Unveiling the ‘Best of the Best’: Hernando County’s student-athletes of the year

 

2017-18 HERNANDO COUNTY STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE YEARHernandoSport.com teamed up with the Lowman Law Firm to honor the Hernando County high school’s six Student-Athletes of the Year for 2017-18 including: (left to right) Hernando High’s Karli Kimbrough, NCT’s Mackenzie Vraspir, HCA’s Logan Wilhelm, Weeki Wachee’s Caitlin Lewandowski, Central’s Trevor Adler and Springstead’s Tommy McCane. Representing the Lowman Law Firm (in the back) Joe and Brent Lowman. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
2017-18 STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR – Hernando County’s Student-Athletes of the Year included (left to right) Lowman Law Firm’s Brent Lowman, Springstead’s Tommy McCane and SHS Athletic Director Dustin Kupcik, Weeki Wachee’s Caitlin Lewandowski and AD Mark Lee, Hernando High’s Karli Kimbrough and HHS AD Kevin Bittinger, Central’s Trevor Adler and CHS AD Al Sorrentino, HCA’s Logan Wilhelm and HCA AD Mike Drummond, NCT’s Mackenzie Vraspir and Sharks’ AD Kristin Peeples Lowman Law Firm partner Joe Lowman. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Each of the six county

athletic directors also

received a $1,000 donation

By TONY CASTRO

HernandoSport.com

BROOKSVILLE All six Hernando County high schools recently released its Lowman Law Firm Student-Athletes of the Year.

The two-year program sponsored HernandoSport.com and the Brooksville law firm recognizes the county’s athletes in outstanding athletic, scholastic and community service achievements.

For student-athletes to be eligible, each nominee was required to have participated in a sport, maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average and volunteered in community service in some capacity.

Over the course of the 2017-18 school year, 40 well-rounded student-athletes were selected.

Each athletic director – with guidance from the HernadoSport.com staff – then selected its Athlete of the Year.

The 2017-18 Athlete of the Years featured: Hernando Christian Academy junior Logan “The Leg” Wilhelm and five seniors: Central High’s Trevor Adler, Hernando High’s Karli Kimbrough, Nature Coast Technical’s Mackenzie Vraspir, Springstead’s Tommy McCane and Weeki Wachee’s Caitlin Lewandowski.

Each of the Athletes of the Year will be also recognized on an upcoming Lowman Law Firm billboard and were interviewed by WWJB (AM) 1450.

Additionally, each of the participating school’s athletic directors received a $1,000 donation from the Lowman Law Firm.

Donation reaction

HCA junior Logan Wilhelm alongside Lions athletic Director Mike Drummond and the Lowman Law Firm’s partner Joe Lowman.                                                                    Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO 

HCA’s Mike Drummond, who is the county’s longest tenured athletic director, was ecstatic.

Mike Drummond

“The fact that we were on a level playing field with the other county (public) schools is tremendous,” remarked Drummond, who has served as the Lions’ AD since 2005 at the Emerson Road campus. “From the bottom of our hearts, the HCA family thanks the generosity of the Lowman Law Firm.

“This check was badly needed. It couldn’t have come at a better time. We’re truly blessed. I’m truly at a loss of words for how appreciative we are,” added Drummond. “A check for participating in this program was awesome. We can’t thank HernandoSport nor the Lowman’s enough.”

On Wilhelm’s selection, “Logan plays two sports. Was our team’s kicker in football and had an outstanding season leading us to the state finals (in seven-man) football. In soccer, he was our leading scorer.

“The young man carries a 3.9 unweighted and 4.3 weighted grade point average. On and off the field, Logan embodies what we’d like our student/athletes to be,” insisted Drummond, the veteran basketball skipper. “Besides having a great leg on the field, the kid is so quiet and unassuming; he lets his actions speak for themselves.

“… Logan is the face, the epitome, of HCA athletics. He does things right and equitable. He personifies our motto: raising leaders with Christian character,“ added Drummond.

Central senior Trevor Adler is flanked by CHS AD Al Sorrentino and Lowman Law Firm partner Joe Lowman. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO.

Central was represented by senior infielder Trevor Adler.

Besides ranking seventh in the county in hitting at .354, Adler maintained a 3.782 unweighted and over a 4.0 GPA.

He recently signed with NAIA’s Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.

Al Sorrentino                                                      Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

“No one recognizes our student-athletes like HernandoSport. It’s always a positive to get these kids any recognition,” explained CHS Athletic Director Al Sorrentino. “We thank the Lowman’s for recognizing this need.”

On Adler’s selection, “Trevor is the type of student-athlete you’d want for any school,” admitted the veteran baseball mentor. “He’s a guy who personifies what students should be like. He’s worked hard inside and outside the classroom. As a result he’ll be able to go to college.”

Springstead High’s Tommy McCane is flanked by SHS AD Dustin Kupcik and Lowman Law Firm partner Joe Lowman.                                                                      Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Springstead’s second-year athletic director Dustin Kupcik was elated.

Dustin Kupcik

“We’re super appreciative and very grateful for the donation,” noted Kupcik. “Last year’s donation helped us replace our 20-year scoreboard inside the gym. The $1,000 donation will absolutely go for something else that is sorely needed.“Every little bit helps,” emphasized Kupcik.

“It’s awesome that we’re able to get recognition for these kids. These particular kids not only excel in sports, but more importantly in life, in the classroom and in the community.”On the Lowman Law Firm-sponsored program, “It’s kinda neat for kids to see themselves on a billboard and to be interviewed on radio. It’s cool to put the spotlight on these kids,” added Kupcik. “Honestly, I wish more businesses could do this. I wish more people would invest in our future like the Lowman’s. These kids are the leaders in the future; they’re the ones that will be making a difference.

“…This type of recognition is a powerful vehicle. I’m sure this is a win-win situation for the Lowman’s. This is awesome what HernandoSport and the Lowman’s are doing.”

Hernando High’s Karli Kimbrough is flanked by HHS AD Kevin Bittinger and Lowman Law Firm partner Joe Lowman.                                                                           Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Hernando High’s Kevin Bittinger is a staunch supporter of recognizing the county’s student-athletes.

Kevin Bittinger

“It’s extremely generous of the Lowman’s to endorse this,” explained Bittinger, who recently completed his 13th season of softball. “It’s a difficult time for area businesses, because they’re asked to help by so many people and organizations. To me, this is a great program for our Hernando county kids.

“I can’t applaud the Lowman’s enough,” Bittinger said. “This program helps our kids who have gone above and beyond.”

On HHS’ selection of Karli Kimbrough, “If you could create the ideal model of a student-athlete with someone with a strong work ethic, has great academics, is strong athletically and gives back to the community – well, that would be Karli Kimbrough.

“… In her four years, she earned 14 letters, was named All-County, was voted Salutatorian of her Senior Class, had a 4.0 unweighted and a 4.6923 weighted grade point average, went on a mission trip to help others and will be attending UF (University of Florida). If there was any one who could solve world hunger, Karli Kimbrough would be my choice to solve it.”

Weeki Wachee’s Caitlin Lewandowski is flanked by Hornets’ AD Mark Lee and Lowman Law Firm’s partner Joe Lowman. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Weeki Wachee athletic director Mark Lee dittoed his brethren’s comments.

“Receiving the donation was great,” acknowledged Lee. “It helps tremendously. The donation and the recognition we get from HernandoSport.com is beneficial to the kids, the coaches and the athletis programs.”

On Lewandowski’s selection, “Caitlin is a very smart girl. She’s also a multi-sport athlete,” noted Lee, a former West Virginia University quarterback. “She’s a got a bright future ahead of her. She’ll do well in whatever endeavor is next for her.”

NCT’s Mackenzie Vraspir is joined by Sharks’ AD Kristin Peeples and Lowman Law Firm partner Joe Lowman.                                                                                                      Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2017-18 HernandoSport.com

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athletes of the Year

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO

Hernando High Homecoming King and Queen, Hayden Griffith and Karli Kimbrough. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
 

SCH

 

STUDENT-ATHLETE

 

YR

 

SPORT (S)

CEN

Trevor Adler

12

Baseball

HCA

Logan Wilhelm

11

Football, Soccer

HER

Karli Kimbrough

12

Volleyball, Basketball, Tennis, Softball

NCT

Mackenzie Vraspir

12

Tennis

SPG

Tommy McCane

12

Wrestling

WW

Caitlin Lewandowski

12

Cross Country, Track & Field

2017-18 HernandoSport.com

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athletes of the Week

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO

Springstead High’s Kayla Cruz sees the ball in to her glove during the game versus Belleview. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
 

DATE

 

STUDENT-ATHLETE

 

SCH

 

SPORT

08-25

Ryan Maharaj

SPG

Golf

09-02

Josh Vonada

HER

Football

09-09

Alexi Hubbard

NCT

Volleyball

09-16

Hurricane Irma

09-23

Brooke Sereda

WW

Volleyball

09-30

Hayden Kimbrough

HER

Volleyball

10-07

Erin Mause

SPG

Volleyball

10-14

Bronson Tafelski

HER

Football

10-21

Jack Hurst

WW

Golf

10-28

Caitlin Lewandowski

WW

Cross Country

11-04

Zack Meyer

SPG

Football

11-11

Emily Escamilla

NCT

Cross Country

11-18

Collin Andreu

SPG

Soccer

11-25

Caleb Johnson

CEN

Basketball

12-02

Merriel Reyes

SPG

Soccer

12-09

Nakayla Roberts

HER

Basketball

12-16

Lauren Mullen

WW

Soccer

12-23

Crystal Ortiz

NCT

Basketball

12-30

Tommy McCane

SPG

Wrestling

01-06

Robert McAfee

NCT

Basketball

01-13

Arthell “A.J.” Williams

HER

Basketball

01-20

Megan Smith

HER

Weightlifting

01-27

Madisyn Tyler

HCA

Basketball

02-03

Alexis Hobbs

SPG

Weightlifting

02-10

Lynndell Hudson

CEN

Basketball

02-17

Jeffrey Cotnoir

SPG

Basketball

02-24

Ali Shenefield

HER

Softball

03-03

Kylie Kanaar

SPG

Track & Field

03-10

Jack Jasiak

SPG

Baseball

03-17

Kayla Cruz

SPG

Softball

03-24

Connor Morgan

HER

Baseball

03-31

Mackenzie Vraspir

NCT

Tennis

04-07

Roger Sniffen

NCT

Tennis

04-14

Karli Kimbrough

HER

Tennis/Softball

04-21

Haley Palmer

SPG

Tennis

04-28

Jackson Short

HER

Baseball

05-05

Tallia Russell

SPG

Track & Field

05-12

Zach Funkhouser

NCT

Baseball

05-19

Jonathan “J.P.” Gates

NCT

Baseball

05-26

Brandon Frangione

NCT

Baseball

06-02

Brennan Cross

NCT

Baseball

 

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2016-17 HernandoSport.com

Lowman Law Firm Student-Athletes of the Week

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO

Alice “Ali” Bronson                                                                                     Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO
 

DATE

 

STUDENT-ATHLETE

 

SCH

 

SPORT

08-27

Karli Kimbrough

HER

Volleyball

09-03

Toni Pandolfo

SPG

Cross Country

09-10

Jasheena Owens

HCA

Cross Country

09-17

Laura Trozzo

CEN

Cross Country

09-24

Alice Ali Bronson

HER

Volleyball

10-01

Faith Williams

NCT

Volleyball

10-08

Rowen Nardini

SPG

Girls Golf

10-15

Zayne Vasquez

HER

Boys Golf

10-22

David Hale Bronson

HER

Football

10-29

Alec Cromie

WW

Football

11-05

Rayna King

CEN

Cross Country

11-12

Zack Starz

SPG

Swimming

11-19

Kaylee Frascatore

HER

Girls Soccer

11-26

Jeffrey Cotnoir

SPG

Boys Basketball

12-03

Caleb Johnson

CEN

Boys Basketball

12-10

Bailey Hypes

WW

Boys Soccer

12-17

Ava Gomez

SPG Girls Soccer

Girls Soccer

12-24

Ygenio Booker

HER

Boys Basketball

12-31

Kaine McColley

NCT

Boys Basketball

01-07

Cayla Phillips

HCA

Girls Basketball

01-14

Taylor Neblock

HER

Girls Basketball

01-21

Sarah Vo

SPG

Girls Basketball

01-28

Codey Maniates

HER

Wrestling

02-04

Tanner Kublick

SPG

Wrestling

02-11

Taylor Miller

WW

Girls Basketball

02-18

Dawson Rufa

SPG

Wrestling

02-25

Brian Eck

CEN

Boys Basketball

03-04

Carson Lashley

HER

Baseball

03-11

Kyle Manuel

SPG

Track & Field

03-18

Abby Oliver

SPG

Softball

03-25

Ian Peacock

CEN

Baseball

04-01

Josey Sims

HER

Softball

04-08

Kama Woodall

SPG

Softball

04-15

Braydon Hotchkiss

NCT

Boys Tennis

04-22

Angela Cabahug

NCT

Girls Tennis

04-29

Ali Shenefield

HER

Softball

05-06

Jacy Scharlow

SPG

Track & Field

 

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