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High School Sports Week 9/26 – 10/01/2021

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Article and Photography by Alice Mary Herden

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Football Friday Night Oct. 1

Central will battle the Seminole Osceola Warriors, another tough team to take on for the Bears. This game against the Warriors may be the game the Bears need to define their field strategies. The Warriors are excelling in offense/defense plays.

Hernando will travel to The Villages Charter. According to the stats on MaxPreps, the Buffaloes are relying on their quarterback for the win. After Sept. 24th game against Nature Coast Tech, Hernando should be well-prepared to face The Villages Charter.

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Weeki Wachee will play another tough team, Zephyrhills. The Hornets are pushing to put the numbers on the scoreboard and playing these high stat teams isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It will build mental and physical endurance.

Springstead will welcome Belleview to their home turf. This match-up may be what Springstead needs. Belleview’s offense could be their strength as defense is for Springstead.  So can Belleview run fast enough before Springstead’s defense gains any yardage?

Nature Coast Tech will host Wesley Chapel. Wesley Chapel hasn’t played as many games as NCT. As of 9/21, they are 1-1.

Volleyball 

Central will match up with Springstead on Sept. 28th at the home court. The Lady Bears played Springstead during a preseason lineup. Central has the opportunity to review match footage and refine their court strategies. Central travels to Thursday night on Sept. 30th.

Hernando has a back-to-back game schedule for the week of Sept. 27th. The Lady Leopards welcome Lecanto on Sept. 28th and travel to Cypress Lakes on Wednesday, Sept. 29th. Hernando played both these teams during the preseason schedule and being familiar opponents, reviewing game footage can be a good advantage for the Lady Leopards.

Weeki Wachee takes on three games during the week of Sept. 27th. Starting the week off at Bishop McLaughlin on Monday, Sept. 27th, and welcoming Crystal River Tuesday and Lecanto on Thursday.

Springstead, the Lady Eagles, travel to Central on Tuesday, Sept. 28th, and Citrus on Sept. 30th, and off to another volleyball tournament. Springstead begins the tournament on October 1 when they take on Northeast. Shorecrest Prep in St. Petersburg is hosting the tournament.

Nature Coast Tech has two upcoming matches that may challenge the Lady Sharks on the court. The girls will travel to Cypress Lakes on Sept. 28th and Mitchell on Sept. 30th. These two games could be motivators to carry them through the rest of the season if they come out on top.

Golf

Girls schedule

Sept. 28th: Springstead and Nature Coast Tech at Silverthorn Country Club – Tee time 3pm

Sept. 29th: Springstead and Central at Southern Hill Plantation – Tee time 3 pm

Sept. 30th:

Hernando and Central at Brooksville Country Club – Tee time 3 pm

Weeki Wachee and Fivay at Glen Lakes Golf and Country Club – Tee time 2:30 pm

Boys schedule

Sept. 27th:

Hernando and Citrus High School at Brooksville Golf and Country Club – Tee time 3:30 pm

Sept. 28th:

Hernando and Central at Brooksville Golf and Country Club – Tee time 3:30 pm

Weeki Wachee at Lecanto at Glen Lakes Golf and Country Club – Tee time at 2:30 pm

Nature Coast Tech and Crystal River at Plantation Inn Golf Course – Tee time 3:30 pm

Sept. 29th: Springstead and Central at Southern Hill Plantation- Tee time 2:30 pm

Sept. 30th:

Hernando and Citrus High School at Lakeside Country Club -Tee time 3:30 pm

Springstead and Nature Coast Tech at Hernando Oaks – Tee time 3:30 pm

Swimming 

Weeki Wachee, Hernando, and Nature Coast Tech boys and girls swim teams will compete at 6pm on Saturday, Oct 2 at Hernando YMCA. Springstead is taking the weekend off.

Cross Country

Saturday, Oct. 2 is Cross Country at Weekiwachee Preserve in Spring Hill. The event begins at 8 am. Springstead, Weeki Wachee, Central, Hernando, Hernando Christian Academy, and Nature Coast Tech will compete in the Weekiwachee Preserve Invitational along with other high schools in Citrus and Pasco Counties.

*All schedules were reviewed on MaxPreps and/or School Event Calendars

Alice Mary Herden
Alice Mary Herden is an award-winning professional photographer and writer focusing on nature and wildlife. From 2008 to 2021, Alice has owned Green-Fly Media LLC, a freelance photography business. She freelanced for Hernando Sun for five years covering sports, community, and environmental reporting. Alice was nominated for Agricultural & Environmental Reporting for articles published in Hernando Sun in the Florida Press Association Weekly Newspaper Contest. She placed second for Agricultural & Environmental Reporting and was awarded first place in Portfolio Photography in 2018 and took home first place in 2019. She was awarded the Robert J. Ellison Memorial Award for Portfolio Photography in 2018. She published three online magazines, Voices to Visions, a Dust and Shadows Magazine, which featured haunted locations and interviews with paranormal celebrities. Football Magazine was the first minor league football magazine in the state of Florida based on the United Football Federation football league that featured game coverage, interviews including former NFL players and College Coaches. She also created RAW- Real Amazing Wildlife featured nature and wildlife photography. Since 2015, Alice has been a volunteer at Chinsegut Conservation Center located in Brooksville, Florida. She helps with programs as well as organizing nature photography workshops. Alice is also a co-organizer for the yearly event ‘Chinsegut Wildlife Day’ and the ‘Wild Florida’ Photography Exhibit. Alice obtained two career diplomas, Wildlife/Forestry Conservation and Freelance Writing, from Penn Foster in 2019. She completed the Florida Master Naturalist Program core module courses: Upland, Freshwater, and Coastal Systems through the adult education UF/IFAS Extension program to obtain her Master Naturalist certification in September of 2020. She completed the Land Steward and Restoration Courses to obtain her title as an Advanced Master Naturalist. In September of 2020, Alice enrolled in a course at Cornell Lab Bird Academy to obtain her certification in Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology, which she completed in October 2020. In January of 2021, Alice was hired for a part-time position with FWC as an Educational Specialist and in June of 2021 hired as Sponsored Project OPS for UF/IFAS in Hernando County. She is back writing for Hernando Sun and continues to publish photography and nature writing on her blog- FloridaNature.Net. Alice is married to Donald Herden Jr and resides in Weeki Wachee, Florida, with their two dogs, Bree and Willow.
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