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PHSC Basketball: building character, self esteem and confidence

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PHSC Gabriel Steele seeks teammates to set up for an offense play duirng the game against Job Corp Thursday Night. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

PSHC Basketball team is towards the end of their season. There are seven games left in the season and the team must pull off 5 wins to qualify for the District 10 tournament being held in Petersburg, Virginia.  Coach
Jones feels that with practice and hard work, the Conquistadors will reach this goal.

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.

Johnson takes control as Central seeks playoff success

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Central's Caleb Johnson fights for control of the ball against Nature Coast's Robert McAfee, left, and Jordan Baxter. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Central’s boys basketball team has gone 12 seasons without advancing to the regional playoffs. Caleb Johnson spent the previous two attempting to carve out his niche in the Bears’ starting lineup.
For Johnson, there has been no questioning his role this season, as the junior guard leads the Bears in scoring by a wide margin, averaging 21.1 points per game coming into this week.
Whether Central can move past the district tournament for the first time since 2004 will be answered soon enough, but the Bears (12-8) have locked up the second seed in Class 6A, District 7.

Springstead, Weeki Wachee go down in semis

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Springstead's Sasha Garcia, right, battles with Wesley Chapel's Raegan Bourne for control of the ball on Wednesday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

WEEKI WACHEE – The Hernando County girls soccer season came to an early close, as the last two local squads alive went down in the Class 3A, District 7 semifinals on Wednesday night.
Still, both teams seemed more upbeat than not with the way their seasons played out considering their respective circumstances.
In the early match at Weeki Wachee, third-seeded Springstead took second-seeded Wesley Chapel to overtime before losing, 2-1. The host Lady Hornets followed with a 6-1 loss to top seed Pasco.

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.

Hornets’ Cromie enters college football

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Weeki Wachee quarterback Alec Cromie signs his full scholarship with Tennessee-based Tusculum College on Wednesday. He was joined by, from left, girlfriend Arianna Doyle, mother Alice Mellecker and father Brett Cromie. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The school year may only be half over, but for Alec Cromie the next step has already arrived.

Now a Weeki Wachee High graduate, Cromie will spend the weekend settling into his new digs at Tusculum College in Tennessee. The top statistical quarterback in Hernando County history officially signed with the Division II school on Wednesday and has already arrived on campus.

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