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  • Region softball: Hernando bows out before state

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando was hosting a Class 5A region final a second straight season. And the Leopards were dominated from the start once again. Belleview jumped ahead in the first inning Monday afternoon, and with an offensive outburst, eventually dispatched Hernando 18-4 at Tom Varn Park. “Give Belleview credit,” Hernando ...
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    Mon. May 05, 2014 at 8:36 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region baseball: Sunlake edges Hernando

    BROOKSVILLE — It took seven seasons for Sunlake to break through and qualify for the state playoffs. Once there, the Seahawks showed they belonged. Thanks to a dominant performance on the mound and a few fielding miscues by Hernando, Sunlake left Emerson Field with a 2-1 victory in a Class ...
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    Wed. April 30, 2014 at 11:04 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region softball: Miscues no hindrance to Hernando

    BROOKSVILLE — Coming into the Class 5A region semifinals Tuesday night, the starting pitchers each had sub-1.00 earned-run averages. It wasn’t exactly the formula for a slugfest, but that’s what the crowd on hand saw. Hernando, qualifying for a second straight region final, overcame six errors to beat River Ridge ...
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    Tue. April 29, 2014 at 10:26 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District baseball: Bishop McLaughlin shakes off early deficit

    SPRING HILL — After a one-year absence, Bishop McLaughlin is headed back to the region playoffs. The berth comes after the Hurricanes defeated Carrollwood Day 5-3 Tuesday night in the Class 3A, District 7 semifinals. The Patriots (13-10) seemed to have things under control after jumping out to a 3-0 ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 10:19 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Soccer: Springstead's McDuff signs with West Alabama

    Springstead senior captain Haleigh McDuff has signed with the University of West Alabama in Livingston. The Division II program offered the standout midfielder a combination academic and athletic scholarship to cover her financial needs. McDuff helped the Eagles to a 13-5-2 record last season, despite a stretch where the team ...
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    Tue. April 22, 2014 at 4:19 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District softball roundup: Hernando survives late Nature Coast rally

    District softball roundup: Hernando survives late Nature Coast rally BROOKSVILLE — Two state-ranked foes put on a show Thursday night in the Class 5A, District 7 championship game at Tom Varn Park. After splitting the season series, Hernando bested Nature Coast 6-5 despite a final-inning scare. “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” Hernando coach Kevin Bittinger said. “Things ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 11:13 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District softball roundup: Nature Coast, Hernando set up anticipated final

    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast and Hernando have been on a collision course since the season began. Wednesday, they officially set up a meeting in the Class 5A, District 7 final. The Sharks defeated Zephyrhills 7-1 and Hernando beat Central 4-1 in the semifinals at Tom Varn Park. They meet at ...
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    Thu. April 17, 2014 at 12:21 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District track: Nature Coast sweeps 2A-7

    BROOKSVILLE — For the third consecutive season, Nature Coast came into the district meet with brooms in hand. And the girls and boys swept Class 2A, District 7 on Friday at Central. Ridgewood, which finished with 112 points, took control of the boys meet in the field events. But the ...
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    Sat. April 12, 2014 at 12:44 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region tennis: Springstead makes history

    BROOKSVILLE — A day after winning the first region match it its 33-year history, host Springstead advanced to state by beating Ocala Forest 4-3 in a Class 3A region final at Delta Woods Park on Thursday. “For three years, we’ve gotten closer and closer, qualifying for regionals,” Eagles senior Hank ...
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    Fri. April 11, 2014 at 12:39 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region tennis: Springstead reaches rare region final

    SPRING HILL — For the first time in 34 years, the Springstead boys tennis team will compete for a region tennis title and a trip to the state tournament. The Eagles won four of five singles matches to clinch their matchup against Orlando Edgewater at Delta Woods Park in the ...
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    Thu. April 10, 2014 at 12:06 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • 2A region tennis: NCT boys advance; Fivay swept

    BROOKSVILLE — For the fourth time in school history, Nature Coast will be returning to the Class 2A region finals after sweeping Gulf on Wednesday afternoon. In the first meeting between the programs since last year, the Sharks won all seven matches. Nature Coast last won a region title in  ...
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    Wed. April 09, 2014 at 7:29 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Softball: Hernando outduels Nature Coast

    Softball: Hernando outduels Nature Coast BROOKSVILLE — For the first game and five innings between Nature Coast and its rival, the Sharks seemed to have done what no other team could: Solve Hernando. But on Senior Night at Tom Varn Park, the Leopards would not be denied and finally overcame Nature Coast, 5-2. “It’s a ...
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    Fri. April 04, 2014 at 10:25 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District tennis: Springstead boys lock 3A-5 title

    LECANTO — Heat took a toll on the competitors at the Class 3A, District 5 tournament at Lecanto, forcing some players out and forcing the double final to be moved to today, but Springstead clinched its second consecutive boys title anyway. The Eagles reached the finals in each one of ...
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    Wed. April 02, 2014 at 9:05 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District tennis: Nature Coast boys, Pasco girls clinch crowns

    CRYSTAL RIVER — For the sixth consecutive season, Nature Coast’s boys will be returning to regionals. And after dethroning Pasco, the Sharks captured their fourth district title in that span. Nature Coast dominated the field Tuesday to take home the Class 2A, District 7 championship 19-14. Pasco and Nature Coast ...
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    Tue. April 01, 2014 at 7:17 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • SAC track: Land O‚ÄôLakes boys, girls win

    HOLIDAY — For the first time in six years, Wiregrass Ranch is not the top program in Pasco County girls track and field. The Bulls were knocked off their dominant perch by Land O’Lakes in convincing style Monday in the 24th annual Sunshine Athletic Conference championship meet at Anclote. The ...
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    Mon. March 31, 2014 at 11:40 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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