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Hernando: News and notes
By DAVID MURPHY and IZZY GOULD, Times Staff Writer
Published December 6, 2007
Rich get richer
Central's boys soccer team is off to its best start under coach Hank Deslaurier, with a 5-3-1 overall record and 2-0-1 mark in Class 5A, District 7.
This week the Bears got an unexpected lift when Springstead goalkeeper Kyle Beach, above, started attending classes at Central because of a family move.
Beach's transfer came as a surprise to Springstead coach Sal Calabrese, who learned of it the day before it happened.
Beach had started every game this season and was in goal when the Eagles fell 3-0 to Citrus last week.
Deslaurier said Beach will start in goal against Wesley Chapel on Friday night for the Bears.
"It should add another dimension to our team," Deslaurier said. "It should make us a lot stronger in the back. He's a top-tier level goalkeeper."
Calabrese said Springstead is using Beach's transfer as a positive.
"We have a goalkeeper who can play," Calabrese said of freshman Joey Lasala. "We're not worried. ... We're high on the kid."
Lasala has a tie and shutout win to his credit, Calabrese said. The Eagles entered Wednesday's home game against Wiregrass Ranch with a 4-3-3 overall record, including a 3-1-1 district record.
Pustelnik 22nd at FACA meet
Turns out there was one more North Suncoast participant at last weekend's FACA cross country meet in Tallahassee. Gulf senior Jaci Pustelnik finished 22nd with a run of 21 minutes, 28 seconds. She was the lone North Suncoast girl and joined Hernando senior Tyler Maier, who finished 13th for the boys 16:20. Pustelnik was one of eight senior girls selected from the Class 3A state meet and ran in a field of 32 runners.
Set your DVR
Nature Coast's girls basketball team takes its unbeaten record into Gulf for a pivotal Class 4A, District 8 game tonight at 7:30. The Bucs are 6-1 and are holding opponents to 22.3 points per game. They'll have their hands full trying to stop the Sharks, who are scoring 60.3 points per game. They are led by Shareka Maner, left,(14.7 ppg) and Cherikhan Waddy (14 ppg). Gulf has a pair of top scorers in Jordan Schulman (19.2 ppg, 5.6 spg) and Nicole Adams (15.2 ppg, 6.2 apg).