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Hernando: News and notes
By IZZY GOULD and DAVID MURPHY, Times Staff Writers
Published December 5, 2007
On the Web: Dandy Dozen, audio report
Check out the first installment of our weekly ranking of the top 12 boys and top 12 girls basketball teams from the Tampa Bay area. Then tell us which teams we overlooked or overrated. Also, Tampa Catholic running back Drew Zink and assistant coaches Chris Taylor of Armwood and Matt LePain of Largo appear on our weekly audio football report at highschool.tampabay.com.
Sharks may seek clarification
Nature Coast principal Margaret "Tizzy" Schoelles said her school did not expect to lose its spring football game as part of a punishment for a postgame fight with county rival Central on Nov. 9.
Schoelles said she will not appeal the sanction, but likely will call Florida High School Athletic Association commissioner Jon Stewart to seek an explanation.
In addition to having its spring game taken away, Nature Coast was fined $1,000. Central lost its spring game and was fined $750.
The incident occurred after a 17-13 Central win. The Bears celebrated the victory in the middle of Nature Coast's field, jumping on the school's logo. Several Sharks players rushed the Central players, though the situation was quickly quelled by coaches and sheriff's deputies.
Each school was fined $500 for violating a general sportsmanship bylaw. Nature Coast was fined an additional $500 for two separate incidents of "gross unsportsmanlike conduct" by players. Central was fined an additional $250 for one act of "gross unsportsmanlike conduct" by a player.
The stripping of spring games has been a common punishment enforced by the FHSAA for fights between schools, spokesman Robert Hernberger said.
Nature Coast feeling good
When considering the hotter boys soccer teams in the area, Nature Coast believes it should be in the discussion.
The Sharks have enjoyed a three-game unbeaten streak with ties against Zephyrhills and Wiregrass Ranch, and a 4-0 win over Hernando on Monday. They took down the Leopards with goals by Zach Weeks, Jean Pierre Salazar, Mathew Curtis and John Hope. Nature Coast coach Patrick O'Grady credited the defense with shutting down Hernando's defense.
Girls basketball by the numbers
7 Wins Nature Coast had after Tuesday's 59-15 win over Springstead.
0 Losses the Sharks have so far this season.
85 Total points Nature Coast star Shareka Maner has through six games (not including Tuesday's game).
Bulldogs lean on big three
Zephyrhills entered Tuesday night's soccer game at Springstead having won three of four. The stretch included a 3-1 win at Wesley Chapel, a 7-0 win over Hernando and a 5-3 win at Pasco. The Bulldogs have gotten plenty of production from their big three - Brandi Mira, Desiree Nieves and Lauren McCleod. Mira leads Zephyrhills with 19 goals while Nieves has 13 and McCleod eight.
Check it out
Can't make Largo's state football semifinal against St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday? Catch 47 has you covered, broadcasting it live at 7:30 p.m. There also will be live updates from the Armwood game at Miami Booker T. Washington.