Sports

NCT’s Mike Weston drawing comparisons to running back great

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun correspondent 

BROOKSVILLE- After rushing for 240 yards on 38 carries in Nature Coast’s dominating 57-26 victory over Gainesville Eastside in last Friday’s Class 5A, Region 2 quarterfinal, Rams head coach Cedderick Daniels wasn’t shy about what he thought about Sharks’ running back Mike Weston. 

“That dude is a man child,” Daniels said. “I’ve faced Derrick Henry before, but he’s special. I definitely didn’t think he was as fast as he was. He’s definitely very strong.” 

After slow start, Sharks surge their way into the second round

by JOE CARLINO,

Hernando Sun Sports Writer

Photography by CHERYL CLANTON

The Nature Coast Sharks entered the FHSAA Class 5A, Region II quarterfinal as the best team in their district (5A-7) and the region, which enabled the squad to ensure home field advantage throughout the first three rounds of the playoffs. Their first opponent: the Gainesville-Eastside Rams, a squad who, despite their 7-3 record and #8 seed, was a very formidable foe.

Final 2018 Hernando Sun Top 5 Prep Football Ranking

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports writer 

Week 11 of the regular season for prep football in the state of Florida began last week and we here at the Hernando Sun want to give you the Hernando County reader all the insight you can get during the 2018 campaign. We now take a look at the final Hernando Sun Top 5 Prep Football ranking heading into the postseason. 

Hernando Prep Football Playoff Capsules​​​​​​​

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports writer 

photography by Cheryl Clanton

The regular season for prep football in Hernando County came to a close last week and two teams were able to come away qualifying for spots in the postseason, as Hernando and Nature Coast are back in the Class 5A playoffs. Both clubs will be looking to advance against out of area opponents, with Hernando going on the road and Nature Coast hosting. We take a closer look at both of the matchups on tap for Friday night. 

Citrus Bucks and Songdogs

I’ve got to tell you folks just how much I’m enjoying this cooler weather. Just the other day I actually was cold while sitting in my ground blind.  And with the cooler weather, there has been a significant amount of daytime activity by the bucks and harvest reports are pouring in.  I’m very happy to announce I was fortunate enough to use a muzzleloading, flint lock rifle to send an invitation to a fat forkhorn for a ride on my tailgate.  But, I’ll tell you more about that hunt another time.

Spring Hill Athletic Association 2018 Football Championships

by CHERYL CLANTON

Spring Hill Athletic Association is a non-profit organization, supported with volunteers. Everyone is held to a code of conduct to assist in developing social skills and positive behavior. Coaching staff, teams and league supports in the success of the athlete’s academics. The season opens every August with a Football and Cheer Jamboree. To sign up go to http://www.shaaeaglesfootballandcheer.com SHAA consists of 3 age divisions. Division 1 ages 5-8, division 2 ages 9-10 and division 3 ages 11-13. 

Weekend span of contests results in clean district sweep for Sharks

by JOE CARLINO,

HERNANDO SUN SPORTS WRITER

photography by CHERYL CLANTON

Due to Hurricane Michael’s pathway a couple of weeks ago, the Nature Coast Sharks game against the Lecanto Panthers was unfortunately pushed back to October 29, which put the Sharks in an interesting predicament: playing three games in a span of seven days, two of which were district opponents.  The Sharks needed to only win one to secure the championship and a first-round home playoff game.

Top 5 Prep Football Ranking Week 10

by ANDY VILLAMARZO
HERNANDO SUN SPORTS WRITER

Week 10 of the regular season for prep football in the state of Florida began last week and we here at the Hernando Sun want to give you the Hernando County reader all the insight you can get during the 2018 campaign. We now take a look at the Hernando Sun Top 5 Prep Football Ranking heading into Week 11 of the regular season. 

Bishop McLaughlin Freshman wins gold at State Special Olympics Swim Meet

Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School freshman, Arielle Jonas, swam at the State Special Olympics Swim Meet at North County Regional Park in Sebastian, FL on October 6 & 7, 2018. Jonas won the Gold in the 50 meter Butterfly, the Silver in the 50 meter Freestyle and the Bronze in the 200 meter Medley Relay. Jonas swims for Hillsborough Co. Special Olympics Swim Team. Last year Jonas’ mother and older 

Top 5 Prep Football Ranking Week 9

By Andy Villamarzo 
Hernando Sun sports writer 

Week 9 of the regular season for prep football in the state of Florida began last week and we here at the Hernando Sun want to give you the Hernando County reader all the insight you can get during the 2018 campaign. We now take a look at the Hernando Sun Top 5 Prep Football Ranking heading into Week 10 of the regular season.