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  • Region baseball: Dunedin 2, Central 0

    BROOKSVILLE — Central came into Thursday night’s Class 5A region quarterfinal as one of the hottest teams in the Tampa Bay area. The stellar pitching of Dunedin’s Colton Widdows cooled the Bears off as the Falcons emerged with a 2-0 victory. “I just kept throwing strikes and let the defense ...
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    Thu. April 30, 2015 at 10:21 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District baseball: Cambridge Christian 10, Bayshore Christian 4

    BROOKSVILLE — Cambridge Christian had scored a combined two runs in two games against Bayshore Christian this season. The bats came alive Friday in a rematch for the Class 2A, District 7 championship at Hernando Christian. The Lancers struck early, with four runs in the first inning, and ended up ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 10:24 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District baseball: Central 14, Wesley Chapel 6

    BROOKSVILLE — Central wasn’t even expected to reach the state playoffs this season, but in Friday night’s Class 5A, District 7 championship game, the Bears laid it all on the table. It looked like Wesley Chapel’s game to lose early, but host Central got a huge surge offensively to capture ...
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    Fri. April 24, 2015 at 10:19 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District baseball: Wesley Chapel, Central pull upsets

    BROOKSVILLE — It will be an all-underdog championship game in the Class 5A, District 7 tournament. In the first semifinal Wednesday, Wesley Chapel narrowly topped Hernando 2-1 to earn its first playoff berth since the retirement of longtime coach Chuck Yingling. “Both pitchers threw outstanding,” Wesley Chapel coach Steve Mumaw ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:32 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region softball: Tarpon Springs 4, Hernando 2

    BROOKSVILLE — In only its third postseason appearance, Tarpon Springs came to Tom Varn Park motivated to pick up the school’s first state playoff win Wednesday night. The result was a 4-2 victory over perennial contender Hernando, which was hosting its third consecutive first-round game. “All the hard work paid ...
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    Wed. April 22, 2015 at 11:05 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • 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

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