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Sports notebook: Sharks, Lady Lions stay unbeaten

December 17, 2016 - 20:59

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

HCA's Cayla Phillips battles for possession of the ball with a Citrus Park Christian player. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

For the Nature Coast boys basketball team, and the Hernando Christian Academy girls, it has been a happy holiday season indeed. Both are sporting perfect slates as they near the halfway point of their seasons.
The Sharks (7-0) dusted two Class 6A, District 7 opponents this past week, knocking off Lecanto on Tuesday, 76-28, and Hernando on Friday, 72-33. That moved their record to 6-0 within the district.
As for HCA’s girls (12-0 overall, 5-0 2A-4), they cruised to wins over Ocala-Meadowbrook on Monday, 46-10, and Tampa-Citrus Park Christian on Tuesday, 59-17.

Lady Shark lifters cruise to county crown

December 14, 2016 - 20:25
Nature Coast's Sam Traudt starts with 135 pounds in the clean-and-jerk during Wednesday's county meet. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

WEEKI WACHEE – The Nature Coast girls weightlifting team took the first step toward what it hopes is another impressive postseason – and did so in convincing fashion.
The Lady Sharks set a new county record with 81 team points, dominating Wednesday’s Hernando County Championship Meet at Weeki Wachee.

Eagles just short of Kiwanis crown

December 11, 2016 - 01:26
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Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Springstead's Travis Williams tries to lock in a hold on Josh Hagan of Citrus during their 170-pound final on Saturday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – A total of 14 seasons have gone by since Bob Levija last guided the Springstead wrestling team through a regular-season tournament.
On Friday and Saturday at Hernando High, the Hall of Fame mentor was once again at the helm of the vaunted program he built and cultivated for 23 seasons, and the Eagles nearly hoisted a championship trophy in the process.
Springstead ended the 35th annual Kiwanis Invitational with 138 team points, an agonizing 1.5 behind first-place Tampa-Robinson at 139.5.

Sports notebook: Lady Hornets hand Hernando first loss

December 04, 2016 - 00:38

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Weeki Wachee's Taylor Miller goes up for a shot against the defense of Hernando's Kaitlyn Costa-White on Tuesday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

It was a busy week for the Weeki Wachee girls basketball teams, with four games on the slate. But in the process, the Lady Hornets picked up a big victory over a county rival.

Hernando takes second at Weeki Wachee

December 03, 2016 - 22:55

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Photo by Cheryl Clanton

WEEKI WACHEE – Outside of the last match, it was a pleasant weekend for Hernando at the Weeki Wachee Duals.
The Leopards opened the season by placing second in the two-day tournament, going 7-1 with the only loss at the very end against unbeaten Dover-Strawberry Crest.
“We’re excited. We have a really good dual team. It was fun to see it in action. They did really good across the board,” Hernando head coach David Pritz said. “That last team was just better than us, but we wrestled tough.

Sports notebook: Vonada staying on at Hernando

November 27, 2016 - 00:51

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Bill Vonada will return as Hernando's head football coach next season. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Turns out Hernando High won’t be in the market for a new head football coach after all. A week after Bill Vonada said he wouldn’t be back with the Leopards after three seasons, the school announced his return.
“We’re going to just do everything we can to move forward and put together the best program we can for the coming year,” Vonada said.
Out of respect to his players, Vonada declined to go into specific details about the chain of events that led him to temporarily leave the program.

Rough start for rebuilding Leopards

November 23, 2016 - 00:17

Photography by Matt Pfiffner, Citrus Chronicle

Hernando's Ygenio Booker drives to the basket between Crystal River defenders DeAndre Parker, left, and Josh Cole during Tuesday night's district game at Crystal River. Photo by Matt Pfiffner, Citrus Chronicle

CRYSTAL RIVER – Tuesday night’s season opener for the Hernando boys basketball team featured district opponents in opposite situations.
On one side of the court was host Crystal River, a district runner-up last season returning four of its five starters. Then there was visiting Hernando, with just one starter back from the 2015-16 campaign.
As such, the result was predictable, as the Pirates captured an 87-69 victory. But the Leopards could take solace that, following a rugged first quarter, they hung with their Class 6A, District 7 foe the rest of the way.

Sports notebook: Springstead athletes sign early

November 20, 2016 - 00:03

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Springstead softball player Kama Woodall, left, and volleyball libero Alondra Rodriguez celebrate their signings on Monday, with Springstead principal Carmine Rufa. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

On Monday, two Springstead seniors took advantage of the early signing period that ended on Wednesday to ink national letters of intent with their respective college choices.
For softball pitching ace Kama Woodall, the pick was Division I North Carolina State. Alondra Rodriguez, the volleyball team’s libero the past three seasons, will be attending Division II Rollins College in Winter Park.
Woodall transferred to Springstead last school year after leading St. Petersburg-Canterbury to back-to-back state titles in 2013-14, and to the Final Four in 2015.

Sports notebook: Lady Hornets to host regional final

October 30, 2016 - 00:46

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The Weeki Wachee volleyball team will host Ponte Vedra in a regional final on Tuesday night. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

For the second straight season, the Weeki Wachee volleyball team is headed back to the Elite Eight. This time, the Lady Hornets get to play it in their own gym.
On Tuesday at 7 p.m., they’ll host Ponte Vedra in the Class 6A, Region 2 final, a rematch of last year’s meeting in the same round, won by the host Sharks, 25-27, 25-19, 27-25, 25-13.

Sharks stave off Leopards, stay perfect

October 29, 2016 - 23:15

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Nature Coast's T.J. Owens carries the ball Friday night against Hernando. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

As scoring updates hit social media from Friday night’s Nature Coast-Hernando game, a few eyebrows surely raised.
For three quarters the visiting Leopards gave the unbeaten Sharks everything they could handle, but in the end couldn’t quite overcome their county and district rivals, as Nature Coast collected a 40-27 victory.

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