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  • North Suncoast district wrestling: Pasco edges Nature Coast

    BROOKSVILLE — Pasco got a fight right down to the end from Nature Coast, but for the second straight year the Pirates walked away with the Class A, District 6 championship. In front of a raucous crowd Saturday, the Pirates (163 points) beat the Sharks 163-157 on the strength of ...
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    Sun. Feb. 02, 2014 at 12:54 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Girls basketball: Gulf tops Land O'Lakes in 5A-8 final

    Dynasty is becoming a fitting word to describe Gulf’s run over the past decade. With eight postseason berths and seven district titles in the past 10 years, the Buccaneers have shown no signs of slowing. Gulf captured another district crown Friday, beating Land O’Lakes 57-38 at home in the Class ...
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    Fri. Jan. 31, 2014 at 10:20 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District girls basketball: No surprises as Seffner Christian cruises

    SHADY HILLS — Coming into the Class 3A, District 7 tournament, there was little doubt about which team was a significant favorite. Seffner Christian jumped out to a 16-0 lead following the opening tip-off Friday and never looked back on the way to a 73-14 victory over Carrollwood Day at ...
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    Fri. Jan. 31, 2014 at 9:10 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District girls basketball: Carrollwood Day earns first region berth

    SHADY HILLS —  Heading into the Class 3A, District 7 semifinals Thursday night at Bishop McLaughlin, Tampa Prep had to be confident. After all, the Terrapins were matched up with Carrollwood Day. Not only had they swept the Patriots in two previous meetings, but CDS had never qualified for the ...
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    Thu. Jan. 30, 2014 at 9:05 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Girls region soccer: Land O’Lakes shuts out Nature Coast

    Girls region soccer: Land O’Lakes shuts out Nature Coast BROOKSVILLE — Despite both Land O’Lakes and Nature Coast having perennial success as North Suncoast soccer powers, Tuesday night’s Class 3A region semifinal meeting was only the sixth in history. The Gators, who haven’t shown many flaws this season, continued their dominance, shutting out the Sharks 1-0. “We had our ...
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    Tue. Jan. 28, 2014 at 10:13 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Wrestling: Pasco wins SAC tournament crown

    HUDSON — It had been a long time since the Pasco wrestling team had held the Sunshine Athletic Conference championship trophy aloft. In fact, the Pirates have crowned four individual state champions since they last won the conference team title more than a decade ago. That drought ended Saturday as ...
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    Sun. Jan. 26, 2014 at 12:52 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • North Suncoast: District wrestling tournament preview

    North Suncoast: District wrestling tournament preview Class 2A, District 5 Where: Springstead High, Spring Hill When: Feb. 1 — First round, 9 a.m.; finals, 2 p.m. Teams: Belleview, Citrus, Ocala-Lake Weir, Lecanto, Springstead, Ocala-Vanguard Breakdown: Only Brandon and its three decades of district dominance compares locally to what Springstead has accomplished the past eight years. If ...
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    Sun. Jan. 26, 2014 at 12:48 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Boys district soccer: Short-handed Nature Coast falters in final

    Boys district soccer: Short-handed Nature Coast falters in final WEEKI WACHEE — The resiliency that made Nature Coast such a dangerous team this season wasn’t enough to capture the Class 3A, District 7 title Friday night. Playing one man down after a significant call early in the contest, the Sharks were overwhelmed 5-2 by Citrus at Weeki Wachee. As ...
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    Fri. Jan. 24, 2014 at 9:55 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Girls region soccer: Nature Coast maintains dominance vs. Sunlake

    BROOKSVILLE — With both Nature Coast and Sunlake returning to the postseason for consecutive seasons, only one would make a trip to the sweet 16. Thursday night in the Class 3A region quarterfinals, Nature Coast shut out the Seahawks 3-0 to stamp its ticket to the next round. “We weren’t ...
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    Thu. Jan. 23, 2014 at 10:20 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Boys district soccer: Nature Coast shocks No. 1 Springstead

    WEEKI WACHEE — For Springstead, it was déjà vu. For Nature Coast, there was no bigger result in program history. Fourth-seeded Nature Coast emerged with an improbable 2-1 victory against the top-seeded Eagles in Wednesday night’s Class 3A, District 7 semifinal to clinch a berth in regionals. The Sharks (12-11) ...
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    Wed. Jan. 22, 2014 at 10:44 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Boys basketball: Nature Coast settles in at the top of the district

    BROOKSVILLE — With first place in Class 5A, District 7 on the line, Wesley Chapel seemingly had Nature Coast right where it wanted it Tuesday night. While the Wildcats had gone 9-1 since losing to Nature Coast in mid-December, the Sharks suffered all six of their losses in that span. ...
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    Tue. Jan. 21, 2014 at 10:45 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Wrestling: Dixie Hollins maintains grip on Anclote Duals

    HOLIDAY — As many wrestlers begin to turn an eye toward the postseason, one of the final regular-season events that serves as preparation, the Anclote Challenge Duals, took place Saturday. For the second consecutive year, Dixie Hollins walked away with the title, besting the Gold Pool finalists of Wesley Chapel, ...
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    Sat. Jan. 18, 2014 at 11:29 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District soccer: Nature Coast survives PKs

    District soccer: Nature Coast survives PKs BROOKSVILLE — One season after winning the first district title in school history, Nature Coast walked away from the Class 3A, District 7 tournament with a second straight championship. It wasn’t nearly as easy as last year, but the Sharks fended off Hudson before winning 2-1 via penalty kicks. “Ideally, ...
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    Fri. Jan. 17, 2014 at 11:02 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Girls district soccer: Hudson, Nature Coast roll to 3A-7 final

    BROOKSVILLE — Hudson and Springstead split their two matches during the regular season, but watching Wednesday’s Class 3A, District 7 semifinal, that was far from evident. Led by star forward Dominique Cirnigliaro, the Cobras (20-4-1) dominated the Eagles (13-5-2) in a 4-1 victory to clinch a playoff berth and advance ...
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    Thu. Jan. 16, 2014 at 12:28 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Girls basketball: Nature Coast beats Pasco, wraps up 5A-7 top spot

    BROOKSVILLE — One month ago, Pasco handled Nature Coast pretty easily in Dade City. And after beginning Tuesday night’s rematch on a 7-1 run, it looked like not much had changed. The Pirates found out just how much has changed in the past five weeks when a quick 10-1 run ...
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    Tue. Jan. 14, 2014 at 10:25 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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