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Sharks continue winning formula at home, extend streak

December 10, 2017 - 14:06

by Joe Carlino
photography by Cheryl Clanton

Home-court advantage is a major key during any basketball contest, especially when the game is a district contest. For the Nature Coast Sharks, under head coach Dave Pisarcik, that mantra proves to be incredibly valuable, as his teams almost never lose when playing in front of their home crowd.

Sharks survive Pirates’ wrath, escape with treasure of victory

December 04, 2017 - 07:12

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

FILE PHOTO: NCT's Robert McAfee, 2016 Christmas Tourney against Alonso

Going into this season, a critical question for the Nature Coast varsity basketball team was whether they could continue their legacy in this county. The legacy in question stems from the Sharks obtaining a regional tournament berth since skipper Dave Pisarcik took the helm.

If Tuesday’s game had any say in this season, better buckle up because there’s going to be an exciting thrill ride this year.

SHAA Playoff Games

December 01, 2017 - 01:00

Photography by CHERYL CLANTON

Division 2 Knights celebrate after earning the championship  trophy

SHAA playoff games were held this year at Veterans Memorial Park 12254 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, Fl 34609. Playoff games started at 9 am and went on into the night. Teams battled it out from each division to take this year’s 2017 Championship. Cheerleaders were cheering for the teams as they played, and performed an outstanding halftime performance.

SHAA consist of 3 age divisions. Division 1 ages 5-8, division 2 ages 9-10 and division 3 ages 11-13.

Weeki Wachee looking to plug in the pieces

November 21, 2017 - 17:05

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Weeki Wachee goalkeeper Jake Brooks

(Weeki Wachee) — There’s no shortage of seniors on this season’s edition of Weeki Wachee’s boys soccer team, but the experience might be quite where it should be for an older group.

Of those returning seniors, only five or six are starters from a year ago and Weeki Wachee head coach Shane Tarbox compares this 2017-2018 to his first campaign as the Hornets lead man. In Tarbox’s first season at Weeki Wachee, he was just getting to know the school and players, which he feels with some of the newer faces on the squad this season relates to his initial year as coach.

Nature Coast relying on freshmen power

November 21, 2017 - 07:22

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast freshman Alexandrea Florkowski

(Brooksville)- One of the youngest rosters for girls prep soccer in all of Hernando County resides out of Nature Coast Technical High School.

The Sharks (1-2) are relying upon the services of nine wide-eyed freshmen, whom makeup over half of Nature Coast’s roster. It’ll be up to the freshmen to help carry the Sharks along a 2017-2018 campaign in which the club has a legitimate shot within Class 3A, District 7 and first-year head coach Brandon Chitwood likes what he’s seeing so far.

In massive thriller, Hernando almost pulls off major upset

November 14, 2017 - 00:07

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

HHS No. 53 Hayden Griffith before battling Clay on Nov. 10, 2017

For the first time in five years, the Hernando Leopards varsity football program was one of the 32 teams selected in the 5A class of the FHSAA playoffs. This time around, the team was district champions, riding a 7-2 record to 38 points in the new system. On Friday night at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium, fans packed the stands to watch Hernando take on their opponent in the first round, the Clay Blue Devils, who are located roughly three hours from Brooksville.

What transpired during this game arguably made it the game of the first round.

Eagles make incredible comeback, shock Leopards in finale

November 05, 2017 - 09:25

photography by Cheryl Clanton

FILE PHOTO: SHS Football Team charges onto field in a preseason match

Nov. 4, 2017 - On the final night of regular-season football at the high school level in the Tampa Bay area, county opponents Hernando and Springstead met up in a matchup for the ages. The 39th meeting between the two teams was important for both teams because of the ramifications: a win for Springstead would keep their slim playoff hopes alive, while a win for Hernando would give them an 8-1 record and just about guarantee the district title and a home playoff game.

Sharks clip Eagles’ wings en route to FHSAA playoffs

November 04, 2017 - 11:26

photography by Cheryl Clanton

NCT's Michael Weston is taken down by Springsteads Damian Giles 10/31/17

Oct. 31, 2017- In a rare instance of scheduling purposes due to Hurricane Irma, the Nature Coast Sharks and their bitter county rival Springstead Eagles met up on Halloween night at the Shark Tank for another classic entry into their rivalry. It was also “Senior Night” for the Sharks, as they honored their football players, dancers, and cheerleaders on their final regular season home game as students.

What transpired right after kickoff was a classic game that etched its name into the history books for this rivalry.

Weeki Wachee shows no drop off from last season

October 29, 2017 - 22:43

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Weeki Wachee's junior Brooke Sereda

(Weeki Wachee)- Not many knew how good Weeki Wachee’s volleyball team was going to be after they lost four seniors from last season’s 21-9 squad.

The Hornets reached the Class 6A region final, losing to Ponte Vedra three sets to one. With the amount of underclassmen Weeki Wachee was going to rely upon, not many were expecting a repeat of the 2016 season. 

Sharks shock Leopards, sets up wild finish to district

October 29, 2017 - 17:41

photography by Cheryl Clanton

HHS No. 55 Rodney Owens shakes hands with NCT No. 50 Michael Smith before the coin toss on Friday night 10/27/17.  Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Going into Thursday’s pivotal 5A-7 matchup between the Nature Coast Sharks and the undefeated Hernando Leopards, Hernando was attempting to do something that hasn’t been done in three years: dethrone the “Crew from California Street” of the title. A win not only would’ve continued Hernando’s undefeated season, but clinch the district title and a FHSAA home playoff game in two weeks’ time.

Once the game concluded, Hernando (6-1) just couldn’t close the door.

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