Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 02-09)

Morgan McDaniel – Girls Basketball Weeki Wachee – Sophomore In a pair of 6A-7 wins at Nature Coast Technical, the 5-foot-8 point guard tallied four points against Citrus and swished a career-high 18 markers against Crystal River in the title game. McDaniel also dished a combined 11 assists while burying 10-of-13 free throw attempts. Morgan, in her second year on varsity, maintains a 3.4 unweighted and 3.7 weighted grade point…

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

Wesley Wilson – Boys Basketball Hernando – Senior In a pair of losses to Crystal River and Lecanto, the 6-foot-1 Wilson tossed in a combined 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and collected two steals. The all-around athlete has competed in five sports including one year of football, one season of swimming, three years of varsity basketball, four seasons of cross country and will be participating in track and field for…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 01-26)

Fernando Valdez – Wrestling Hernando – Senior Enjoying his best-ever mat season, Valdez collected six points for a forfeit win at 170 pounds during Friday’s Class 1A, Region II Duals Finals at Kissimmee-Osceola against defending state champion Orlando-Lake Highland Prep. With the win, Fernando improved to a team-best 30-4 on the season. With six additional victories, Valdez become the 26th Leopard since 1972 to attain 100-career prep wins. Valdez, who…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 01-19)

Madison Griffin – Girls Soccer Hernando – Senior The three-sport athlete tallied two goals on Friday night enabling the Lady Leopards to trim visiting Central, 5-1. Griffin also qualified for the Class 1A, Region V Weightlifting Meet at Leesburg by placing fifth overall in the 1A-10 Meet last Wednesday at Weeki Wachee High School. She lifted a combined total of 240 pounds in the 139-pound weight division. Madison also served…

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Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 01-12)

Lauren Mullen – Girls Soccer Weeki Wachee – Senior Mullen, a fourth-year midfielder, tallied two goals and dished four assists in the Lady Hornets’ 9-1 win over Central. Lauren, who set a Hernando County record last winter with 34 assists, also played one season of varsity tennis. Mullen, and who maintains a 3.3 unweighted and 3.7 weighted grade point average, is expected to sign in February with D-II Erskine College…

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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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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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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 12-08)

Kelsey Cheesman – Girls Weightlifting Central – Junior After a 4-0 start, the second-year Cheesman suffered her first individual loss of the season Wednesday at undefeated Nature Coast Technical finishing runner-up at 183 pounds with a 265-pound combined total. In the classroom, Kelsey maintains a 3.50 unweighted and 3.75 weighted point average. Besides weightlifting, she is also a member of the Central ROTC, was member of student government last year…

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 12-01)

Kelsey Barats-Shumate – Girls Weightlifting Central – Sophomore Besides pitching on the Lady Bears’ varsity softball team, the first-year lifter placed runner-up against Lecanto last Tuesday at 139 pounds with a 170-pound total at the 139.pound weight division Two days later, Barats-Shumate finished third against Bushnell-South Sumter improving with an 180-pound total. Outside of the weight room, Kelsey maintains 3.96 unweighted and 4.20 weighted grade point average. She’s also in…

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 11-24)

Lauren Cantrell – Girls Basketball Hernando Christian Academy – Senior Cantrell tallied six points in the Lions’ opening game against Foundation Christian Academy. Lauren carries a 3.6905 unweighted grade point average is the Chaplin of National Honor Society and secretary for student government. Cantrell is a past Homecoming Queen. She was also the volleyball team’s Most Valuable Player for 2017 and won the Christian Character award for basketball. Outside of…

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 11-17)

Victoria Cleto – Girls Swimming Springstead – Junior Served as Hernando County’s lone state qualifier during the Class 2A FHSAA State Finals at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart. Cleto, who captured first place in the 100-yard backstroke during regionals to qualify for states, finished 24th overall in 1:05.13. In the classroom, Victoria maintains 3.387 unweighted and a weighted grade point average. She is also a member of…

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 11-10)

Ross Stalcup – Boys Cross Country Hernando – Senior In his 34th and final prep country 5K meet, Stalcup was Hernando County’s lone male state representative in the FHSAA State Finals in Tallahassee’s Apalachee Regional Park. The 2017 Hernando County Runner of the Year placed 73rd overall in the 182-runner field in 17:26.41 The meet marked the third time Ross has participated in the state’s elite meet in Leon County….

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 11-03)

Alexis Dross – Girls Golf Nature Coast Technical – Senior Dross is a four-year linkster and a three-time All Hernando County selection. The 2018 2A, District 13 and Region V champion, entered her third FHSAA State Finals last week as Howey-in-the-Hills‘ Mission Inn Resort. She departed the pressure-packed, two-day event with a personal best 83-79—162 total, good for 24th overall in the 94-golfer field. Dross, who will be returning to…

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 10-27)

Jodi Page – Girls Volleyball Nature Coast Technical – Senior Page is a four-year volleyball letterman, the last two as a starter. During last Tuesday’s Class 6A, Region II quarterfinal win over visiting River Ridge, she was in on three digs and served up a pair of aces. Jodi, who maintains a 3.45 unweighted and 3.51 weighted grade point average, is also in her first year as member of the…

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Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week (thru 10-20)

Ryan Maharaj – Boys Golf Springstead – Senior Maharaj is the Eagles’ team captain and Hernando County’s defending Player of the Year. The three-time All-Hernando linkster fired an 18-hole 40-38–78 total in last week’s Class 2A, District 13 Tournament at Hudson’s Meadow Oaks to earn medalist honors for the second straight season. Ryan entered the Class 2A, Region V Tournament at Zephyrhills’ Silverado Golf ^ Country Club with a county-best…

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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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