Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Sports

Track: Sharks sweep Hornet Invitational titles

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) thanks to three individual event victories, including two from standout distance runner James Harkless. The senior took first in both the 800 and 1,600-meter runs in 2 minutes, 3 seconds and 4:45, respectively.

"It was a pretty good day with the weather," Harkless said. "(This win) is definitely important because there are a bunch of teams from our district here, and we want to come back and be district champs again."

The third key win came from freshman Brian Haygood in the 200, running a personal best in 23.45 seconds.

Springstead's Tyler Mahla also won two events, the 110 (16.15) and 300 hurdles (42.60). Defending state champion Bobby Harris also won for the Eagles, leaping 6 feet, 6 inches in the high jump.

Wiregrass Ranch's Leon Tilman won the 100 in 11.46 seconds, while Hernando's Connor Foradas won the discus with a toss of 137 feet, 7 inches.

With 157.5 points, the Sharks won the girls' championship over Lecanto in large part because of the sprinting abilities of sisters Ashley and Alicia Gentz. Ashley won the 100 in 12.73 seconds, while Alicia beat her sister in the 200 with a time of 26.69. The duo also contributed to Nature Coast's 4x100 relay victory, the third and final event win for the Sharks.

Hernando's Jasha Patrick (16.49) won the 100 hurdles, and Desiree Nathe took the lone title for Bishop McLaughlin, winning the high jump (5-2). Springstead's Erin Blackwell produced a season-best time of 2:26 in winning the 800, and Eagles teammate Ty'Rhonza Harris took the triple jump (32-11).

Comments
Rays trade team MVP Steven Souza Jr. in three-team deal that nets prospects

Rays trade team MVP Steven Souza Jr. in three-team deal that nets prospects

PORT CHARLOTTE — Evan Longoria traded in December. Jake Odorizzi and Corey Dickerson dumped over the weekend. Then, in a stunning move Tuesday night, 2017 team MVP Steven Souza Jr. shipped to Arizona as part of a three-team deal that netted onl...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Girls basketball: Resilient Carrollwood Day back in state semis

Girls basketball: Resilient Carrollwood Day back in state semis

SEFFNER — Tarriyonna Gary's sprained ankle was not in one of those bulky, protective, doctor-proscribed plastic boots Tuesday night.Not even close.Gary, in fact, was not only running up and down the floor, but she was leaping and diving and, pe...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Girls basketball: Lakewood edges closer to state return

ST. PETERSBURG — Paris Williams scored 17 points to lead Lakewood 64-38 past Bradenton Southeast in their Class 6A, Region 3 semifinal Tuesday.Lakewood (25-4) will host Robinson in the region final Friday. Last year the Spartans beat the K...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Girls basketball: Rebounding edge keeps Clearwater on top

Girls basketball: Rebounding edge keeps Clearwater on top

CLEARWATER — The result was expected but definitely didn't come easily.In Tuesday's Class 7A region semifinal, underdog Northeast threw some strong low-post defense against a lethargic Clearwater squad early, then rode effective offensive energ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Nikita Kucherov’s trick shot sends Lightning past Capitals

Nikita Kucherov’s trick shot sends Lightning past Capitals

WASHINGTON — There was some lighthearted debate in the Lightning dressing room Tuesday night about whether the latest dazzling breakaway move by Nikita Kucherov was a deliberate fake or a slip off the stick.Some teammates playfully gave the All...
Updated: 5 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Feb. 20

Tuesday’s scoreboardSoftballAdmiral Farragut 17, St. Petersburg Cath. 0BaseballGulf Coast HEAT 9, Canterbury 4Calvary Chr. 6, Lakeland Chr. 1
Updated: 6 hours ago

Girls basketball: Tampa Bay Tech pulls away late

TAMPA — When Jalyn Spurlin played for Brandon High her first two seasons, she felt "like I had to be everything; everything was on me."Since transferring to Tampa Bay Tech, a team with seven seniors, including Division I-A-bound Janae...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Wednesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballGeorgia at South Carolina6:30 p.m.SECXavier at Georgetown6:30 p.m.FS1North Carolina at Syracuse7 p.m.ESPNGeorgia Tech at Virginia7 p.m.ESPN2Texas Tech at Oklahoma State7 p.m.ESPNUSMU at East Carolina7 p.m.ESPNewsClemson at Virg...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Girls basketball: Kaliah Henderson propels Robinson

TAMPA — As the post-game celebration subsided, Robinson junior Kaliah Henderson found a secluded spot on the emptied stands to relax, and perhaps reflect, after going non-stop for the Knights in Tuesday's Class 6A region semifinal.Told she had ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Baseball: Calvary Christian picks up where it left off

Baseball: Calvary Christian picks up where it left off

CLEARWATER — This year's version of the Calvary Christian baseball team looks an awful lot like last year's team. The Warriors, who went 30-0 in 2017 and won the Class 4A state championship, picked up where they left off Tuesday night with a 6-...
Updated: 6 hours ago