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Sports notebook: Lady Sharks take second in region

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Nature Coast's Samantha Traudt, front, along with (standing from left) Kaitlyn Pierce, Coach Nikki Pierce and Jouie Miller celebrate the trio of lifters' first-place showings and the team's second-place finish at Saturday's regional meet. Photo provided

Nature Coast’s girl weightlifting team continued its march toward the state meet on Saturday, at the Class 1A, Region 5 Meet hosted by Belleview.
The Lady Sharks, hoping to compete for a state crown after finishing as the runners-up a year ago, took second in this meet to Ocala-Lake Weir, 38-42.

Sharks stomp Pirates to stay perfect

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Anthony Valante scored 22 points and knocked down four 3-pointers in Nature Coast's Friday night win at Crystal River. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

CRYSTAL RIVER – On Tuesday night, Nature Coast’s boys basketball team received its stiffest challenge from a Class 6A, District 7 foe this season, and apparently, it didn’t sit well.
Crystal River was the perhaps in the wrong place at the wrong time, then, when hosting the Sharks on Friday night. Coming into the season the Pirates, district runners-up to Nature Coast a year ago, were viewed as a serious threat in district play.

Lady Shark lifters earn district repeat

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Nature Coast's girls weightlifting team celebrates with its district championship trophy and medals after Wednesday's 1A-10 Meet at Weeki Wachee. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast’s girls weightlifting team has high aspirations this postseason, and took its first step toward achieving its goals on Wednesday.
The Lady Sharks, state runners-up in 2016, captured their second straight district championship, advancing a school-record 17 lifters to regionals and blowing away the rest of the field in the Class 1A, District 10 Meet at Weeki Wachee.

Sports notebook: Springstead basketball going strong

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Springstead's boys basketball celebrates after winning the Springstead New Year's Shootout on Tuesday. Photo submitted

It has been a solid season for the Springstead boys and girls basketball teams, and they both got off to a strong start in 2017.
In the middle of the week, the boys held the second annual Springstead New Year’s Shootout, and the Eagles came away with a championship trophy.
“It’s a huge accomplishment, especially because we’re such a young team. We have five juniors and two sophomores playing bigtime minutes,” Springstead head coach Matthew McGarry said. “Any time you go into a tournament and win it, it’s good for the future.”

Eagles finish fourth in rugged home tourney

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Springstead's Richie Rivera grabs Lake Gibson's Nathan Lawwell from behind during Saturday 113-pound final. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

SPRING HILL – By the high standards Springstead’s wrestling program has established over the decades, a fourth-place showing in its own tournament won’t stand out in the history books.
But considering the level of competition in this weekend’s Corey Hill Memorial Invite, the Eagles’ performance certainly ranks as respectable.

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.

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