Girls Basketball

Lady Sharks Prepare for Tarpon Springs

Brooksville, Fla.-- The environment in the gym at Nature Coast Tech seemed different on Tuesday night. It may have been a sense of confidence or a sense of accomplishment; overall it was different.

The sharks five starters: Alysia Graham, Meryah Delaine, Dakota Danna, Kendyl Helfand, and Heaven Lee played their home court during the first half as a well-organized team. Plays, teamwork, communication were all there.

Lady Hornets prepare for Crystal River Pirates

Lady Hornets are ready to face the Lady Pirates on their home court for their second Gulf Coast 8 game.

Currently at 360 points and 211 total in rebounds for 20 games played, Sophomore Sy Crowley (1) leads the Hornet’s court, along with Princess Hester (11) and Morgan McDaniel (2) bringing the extra support. Both Princess and Morgan are currently at 17 games played and averaging around 16 points per game. 

Lady Eagles participate in River Ridge High School Hoops for Hope Holiday Tournament

Mitchell, Springstead, Wiregrass, Land O’ Lakes, Tampa Catholic, and River Ridge girls basketball teams banded together over the Christmas holiday weekend for cancer awareness.

The lime green shirts are the focus rather than the wins and losses during this tournament. The shirts featured the names of players’ loved ones who have been affected by cancer.

Volleyball coach Andrea Kneser Returns to Hernando County

“I knew one day maybe my path would cross back with Hernando County,” said Kneser whose first volleyball coaching position was with Central High School in Brooksville.

After graduating from Webber International College, an injury that led to a full knee replacement put her plans to further her career playing International Beach Volleyball to a halt. But that injury didn’t stop her from being involved in the sport that she loved.

Weeki Wachee’s dream season ends at states

By Andy Villamarzo
Hernando Sun sports reporter

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

LAKELAND- As the seconds ticked down in last week’s Class 6A state semifinal between Weeki Wachee and Plantation American Heritage, the Hornets were well out of range in making any kind of comeback attempt.

Eventually losing 56-26, the Hornets knew that despite the loss to the defending Class 6A state champions, they had accomplished something no other team in Hernando County had done: reach the state’s final four.

Lady Eagles, Hornets go down in semis

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Springstead guard Reagan Huden dribbles down the court during Tuesday's regional semifinal against Sunlake. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

WESLEY CHAPEL – Springstead’s girls basketball team found itself in uncharted territory Tuesday night, making its first-ever appearance in the Sweet 16.
But the opponent was far from unfamiliar, even if the game was in an unusual location. The Lady Eagles faced Sunlake for the fourth time this season, a team they had split with in the regular season before losing to the Lady Seahawks in the district final, 62-54.

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.

Lady Lions revel in district repeat

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

HCA's girls basketball team celebrates after receiving the district championship trophy Friday night on its home court. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – This one felt different. A year ago, it was all new, collecting the first district championship in team history.
But on Friday night, Hernando Christian Academy’s girls basketball team still had plenty to celebrate. The Lady Lions took control in the second half and rolled to a repeat, downing Ocala-St. John Lutheran in the Class 2A, District 4 final on their own court, 41-32.