Cross Country

Running for a Title: NCAA D2 Cross Country National Championships

Saint Leo University hosted the 2016 NCAA Divison 2 Cross Country National Championships on Saturday, Nov. 19. Hosting runners from more than 64 teams of men and women around the country, there was 248 runners for the men’s 10K race and 244 for the women’s 6K event.

“I imagine this is what a stampede sounds like,” one student said, after the start of the men’s race.

Run with the Quista’s

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The PHSC Women’s Cross-Country team hosted their 12th Annual Run with the Quista’s 5K race

Run with the Quista’s
The PHSC Women’s Cross-Country team hosted their 12th Annual Run with the Quista’s 5K race on Sunday November 6th at the Pasco Campus.
There were over 100 participants in the scenic 5K race.  Among the participants were PHSC faculty, students, community members as well as some furry friends.
This fundraising event was put together for the cross country team and the proceeds are used to help with recruiting, travel as well as other expenses.

Sports notebook: Another big night for Central’s Smith

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Central's De'Vonta Smith fights off Anclote's Mike Cannion during a run in Friday night's home game. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Central finished off its most successful regular season in nearly a decade Friday night with a 38-18 home victory over Anclote.
Once again, senior De’Vonta Smith was front and center, and head coach Chris Sands has no problem with that. Smith carried the ball 31 times for 376 yards, scoring six touchdowns.
Sands feels Smith has been disrespected locally by those attributing his production to his high usage within the Bears’ offense.

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.

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.

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.

Sports notebook: Central wins second straight

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Nature Coast's Nickinson Sineus attempts to catch a pass with a defender on his back in Friday night's game against Lake Wales. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

It was a startling revelation to Central head coach Chris Sands, but nonetheless true. The last time the Bears won back-to-back football games came in 2008.
That all changed on Friday night, when Central won for the second week in a row, trouncing host Lecanto, 35-21.
More importantly for the Bears (3-2 overall), it pushed their record to 2-1 in Class 5A, District 7 after a brutal opening district loss at Nature Coast two weeks ago.

Sports notebook: Central’s Smith sets new county mark

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Bears Devonta Smith breaks county record during the game against the Hornest Friday night at Central High School. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

So far this season, the same narrative has followed Central’s De’Vonta Smith. He has tried to escape the shadow of his cousin DeShawn Smith, who led the nation in rushing and scoring during a historic campaign with Nature Coast in 2015.
On Friday night, the senior running back managed to put together a statistical performance even his cousin never quite matched, setting a new county single-game rushing record in the Bears’ 63-28 thumping of Weeki Wachee.

Sports notebook: Eagles start strong in district

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Springstead quarterback Jordan Wright carries the ball against Mitchell on Friday night. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

With district play beginning this week in prep football, Springstead shook off a loss to county-rival Nature Coast the previous week for an impressive 33-7 victory over Mitchell on Friday night.
Randy Morgan and Demetrius Barry both ran for a pair of touchdowns as the host Eagles (2-1) bounced the defending champions in Class 6A, District 6.
Quarterback Jordan Wright also had a scoring run for Springstead, who built a 26-0 lead before the Mustangs (2-1) finally got on the scoreboard late in the fourth quarter.

Late start doesn’t slow down Burbine

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Central's Kylyn Burbine, Cross Country

Kylyn Burbine doesn’t like to consider what might have been, if only she had picked up on cross country a little sooner. “I try not to think about it because it’s really not an option anymore,” Burbine said. “But I’d definitely be a lot better if I started even last year. But if I do this for college, I think I’ll do a lot better.”

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