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Season ends for Sharks at Sunlake

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Nature Coast's Vinny Stulec (5) scored twice for the Sharks in Saturday's regional semifinal at Sunlake. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

LAND O’ LAKES – Over the past two weeks, Nature Coast’s boys soccer team has cleared several hurdles. But on Saturday night, the Sharks finally stumbled, and a successful season came to a close.
Traveling to Sunlake for a Class 3A, Region 2 semifinal, Nature Coast pushed the host Seahawks almost literally until the final whistle before succumbing in a 3-2 defeat.

Lady Lions revel in district repeat

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HCA's girls basketball team celebrates after receiving the district championship trophy Friday night on its home court. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – This one felt different. A year ago, it was all new, collecting the first district championship in team history.
But on Friday night, Hernando Christian Academy’s girls basketball team still had plenty to celebrate. The Lady Lions took control in the second half and rolled to a repeat, downing Ocala-St. John Lutheran in the Class 2A, District 4 final on their own court, 41-32.

Central front and center on National Signing Day

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From left, four Central football players pose together during their ceremony Wednesday on National Signing Day: Dominique Walker, Josh Rivera, De'Vonta Smith and Sam Garner. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Since he took over as Central’s head football coach three years ago, Chris Sands has often emphasized his focus on finding opportunities for his players at the college level.
The product of his efforts was on display during Wednesday’s National Signing Day, when four Bears celebrated as they put pen to paper on a National Letter of Intent.

Header equals history as Sharks advance

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Nature Coast's Gilbert Delgado (middle) and his teammates begin celebrating his game-winning overtime goal Wednesday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – Nature Coast’s boys soccer team had three goals coming into the season. Now, the Sharks have three days to come up with a fourth.
On Wednesday, they made team history, as Gilbert Delgado’s header found the back of the net with 2:30 left in overtime, and the host Sharks pulled out a 1-0 victory over River Ridge in a Class 3A, Region 2 quarterfinal.

PHSC Womens Softball dominates in the JUCO Classic Tournament

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llinois Central College catcher Madyson Fox attempts to tag Emily Hollenbeck  as she slides across homeplate. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

The Pasco-Hernando State College women's softball team opened their 2017 season competing against Illinois Central College and Puerto Rican National Team for a double header tournament at Eddie Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater on January 27.

Teams from all over the country participated in the JUCO Classic Tournament. It’s an opportunity to compete against a diversity of talent and build skills.

“(We) really to try to get everyone in the mix and generate a team concept,” Head Coach Ryan said.

Sports notebook: Nature Coast hires new football coach

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A football team that has gone a combined 22-2 the past two seasons figured to draw plenty of interest for its head coaching vacancy.
No surprise then that Nature Coast received over 80 resumes for its opening this past month, which the school filled this week with the hiring of Kissimmee-Liberty headman Cory Johns.
“It was one of those opportunities I couldn’t pass up,” Johns said. “I’m not into bouncing around. I’m looking for a place to be for a very long time, or at least as long as they’ll keep me. This place looked like it.

Sharks celebrate second district crown

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Nature Coast's Vinny Stulec kicks the ball ahead during Friday's 3A-7 final versus Pasco. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

DADE CITY – On Wednesday night, Nature Coast boys soccer coach Ian Wald talked about his team’s three goals for the season.
There was winning a district championship, earning the first-ever regional victory and one he refused to mention. Two nights later, he admitted that third goal was to defeat Pasco for the first time ever.
He could make that reveal following Friday’s Class 3A, District 7 final on the Pirates’ home field, when his squad dominated from start to finish in a 3-0 triumph.

Learning the Ropes with the WWN Training Academy

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The students of the WWN training academy hold promise for the future of Pro Wrestling in Florida

Amidst the crowds at the Gulf View Square Mall, every Tuesday and Thursday night a group of men and women meet to learn how to wrestle. The World Wrestling Network, a partnership of Professional Wrestling companies that perform around the country, established a training academy in New Port Richey where ambitious young men and women can learn how to safely wrestle and entertain audiences.

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