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Sports notebook: Two county lifters win regional titles

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Central's Dominique Walker won a regional title at 199 pounds on Saturday, benching 320 pounds and lifting 260 in the clean-and-jerk for a 580 total. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

At least two Hernando County lifters are bound for states next month following Saturday’s Class 1A, Region 6 Meet at Belleview.
The winner of each weight division earned state berths, while the rest will wait to see if they receive at-large spots at the FHSAA Finals, taking place on April 8 at DeLand High.
For Central, senior Dominique Walker took first at 199 pounds, benching 320 pounds and lifting 260 in the clean-and-jerk for a 580 total. Walker actually tied with Austin Quandt from Citrus, but won due to weighing in four pounds lighter.

Springstead closer Marrone collects MVP

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Springstead closer Dominic Marrone warms up during Friday's Farm Bureau Classic final against Central. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – In four Farm Bureau Classic games this week, Springstead allowed a combined total of six runs.
No question then that the Eagles finished with the championship trophy in hand on the strength of their pitching staff. Yet the hurler deemed most valuable didn’t start a single contest.
Senior Dominic Marrone may not have recorded the first outs for Springstead, but he was on the mound for the final one throughout the entire tournament. For that, he was awarded MVP honors.

Springstead tops Central for first Farm Bureau title

Springstead's Kevin Tomas pitches against Central in Friday night's Farm Bureau Classic final. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – When Kevin Tomas arrived at Central’s baseball field for Friday night’s Farm Bureau Classic final, the Springstead junior didn’t know he’d be tapped to take the start.
It was hard to tell considering the way he pitched against the host Bears, as he struck out 10 over five solid innings and protected an early lead, allowing the Eagles to win this annual tournament for the first time, 4-2.

Sports notebook: County baseball teams stay busy over break

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Springstead's Dominic Marrone gets ready for a pitch in Wednesday's game against Nature Coast. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

With Hernando County public schools out for spring break this week, the sports schedule was relatively lite outside of Friday and Saturday’s Leopard Slam softball tournament.
Yet the county’s baseball teams still kept busy, all playing multiple games throughout the week.

Sports notebook: Nature Coast softball stays perfect

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Senior Abbey Primavera has been an ace on the mound for Nature Coast this season. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

So far this season, when the Nature Coast softball team gives up a run it seems like a big deal. Three weeks into the season, the Lady Sharks remain undefeated at 6-0.
On Tuesday, they thrashed Hudson, 17-2, in just five innings. Junior Chayse Skinner went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and five driven in, while Alanis Berrios and Cerina Brooks also had three hits, combining to score five runs and plate four. Alyssa Kelly, who also homered, and Celine Kordon added three runs batted in apiece.

Sports notebook: County wrestlers advance to states

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Hernando's Josh Hulse collected a regional championship on Saturday, winning at 120 pounds as the Leopards finished second in 2A-2. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

A week after both collected district championships, both Hernando and Springstead’s wrestling teams had to tangle with state title contenders in Friday and Saturday’s regional meets.
With that in mind, each squad had to be satisfied with its performance and all four Hernando County programs will have some representation at the FHSAA Finals next weekend at Kissimmee’s Silver Spurs Arena.

PHSC Womens Softball dominates in the JUCO Classic Tournament

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llinois Central College catcher Madyson Fox attempts to tag Emily Hollenbeck  as she slides across homeplate. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

The Pasco-Hernando State College women's softball team opened their 2017 season competing against Illinois Central College and Puerto Rican National Team for a double header tournament at Eddie Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater on January 27.

Teams from all over the country participated in the JUCO Classic Tournament. It’s an opportunity to compete against a diversity of talent and build skills.

“(We) really to try to get everyone in the mix and generate a team concept,” Head Coach Ryan said.

Hornets’ Cromie enters college football

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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.

PHSC Baseball uses the Fall Season to determine lineup, showcase skills

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PHSC Ryan Fatzinger pitches during the last two innings against Carrollwood Gators.

Since October 9th the PHSC baseball team has been hitting the field filling their 12 game Fall season schedule. November 13, against the Carrollwood Gators was their final game.

The Fall season gives the opportunity for freshman players to showcase their skills and potentially earn a starting position. Sophomore players fine tune and make adjustments, in hitting or field techniques, increasing their scouting potential for the upcoming Spring season.

Spring Hill’s Brosher catching on in Mets farm system

Brandon Brosher, Brooklyn Cyclones, photo submitted

A strong throwing arm, a large frame and power.

Those are the qualities Spring Hill native Brandon Brosher presented to the New York Mets, who selected him in the 36th round of the 2013 MLB draft. And while his abilities allowed him to stand out on the mound and at first base during his time at Springstead High School, the Mets had another idea.

The Mets liked the 6-foot-3 235-pounder -- behind the plate. When the Mets signed Brosher, they wanted to capitalize on his arm by converting him to catcher.

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