Nature Coast

Baxter’s play a silver lining for Sharks

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Nature Coast forward Jordan Baxter goes up for a shot against Zephyrhills in Tuesday night's regional semifinal. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

BROOKSVILLE – Jordan Baxter had come up big for Nature Coast’s boys basketball team in another pivotal postseason contest, but the only numbers that truly mattered to the junior were on the scoreboard. The 6-foot-3 forward scored 10 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, but the Sharks lost to visiting Zephyrhills in a Class 5A, Region II semifinal on Tuesday night, 61-51.
“It wasn’t good enough to get the win,” Baxter said. “I just feel really bad for the seniors. I’m not happy with it at all.”

Sports Notebook: Lady Shark lifters shine at states

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All other photography by Alice Mary Herden

Nature Coast weightlifters Ashley Gentz (left) and Samanta Traudt display their gold medals won at the Class 1A FHSAA Finals in Kissimmee on Friday. Photo submitted

As the Nature Coast boys basketball team celebrated with its district championship trophy Friday night, the school’s girls weightlifting coach, Sharon Elliott, was among the faculty members filing out of the stands. Noticeably hanging from her neck was a silver medal, a reminder of what her own squad had accomplished just a few hours earlier. Yes, it was a good day to be a Shark.

Lady Bears, Sharks absorb tough soccer losses

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For much of Thursday night’s Class 2A, Region II girls soccer quarterfinal, it seemed as if Central had the upper hand against Gainesville-P.K. Yonge. It just didn’t show up on the scoreboard. Despite creating more chances, the Lady Bears couldn’t find a way to put the ball in the back of the net.

Gold the goal for Contegiacomo

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

When an athlete finishes as the state runner-up, the expectations next season become pretty straightforward.
For Nature Coast senior Anthony Contegiacomo, there is only one way his final prep wrestling campaign can end in a satisfactory manner. Last year, Contegiacomo placed second in the Class 1A state meet at 220 pounds, so there’s just a single rung left on the ladder to climb.

Muscianese Hopes for More in Second Year

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Skylar Muscianese, Nature Coast Golf

SPRING HILL – As Skylar Muscianese waited for the rest of her teammates to finish up Thursday at Oak Hills Golf Course, she observed a small child accompanying a few adults on a practice tee. It brought back memories of her own golfing roots. “My brothers used to take lessons here with Jim Neely and I guess I used to sit there on that driving range, and Mr. Neely would be helping my brothers, and I’d be sitting there copying them,” Muscianese said.


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