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Sports notebook: Lady Sharks take second in region

January 22, 2017 - 01:33

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Nature Coast's Samantha Traudt, front, along with (standing from left) Kaitlyn Pierce, Coach Nikki Pierce and Jouie Miller celebrate the trio of lifters' first-place showings and the team's second-place finish at Saturday's regional meet. Photo provided

Nature Coast’s girl weightlifting team continued its march toward the state meet on Saturday, at the Class 1A, Region 5 Meet hosted by Belleview.
The Lady Sharks, hoping to compete for a state crown after finishing as the runners-up a year ago, took second in this meet to Ocala-Lake Weir, 38-42.

Springstead, Weeki Wachee go down in semis

January 19, 2017 - 01:49

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Springstead's Sasha Garcia, right, battles with Wesley Chapel's Raegan Bourne for control of the ball on Wednesday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

WEEKI WACHEE – The Hernando County girls soccer season came to an early close, as the last two local squads alive went down in the Class 3A, District 7 semifinals on Wednesday night.
Still, both teams seemed more upbeat than not with the way their seasons played out considering their respective circumstances.
In the early match at Weeki Wachee, third-seeded Springstead took second-seeded Wesley Chapel to overtime before losing, 2-1. The host Lady Hornets followed with a 6-1 loss to top seed Pasco.

Lady Shark lifters earn district repeat

January 13, 2017 - 01:04

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Nature Coast's girls weightlifting team celebrates with its district championship trophy and medals after Wednesday's 1A-10 Meet at Weeki Wachee. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast’s girls weightlifting team has high aspirations this postseason, and took its first step toward achieving its goals on Wednesday.
The Lady Sharks, state runners-up in 2016, captured their second straight district championship, advancing a school-record 17 lifters to regionals and blowing away the rest of the field in the Class 1A, District 10 Meet at Weeki Wachee.

Sports notebook: Springstead basketball going strong

January 08, 2017 - 01:47

Boys basketball photo submitted, Girls basketball photography by Cheryl Clanton

Springstead's boys basketball celebrates after winning the Springstead New Year's Shootout on Tuesday. Photo submitted

It has been a solid season for the Springstead boys and girls basketball teams, and they both got off to a strong start in 2017.
In the middle of the week, the boys held the second annual Springstead New Year’s Shootout, and the Eagles came away with a championship trophy.
“It’s a huge accomplishment, especially because we’re such a young team. We have five juniors and two sophomores playing bigtime minutes,” Springstead head coach Matthew McGarry said. “Any time you go into a tournament and win it, it’s good for the future.”

Hornets’ Cromie enters college football

January 07, 2017 - 00:45

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Weeki Wachee quarterback Alec Cromie signs his full scholarship with Tennessee-based Tusculum College on Wednesday. He was joined by, from left, girlfriend Arianna Doyle, mother Alice Mellecker and father Brett Cromie. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The school year may only be half over, but for Alec Cromie the next step has already arrived.

Now a Weeki Wachee High graduate, Cromie will spend the weekend settling into his new digs at Tusculum College in Tennessee. The top statistical quarterback in Hernando County history officially signed with the Division II school on Wednesday and has already arrived on campus.

Shorthanded Hornets struggle at Citrus

December 23, 2016 - 23:52

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Weeki Wachee competed at Citrus High's Rob Hermann Hurricane Cup Duals on Thursday and Friday. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

INVERNESS – For Weeki Wachee’s wrestling team, Thursday and Friday’s Rob Hermann Hurricane Cup Duals at Citrus High wasn’t about wins and losses.
In that department, it didn’t go very well for the Hornets, as they finished the tournament in last place at 0-9. But there’s considerable context. Thanks to Christmas vacation, Weeki Wachee was missing several wrestlers. The lineup was essentially a mixture of varsity and junior varsity teams, and five weight classes were empty.

Lady Leopards finally win home tourney

December 22, 2016 - 02:08

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Hernando's Ali Bronson handles the ball during Wednesday's Hernando Holiday Classic final against Weeki Wachee. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – For seven years Hernando girls basketball coach Kevin Bittinger has run the Hernando Holiday Classic. But Wednesday, as the three-day tournament came to an end, brought something new.
For the first time, the host Lady Leopards found themselves hoisting the championship trophy, as they knocked off county-rival Weeki Wachee in overtime of the championship game, 45-38.

Sports notebook: Sharks, Lady Lions stay unbeaten

December 17, 2016 - 20:59

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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.

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