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  • Weeki Wachee: 2014 football preview

    Weeki Wachee: 2014 football preview Weeki Wachee Coach: Mark Lee (third season, 6-14) Last season: 3-7 Class/district: 5A-6 Colors: Dark green, silver and black Stadium: Hornets Nest. 12150 Vespa Way, Weeki Wachee Playoff appearances: None Season schedule Aug. 29 vs. Interlachen, 7:30 Sept. 5 at Springstead, 7:30 Sept. 12 vs.  Hudson, 7:30 Sept. 19 at ...
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    Sat. Aug. 09, 2014 at 6:08 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Central: 2014 football preview

    Central: 2014 football preview Coach: Chris Sands (first season) Last season: 0-10 Class/district: 5A-6 Colors: Blue and silver Stadium: Bears Den, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville Playoff appearances: 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006 Last appearance: Lost 21-20 to Daytona Beach Seabreeze. Season schedule Aug. 29 at Hudson, 7:30 Sept. 5 at The Villages, ...
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    Sat. Aug. 09, 2014 at 3:09 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Spring football: Springstead 31, Anclote 7

    at Holiday Springstead 31, Anclote 7 Spring game-breakers: Daniel Wright picked up right where he left off last season for the Springstead offense. After battering the Anclote defensive line in the first half, he broke off big runs in the second half, finishing with 29 carries, 133 yards and three ...
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    Thu. May 22, 2014 at 11:57 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Ernie Chatman calling it a career

    Long-time Hernando County prep fixture Ernie Chatman, 64, is retiring after spending the past two seasons as Nature Coast softball coach. He went 37-18 with the Sharks and led the program to only its second postseason appearance. “You reach the age that I’m at and the time comes when you ...
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    Wed. May 21, 2014 at 2:34 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Springstead focuses on line losses

    HomeTeam Huddle: Springstead focuses on line losses SPRING HILL — So many prep teams have an outside-in philosophy. They look for talented skill position players and game breakers before addressing needs in the trenches. The glamour positions have never been a priority for Springstead. The inside-out philosophy has worked for the Eagles for years and is much ...
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    Mon. May 19, 2014 at 7:36 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Spring football: Tavares 35, Central 22

    At Brooksville Tavares 35, Central 22 Spring game-breakers: After an opening drive in which they lost 7 yards on offense, Central began to show some of the signs of life that new coach Chris Sands was hoping for. Although the numbers weren’t eye-popping, Bears quarterback Cody Brooks had some time ...
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    Sat. May 17, 2014 at 12:22 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • HomeTeam Huddle: New regime takes over at Central

    HomeTeam Huddle: New regime takes over at Central BROOKSVILLE — To say that new Central coach Chris Sands took over an ailing program might be an understatement. Central has won only four games in the past four seasons and was winless last fall. The biggest issue for the Bears has been the lack of fundamental play in the ...
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    Wed. May 14, 2014 at 5:18 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • HomeTeam Huddle: Lack of bodies for Bishop McLaughlin

    HomeTeam Huddle: Lack of bodies for Bishop McLaughlin SHADY HILLS — A lack of depth and bodies led Bishop McLaughlin back to independent play after its first and only season in a district.   A new start includes a new coach. Former assistant Craig Moore, a Mississippi State grad who replaces Derrick Alexander, is also a former NFL ...
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    Fri. May 09, 2014 at 7:13 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Region baseball: Tampa Prep avenges district final loss

    SHADY HILLS — Bishop McLaughlin had to be confident going into Tuesday night’s Class 3A region semifinal after coming off of a victory over Tampa Prep in the district championship game. A rematch in the second round of the state playoffs did not go the same way as the Terrapins ...
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    Tue. May 06, 2014 at 10:45 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • 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

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