Nature Coast Technical

A long ride home for the Sharks

By MEL SUITER

Hernando Sun Sports Reporter

 

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. ---- Fall in the state of Florida there is nothing like it!

Friday evening, October 4, the weather is supposed to be fall like, there is supposed to be cool temperatures, maybe a cool breeze but that kind of autumn weather is for some other place and not for the shore line of the world-famous Moon Lake.

Arriving at River Ridge High School be ready for a hike!

Emotions run high after serious injury during NCT-Wiregrass game

Wesley Chapel, Fla. --- It was definitely ‘Friday the 13th’ on the football field!

Once again, on a warm Friday evening complete with storm clouds gathering and marching slowly across the sky, chasing away the sun as it dipped beyond the horizon. Like those gray clouds that were collecting above in the sky, on the football field below there was a storm brewing.  It was Friday the 13th no less. 

Nature Coast Technical, Having Fun but Focused

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. ---- The weather in this part of the state of Florida, is unpredictable, it could be raining hard but just wait a minute because the storm will pass and the promise of a sunny day is waiting.

Like the weather, this year’s football season for Nature Coast Technical High School is going to be unpredictable.

The excitement of a new beginning, for players and coaches; it is the best time of the season and really who does not like the feel of something brand new?

Sharks impose their will on Bears in blowout victory

District play is arguably as important to high school athletes and coaches as divisional play in the NFL: you can have wins in the conference which can affect playoff seeding, but those wins against teams in your division is so much sweeter, because these teams see each other frequently, and as such are more familiar with schemes and play calling tactics.

Nature Coast relying on freshmen power

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast freshman Alexandrea Florkowski

(Brooksville)- One of the youngest rosters for girls prep soccer in all of Hernando County resides out of Nature Coast Technical High School.

The Sharks (1-2) are relying upon the services of nine wide-eyed freshmen, whom makeup over half of Nature Coast’s roster. It’ll be up to the freshmen to help carry the Sharks along a 2017-2018 campaign in which the club has a legitimate shot within Class 3A, District 7 and first-year head coach Brandon Chitwood likes what he’s seeing so far.

Hernando County sports notebook

Photography by Cheryl Clanton and Associated Press

San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida

Former NCT back Matt Breida scores 1st NFL touchdown 

From scoring touchdowns at Nature Coast Technical to Georgia Southern and now doing it in the National Football League, Matt Breida has now done it at the highest level. 

The former Sharks’ star running back scored his first NFL touchdown in the San Francisco 49ers’ 33-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday afternoon. Breida caught a 21-yard pass from 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard in the third quarter with 4:36 remaining, marking the former NCT back’s first of what is hopefully many more touchdowns to come. 

Nature Coast football taking it one game at a time

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast running back Zachary Powell

BROOKSVILLE- Nature Coast coach Cory Johns has never gone through what's he's faced so far this 2017 season. 

A campaign that's been so far disrupted by inclement weather and Hurricane Irma, Johns has had to adjust not only how to fit in enough practices for his club but how to prepare for games on a short week. Last week Nature Coast played Central on Tuesday and Weeki Wachee on Friday and Johns stated it wasn't easy getting his team prepared for two games in four days. 

Sharks overcome penalties, keep winning streak alive

photography by Cheryl Clanton

Sophomore quarterback Fabian Burnett in action against Crystal River on Sept. 22, 2017

High school football was in full swing Friday night as the Nature Coast Sharks returned to the Shark Tank in Brooksville to welcome district opponent Crystal River in the Sharks’ first game since Hurricane Irma cancelled two weeks of games. Nature Coast, who had previously defeated South Sumter 33-7, was looking to extend its Hernando County record of 23-straight regular season wins.

It did not come easily, as Crystal River (0-5) came ready to play spoiler.

Nature Coast Students win scholarship at automotive technology competition

L to R: Braedon Santella, Devan Morgan, their instructor Kevin Moglia, Wayne Lehnert, UTI – Orlando, Director of Operations/Education and Steve McElfresh (far right), UTI – Orlando, campus president.

ORLANDO – A two man team from Nature Coast Technical High School, Braedon Santella and Devan Morgan recently placed 10th at the 2016 Top Tech Challenge hosted by Universal Technical Institute – Orlando. Twenty teams from 11 high schools around the state entered the competition, which tested prowess in automotive technology. For their 10th place finish, Santella and Morgan each received a $1,000 scholarship to the Universal Technical Institute in Orlando.