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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.

Nature Coast rallies past Springstead in extra innings

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Nature Coast's Chayse Skinner waits for a pitch in Wednesday night's game at Springstead. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

SPRING HILL – For the Nature Coast softball team, the old cliché held true. The third time was indeed the charm.
Facing Springstead for the third and final time this season, the visiting Lady Sharks overcame a three-run deficit on Wednesday night and avenged two earlier losses to the Lady Eagles, winning 7-4 in nine innings.

Sports notebook: Springstead softball ramps up competition

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Springstead, led by pitcher Kama Woodall, took on two other ranked softball teams this past week. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

As a team with Final Four aspirations, Springstead softball can’t be accused by anyone of playing a soft schedule.
The Lady Eagles, ranked fourth in this week’s Miracle Sports state poll for Class 6A, took on the No. 1 team in 2A, Academy at the Lakes in Land O’ Lakes, on Monday and suffered a 4-0 loss.
After dusting 6A-District 6 foe Lecanto the next night, 12-2, behind home runs by Kayla Cruz, Paige Pfent and Kama Woodall, Springstead (19-3 overall, 8-2 6A-6) knocked off Belleview, which came into the week ranked fifth in 6A, 3-1 on Thursday night.

Lady Sharks win tiebreaker for tennis title

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Nature Coast's No. 1 singles player Angela Cabahug warms up before Thursday's 2A-7 tiebreaker against Crystal River. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

CRYSTAL RIVER – It was the equivalent of overtime in Class 2A, District 7 girls tennis on Thursday afternoon, as Crystal River and Nature Coast met in a tiebreaker match.
The two teams were even following the two-day district tournament held in Zephyrhills on Tuesday and Wednesday, and while both were assured of advancing to regionals, they still had to decide a champion.
So they battled it out at the Bicentennial Park courts in Crystal River, and it was the Lady Sharks finally coming out with the team victory, 4-2.

Sharks repeat on the tennis court

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Nature Coast's Roger Sniffen returns a shot during his No. 2 singles district championship match on Wednesday at Zephyr Park. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The Nature Coast boys may have entered the Class 2A, District 7 tennis tournament as the defending champs, but there was reasonable doubt over whether they would leave the same way.
But when the two-day event held at Zephyrhills High and nearby Zephyr Park came to a close on Wednesday, the Sharks were once again atop the team standings, scoring 16 points to best Crystal River with 13.

Sports notebook: Central lifter Walker earns state medal

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Central's Dominique Walker placed fifth at states on Saturday, earning a medal at 199 pounds. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Two Hernando County lifters competed in Saturday’s Class 1A FHSAA Finals, and one left DeLand High with a medal in hand.
Central senior Dominique Walker placed fifth at 199 pounds, benching 325 pounds and putting up 265 in the clean-and-jerk for a 590 total. All were personal bests.
“It means a lot to get to states and then to place at states,” Walker said. “I put in the work at home with my dad and it showed today. It’s a blessing to go out in my high school career like this and now I can get ready for college football.”

Nature Coast boys, girls remain tops in county track

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Nature Coast's Kailtyn Pierce competes in the triple jump during Thursday's Hernando-Citrus Classic. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The names and faces have changed, yet for Nature Coast’s track and field program, the results remained the same in the Hernando-Citrus Classic.
All nine schools from the two counties converged on Weeki Wachee’s football field on Thursday, and both the Nature Coast boys and girls remained the defending champs.
For the Lady Sharks, it was a bit of a surprise, though they scored 170 points to finish well ahead of second-place Lecanto with 135.

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