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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.

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.

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.

Sharks streak broken by Hurricanes, 5A-7 to be decided this week

October 22, 2017 - 11:45

photography by CHERYL CLANTON
cheryl@hernandosun.com

FILE PHOTO: NCT quarterback Fabian Burnett warms up prior to game against Lecanto 10/13/17

Going into a district matchup against Citrus High School on their field, the Nature Coast Sharks knew ahead of time that a win tonight would not only eliminate the Hurricanes from title contention, but would also set up a showdown with undefeated Hernando next Thursday night for the FHSAA Class 5A-7 district championship. Nature Coast went into this game riding on a district winning streak dating back to 2014, the first season for former head coach Justin Worden.

Sharks survive scare, continue county dominance

October 05, 2017 - 20:38

photography by Cheryl Clanton

NCT offense lines up against Central defense on Oct. 3, 2017.

Hurricane Irma’s wrath over the state of Florida caused a hefty amount of games to be either cancelled or rescheduled across the North Suncoast area. One of those games was an early 5A-7 district matchup between the Nature Coast Sharks and the Central Bears, who are two premier programs in the county.

The rescheduling was only the beginning of what would transpire inside the “Bear Den” Tuesday night.

Sharks overcome penalties, keep winning streak alive

September 26, 2017 - 09:35

photography by Cheryl Clanton

Sophomore quarterback Fabian Burnett in action against Crystal River on Sept. 22, 2017

High school football was in full swing Friday night as the Nature Coast Sharks returned to the Shark Tank in Brooksville to welcome district opponent Crystal River in the Sharks’ first game since Hurricane Irma cancelled two weeks of games. Nature Coast, who had previously defeated South Sumter 33-7, was looking to extend its Hernando County record of 23-straight regular season wins.

It did not come easily, as Crystal River (0-5) came ready to play spoiler.

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