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  • Track: Nature Coast boys, girls sweep Hornet Invitational

    Track: Nature Coast boys, girls sweep Hornet Invitational WEEKI WACHEE — Nature Coast continued its North Suncoast dominance with a sweep of the boys and girls team titles Thursday at the Hornet Invitational. Weeki Wachee hosted the 11-team meet because Hernando’s track wasn’t suitable because of wear. The Sharks boys (144.5 points) took first over runnerup Springstead (95) ...
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    Thu. March 13, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • TracK: Nature Coast girls repeat at Anclote Invitational

    HOLIDAY — Nature Coast has dominated the Anclote Invitational over the past two years, but in Friday’s fourth annual edition, the Sharks faced some very difficult competition. But though they won only three events, the Sharks (101.5 points) still won the girls meet for the third consecutive time, edging runnerup ...
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    Sat. March 08, 2014 at 1:12 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Times’ all-North Suncoast wrestling team

    Times’ all-North Suncoast wrestling team Wrestler of the Year: Mike McDonald, Jr., Springstead Why we picked him: Not only was McDonald (44-0) the lone undefeated state champion on the North Suncoast, he was the lone undefeated wrestler in the area much of the season. And he notched an impressive comeback at state. He was down ...
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    Fri. March 07, 2014 at 3:27 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Baseball: Pasco strikes early vs. Central

    BROOKSVILLE — Even though Pasco was matching up with a difficult Central squad on the road and positioned against ace Trevor McKenna, Pirates coach Patrick Fortunato felt confident enough in freshman starter Corey Mills to put him on the mound. That faith paid off as Mills outdueled McKenna in a ...
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    Tue. March 04, 2014 at 10:57 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Track: Wiregrass boys, East Lake girls prevail in Mitchell Invite

    TRINITY — Cold weather didn’t seem to hinder the times of the athletes in Friday night’s sixth annual Mitchell Invitational. Wiregrass Ranch took the boys’ crown with 82 points and strong performances in the middle-distance events. Robert Rodriguez nabbed the lone individual event title for the Bulls with his first-place ...
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    Fri. Feb. 28, 2014 at 11:32 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Baseball: Hernando rallies past Springstead

    SPRING HILL — Tuesday night’s game showed why Hernando coach Tim Sims believes there is something special about this particular Leopards team. Hernando maintained its undefeated record with a 6-4 victory over Springstead despite being only one strike away from its first loss. “This group likes playing baseball,” Sims said. ...
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    Tue. Feb. 25, 2014 at 11:16 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region boys basketball: Nature Coast vs. Eastside

    Region boys basketball: Nature Coast vs. Eastside Nature Coast (24-7) at Gainesville Eastside (23-6) What: Class 5A region final When/where: 7 p.m. Saturday; Eastside High School, 1201 Southeast 43rd St., Gainesville Directions: I-75 North; take Exit 374 to State Road 20 W (Southeast 13th Ave.) Skinny: This marks the fifth straight trip to the postseason for the ...
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    Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 at 11:47 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region boys basketball: Options aplenty for Nature Coast

    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast was a good team all season, but over the past couple games, the Sharks have learned that the addition of Rohan Blackwood makes them a great team. After falling to Tarpon Springs in a close game earlier this season, Nature Coast dominated the Spongers from the ...
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    Tue. Feb. 18, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • State wrestling: Springstead finishes third

    State wrestling: Springstead finishes third LAKELAND — For all of the talk of it having a down season, Springstead put up quite a showing at the state wrestling tournament this weekend. Even with the addition of perennial champion Brandon to the Class 2A field, the Eagles finished third with 89.5 points Saturday. Brandon won its ...
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    Sat. Feb. 15, 2014 at 9:51 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • State wrestling: Pinellas has 15 wrestlers active for Day 2

    LAKELAND — Last year Pinellas County was represented by only eight wrestlers in the semifinals of the FHSAA Championships. While three of those representatives ended up with gold around their necks, the crop headed for the semifinals this year is far larger. In today’s action, 15 competitors from Pinellas will ...
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    Sat. Feb. 15, 2014 at 12:22 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • State wrestling: Brandon closes in on another championship

    LAKELAND — With a 25th team title and 14th championship in a row all but clinched for Brandon, the focus has turned to individual accolades for the dominant Eagles. A tournament-high 10 wrestlers clinched semifinal berths in Class 2A for Brandon (101.5 points), led by Dylan Lucas (132 pounds). “The ...
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    Fri. Feb. 14, 2014 at 11:52 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • State wrestling: Springstead advances four, leads North Suncoast contingent

    LAKELAND — Each of the past five years, Springstead has left the Lakeland Center at least among the top five programs in the state, including three consecutive state titles. That streak might be in jeopardy. The Eagles had only four wrestlers in the championship bracket after Day 1 of the ...
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    Fri. Feb. 14, 2014 at 9:50 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • North Suncoast state wrestling preview

    North Suncoast state wrestling preview A look at the North Suncoast teams and wrestlers who hope to find their way to the podium at this weekend's state wrestling tournament in Lakeland: State assignments Class 2A: Fivay, Land O'Lakes, River Ridge, Springstead, Wiregrass Ranch Class A: Anclote, Central, Gulf, Hernando, Hudson, Nature Coast, Pasco, Weeki Wachee, ...
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    Thu. Feb. 13, 2014 at 12:47 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region wrestling: Springstead finishes third

    Springstead has dominated over the past four seasons with three state titles and a runnerup finish to go with four region titles. But this season, the Eagles welcomed perennial powerhouse Brandon back into its region. The Class 2A, Region 2 meet at Brandon was nicknamed the “Region of Doom,” and ...
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    Sat. Feb. 08, 2014 at 10:23 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region wrestling: Pasco qualifies three

    The depth at Green Cove Springs Clay for the Class A, Region 2 meet was obvious from the get-go as the host and Orlando Lake Highland Prep distanced themselves. Lake Highland (207 points) won by 20 over Clay (187), but Pasco continued a strong postseason with a third-place finish. The ...
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    Sat. Feb. 08, 2014 at 10:06 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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