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  • 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

  • Boys basketball: Nature Coast still a threat thanks to Clemente

    Boys basketball: Nature Coast still a threat thanks to Clemente BROOKSVILLE — Tyler Bergantino, who currently plays a key role in the rotation for No. 16 UMass, was a star for Nature Coast for four years. The Sharks went 101-20 in the four years he played, including 6-3 in the postseason with a berth in the state final four his senior ...
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    Tue. Jan. 14, 2014 at 9:08 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Wrestling: PHU wins Bill Combs Duals

    BROOKSVILLE — Palm Harbor University dominated the 11-team field Saturday at Nature Coast’s Bill Combs Duals, going 10-0 to capture the team championship, the Hurricanes’ third in a row at this event. No program really came close as Palm Harbor U. scored at least 50 points in each of its ...
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    Sun. Jan. 12, 2014 at 12:19 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Boys soccer: Carrollwood Day edges Bishop McLaughlin

    SPRING HILL — Previously undefeated Bishop McLaughlin had the opportunity to clinch the top seed in Class A, District 5 Thursday but fell short. In an intense match, Carrollwood Day jumped out to a quick lead and won 2-1. The Patriots (12-3-1, 12-1-1) lost the teams’ first meeting, 3-1 at ...
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    Fri. Jan. 10, 2014 at 12:22 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Wrestling: Springstead settles for runnerup at invitational

    SPRING HILL — Springstead had been unbeatable the past seven years in its home wrestling tournament, which it has won 16 times. That changed Saturday as Flagler Palm Coast pushed the Eagles a notch down at the Springstead Invitational for the first time in eight years. The Bulldogs put six ...
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    Sat. Jan. 04, 2014 at 9:48 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Girls basketball: Fouls cost Nature Coast

    BROOKSVILLE — If playing without two of its best players wasn’t enough, Nature Coast also had an uphill climb with foul issues during Friday’s Hernando Holiday Classic girls semifinal. Accruing 29 fouls, the Sharks just couldn’t fend off Citrus, falling 57-53. The Hurricanes (14-1) went to the foul line 47 ...
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    Sat. Jan. 04, 2014 at 12:07 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Girls basketball: Nature Coast into Hernando Holiday Classic semis

    BROOKSVILLE — A couple of scheduling conflicts and injuries changed the layout of this week’s Hernando Holiday Classic before the tournament even got underway. The end result was Nature Coast and Citrus, the teams with the best records in the field, advancing to play each other in the semifinals today. ...
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    Thu. Jan. 02, 2014 at 10:15 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Boys basketball: Tarpon Springs beats hosts for Nature Coast tournament title

    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast stacked the field of its home tournament this weekend in hopes gaining valuable experience against some solid programs, but the Sharks still planned to leave the Nature Coast Christmas Invitational with the championship trophy. Somebody forgot to tell Tarpon Springs. The Spongers squeaked past the Sharks ...
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    Mon. Dec. 30, 2013 at 9:45 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Boys basketball: Nature Coast, Tarpon Springs reach tourney final

    Boys basketball: Nature Coast, Tarpon Springs reach tourney final BROOKSVILLE — It took one of the largest runs in school history, but Nature Coast booked a spot in its own holiday tournament championship game. The Sharks were outplayed for three of the four quarters by Orlando Jones, but a 27-point second-quarter run vaulted Nature Coast to an 83-77 semifinal ...
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    Sat. Dec. 28, 2013 at 11:24 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Boys basketball: Host Nature Coast, Brooks-Debartolo, Tarpon Springs advance

    BROOKSVILLE — The field of the Nature Coast Christmas Tournament turned out to be very deep, evidenced by some solid first-round contests. The host Sharks headed up the winners on Friday’s first day, pulling away to defeat Steinbrenner convincingly, 79-66. Nature Coast (11-1) had a couple of breakout performances. Despite ...
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    Fri. Dec. 27, 2013 at 10:08 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Local wrestling teams fall short against 2A power

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Clay’s victory in the 12th annual Gulf Holiday Duals wrestling meet on Saturday marked the first time a team has won back-to-back team titles since Springstead’s run to five out of six championships between 2005 and 2010. While the field was not as large as last ...
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    Sat. Dec. 21, 2013 at 11:36 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Tampa Bay Times’ all-North Suncoast cross country teams

    Girls Runner of the Year: Kari Grippo, Sr., Gulf Why we picked her: Even before she was the North Suncoast’s top state placer at the Class 2A meet, Grippo boasted some of the most impressive individual victories the area has seen in some time. Among her 17 career wins were ...
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    Thu. Dec. 19, 2013 at 4:55 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Girls basketball: Nature Coast 46, Hernando 34

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando struggled last season, but the team's one saving grace was beating crosstown rival Nature Coast on three separate occasions. But the Leopards' strength from one year ago has become their weakness. And Wednesday, Nature Coast picked up its second straight victory over them, 46-34. "We had to ...
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    Thu. Dec. 19, 2013 at 12:06 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Girls soccer: Hudson wins rematch with Springstead

    SPRING HILL — With revenge on their minds, Hudson’s players came into Booster Stadium Friday night dictating the pace of a very physical match. The aggressiveness of the Cobras paid off as they handed Springstead its first shutout loss of the season, 2-0. “(Springstead is) are a good opponent, very ...
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    Fri. Dec. 13, 2013 at 10:28 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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