Boys Basketball

Springstead leads 5A District 6 in boys basketball, Zephyrhills close behind

The Hornets' first appearance against Springstead ended with a 76-24 loss on December 6, 2019. On Friday Jan. 17, it was a tough loss to Springstead yet again for Weeki Wachee. The Hornets did manage to get some improvement in the final score ending the game at 77-44.

From this moment on, Springstead has some major contenders to face moving into end of the season.

NCT finishes in seventh place

Well it was a win!

Nature Coast Tech High School finished in seventh place at the Seventh Annual Nature Coast Christmas Tournament being played inside the gymnasium on campus from Dec. 27-29, three days of basketball games and three different lessons for the Sharks to learn.

Winning by coming back from a 10 point deficit against Tampa Jefferson High School and winning 45-41, was pleasing to Nature Coast High School basketball coach Dave Pisarcik and to the fans that woke up early Sunday Dec. 29, 2019.

NCT survives battle of Sharks, advances to region semi-final

by JOE CARLINO

Hernando Sun Sports Reporter

Last season, the Nature Coast Sharks were riding high and flying on all cylinders, potentially boasting a squad which could’ve had a chance at seeing Lakeland and the state semifinals again. However, they lost a humongous lead to the now-defunct Ridgewood Rams on their home court in the Sweet 16.

Rivera’s state title school year’s top story

Springstead 113-pounder Richie Rivera finishes off a takedown against Lleyton Taylor of Riverdale in their quarterfinal match in Class 2A state meet action. Rivera won 5-0. Photo by Matt Pfiffner/Citrus Chronicle

With the school year coming to a close in Hernando County, the time has come to reflect back on the 2016-17 prep sports season.
Success was spread out, with all six FHSAA-sanctioned schools boasting at least one district championship team, and the county had an Elite Eight squad in all three seasons, fall, winter and spring.
Here are the top three stories from the past 10 months of action:
1. Rivera overcomes adversity for state crown

Palatka’s press proves Sharks undoing

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast's Jordan Baxter shoots a free throw against Central in Tuesday's regional semifinal. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

PALATKA – As his players filed out of a postgame locker room one last time, Nature Coast boys basketball head coach Dave Pisarcik made it clear he saw this season as a success.
There was no shame in what the Sharks had accomplished, going undefeated in the regular season and advancing to the Elite Eight for the fifth time in eight seasons.