Weeki Wachee

Hornets hope to finally turn the corner

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Weeki Wachee head coach Mark Lee during a practice this past week. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

With its fifth varsity season looming in the fall, Weeki Wachee’s football team has spent the past few years frustratingly stuck in neutral.
The Hornets’ 4-6 mark in 2015 was their best showing to date and represented modest improvement, but was far from satisfying for a program aching for a breakthrough campaign.
“Last year we were close. We were in a lot of games and had a chance to win some games,” Weeki Wachee head coach Mark Lee said. “I think this year the kids are no longer happy just competing. They want to win.

Sharks stunned late as county teams falter

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Nature Coast's Jayden Rivera rounds third on the way to scoring a run in Wednesday night's regional quarterfinal. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

BROOKSVILLE – It seemed like Wednesday would be a banner day for Hernando County prep baseball, as a record four local squads were set to compete in regional quarterfinals.
But it ended up being a rugged night for all those teams – Hernando, Nature Coast, Springstead and Weeki Wachee – as each saw their seasons come to a close in defeat.

Sports notebook: Eagles best Hornets in baseball district final

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Springstead's Johnny Oliveira hit a solo home run in the first inning of the Eagles' 9-5 victory over Weeki Wachee in the 5A-7 title game Saturday afternoon. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

SPRING HILL – When heavy rain on Friday night saturated the Springstead infield, the Class 6A, District 6 baseball final had to hold off until Saturday afternoon.
For the host Eagles, it was worth the wait, as they rallied quickly from a 3-0 deficit and pulled out a 9-5 victory over surprising Weeki Wachee.
“Feels great. It’s the best feeling in the world,” said center fielder Johnny Oliveira said. “Now we’ve got to come out strong next week and the following weeks. Just got to keep rallying.

From the Sea to the Springs

Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) Joe Pete and George Selee

WEEKI WACHEE- Henry E. Gadreault and George C. Selee are just two of many, many Veterans that served to protect our country, but their service was not on land, not on air and not above water, but below in the depths of the sea, in a submarine.

“We dive an experimental submarine, we went to four thousand feet. No other sub has done that,” Gadreault said.

Hornets’ Brooks hopes for more history

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Weeki Wachee senior Dean Brooks earned the first regional title in team history last weekend, and will look to become a two-time state placer at the FHSAA Finals this weekend. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

After this weekend, the prep wrestling career of Dean Brooks officially comes to a close. According to his current college plans, he’ll essentially be leaving the sport behind.
In the meantime, the senior has managed to leave an indelible mark on the Weeki Wachee record book. Last Saturday, he became the program’s first-ever regional champion, finishing first at 285 pounds in the Class 1A, Region II Tournament.

Sports notebook: Brooks earns Hornets’ first regional crown

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Weeki Wachee senior Dean Brooks won a regional championship at 285 pounds on Saturday. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

A week after the Weeki Wachee wrestling team brought home its first district title, it can now boast its initial individual regional champion. Senior Dean Brooks won all three of his matches across Friday and Saturday, pinning Javohn Maravolo of Titusville-Astronaut in 2:30 to capture the 285-pound final of the Class 1A, Region II Tournament at Eastern Florida State College in Titusville.

Sports Notebook: Weeki Wachee wrestling wins district

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Weeki Wachee head coach Joe Felice (right) and his assistant watch on during the Kiwanis Invitational in December. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

For five years, Joe Felice has worked to build the Weeki Wachee wrestling program from scratch. On Saturday, he and the rest of the Hornets enjoyed the fruits of that labor. Weeki Wachee scored 221 team points in the Class 1A, District 6 Tournament at Anclote, well ahead of Hernando in second at 171. It marks the first district championship in team history, and only the school’s second in any sport following the volleyball team’s first-place finish earlier this school year.

Help Track Sparrows in Weeki Wachee Preserve

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 Marianne Korosy, Ph.D. after banding one of the netted Sparrows

The Florida Water Management District needs assistance in identifying what birds’ species are using the preserve during the winter. “In the summer, birds perch and sing, so you can easily identify what birds [there are], but in the winter the birds rarely perch," explained Marianne Korosy, PhD. She is the Florida Important Bird Area Coordinator at National Audubon Society.

Weeki Wachee Christmas Boat Parade

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 Weeki Wachee Boat Parade 2015

On Saturday night, Roger’s Park and Bayport Pier was filled to the max with anticipated residents of Hernando County awaiting to view some decked out Christmas boats for the 30th annual Weeki Wachee River Christmas Boat Parade.

Parking was quite a challenge as well as viewing the boats, which unfortunately left many discouraged. I would like to send out a huge “Thank You” to Scott and Kristy Stoker on Tropical Drive for opening their home to me so I was able to capture a couple of photos of this event.

La Bella Napoli Italian Restaurant

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La Bella Napoli Italian Restaurant is tucked out of the way on Shoal Line Boulevard right where the road makes a couple sharp turns. It is slightly north of the Weeki Wachee River.

The dining room is darkened to provide an intimate setting. The decor is old world Italian with Italian music softly playing. The food is excellent. They carry the usual Italian favorites of pizza and pasta. They also have more unique fare.

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