th/8 teams 02-22 Brooksville-Hernando Quad Away 3rd/4 teams 03-07 Wesley Chapel-Cypress Creek Invitational Away 16th/15 teams 03-14 Brooksville-Hernando Kiwanis Away 10th/12 teams 04-03 Hernando/Citrus…

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Teamed up with Coach Capel, Hartman enjoys best-ever season

BOYS TRACK Hernando County‘s Athlete of the Year heads to Dodge City Community College By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Springstead High’s silky smooth 6-foot-3, 165-pound sprinter, Jacorey Richard Hartman, made it look easy this past track and field season. For his efforts. Hartman, 18, was voted Hernando County’s Boys Track Athlete of the Year. It makes the balloting a lot easier when the fourth-year Hartman reached the FHSAA State Finals in…

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2019 ALL-HERNANDO COUNTY BOYS TRACK & FIELD TEAM

BOYS TRACK By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Athlete of the Year Jacorey Hartman – 100 Meters, 200 Meters & Long Jump Springstead – Senior COMMENTS: Fourth-year trackster … Attended three schools in four years … Transferred from Hernando to NCT … Transferred to Springstead from NCT … Only Hernando County athlete to reach states in 2019 in three events: 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump … Was the Eagles’ workhorse…

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2019 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS TRACK & FIELD RECAPS

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD – Compiled by TONY CASTRO 2019 HERNANDO COUNTY GIRLS TRACK & FIELD RECAPS 2019 Central Bears Head Coach – Pat Greenwood (2nd Year) DATE EVENT SITE RESULT 02-12 Lecanto Invitational Away 5th/8 teams 02-15 Spring Hill-Springstead Invitational Away 5th/8 teams 02-22 Brooksville-Hernando Quad Away 3rd/4 teams 03-07 Wesley Chapel-Cypress Creek Invitational Away 12th (T)/15 teams 03-14 Brooksville-Hernando Kiwanis Away 10th/12 teams 04-03 Hernando/Citrus Classic Away 7th/9…

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