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A Super Bowl rematch hopes to bring about another classic

February 04, 2018 - 12:48
The U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Super Bowl LII will be held.

The ambiance is evident, regardless of location in America. The drinks and food are being prepared, and in just five short days, the world will be tuned in to NBC to watch the biggest event of the year, the Super Bowl. Emanating from US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the second-year stadium has proven to have its share of big moments, none so bigger than the Minnesota Miracle just two weeks ago, when Stephon Diggs caught a 61-yard game-winning touchdown pass from Vikings quarterback Case Keenum to stun the visiting New Orleans Saints.

Eagles stay tough, never quit, finally get elusive win over NCT

January 19, 2018 - 10:11
#2 Randy Morgan

Coming into the game between Hernando County archrival schools Springstead and Nature Coast, Nature Coast head coach Dave Pisarcik joked that Springstead’s head coach Matthew McGarry always circled this game on the calendar because he hadn’t beaten NCT in a basketball game since 2009. And like all NCT-Springstead games, the Shark Tank was flooded with fans representing both sides, which made it clear that this game wasn’t any different than previous meetings.

That last statement is somewhat true, the only difference being how this contest ended.

Leopards’ Christmas tourney sees streaks end, barely continue

January 08, 2018 - 08:14

photography by Cheryl Clanton

Weeki Wachee players Shay Vazquez (20) and Seytia Hill (4)

Going into the Hernando Leopards Christmas tournament, which had a bracket for women’s and boys’ varsity basketball, unlike the Nature Coast tournament from last week had sixteen teams consisting of only boys’ varsity basketball. There were two teams that had undefeated streaks going into the tournament: The Nature Coast Sharks boys’ team and the Weeki Wachee Lady Hornets team. Both teams managed to make their ways to their respective bracket’s championship games, with NCT continuing their torrid streak of 60+ point games.

Déjà vu: Sharks 5th Christmas tourney has familiar champions

December 31, 2017 - 19:34

When Nature Coast first started their Christmas tournament five years ago, they lost a close finale to Tarpon Springs, 53-50. That was an eight-team tournament, and head coach Dave Pisarcik decided to up the ante by making subsequent tournaments 16-teams separated into two brackets. This was an overwhelming success, and coming into the fifth annual tournament, Pisarcik had some familiar faces come to the Shark Tank, including some former winners.

And after this tournament, it was safe to say that even in year 5, this tournament was just as action-packed as years past.

Day One of Fifth NCT Christmas Tourney sets tone for event

December 28, 2017 - 08:40

The air was electric in the Shark Tank on Wed. Dec. 27, 2017 as the Nature Coast Sharks welcomed in 15 teams spread across the state of Florida and one team from Georgia in their fifth annual Nature Coast Christmas Tournament. Every team that showed up had high hopes of being crowned a champion in either bracket, and some were returning champions defending their crown. The results of the first eight games are as follows:

Sharks attack the Pirates, continue December domination

December 24, 2017 - 11:53

photography by Cheryl Clanton

#3 Austin Rivera and #12 Dheron Barnes contesting a Crystal River shot.

When the Nature Coast Sharks and the Crystal River Pirates first met this season in Crystal River, Nature Coast saw a nine-point advantage slowly turn into a deficit, but still managed to defeat their opponents. So, when the teams matched up on Friday night, Nature Coast was attempting to continue their undefeated streak to start the season, while Crystal River was out for revenge.

And unlike the first matchup between these two 6A-7 powerhouses, this game was all Nature Coast from the beginning.

Sharks continue domination, soundly defeat rival Bears

December 17, 2017 - 15:10

photography by Cheryl Clanton

Coming into Friday night’s much anticipated rivalry game between the defending FHSAA Class 6A, District 7 Central Bears and the Nature Coast Sharks, the visiting Sharks weren’t just playing to reassert their dominance over the county. Rather, the visitors were also attempting to extend their winning streak to six games and their 35-point running clock streak to five games.

And after the game was over, safe to say both objectives were met and exceeded.

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.

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.

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