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  • Boys basketball: Nature Coast 51, Zephyrhills 50

    BROOKSVILLE — Andrew Parker is a third-year varsity player for perennial postseason contender Nature Coast. Tuesday night, he made the biggest shots of his career, helping the Sharks hold off upstart Zephyrhills 51-50 in a battle for Class 5A, District 7 supremacy. “We knew it was going to be that ...
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    Tue. Dec. 09, 2014 at 10:49 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Girls basketball: Nature Coast 53, Pasco 16

    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast maintained its undefeated mark and lead in Class 5A, District 7 in style. In front of its home crowd, the Sharks emerged with a dominant 53-16 victory over Pasco. Led by standout center Rita Jarque, who came in averaging 15 points, Nature Coast (7-1, 4-0) jumped ...
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    Fri. Dec. 05, 2014 at 10:46 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Girls basketball: Land O'Lakes 33, River Ridge 31

    NEW PORT RICHEY – In a game featuring two of the North Suncoast’s top scorers, it was a little surprising to see offense come at a premium. Whatever the strategy, Land O’Lakes continued its domination of River Ridge in a thrilling 33-31 victory Thursday night to extend its record against ...
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    Thu. Dec. 04, 2014 at 9:51 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Boys basketball: Nature Coast 69, Hernando 64 (OT)

    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast has been at the pinnacle of North Suncoast hoops for the past decade, but on paper, the team seemed vulnerable coming into this season. At the expense of their county and Class 5A, District 7 rival Hernando, the Sharks sent a message in their opener Friday ...
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    Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:43 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Orlando First Academy 42, Berkeley Prep 35

    ORLANDO — In Friday night’s Class 3A region semifinal showdown between Berkeley Prep and Orlando First Academy, neither team was a stranger to the postseason, and it showed. The Buccaneers jumped to what seemed like a commanding advantage but were stunned by a second-half Royals rally to lose 42-35 in ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:27 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Hernando 19, Springstead 17

    BROOKSVILLE — In his first season as coach at Hernando, Bill Vonada hadn’t experienced much success, but his players had shown growth. His team responded on Thursday night at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium as Vonada faced the team he coached for 15 years, and his former defensive coordinator, Springstead coach ...
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    Thu. Nov. 06, 2014 at 10:32 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Springstead 20, Land O‚ÄôLakes 7

    SPRING HILL — Playing without star running back Daniel Wright, who was lost for the rest of the season due to a torn MCL, the Eagles (6-3, 3-1) kept their playoff hopes alive with a 20-7 win over district foe Land O’Lakes (4-5, 1-3). With Sunlake also winning Friday night, ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:57 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Calvary Christian 35, St. Petersburg Catholic 14

    ST. PETERSBURG — In only his second season at the helm for Calvary Christian, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer tight end Todd Yoder has officially led the Warriors to the first playoff berth in school history. Play of the game: It didn’t take long for the Warriors (7-2, 2-1) to take ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:54 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Hudson 35, Anclote 21

    HUDSON — For a stretch Friday night, it looked as if Anclote was finally going to find a way into the win column. Battle-tested Hudson bounced back to hand the Sharks another loss in what has been a disappointing campaign. Play of the game: On the first play of the ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:47 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Hernando 29, Central 6

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando (2-6, 2-4) shrugged off a slow start to defeat its county rival convincingly Friday night at the Bear Den. Play of the game: After a scoreless first quarter, Hernando found the end zone on a 59-yard run by D’Angelo Fagin for a 7-0 advantage over the Bears ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:43 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District cross country: Gulf boys on top; Weaver romps

    BROOKSVILLE — In a repeat of last season, Gulf’s boys made their way to Nature Coast with their sights set on the Class 2A, District 7 title. A victory this year would be the fourth consecutive district championship for the Buccaneers. Much like last year, Gulf didn’t feature either of ...
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    Thu. Oct. 30, 2014 at 9:44 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Windermere Prep 52, Bishop McLaughlin 14

    WINDERMERE — Down 38-0 at halftime, the Hurricanes were well aware of how strong the opponent was that they were facing on Friday night on the road in Central Florida. Windermere Prep wound up beating Bishop McLaughlin 52-14. Play of the game: Windermere kick returner Michael Stones could have joined ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 12:53 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Zephyrhills 56, Hernando 34

    BROOKSVILLE — If there were any concerns about Zephyrhills looking ahead to next week’s Nine-Mile War rivalry game with Pasco, it didn’t show Friday night at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium during a 56-34 victory over Class 5A, District 6 opponent Hernando. After receiving the opening kickoff when the Leopards (1-6, ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 12:37 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Wesley Chapel 20, Anclote 13

    WESLEY CHAPEL — In a campaign full of improvement in the Wildcats program, Anclote is experiencing the opposite. The Sharks (0-8) had defeated Wesley Chapel (2-6) four consecutive times coming into Friday night’s contest, but the winless season continued for Anclote. A sloppy start left things up in the air ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 12:28 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Nature Coast 34, Forest 21

    BROOKSVILLE — Bouncing back from back-to-back losses to district foes South Sumter and Zephyrhills, the Sharks set the tone early to knock off the Wildcats. Both Forest and Nature Coast have been competitive, but difficult defeats derailed their promising seasons. Key drive: The opening drive featured a fourth-and-10 gutsy fake ...
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    Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 at 12:15 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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