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  • District girls soccer: Springstead avenges lone loss, clinches title

    SPRING HILL — It was not the prettiest game Springstead played this season, but the Eagles walked away with their first district championship in four years Friday night. Hosting the Class 3A, District 7 tournament, Springstead rode the top seed all the way to a 2-1 victory over Hudson. The ...
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    Fri. Jan. 16, 2015 at 9:40 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • District girls soccer: Springstead dispatches Nature Coast

    SPRING HILL — Perennial postseason contender Nature Coast will not be competing for its third straight district title after rival Springstead dropped the Sharks 2-1 in the Class 3A, District 7 semifinals. The Eagles (18-1-1) controlled the pace of play for the entire contest, but the score was tied 1-1 ...
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    Wed. Jan. 14, 2015 at 10:58 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Wrestling: Palm Harbor runnerup in Nature Coast tourney

    BROOKSVILLE — For the first time since 2011, the sixth annual Bill Combs Duals at Nature Coast saw a new champion Saturday. Three-time defending champion Palm Harbor University finished second to unbeaten Venice, through a 35-24 dual loss by the Hurricanes on Saturday morning. Even with the difficult loss, Palm ...
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    Sat. Jan. 10, 2015 at 11:54 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Wrestling: Host Springstead dominates tourney

    SPRING HILL — After a one-year hiatus from the team championship, Springstead was front and center at the 25th annual Springstead Invitational this weekend. On the strength of five individual champions, the Eagles (216 points) took home their 17th team title in the event’s history, beating runner-up Lakeland George Jenkins ...
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    Sat. Jan. 03, 2015 at 8:03 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Basketball: Host Hernando boys, Central girls reach finals

    BROOKSVILLE — Last weekend, Hernando suffered difficult losses in the Nature Coast Christmas Tournament on the way to a fourth-place finish. The reinvigorated Leopards returned home Friday to face Chamberlain in the semifinals of their home tournament, the Hernando Holiday Classic, and the team delivered with a 59-52 victory. “It ...
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    Fri. Jan. 02, 2015 at 10:52 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Boys basketball: Land O’Lakes edges Zephyrhills; Seminole falls in Nature Coast tourney

    BROOKSVILLE — With a new format in the second annual Nature Coast Christmas Tournament, two brackets yielded two champions Tuesday. State-ranked Seminole narrowly escaped host Nature Coast in an overtime semifinal thriller Monday night. The Warhawks could not do the same Tuesday, losing 58-52 to Lakeland in the final of ...
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    Tue. Dec. 30, 2014 at 11:55 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Boys basketball: Zephyrhills, Land O’Lakes win in Nature Coast tournament

    BROOKSVILLE — Zephyrhills continued its renaissance season Monday during the boys’ basketball Nature Coast Christmas Tournament. With a spot in the championship game on the line, the Bulldogs had their hands full with Class 8A Alonso. Falling behind 14-6 in the first quarter, Zephyrhills bounced back to earn a 47-42 ...
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    Mon. Dec. 29, 2014 at 11:42 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Wrestling: Pasco loses to Clay in final of Gulf Holiday Duels

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Topping a 22-team field for the 13th annual Gulf Holiday Duals title on Saturday, Clay continued its dominance of the event, notching a third straight team championship. The Blue Devils held off Pasco 45-21 in the championship match. The Pirates, coming off of a win at ...
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    Sat. Dec. 20, 2014 at 8:08 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Boys basketball: Nature Coast 51, Zephyrhills 50

    BROOKSVILLE — Andrew Parker is a third-year varsity player for perennial postseason contender Nature Coast. Tuesday night, he made the biggest shots of his career, helping the Sharks hold off upstart Zephyrhills 51-50 in a battle for Class 5A, District 7 supremacy. “We knew it was going to be that ...
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    Tue. Dec. 09, 2014 at 10:49 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Girls basketball: Nature Coast 53, Pasco 16

    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast maintained its undefeated mark and lead in Class 5A, District 7 in style. In front of its home crowd, the Sharks emerged with a dominant 53-16 victory over Pasco. Led by standout center Rita Jarque, who came in averaging 15 points, Nature Coast (7-1, 4-0) jumped ...
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    Fri. Dec. 05, 2014 at 10:46 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Girls basketball: Land O'Lakes 33, River Ridge 31

    NEW PORT RICHEY – In a game featuring two of the North Suncoast’s top scorers, it was a little surprising to see offense come at a premium. Whatever the strategy, Land O’Lakes continued its domination of River Ridge in a thrilling 33-31 victory Thursday night to extend its record against ...
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    Thu. Dec. 04, 2014 at 9:51 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Boys basketball: Nature Coast 69, Hernando 64 (OT)

    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast has been at the pinnacle of North Suncoast hoops for the past decade, but on paper, the team seemed vulnerable coming into this season. At the expense of their county and Class 5A, District 7 rival Hernando, the Sharks sent a message in their opener Friday ...
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    Fri. Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:43 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Orlando First Academy 42, Berkeley Prep 35

    ORLANDO — In Friday night’s Class 3A region semifinal showdown between Berkeley Prep and Orlando First Academy, neither team was a stranger to the postseason, and it showed. The Buccaneers jumped to what seemed like a commanding advantage but were stunned by a second-half Royals rally to lose 42-35 in ...
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    Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 at 12:27 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Hernando 19, Springstead 17

    BROOKSVILLE — In his first season as coach at Hernando, Bill Vonada hadn’t experienced much success, but his players had shown growth. His team responded on Thursday night at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium as Vonada faced the team he coached for 15 years, and his former defensive coordinator, Springstead coach ...
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    Thu. Nov. 06, 2014 at 10:32 p.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

  • Football: Springstead 20, Land O’Lakes 7

    SPRING HILL — Playing without star running back Daniel Wright, who was lost for the rest of the season due to a torn MCL, the Eagles (6-3, 3-1) kept their playoff hopes alive with a 20-7 win over district foe Land O’Lakes (4-5, 1-3). With Sunlake also winning Friday night, ...
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    Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 at 12:57 a.m. | Derek J. LaRiviere

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