Hernando’s Wilson Reaching Star Status

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Joel Wilson, HHS

Perhaps the most poignant evaluation of Joel Wilson this boys' basketball season came from an opposing coach who had to deal with him. Even though Nature Coast edged Wilson’s Hernando High team on Dec. 11, 50-47, Sharks head coach Dave Pisarcik had nothing but praise for the Leopard guard who had just dropped a game-high 26 points.

“He’s the best player in the district,” Pisarcik said. “To be able to grind one out at home, when we were facing some adversity, shots weren’t falling and Joel was creating a lot of tough situations for us defensively. He’s just a tough guard.”

A good Friday for Nature Coast

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 Nature Coast (21) Jordan Baxter and (4) Anthony Valante team up against Weeki Wachee (33) Joe Johnson in a rebound

Friday started with a major award ceremony on the Nature Coast Technical campus and ended with a pair of victories over county rivals. Senior running back DeShawn Smith, having led the nation with 3,715 rushing yards and a state-record 66 touchdowns, was named Florida’s Mr. Florida earlier in the week, and presented with a trophy commemorating the honor by the Florida Dairy Farmers on Friday morning.

Sports Notebook: Nature Coast Stays on Top in Boys Hoops

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NCT's Gio Celazilas

High School Basketball

Though the Nature Coast boys basketball team suffered its first loss of the season this past week, falling at Ridgewood on Wednesday, 44-40, it stayed unbeaten where it truly counts. Friday night, the Sharks staved off Class 5A, District 7 rival Hernando, 50-47, to improve to 7-1 overall and 6-0 in district action.

Central forward comes to forefront

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Axel Wisniewski-Mendoza Central Boys Basketball

A year ago, the Central boys basketball team managed a grand total of seven victories. With Tuesday’s win over Hernando, the Bears improved to 8-1.
It has been a long time since Central enjoyed prosperity on the court. The Bears have had one winning season since their last regional playoff appearance in 2003-04.
This season’s squad would like to reverse that trend, and senior power forward Axel Wisniewski-Mendoza has played a major role thus far in that endeavor.

HCA’s Sister Act Ignites Hot Start

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Mary Jackson left and Milly Jackson right, Hernando Christian Academy

At one point late in Thursday night’s win against First Academy-Leesburg, the Hernando Christian Academy girls basketball lineup had an extremely familial, if not familiar feel. Four of the five players all had the same last name, and it was no coincidence as starters Mary and Milly Jackson were joined by their younger sisters Abby and Esther during a brief stretch of the fourth quarter.

Sports Notebook: Sharks Making Early Statement

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Nature Coast V. Central 12/4/15

Highlights of High School Sports for the week of November 30th to December 4th, 2015

Highschool Basketball

If anyone suspected this might be the year Nature Coast finally slipped from its status as the top boys basketball team in the county and district, so far that hasn’t been the case. After winning at Crystal River on Tuesday, 54-47, the Sharks hosted Central on Friday, with both teams entering the night unbeaten.