boys weightlifting

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.

Central lifters earn district hardware

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Central's Dominique Walker finished second at 199 in Monday's district meet, with a 315-255--570. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Last week, the Central boys weightlifting team was on the outside looking in as Hernando and Springstead tied for first place in the county meet.
But this week, it was the Bears taking home a trophy, finishing as the runner-up in Monday’s Class 1A, District 11 Meet at Weeki Wachee. Though Citrus ran away with the team title at 91 points, Central edged Hernando, 29-28.

Eagle, Leopard lifters share county crown

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Central's Dominique Walker benched 315 pounds and finished with a meet-best 570 total in Wednesday's county meet at Weeki Wachee. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

iWEEKI WACHEE – Coming into Wednesday’s boys weightlifting county meet, there was much uncertainty about just which team was the county’s finest.
By the time things wrapped up in the Weeki Wachee gym, there remained plenty of confusion. In an unprecedented turn of events, both Hernando and Springstead tied atop the team standings with 64 points apiece.

Sports notebook: Springstead softball lives up to top seed

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Springstead's Leah Grant slides into home during Wednesday's 6A-6 semifinal versus Lecanto. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Having lost only one game all regular season, and gone 10-0 in district play, it came as no shock that Springstead’s softball team won the Class 6A, District 6 Tournament as the top seed on its home field this week.
But the Lady Eagles are trying not to take anything for granted as they embark on a promising postseason run, so they appreciated Thursday’s 3-0 victory over Crystal River in the district title tilt.

Sports notebook: Three tennis teams finish first in district

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Nature Coast's Hunter Schwefringhaus (right) and Dakota Willey team up in No. 1 doubles competition at the 2A-7 Tournament in Crystal River. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

This week’s district tennis tournaments proved fruitful for Hernando County’s prep squads, as three of them collected championship trophies and moved on to regionals next week.
Crystal River played host to the Class 2A, District 7 Tournament for both boys and girls, with action extending into a third day after heavy rained washed away many of Tuesday’s scheduled matches.
By Thursday, the Nature Coast boys and Hernando girls had laid claim to district crowns. The Sharks cruised to the title, locking up first place before finals even began late Wednesday.

Sports notebook: Springstead reaches Farm Bureau semis

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Springstead battled Bishop McLaughlin on its home field Tuesday night during the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

It was a busy week for Hernando County’s prep baseball programs, as they played host to the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic. The five-day long tournament came to an end on Friday night, with Mitchell defeating South Sumter in the final at Hernando’s Emerson Field, 2-1.

Among the county schools, Springstead came within a game of reaching the championship contest, falling to South Sumter in a semifinal on the Eagles’ field on Thursday, 6-5 on a walk-off in the seventh inning. Springstead (14-4) had defeated Wesley Chapel on Monday, 11-1, and Bishop McLaughlin on Tuesday, 3-1.

Central’s Cooper earns county repeat

Central senior Ben Cooper won his second straight county weightlifting title at 119 pounds Wednesday at Springstead. Photo by Chris Bernhardt Jr.

For Ben Cooper, it truly has been better late than never. He hasn’t been on the county boys weightlifting scene long, yet he has managed to make sizable impact. On Wednesday March 9 at the Springstead gym, the Central senior captured first place at 119 pounds in the Hernando County Championship Meet, with a 180-pound bench press and 120 clean-and-jerk for a 300 total.

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