Girls Weightlifting

Lady Sharks win big at their second girls weightlifting meet

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN


BROOKSVILLE, FL -- Hernando High School hosted the girls weightlifting tri-meet on Nov. 13, 2019. Nature Coast dominated the Leopards den with 53 points. Hernando High came in at 34 points and Weeki Wachee at 22.

The girls' next big meet is on December 22 at Weeki Wachee High School. This is a county meet and all five schools in the county will be competing.: Weeki Wachee, Central, Hernando, Nature Coast Tech and Springstead. The meet begins at 1 pm.


Sports notebook: Lady Sharks repeat as state runners-up

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast's girls weightlifting team celebrates with its district championship trophy and medals last month. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

On Friday, the Nature Coast girls weightlifting team traveled to Belleview for the Class 1A FHSAA Finals, and they didn’t return home empty-handed.
For the second year in a row, the Lady Sharks were the state runners-up, scoring 17 points to edge Lake Weir, the team that had defeated Nature Coast at regionals two weeks earlier, by one point. River Ridge was again state champion, scoring 29.

Sports notebook: Lady Sharks take second in region

Photo provided

Nature Coast's Samantha Traudt, front, along with (standing from left) Kaitlyn Pierce, Coach Nikki Pierce and Jouie Miller celebrate the trio of lifters' first-place showings and the team's second-place finish at Saturday's regional meet. Photo provided

Nature Coast’s girl weightlifting team continued its march toward the state meet on Saturday, at the Class 1A, Region 5 Meet hosted by Belleview.
The Lady Sharks, hoping to compete for a state crown after finishing as the runners-up a year ago, took second in this meet to Ocala-Lake Weir, 38-42.

Lady Shark lifters earn district repeat

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast's girls weightlifting team celebrates with its district championship trophy and medals after Wednesday's 1A-10 Meet at Weeki Wachee. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast’s girls weightlifting team has high aspirations this postseason, and took its first step toward achieving its goals on Wednesday.
The Lady Sharks, state runners-up in 2016, captured their second straight district championship, advancing a school-record 17 lifters to regionals and blowing away the rest of the field in the Class 1A, District 10 Meet at Weeki Wachee.

Sports notebook: Eagles earn county weightlifting title

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Central's Matthew Warner attempts to tag Nature Coast's Brandon Riera during Tuesday's game at Central. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Coming into Wednesday’s boys weightlifting Hernando County Championship Meet, host Springstead didn’t appear to be a favorite on paper. Even up until the final few lifts, local coaches assumed Central had the title in the bag. But when the final numbers were counted, it was the Eagles who came out on top, edging the Bears atop the team standings, 60-56.

Sports Notebook: Lady Shark lifters shine at states

Top photo submitted
All other photography by Alice Mary Herden

Nature Coast weightlifters Ashley Gentz (left) and Samanta Traudt display their gold medals won at the Class 1A FHSAA Finals in Kissimmee on Friday. Photo submitted

As the Nature Coast boys basketball team celebrated with its district championship trophy Friday night, the school’s girls weightlifting coach, Sharon Elliott, was among the faculty members filing out of the stands. Noticeably hanging from her neck was a silver medal, a reminder of what her own squad had accomplished just a few hours earlier. Yes, it was a good day to be a Shark.