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2013-14 Hernando Today All-County Girls Weightlifting Team


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Lifter of the Year

Alicia Gentz

Nature Coast - Senior

COMMENTS: Multi-sport student/athlete . Competed for four seasons in cheerleading and track and field, specializing in the 100 meter, 200, 4x100, 4x400 . Three-year letterman in weightlifting . Three-time All-County selection . Two-time state qualifier and 2014 state placer . As a freshman at 101 pounds Gentz notched seven wins (Weeki Wachee, River Ridge, Crystal River and Hernando duals, Citrus tri-meet, Hernando County Championship and District 5 Meet) across eight meets . Her sterling campaign closed with an uncharacteristic 19th-place finish in the FHSAA Finals . Skipped her sophomore year of lifting to concentrate on track . Upon her return last season, Gentz competed in six meets, capturing five (South Sumter, Hernando and Springstead duals, Central quad meet and Hernando County Championship) . Also placed fifth in the rugged Disparti Invitational . Concluded her second season under the bar on a down note, scratching out during the District 5 Meet in New Port Richey . Enjoyed a spectacular senior campaign in 2013-14 . Competed in eight meets and finished third or better in every meet . Gentz captured five individual victories (Hernando, Lecanto, South Sumter and Springstead duals, and Hernando County Championship) . Her seasonal highlight reel included her third county title, and placing runner-up at the rugged Disparti and at districts . Capped a sterling prep career becoming the first female NCT lifter to place at the 11th annual FHSAA Finals at Osceola County (third) . Departs NCT with 18 career wins, eclipsing Kiana Espinal's previous school record (15).

QUOTES: "For both Alicia and (her sister) Ashley, their work ethic separates them from the rest. Both are very competitive and both of them have earned everything they get. What separates Alicia and Ashley from everyone else is their dedication. They don't take summers off and there are no such things as Christmas vacation - they're in the (weight) room, getting their lifts in. . Alicia is very naturally gifted athlete. She's the type that leads by example. . For missing a year and coming back and placing at states is a big deal. No one who knows how hard she works at it will ever say 'She got lucky.' It's simply not true. I'm expecting some of the others to fill her big shoes next year."

- Nature Coast head coach Sharon Elliott

"Unbelievable lifter; an amazing athlete. Her gymnastics background certainly helped. In a nutshell, she was a strong, well-coached lifter, who earned this."

- Springstead head coach Mike Garofano

"What a great season. All the hard work she put in paid off."

- Hernando head coach Casey Ellis

"She's a great kid and a tremendous athlete. She and her sister are in a unique situation. To find two sisters that are that talented is few and hard to come by."

- Weeki Wachee head coach Mike Fye

"The strongest lifter pound-for-pound in the county. You don't get this good by not putting in the time in the weight room."

- Central head coach Joe Nestor

Kristina McCane

101 pounds

Springstead - Sophomore

COMMENTS: Second-year letterman . Repeat All-County selection . Impressive frosh debut . Competed in seven meets, capturing four (Central, Weeki Wachee, Hernando and Nature Coast duals) . Placed fourth - highest of any Hernando County placer at 101 - in the prestigious Disparti Invitational at River Ridge . Finished runner-up in her first Hernando County Meet . Tied for the highest total lifted at 101 at 165 pounds . In 2013-14, she notched six wins in eight meets including Springstead and Nature Coast duals, Weeki Wachee, Central and Springstead tri-meets and the 13th Hernando County Championship Meet at Central . Placed fourth in rugged Disparti Invitational . For a second straight season, she placed fifth in the District 5 Meet at River Ridge . Upped her personal-best total lifted to a county-leading 195.

QUOTES: "Next year, Kristina should definitely make it to states. The key for all great lifters is her lifting year-round. That's what it takes these days to be the best. . She has great technique in her power cleans - that's where you separate yourself from the others. The sky is the limit with her abilities."

- Springstead head coach Mike Garofano

Isabella Sorresso

110 pounds

Springstead - Junior

COMMENTS: Second-year lifter . First-time All-County selection . As a sophomore in 2012-13, Sorresso competed in three meets, winning once (Weeki Wachee dual) . Placed runner-up in the Hernando County Meet, losing by five pounds to NCT's Kayla Harvey . Enjoyed a terrific junior campaign . Sorresso captured five meets (Central and NCT duals, Weeki Wachee and Springstead tri-meets and the Hernando County Championship) . Placed a disappointing 10th in the District 5 Meet at River Ridge . Led all the county lifters at 110 with a 195 total.

QUOTES: "We're blessed in having Kristina (McCane) and Isabella back next season. Both of these girls are IB (International Baccalaureate) students, which takes them away from some of their workouts. Those two work out together, push each other and cheer each other on. . The jitters might have gotten to her at bigger meets at River Ridge. . She's a quiet person, but I expect a breakout season from her next year."

- Springstead head coach Mike Garofano

Ty'Rhonza Harris

119 pounds

Springstead - Senior

COMMENTS: Multi-sport athlete, who has competed in cross country and track and field . Three-year lettermen . First-time All-County weightlifting selection . Never placed higher than third in any of her four meets as a sophomore . As a junior in 2012-13, Harris pieced together three straight wins (Central, Weeki Wachee and Hernando duals) in seven meets . Placed runner-up in the county and eighth in the district . Enjoyed a terrific senior campaign . Captured personal-best four meets (Central dual, both Springstead tri-meets and Weeki Wachee tri-meet) . Placed fourth in Disparti Invitational . Finished as county runner-up for a second straight season . Placed third in District 5 Meet to qualify for states . In FHSAA Finals in Osceola County, she placed 20th overall.

QUOTES: "Had a great season; worked extremely hard. Competed in 119 - one of the most competitive weight classes that included (Alicia) Gentz. She didn't allow that fact to get her down; rather she used it to fuel her fire. . Her goal all season was to reach states and she achieved it. . Besides weightlifting, she's one of the best people I know."

- Springstead head coach Mike Garofano

Ashley Gentz

129 pounds

Nature Coast - Sophomore

COMMENTS: Two-year letterman . Repeat All-County selection . As a frosh, Gentz competed in seven meets, winning twice (Hernando and Springstead duals) . Placed sixth in district . In 2013-14, Gentz upped her game capturing a county-best six wins (Hernando, Lecanto, Springstead and South Sumter duals, Hernando County Championship and District 5) across eight meets . Gentz was the county's lone district champ . Seasonal highlights included finishing runner-up in the Disparti and placing fifth at states . Hoisted a county-best 295 at 129.

QUOTES: "For both Alicia and Ashley, their work ethic separates them from the rest. Both are very competitive. . Ashley has a shy side, but she's self-motivated."

- Nature Coast head coach Sharon Elliott

Annelise Rentas

139 pounds

Nature Coast - Sophomore

COMMENTS: Second-year letterman . First-time All-County selection . Competed in seven meets as a freshman and won one (Central quad), but placed second thrice . Tied for third place in the District 5 Meet with teammate Jasmyn Davila, but lost the tiebreaker to settle for fourth place, negating a slot at states . In 2013-14, Rentas competed in eight meets, posting four victories (Hernando, South Sumter and Springstead duals, and Hernando County Championship) . Seasonal highlight reel included a fourth-place finish at Disparti, finishing second in districts and 21st in her first trip to the FHSAA Finals . Paced all the county's 139 lifters with a 270 total.

QUOTES: "Annelise and the Gentz sisters are all good friends and they pushed each other all the time. She has a high ceiling; she's not done yet. I expect she'll go to states again. Like the Gentz sisters, she also has a gymnastics background which explains why she's so naturally strong."

- Nature Coast head coach Sharon Elliott

Tana McDaniel

154 pounds

Springstead - Senior

COMMENTS: First-year letterman . Multi-sport athlete who has competed in volleyball and softball . Signed to play fast-pitch softball next fall with Division I Morehead State in Kentucky . First-time All-County weightlifting selection . Competed in seven meets, winning a team-best five (Nature Coast, Central and Weeki Wachee duals, Springstead tri-meet and the Hernando County Championship) . Qualified for states by placing third in the District 5 Meet . Concluded her season placing 21st at the FHSAA Finals . Hoisted the highest total among all the 154 county lifters with 280.

QUOTES: "Honestly, she couldn't have had a better season. There's really not much more she could have done. . She had lifted on her own for other sports, but she arrived as a natural. She's a truly gifted athlete, who plays three sports and really puts in the time - it shows."

- Hernando head coach Casey Ellis

Madeline Genuardi

169 pounds

Springstead - Junior

COMMENTS: Third-year letterman . Repeat All-County selection . Competed in five meets as a freshman, never placing higher than fourth . As a sophomore, Genuardi competed in five meets, winning four (Central, Weeki Wachee and NCT duals, plus the Hernando County Championship) . Exploded as a junior capturing a personal-best 6-of-9 meets (Central and NCT duals, Weeki Wachee tri-meet along with both Springstead tri-meets and the Hernando County Championship) . Genuardi's six victories tied her for the county lead with teammate McCane and NCT's Ashley Gentz . Seasonal highlights featured second straight county title, placing sixth at Disparti, placing second in districts and placing 20th in her first FHSAA Finals . Her 285 total was the highest for any county lifter at 169.

QUOTES: "Hasn't come close to her potential. Has tremendous balance and coordination. . Could reach the elite level if she just worked at it."

- Springstead head coach Mike Garofano

Rachel Crayton

183 pounds

Nature Coast - Senior

COMMENTS: Four-year letterman . Repeat All-County selection . As a four-year starter, Crayton has competed in 24 career meets, compiling 10 victories . As a freshman, she placed as high as second twice . As a sophomore, she competed in five meets, winning once during the NCT tri-meet . As a junior, Crayton competed in a career-high eight meets, notching four wins (South Sumter, Hernando and Springstead duals, and the Hernando County Championship) . Finished third in Disparti and District 5 . Finished 21st in her first-ever trip to FHSAA Finals . As a senior, Crayton competed in seven meets, collecting a personal-best five wins (Hernando, Lecanto, South Sumter and Springstead duals, and Hernando County Championship) . Seasonal highlights included her second county title at Central and placing third at Disparti . Was ill during the District 5 Meet and scratched out, negating a repeat visit to states. . Crayton led the county's 183 lifters by hoisting a personal-high 280.

QUOTES: "It was unfortunate that Rachel got sick just prior to districts. She did what she could. . To me, she's also been self-motivated. She's mature for her age. . What I'll miss most? That she brought a no-nonsense approach to the weight room. To her, the time for horsing around wasn't during practice."

- Nature Coast head coach Sharon Elliott

Taylor Milligan

199 pounds

Hernando - Senior

COMMENTS: Multi-sport athlete who swims, plays golf and softball for the Lady Leopards . Two-time All-County weightlifting selection . Rare four-year letterman . As a freshman, Milligan competed in six meets, capturing three (Lecanto and Central duals, and the Weeki Wachee tri-meet) . As a sophomore, Milligan reeled off a personal-high five wins (Central quad, Central and NCT tri-meets, South Sumter dual and Hernando County Championship) in six meets . Originally named All-County in 2012 before injuring her neck . Came back to compete in six meets in 2012-13, capturing three meets (Springstead, Central and Weeki Wachee duals) . As a senior, Milligan registered four wins (Central and Weeki Wachee duals, Springstead tri-meet and the Hernando County Championship) across five meets . The county title was her second . Placed fifth in the District 5 Meet . Concluded her prep career with 15 individual victories in 23 meets (65 percent).

QUOTES: "Taylor had to overcome a lot of obstacles. I have the utmost respect for how hard she fought back to compete after her injuries."

- Hernando head coach Casey Ellis

Amber Lake

Unlimited

Weeki Wachee - Senior

COMMENTS: Three-year starter, who also played basketball . Repeat All-County selection . In 2011-12 at unlimited, Lake participated in six meets and registered two wins (South Sumter and Central duals) . In 2012-13, Lake competed in eight meets, capturing a school-record six victories (Citrus, Springstead, South Sumter and Hernando duals, Central quad meet and Hernando County Championship) . Placed fourth at Disparti and finished a disappointing fifth in District 5 . Lifted the highest combined total of any Hernando County lifter behind a 180-160-340 total . Captured three of her seven meets as a senior (Weeki Wachee tri-meet, Citrus dual and Hernando County Championship) . Garnered her second straight county crown at unlimited . Placed runner-up in Disparti . Placed third in District 5 to advance to states . Finished 21st in the FHSAA Finals . Departs with a school-record 11 wins.

QUOTES: "I couldn't be more proud of her; she's our first lifter to make states. She's set the bar high for my younger kids. . What I'll miss most? Winning all the close meets. Amber was a guaranteed 5-7 points every time she competed."

- Weeki Wachee head coach Mike Fye

Coach of the Year

Sharon Elliott

Nature Coast - 4th year

COMMENTS: Repeat selection . Former architect of Central High girls weightlifting program . Guided Lady Sharks to a school record 7-1 won-lost mark in 2012-13 . Elliott, who is 20-5 after four seasons at the helm, led NCT to its first-ever back-to-back Hernando County championships . For the second straight season, Elliott guided NCT to the highest county finish at Disparti (fourth) as well as the highest county finish in the 22-team District 5 Meet (tied for third) . Helped tie a school record pushing three lifters to the FHSAA Finals . Behind the school's first-ever state placers, NCT placed 12th overall out of the 111 teams represented.

QUOTES: "I really can't pin down the secret to our success to one thing. . I know I like what I'm doing and I like having a fun group around me. . My assistant (Rudy Story) has some strengths I don't have, but we work well together; we complement each other. . We're getting to the point where kids are coming to us. In the past, I had to scour the bushes for lifters. Weightlifting has created some fire for some of our kids, like the Chavez sisters this year. I like where the program is at. As long as I stay motivated, so will the girls."

- Elliott

"It all starts with a great turnout and that's something Coach Elliott has done really well since she took over. . Now, they've won the county twice, they've got it going on."

- Springstead head coach Mike Garofano

"Sharon knows what she's doing. The key in this sport is getting the girls out. Plus, she's a very likable person and has a great rapport with her girls."

- Central head coach Joe Nestor

"Sharon has done so much for the program. Their lifters have come out for a reason. Her kids really respect her. She really deserves this."

- Hernando head coach Casey Ellis

2014 Hernando Today All-County Girls Weightlifting Team

WGT NAME SCHOOL YR

101 - Kristina McCane# Springstead 10th

110 - Isabella Sorresso# Springstead 11th

119 - Ty'Rhonza Harris* Springstead 12th

129 - Ashley Gentz#^ NCT 10th

139 - Annelise Rentas#* NCT 10th

154 - Tana McDaniel#* Hernando 12th

169 - Madeline Genuardi##* Springstead 11th

183 - Rachel Crayton##% NCT 12th

199 - Taylor Milligan## Hernando 12th

UNL - Amber Lake##* Weeki Wachee12th

Lifter of the Year - Alicia Gentz ###&^ (Nature Coast Technical)

Coach of the Year - Sharon Elliott (Nature Coast Technical)

& Denotes 2011 state qualifier % Denotes 2013 state qualifier

# Denotes county champion ## Denotes two-time county champion

### Denotes three-time county champion

* Denotes 2014 state qualifier ^ Denotes 2014 state placer

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