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Nature Coast football taking it one game at a time

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Nature Coast running back Zachary Powell

BROOKSVILLE- Nature Coast coach Cory Johns has never gone through what's he's faced so far this 2017 season. 

A campaign that's been so far disrupted by inclement weather and Hurricane Irma, Johns has had to adjust not only how to fit in enough practices for his club but how to prepare for games on a short week. Last week Nature Coast played Central on Tuesday and Weeki Wachee on Friday and Johns stated it wasn't easy getting his team prepared for two games in four days. 

Sharks overcome penalties, keep winning streak alive

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Sophomore quarterback Fabian Burnett in action against Crystal River on Sept. 22, 2017

High school football was in full swing Friday night as the Nature Coast Sharks returned to the Shark Tank in Brooksville to welcome district opponent Crystal River in the Sharks’ first game since Hurricane Irma cancelled two weeks of games. Nature Coast, who had previously defeated South Sumter 33-7, was looking to extend its Hernando County record of 23-straight regular season wins.

It did not come easily, as Crystal River (0-5) came ready to play spoiler.

Nature Coast Students win scholarship at automotive technology competition

L to R: Braedon Santella, Devan Morgan, their instructor Kevin Moglia, Wayne Lehnert, UTI – Orlando, Director of Operations/Education and Steve McElfresh (far right), UTI – Orlando, campus president.

ORLANDO – A two man team from Nature Coast Technical High School, Braedon Santella and Devan Morgan recently placed 10th at the 2016 Top Tech Challenge hosted by Universal Technical Institute – Orlando. Twenty teams from 11 high schools around the state entered the competition, which tested prowess in automotive technology. For their 10th place finish, Santella and Morgan each received a $1,000 scholarship to the Universal Technical Institute in Orlando.

Sharks’ Carnegie comes through in clutch

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Nature Coast senior Jamison Carnegie delivered four pivotal free throws in overtime of Thursday's 53-50 win over Wesley Chapel. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

BROOKSVILLE – When Nature Coast’s football team made its run to the regional final in the fall, Jamison Carnegie could only watch from the sidelines. The senior who began the season as the starting quarterback didn’t play in the Sharks’ final two postseason games due to an injured hand that lingered into the beginning of the basketball campaign.

Vraspir Wrapping Up Fine Career

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Morgan Vraspir NCT Soccer Feature

On Friday night, Morgan Vraspir may have played the final home game of his prep career. The Nature Coast senior celebrated with his teammates after a 1-0 victory over Weeki Wachee in the Coaches Cup final. “It feels good,” Vraspir said. “It’s been around for three years; this is our second time we’ve been in (the final). We played them last year, we lost to them. So it feels nice to come back this year and get them this time instead of what happened last year.

‘Rising Kaine’ becoming go-to guy

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Kaine McColley, NCT

Twice on Tuesday, Nature Coast’s boys basketball team had a chance for the go-ahead score in a Nature Coast Christmas Tournament matchup against Tampa-Gaither. Each time the Sharks looked to put the ball in the hands of junior Kaine McColley. “He’s not our only option, but we definitely want the ball in his hands,” Nature Coast head coach Dave Pisarcik said. “We definitely want to get the ball to him in space. He can create his own shot. He can do a lot of things. When he’s going, we’re tough.”

Sharks’ Reid and Bears' York have the scoring touch

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Chelsea Reid

Three seasons ago, Chelsea Reid was a freshman, called up to the varsity roster during the stretch run and filling the gap for an injured senior leader. Now Reid is the senior, still making an impact for Nature Coast, as the team’s top scoring threat. “She’s having a senior season, for sure,” Nature Coast head coach Lisa Masserio said. “We have definitely depended on her a lot for scoring, which is similar to last year. She was our leading scorer last year.

Worden and staff are guiding Sharks to success

On Thursday, Justin Worden and his coaches will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. On Friday, they hope to celebrate the biggest win in county history. Less than two years removed for his hiring as Nature Coast’s head football coach, Worden leads the Sharks into the Class 5A, Region II final at Green Cove Springs-Clay, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. At 12-0, already owning the county record for victories, Nature Coast has a chance to become the first Hernando County squad to ever reach the state semifinals.

Sharks’ Crima rises to the top

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Nick Crima, NCT

When the Nature Coast boys basketball team began its current run of six straight seasons of advancing to regionals, it could be attributed to a top-notch talent. Tyler Bergantino came to the Sharks as a ready-made prep star, a polished big man who led the Sharks to three straight regional finals and a 2012 appearance in the Final Four as a senior.

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