Weeki Wachee

Sports notebook: Eagles fall to powerhouse Vanguard

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Springstead lost a regional quarterfinal at Ocala-Vanguard on Friday, 45-0. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

For Springstead’s football team, the return to the postseason after a two-season absence proved a short visit. But considering the task it faced, the result wasn’t unexpected.
The Eagles visited Ocala-Vanguard in a Class 6A, Region 2 quarterfinal on Friday night and suffered a 45-0 defeat.
Yet considering the Knights (9-1) boast several Division I prospects and averaged 45.7 points in the regular season with an average margin of victory of 41.4 points, it was no secret that Springstead (6-3) faced an uphill battle.

Weeki Wachee football coach resigns

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Weeki Wachee head coach Mark Lee resigned last Sunday after seven seasons at the helm. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

For the first time since it began play, the Weeki Wachee football team will be searching for a new head coach.
On Sunday, Mark Lee turned in his resignation to principal Troy LaBarbara, ending his seven-year tenure that started when the school opened in 2010. It came only days after the conclusion of a difficult 0-10 season.
“I thought it was best for a change for both sides,” Lee said. “Any time there’s a coaching change there’s a new energy and maybe that’ll help.”

Eagles handle Hornets to cap whirlwind week

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Springstead quarterback Jordan Wright ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 55-15 win over Weeki Wachee. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

SPRING HILL – For the third time in six days, Springstead had some football to play. On Thursday night, the Eagles had a chance to cruise before they enter postseason play next week.
Hosting winless Weeki Wachee, Springstead built a huge lead early and received contributions from a variety offensive players in a 55-15 victory.

Weeki Wachee can’t clear ‘final’ hurdle

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Weeki Wachee's Seytia Hill attempts to spike over the Ponte Verdra defense during the regional final Tuesday night. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

WEEKI WACHEE – For Weeki Wachee, Tuesday night surely had too familiar a feel. Yes, the venue had changed, but the outcome and situation closely mirrored the end of the 2015 campaign.
The Lady Hornets hosted Ponte Vedra in the Class 6A, Region 2 final and just as they had a year ago in this same round but on the road, they fell to the Lady Sharks in four games, this time 25-19, 22-25, 25-20, 25-16.

Sports notebook: Lady Hornets to host regional final

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The Weeki Wachee volleyball team will host Ponte Vedra in a regional final on Tuesday night. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

For the second straight season, the Weeki Wachee volleyball team is headed back to the Elite Eight. This time, the Lady Hornets get to play it in their own gym.
On Tuesday at 7 p.m., they’ll host Ponte Vedra in the Class 6A, Region 2 final, a rematch of last year’s meeting in the same round, won by the host Sharks, 25-27, 25-19, 27-25, 25-13.

Weeki Wachee sweeps way into semis

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Weeki Wachee's Bri Grayson Simon (14) and Seytia Hill go up for the block on Gulf's Alyssa Abrams in Tuesday night's match. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

WEEKI WACHEE – The Weeki Wachee volleyball team took another step toward at least matching last season’s run to the Elite Eight on Tuesday night.
Hosting Gulf in a Class 6A, Region 2 quarterfinal, the Lady Hornets blanked the visitors in three games, 25-15, 27-25, 25-16, advancing to a semifinal Friday night starting 7 p.m. at Fivay.
“It’s anybody’s game. They’re going to keep on pushing. They want to go as far as they can go,” Weeki Wachee head coach Kelly Werkmeister said. “We’re going to ride it until God says it’s time for us to end.”

Sports notebook: NCT golf teams crowned region champs

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Skyler Muscianese and the Nature Coast girls won a regional championship on Monday. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Never had any boys or girls golf team from Nature Coast captured a regional championship. On Monday, they both did.
The Class 2A, Region 5 boys and girls tournaments, both held at Crescent Oaks Golf Club in Tarpon Springs, each featured a Shark squad collecting a first-place trophy.
For the boys, it came down to one stroke, as Nature Coast bested Mitchell, 329-330. Both teams nonetheless qualified for a trip to states.
“That was exciting,” Nature Coast boys coach Tom Brown said. “I was hoping to get second, so it was really awesome.

Weeki Wachee wins second district crown

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Weeki Wachee's Miranda Werkmeister totaled 19 kills and 25 digs in Thursday's 6A-7 final against Crystal River. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

CRYSTAL RIVER – Weeki Wachee came into the Class 6A, District 7 Tournament this week as the third seed, yet looked the part of a reigning district champion.
On Thursday night, the Lady Hornets knocked off the hosts and top seed, Crystal River, to earn a second straight district crown, 21-25, 29-27, 25-22, 25-17.

Hornets survive do-or-die with Hernando

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Weeki Wachee setter Sarah Asbury had a 44 assist and a 12-point turn at serve to start the third game for Tuesday's 6A-7 semifinal versus Hernando. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

CRYSTAL RIVER – Hernando and Weeki Wachee have met in a district championship match the past three seasons. But each time, the losing team could rest easy knowing it had a trip to regionals in its back pocket.
There was no such safety net on Tuesday night, when the county rivals squared off in the postseason for the fourth year in a row, but this time in the Class 6A, District 7 semifinals at Crystal River.

The Lady Leopards had captured both regular-season meetings, yet the Lady Hornets won when it mattered most, collecting a 25-18, 25-27, 25-10, 25-20 victory.

Sports notebook: Hernando downs county foes Weeki Wachee

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Leoprard David hale Bronson attempts to break through the Horents defense. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Hernando captured a meeting of 5A-7 and county foes, downing Weeki Wachee (0-7 overall, 0-4 5A-7), 24-0. Quarterback Scott Bierwiler completed 7-of-9 passes for 106 yards, and rushed 10 times for 63 yards and two touchdowns for the Leopards (3-3 overall, 2-2 5A-7). David Hale Bronson ran for 91 yards and a score.

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