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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.

Hernando County 2017 prep football wrap up

November 15, 2017 - 05:59

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast running back Zachary Powell

Last Friday’s results from the Class 5A region quarterfinals was the last couple of games for any Hernando County teams remaining. Between Hernando and Nature Coast, who had to travel on the road to Baker County High School, both teams left everything on the field in the final 48 minutes of their respective 2017 campaigns. 

Nature Coast to go on the road for the first round of the playoffs

November 06, 2017 - 18:17

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast before its game against Hernando

(Brooksville)- 157 miles separates Nature Coast Technical High School and Baker County High School in this Friday’s Class 5A, Region 2 quarterfinal matchup. 

The near three-hour long ride north up Interstate 75 to just off Interstate 4 is where the Sharks will meet their first round opponents in what looks to be a matchup between very similar teams. 

Baker County has won nine games in a row since losing 31-14 to St. Augustine back on Aug. 25. Since then, the Wildcats haven’t lost and have picked up impressive victories over Menendez, Clay and Dunnellon. 

Hernando prepares for first playoff appearance since 2012

November 06, 2017 - 18:08

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Hernando's Noah Batten running the ball against Central during the regular season

(Brooksville)- It has taken a full five seasons, but Hernando is finally back in the postseason. 

The last time the Leopards qualified for the FHSAA state playoffs was in 2012 under then coach Dwayne Mobley. The end result ended up being Hernando being ousted in the opening round 60-3 by Gainesville. Hernando isn’t looking to have a similar result occur when they welcome Green Cove Springs Clay into town Friday night for a Class 5A, Region 2 quarterfinal matchup. 

Hernando County sports notebook

November 01, 2017 - 17:37

Photography by Cheryl Clanton and Associated Press

San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida

Former NCT back Matt Breida scores 1st NFL touchdown 

From scoring touchdowns at Nature Coast Technical to Georgia Southern and now doing it in the National Football League, Matt Breida has now done it at the highest level. 

The former Sharks’ star running back scored his first NFL touchdown in the San Francisco 49ers’ 33-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday afternoon. Breida caught a 21-yard pass from 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard in the third quarter with 4:36 remaining, marking the former NCT back’s first of what is hopefully many more touchdowns to come. 

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. 

Game preview: Nature Coast at Hernando

October 22, 2017 - 22:57

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Hernando's David Hale Bronson running the ball

BROOKSVILLE- There hasn’t been a game in quite some time that’s quite caught the attention of prep football fans in Hernando County like Thursday night’s Class 5A, District 7 meeting between Hernando and Nature Coast at Tom Fisher Stadium. 

The last time Nature Coast lost to an in-county opponent was 2014 against Springstead in a 23-20 affair early in the regular season. Fast forward to 2017 and the Sharks are in a precarious spot after losing a crucial district contest to Inverness Citrus 37-27 on the road. It’s made this Thursday’s game that much more meaningful. 

Nature Coast volleyball finally seeing resurgence

October 19, 2017 - 17:02

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast senior Brooke Riddle

BROOKSVILLE- It seems like a decade since the last time Nature Coast Technical was in the Elite 8. 

If you tack on four years, it's nearly been 10 years since the Sharks went 25-3 in 2011 and were on the cusp of qualifying for states. But after that magical season the program suffered a steep drop off, going 26-74 during a four-year stretch between 2012 and 2015. 

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