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  • 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’Lakes 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

  • Baseball: Hernando shuts out Springstead

    BROOKSVILLE — The first time Springstead and Hernando met this season, the Leopards narrowly escaped with a comeback win in the final inning. The second meeting, Friday night, wasn’t as close. Hernando beat the Eagles 5-0 behind a solid performance on the mound from Kyle Kilbourne. “Kyle had his changeup ...
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    Sat. March 29, 2014 at 12:12 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Track: Sunshine Athletic Conference meet preview

    Sunshine Athletic Conference meet Where: Anclote High When: Saturday. Field events, 10 a.m.; preliminaries, noon; running finals, 2 p.m. Teams: Anclote, Fivay, Gulf, Hudson, Land O’Lakes, Mitchell, Pasco, Ridgewood, River Ridge, Sunlake, Wesley Chapel, Wiregrass Ranch, Zephyrhills 2012-13 girls champion: Wiregrass Ranch 2012-13 boys champion: Land O’Lakes Skinny: With solid ...
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    Thu. March 27, 2014 at 8:46 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Softball: Hernando beats River Ridge for Leopard Slam title

    BROOKSVILLE — River Ridge has posed a large obstacle for Hernando over the past four years. In Saturday’s championship of the third annual Leopard Slam, the Leopards overcame their rival in dramatic fashion. Tana McDaniel’s walkoff double in the eighth inning gave Hernando a 2-1 victory over the Royal Knights ...
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    Sat. March 22, 2014 at 11:49 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Leopard Softball Slam: River Ridge, Hernando reach semifinals

    BROOKSVILLE — After a long day of softball at the Leopard Slam featuring several of the state’s premiere programs, two bay area teams find themselves in today’s semifinals. Hernando battled through Friday and will play Citrus, while River Ridge advanced to face Plantation American Heritage for a berth in tonight’s ...
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    Sat. March 22, 2014 at 12:32 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Pasco-Hernando Classic: Day 1 at Weeki Wachee

    At Weeki Wachee Scores Springstead 12, Zephyrhills 1 Wiregrass Ranch 14, Weeki Wachee 1 (five innings) Pitchers of the day Springstead right-hander Ryan Keith went the distance, striking out six, walking three and surrendering only one earned run and four hits. He also hit four batters in his first start ...
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    Tue. March 18, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • 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

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