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Sports notebook: Springstead rallies for district repeat

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Springstead catcher Paige Pfent had the game-winning single in Thursday's 6A-6 final. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Suffice to say, Springstead’s softball team’s road to a repeat district championship hit a significant speed bump halfway through Thursday night’s Class 6A, District 6 final.
Host Crystal River had shown it could stand up to the once top-ranked Lady Eagles a few weeks earlier, holding on for a 2-1 win at Springstead’s home field on April 4.
This time around, the Lady Pirates built a 4-0 advantage through the top of the fourth, but couldn’t stave off the top seed, who rallied to tie it up twice and eventually pulled out a 7-6 victory in eight innings.

Sports notebook: Three tennis teams finish first in district

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Nature Coast's Hunter Schwefringhaus (right) and Dakota Willey team up in No. 1 doubles competition at the 2A-7 Tournament in Crystal River. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

This week’s district tennis tournaments proved fruitful for Hernando County’s prep squads, as three of them collected championship trophies and moved on to regionals next week.
Crystal River played host to the Class 2A, District 7 Tournament for both boys and girls, with action extending into a third day after heavy rained washed away many of Tuesday’s scheduled matches.
By Thursday, the Nature Coast boys and Hernando girls had laid claim to district crowns. The Sharks cruised to the title, locking up first place before finals even began late Wednesday.

Tennis tourney keeps memory alive

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

More than six years have gone by since the tragic passing of Nature Coast Technical High School tennis player Simon Toftegaard. But the Nature Coast Tennis Foundation has done its part to keep his memory alive, including this past weekend’s Simon Toftegaard Memorial Junior Tournament at Delta Woods Park.

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