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Eagles stay tough, never quit, finally get elusive win over NCT

January 19, 2018 - 10:11
#2 Randy Morgan

Coming into the game between Hernando County archrival schools Springstead and Nature Coast, Nature Coast head coach Dave Pisarcik joked that Springstead’s head coach Matthew McGarry always circled this game on the calendar because he hadn’t beaten NCT in a basketball game since 2009. And like all NCT-Springstead games, the Shark Tank was flooded with fans representing both sides, which made it clear that this game wasn’t any different than previous meetings.

That last statement is somewhat true, the only difference being how this contest ended.

Central’s Sands steps down as head football coach

January 10, 2018 - 17:45

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Chris Sands stading with former Central running back DuJuan Harris

(BROOKSVILLE)- If there’s one thing opposing teams could prepare for when facing off against a Central team coached by Chris Sands, it was opponents would have to be ready to defend against the ground game and an inspired bunch of kids. 

Heading into this spring ball, however, Central will have a different voice giving out speeches and calling out plays, as Sands announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that he will be stepping down as the school’s coach and accepting the same position at Eau High School, which is located in Melbourne, FL. 

Weeki Wachee girls basketball starting to peak

January 10, 2018 - 17:36

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Weeki Wachee's Mykenna Corbett

(WEEKI WACHEE)- In the first 89 games of Weeki Wachee’s girls basketball program history starting in 2012, the team was everyone’s circled win on the schedule. 

When you faced the Hornets, you could almost with certainty walk in the gymnasium knowing your club would likely be coming away with a victory. These are not your same old Weeki Wachee girls, though, any longer as the program has completed a turnaround the last three seasons in becoming a club not many want to face. 

Leopards’ Christmas tourney sees streaks end, barely continue

January 08, 2018 - 08:14

photography by Cheryl Clanton

Weeki Wachee players Shay Vazquez (20) and Seytia Hill (4)

Going into the Hernando Leopards Christmas tournament, which had a bracket for women’s and boys’ varsity basketball, unlike the Nature Coast tournament from last week had sixteen teams consisting of only boys’ varsity basketball. There were two teams that had undefeated streaks going into the tournament: The Nature Coast Sharks boys’ team and the Weeki Wachee Lady Hornets team. Both teams managed to make their ways to their respective bracket’s championship games, with NCT continuing their torrid streak of 60+ point games.

Déjà vu: Sharks 5th Christmas tourney has familiar champions

December 31, 2017 - 19:34

When Nature Coast first started their Christmas tournament five years ago, they lost a close finale to Tarpon Springs, 53-50. That was an eight-team tournament, and head coach Dave Pisarcik decided to up the ante by making subsequent tournaments 16-teams separated into two brackets. This was an overwhelming success, and coming into the fifth annual tournament, Pisarcik had some familiar faces come to the Shark Tank, including some former winners.

And after this tournament, it was safe to say that even in year 5, this tournament was just as action-packed as years past.

Day One of Fifth NCT Christmas Tourney sets tone for event

December 28, 2017 - 08:40

The air was electric in the Shark Tank on Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 as the Nature Coast Sharks welcomed in 15 teams spread across the state of Florida and one team from Georgia in their fifth annual Nature Coast Christmas Tournament. Every team that showed up had high hopes of being crowned a champion in either bracket, and some were returning champions defending their crown. The results of the first eight games are as follows:

Sharks attack the Pirates, continue December domination

December 24, 2017 - 11:53

photography by Cheryl Clanton

#3 Austin Rivera and #12 Dheron Barnes contesting a Crystal River shot.

When the Nature Coast Sharks and the Crystal River Pirates first met this season in Crystal River, Nature Coast saw a nine-point advantage slowly turn into a deficit, but still managed to defeat their opponents. So, when the teams matched up on Friday night, Nature Coast was attempting to continue their undefeated streak to start the season, while Crystal River was out for revenge.

And unlike the first matchup between these two 6A-7 powerhouses, this game was all Nature Coast from the beginning.

Sharks continue domination, soundly defeat rival Bears

December 17, 2017 - 15:10

photography by Cheryl Clanton

Coming into Friday night’s much anticipated rivalry game between the defending FHSAA Class 6A, District 7 Central Bears and the Nature Coast Sharks, the visiting Sharks weren’t just playing to reassert their dominance over the county. Rather, the visitors were also attempting to extend their winning streak to six games and their 35-point running clock streak to five games.

And after the game was over, safe to say both objectives were met and exceeded.

South Florida Bowl Bound

December 15, 2017 - 08:18

The University of South Florida is heading back to the Birmingham Bowl for the second straight year. The Bulls will seek to win it again, this time against the 6-6 Texas Tech.

USF defeated South Carolina in last year’s Birmingham Bowl 46-39 in overtime. Quarterback Quinton Flowers was the MVP of that game, throwing for 261 yards, rushing for 105 and totaling four touchdowns in total.

This year, all eyes will be on Flowers as he needs only 47 yards to break the American Athletic Conference record for total offense.

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