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  • Baseball: Hernando 5, Springstead 2 (10 innings)

    SPRING HILL — It took a two-out double in the 10th inning, but Hernando was able to knock Springstead from the ranks of the unbeaten Thursday night.  The Leopards won the extra-inning thriller 5-2 on their county rivals’ home field in large part due to solid pitching and clutch hitting. ...
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    Thu. Feb. 26, 2015 at 10:49 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • New coach signals turnaround for Springstead’s baseball program

    New coach signals turnaround for Springstead’s baseball program SPRING HILL — Last season, a formerly successful Springstead High coach was ousted amid turmoil within the baseball program. With a new face leading the team, the Eagles look rejuvenated. Despite leading Springstead to its first and only region final appearance, Jim Diven’s contract was not renewed following the 2014 ...
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    Tue. Feb. 24, 2015 at 2:04 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Wrestling: Pasco takes SAC title

    TRINITY — On the strength of eight finalists, Pasco wrapped up a second straight Sunshine Athletic Conference title on Saturday. The Pirates finished with 211.5 points, easily distancing themselves from runner-up Wesley Chapel (186). “This is a big accomplishment,” Pasco coach Mark DeAugustino said, “but we’ve nowhere near peaked yet. ...
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    Sun. Feb. 22, 2015 at 12:12 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Baseball: Springstead 5, Central 2

    SPRING HILL — If Springstead was looking to recapture the success it attained only a couple seasons ago, the team took a big step toward that goal Friday night. On the shoulders of solid pitching and fielding, the Eagles toppled Central 5-2 to maintain its undefeated record. “It was big ...
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    Fri. Feb. 20, 2015 at 9:55 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region boys basketball: Dunedin 62, Nature Coast 56

    BROOKSVILLE — It had been 13 years since Dunedin had even qualified for the state playoffs and almost another 40 since the team had won a game when it got there. Those slumps all ended in an unlikely 62-56 victory over Nature Coast on Thursday night in the Class 5A ...
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    Thu. Feb. 12, 2015 at 11:58 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District boys basketball: Nature Coast 63, Zephyrhills 57

    BROOKSVILLE — As has been the case for most of the season, the teams vying for the Class 5A, District 7 championship Friday night started slowly. Once the shots began to fall, however, the competition was furious as Nature Coast captured its fourth consecutive district title in a 63-57 victory ...
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    Fri. Feb. 06, 2015 at 10:15 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region girls basketball: Nature Coast 60, River Ridge 41

    BROOKSVILLE — River Ridge came out shooting and put a scare into Nature Coast, but it wasn’t enough to snag the Royal Knights’ first state playoff victory. The Sharks took advantage of River Ridge’s streaky offense to land a 60-41 win Thursday night in a Class 5A region quarterfinal. “We ...
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    Thu. Feb. 05, 2015 at 9:32 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District boys basketball: Zephyrhills ousts Hernando in OT

    BROOKSVILLE — Zephyrhills spent the entire season with one goal in mind: getting back to the district final for the first time since 1998. The Bulldogs would not be denied. After splitting the regular-season series, Zephyrhills came back for an 80-77 overtime win over Hernando in the Class 5A, District ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 10:05 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • No drama for Christian Pellage; Nature Coast OT sticks with South Carolina

    No drama for Christian Pellage; Nature Coast OT sticks with South Carolina BROOKSVILLE – Nature Coast senior offensive tackle Christian Pellage made his college plans official Wednesday morning. Pellage, who had verbally committed to South Carolina in November, signed his scholarship with the Gamecocks. The four-star recruit decided to stick with his commitment even after a late recruiting push by Florida and ...
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    Wed. Feb. 04, 2015 at 10:57 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Two Central linebackers commit

    Central coach Chris Sands announced two Bears linebackers verbally committed to their respective college programs. John Templar chose Chadron State, a Division II  program in Nebraska. The Eagles went 8-3 last season and have been a powerhouse under Jay Long, who is heading into his fourth season as coach. Under ...
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    Tue. Feb. 03, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District girls basketball: Nature Coast 48, Central 37

    BROOKSVILLE — The first half saw some bumps in the road, but Nature Coast fittingly rebounded Friday night to capture the program’s sixth district title. The Sharks were down as many as seven points early, but a quality run before the half resulted in a 48-37 victory over Central in ...
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    Fri. Jan. 30, 2015 at 9:22 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region boys soccer: River Ridge 2, Nature Coast 1 (PKs)

    BROOKSVILLE — It almost came down to a costly foul call as time was winding down, but Nature Coast wasn’t willing to end it that way. In an overtime thriller, the Sharks came up just short Thursday night as River Ridge squeaked out a 2-1 victory in the Class 3A ...
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    Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 at 10:29 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District girls basketball: Nature Coast shakes off recent turmoil

    BROOKSVILLE — The preseason favorite for the Class 5A, District 7 crown, Nature Coast has been dealing with many obstacles over the past month. But the team looked as sharp as ever during Wednesday’s semifinals. The host Sharks stamped their ticket to the state playoffs, cruising to a 60-33 victory ...
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    Wed. Jan. 28, 2015 at 9:59 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District boys soccer: Universal Academy wins A-5 for first district title

    SPRING HILL — Things didn’t look promising for Universal Academy as the Class A, District 5 championship game closed in on halftime, but all of the momentum seemed to change on one long shot. In only their second season in district play, the Falcons captured the first district title in ...
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    Sat. Jan. 24, 2015 at 7:32 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District boys soccer: Nature Coast 1, Weeki Wachee 0

    BROOKSVILLE — Whoever won the Class 3A, District 7 championship game, history was going to be made. Neither team had ever won a district title. Nature Coast changed that with a 1-0 victory over Weeki Wachee on a rain-soaked field.   “I’ve been here for six years, and my goal ...
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    Fri. Jan. 23, 2015 at 11:24 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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