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2013 Hernando Today All-County Boys Golf Team

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Player of the Year

Brazon Dixon

Springstead - Senior

COMMENTS: Repeat All-County selection . Follows in Ryan Nicoll's footsteps as the second consecutive Eagle to be voted as Player of the Year . Four-year letterman . As a freshman, he never shot under 41 for nine holes. He finished ninth in local circuit in scoring (44.3) . Seasonal highlights included shooting identical 18-hole 85s during the Hernando County Championship at Brooksville Country Club and the Class 2A, District 6 Tournament at Tampa's Pebble Creek Golf Club . In his first regional appearance he carded an 18-hole 91 total . Due to a wrist injury during a pickup football game, he was limited to four matches as a sophomore averaging 40.5 - placing fourth in the circuit . Due to the injury, he did not play during Hernando County Championship or state series . As a junior, he shadowed his previous season's average. He again finished fourth in scoring average at 40.8 . His seasonal highlights included firing an 18-hole 81 in the county meet and an 84 in districts . Was consistently the team's No. 2 player behind Nicoll . As a senior, Dixon paced the Eagles in scoring at 40.1 . Ranked third in the county in scoring behind Nature Coast's Jacob Arnett (37.7) and Hernando's Cody Montgomery (39.0) . Shot a personal-best, nine-hole low 33 at World Woods against NCT . Placed runner-up to Arnett in the 2A-13 Meet at Silverthorn Country Club behind a solid 18-hole 38-41-79 total . Paced by Dixon, SHS edged the host Sharks in a sudden-death, one-hole playoff for its third-ever district championship . A week later at the 2A-Region V Meet at New Port Richey's Fox Hollow Golf Club, Dixon was the lone Hernando County linkster to advance to states thanks to an 18-hole 39-36-75 total . At the 83rd annual FHSAA Finals at Howey-in-the-Hills' Mission Inn along the El Campeon course, Dixon finished tied for 47th out of 95 players behind a 36-hole 87-82-169 total . Dixon was the first Eagle player to reach states since Springstead placed 10th at states in 1990 led by Danny Latoria . The last Hernando County representative at states was Hernando High's Fred Farmer in 2000.

QUOTES: "Brazon had a great season. He led us in scoring all season long. . After districts and regionals, he was understandably a little nervous at states. He had a lot going on in his mind . I'm going to miss the way he drives the ball so long. . Before the season I wasn't sure we had anyone who could replace Nicoll. As good as Nicoll was, Brazon went further by reaching states."

- Springstead head coach Greg Odachowski

"Brazon dominated us during the regular season. He's an excellent golfer who took care of business during the postseason. . To me; he led his team to the district championship. Other kids had good seasons, but none of them ended up at states."

- Central head coach Tyson Ellis

"Brazon finished the year strong - making it to states."

- Weeki Wachee head coach Craig Witte

"Brazon deserves credit. He's the only guy (from Hernando County) to make it to states; he advanced the furthest."

- Hernando head coach Rodney Byrd

Cody Montgomery

Hernando - Senior

COMMENTS: Four-time All-County selection . Withdrew from a match following a snake bite at Plantation in Crystal River . Missed three matches due to a bout of mononucleosis . Shot a team-best, nine-hole 34 at Inverness Golf Club against Citrus . In the six events he participated in, he paced the Leopards in scoring . Finished second in the circuit in scoring at 39.0 per nine holes behind Arnett at 37.7 . Carded identical 18-hole 79 totals during the 2A-13 and 2A-V tourneys . Montgomery notched the Leopards' lowest score in every match he participated in as a junior . Finished third in the county in scoring as a freshman (39.9) and as a sophomore (39.6) before finishing runner-up to Nicoll (36.8-38.9) last fall . Fired a team-best 37-38-75 to pace the Leopards to a second-place tie in the 1A-8 Tourney in 2012 . Played in four consecutive regional tournaments (shooting 77, 82, 88, 79).

QUOTES: "Despite a few ups and downs, Cody had a really good year. He displayed great leadership all season. We'll definitely miss that leadership next year. . Cody was the type of kid that did whatever I asked him to do. He was the one that kept our troops in line. . In practice, he was vocal. In matches, he led by example."

- Hernando head coach Rodney Byrd

Jake Arnett

Nature Coast - Junior

COMMENTS: A three-time All-County pick . Helped pace the Sharks to a school-record 13-3 regular season, featuring a perfect 10-0 slate against county teams . Led the local circuit in nine-hole rounds (20) and in scoring (37.7) .Scored a season-low, nine-hole 35 four times . Captured the first-place 2A-13 blue ribbon on his home course (Silverthorn) behind a solid 18-hole 34-38-72 total . The district title was his second straight (another school record) . Was eliminated in the rugged 2A-V Tourney behind an 18-hole 34-47-81 total . As a frosh, Arnett opened eyes finishing seventh in the county in scoring average (44.3), shooting a team-best 40-44-84 in the 1A-8 Tourney and reaching the 1A-III Tourney - where he carded a respectable 18-hole 89 . As a sophomore, he whittled his nine-hole average more than five strokes finishing third in the circuit in scoring (39.0) . His seasonal highlights included an 18-hole 39-35-74 at The Dunes to place runner-up to Nicoll in the Hernando County Championship . A week later on the same course, Arnett earned district medalist honors with an outstanding one-under-par 36-35-71 total . At the 1A-III Meet at Saddlebrook he shot a five-over-par 77.

QUOTES "Jake had one bad round on the back nine at regionals; those things happen. . Mentally, I know what he was going through. The pressure kept building on him. . The entire season revolved around those last nine holes, particularly the last six. He realized he short-sided himself. . He'll tell you that his short game isn't where it should be. . Looking ahead, he wants to keep his swing and he's got to improve on mentally controlling the damage. There's no doubt he'll be in the same situation (contending to go to states) next year. . He's got good enough game to place at states. . Now, it's a matter of managing his emotions. Once that happens, look out."

- Nature Coast head coach Tom Brown

Michael Rampino

Weeki Wachee - Junior

COMMENTS: A repeat All-County selection, the school's first-ever in golf . The third-year starter paced the 2-9 Hornets in scoring (42.0) . He placed fourth overall in the local circuit, shaving nearly 2 strokes from last year . Carded an 18-hole 47-36-83 total during the 2A-13 Tourney to advance to regionals for a second straight season . At the 2A-V Tourney, featuring 54 players, Rampino fired an 18-hole 39-43-82 total . His round was highlighted by a hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole. From 176 yards, Rampino utilized a 6-iron . As a freshman in 2011 he led the first-year Hornets in scoring in all 12 matches he played averaging a team-best 47.7 . As a sophomore, Rampino shaved over three strokes off his average finishing in a fifth-place tie in the circuit in scoring with Springstead's Brendan Pfent (44.4) . In 2012, again Rampino was never beaten by one of his teammates . His seasonal highlights featured a team-best 81 in the county tournament and a 38-41-79 in the 1A-8 Tourney at The Dunes (Weeki Wachee's home course) - becoming the school's first-ever regional qualifier. At that 1A-III Tourney at Saddlebrook, Rampino shot a 99.

QUOTES: "Mike was consistently one of the top four golfers in the area this year. He made it back to regionals as an individual for the second year in a row."

- Weeki Wachee head coach Craig Witte

Ben Cash

Springstead - Junior

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection . Finished second to Dixon on the Eagles in scoring at 43.5 . Finished fifth overall in scoring . Fired an 18-hole 42-40-82 total during the 2A-13 Tourney . As a sophomore, Cash ranked ninth in county in scoring average at 46.0 . His 2012 seasonal highlights included an 18-hole 90 during the Hernando County Championship and 2A-5 Tourney at Ocala-Silver Springs Shore . As a freshman, Cash ranked fifth on the team in scoring at 47.0 . In his first-ever district tourney (2A-5) at Ocala-Silver Springs Shore, he carded an 18-hole 104.

QUOTES: "Ben is a consistent golfer. . He keeps a positive attitude, doesn't let the little things bother him and is always putting his best effort forward. I expect him and (Brendan) Pfent to play great next year. We'll have a younger team - that with some practice could be fairly decent next year. . Ben has a nice swing tempo that I think will greatly benefit him/us next year."

- Springstead head coach Greg Odachowski

Coach of the Year

Greg Odachowski

Springstead - 2nd Year

COMMENTS: Replaced five-time Coach of the Year Sonny Long following the 2011 season . Repeat unanimous selection as COY . Though NCT went 10-0 against the county brethren this season, Springstead solved the Sharks on their home course during the 2A-13 Tournament in sudden death . The following week in a pressured packed 2A-V Meet, the Eagles placed fourth out of nine teams while the Sharks placed eighth - a difference of 23 strokes . In 2012, despite playing a county-low six matches, the 4-2 Eagles fileted their closest rivals at the Hernando County Championship - the Sharks, 320-345 ... In districts, SHS tied for fourth out of 12 teams.

QUOTES: "I was quite impressed with how the team played down the stretch. I thought we had an awesome year to beat Nature Coast in districts and in regionals. . The key is to keep moving forward. . The key to this year's team was how close we grew together. . We learned to rely on each other. . The last thing on my mind was winning districts. . What I enjoyed was how well we competed in districts and in the following week at regionals. . This group of kids never gave up and we put our best foot forward during the toughest part of our schedule. . The great thing is of the kids coming back - they're all capable of playing better."

- Odachowski

"It didn't matter that Nature Coast owned all of us during the regular season. Springstead deserves credit the way they handled their business on NCT's home course at districts and again at regionals. . Coach Odachowski did a great job of keeping them focused and on task."

- Central head coach Tyson Ellis

"They (Springstead) won the district. They beat us at regionals - to me, it was an easy choice (for COY)."

- Nature Coast head coach Tom Brown

"He led his team to the district championship."

- Weeki Wachee head coach Craig Witte

"This one was simple. His team won districts and did well in regionals; hats off to him."

- Hernando head coach Rodney Byrd

2013 Hernando Today All-County Boys Golf Team


Jake Arnett 11th NCT

Ben Cash 11th Springstead

Brazon Dixon 12th Springstead

Cody Montgomery 12th Hernando

Mike Rampino 11th Weeki Wachee

Player of the Year - Brazon Dixon (Springstead).

Coach of the Year - Greg Odachowski (Springstead).

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