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.

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Thomas Kappenmacher, 45, of Shady Hills, died Sunday, Dec. 14. He was born in Hollis, Queens, N.Y., and moved to Florida from Long Island, N.Y.
Mr. Kappenmacher was employed by Superior Structures.
Survivors include his wife, Keri; three sons, Thomas, Michael and Johnny Kane; three brothers; and six sisters.
Arrangements by Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Seven Hills Chapel, Spring Hill.
Thomas J. Biuso, 81, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, at his home. He was born in Bronx, N.Y., and moved to this area 13 years ago from Long Island, N.Y.
Mr. Biuso retired as a senior architect for JC Penney Company, New York, N.Y.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; four children, Thomas, Joseph, Christopher and Dori Elefterakis; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Arrangements by Turner Funeral & Cremation Center, U.S. 19 Chapel, Spring Hill.
Frankie Lee Riggins, 69, of Brooksville, died Friday, Dec. 12, at his home. He was born in Brooksville and returned to Brooksville 10 years ago from Glen Cove, N.Y.
Mr. Riggins was a retired welder.
Survivors include three sons, Frankie Riggins Jr. of New York, Chan Riggins of Georgia and Caesar Riggins of Tennessee; three daughters, Belinda Riggins, Deborah Thomas and Elissa Wilson of Georgia; two brothers, Thomas Brooks and Robert Brooks; seven sisters, Bessie Lookadoo, Fatimah Saleem, Elizabeth Simmons, Tommie Files, Sarah Reed, Fannie Conyers and Joyce Gay; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Cason Funeral & Cremation Services, Brooksville.
Larry Gene Mullins, 62, of Brooksville, died Friday, Dec. 12, at Brooksville Regional Hospital. He was born in Chesapeake, Ohio, and moved to this area 29 years ago from Gallipolis, Ohio.
Mr. Mullins was a retired auto mechanic.
Survivors include his wife, Linda; four daughters, Lisa Mullins, Laura Kent, Lana Springer and Christina Carn, all of Brooksville; three brothers, Les Mullins of Bowling Green, S.C., and Lorn Mullins and David Allen, both of Gallipolis; three sisters, Judy Sanders and Sandra Paydon, both of Gallipolis, and Yovanna Massey of Bowling Green; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Cason Funeral & Cremation Services, Brooksville.
Lorene H. Morgan, 81, of Brooksville, died Wednesday, Dec. 17. She was born in Randolph County, Alabama, and moved to this area 53 years ago from Fort Payne, Ala.
Mrs. Morgan was a homemaker and a member of Church of the Holy Spirit.
Survivors include a son, Millard Hodges of Floral City; two daughters, Linda Conrad and Carolyn Reding of Brooksville; a sister, Evabell Wells of Fort Payne; 11 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Turner Funeral Homes, Spring Hill Chapel.

Panhandling A Common Sight

SPRING HILL –
Heather Hasenstaub feels sharp pain each day.
She cannot walk without a cane. She recently suffered burn injuries on her right arm and leg. Three of her top teeth were broken during a fall. She was trying to escape a burning house.
Doctors advised her not to be on her feet for more than 15 minutes at a time.
She stands on street corners for up to five hours straight. Her house was gutted due to the fire, and she is not receiving any government aid in spite of her physical difficulties, she said.
It is either beg for money or go hungry.
The physical pain is one thing. Her self-esteem hurts more.
“This is humiliating,” Hasenstaub said as she stared blankly toward Shady Hills Road. “When I was better off, I used to see people with these signs and automatically assume they were hustling.”
Solicitation along medians, streets and highways is illegal in Hernando County. The statute is meant to “prevent dangers to persons and property, to prevent delays and to avoid interference with the traffic flow,” the law states.
Cities across the country are looking to crack down on panhandling, including High Point, N.C., Spokane, Wash., and Des Moines, Iowa.
Sheriff’s deputies have told Hasenstaub, 33, and her family to move elsewhere. They stand on the Pasco County side of the road and have been seen there for several weeks.
Most motorists stop at the traffic light and anxiously look ahead. They pretend they don’t see Hasenstaub, or her fiancée and 17-year-old daughter.
Some give cash and coins, but it seems most people who acknowledge them are not feeling as charitable.
Hasenstaub and her daughter, Tiffany Heitz, 17, will see obscene gestures or hear screams and swearing.
“I’ve seen people I’ve known before and they’re laughing at me,” said Heitz. “It’s an eye-opener. You have no idea how hard it is.”
Her body aches every day. She is often joined by her boyfriend. They will either stay at a friend’s house or sleep in a two-door Chevrolet Monte Carlo along with her mother and fiancé. It is difficult for four people to sleep in a small-sized sedan, she said.
Hasenstaub said their home was damaged by fire several months ago, but she couldn’t recall the exact date. Neither could her fiancé. But that’s not how they lost their home.
The concrete walls were salvaged, they said, but the floor, ceiling and interior required a lot of repair. They didn’t have insurance, so they tried to live in their scorched home amidst the smell of burned wood and ashes.
The house, which is located in Gulf Highlands in Port Richey, eventually was foreclosed.
Whenever Hasenstaub and her daughter see a school bus heading toward them along County Line Road, they will turn around and hide in the bushes, she said.
The high school students are the worst hecklers.
One day, Hasenstaub was struck in the forehead by a quarter. The person who threw it yelled, “Get a job!”
“My feelings were hurt more than anything,” she said.
Less than five miles away from where Hasenstaub and her family stood Wednesday morning was another panhandler.
Jim Hughes, 52, was at the corner of Barclay Avenue and Spring Hill Drive. He was looking for money and a ride to Port Charlotte. But first, he wanted to get a drink and find someone willing to drive him to U.S. 41.
He has a post office box in Port Charlotte, he said. He also likes the food served by the homeless shelter there, not to mention the showering facilities he can use along the way in Sarasota.
It was mid-morning and he already smelled of alcohol. The money he collected that day – about $12 – was going to be spent on booze at the nearby 7-Eleven. He admitted it.
“I want to find work,” he said when asked what he ultimately wants. “I want to get off the street.”
He pulled a cigarette from a pack of Pall Malls he was given earlier that day.
Hughes wore a red and white baseball cap, blue jeans, black tennis shoes, a blue T-shirt and a leather jacket. The clothes looked relatively new.
The rest of him looked ragged. He had not showered in more than two weeks and he had dirt under his fingernails. His brown and gray beard extended to his breast bone.
Hughes spent the previous night in jail. He was arrested in Spring Hill for public drunkenness, he said.
“The nurse told me I stunk,” he said. “I told her, ‘You walk 25 or 35 miles a day for two weeks and see if you stink.'”
Hughes was standing on the median across from Advanced Auto Parts. He crossed the street and sat down on the curb along the parking lot.
He clutched a sign that read, “On the road. I need help. God bless you.” It also contained a peace sign.
At that moment, Mary Beers, of Spring Hill, pulled over in her Chevrolet sport utility vehicle and gave Hughes a $5 bill.
He kissed her hand twice.
“Get something to eat and buy a lottery ticket – a scratch off or something,” Beers told him. “You might get lucky.”
“I just got lucky,” he said.
Another woman pulled up a minute later and gave him two more dollars. She wished him a Merry Christmas.
Hughes said he used to be a machine operator for a furniture chain while he lived in North Carolina.
During the last 10 years, he has been living in various places across the country – mostly in the South. He lives off what people give him. He spends most of it on liquor and beer, he said.
“I don’t have any choice,” when asked why he solicits along street corners. “I have no money.”

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

Hernando Oaks Expects To Rebound

Brooksville –
Hernando Oaks, one of the larger subdivisions in Hernando County, received another economic hit last week when one of the development entities filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in federal court.

Hernando Oaks LLC is responsible for the commercial development, golf course and clubhouse of the gated subdivision, which is located on U.S. 41, about two miles south of Wiscon Road.

The commercial node was slated to be farther south, toward Powell Road and U.S. 41.

The bankruptcy filing does not affect the residential portion of Hernando Oaks, which is home to some 313 people. That part of the development is overseen by a separate entity: Hernando Oaks II LLP.

Despite this latest move, project and county officials remain optimistic. County Commissioner Dave Russell said “it’s not all doom and gloom.”

“Eventually, that project will be built up because it is a viable project,” Russell said. “It’s just been a victim of the downturn in the economy.”

While the bankruptcy filing will force Hernando Oaks LLC to reorganize, the other development entity remains solvent, Russell said.

Hernando County, he said, has a good track record of successfully completed subdivisions, and he believes Hernando Oaks “will pull through.”

County Commissioner John Druzbick agreed that there is no reason to panic. The move affects only one of the development entities of Hernando Oaks and, by its very nature, Chapter 11 is simply a reorganization.

Druzbick said he has been in touch with homeowners in Hernando Oaks and none have expressed concern.

Hernando Oaks, he said, maintains a strong, active homeowners’ association and neighbors are in-tune with developments.

“They’re excited about how things are going there,” Druzbick said.

Druzbick said the builder remains confident and, “until I hear anything further, I still believe it’s a viable project.”

The move comes only about one month after Hernando Oaks II LLP, the developer of Hernando Oaks, asked the county to call the bond against the general contractor, Priority Developers Inc., because the latter failed to complete infrastructure improvements and was in default.

This is the latest in the Hernando Oaks saga, which started with so much promise when the project was approved back in 1999. The subdivision currently has about 313 homes. The project was originally envisioned to have six phases and contain 975 homes.

In October 2006, a bond in the amount of $5 million was issued guaranteeing the installation and completion of the infrastructure on the project, including roadwork, storm drainage, sewer and other work.

This year, Hernando Oaks notified the county that Priority failed to complete the infrastructure and was insolvent and unable to finish the work.

In October, Hernando Oaks gave county officials its engineer’s completed site work certificate of cost estimate, showing that the value of finished work on the project was $3.4 million, leaving about $1.6 million in unfinished work.

Reporter Michael D. Bates can be reached at 352-544-5290 or mbates@hernandotoday.com.

Blue Lightning Is Fast As Lightning

SPRING HILL –
Marc Taglienti vacuumed cars while an undergraduate.

There was a lot of sweat and grit involved.

“It’s not easy work,” he said. “It’s hard.”

While studying at the University of Central Florida he knew he wanted to run a business. He turned to what he knew. He wasn’t afraid of hard work.

Taglienti, 33, owns and manages Blue Lightning Car Wash. He has two locations – one in Spring Hill and another in Hudson.

Before putting in his own money for a car wash, he moved up the latter at a large chain. He was a regional trainer, general manager and assisted investors with their openings.

Nowadays, he offers Suncoast-area motorists inexpensive washes and free, unlimited vacuuming.

He employs eight people. He oversees all the drums, hoses and brushes and makes certain they are working properly. A computer controls 72 machine functions.

It doesn’t take much to get Taglienti talking about his business. He is proud of it and isn’t afraid to show it. He jumped right into explaining the step-by-step washing system in full detail.

It is more than merely a sales pitch. He is proud of his business. He believes he provides quality and services not found at a garden-variety self-serve wash, let alone a gas station.

“For the top washes, you should do it about once per month,” said Taglienti, the proud owner of a sparkling Infiniti M35, which he washed twice Friday. “When the summer comes around and you get all those bugs, you need to get them in here quickly.”

Taglienti regularly sees a Rolls-Royce Phantom roll onto his lot, not to mention several Corvettes, Mercedes Benzes and Lexuses.

The washes last three minutes, which provides the owner with an irresistible gimmick – a three-minute wash for $3.

He also offers higher-end washes, which range from $5 to $12. The latter is an Ultimate Express wash, which includes UV fade protection, wheel cleaner, weather-shield spray wax and of course, a free vacuum.

Rain-X also can be added to any wash for an additional $3.

There is a touch screen, which is accompanied by an audio response that provides easy-to-follow instructions.

The driver selects which wash he or she wants and can pay with cash or a credit or debit card.

There are three lanes at the touch screen, but only one gate will open at a time.

Two attendants guide the vehicle onto the washing track. They also point to a large sign that reminds drivers to put the car in neutral, take their foot off the brake and keep their hands off the steering wheel.

The rest of the wash is predictable – the sounds of whirring brushes and micro fibers spinning against the front, back, sides and top of the car. Brushes clean the tires and rims and the underbody also is cleaned.

The high-pressure system “hits all the fine grooves of the car,” Taglienti said.

At the end of the wash is a set of dryers that dispenses winds of up to 180 miles per hour.

The controls are programmed for energy efficiency. Most of the water is recycled and a reverse osmosis machine ensures there will be no spots on the vehicle, Taglienti said.

Even the water is cleaned before it goes into the sewer.

He uses soft cloth brushes and no harsh chemicals. He demonstrated by sticking his hand and forearm into a drum of soap.

“See? It’s very delicate,” he said.

The sensors turn on and off so that there is no waste of water while the car is going through the wash.

There are no extra charges for sport utility vehicles, vans or pickup trucks.

An early bird special is offered from 8 to 9 a.m. every day. Customers can wash their cars for $2 during that hour.

Biz at a glance:

Name of biz – Blue Lightning Car Wash

Owner – Marc Taglienti

What it is – Hands-free car wash

Where it is – 4330 Commercial Way, Spring Hill

Hours of operation – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days per week

Get in touch – 727-868-7130

On the Web – www.bluelightningcarwash.com.

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

Withlacoochee River Electric – Friend Or Foe?

In a Nov. 14 Hernando Today front-page article regarding electric utility rates, David Lambert, manager of public relations for Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative Inc., lays questionable groundwork for justifying a suggested 4 to 7 percent rate increase. He says, and I quote: “We know everyone is feeling the pain,” and adds that Withlacoochee, and its procurer, Seminole Electric Cooperative Inc., are feeling the pain, too.

May I remind Mr. Lambert, several thousand Hernando County schoolteachers are feeling the pain; they’re not getting a 4 to 7 percent (superintendent excluded) pay raise. They’re getting a 2.39 percent pay increase. Several thousand other Hernando County residents will receive no pay raises at all. In fact, they’ve lost their jobs. Mr. Lambert, that’s pain. Lambert laments, the meters just aren’t spinning. Well, Mr. Lambert, when the meters aren’t spinning, Withlacoochee can’t keep on winning; they must make “real world” adjustments.

Next Mr. Lambert launches the “mother spin” when he says “the cost of fuel to produce electricity has decreased slightly.” One of the fuels he refers to as decreasing slightly is natural gas, which has gone from $14 a thousand to around $7 a thousand. That’s a reduction of 50 percent. Rather than passing that price reduction on to its customers, Withlacoochee increased rates by 11 percent, and now wants to increase rates another 4 to 7 percent. This isn’t the first time Withlacoochee has trotted out this horse. It’s happened at least eight times previously, resulting in the fuel cost adjustment portion of monthly utility bills now exceeding base fuel costs by more than 100 percent.

Finally Mr. Spin says we should all feel lucky, as he compares Withlacoochee’s rates with their price gouging cousins, Tampa Electric and Progress Energy. Mr. Lambert, here’s a little “no spin/no bull” for you. We the people, your customers have our bellies full of bovine scatology (BS), all the way from bailouts, to tax breaks, to billion dollar CEO bonuses and unjustifiable utility rate increases. Withlacoochee Electric is sucking over $1 million a month from Hernando County residents using unjustifiably high utility rates.

Bottom line, stop raping us, and then trying to convince us it’s consensual love. If you’re interested in inviting Mr. Lambert to a local meeting, you may contact the author of this letter to the editor at jg@americaretoday.com.

Jim Gries

Weeki Wachee

WREC Rate Hike: No More Than 7.25%

BROOKSVILLE –
In an era of double-digit utility rate hikes, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative customers might rest a little easier knowing they won’t be zapped with a double-digit hike next year.

The public cooperative known as WREC won’t settle on a final number until later this month but has set a range of 4.5 to 7.25 percent, said David Lambert, manager of member relations.

The goal is to keep the hike as close to that first number as possible, Lambert said.

“We know everyone is feeling the pain” in this economy, he said.

If the cooperative does decide on a 7.25 percent hike, the cost for 1,000 kilowatt hours – a little less than what the average WREC customer uses each month – would rise from about $113 to about $121.

WREC and the Seminole Electric Cooperative of which it is a part are feeling the pain of a souring economy, too, Lambert said.

WREC is suffering from a record number of foreclosures and the slowed pace of development. The co-op has paid millions for new infrastructure to serve developments that are far behind schedule, Lambert said.

“The meters just aren’t spinning,” Lambert said.

The cost of fuel – natural gas and coal – to produce electricity has decreased slightly, Lambert said.

But CSX Transportation plans to nearly double the fees it charges to move coal by rail to Seminole’s Palatka power plant. That will wipe away much of the savings the cooperative has enjoyed by streamlining its operation, Lambert said.

“It’s been a critical issue for us,” he said.

Seminole has filed a formal complaint against CSX with the federal Surface Transportation Board, contending the increases are unreasonably high.

An increase of 7 percent would still be less than the hikes approved by the state this week for Tampa Electric Co. and Progress Energy, which will raise rates by 12 percent and 25 percent respectively.

Lambert also pointed out that WREC does not have tiered rates that rise with power use. The company also gives back profit to WREC customers, or “members,” through credits on a December bill. The credits are divided up based on the amount of energy used and the duration of membership.

The co-op expects to give back some $14 million this year and roughly the same amount of credits as last year to its more than 71,000 customers in Hernando County, Lambert said.

That’s fine, but any increase hurts, said George Gubitose, first vice-president for the Brookridge Homeowners Association. The retirement community has some 2,700 homes and is served by WREC.

The power co-op already increased rates by 11 percent earlier this year.

“If they’re going up over a half a percent, it’s too high,” Gubitose said. “We have too many fixed-income people here. These people, they don’t have it.”

The new rates will take effect Jan. 1.

How much would WREC bill surge?

Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative hasn’t settled on a final number, but officials say they will keep a rate increase for next year to no more than 7.25 percent. At that percentage, the cost for 1,000 kilowatt hours – a little less than what the average WREC customer uses each month – would rise from about $113 to about $121.

Reporter Tony Marrero can be reached at 352-544-5286 or lmarrero@hernandotoday.com.

Is Pulling Over For Funeral Processions A Dying Tradition?

It’s a common enough sight: a police cruiser with its lights flashing to clear the road ahead for a hearse and the chain of cars behind it.

What’s less understood is the appropriate response from the motorists approaching the funeral procession.

Southern tradition holds that it’s respectful to pull over and allow the cortege to pass – regardless of what side of the road a motorist is on. But in this age of heavier traffic on wider roads, is it time to let the custom die in the interest of safety?

The answer is mixed.

There’s the one side that completely ignores the procession altogether. As folks who work in local funeral homes can tell you, respect for the dead has declined.

“It’s a sign of the time,” said Doug McCaul, funeral director and owner of Pinecrest Funeral Chapels. “It’s sad, it really is. But that’s what we have to live with.”

McCaul recalls two instances when his hearse was nearly broadsided by distracted drivers. But those are the exceptions, not the rule, he said.

Others interviewed gave similar accounts of motorists cutting into the procession, honking horns and ignoring traffic directions by deputies.

“It’s not like the old days,” said Ellen Hartmann, who works at the Brewer and Sons chapel on Mariner Boulevard. Occasionally, she’ll help direct traffic and it’s not uncommon to hear irritated drivers honking their horns, she said.

For Hartmann, it boils down to respect. People “would have a heart attack” if motorists were whizzing by their family, she said.

Mark Downing, owner of Downing Funeral Home, says motorists will take advantage of any gaps in the procession to cut across lanes. Typically there are no more than 10 or 12 cars in the procession, so Downing doesn’t see what the rush is about.

“It upsets the family that there’s no respect,” he said.

Downing usually hires a minimum of two deputies to escort the cortege for safety reasons.

There are exceptions. Generally, the older generations will pull over and occasionally put their hands over their hearts. McCaul has noticed that rock truck drivers typically pull over and line workers for the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative remove their hats or helmets as a funeral procession passes by.

In Florida, yielding to a funeral procession is not only considered courtesy, but the law. State statutes say a funeral procession has the privilege to pass through intersections regardless of a traffic light’s color or stop sign. It further states that all motorists and pedestrians will yield the right of way to a funeral procession.

It’s not a complete carte blanche. Lead vehicles must have the proper lights and markings to distinguish that it is a funeral procession. Cars and trucks in the cortege have to turn on their lights and yield to approaching emergency vehicles.

Ronda Rich, an 11th generation southerner and author of “What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should),” believes pulling over for a funeral procession is a firm tradition in the former Confederacy.

Rich never witnessed the act when she lived outside the South, for one. And there have been times when she has had to explain the tradition to “outraged” Northerners who visit her Georgia town.

“They think it’s a ridiculous practice,” she said, but she explains “that Southerners have always had a respect for death.”

From a personal standpoint, Rich has lost her mother and brother this year and seeing motorists take a minute to pull over eased her sorrow. Motorists on major interstates and thoroughfares can get a pass because it can be dangerous to pull over.

But on normal roads and through small towns, “it is still possible and there really is no safety issue,” she said.

Reporter Kyle Martin can be reached at 352-544-5271 or kmartin@hernandotoday.com.

Wingnuts’ First Poker Run Is Nov. 15

BROOKSVILLE –
To recruit more “trikers,” Larry Goulet took an unorthodox approach.

When he passed someone along a two-lane highway, he turned around, coaxed him to stop and gave him his best sales pitch. He was starting a trike club and he wanted more members.

“People would pass us and we’d make a u-turn and flag them down,” Goulet said. “It worked.”

On Saturday, Nov. 15, a large collection of trike riders will be passing through town – stretching from Weeki Wachee to Inverness.

Goulet’s club – the Spring Hill Wingnuts – is organizing its first poker run. The winning hand will win $500. The 82-mile run will end in front of Trikes by Tony, a shop in Inverness where several of the local riders are customers.

The proceeds will benefit the Hernando Food Bank.

In the 1950s, those driving their roadsters with the top down would wave to each other while passing along the highway. If they were pumping gas at the same station, they likely would strike up a conversation about their chrome-wheeled machines.

Nowadays, local trikers are the ones who enjoy a culture that harks back to the roadster days from 50 years ago. When someone sees a Honda Gold Wing parked outside a restaurant, he or she often will circle around it and nod in approval.

A trike is a three-wheeled version of a motorcycle. The most popular “converted motorcycle” is the Gold Wing, Goulet said.

In six months, membership has grown from five members to 75. The Spring Hill Wingnuts is the first and largest trike-riding club in Florida, according to its Web site.

“We have an absolutely delightful club,” said Goulet, who is the club’s president. “We have some nice-looking machines and a great membership.”

Most of the members are retired, including Richard De Angelo, of High Point. He said the club’s long-term goal is to increase its already robust membership and continue raising money for local charities.

Hernando-Pasco Hospice will be among those he hopes will benefit from future poker runs.

“Anything that comes up, we’ll do it,” he said.

For him, triking is a safer way to enjoy the open road. It’s also best-suited for those who are intimidated by motorcycles.

“Most of us are retired. We don’t feel safe on two-wheelers anymore, but this still keeps us young,” De Angelo said.

The Wingnuts regularly take day and overnight trips. A number of them recently returned from Key West, Goulet said.

For more information about the club, visit http://fl-1wingnuts.trisite.org.

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