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Sports notebook: Springstead rallies for district repeat

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Springstead catcher Paige Pfent had the game-winning single in Thursday's 6A-6 final. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Suffice to say, Springstead’s softball team’s road to a repeat district championship hit a significant speed bump halfway through Thursday night’s Class 6A, District 6 final.
Host Crystal River had shown it could stand up to the once top-ranked Lady Eagles a few weeks earlier, holding on for a 2-1 win at Springstead’s home field on April 4.
This time around, the Lady Pirates built a 4-0 advantage through the top of the fourth, but couldn’t stave off the top seed, who rallied to tie it up twice and eventually pulled out a 7-6 victory in eight innings.

How will USF do in the NFL Draft?

The NFL draft starts with round one on April 27, and the University of South Florida has a few prospects hoping to hear their names called by the time the final pick is selected on April 29. Of note are Junior running back Marlon Mack and Senior receiver Rodney Adams.

Mack, the Bulls’ all-time leading rusher, is a speedy runner, capable of making tacklers miss in the open field.

Leopard family enjoying Arroyo’s big-league debut

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San Francisco Giants' Christian Arroyo, a Hernando High graduate, celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of a baseball game in San Francisco on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Before the general public, the media and the world became aware, Brooks Timmons received a group text message that he will likely never forget.
His former teammate, classmate and still current close friend was sharing perhaps the greatest news of his life. On Monday, the San Francisco Giants called up their 2013 first-round draft pick, 21-year-old Christian Arroyo.

It happened again... lucky lady!

Ginny Bennett on her 94th birthday

Ginny Bennett is a member of Brookridge Golf Course, and on Friday, April 14, 2017 she got a Hole in One, a week before her 94th birthday.

What is special this time, she got it almost 10 years to the day from her last hole in one, when she was 84 years old. So this feisty little lady, figures she is due for her next hole in one when she turns 104.

Ginny was awarded a Trophy for her Hole in One, by the Ladies 9 Hole Friday Group. There was a small luncheon and cake wishing her a Happy 94th Birthday.

Hernando makes statement, knocks off Nature Coast for district title

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Hernando's Ali Shenefield delivers a pitch against Nature Coast in Thursday night's 5A-7 final. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – Over the past two seasons, much of the local prep softball discussion has centered around two programs, Springstead and Nature Coast.
After all, those two teams did win district titles and advance to the Elite Eight a year ago, and they’ve met in back-to-back Leopard Slam finals.
Quietly, though, Hernando has built a case for belonging in that same class, and on Thursday night on the Lady Sharks’ home field they cemented that claim, defeating the top-seeded Lady Sharks in the Class 5A, District 7 championship game, 4-0.

Looking ahead to the Buccaneers 2017 NFL Draft

With the first round of the NFL draft starting on April 27, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers go into the upcoming season needing to fill a few holes.

While there are not many glaring deficiencies for a team that finished second in the NFC South with a 9-7 record, missing out on the playoffs due to tiebreakers, the Bucs can certainly use an influx in talent at a few areas.

Sports notebook: Sharks double up on track district titles

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Nature Coast senior Kaitlyn Pierce won the 400 meter (1:04.88), came in second in the triple jump (33-1) and placed third in the 200 (27.98) in Friday's district meet. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

District championships have become a tradition for the Nature Coast track and field team, and nothing changed on Friday at Anclote High.
Both the boys and girls defended their Class 2A, District 7 crowns, the Lady Sharks tallying 199 points to far outdistance second-place Weeki Wachee (108), while their male counterparts totaled 159, well ahead of Zephryhills with 116.

Bases loaded in Hernando

Mike Walker coaches a group of players at the MLB Legends Baseball Clinic on April 1, 2017.

Hernando County is an amazing place for children to learn the game of baseball or softball. We have many experienced coaches, some who have even played in the Majors.

Hernando Youth Leagues runs Dixie baseball leagues in Brooksville, Ridge Manor, and Spring Hill. The Brooksville Dixie Baseball and softball leagues have a long tradition of success. The Spring Hill league has had lots of recent success winning several World Series titles in different age groups.

Lady Sharks headed to states with regional title

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Nature Coast's Nicole Remedio won 6-1, 6-1 over Clivonya Woodside of Tarpon Springs on Thursday. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Two Nature Coast tennis teams partook in Class 2A, Region 4 finals on Thursday afternoon, but only one walked away with a regional championship.
The Lady Sharks (16-1) captured four of the five singles matches, taking care of Tarpon Springs at Delta Woods Park, 4-1, to earn a trip to the FHSAA Finals starting next Wednesday in Orlando. It’s their first time going to states since 2009.

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