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Sharks stay perfect, win second tourney

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Nature Coast senior Kaine McColley shoots over the outstretched arm of Alonso's senior Robert Gadson lll. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – Nature Coast’s boys basketball team received some shiny new toys this Christmas, a couple of holiday tournament championship trophies.
After winning last week’s Hernando Holiday Classic, the Sharks kept their undefeated season alive and won their own tournament for the first time in the process on Thursday night, defeating Tampa-Alonso, 52-34.

Sharks rally for tourney title

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Nature Coast's Kaine McColley defends against Chamberlain in Wednesday's Hernando Holiday Classic final, as teammate Jordan Baxter looks on. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – Over the years, Nature Coast boys basketball head coach Dave Pisarcik has entered his team into holiday tournaments with an eye toward the future.
Winning is nice, but preparing for postseason play is paramount for the Sharks. Yet those two things aren’t mutually exclusive, and they certainly weren’t on Wednesday night at Hernando High.
In a Hernando Holiday Classic final pitting two undefeated teams, Nature Coast rallied from a double-digit deficit early in the second half to pull out a 59-56 victory over Tampa-Chamberlain.

Sports notebook: Sharks, Lady Lions stay unbeaten

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HCA's Cayla Phillips battles for possession of the ball with a Citrus Park Christian player. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

For the Nature Coast boys basketball team, and the Hernando Christian Academy girls, it has been a happy holiday season indeed. Both are sporting perfect slates as they near the halfway point of their seasons.
The Sharks (7-0) dusted two Class 6A, District 7 opponents this past week, knocking off Lecanto on Tuesday, 76-28, and Hernando on Friday, 72-33. That moved their record to 6-0 within the district.
As for HCA’s girls (12-0 overall, 5-0 2A-4), they cruised to wins over Ocala-Meadowbrook on Monday, 46-10, and Tampa-Citrus Park Christian on Tuesday, 59-17.

Worden leaves Sharks for alma mater

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Nature Coast head coach Justin Worden is leaving the Sharks after three seasons. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Justin Worden made a name for himself the past three seasons at Nature Coast, guiding the Sharks to the best two-year football run in county history.
But Hernando County isn’t truly home, and the chance to return to his alma mater proved an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. So on Thursday, Worden stepped down as Sharks’ head coach to take the same position at Titusville-Astronaut.

Eagles just short of Kiwanis crown

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Springstead's Travis Williams tries to lock in a hold on Josh Hagan of Citrus during their 170-pound final on Saturday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – A total of 14 seasons have gone by since Bob Levija last guided the Springstead wrestling team through a regular-season tournament.
On Friday and Saturday at Hernando High, the Hall of Fame mentor was once again at the helm of the vaunted program he built and cultivated for 23 seasons, and the Eagles nearly hoisted a championship trophy in the process.
Springstead ended the 35th annual Kiwanis Invitational with 138 team points, an agonizing 1.5 behind first-place Tampa-Robinson at 139.5.

Sharks stumble early, surge late

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Nature Coast's Kaine McColley shoots a free throw in Tuesday night's game against Crystal River. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – It may be early in the season, and the opposing team was minus its leading scorer Tuesday night.
Nonetheless, Nature Coast’s boys basketball team served notice that it’s far from ready to be knocked off its perch atop the district. Hosting Crystal River in a key Class 6A, District 7 clash, the defending district champion Sharks overcame an early deficit to pull away with a 71-59 victory.

Sports notebook: Lady Hornets hand Hernando first loss

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Weeki Wachee's Taylor Miller goes up for a shot against the defense of Hernando's Kaitlyn Costa-White on Tuesday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

It was a busy week for the Weeki Wachee girls basketball teams, with four games on the slate. But in the process, the Lady Hornets picked up a big victory over a county rival.

Hernando takes second at Weeki Wachee

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WEEKI WACHEE – Outside of the last match, it was a pleasant weekend for Hernando at the Weeki Wachee Duals.
The Leopards opened the season by placing second in the two-day tournament, going 7-1 with the only loss at the very end against unbeaten Dover-Strawberry Crest.
“We’re excited. We have a really good dual team. It was fun to see it in action. They did really good across the board,” Hernando head coach David Pritz said. “That last team was just better than us, but we wrestled tough.

Tale of two halves ends in tie

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Weeki Wachee's Bailey Hypes controls the ball while being persued by Nature Coast's Hunter Reid (10) and Caleb Rojas. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

WEEKI WACHEE – Both Nature Coast and Weeki Wachee had 40 minutes to be happy with on Wednesday night.
Problem for both teams was the Class 3A, District 7 boys soccer match lasted 80, and as a result it concluded in a 1-1 tie.
“We never play for a tie, but it was good to get the tie,” said Nature Coast sophomore Hunter Reid. “We let them control the first half. Came back in the second half, switched our formation and really, we showed them up. We possessed. We played the ball. We held the ball in the second half.”

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