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HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS BRIEFS
Start Smart baseball program begins March 3

BROOKSVILLE – The Start Smart Sports Development Program will be offered for eight weeks on Tuesdays from 5:45-6:45 p.m. beginning March 3 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Pl., Brooksville.
The program brings parents and children (ages 3-5) together to work on pre-sport skills such as catching, throwing and batting in a fun, non-competitive environment. This eight-lesson program that costs $50 includes a program T-Shirt.
Start Smart curriculum teaches parents how to best work with their children to develop motor skills that will give both parent and child a positive and successful start in sports.
To register, the Jerome Brown Community Center at (352) 540-3835.

HHS cheerleaders excel during Super Bowl competition

BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando High School varsity cheerleaders participated in the Super Bowl cheerleading and spirit competition on Jan. 24 in Tampa.
The competition was held at the NFL Experience at Raymond James Stadium, and featured cheer and dance teams from across Florida.
Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson was in attendance, along with Buccaneers cheerleaders and players.
The Leopard cheerleaders took home the second-place trophy in the High School Jazz division.
Members of the team included: Melinda Blount, Crystale Torres, Scotti Browning, Allison Donato, Kim Chipelo, LeAnn Shafer, Alyson Buggle, Cassie Rollins, Alex Hayden, Ashley Spradlin, Carly Moore, and Rachael Minjarez.
The team is coached by Tanya Goodwin and Debra Parnell.

Fit N Fun “4” Kids exercise program

BROOKSVILLE – Fit N Fun “4” Kids is a new one-hour exercise program offered by the City of Brooksville Recreation Department that allows children the opportunity to play video games powered by GameBikes, which are stationery bikes that are used to play the games.
The program is offered to children, ages 7-14, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville.
The program is free to youth who are more than 85 percent of the recommended Body Mass Index (BMI).
For additional information, contact JoAnn Munford at 352-540-3835.

Challenger K-8’s Berube fifth Killearn CC

TALLAHASSEE – Orlando’s Joey Petronio and Annie Park of Lake Mary were victorious in this weekend’s 13-15 year-old divisions at the Florida Junior Golf Tour’s (FJT) event at Killearn Country Club and Inn in Leon County.
Petronio was in a four-way tie for first after a one-over par 73 in round one on the 6,702-yard course. After firing a two-under par 70 in the second round, he won his first FJT title by three strokes.
James Yoon, of Bradenton, took home second place honors after shooting 74-72-146 total. Ryan Orr, of Belleair, was third behind a 74-74–147.
Brooksville’s Zack Teele tied for 35th overall behind an 18-hole 84-86-170 total.
Park, playing in her first FJT event, shot a two-under par 70 in the first round, the only under par score for the day. Returning with a 73 in the second round, she captured her initial FJT title by seven strokes.
Three players tied for second place. Sisters Anna and AJ Newell of Tampa, shooting rounds of 78-72 and 73-77 respectively, tied with Samantha Wagner, of Celebration, who shot 72-78, for a 150 total.
Challenger K-8 eighth-grader Megan Berube finished fifth behind a 12-over-par, 81-75-156 total.
Conducted by the Florida State Golf Association, the Florida Junior Tour (FJT) is a junior golf tour offering highly competitive and affordable competitions for juniors in Florida.
The 2008-2009 season consists of 23 events for juniors, male and female, ages 13-18. Beginning September and running through May, the FJT schedule will play at some of the state’s top courses including LPGA International Golf Club and Sara Bay Country Club. This year will also feature 54-hole events over the Thanksgiving and Memorial Day weekends. The FJT’s focus is on quality, affordability and integrity. Tournaments consist of 36 holes conducted over 2 days, typically weekends, with an entry fee of $95. Scholarship entry is available to junior golfers unable to afford the entry fee.
Working closely with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), FJT top competitors will receive exemptions and performance points towards AJGA events. The FJT is the only Florida tour to participate in the AJGA’s Performance Based Process. In addition, FJT events will be ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard, which helps junior golfers market themselves without having to travel the country. The FJT will maintain a points list to assist in determining Junior Player-of-the-Year and invitations to other tournaments.
To view complete pairings, tee times, and results, please see www.floridajuniortour.org.

Florida Junior Tour – Killearn CC (13-15)
02/07/2009 – 02/08/2009
Killearn Country Club, Tallahassee, FL

Boys 13-15 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,702
Joey Petronio, Orlando, FL 73-70–143
James Yoon, Bradenton, FL 74-72–146
Ryan Orr, Belleair, FL 73-74–147
Ian Facey, Miami, FL 73-77–150
Jeffrey Meltzer, Guanajuato, Mexico 76-74–150
Jason Zhou, Skillman, NJ 74-77–151
Jesse Perkins, North Babylon, NY 76-75–151
Wade Chen, Orlando, FL 74-77–151
Trey Rule, Palm Beach, FL 78-74–152
Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, MS 75-78–153
Jared Carver, Weston, FL 79-74–153
Joshua Lee, Orange Park, FL 73-80–153
Reed Berry, Longwood, FL 75-78–153
David Varga, Saint Augustine, FL 77-77–154
Jack Hernandez, Fort Myers, FL 81-74–155
Conor Richardson, West Palm Beach, FL 75-82–157
Nick Celestino, Sarasota, FL 80-77–157
Alex Perkins, Jacksonville, FL 76-82–158
Andrew Wong, Deerfield Beach, FL 81-77–158
Dylan Larson, Wesley Chapel, FL 80-78–158
Mark Giardino, Homosassa, FL 78-80–158
Matthew Plunkett, Saint Augustine, FL 81-77–158
Otto Mand, Caerwent, United Kingdom 81-77–158
Domenico Geminiani, Bradenton, FL 82-77–159
Corey Carlson, Green Cove Springs, FL 79-81–160
Michael Visacki, Sarasota, FL 79-81–160
Tyler Gentilella, Parkland, FL 84-76–160
Gabriel Ormachea, Aventura, FL 79-82–161
Evan Byrd, Ocala, FL 78-86–164
Richard Zhang, Bradenton, FL 82-82–164
Anthony King, Deland, FL 78-87–165
Marcus Plunkett, Saint Augustine, FL 82-83–165
Taylor Yohner, Tallahassee, FL 85-82–167
C J Wagner, Celebration, FL 84-84–168
Kevin Liu, Bradenton, FL 90-80–170
Zack Teele, Brooksville, FL 84-86–170
Dillon Deemer, Tavares, FL 85-87–172
Halley Lewis, Tallahassee, FL 86-86–172
Joseph Aguirre, Navarre, FL 87-89–176
Dillon Board, Jacksonville, FL 94-84–178
Brecken Whitfield, Gainesville, FL 87-92–179
Oliver Fisher, Rye Brook, NY 97-94–191
Tildon Spikes, Panama City, Florida 100-102–202
Samuel Murphy, Fort Myers, FL 99-WD–WD

Girls 13-15 Par: 72 Yardage: 5,896
Annie Park, Lake Mary, FL 70-73–143
A J Newell, Tampa, FL 73-77–150
Anna Newell, Tampa, FL 78-72–150
Samantha Wagner, Celebration, FL 72-78–150
Megan Berube, Spring Hill, FL 81-75–156
Ashley Holder, Orlando, FL 81-76–157
Stephanie Liu, Bradenton, FL 80-77–157
Lauren Gros, Gainesville, FL 78-81–159
Madison Opfer, Plant City, FL 83-80–163
Stefanie Mitchell, Sarasota, FL 85-80–165
Julia McQuilken, Riverview, FL 86-81–167
Epiphany Prophet, Hialeah, FL 83-85–168
Angela Gaines, Ocala, FL 89-90–179
Haley Hill, Tallahassee, FL 102-97–199

Adult Baseball League seeking players

SPRING HILL – The Pasco-Hernando Area Senior Baseball League (PHASBL) is offering a 15-game summer season beginning March 29.
The adult league expects to field six teams of players, age 16 and over.
Games will be played primarily on Sundays, with the possibility of some weeknight games later in the season.
Games will be played on various high school and park fields throughout western Pasco County as well as the Spring Hill/Brooksville area in Hernando County.
The league is continuing to hold registration.
To register or to get more information, contact Dave Conrad at 683-1692 before March 1.

HYL sets softball, T-Ball sign-ups

BROOKSVILLE – Hernando Youth League (HYL) will hold softball and T-Ball evaluations for ages 4-12, from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14.
Cost is $40 dollars for ages, 4-12, and $45 dollars for ages, 13-18.
For additional information, contact Tracy Sinwelski at 544-1021 or Kathy Hayden at 754-9573.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating courses

HERNANDO BEACH – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering safe boating courses over the coming weeks at the Auxiliary Building at 4340 Caliente St., Hernando Beach.
How to Read a Nautical Chart runs from 9 a.m. until noon on Feb. 14. Fee is $35 and includes excellent text on charts. Subjects include types of charts, capabilities and limitations of charts, interpretation of symbols and how to select a chart for your use.
Hernando Beach Coastal Navigation runs from 9 a.m. until noon on Feb. 21. Fee is $15. Learn how to navigate the area through the use of charts, instruments used in plotting courses and a compass. Practical exercises on development of routes on the coast of Hernando Beach will be conducted.
For more information, contact Cathy at 754-1104 to reserve a seat for any of the above courses or visit the Web site at http:/a0701508.uscgaux.info/.

Spartans seek players

SPRING HILL – The Spring Hill Spartans, a competitive Under 11 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) travel ball baseball team, is seeking additional players. Players cannot turn 12 before May 1, 2009.
Practices will be held at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill and Kennedy Park in Brooksville.
For more information, contact Jeff Hamilton at 346-1802, Gary Myers at 650-9070, or Angelo Sparacia at 428-9032 or online at asparacia@tampabay.rr.com.

AAU Bombers 13-U seeking players

BROOKSVILLE – The Bombers Baseball Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) travel ball team is seeking players 13-and-under.
For a tryout, contact Shawn Laferty at 813-267-8530 or online at claferty5@yahoo.com.

Free vessel check

HERNANDO BEACH – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering free vessel safety checks.
The auxiliary will come to your boat wherever you keep it.
Contact Jackie at 666-7239 to set up an appointment.
For more information on the auxiliary visit online at http:/a0701508.uscgaux.info.

West Florida Panthers baseball tryouts

SPRING HILL – The West Florida Panthers, a 14-and-under Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) elite travel baseball team based in Hernando County, will be hosting open tryouts for the spring season.
If you wish to play at a higher competitive level, contact Coach Scott Treverton at 263-9302 or email him at trev7172@bellsouth.net.

SH Wrestling Club seeks additional members

SPRING HILL – The Spring Hill Wrestling Club is the place to learn the fundamentals of wrestling.
Practices run through March, 2009 in the wrestling room at Springstead High School. Grades K-3 will practice from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Grades 4-8 from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Cost is $80. Checks should be made out to Springstead Wrestling. For more information, visit online at www.springhillwrestling.com or contact Springstead Head Coach Eric Swensen at 797-7010, Ext. 347.

Learn to scuba

SPRING HILL – Learn to scuba at the Hernando County Family YMCA. Classes begin Feb. 10 and run Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9:30 p.m.
This course includes six class and pool sessions for ages 12 and older in good physical health and comfortable in and under the water.
There will also be classes from 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. for ages 10 and older, plus open water dives on Thursday and Friday in the Gulf of Mexico or Rainbow River at $20 per day.
Upon completion of the classes persons will be certified as Open Water Scuba Diver, recognized worldwide.
The cost is $120 for YMCA members and $140 for non-members, plus $60 for use of scuba equipment.
Personal equipment, mask, fins and snorkel are not included, but can be purchased at a discount from instructors: Jack Farrell at 727-861-3483 or 800-633-1633 and Mark Butler at 352-214-1171, who are YMCA, PADI and NAUI instructors.
For additional information, contact Olivia Matles at the YMCA at 688-9622.

Doubles Tennis Tourney in Citrus County

HOMOSASSA – The 1st Annual Doubles Classic Tennis Tournament takes place Feb. 28-Mar. 1 at the Oak Village Tennis Center in Sugarmill Woods. The event benefits ATC Youth Group.
The tourney is open to men’s, women’s, mixed doubles and senior players (60+) for A-B-C levels.
Two matches are guaranteed. There will be complimentary T-shirts to all entrants and awards for winners in each division.
Entry deadline is Tuesday, Feb 25. Entry fee is $20 per person (1st event), $10 (second event).
U.S.T.A. rules and “the code” will govern play.
Matches will be best 2-of-3 sets with a 12-point tiebreaker played when the score is 6-6. Balls will be provided. The tournament director will evaluate all entries.
Check-in is 30 minutes before each scheduled match.
To register contact tournament directors: Rick Scholl at 352-382-0353 or online at rscholl@atlantic.net; A.J. Glenn at 796-3363, Ext.207, or online at ajglenn03@gmail.com or Sally deMontfort at 352-795-9693 or online at deMont@embarqmail.com.

WWJB (AM) 1450 and Golf, Etc. sponsor benefit golf event

BROOKSVILLE – Golf, Etc. is teaming up with WWJB (AM) 1450 to present a benefit golf tournament at Southern Hills Plantation Club, on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
The tourney, which features a 4-person team scramble, offers registration at 8 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m.
Cost is $85 for single players and $320 per foursome.
There will be an awards presentation with a buffet following play, plus a ticket raffle.
For more information, contact Golf, Etc at 597-5994 or go to WWJB.com to download an entry form for your team.
All the tourney proceeds go to the Hernando County Veteran’s Round Table to help local veterans and their families.

Junior Golfers Nights at Golf, Etc.

BROOKSVILLE – Golf, Etc. is offering FREE lessons to children, 12 and under, each Monday for 15 minutes between 4-7 p.m.
The lessons will include tips on utilizing a full swing, stance, grip, putting and chipping.
Golf, Etc. is located in the Western Way Shopping Center, 13045 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
For additional information, contact Golf, Etc. at 597-5994.

Do you live and breathe sports?

BROOKSVILLE – If you love sports — all kinds of athletics — perhaps you would like to write about local games for Hernando Today.
We are always looking for aspiring sports writers. You won’t make a lot of money, but you’ll attend games free and write a report on the game for publication.
Being a sports correspondent enables you to talk with the coaches and players.
If you’re not a journalist, we’ll help you tell your story so readers will understand the game.
We will give you tips on exciting sports writing style and story formatting.
Necessary tools? Aspiring writers need a computer (preferably a laptop), a cell phone, dependable transportation and a willingness to learn.
If you are interested, talk with sports editor, Tony Castro, by calling him at 544-5278.

Seeking boys volleyball players

SPRING HILL – The Hernando Juniors (nonprofit volleyball club) is looking to form boys volleyball teams in three age groups (16U, 14U and 12U).
To register or for additional information, contact Doug Liddle at 556-8054 or Dan Murphy at 650-7363 or visit www.hernandojuniors.com.

Youth baseball, softball coaching clinics

BROOKSVILLE – The City of Brooksville Recreation Department is hosting a series of educational coach training clinics for all youth baseball and softball coaches. The clinic is offered through the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.
A baseball coaches clinic is set from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14 and from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Pl., Brooksville.
A softball coaches clinic is set from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21 and from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, also at the Jerome Brown Community Center.
The cost of each clinic is $20.
Pre-registration is required.
To signup or for additional information, contact the City of Brooksville Recreation staff at 540-3835.

Sheriff’s Office Youth Education Golf Tourney

BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Youth Education Services will be hosting its 23rd Annual Scramblers Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 14, at Brooksville Golf and Country Club.
Hole sponsorships are $50 and registration is $75 per player, which includes a buffet lunch. Donated items that could be used as prizes are also being accepted and all donors/sponsors will be recognized at the event.
All proceeds from this annual event will benefit the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Youth Education Services (Y.E.S.), which is a non-profit organization that was formed to develop programs for our growing youth population.
To register or for additional information, visit www.hernandosheriff.org for a printable registration form for both sponsorships and registrations; or call 754-6830, Ext 53660.

3-on-3 Hoop Tourney

SPRING HILL – The West Hernando Cougars Youth Football league is sponsoring a King of the Courts 3-on-3 basketball tournament, ages 12-14, 15-17 and 18-up, from Feb. 28 through March 1 at Delta Woods Park. There will be a maximum four players per team. The event will feature a 3-point shooting contest and dunk contest for $10 per player.
Cost is $60 per team. All checks are made payable to West Hernando Cougars, 8263 Nuzum Road, Brooksville, FL 34613.
Trophies will be given in each division.
Registration deadline is Feb. 20.
To signup or for additional information, contact Bobby McFarland at (352) 585-6524.

GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING

Central Bears Girls Weightlifting Results
Head Coach – Cliff Lohrey (6th Year: 0-5 overall)
Date Opponent Site Result/Time
12-10 Lecanto Away L 31-50
12-17 Springstead Away L 26-63
01-07 NCT+ Away L 16-48
01-07 Hernando+ Away L 16-41
01-14 County Meet# Away 4th/4 teams
01-21 Citrus Away Canceled
01-23 Lecanto Home L 20-66
01-31 Section 5 Qualifier^ Away 0 state qualifiers/6 lifters
+ Denotes Tri-Meet at Hernando
# Denotes County Meet @ Hernando
^ Denotes Section V Qualifier @ Belleview

Hernando Leopards Girls Weightlifting Results
Head Coach – Shawn Bingham (1st Year: 2-3 overall)
Date Opponent Site Result
12-08 Lecanto Home L 28-55
12-10 Springstead Away L 27-50
12-17 Crystal River Home W 49-31
01-07 NCT^ Home L 41-48
01-07 Central^ Home W 48-16
01-14 County Meet Home 2nd/4 teams
01-28 Citrus Away Canceled
01-31 Section 5 Qualifier+ Away 3 state qualifiers/ 15 lifters
02-14 State Championship= Away 10 a.m.
^ Denotes Tri-Meet @ NCT
+ Denotes Section V Qualifier @ Belleview
= Denotes State Championship @ River Ridge

Nature Coast Technical Sharks Results
Head Coach – Ryan Wilson (4th Year: 5-1 overall)
Date Opponent Site Result
12-10 The Villages Away W 48-33
12-18 Lecanto Home W 45-41
01-07 Hernando+ Away W 48-41
01-07 Central+ Away W 48-16
01-14 County Meet Away 3rd/4 teams
01-21 South Sumter% Away L 38-43
01-21 Crystal River% Away W 38-27
01-31 Section 5 Qualifier^ Away 0 state qualifiers/6 lifters
+ Denotes Tri-Meet @ Hernando
% Denotes Tri-Meet @ Crystal River.
^ Denotes Section V Qualifier @ Belleview

2008-09 Springstead Eagles Girls Weightlifting Recap
Head Coach – Mike Garofano (2nd Year: 4-0 overall; 9-1 lifetime)
Date Opponent Site Result/Time
12-10 Hernando Away W 60-27
12-17 Central Home W 63-26
01-09 Citrus Home W 51-38
01-14 County Meet Away 1st/4 teams
01-21 Lecanto Home W 59-31
01-31 Section V Qualifier+ Away 3 state qualifiers/9 lifters
02-14 State Championship= Away 10 a.m.
+ Denotes Section V Qualifier @ Belleview
= Denotes 6th annual State Championship @ River Ridge

Sports Editor Tony Castro can be reached at 352-544-5278 or online at acastro@hernandotoday.com.

‘Cats Tame Lions Again

SHADY HILLS –
A year ago on this same pitch at Shady Hills-Bishop McLaughlin Catholic, Land O’ Lakes-Academy at the Lakes turned the table on Hernando Christian Academy.

The Wildcats had lost three times to the Lions during the regular season, yet pulled out a huge victory in the fourth meeting, dropping HCA in the semifinal of the Class 2A, District 9 Tournament.

This season, the situation had reversed. This time the Lions had dropped one regular-season contest and tied two others versus Academy at the Lakes heading into Tuesday’s 2A-9 semifinal at Bishop McLaughlin.

However, on this occasion the regular-season results did foretell the final outcome. The Wildcats scored twice in the second half to notch a 2-0 victory, earning a regional berth and a spot in the title game.

“I’m proud of them,” HCA Head Coach Matt Carrao said of his players. “The first half was good. The second half we ran out of steam.

“Give all the credit to them. Academy at the Lakes is a great team. They had our number this year.”

Romeo injured

HCA (5-9-4) suffered a key injury midway through the first half when an Academy at the Lakes (6-3-2) player collided with goalkeeper Josh Romeo while pursuing a ball outside of the goal box.

With no creditable back-up, Romeo toughed out the rest of the match. The senior essentially played with one arm after appearing to injure his left shoulder. He had four saves on the night.

“The kid was courageous,” Academy at the Lakes Head Coach Don Bellefeuille said. “I think he did a heck of a job. He couldn’t lift his left arm. I wanted to take advantage of it but we never really did.”

Both Wildcat goals, as Carrao pointed out, came in one-on-one situations and Romeo’s injury likely didn’t play a factor.

Five minutes into the second half, Dan Pitcarin got out in front of the defense off a pass by Trace Waters and tallied the game’s first score.

Roughly 15 minutes later, Michael Setteducato pounced on a ball that got by Romeo and kicked it to Kartik Mehta, who put it inside the open net.

“There are certain things you work on through the year and we stopped doing it,” Bellefeuille said. “So I had to remind them of some of the fundamentals. I told them if we get back to the fundamentals of the game, we’ll get one goal within five minutes and two within 10.”

The Lions’ leading scorer, senior Jeff Basciano, had the team’s best two scoring chances, both in the second half and both times thwarted by a great diving save by Jason Pitcarin.

“I thought we outplayed them in the first half,” Carrao said. “The sweeper in the back (Dan Pitcarin), he came to play. I think he was the difference today.

“…Obviously it was a learning season and a humbling season a little bit, but hopefully a growing season. For what we played on the field and the talent we had, I think we overachieved. Next year we’ll add some complimentary players to that and go from there.”

ACADEMY AT THE LAKES 2, HCA 0
HCA 0 0 – 0
AATL 0 2 – 2
Goals – AATL: D. Pitcarin, Mehta.
Assists – AATL: Waters, Setteducato.
Shots on goal – HCA: 5, AATL: 7.
Saves – HCA: Romeo 4; AATL: J. Pitcarin 5.
Yellow Cards – Marra (HCA), D. Pitcarin, Garrison (AATL).
Blue Cards – none.
Red Cards – none.
Records: Hernando Christian (5-9-4), Academy at the Lakes (6-3-2).

Sports writer Chris Bernhardt Jr. can be reached at 352-544-5288 or cbernhardt@hernandotoday.com.

New Orthopedist Settles On Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE –
Daniel Moynihan heard his share of barbs before he left Los Angeles.

He was a month away from starting his practice 2,500 miles away in Brooksville.

Most people didn’t know where it was, but they knew it sounded small. It also happened to be in Florida.

“You know, there are hurricanes over there,” someone joked as Moynihan, an orthopedic surgeon, worked on his patient.

Seconds later, the room began to shake. A magnitude 5.8 earthquake caused the entire building to sway from side to side. Moynihan used his body to cover his patient from falling instruments and surgical equipment. He also needed to hold him still.

“I thought, ‘I’m going to die right here,'” he said.

The shaking stopped and Moynihan and his staff could return to work.

Hurricanes suddenly didn’t seem as dangerous. At least they come after some warning.

Four months ago, Moynihan opened the West Coast Musculoskeletel Institute. He needed some help, so he recruited his family.

His older brother, Eugene, 40, is a former SWAT member on the New York Police Department. He is now the office manager.

His younger brother, Bryan, 32, is finishing his studies at Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y., and will soon join Moynihan as his physician’s assistant.

“We chose to come down here because it’s a better place to raise your kids,” said the eldest brother. “It still has a New York flavor.”

Don’t tell the brothers Spring Hill is just like where they’re from.

“Spring Hill really isn’t much like Long Island,” Eugene Moynihan said. “It’s about 30 degrees up there right now.”

His wife and his brother’s also work with them.

The Brooksville-born receptionist is the only non-Moynihan working in the office, located at 14555 Cortez Blvd., just west of the Suncoast Parkway. It is strategically wedged between Spring Hill and Brooksville.

The building was purchased in July. By Sept. 1, they had occupied it.

“Yeah, it was a quick move,” Eugene Moynihan said. “We had a really good contractor.”

The workers tore out pink carpet, peeled off the 1970s-era wallpaper and replaced the furniture. More work is expected, but the offices, lobby area and exam rooms are finished.

Daniel Moynihan knew where he wanted to be just a few months before he moved.

Some of his spine surgeon colleagues work in Pasco County. Knowing they came to an area that needed doctors, he decided to visit.

One morning on a boat off the coast of Homosassa was all it took.

“We went fishing,” he said, referring to him and his older brother. “After that, we knew where we wanted to stay.”

Moynihan is a general orthopedist, focused on arthroscopy, which is a minimally invasive surgery on the joints. It involes a camera and smaller incisions.

He provides services at all three of the county’s hospitals, but said the equipment at Oak Hill Hospital is among the best he has seen in his career.

“The medical industry here is pretty forward-thinking,” he said. “This is the way medicine is going.”

An electrician until he was 25 years old, Moynihan attended Stony Brook University and then medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

His residency was at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute (SCOI) in Los Angeles.

Biz at a glance:

Name of biz – West Coast Musculoskeletal Institute

Owner – Dr. Daniel P. Moynihan

What it is – Orthopedics and sports medicine

Where it is – 14555 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville

Get in touch – 352-556-4823

Hours of operation – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Reporter Tony Holt can be reached at 352-544-5283 or wholt@hernandotoday.com.

Six Straight For Streaking Springstead

SPRING HILL –
At the beginning of the season, veteran Springstead Head Coach Sal Calabrese felt anything above .500 would be a bonus for his young team.

At this point, he may want to raise the bar.

The Eagles, fresh off an impressive 2-0 win over defending Class 4A, District 8 champion Hudson on Wednesday, pushed their winning streak to six Thursday with a 4-0 win over Sunlake at Booster Stadium.

“This is our second match back-to-back and I didn’t make a whole lot of changes,” Calabrese said. “All the boys that started and played last night played tonight. The boys deserve all the credit. They played hard.

“It’s just work ethic, hard work. Some of these guys played 80 minutes last night and 80 minutes tonight. This game is not meant to be played back-to-back, but they did a great job.”

Dominating performance

Sunlake came in with a respectable 6-4-2 mark (5-3-2 in 4A-8) and tied Springstead (9-3-2 overall, 8-2-2 4A-8) 2-2 on Nov. 24.

This time, however, the Seahawks barely looked competitive, mustering just four relatively tame shots on goal against Eagle keeper Joey Lasala, who saved them all in posting a shutout.

“Awful,” Sunlake Head Coach Sam Koleduk said. “We had a tough game against Pasco last night, lost 2-1, and mentally we weren’t prepared tonight. Sal had them ready to play. I thought they played well.”

Senior midfielder Stephan Philippeaux was the offensive star for the Eagles, scoring a pair of goals to go along with an assist.

Off a free kick that went off the defense, he found Josh Peirce for the first goal of the night 12 minutes in.

Four minutes later, Philippeaux got to the ball on a breakaway and put it passed the keeper, who had left the net to pursue the play.

With around 11 minutes remaining in the second half, Philippeaux tacked on his second score, connecting on a corner kick by Terry Wald.

“I feel like I played great,” Philippeaux said. “We played great as a team. We came out here wanting to win and we got the victory.

“We’re just working together, pass after pass, goal after goal. The defense is holding up fine. We’re doing good.”

Philippeaux came into the week with three goals and no assists, but scored twice Monday versus Nature Coast and had an assist in the Hudson match.

“Terry (Wald) kicked the ball over to me (on the first goal),” Philippeaux said. “I kicked it around the defender, I ran around him. The goalie came out and I kicked it in.

“…It was a good, hard cross through the middle (on the second goal).”

In the waning seconds of the match, Wald notched his second assist on a breakaway goal by Matthew Gozdziewski.

Springstead won’t return to the pitch until a tournament at Ridgewood starting Dec. 29.

SPRINGSTEAD 4, SUNLAKE 0
Sunlake 0 0 – 0
Springstead 2 2 – 4
Goals – SPG: Philippeaux 2, Peirce, Gozdziewski.
Assists – SPG: Wald 2, Philippeaux.
Shots on goal – SL: 4, SPG: 12.
Saves – SL: Krupka 8; SPG: Lasala 4.
Yellow Cards – none.
Blue Cards – none.
Red Cards – none.
Records: Sunlake (6-5-2 overall, 5-4-2 4A-8), Springstead (9-3-2 overall, 8-2-2 4A-8).

Sports writer Chris Bernhardt Jr. can be reached at (352) 544-5288 or cbernhardt@hernandotoday.com.

Nine County Gridders Feted by FACA District 8

BROOKSVILLE –
On Monday night at Nature Coast Technical, the Sharks filled a huge void.
For the first time its five-year existence, the Sharks finally had some representatives voted on to annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) District 8 football meeting.
The 10th ranked Sharks, who tied the school record with their eighth straight win last Friday against Hernando, saw four players and a coach named to FACA Senior All-Star team.
Springstead, which improved to 6-2 with a win Friday over Ridgewood, was a stride behind with four selections.
The 29-member schools that comprise District 8 could not decide on a District Most Valuable Player, settling instead on a co-MVPs.
Groveland-South Lake’s mammoth offensive tackle, Jon Harrison (6-foot-4, 290 pounds, 3.90 grade point average) and East Ridge’s elusive tailback Jeremy Wright (202 attempts, 2,038 yards, 19 touchdowns) tied for top honors. The assembled coaches voted three times, but could not unlock the tie between the duo.
As District 8 co-MVPs, both Lake County players have the inside track on berths in the North/South Senior All-Star Game to be played Dec. 23 at Bryant Stadium in Lakeland.
Any of the 24 senior FACA District 8 selections, however, may be selected to play in the all-star contest representing the expansive five-county (Hernando, Pasco, Citrus, Lake, Sumter), 29-member school district.
On Monday night, 16 schools were represented (only attending FACA member head coaches or a representative could nominate or vote for players) including: Groveland-South Lake, Clermont-East Ridge, Wildwood, The Villages, Bushnell-South Sumter, Land O’Lakes, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, Spring Hill-Springstead, Brooksville-Nature Coast, Brooksville-Central, Crystal River, NPR-River Ridge, Hudson, Shady Hills-Bishop McLaughlin Catholic and Brooksville-Hernando.
North Suncoast coaching no shows included: Brooksville-Hernando Christian Academy, Lecanto, New Port Richey-Ridgewood, Dade City-Pasco, Inverness-Citrus, New Port Richey-Gulf, NPR-Mitchell, Leesburg, Eustis, Tavares, Mount Dora, Umatilla and Mount Dora Bible.
Participating coaches voted on two all-star squads beginning with the Senior All-District Team.
Another All-District squad was selected including all underclassmen. But in that balloting no non-senior players cracked that select group.
Each all-star squad had 24 allotted positions (including 11 players on offense, 11 on defense, plus one place kicker and one punter) as only the top vote getters were honored.
Also, each classification selected a Player of the Year and a corresponding Coach of the Year.

Sharks rule

The Sharks, who had never before had a player voted on to the FACA District 8 Senior All-Star team, was paced by Class 3A’s Coach of the Year, Jamie Joyner, 3A’s Player of the Year Michael Fields, along with Chad Dampier, D.J. Williams and Britt Langley.
What did it mean for Joyner to receive COY?
“It’s humbling,” explained the fifth-year skipper. “Especially when you look around and see the class that’s in the room. It’s really an honor. What this really means is I have a great coaching staff that works its tail off and we have players that not only put in the effort, but also perform as well. The real credit belongs to the assistant coaches and players.”
Springstead High’s 11th-year Head Coach Bill Vonada agreed with Joyner’s selection?
“Jamie has done a real good job building the program there.”
On Dampier, “He’s kinda been a behind the scenes guy,” described Joyner of his 6-foot-1, 250-pound offensive guard. “He’s done everything we’ve asked to prepare for football season. Last year, he was kinda our sixth man up front. He was the only guy with any real experience coming in. It’s great to see him get his time to lead.”
Three members of Shark defense highlighted the squad.
D.J. Williams enters his ninth game with 51 tackles, including seven for a loss, plus 10 hurries.
On D.J. Williams, “As a sophomore he played great,” commented Joyner. “Then he was hurt for most of his junior year. He finally got back on track this year. He’s a tremendous leader. He loves to do all the dirty work that linemen do. He’s the guy that keeps blockers off our linebackers, so they can make plays. It’s good to see the coaches show some respect for one of our guys in the trenches.”
Langley journeys to South Lake this week behind a team-best 93 tackles, two sacks and five hurries.
On Langley, “Michael (Fields) is the face our defense. (Alfredo) Lindo is our emotional leader. D.J (Williams) is the personality, but Tadd (Govedich) and Britt (Langley) are our quiet assassins. I mean, you never see them and then wham they make the tackle.
“When was the last time you saw a 100-meter champ lead any team in tackles? That’s Britt,” exclaimed Joyner. “Every year, he’s elevated his game. This year, he put the defense on his back. He’s one determined young man.”
Fields enters the South Lake game with 32 tackles, five passes defended and three interceptions. He’s returned two fumbles and one interception for touchdowns this season.
On Fields, “He’s better than he was during his All-State year (when he registered 10 INTs),” said Joyner. “Nobody knew about him last year. This year, no one is throwing toward him. He’s a ball hawk back there at safety. He’s the face of our defense. What’s overlooked is how physical he can be.
“He’s a tremendous athlete,” added Joyner. “If we were a passing team, I’d have no problems throwing the ball 10-12 times his way during the game. He’s a tremendous competitor.”

Eagles: four picks

Springstead was represented by wide receiver Ben Noury and three members from Mike Garofano’s defensive unit: lineman Stan Miele, linebacker Nate Schafer and safety Domnique Roberson.
Noury collected 29 passes for 470 yards and three TDs, besides rushing for 320 yards and adding three scores.
On Noury, “He’s a four-year starter,” described Vonada. “He caught our eye at a very young age. He does whatever we ask him to do, no hesitation. This year, he’s become more of a leader. Definitely, his strength is his versatility. What I like most is he is so cool under pressure. And when the game’s on the line, he wants the ball.”
The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Miele has collected 53 tackles, two sacks and caused two fumbles.
On Miele, “His strength is his motor,” smiled Vonada. “It’s always going. We throw the word relentless a lot when we describe Miele. If he starts left, there’s no hesitation for him to finish on right and be in on the hit. If he makes a mistake, he does not succumb to that mistake.”
Schafer leads the Eagles with 102 tackles, 2½ sacks and two hurries.
On Schafer, “He’s one of those guys that has great ability,” pointed out Vonada. “Now, we’ve complimented him with some more players. He’s a guy who arrives game ready. He recognizes things a lot better this year because of his devotion to film study.”
Roberson has swiped three passes, caused two fumbles and scored twice on defense.
On Roberson, “First and foremost, he’s a playmaker on defense,” described Vonada. “He’s a throwback to how we used to prepare for games. He comes into games totally focused. He’s a visualization guy. And most importantly, he’s a young man with character. We’re fortunate to have a lot of characters guys this year.”

Sports Editor Tony Castro can be reached at (352) 544-5278 or online at acastro@hernandotoday.com.

2008 FACA District 8 Senior All-Star Team
Offensive Selections
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL HT WGT
QB – Denzel Smith S. Sumter 6-2 200
TB – Jeremy Wright E. Ridge 5-10 185
FB – Brandon Rose The Villages 5-8 155
WR – Ben Noury Springstead 6-1 175
WR – Alex Sampson Zephyrhills 5-11 175
TE – Hunter Newton Hudson 5-9 185
OT – Jon Harrison South Lake 6-4 290
OT – Akeem Marsh Wildwood 6-7 295
OG – Michael Bellamy S. Sumter 6-2 285
OG – Chad Dampier NCT 6-1 250
CT – Kamran Joyer W. Chapel 6-3 307
PK – Alex Spock Land O’Lakes 6-1 195

Defensive Selections
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL HT WGT
DL – Christian Renner Land O’Lakes 6-1 265
DL – Montana Barnes S. Sumter 6-1 200
DL – Stan Miele Springstead 6-2 255
DL – D.J. Williams NCT 5’10” 238
LB – Sean Raymond Wildwood 6-2 230
LB – Nate Schafer Springstead 5-11 200
LB – Collin Robinson Land O’Lakes 5-11 215
LB – Britt Langley NCT 5-9 180
CB – Michael Fields NCT 6-1 140
CB – Demetrice McCray Wildwood 6-0 170
SS – Domnique Roberson Springstead 6-2 165
PT – Alex Spock Land O’Lakes 6-1 195

District 8 CO-MVPs
Position Player School HT WT
OT – Jon Harrison South Lake 6-4 290
TB – Jeremy Wright E. Ridge 5’10” 185
Coach of the Year: Jamie Joyner – Nature Coast Technical

District 8 Players of the Year
Class 1A MVP – n/a
Class 1B MVP – Jeff Pope, Bishop McLaughlin
Class 2A MVP – Michael Bellamy, South Sumter
Class 2B MVP – D’Andre Mitchell, Wildwood
Class 3A MVP – Michael Fields, NCT
Class 4A MVP – Jon Harrison, South Lake
Class 5A MVP – Alex Spock, Land O’Lakes
Class 6A MVP – Jeremy Wright, East Ridge

District 8 Coaches of the Year
Class 1A – n/a
Class 1B – Marty Williams, Bishop McLaughlin (4-4)
Class 2A – Inman Sherman, South Sumter (8-1)
Class 2B – Matt Thompson, Wildwood (7-1)
Class 3A – Jamie Joyner, NCT (8-0)
Class 4A – John Benedetto, Land O’Lakes (6-2)
Class 5A – n/a
Class 6A – Bud O’Hara, East Ridge (8-1).

All-Star Game Coach Nominations:
John Benedetto – Land O’Lakes

2008 FACA District 8 All-Star Team (seniors and underclassmen)
Offensive Selections
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL HT WGT
QB – Denzel Smith S. Sumter 6-2 200
TB – Jeremy Wright E. Ridge 5-10 185
FB – Brandon Rose The Villages 5-8 155
WR – Ben Noury Springstead 6-1 175
WR – Alex Sampson Zephyrhills 5-11 175
TE – Hunter Newton Hudson 5-9 185
OT – Jon Harrison South Lake 6-4 290
OT – Akeem Marsh Wildwood 6-7 295
OG – Michael Bellamy S. Sumter 6-2 285
OG – Chad Dampier NCT 6-1 250
CT – Kamran Joyer W. Chapel 6-3 307
PK – Alex Spock Land O’Lakes 6-1 195

Defensive Selections
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL HT WGT
DL – Christian Renner Land O’Lakes 6-1 265
DL – Montana Barnes S. Sumter 6-1 200
DL – Stan Miele Springstead 6-2 255
DL – D.J. Williams NCT 5’10” 238
LB – Sean Raymond Wildwood 6-2 230
LB – Nate Schafer Springstead 5-11 200
LB – Collin Robinson Land O’Lakes 5-11 215
LB – Britt Langley NCT 5-9 180
CB – Michael Fields NCT 6-1 140
CB – Demetrice McCray Wildwood 6-0 170
SS – Domnique Roberson Springstead 6-2 165
PT – Alex Spock Land O’Lakes 6-1 195

2007 FACA District 8 Senior All-Star Team
Offensive Selections
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL HT WGT
QB – Tate Humphrey Mitchell 5-10 190
RB – Byrone Arline Ridgewood 6-0 230
FB – Sean Scott Hudson 5-8 190
FL – Jerome Harrison Land O’Lakes 6-3 170
SE – Tyrone Hendrix Mitchell 5-9 160
TE – Nick Castellano Land O’Lakes 6-4 205
OL – John Karakaris Ridgewood 6-5 290
OL – Randy Foucha Wildwood 5-11 200
OL – Tom Doman Mitchell 6-0 235
OL – Reis Morrison Zephyrhills 6-5 230
OL – Raleigh Bamberg Land O’Lakes 6-3 257
PK – Eric Karcinski River Ridge 5-9 160

Defensive Selections
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL HT WGT
DL – Mike Williams Wildwood 6-1 207
DL – Travis Tindell Hudson 5-10 250
DL – Joe Robinson Land O’Lakes 6-2 220
DL – Taylor Rotunda Hernando 6-3 235
LB – Ben Perry Ridgewood 5-11 230
LB – Raymond Rauch Wesley Chapel6-0 190
LB – Nick Pauliot Hernando 5-8 200
CB – Allyn Williamson Ridgewood 5-10 150
CB – Ely Payne Land O’Lakes 6-4 175
SS – Aaron Jackson Ridgewood 5-10 190
FS – Frank Downie Ridgewood 5-10 170
PT – Lance Babcock River Ridge 6-5 175

District 8 MVP
Position Player School HT WT
RB – Byrone Arline Ridgewood 6-0 230

All-Star Game Coach Nominations:
John Benedetto – Land O’Lakes

District 8 Players of the Year
Class 1A MVP – n/a
Class 1B MVP – n/a
Class 2A MVP – Yourhighness Morgan, South Sumter
Class 2B MVP – Tory Davis, Wildwood
Class 3A MVP – Travis Tindell, Hudson
Class 4A MVP – Byronell Arline, Ridgewood
Class 5A MVP – Tate Humphrey, Mitchell
Class 6A MVP – n/a

District 8 Coaches of the Year
Class 1A – n/a
Class 1B – n/a
Class 2A – Wade Beal, Mount Dora (6-4)
Class 2B – Robert Lindsey, Wildwood (7-4)
Class 3A – Tom McHugh, Pasco (6-5)
Class 4A – Chris Taylor, Ridgewood (9-2)
Class 5A – n/a
Class 6A – n/a

2007 FACA District 8 All-Star Team (seniors and underclassmen)
Offensive Selections
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL HT WGT
QB – Tate Humphrey Mitchell 5-10 190
RB – Byrone Arline Ridgewood 6-0 230
FB – Sean Scott Hudson 5-8 190
FL – Jerome Harrison Land O’Lakes 6-3 170
SE – Tyrone Hendrix Mitchell 5-9 160
TE – Nick Castellano Land O’Lakes 6-4 205
OL – John Karakaris Ridgewood 6-5 290
OL – Randy Foucha Wildwood 5-11 200
OL – Tom Doman Mitchell 6-0 235
OL – Reis Morrison Zephyrhills 6-5 230
OL – Raleigh Bamberg Land O’Lakes 6-3 257
PK – Alex Spock (11th) Land O’Lakes 6-1 185

Defensive Selections
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL HT WGT
DL – Damon Evans Eustis 6-2 190
DL – Quinton Willis Tavares 6-4 240
DL – Rhode McPherson South Lake 6-0 205
DL – Cameron Pope Pasco 6-2 295
DL Chris Harris Umatilla 5-10 240
LB – Kendall Smith South Sumter 6-0 207
LB – Greg Lloyd East Ridge 6-3 215
LB – Josh Linam Tavares 6-3 235
CB – Michael Floyd Zephyrhills 5-10 170
CB – Lannie Graham Land O’Lakes 5-10 170
SS – Terry Mobley South Sumter 5-10 165
FS – Curtis Dewberry East Ridge 6-1 192
PT – Lance Pemble Leesburg 6-3 185

2006 FACA District 8 Senior All-Star Team
Offensive Selections
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL HT WGT
QB – Joe Weatherford Land O’Lakes 6-4 200
RB – DuJuan Harris Central 5-7 180
FB – Richard Kelly South Sumter 6-0 240
FL – Matt Shepherd Leesburg 6-1 170
SE – Develyn Robinson Land O’Lakes 6-0 175
TE – Chris Doran Hernando 6-3 215
CT – Lee Smith LandO’Lakes 6-0 220
OG – Justin Blake Leesburg 6-1 280
OG – Hudson Harrison Eustis 6-4 230
OT – Bo Massey South Sumter 6-1 288
OT – Josh Guthrie South Lake 6-5 320
PK – Kody Stump Sumter Sumter6-1 170

Defensive Selections
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL HT WGT
DL – Damon Evans Eustis 6-2 190
DL – Quinton Willis Tavares 6-4 240
DL – Rhode McPherson South Lake 6-0 205
DL – Cameron Pope Pasco 6-2 295
DL Chris Harris Umatilla 5-10 240
LB – Kendall Smith South Sumter 6-0 207
LB – Greg Lloyd East Ridge 6-3 215
LB – Josh Linam Tavares 6-3 235
CB – Michael Floyd Zephyrhills 5-10 170
CB – Lannie Graham Land O’Lakes 5-10 170
SS – Terry Mobley South Sumter 5-10 165
FS – Curtis Dewberry East Ridge 6-1 192
PT – Lance Pemble Leesburg 6-3 185

District 8 MVP
Position Player School HT WT
LB – Kendall Smith South Sumter 6-0 207

All-Star Game Coach Nominations:
Steve Moser – Eustis
Cliff Lohrey – Central

District 8 Players of the Year
Class 1A MVP – Ontario McCaleb, Fort Meade
Class 1B MVP – Stephen Johnson, Hernando Christian Academy
Class 2A MVP – Kendall Smith, South Sumter
Class 2B MVP – Kelvin Jackson, Wildwood
Class 3A MVP – Josh Linam, Tavares
Class 4A MVP – DuJuan Harris, Central
Class 5A MVP – Joe Weatherford, Land O’Lakes
Class 6A MVP – Greg Lloyd, East Ridge

District 8 Coaches of the Year
Class 1A – Mike Hayde, Fort Meade (5-4)
Class 1B – Steve Johnson, Hernando Christian Academy (5-5)
Class 2A – Inman Sherman, South Sumter (9-1)
Class 2B – Robert Lindsey, Wildwood (4-5)
Class 3A – Tom Fisher, Zephyrhills (8-1)
Class 4A – Cliff Lohrey, Central (7-2)
Class 5A – John Benedetto, Land O’Lakes (8-1)
Class 6A – Bud O’Hara, East Ridge (7-2)

2006 FACA District 8 All-Star Team (seniors and underclassmen)
Offensive Selections
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL HT WGT
QB – Joe Weatherford Land O’Lakes 6-4 200
RB – Jeff Demps South Lake 5-9 170
FB – Richard Kelly South Sumter 6-0 240
FL – Matt Shepherd Leesburg 6-1 170
SE – Develyn Robinson Land O’Lakes 6-0 175
TE – Chris Doran Hernando 6-3 215
CT – Lee Smith LandO’Lakes 6-0 220
OG – Justin Blake Leesburg 6-1 280
OG – Hudson Harrison Eustis 6-4 230
OT – Bo Massey South Sumter 6-1 288
OT – Josh Guthrie South Lake 6-5 320
PK – Kody Stump Sumter Sumter6-1 170

Defensive Selections
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL HT WGT
DL – Damon Evans Eustis 6-2 190
DL – Quinton Willis Tavares 6-4 240
DL – Rhode McPherson South Lake 6-0 205
DL – Cameron Pope Pasco 6-2 295
DL Chris Harris Umatilla 5-10 240
LB – Kendall Smith South Sumter 6-0 207
LB – Greg Lloyd East Ridge 6-3 215
LB – Josh Linam Tavares 6-3 235
CB – Michael Floyd Zephyrhills 5-10 170
CB – Lannie Graham Land O’Lakes 5-10 170
SS – Terry Mobley South Sumter 5-10 165
FS – Curtis Dewberry East Ridge 6-1 192
PT – Lance Pemble Leesburg 6-3 185

2005 FACA District 8 Senior All-Star Team
Offensive Selections
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL HT WGT
QB – Jarrod Fleming South Sumter 5-11 173
RB – Ricardo Gillard Villages 5-10 165
FB – Seth Metz Springstead 5-9 190
FL – Carlos Everett South Sumter 6-4 200
SE – Richard Jackson East Ridge 6-4 200
TE – Caz Piurowski Land O’Lakes 6-7 250
CT – Chris Bender Center 6-0 245
OG – Demsey Tavo Mitchell 5-10 235
OG – John Walsh Ridgewood 6-2 275
OT – Chris Sibilia Springstead 6-3 275
OT – Russ Hughes Land O’Lakes 6-3 220
PK – Danny Green South Lake 5-11 185

Defensive Selections
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL HT WGT
DL – Caz Piurowski Land O’Lakes 6-7 250
DL – Mike Willis Tavares 6-5 240
DL – Brandon Ward South Sumter 6-5 210
DL – Mark Revelia Wesley Chapel6-0 230
DL Chris Harris Umatilla 5-10 240
LB – Chris Patrick East Ridge 6-2 215
LB – Kadero Terrell Eustis 6-3 230
LB – Joe Brandau Mitchell 5-9 185
CB – Bryan Thomas Zephyrhills 6-3 190
CB – Lannie Graham Land O’Lakes 5-10 170
SS – Andrew Ortiz Springstead 6-1 195
FS – Richard Chaney Lecanto 6-1 190
PT – C.J. Hnilicia Ridgewood 6-0 180

District 8 MVP
Position Player School HT WT
WR/CB – Bryan Thomas Zephyrhills 6-3 190

2004 FACA District 8 Senior All-Star Team
Offensive Selections
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL HT WGT
QB – Ian Wald Springstead 6-0 185
RB – Carl Robinson Wildwood 6-2 185
FB – Nathan Toole Hudson 6-2 215
FL – Charles Dodson Umatilla 6-0 165
SE – Jeremy Flowers Central 6-0 180
TE – Izryal Webb Citrus 6-2 195
CT – Khalil Madani Wesley Chapel6-3 300
OG – Lee Shaver East Ridge 6-3 315
OG – William Wilson Springstead 6-0 255
OT – Danny Tolley Wesley Chapel6-6 305
OT – Colin Roddy East Ridge 6-2 275
PK – Justin DeMutiis Springstead 5-7 150

Defensive Selections
POS. PLAYER SCHOOL HT WGT
DL – Ryan Pace East Ridge 5-11 190
DL – Jerry Carter Pasco 6-3 275
DL – Casey Smith Mitchell 6-1 225
DL – James Jones Leesburg 5-11 225
LB – Scott Mays Land O’Lakes 5-10 208
LB – Pedro Jasso South Sumter 6-0 225
LB – Daniel Harris Central 5-10 195
CB – Joe Burnett Eustis 5-10 185
CB – Joe Huggins East Ridge 5-10 180
SS – Nate Youngblood South Sumter 5-10 180
FS – Fabian Wilson South Sumter 5-11 170
PT – John Heiser Wesley Chapel6-1 175

District 8 MVP
Position Player School HT WT
RB/CB – Joe Burnett Eustis 5-10 185

2003 FACA District 8 Senior All-Star Team
Offensive Selections
POS PLAYER SCHOOL HT WT
QB – Drew Weatherford Land O’Lakes 6-3 210
RB – Dante O’Neal Pasco 5-9 160
RB – Dontrel Lewis Umatilla 5-9 275
FL – Johnny Peyton Pasco 6-5 180
SE – Josh Hladky South Lake 6-1 175
TE – Jordan Hoolihan River Ridge 6-1 200
C – Seth Fabin Wesley Chapel6-3 285
OG – Daniel Cerf Zephyrhills 6-1 245
OG – Casey Martin South Sumter 6-3 260
OT – Drew Noe South Sumter 6-4 300
OT – Charles Gonyea Springstead 6-0 255
PK – Mike Hibbert Central 5-11 175

Defensive Selections
POS PLAYER SCHOOL HT WT
NG – Daniel Cerf Zephyrhills 6-1 245
DT – Jesse Sheffer South Sumter 6-1 265
DT – Rob Kennedy South Lake 6-1 245
DE – David McLeod Umatilla 6-0 185
DE – Chuck Emerson Wesley Chapel5-11 170
LB – Luke Leininger South Lake 6-2 215
LB – Darnell Craig Central 6-2 200
CB – Rod Roberts Hernando 5-9 180
CB – Derrick Johnson Eustis 5-11 180
SS – Josh Faust Umatilla 6-3 190
FS – Chris Bunch Crystal River 6-3 180
PT – Gabriel Montelongo Wesley Chapel6-2 185

District 8 MVP
POS PLAYER SCHOOL HT WT
QB – Drew Weatherford Land O’Lakes 6-3 210

Top Offensive Players
POS PLAYER SCHOOL HT WT
QB – Drew Weatherford Land O’Lakes 6-3 210
WR – Johnny Peyton Pasco 6-5 180

Top Defensive Players
POS PLAYER SCHOOL HT WT
FS – Chris Bunch Crystal River 6-3 180
DT – Daniel Cerf Zephyrhills 6-1 245

2002 FACA District 8 Senior All-Star Team
Offensive Selections
POS PLAYER SCHOOL HT WT
QB – Ben Alford Pasco 6-2 185
RB – Tyrone Tomlin Wesley Chapel6-1 210
RB – Tim Gaynor Central 5-11 190
FL – Logan Payne Land O’Lakes 6-2 180
SE – Wes Reynolds South Lake 5-10 165
TE – Dustin Collins Land O’Lakes 6-1 190
C – Bobby O’Dell Land O’Lakes 6-3 305
OG – Clay Styncomb Umatilla 6-1 218
OG – Walter Truzack Hudson 6-1 245
OT – Joey Tuttle Land O’Lakes 6-3 235
OT – Carlton Medder South Lake 6-6 320
PK – Bobby Batista Central 6-0 200

Defensive Selections
POS PLAYER SCHOOL HT WT
NG – Doug Burden Zephyrhills 5-7 160
DT – Derrick Gentles Wesley Chapel6-6 265
DT – Shane Hand Zephyrhills 6-2 300
DE – Kirk Moats Pasco 6-2 210
DE – Adamm Oliver Ridgewood 6-4 240
LB – Ben Moffitt South Sumter 6-2 235
LB – Joel Maple Umatilla 6-2 190
CB – Sam Miller South Sumter 5-10 190
CB – Marcus Allen Pasco 5-9 165
SS – Earl Everett South Sumter 6-3 210
FS – Derek Henry Umatilla 6-1 170
PT – Ben Alford Pasco 6-2 185

District 8 MVP
POS PLAYER SCHOOL HT WT
SS – Earl Everett South Sumter 6-3 210
Top Offensive Players

POS PLAYER SCHOOL HT WT
WR – Logan Payne Land O’Lakes 6-2 180
OT – Carlton Medder South Lake 6-6 320

Top Defensive Players
POS PLAYER SCHOOL HT WT
SS – Earl Everett South Sumter 6-3 210
DE – Adamm Oliver Ridgewood 6-4 240

Obituaries

Carmen “Chick” Camorata, 86, of Spring Hill, died Monday, Sept. 8, at Oak Hill Hospital. He was born in Elm, N.J., and moved to the area in 1991.

Mr. Camorata served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Hammonton New Jersey Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys; son, Skip Conover, of Spring Hill; daughter, Darlene Camorata; sisters, Catherine O’Toole, and Rose Camorata; and four grandchildren.

Arrangements by Brewer and Sons Funeral Home, Spring Hill Chapel.

Survivors include his son, Neil F. “Freddy,” of Brooksville.

Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville Chapel.

Patricia A. Breslin, 53, of Spring Hill, died Friday, Sept. 12.

Survivors include her son, Patrick Breslin-Williams, of Pennsylvania; and three sisters, Maureen, Frances and Nancy.

Arrangements by Downing Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Spring Hill.

Lorraine M. Hewitt, 87, of Spring Hill, died Saturday, Sept. 18, at her home. She was born in Ashland, Pa.

Ms. Hewitt was a former librarian and a member of the Women’s Army Air Corps. She also was a member of Holiday Rambler Chapter 92, American Legion Post 186, Brooksville Lodge 2582, Moose Lodge 1765. She was the founding member of the Elite Investment Club and past lady president of the Elks Ladies.

Survivors include her daughters, Sue Van Horn-Marsh, of Spring Hill, and Barbara Adams, of Camp Hill, Pa.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Turner Funeral Homes, Spring Hill Chapel.

Beware: Don’t Feed The Bears!

To the victor go the spoils an elder wise man once pointed out.

For a second consecutive season, Central High pocketed the Hernando County football championship.

As a result of the Bears’ on field success, CHS paced the annual Hernando Today All-County Football All-Star Team with 10 players, in addition to Coach of the Year Cliff Lohrey.

Class 3A, District 6 runner-up Nature Coast Technical, which finished second in the county, collected eight selections.

The county’s third-place team, Springstead, earned six picks followed by Hernando Christian Academy (3) and Hernando High (2).

Overall, area coaches and the Hernando Today staff picked almost an entirely new All-Star squad as only six picks were repeat choices from the 2006 squad.

Bears’ bounty: 11 picks

Lohrey, who guided Central to the Class 4A, District 8 and county championships in his initial campaign in 2006, saw his Silver and Navy-clad Bears finish 6-4 in 2007.

Springstead’s veteran Head Coach Bill Vonada explained why Lohrey was the unanimous choice to repeat at Coach of the Year.

“He won the county,” said Vonada. “And his team managed to pull out some games despite some adversity. I thought he did a great job.”

“In 2006, we raised the expectations around here,” shared Lohrey, a Crystal River High School graduate. “Some teams are content with finishing 6-4, but not me. Honestly, we felt like we kinda underachieved on the field.

“We want to be a perennial title team and district contenders,” added Lohrey. “That’s our on-field goal. It’s pretty simple.”

The Bears were paced by 10 All-Star picks featuring: QB Chase Walker, RB Duane Marks, WR Chad Walker, TE Jeff Wright, OL Jason Morton, PK Cody Grey, DL Austin Forte and Brooks Reid, LB Nathan Brazeau and SF Heath Heroux.

Marks and Heroux joined Lohrey as repeat picks from the 2006 squad.

Only Forte and Reid were underclassmen as other eight Bears were seniors.

Chase Walker connected on a county-best 81 passes in 150 attempts (county-high 54 percent), a county-best 1,078 yards and nine touchdowns against six interceptions. Not bad for a signal caller who totaled 647 yards the year before and had more INTs (10) than TDs (5).

On Walker, “our offense went through him. He had a complete grasp of it,” commended Lohrey. “His leadership and physical abilities stood out. It’s nice to put your best athlete at quarterback because he’ll touch the ball every time.”

Marks was named to the 2006 squad at tight end. He was primarily utilized as an H-Back. Last fall, with the graduation loss of do-everything DuJuan Harris to Troy, Marks was the Bears’ primary sledgehammer with 704 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.

“Duane was a 3-year varsity guy for us,” said Lohrey. “And he played just about anywhere we needed. He was a physical back, who had some speed. He’s the type of player that wants the ball in his hands.

“There’s no question when we had our best players in the game (including Marks, who was hurt during midseason) we played our best ball. Even though he got hurt, he never complained once.”

Walker-to-Walker

Chase Walker’s favorite target was his red-headed twin brother, Chad. Chad led the county in receiving with 34 catches for 476 yards and a county-high five TD catches through the air.

“Chad was definitely a weapon,” analyzed Lohrey. “And he took a lot of pride in his downfield blocking, too. He was a tremendous athlete who could run.”

In 2006, Wright snared a quiet seven passes for 88 measly yards.

A year later, Wright emerged as the county’s finest tight end and received the distinction as Hernando County’s Special Teams Most Valuable Player.

Wright did so by quadrupling his production with 28 receptions for 435 yards and two TD grabs.

On special teams, he was a demon with four returns for touchdowns highlighted by two punts and two kickoffs for scores.

“Jeff (Wright) emerged as a vital part of our offense,” described Lohrey. “We moved him from split end to H-Back. He did it all; he could block, run and catch. To me, he found his stride on the field.”

Like Wright, Morton emerged from the shadows for a dominant role.

“During my time, Jason (Morton) has come further than any player I’ve been around,” said Lohrey. “He came in very raw, but he’s very coachable and he really worked on his technique. Physically, he’s an imposing young man. We’re certainly gonna miss him up front this year.”

Grey, a standout soccer player, went 31-for-31 in extra points and connected on 3-of-11 field goal attempts.

“I wish we would have gotten him here earlier,” lamented Lohrey. “Place kicker is an important position. Extra points have to be like free throws, they’ve got to be automatic. He didn’t miss any (PATs). And there’s no question he’s got a big leg.”

High risk, high rewards

Central’s pressure defensive scheme anchored that side of the line of scrimmage.

Two main culprits included defensive linemen Reid and Forte.

Forte led the team with 8.5 sacks while he and Reid split 83 tackles.

“Austin has a knack for the ball,” shared Lohrey. “And Brooks has started every game since his sophomore season. He’s not a publicity guy; he simply does his job. Brooks can be as good as he wants to be this year.”

According to Lohrey, the heart and soul of the Bears belonged to Brazeau.

“To me, he’s one of the best players in the county – on either side of the ball. He’s the face of what you would want your program to be. Nathan’s got a great work ethic, great character and he loves his teammates.”

Heroux was a repeat selection at safety. But his game is liken to more of a linebacker or a John Lynch-type hitter.

“We moved him around,” said Lohrey. “He’s a great athlete. People tend to think of great athletes as offensive players; Heath is that on the defensive side. What I liked the most is since he’s been here; there has been no ounce of concern for his body. He’ll definitely check your chin during a game.”

NCT: great eight

After capturing the 3A-6 crown and splitting the county title in 2006 with Central, NCT was the lone Hernando County team to reach the coveted state playoffs in 2007.

As the Sharks finished 7-4 overall, NCT was feted with eight All-Stars including: TB Tevin Drake, OL Tim LaRose and J.J. Baker, QB Stephen Pelaez, DL Preston Williams, LB Alfredo Lindo, DB Michael Fields and SF Jimmy Huang.

Drake and LaRose were repeat selections from 2006.

Drake, who led the county in rushing with 1,527 yards and a school-record 22 rushing touchdowns, was tabbed not only as the County’s Offensive Player of the Year, but also feted as the County’s Most Valuable Player.

“Offensively, it’s no secret we want to run the football,” shared NCT Head Coach Jamie Joyner. “But even though everybody knew he was getting the ball, he still performed. Tevin set the tone for us offensively.”

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound LaRose anchored strong tackle.

“We’re gonna miss his leadership on and off the field,” discussed Joyner. “He wanted people to run behind him. He didn’t say a whole lot. He was a man of few words.”

NCT was primarily a right-handed running team behind strong guard Baker.

“When he first got here, J.J. was on the defensive line,” recalled Joyner. “It’s no secret where we ran the ball; we were very right-handed. But with J.J. and Tim there we dominated that side of the line. J.J. was one of the hardest working kids we’ve had.”

Pelaez was aptly feted as a utility pick. He filled in wherever needed at NCT. As a senior, he combined for 1,555 yards total offense.

“Stephen played every position on offense except lineman,” reminded Joyner. “If we asked him to drop kick the ball, he could do that. He was that kind of athlete. And he was certainly an impact player for us. He was probably our best inside runner.”

Fields of dreams

Fields had a season for the ages. Forget the fact that Fields went from zero tackles as a sophomore to rank eighth overall with 58 tackles this past season. He caused two fumbles and recovered one.

But from the edge, he stood out. He became a Rhonde Barber-type shutdown cornerback compiling 12 pass breakups and tying the county record of Hernando High’s Eddie Looper with 10 interceptions.

For his efforts he was voted as the county’s Defensive Player of the Year and named to the Class 3A All-State Team.

“Fields’ stats speak for themselves,” admitted Coach Vonada. “He’s very deserving of all the accolades.”

“Michael was a shutdown corner,” emphasized Joyner. “Against North Marion, he blanketed their 6-foot-5 All-State receiver to zero catches. When he’s on that side of the ball, we don’t worry about things.”

Like Fields, Williams was one of four first-time Shark All-Star defenders.

Williams excelled in applying pressure. He totaled 12 quarterback pressures and six tackles for a loss.

“I may never coach another Preston Williams,” lamented Joyner. “I think he was sometimes overlooked at nose guard. He was a cat off the ball. Against St. Pete in the preseason he tackled two guys on a reverse. That just doesn’t happen. He was the type of player who never took a play off.”

Lindo was a tackling machine for NCT Defense Coordinator Charles Liggett’s defense with 127 tackles. Lindo notched a team-high 20 QBP, caused three fumbles and recovered three fumbles.

“Alfredo Lindo is an animal,” stated Joyner. “He’s the most intense kid we’ve got. He was a lot like Preston (Williams). He was intensely competitive and a tone-setter.”

Like Fields, Huang flew under the radar screen until his senior year compiling 85 tackles from his safety position.

“Jimmy (Huang) was never the biggest guy out there,” Joyner said. “He’s a self-made man on the field. He waited his turn and he certainly put the work in. He was invaluable as a run stopper.”

Six Eagles

Six Springstead Eagles were named to the county All-Star squad – all first-time selections – including RB Mike Greco, WR Domnique Roberson, RB/QB/WR Ben Noury, OL Luis Delgado, LB Nate Schafer and DB Bryce Hollingshead.

Fortunately for Coach Vonada, Greco, Roberson, Noury, Schafer and Hollingshead all return.

Greco, who finished third in the county in rushing (786 yards), was the only player to also rank (ninth) in the Top 10 in receiving as well.

“Mike (Greco) certainly progressed as the season went on,” remarked Vonada. “He had some big runs and big pass plays. Other teams had to start accounting for him.”

Roberson, who moved into Spring Hill as last season began, steadily improved on offense and defense. Roberson ranked third in the county in receptions (31) and tied Chad Walker with the most TD grabs (5).

“He took a couple games to get his feet under him,” explained Vonada. “But he started breaking out in week three. He’s a natural leader on offense and defense.”

Like NCT’s Pelaez, Noury served as a jack-of-all trades playing quarterback, wide receiver and running back besides playing defense and punting the football.

“He did an awful lot of things for us,” explained Vonada. “The kid never came off the field. He did everything for us but sweep up the concession stand. And he’s a terrific student/athlete.”

Ex-NCT lineman Delgado helped the SHS offense average almost 300 yards per game.

“It just seemed week after week, Luis (Delgado) always drew the toughest guys across the way,” pointed out Vonada. “And he stood his ground. He was our toughest and most dependable lineman.”

Schafer was the leading tackler for the Eagles with 108 total tackles.

“He was a real consistent performer for us,” described Vonada. “He averaged over 10 tackles a game. He picked up a lot of the slack when we surrounded him with new guys on defense.”

Hollingshead impressed by having a knack for impact plays. He swiped four passes and returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

“Bryce has really turned into a fine young man, too” declared Vonada. “He turned into a dependable player on and off the field. You can see that he’s coming into his own on the football field.”

HCA: trio of Lions

Hernando Christian Academy, which averaged over 31 points per game and permitted only 12.3 ppg, finished 6-2 overall under first-year Head Coach David Raley.

The Lions, who were denied two games to September’s torrential showers, were represented by three juniors: QB David Rotteveel, RB/TE/LB/PT Clay Kessler and NG Josh Romeo.

Rotteveel, a transfer from Hudson, nearly passed for 1,000 yards in eight games and hurled a county-high 11 TDs against six INTs.

“David almost passed for 1,000 yards and in the games we led early, we stopped throwing the ball,” recalled Coach Raley. “He’s a terrific person and he’s the most accurate passer I’ve ever had. He has exceptional accuracy.”

Romeo, another Hudson transfer, recorded 33 tackles at nose guard including five sacks.

“Josh was the best defensive lineman in all of Class 1B,” praised Raley. “He’s a great athlete at 5-foot-10 and 250 pounds. He’s amazingly nimble in a rolly-polly body.”

When healthy, Kessler was a force on offense (17 TDs), defense (68 tackles) and special teams. He was voted the county’s top punter averaging over 41.8 yards per kick with no blocks.

“Clay is a big strong kid,” said Raley. “And he never comes off the field. And he was the hardest working kid on the field or in the weight room. There are not enough superlatives to describe what he meant to us.”

Leopard duo

Rounding out the All-Star squad were two members from Hernando High: junior OL David Hines and senior LB Taylor Rotunda.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Hines was the Leopards’ most consistent offensive lineman, though he battled through injuries.

On defense, Rotunda paced the 2-8 Leopards with 117 tackles.

2007 Hernando Today All-County Football Team

Offense Selections (15 positions)
POS NAME GRADE SCHOOL QUICK HITS
QB Chase Walker 12th Central County’s lone 1,000-yard passer.
RB Mike Greco 11th Springstead Gained nearly 1,000 yds. total offense.
RB Duane Marks* 12th Central Three-way threat scored 11 TDs.
WR Chad Walker 12th Central Snared a county-high 34 aerials.
WR Domnique Roberson 11th Springstead Grabbed 31 passes; gradually improved.
TE Jeff Wright 12th Central Caught 28 passes as an “H-Back”.
OL Tim LaRose* 12th NCT Never missed a snap in 4 varsity seasons.
OL J.J. Baker 12th NCT Solid blocker at strong guard for Sharks.
OL David Hines 11th Hernando Great size at 6-foot-5, 255 pounds.
OL Jason Morton 12th Central Prototype tackle at 6-foot-4, 325 lbs.
OL Luis Delgado 12th Springstead Most consistent Eagle lineman.
PK Cody Grey 12th Central Paced county w/3 FGs, 31 PATs.
UTL Stephen Pelaez 12th NCT Passed, rushed for 1,555 yards.
UTL Ben Noury 11th Springstead Huge 3-way threat for the Eagles.
UTL David Rotteveel 11th HCA Threw for 899 yds., 11 TDs in 8 games.

Defense Selections (13 positions)
POS NAME GRADE SCHOOL QUICK HITS
DL Austin Forte 11th Central Registered team-best 8.5 sacks, 2 blocks.
DL Preston Williams 12th NCT Had 3 sacks, 12 QB pressures for Sharks.
DL Brooks Reid 11th Central Emerging lineman with 42 tackles.
LB Alfredo Lindo 11th NCT Collected 127 tackles, 20 QBP, 3 FR, 3 CF.
LB Nathan Brazeau 12th Central Posted a team-best 111.5 tackles, 6.5 sacks.
LB Taylor Rotunda 12th Hernando Collected team-high 117 tackles.
LB Nate Schafer 11th Springstead Garnered team-high 108 tackles, 2 TBLs.
DB Michael Fields 11th NCT All-State pick swiped 10 INTs, had 12 PB.
DB Bryce Hollingshead11th Springstead Had 4 INTs, returned 1 FR for a score.
SF Heath Heroux* 12th Central Utilized LB mentality with 60 tackles.
SF Jimmy Huang 12th NCT Collected 85 tackles, 2 INTs, 6 PB..
PT Clay Kessler 11th HCA Averaged over 41 yds. per boot, no blocks.
UTL Josh Romeo 11th HCA 33 tackles including 5 SKs.

Offensive MVP – Tevin Drake* (NCT)
Defensive MVP – Michael Fields (NCT)
Special Teams MVP – Jeff Wright (Central)
Coach of the Year – Cliff Lohrey* (Central)
County MVP – Tevin Drake (Central)
* Denotes repeat selection

2006 Hernando Today All-County Football Team

Offense Selections (14 positions)
POS NAME GRADE SCHOOL QUICK HITS
QB John Hogeland* 12th Springstead County’s leading passer w/849 yds., 8 TDs.
RB DuJuan Harris* 12th Central Amasssed 1,641 rushing yds., 17 TDs.
RB Tevin Drake 9th NCT In 5 games rushed for 857 yds., 11 TDs.
WR Jeff Haynes 12th Springstead Snared county-high 27 aerials.
WR Stephen Pelaez 11th NCT Grabbed 18 passes, 294 yds.
TE Duane Marks 11th Central Caught 19 passes, 254 yds. as an “H-Back”.
OL Tim LaRose 11th NCT Strong tackle for county’s leading offense.
OL David Kriner 12th NCT Sharks’ best blocker for 3 years.
OL Mike Schafer 12th Springstead At 6-foot-3, 223-lbs., most consistent OL.
OL Aaron Bourguignon 12th Central Anchored strong tackle for district champs.
OL Joe Homan 12th Central Trap master at center for the Bears.
PK Josh Magrini 12th Springstead Hit 20-of-21 PATs, county-best 4 FGs.
UTL Josh Ortiz* 12th NCT Passed, rushed for a combined 1,534 yards.
UTL Robert Smith 12th Hernando Rushed for 743 yds., 8 TDs.

Defense Selections (13 positions)
POS NAME GRADE SCHOOL QUICK HITS
DL Josh Olivera* 12th Springstead Team-best 88 tackles, 1 sack, 1 CF.
DL Michael Cole 12th NCT 63 tackles, 9 TBL, 7 QBP, 1 INT, 1 FR.
DL Jason Joens 12th NCT 73 tackles, 3 TBL, 9 QBP.
LB Cody Fritsch 12th NCT Totaled 166 tackles, 6 TBL, 8 QBP, 3 BLK.
LB Jessie Hartman 12th Central Posted a team-best 111.5 tackles, 6.5 sacks.
LB Nick Pauliot 11th Hernando Collected team-high 105 tackles, 19 QBP.
LB Anthony Scarantino*12th Springstead Garnered 57 tackles, 1 sack, 1 CF, 1 FR.
DB Randall Smith 12th Hernando 38 tackles, 6 PB, team-best 3 INTs.
DB Bryan Villegas 12th Springstead Notched 77 tackles, 4 INTs.
SF Heath Heroux 11th Central 47 tackles, 1 INT, 1 CF.
SF Josh Ortiz 12th NCT Two-way threat, 2 INTs, one TD for score.
PT Casey Jones* 12th NCT Very consistent. Averaged over 38 yds.
UTL Corey Drummond 12th HCA Totaled 126 tackles, 3 CF, 2 FR, 1 INT.

Offensive MVP – DuJuan Harris (NCT)
Defensive MVP – Nick Pauliot (Hernando)
Special Teams MVP – George Fribley III (Hernando)
Coach of the Year – Cliff Lohrey (Central)
County MVP – DuJuan Harris (NCT)
* Denotes repeat selection

2005 Hernando Today All-County Football Team

Offense Selections (14 positions)
POS NAME GRADE SCHOOL QUICK HITS
QB John Hogeland 11th Springstead Steadily improved in his first year.
RB Michael King* 12th Springstead Homerun threat w/ 754 yards, 8 TDs.
RB James “LJ” Thomas 12th Hernando Leopard workhorse w/829 yds., 11 TDs.
WR Brock Byrd 12th Hernando Explosive. Avg. nearly 22 yds. per catch.
WR Nate Dahmer 12th HCA Snared a county-best 8 TDs.
TE Chris Ferguson* 12th Springstead Prototype TE at 6-foot-4, 250-lbs.
OL Chris Sibilia 12th Springstead Solid blocker on the perimeter.
OL Philip McGuire 12th Springstead Will get down and dirty.
OL Brandon Nuby 10th NCT Sharks’ “Hog of the Year” recipient.
OL Justin Cochran 12th Hernando Great pulling offensive guard.
OL Andreu Szempruch 11th HCA Undersized at 6-foot, 188-pounds.
PK Stephen Bock 12th Central Paced county w/7 FGs, 21 PATs.
UTL Ryan Walczak* 12th HCA Accounted 1,108 yards, 14 TDs for Lions.
UTL Josh Ortiz* 11th NCT Amassed 1,138 total yds. of offense.

Defense Selections (14 positions)
POS NAME GRADE SCHOOL QUICK HITS
DL Brandon White 11th Hernando 63 total tackles, including 45 solos, 1.5 SK.
DL Kyle Friant 12th Central 81 total tackles, lived in the backfield.
DL Morgan Roderick 12th NCT 68 tackles, 13 TFL, 4 SKs, 3 QBPs.
DL Josh Oliveira 11th Springstead 67 tackles, 2 TFL, 1.5 SKs, 3 CF, 4 FR.
LB Seth Metz 12th Springstead Led county w/ 133 tackles, 6 SKs, 4 CF.
LB Anthony Scarantino11th Springstead 106 tackles, 2.5 SKs, 1 FR.
LB Bryan Nutter 12th Central Two-way standout; 80 tackles, 3 FR.
LB Carlos Becaria 11th Central Two-way threat; 103 total tackles, 3 FR.
DB Andrew Ortiz 12th Springstead Shutdown corner; 84 tackles, 6 INTs.
DB Tim Hery 12th Springstead Former cheerleader w/ 70 tackles, 5 INTs.
SF Brock Byrd 12th Hernando Two-way threat; 66 total tackles, 4 INTs.
PT Casey Jones 11th NCT Averaged over 39 yds. per kick, no blocks.
UTL DuJuan Harris 11th Central Never left the field for the Bears.
UTL Corey Drummond* 11th HCA 110 total tackles including 78 solos, 1 SK.

Offensive MVP – Seth Metz 12th Springstead Led county 929 rushing yards, 12 TDs.
Defensive MVP – Seth Metz 12th Springstead Led county w/ 133 tackles, 6 SKs, 4 CF.
S. Teams MVP – George Fribley 10th Hernando Led county w/3 KORs for TDs.
Coach of the Year – Bill Vonada (Springstead)
Player of Year – Seth Metz (Springstead)
* Denotes repeat selection

2004 Hernando Today All-County Football Team

Offense Selections (14 positions)
POS NAME GRADE SCHOOL QUICK HITS
QB Ian Wald* 12th Springstead Lefty was proto-type option quarterback.
RB Tim Dow* 12th Springstead Plowed for 983 yds., 14 TDs.
RB Rian Williams 11th NCT Paced county w/ 1,728 yds., 20 TDs.
WR Jeremy Flowers* 12th Central Led county w/ 40 reps, 556 yds., 5 TDs.
WR Josh Ortiz 10th NCT Snared 22 reps., 398 yds., 6 TDs.
TE Chris Ferguson* 11th Springstead Great blocker; 24 reps., 344 yds., 2 TDs.
OL Andrew Leavine 11th Central Bears protected by 6-foot-5 condominium.
OL William Wilson 12th Springstead In crucial times, Eagles ran behind him.
OL Chris Schaefer 12th Springstead Undersized tackle played “big”.
OL David Kriner 10th NCT Red headed bulldozer.
OL Windham Rotunda* 12th Hernando Excelled on both sides of the line.
PK Justin DeMutiis 12th Springstead Paced county w/6 FGs, 33-of-35 PATs.
UTL Shane Collard 12th Central Two-way standout for the Bears.
UTL Chad Sanders 12th Hernando Rushed for 1,322 yds., 13 TDs.

Defense Selections (14 positions)
POS NAME GRADE SCHOOL QUICK HITS
DL Jon Howland 12th Springstead 71 total tackles, including 12 TFL, 8 SKs.
DL John Washington 12th Hernando Side-to-side guy; 108 total tackles, 6 SKs.
DL Addison Chipoletti12th Hernando Great motor; 74 tackles, 2 SKs, 1 FR.
DL Josh Golden 11th Springstead 51 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 CF, 1 FR.
LB Daniel Harris* 12th Central Led county w/ 110 tackles, 7 SKs.
LB Nick Belavilas 12th Springstead 88 tackles, 6 TFL, 3 CF, 3 FRs, 1 INT.
LB John Hardy 12th Springstead 71 tackles, 3 TFL, 1SK, 2 CF, 2 INTs.
LB Quinden Floyd 11th Springstead Speedster; 42 tackles, 4 SKs, 2 CF, 2 INT.
DB Michael King 11th Springstead Hard to elude; nibble; 59 tackles, 2 FRs.
DB Jeremy Flowers* 12th Central 57 tackles, 2 FRs, 3 INTs.
SF Shane Collard 12th Central 46 tackles, 2 SKs, 2 INTs.
PT Ian Wald 12th Springstead Averaged over 38.5 yds. per kick.
UTL Corey Drummond 10th HCA 94 tackles, including 60 solos, 2 CF, 3 FRs.
UTL Ryan Walczak 11th HCA 70 tackles including 37 solos, 1 CF, 2 FRs.

Offensive MVP – Ian Wald 12th Springstead Led county 690 passing yds., rushed for 888.
Defensive MVP – Daniel Harris 12th Central Inspirational leader, averaged 10 tackles.
S. Teams MVP – Justin DeMutiis 12th Springstead Could pooch it or boot it deep.
Coach of the Year – Bill Vonada (Springstead)
County MVP – Ian Wald (Springstead)
* Denotes repeat selection

2003 Hernando Today All-County Football Team

Offense Selections (13 positions)
POS NAME GRADE SCHOOL QUICK HITS
QB Ian Wald 11th Springstead County’s finest two-way threat
RB Tim Dow 11th Springstead Battering ram led Eagles w/ 733 yds.
RB Rod Roberts* 11th Hernando Paced county with 9.38 yds. per carry avg.
WR Chris Ferguson 10th Springstead County’s top receiver w/ 27 reps., 416 yds.
WR Ermine Lewis 12th Central Snared 16 passes, 332 yds., 2 TDs
TE Brae White* 12th Hernando Averaged 39 yds. per catch, fine blocker
CT Joe Vitale* 12th Springstead Starter for over 3½ years at 6-foot, 250-lbs.
OG Eric Bruscino 12th Springstead Solid performer at 6-foot, 267-lbs.
OG Rotunda Windham 11th Hernando Beginning to blossom at 6-foot-3, 260-lbs.
OT Brian Oakes* 12th Central Focal point of Bears’ OL…Quick, athletic.
OT Charles Gonyea 12th Springstead Go-to blocker at 6-foot-5, 255-lbs.
PK Mike Hibbert* 12th Central Paced county w/ 15, 21 PATs.
UTL Jeremy Flowers 11th Central Opened at WR…Led county in passing.

Defense Selections (13 positions)
POS NAME GRADE SCHOOL QUICK HITS
DL Michael Noyes 12th Central 67 total tackles, including 44 solos, 1 FR.
DL Tank Donaldson* 12th Hernando Two-player starter, 23 total tackles.
DL Charles Gonyea* 12th Springstead 25 tackles, 7 TBLs, 3 SKs.
DL Chris Schaefer 11th Springstead 33 tackles, 7 TBLs, 4 SKs.
LB Kurt Carriveau* 12th Springstead 60 tackles, 4 CFs, 2 FRs, 2 INTs.
LB Jarvis Baylor 12th Hernando Led county w/134 total tackles, 1 CF, 1 FR.
LB Darnell Craig 12th Central 125 total tackles, including 85 solos, 4 FRs.
LB Daniel Harris 11th Central 43 total tackles including 33 solos, 4 SKs.
DB Jose Yearwood* 12th Springstead Two-way threat; 44 tackles, 2 INTs.
DB Rod Roberts 12th Hernando 2-way threat when healthy, 40 tackles, 6 PB.
SF Jeremy Flowers 11th Central 29 total tackles, 2 INTs.
PT Mike Hibbert 12th Central Averaged over 41 yds. per kick.
UTL Anthony Wright 12th Central 45 tackles including 16 solos, 3 SKs.

Offensive MVP – Ian Wald (Springstead)
Defensive MVP – Darnell Craig (Central)
Special Teams MVP – Mike Hibbert (Central)
Coach of the Year – Bill Vonada (Springstead)
County MVP – Darnell Craig (Central)
* Denotes repeat selection

2002 Hernando Today All-County Football Team

Offense Selections (13 positions)
POS NAME GRADE SCHOOL QUICK HITS
QB Brad Wyatt 12th Hernando County’s leading passer with 724 yds.
RB Tim Gaynor 12th Central Leading rusher w/ 1,351 yds., 13 TDs.
RB Rod Roberts 11th Hernando County’s No. 2 rusher w/ 808 yds., 5 TDs
WR Nate Jenkins 11th Springstead County’s leading receiver w/ 14 reps.
WR Mozell Elder 11th Hernando Snared 10 passes, county-best 3 TDs.
TE Brae White 11th Hernando Two-way starter, 6 reps. for 101 yds.
CT John Humbert 12th Hernando At 6-foot-2, 250-lbs., a major force on traps
CT Joe Vitale 11th Springstead Third-year starter at 6-foot, 228-lbs.
OG Robbie Jernigan 12th Hernando Graded out most consistent Leopard OLman.
OT Brian Oakes 11th Central Enabled Bears to rush for 2,122 yds.
OT Nick Marty 12th Central A load on sweeps at 6-foot-5, 295-lbs.
PK Mike Hibbert 11th Springstead Paced county w/ 10 FGs
UTL Jagren Castillo 11th Hernando Totaled 875 offensive yds., 12 TDs

Defense Selections (13 positions)
POS NAME GRADE SCHOOL QUICK HITS
DL Tank Donaldson 11th Hernando 44 tackles, 1 INT.
DL Windham Rotunda 10th Hernando 40 tackles, 2 FRs.
DL Charles Gonyea 11th Springstead 23 tackles, 1 SK, 1 FR.
DL Eric Bruscino 11th Springstead 62 tackles including 30 solos.
LB Ermine Lewis 11th Central 76 tackles, 6 SKs vs. RR, 2 FRs.
LB Richie DelValle 12th Central 102 tackles including 44 solos.
LB Andres Lawson 11th Hernando County-best 130 tackles in 10 games, 2 FRs.
LB Kurt Carriveau 11th Springstead 96 tackles including 60 solos, 4 FRs, 2 INTs.
DB Antonio Brown 10th Hernando 29 tackles, 1 FR, county-best 5 INTs.
DB Jose Yearwood 11th Springstead 68 tackles including 31 solos.
SF Willie Fifer 12th Hernando 104 tackles, 2 CFs, 2 FRrs.
PT Willie Fifer 12th Hernando Averaged county-best 38.5 yards per kick.
UTL Brandon Dampier 11th Central 45 tackles including 16 solos, 3 SKs.

Offensive MVP – Tim Gaynor (Central)
Defensive MVP – Kurt Carriveau (Springstead)
Special Teams MVP – Mike Hibbert (Springstead)
Coach of the Year – Bill Browning (Hernando)
County MVP – Tim Gaynor (Central)

Sports Editor Tony Castro can be reached at (352) 544-5278 or online at acastro@hernandotoday.com.

The NFL Can Wait

When Jose Yearwood graduated from F.W. Springstead High School, little did he think he would end his college career with as many accomplishments as he has attained.

Yearwood, who this past spring graduated from Brown University of the Ivy League, started for the Brown football team, earned two tryouts with teams in the National Football League, and has a job awaiting him with the financial firm of J.P. Morgan.

“I mean, I would love to play in the NFL, but I have a degree from Brown, I won an Ivy League title as a sophomore and I’ve got that ring,” Yearwood said. “In the end, it was the best decision I ever made.”

After graduating from Springstead High in 2004, Yearwood decided to attend the Ivy League school where he earned a double major in economics and ancient history.

He made the Brown Bears team as a freshman, but had only two tackles on the year. In his sophomore year, Yearwood earned a starting spot as a defensive back and had 56 tackles as Brown won its first Ivy League title in 41 years.

As a junior, Yearwood was named Honorable Mention All-Ivy League and was picked on the weekly Ivy League Honor Roll for his performance against Penn when he had eight tackles and broke up three passes in the game.

During Yearwood’s final year at Brown, the 6-foot-1, 226-pound defensive back had 33 tackles and 24 assists.

Against Yale in a 17-7 loss, Yearwood had 10 tackles, while in a 28-17 win over Duquesne, he had eight tackles and a late interception in the end zone to help preserve the win.

Two tryouts

This past summer, Yearwood attended two tryout camps. Initially, he went to the Kansas City Chiefs’ camp in mid-May and then attended a camp for the Buffalo Bills.

“Right now, I have a lot of free time before I start working and trying to make it in the NFL was something I wanted to do,” he said.

“Both the camp with the Chiefs and the Bills were basically tryout camps,” the Spring Hill resident said. “I didn’t get invited to the NFL Combine and when we had a Pro Day at Brown, Kansas City and five other NFL teams were there.

“I ran a 4.53 40-yard dash and I thought I did well enough on Pro Day that I might get signed as an undrafted free agent. But I wasn’t and I’m OK with that,” he said. “I mean, this fall I’m going to be working for J. P. Morgan in New York City.”

Before the draft, the Internet site TheFootballExpert.com interviewed Yearwood and had some interesting quotes from him.

When they asked him to describe his game in three words or less, Yearwood told them, “consistent, dependable and prepared.”

Later, they asked him to list three things he wanted to do with his life: “1. Work on Wall Street; 2. Coach high school football; 3 Broadcasting.”

And while sports is an important part of Yearwood’s life, academics is also very important. “Academics are second to none,” he said. “It gives you great opportunities after school.

“It pushes you. It’s a really big challenge and I definitely think it will make you a better person in the long run.”

The Brown graduate also thinks the football played in the Ivy League does not get the recognition is should. “Football is the only NCAA sport that has a Division I and a I-AA. Of the I-AA schools, we’re as good as most of them,” he said.

“I’m sure we couldn’t have beaten Appalachian State (this year’s NCAA I-AA national champion), but we play teams from the Patriot League and we’ve beaten them.”

Yearwood says his plans right now are to relax and visit Florida. “I want to visit my family and my nephew, Kevin Greer, plays at Central and I want to see him and work out with him.”

But if asked what accomplishment he’s most proud of, Yearwood says quickly it was playing football and graduating from Brown.

“People talk about student-athletes. But I think playing in the Ivy League is the ultimate,” he said. “You’re held to an extremely high standard. And when you’re in the real world with an employee, an Ivy League degree is something to say you played ball and still balanced a tough academic load every week.”

This Store Is For The Birds

SPRING HILL Joe Carlino doesn’t own a collection of colorful macaws only to look at them.

To him, they have as much personality as any other domestic pet. He reached into one of the many cages at his store and went for the bird’s ankles.

“Hi, Phoenix,” he said. “I play with your feet.”

The green wing macaw bobbed her head, stuck her tongue out and playfully tried to bite his fingers.

A few minutes later, he got her to talk.

“Hi there,” she said over again.

Why do people spend more than $1,000 for a bird that is usually kept in a cage and not permitted to fly? The short answer is that there are a lot of people like Carlino, who also breeds and sells them for a living.

“They are talking birds,” he said, referring to various species of macaws. “You can have conversations with some of them. They make great pets.”

Bird owners must understand how much attention their pets require, Carlino warned. If one regularly interacts with the animal, the happier it will be.

“The key thing is to develop a one-on-one relationship with the bird,” he said. “If you have that, you’ll have a wonderful pet.”

In December, Carlino and his wife, Roseann, opened Quality Exotic Birds at 7349 Spring Hill Drive. In the front half of the store, customers can usually see canaries, African grays, cockatiels, macaw hybrids and other birds. On the shelves there are bird toys, perches, feed and other products for owners to use to keep their pets happy and occupied.

There are a variety of cages on display in the front and back, all of which are “bird safe” – which is to say they contain no paint or chemical products that could be harmful to the animal.

Smaller cages are best-suited for the canaries while the larger, wider cages are best for macaws and their exceptionally large wingspans.

Carlino does a lot more than sell products and offer grooming services. He also does more than invite potential bird owners to his store. He will often invite them to his house.

“If we’re selling birds to a first-time owner, we’ll open our home to them to show them how to hand feed them,” he said. “We want it to be a good experience for the bird owner.”

An American singing canary – which often is bought for children – usually cost about $70. Some macaws, like a green wing or a scarlet, can cost thousands.

A hyacinth macaw, which is all-blue, can cost almost $10,000.

“You’re buying longevity, Carlino said. “That’s why they are so expensive.”

Macaws can live for up to 100 years, but the average is more like 50 years. In the past, exotic birds were captured in their own habitat in South America or Australia and shipped across the world.

That devastated the bird population in some regions. Furthermore, many of the animals died during the transport. The business still continues, but most local dealers, like the Carlinos, breed their own birds.

The Carlinos are from New York and moved to Spring Hill from New Port Richey in 2005. Quality Exotic Birds is the only local place where people can buy medium to large birds, they said.

Joe Carlino has a 32-year-old photo of him at the former Parrott Jungle in Miami where his fascination with birds manifested into an obsession. The 6-foot-5-inch Italian had at least four multi-colored flying parrots perched on his arms and shoulders. He was looking directly at the camera sporting a wide smile.

“That’s where my dream came alive,” he said.

He and his wife are among the newest members of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 13.

The public are invited and refreshments will be served.

Reporter Tony Holt can be reached at 352-544-5283 or wholt@hernandotoday.com.

Biz at a glance:

Name of biz: Quality Exotic Birds

Owners: Joe and Roseann Carlino

What it is: Medium to large exotic bird retailer

Where it is: 7349 Spring Hill Drive

Get in touch: 352-835-4040