Sports notebook: Eagles fall to powerhouse Vanguard

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Springstead lost a regional quarterfinal at Ocala-Vanguard on Friday, 45-0. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

For Springstead’s football team, the return to the postseason after a two-season absence proved a short visit. But considering the task it faced, the result wasn’t unexpected.
The Eagles visited Ocala-Vanguard in a Class 6A, Region 2 quarterfinal on Friday night and suffered a 45-0 defeat.
Yet considering the Knights (9-1) boast several Division I prospects and averaged 45.7 points in the regular season with an average margin of victory of 41.4 points, it was no secret that Springstead (6-3) faced an uphill battle.

Owens sends Sharks into semis

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Nature Coast's T.J. Owens rushed for 387 yards and four touchdowns in Friday's playoff victory over Zephyrhills. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – As a freshman at Springstead in 2013, T.J. Owens caught a glimpse of postseason play while the Eagles made a run to the Elite Eight.
On Friday night, now a senior at Nature Coast, Owens finally had the chance to deliver his own playoff magic. He carried the ball 22 times for 387 yards and scored four touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter as the Sharks pulled away from visiting Zephyrhills to win a Class 5A, Region 2 quarterfinal, 35-21.

Weeki Wachee football coach resigns

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Weeki Wachee head coach Mark Lee resigned last Sunday after seven seasons at the helm. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

For the first time since it began play, the Weeki Wachee football team will be searching for a new head coach.
On Sunday, Mark Lee turned in his resignation to principal Troy LaBarbara, ending his seven-year tenure that started when the school opened in 2010. It came only days after the conclusion of a difficult 0-10 season.
“I thought it was best for a change for both sides,” Lee said. “Any time there’s a coaching change there’s a new energy and maybe that’ll help.”

Bowl game a bitter end for Bears

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Central senior De'Vonta Smith scored twice in Thursday's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl at Hudson. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

HUDSON – At the end of the night, Central could still take solace in what it accomplished this season. But Thursday night simply wasn’t how the Bears wanted things to finish.
Traveling to Hudson for the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, Central fell behind quickly and could never recover, as the host Cobras rolled to a 50-12 victory.

Most Valuable Goat (MVG) of the World Series


Mike Walker is currently the director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Brooksville. He pitched professionally for 14 years playing for both the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians who met in this year's World Series. Even though he pitched for both teams, he is a Chicago Cubs fan at heart. Mike was born in Chicago and is a lifelong Cubs fan, so he set about to reverse the curse of the Billy Goat.

Superstitions are a part of baseball. A player may not wash his clothes when he is playing well. Fans may have the same game day routine to try to keep their team winning.

PHSC basketball season begins


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Sophomore Charles Isaac runs down court after retrieving a rebound during the game against Job Corp Wednesday night.

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On November 2nd PHSC began their 2016-2017 season going up against Job Corp. In November 2015, PHSC defeated Job Corp 103 -52 and then 108-84 back in January of 2016. Wednesday night was a struggle to win as PHSC only led by four in the first period.  
Wilchadson Charmant went up against PCJCC’s (Pinellas County Job Corps Center)  Dione Martin with starters Michael Flores, Adley Eliacin, Charles Isaac and Chris Copeland. On reserves were Ladarius Walden, Cedric Perry, Elijah McGhie and Dylan Bailey.

SHAA 2016 Championship


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Predators face the Eagles during the 2016 SHAA Championship game at Weeki Wachee High School. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Weeki Wachee High School hosted the 2016 Championship Game for the Spring Hill Athletic Association for the 23rd season.
The three divisions are separated by age group: Division 1: 5-8, Division 2: 9-10 and Division 3: 11-13.
Six teams battled it out for their division title championship Saturday October 29th. For Division 1 the Golden Hornets beat the Gators with a 32 – 0  final score on the board. Last season Hornets were defeated by the Seminoles. This championship win certainly is giving them more momentum for next season.

Color Vibe 5K: a festival of colors


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2016 Color Vibe 5K at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill

Color Vibe 5K: a festival of colors
Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill was filled with over 1000 people and Saturday's weather couldn't have been better.   
Hype music and Zumba kicked the crowd’s energy into high gear. Participants of all ages gathered in front of the stage dressed perfectly for the event: sunglasses, white shirts, bright colored accessories.  Some were sporting the fashionable Color Vibe trend, a tutu.

Run with the Quista’s


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The PHSC Women’s Cross-Country team hosted their 12th Annual Run with the Quista’s 5K race

Run with the Quista’s
The PHSC Women’s Cross-Country team hosted their 12th Annual Run with the Quista’s 5K race on Sunday November 6th at the Pasco Campus.
There were over 100 participants in the scenic 5K race.  Among the participants were PHSC faculty, students, community members as well as some furry friends.
This fundraising event was put together for the cross country team and the proceeds are used to help with recruiting, travel as well as other expenses.