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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.

Maharaj brothers lead Eagles to another win

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Springstead sophomore Ryan Maharaj shot a match-low 41 on Thursday. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

BROOKSVILLE – So far for Springstead, the boys golf season has shown great promise. The Eagles had already won more matches than they had all of last season, and added to that total on Thursday.
Taking on Hernando at Brooksville Country Club, Springstead survived a stiff challenge from the host Leopards, pulling out a 199-202 victory.

Owens lifts Sharks over Springstead

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Nature Coast running back T.J. Owens attempts to shed the tackle of a Springstead defender during Friday night's game. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

SPRING HILL – T.J. Owens couldn’t deny that Friday’s game had a little extra meaning. He was returning to the field he had previously called home throughout his prep career, but in the opponent’s uniform.
The senior running back produced a standout performance for Nature Coast as it paid a visit to county-rival Springstead, rushing 21 times for 169 yards and scoring two touchdowns in a 28-7 victory.

Sports notebook: Hermine wreaks havoc

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Central running back De'Vonta Smith takes to the air while carrying the ball in Week 1 against Springstead. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

The official track of Hurricane Hermine will show that the storm made landfall in the Big Bend area, but it surely managed to leave its mark on Hernando County.
It washed out four days’ worth of prep athletic events and practices, including the entire Week 2 football schedule.
Four games, all non-district, were on the slate, most notably a meeting of county rivals Springstead and Hernando. Though the sun finally poked its head out as skies cleared in the county on Saturday, the prior deluge left fields at Ridgewood, Nature Coast and Hernando unplayable.

Weeki Wachee grinds out win over Springstead

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Weeki Wachee senior Sarah Asbury sets up her teammates during Tuesday's match at Springstead. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

SPRING HILL – Weeki Wachee’s volleyball team hardly got off to the type of start it would have liked when the season began last week.
In their opener on Aug. 23, the Lady Hornets blew a 2-0 lead and fell at Crystal River, 22-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-10. The next day, they got swept at home by county-rival Hernando, 25-22, 25-15, 25-21.
Though they managed a 25-8, 25-6, 25-18 win over Citrus last Thursday, Tuesday’s matchup at Springstead brought more struggle in the early going.

Wright focused on leadership role

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Springstead quarterback Jordan Wright is prepared to lead the Eagles into the 2016 season. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Jordan Wright left no wiggle room in evaluating his performance this past Thursday, in Springstead’s 24-13 preseason football loss to Hudson.
The senior quarterback was 4-of-14 passing for 31 yards with two interceptions, though he did run for a touchdown. Later that night he took to Twitter to vent his frustration.
“I have to play better no questions asked,” Wright tweeted out.
His perspective hadn’t changed a couple days later, the exhibition leaving a sour taste heading into the start of the regular season this Friday.

Eagles want to build on late-season momentum

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Springstead head coach Mike Garofano enters his fourth year at the helm. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Springstead hopes 2015 proves to be the aberration, not the new normal. If the Eagles can continue with what they did the last three games of that season, this could go down as a rebound year.
Between 2012-13, Springstead pieced together one of the finest two-season runs in local history, going a combined 20-4 with a pair of district titles and the county’s first trip to the Elite Eight in 2013.

Preseason football notebook: Central drops shootout

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Central's Jonathan Allion gains yardage against East Ridge during Friday night's preseason game. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

BROOKSVILLE – Based on the results of Friday night’s preseason classic, Central won’t have any problems putting points on the board. Whether it can outscore the opposition is another matter.
Hosting Clermont-East Ridge in an exhibition, the Bears were repeatedly burned by big plays, canceling out a spectacular performance by running back De’Vonta Smith in a 45-26 defeat.

Brosher battling back from bad luck

Hernando alum Brandon Lawson, left, and Springstead grad Brandon Brosher met up when their minor league baseball teams played one another last month. Photo provided

To say Brandon Brosher has had a run of bad luck in his professional baseball career might put it mildly. Over his first two seasons, the 2013 Springstead grad has endured a pair of freakish injuries.
But now in his third year, playing for the Class A Short Season Brooklyn Cyclones, a New York Mets affiliate, the 21-year-old is attempting to get himself back on track – while meeting up with a familiar face.
This weekend, the Cyclones host the Hudson Valley Renegades, a team that now features Hernando alum Brandon Lawson on its pitching staff.

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