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  • District softball: Hernando upsets Nature Coast

    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast was the heavy favorite to win the first district title in school history Friday, but Hernando had other plans. In a season in which the Sharks swept the Leopards in the regular season and didn’t lose a Class 5A, District 7 game, Nature Coast was toppled ...
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    Fri. April 17, 2015 at 5:09 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District softball: Hernando wins a wild one over Zephyrhills

    BROOKSVILLE — After drilling two homers — a grand slam by Stephanie Mesiemore and a solo shot by Lindsey Hupp — Zephyrhills had to be confident in its chances to advance from the Class 5A, District 7 semifinals on Wednesday at Nature Coast. Hernando refused to give in to the ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 11:47 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District softball: Carrollwood Day 13, Tampa Prep 6 (8 innings)

    SPRING HILL — Carrollwood Day is returning to regionals for the third consecutive season, but this berth is likely the most surprising. After going through the regular season with a modest four wins, the Patriots entered the Class 3A, District 7 semifinals having dropped four of their past five games. ...
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    Tue. April 14, 2015 at 6:48 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region tennis roundup: Hernando girls reach region in 2A tennis

    BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando girls advanced to the second round of Class 2A regionals for the second straight season, beating Tarpon Springs 6-1 on Tuesday. Grace Curren (16-1), a two-time district champion, defeated Lynnsey Crun 6-4, 6-2, at No. 1 singles. The lone team point to go Tarpon Springs’s way ...
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    Tue. April 07, 2015 at 11:54 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Springstead wrestling coach Sal Basile steps down

    Springstead wrestling coach Sal Basile steps down  SPRING HILL — Sal Basile has been a contributor to the success of Springstead wrestling since he placed at state for the Eagles in 1993. Citing family obligations with the oldest of his three sons about to enter high school, Basile decided Thursday to step away from the elite program ...
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    Fri. April 03, 2015 at 4:34 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Softball: Nature Coast tops Hernando in Leopard Slam consolation game

    BROOKSVILLE — While Coral Springs Charter was capturing the fourth annual Leopard Slam championship on the main field in a 5-0 win over South Sumter, defending champion Hernando was fighting for third place in its own tournament. The Leopards squared off against county rival Nature Coast in the consolation final, ...
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    Sun. March 22, 2015 at 12:56 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Farm Bureau Classic final: Bishop McLaughlin 11, Mitchell 2

    WEEKI WACHEE – At the beginning of the season, Bishop McLaughlin coach Jeff Swymer preached that the Hurricanes’ main goal was to make it to JetBlue Stadium in Fort Myers for the state championship game.  After an impressive 11-2 victory over Mitchell in the second annual Farm Bureau Classic final ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Baseball: Mitchell 2, Fivay 0

    BROOKSVILLE — Once he hurdled an early obstacle, Mitchell hurler Jakob Mattos cruised through his outing on Thursday night. With their freshman ace on the mound, the Mustangs shut out Fivay 2-0 in the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic semifinals at Central. For Mattos, it was his second complete game and ...
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    Fri. March 20, 2015 at 12:18 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • State wrestling: Springstead finishes as runnerup in 2A

    State wrestling: Springstead finishes as runnerup in 2A KISSIMMEE — It wasn’t what the team was hoping for, but placing as the runnerup in Class 2A to Brandon is nothing to sneeze at. Springstead excelled once again at the state meet, scoring 115 points to finish second to 26-time champion Brandon (177), bringing home yet another trophy from ...
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    Sat. March 14, 2015 at 9:59 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • State wrestling: Brandon leads Class 2A

    KISSIMMEE — Wrestling royalty in this state has included Brandon for the better part of three decades, and going into the second day at the FHSAA Championships, it looks like nothing much has changed. In search of a 26th team title and 15th in a row, the Eagles lead the ...
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    Sat. March 14, 2015 at 12:21 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • State wrestling: Springstead sends five to semifinals

    KISSIMMEE — Over the past six years, Springstead has never left the FHSAA Wrestling Championships with a finish lower than third place, including three state titles. After the first day, the Eagles are in position to stretch that string of success for another season. In the tournament's first year at ...
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    Sat. March 14, 2015 at 12:19 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • State wrestling preview: Springstead's Conor Ross hungry for title

    State wrestling preview: Springstead's Conor Ross hungry for title SPRING HILL — The last time Conor Ross was on the mat in the state wrestling tournament was two years ago. The Springstead senior seemed destined to win a state title after runnerup and third-place finishes, respectively, as a freshman and sophomore. Older brother Cody, the all-time leader in wins ...
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    Thu. March 12, 2015 at 6:57 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Baseball: River Ridge 10, Sunlake 0

    NEW PORT RICHEY - Ever since dropping the season opener to Fivay, River Ridge has been on a roll. That hot streak continued Tuesday night as the Knights shut out Sunlake via the 10-run rule, 10-0 in six innings. With Rocco Iervasi on the mound, River Ridge (8-1, 6-1) shut ...
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    Tue. March 10, 2015 at 10:40 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region wrestling: Dunedin prevails, Tampa Prep second in A-3

    Locked in a three-way battle for much of the two-day tournament, Dunedin took home the Class A, Region 3 championship Saturday at Lakeland Tenoroc. It was Dunedin's first-ever region title. The Falcons (168 points) defeated runnerup Tampa Prep (134) by a solid margin. Defending region champion Mariner (73.5) placed seventh ...
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    Sat. March 07, 2015 at 10:23 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region wrestling: Pasco places second in A-2

    The depth in Green Cove Springs for the Class A, Region 2 championships was obvious from the get-go, as host Clay and Lake Highland Prep distanced themselves in the team competition. For the third straight season, Lake Highland Prep (206 points) eventually snagged the title by almost 40 points over ...
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    Sat. March 07, 2015 at 10:15 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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