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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.

Sharks senior Willey hopes to go out strong

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Nature Coast senior Dakota Willey has gone 15-1 in singles play this season out of the No. 1 spot. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

On Wednesday, something happened to Dakota Willey and the Nature Coast boys tennis team that hadn’t all season. They lost. It took a private school out of Tampa with a traditionally stout program, Jesuit, to finally hand the Sharks their first loss of 2016, 7-0. Willey, their senior No. 1 singles player, also went down for the first time, falling to Gantt Meredith, 6-1, 6-1.

Sharks senior Willey hopes to go out strong

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Nature Coast senior Dakota Willey has gone 15-1 in singles play this season out of the No. 1 spot. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

On Wednesday, something happened to Dakota Willey and the Nature Coast boys tennis team that hadn’t all season. They lost.
It took a private school out of Tampa with a traditionally stout program, Jesuit, to finally hand the Sharks their first loss of 2016, 7-0. Willey, their senior No. 1 singles player, also went down for the first time, falling to Gantt Meredith, 6-1, 6-1.
“You never like to lose. But it’s not a big deal,” Willey said. “It happens to everybody sometimes. I’ll move on and learn from it.”

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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