girls tennis

Lady Sharks headed to states with regional title

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Nature Coast's Nicole Remedio won 6-1, 6-1 over Clivonya Woodside of Tarpon Springs on Thursday. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Two Nature Coast tennis teams partook in Class 2A, Region 4 finals on Thursday afternoon, but only one walked away with a regional championship.
The Lady Sharks (16-1) captured four of the five singles matches, taking care of Tarpon Springs at Delta Woods Park, 4-1, to earn a trip to the FHSAA Finals starting next Wednesday in Orlando. It’s their first time going to states since 2009.

Lady Sharks win tiebreaker for tennis title

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Nature Coast's No. 1 singles player Angela Cabahug warms up before Thursday's 2A-7 tiebreaker against Crystal River. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

CRYSTAL RIVER – It was the equivalent of overtime in Class 2A, District 7 girls tennis on Thursday afternoon, as Crystal River and Nature Coast met in a tiebreaker match.
The two teams were even following the two-day district tournament held in Zephyrhills on Tuesday and Wednesday, and while both were assured of advancing to regionals, they still had to decide a champion.
So they battled it out at the Bicentennial Park courts in Crystal River, and it was the Lady Sharks finally coming out with the team victory, 4-2.

Sharks repeat on the tennis court

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Nature Coast's Roger Sniffen returns a shot during his No. 2 singles district championship match on Wednesday at Zephyr Park. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The Nature Coast boys may have entered the Class 2A, District 7 tennis tournament as the defending champs, but there was reasonable doubt over whether they would leave the same way.
But when the two-day event held at Zephyrhills High and nearby Zephyr Park came to a close on Wednesday, the Sharks were once again atop the team standings, scoring 16 points to best Crystal River with 13.

Remondelli makes statement with county crown

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Nature Coast sophomore Sierra Remondelli in Thursday's match against Springstead. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – In terms of lineup, Nature Coast sophomore Sierra Remondelli isn’t typically the top player on her own girls tennis team.
Yet three weeks ago during the county invitational tournament at Delta Woods Park, it was Remondelli coming out on top of the bracketed three-team event that included her own higher-seeded teammates.

Nature Coast sweeps county tennis invite

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Nature Coast's Sierra Remondelli serves during Friday's final day of the county invitational at Delta Woods Park. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The field wasn’t as complete as originally intended, but for the Nature Coast boys and girls tennis teams, what turned out be a county invitational this week proved a rewarding experience.
While the boys went down to the wire to edge Weeki Wachee, the Lady Sharks dominated two other county squads, as both captured first place in the tournament that was held Thursday and Friday at Delta Woods Park.

Sports notebook: Springstead softball lives up to top seed

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Springstead's Leah Grant slides into home during Wednesday's 6A-6 semifinal versus Lecanto. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Having lost only one game all regular season, and gone 10-0 in district play, it came as no shock that Springstead’s softball team won the Class 6A, District 6 Tournament as the top seed on its home field this week.
But the Lady Eagles are trying not to take anything for granted as they embark on a promising postseason run, so they appreciated Thursday’s 3-0 victory over Crystal River in the district title tilt.

Sports notebook: Hernando girls earn regional repeat

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Hernando's Maddie Pickersgill during her match with Crystal River's Olivia Parker Thursday afternoon in Brooksville. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Three Hernando County tennis teams advanced into regional play as district champions, but only one remained standing after Thursday’s finals.
For the second season in a row, Hernando’s girls collected a regional championship by defeating Crystal River at the Brooksville City Courts. This time around, the Lady Leopards won by a 5-2 score in the Class 2A, Region IV final.

Curren, Pickersgill send Leopards to states

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Grace Curren plays a shot against Crystal River's Maddie Lewis during Thursday's regional final. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

BROOKSVILLE – The final point and team victory secure, Grace Curren and Maddie Pickersgill collapsed into one another’s arms, an embrace of both supreme relief, celebration and ultimately some sadness.
For the two Hernando seniors, Thursday’s Class 2A, Region IV girls tennis final represented their final time playing for the Lady Leopards at the Brooksville City Courts.

Hernando’s Curren finishing off fine career

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Hernando senior Grace Curren returns a shot during the 2A-7 Tournament at Crystal River. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

CRYSTAL RIVER – For the past four years, Grace Curren has dominated the local girls tennis prep circuit. But her time on the court will soon come to a close.
The Hernando senior will lead the Lady Leopards into Tuesday’s regional semifinal against Hudson at the Brooksville City Courts, starting at 3 p.m.