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  • 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

  • Softball: Nature Coast 4, Hernando 1

    BROOKSVILLE — The success just keeps coming for undefeated Nature Coast. One season after losing by one run in the district championship to their county rival, the Sharks completed a regular-season sweep of Hernando with a 4-1 win Tuesday night. “We’ve been slow starters in the first inning all season,” ...
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    Tue. March 03, 2015 at 11:25 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District wrestling: Springstead rules roost again

    The results were nothing new for Springstead, but the way it’s done never gets less impressive. The Eagles (425.5 points) nabbed their 11th consecutive district title on Saturday at Citrus, dominating the Class 2A, District 5 field, including runner-up Belleview (335). For Springstead, it was the 29th district championship in ...
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    Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 at 11:28 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District wrestling: Pasco wins third straight title

    BROOKSVILLE — Pasco wrestlers held up three fingers following Saturday’s Class A, District 6 tournament, signifying the Pirates three-peat of district titles. With 190.5 points, Pasco advanced 11 wrestlers to next weekend’s region tournament and led the field at Hernando from start to finish. Wesley Chapel (132) narrowed the gap ...
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    Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 at 11:23 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District wrestling: Jesuit repeats as champ

    TAMPA — Saturday’s Class 2A, District 8 championship for Jesuit marked the fourth in a row for the program. The host Tigers (232.5 points) won sizably over both Gaither (155.5) and Robinson (146) on the way to the title, qualifying 11 wrestlers for next weekend’s region tournament at Brandon. Four ...
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    Sat. Feb. 28, 2015 at 11:21 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • 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

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