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Sports notebook: Two county lifters win regional titles

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Central's Dominique Walker won a regional title at 199 pounds on Saturday, benching 320 pounds and lifting 260 in the clean-and-jerk for a 580 total. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

At least two Hernando County lifters are bound for states next month following Saturday’s Class 1A, Region 6 Meet at Belleview.
The winner of each weight division earned state berths, while the rest will wait to see if they receive at-large spots at the FHSAA Finals, taking place on April 8 at DeLand High.
For Central, senior Dominique Walker took first at 199 pounds, benching 320 pounds and lifting 260 in the clean-and-jerk for a 580 total. Walker actually tied with Austin Quandt from Citrus, but won due to weighing in four pounds lighter.

Springstead closer Marrone collects MVP

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Springstead closer Dominic Marrone warms up during Friday's Farm Bureau Classic final against Central. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – In four Farm Bureau Classic games this week, Springstead allowed a combined total of six runs.
No question then that the Eagles finished with the championship trophy in hand on the strength of their pitching staff. Yet the hurler deemed most valuable didn’t start a single contest.
Senior Dominic Marrone may not have recorded the first outs for Springstead, but he was on the mound for the final one throughout the entire tournament. For that, he was awarded MVP honors.

Springstead tops Central for first Farm Bureau title

Springstead's Kevin Tomas pitches against Central in Friday night's Farm Bureau Classic final. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – When Kevin Tomas arrived at Central’s baseball field for Friday night’s Farm Bureau Classic final, the Springstead junior didn’t know he’d be tapped to take the start.
It was hard to tell considering the way he pitched against the host Bears, as he struck out 10 over five solid innings and protected an early lead, allowing the Eagles to win this annual tournament for the first time, 4-2.

Woodall paces Lady Eagles in Leopard Slam

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Springstead pitcher Kama Woodall throws to first base to record an out in Saturday night's Leopard Slam final versus Nature Coast. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – Kama Woodall’s first run-scoring single in Saturday night’s Leopard Slam final wasn’t exactly a hard-hit smash. But that would be an apt description for the second time she drove home a teammate.
As she normally does, the Springstead senior made headlines with her arm over the two-day tournament at Tom Varn Park. But she also made an impact with the bat, and has all season.

Sports notebook: County baseball teams stay busy over break

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Springstead's Dominic Marrone gets ready for a pitch in Wednesday's game against Nature Coast. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

With Hernando County public schools out for spring break this week, the sports schedule was relatively lite outside of Friday and Saturday’s Leopard Slam softball tournament.
Yet the county’s baseball teams still kept busy, all playing multiple games throughout the week.

Springstead repeats in Leopard Slam final

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Springstead pitcher Kama Woodall accepts the championship trophy after Saturday night's Leopard Slam final. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – In the end, the sixth annual Leopard Slam softball tournament played out much like the last one. Just as they did a year ago, Springstead and Nature Coast squared off in the final.
Last season, it was the Lady Eagles celebrating with the championship trophy, and they found themselves in that position again on Saturday night at Tom Varn Park’s Ernie Chatman Field, knocking the Lady Sharks from the unbeaten ranks with an 8-2 victory.

USF Women’s Basketball in the Dance

The University of South Florida is participating in March Madness, as the women’s team was named to the NCAA tournament, though their spot in the tournament is not without controversy.

The Lady Bulls earned their spot in the women’s basketball tournament after a 24-8 season that saw them make it to the American Athletic Conference’s final, where they would lose to the number one team in the country, the undefeated University of Connecticut. This was their fifth straight 20 win season, and eighth overall, all under head coach Jose Fernandez.

Sports notebook: Gates strikes out 15 in perfect game

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Nature Coast's J.P. Gates threw a perfect game, striking out all 15 batters against Central on Tuesday. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Nature Coast junior J.P. Gates has literally been unhittable in three starts this season, but on Tuesday he took it to another level.
The hard-throwing southpaw, already committed to the University of Miami, threw a perfect game in a 10-0 win over Central that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Gates struck out 15. In other words, he fanned every single batter he faced.

Nature Coast sweeps county tennis invite

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Nature Coast's Sierra Remondelli serves during Friday's final day of the county invitational at Delta Woods Park. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The field wasn’t as complete as originally intended, but for the Nature Coast boys and girls tennis teams, what turned out be a county invitational this week proved a rewarding experience.
While the boys went down to the wire to edge Weeki Wachee, the Lady Sharks dominated two other county squads, as both captured first place in the tournament that was held Thursday and Friday at Delta Woods Park.

Central lifters earn district hardware

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Central's Dominique Walker finished second at 199 in Monday's district meet, with a 315-255--570. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Last week, the Central boys weightlifting team was on the outside looking in as Hernando and Springstead tied for first place in the county meet.
But this week, it was the Bears taking home a trophy, finishing as the runner-up in Monday’s Class 1A, District 11 Meet at Weeki Wachee. Though Citrus ran away with the team title at 91 points, Central edged Hernando, 29-28.

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