Hernando Christian Academy

Nature Coast sweeps county tennis invite

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Nature Coast's Sierra Remondelli serves during Friday's final day of the county invitational at Delta Woods Park. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The field wasn’t as complete as originally intended, but for the Nature Coast boys and girls tennis teams, what turned out be a county invitational this week proved a rewarding experience.
While the boys went down to the wire to edge Weeki Wachee, the Lady Sharks dominated two other county squads, as both captured first place in the tournament that was held Thursday and Friday at Delta Woods Park.

Lady Lions revel in district repeat

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HCA's girls basketball team celebrates after receiving the district championship trophy Friday night on its home court. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – This one felt different. A year ago, it was all new, collecting the first district championship in team history.
But on Friday night, Hernando Christian Academy’s girls basketball team still had plenty to celebrate. The Lady Lions took control in the second half and rolled to a repeat, downing Ocala-St. John Lutheran in the Class 2A, District 4 final on their own court, 41-32.

Sports notebook: Nature Coast hires new football coach

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Cory Johns

A football team that has gone a combined 22-2 the past two seasons figured to draw plenty of interest for its head coaching vacancy.
No surprise then that Nature Coast received over 80 resumes for its opening this past month, which the school filled this week with the hiring of Kissimmee-Liberty headman Cory Johns.
“It was one of those opportunities I couldn’t pass up,” Johns said. “I’m not into bouncing around. I’m looking for a place to be for a very long time, or at least as long as they’ll keep me. This place looked like it.

Sports notebook: Lady Sharks take second in region

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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.

Sports notebook: Springstead basketball going strong

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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.”

Lady Lions rolling as second half approaches

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Senior guard Cayla Phillips leads HCA at 14.8 points, 4.8 steals and 18 3-pointers. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Last season, Hernando Christian Academy’s girls basketball team put together its finest campaign, reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in team history.
Could the Lady Lions possibly piece together an encore performance? So far, they certainly have. HCA is enjoying a three-week holiday break, sitting at a perfect 12-0.

Sports notebook: HCA suffers heartbreak in state title game

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Hernando Christian Academy's six-man football team competes during Saturday's state championship game in Lakeland. Photo provided

Just 46 seconds separated Hernando Christian Academy’s six-man football team from a perfect season and a state championship Saturday night.
But the Lions ultimately returned home feeling the sting of disappointment, as Lakeland-Geneva Classical Academy scored late to pull out a 39-36 victory at Southeastern University’s Victory Field.
“I felt like our kids played as hard as they could. The breaks just went one way,” HCA head coach David Raley said. “Every aspect of our game played well. It was just two equally matched teams. They scored and time ran out.”

Sports notebook: Lady Hornets hand Hernando first loss

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Weeki Wachee's Taylor Miller goes up for a shot against the defense of Hernando's Kaitlyn Costa-White on Tuesday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

It was a busy week for the Weeki Wachee girls basketball teams, with four games on the slate. But in the process, the Lady Hornets picked up a big victory over a county rival.

Sports Notebook: HCA falls at FAMU

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HCA guard Cayla Phillips handles the ball during Tuesday's regional semifinal win against Ocala-St. John Lutheran. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Hernando Christian Academy’s girls basketball team knew it faced an uphill battle in Saturday night’s Class 2A, Region I final. Unfortunately for the Lady Lions, they were right. Traveling to Tallahassee to face defending state champion Florida A&M University Developmental Research School, HCA saw its finest season ever end with an 83-12 loss.

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