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Lady Shark lifters earn district repeat

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Nature Coast's girls weightlifting team celebrates with its district championship trophy and medals after Wednesday's 1A-10 Meet at Weeki Wachee. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast’s girls weightlifting team has high aspirations this postseason, and took its first step toward achieving its goals on Wednesday.
The Lady Sharks, state runners-up in 2016, captured their second straight district championship, advancing a school-record 17 lifters to regionals and blowing away the rest of the field in the Class 1A, District 10 Meet at Weeki Wachee.

Sports notebook: Springstead basketball going strong

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Springstead's boys basketball celebrates after winning the Springstead New Year's Shootout on Tuesday. Photo submitted

It has been a solid season for the Springstead boys and girls basketball teams, and they both got off to a strong start in 2017.
In the middle of the week, the boys held the second annual Springstead New Year’s Shootout, and the Eagles came away with a championship trophy.
“It’s a huge accomplishment, especially because we’re such a young team. We have five juniors and two sophomores playing bigtime minutes,” Springstead head coach Matthew McGarry said. “Any time you go into a tournament and win it, it’s good for the future.”

Hornets’ Cromie enters college football

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Weeki Wachee quarterback Alec Cromie signs his full scholarship with Tennessee-based Tusculum College on Wednesday. He was joined by, from left, girlfriend Arianna Doyle, mother Alice Mellecker and father Brett Cromie. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The school year may only be half over, but for Alec Cromie the next step has already arrived.

Now a Weeki Wachee High graduate, Cromie will spend the weekend settling into his new digs at Tusculum College in Tennessee. The top statistical quarterback in Hernando County history officially signed with the Division II school on Wednesday and has already arrived on campus.

Shorthanded Hornets struggle at Citrus

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Weeki Wachee competed at Citrus High's Rob Hermann Hurricane Cup Duals on Thursday and Friday. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

INVERNESS – For Weeki Wachee’s wrestling team, Thursday and Friday’s Rob Hermann Hurricane Cup Duals at Citrus High wasn’t about wins and losses.
In that department, it didn’t go very well for the Hornets, as they finished the tournament in last place at 0-9. But there’s considerable context. Thanks to Christmas vacation, Weeki Wachee was missing several wrestlers. The lineup was essentially a mixture of varsity and junior varsity teams, and five weight classes were empty.

Lady Leopards finally win home tourney

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Hernando's Ali Bronson handles the ball during Wednesday's Hernando Holiday Classic final against Weeki Wachee. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – For seven years Hernando girls basketball coach Kevin Bittinger has run the Hernando Holiday Classic. But Wednesday, as the three-day tournament came to an end, brought something new.
For the first time, the host Lady Leopards found themselves hoisting the championship trophy, as they knocked off county-rival Weeki Wachee in overtime of the championship game, 45-38.

Sports notebook: Sharks, Lady Lions stay unbeaten

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HCA's Cayla Phillips battles for possession of the ball with a Citrus Park Christian player. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

For the Nature Coast boys basketball team, and the Hernando Christian Academy girls, it has been a happy holiday season indeed. Both are sporting perfect slates as they near the halfway point of their seasons.
The Sharks (7-0) dusted two Class 6A, District 7 opponents this past week, knocking off Lecanto on Tuesday, 76-28, and Hernando on Friday, 72-33. That moved their record to 6-0 within the district.
As for HCA’s girls (12-0 overall, 5-0 2A-4), they cruised to wins over Ocala-Meadowbrook on Monday, 46-10, and Tampa-Citrus Park Christian on Tuesday, 59-17.

Eagles just short of Kiwanis crown

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Springstead's Travis Williams tries to lock in a hold on Josh Hagan of Citrus during their 170-pound final on Saturday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – A total of 14 seasons have gone by since Bob Levija last guided the Springstead wrestling team through a regular-season tournament.
On Friday and Saturday at Hernando High, the Hall of Fame mentor was once again at the helm of the vaunted program he built and cultivated for 23 seasons, and the Eagles nearly hoisted a championship trophy in the process.
Springstead ended the 35th annual Kiwanis Invitational with 138 team points, an agonizing 1.5 behind first-place Tampa-Robinson at 139.5.

Sports notebook: Lady Hornets hand Hernando first loss

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Weeki Wachee's Taylor Miller goes up for a shot against the defense of Hernando's Kaitlyn Costa-White on Tuesday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

It was a busy week for the Weeki Wachee girls basketball teams, with four games on the slate. But in the process, the Lady Hornets picked up a big victory over a county rival.

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