High School Basketball

Eagles stay tough, never quit, finally get elusive win over NCT

#2 Randy Morgan

Coming into the game between Hernando County archrival schools Springstead and Nature Coast, Nature Coast head coach Dave Pisarcik joked that Springstead’s head coach Matthew McGarry always circled this game on the calendar because he hadn’t beaten NCT in a basketball game since 2009. And like all NCT-Springstead games, the Shark Tank was flooded with fans representing both sides, which made it clear that this game wasn’t any different than previous meetings.

That last statement is somewhat true, the only difference being how this contest ended.

Sharks continue domination, soundly defeat rival Bears

photography by Cheryl Clanton

Coming into Friday night’s much anticipated rivalry game between the defending FHSAA Class 6A, District 7 Central Bears and the Nature Coast Sharks, the visiting Sharks weren’t just playing to reassert their dominance over the county. Rather, the visitors were also attempting to extend their winning streak to six games and their 35-point running clock streak to five games.

And after the game was over, safe to say both objectives were met and exceeded.

‘Rising Kaine’ becoming go-to guy

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Kaine McColley, NCT

Twice on Tuesday, Nature Coast’s boys basketball team had a chance for the go-ahead score in a Nature Coast Christmas Tournament matchup against Tampa-Gaither. Each time the Sharks looked to put the ball in the hands of junior Kaine McColley. “He’s not our only option, but we definitely want the ball in his hands,” Nature Coast head coach Dave Pisarcik said. “We definitely want to get the ball to him in space. He can create his own shot. He can do a lot of things. When he’s going, we’re tough.”

Central forward comes to forefront

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Axel Wisniewski-Mendoza Central Boys Basketball

A year ago, the Central boys basketball team managed a grand total of seven victories. With Tuesday’s win over Hernando, the Bears improved to 8-1.
It has been a long time since Central enjoyed prosperity on the court. The Bears have had one winning season since their last regional playoff appearance in 2003-04.
This season’s squad would like to reverse that trend, and senior power forward Axel Wisniewski-Mendoza has played a major role thus far in that endeavor.

Sharks’ Crima rises to the top

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Nick Crima, NCT

When the Nature Coast boys basketball team began its current run of six straight seasons of advancing to regionals, it could be attributed to a top-notch talent. Tyler Bergantino came to the Sharks as a ready-made prep star, a polished big man who led the Sharks to three straight regional finals and a 2012 appearance in the Final Four as a senior.