Sports

Hernando County Prep Football Players To Watch For 2019

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports reporter

(FILE PHOTOS by Cheryl Clanton)

Prep football begins everywhere throughout the state of Florida with preseason kickoff classics and Hernando County’s five teams will be in action this week. The county returns a lot of talent that gets a bit underlooked because of the minimal amount of schools within the county. We take a look at the top prep football players in Hernando County heading into the 2019 season. 

Hernando County Prep Football Preseason Game Previews

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports writer 

The regular season for prep football in Hernando County is fast approaching and before the real thing happens, teams will play in kickoff classic games. All five of Hernando County’s clubs will be in action this week and it will be the first look coaches will get at their starters and backups. We take a closer look at both of the preseason matchups on tap for Thursday and Friday nights. 

Thursday, August 15th

“Life is An Adventure”

At seven years old, Nick Ferry-Lee stepped foot onto his very first surfboard. He was on a unique vacation with his family in Costa Rica. It was important to his mother Thresia that he and his twin brother Vincent be introduced to new places and activities. So, Thresia showed her sons what a surfboard was and how to ride one. As she, herself, spent many days as a young girl riding the waves. 

Hernando County student athletes compete for gold

Article and Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Four Hernando County student-athletes are set to compete in the 2019 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympics Games in Greensboro, NC.

Brothers, Alex and Andrew Wilson with their sister Alysia Graham along with David Richards, qualified after placing in the AAU District Qualifier track meet held at Osceola High School back in June. 

Star athletes, NFLers among coaches at youth football camp

Article and Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Free food. Live DJ. Free football camp. NFL players. You couldn't go wrong last Saturday July 13, 2019 at Ernie Wever Youth Park in Brooksville, FL.  NFL Tyrone Goodson, HYL coach Fabian Burnett Sr. and the USA Football organization desired to give back to the Hernando County sporting community through a free fundamental football camp.   The camp featured special guests - NFL Darren Hambrick and Bill Saffore with VertiMax (a sports training equipment company). 

Weeki Wachee High football preview

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

First year Weeki Wachee head coach Chris Cook realizes he has some work ahead, but the summer months have given him some time to make significant headway. 
“Coming up here, I knew it was going to be a little bit of a challenge,” Cook said. “I knew the numbers were low, and I knew there were some things the administration wanted to change as far as the culture of the team.”

String Stretching Time

Archery season is just around the corner and it’s time to get our gear ready.  Time to knock the dust off the old quiver, pull the targets out and begin flinging arrows.  For the bowhunters who don’t shoot year round (I can’t imagine) now is the time to begin stretching out the muscles to draw smoothly and comfortably and put your set up through its paces to ensure we’re every bit as ready for the big hunt as we can be.

Hernando County Sports News & Notes

By Andy Villamarzo 
Hernando Sun sports reporter

Springstead announces new volleyball coach Andrea Kneser

Springstead High School has announced the hiring of Andrea Kneser as the school’s next volleyball head coach, per an announcement by the school on Twitter a couple weeks ago. 

“Thrilled to be able to bring someone with her enthusiasm,  organization and experience as a player, coach and commissioner,” Springstead athletic director Dustin Kupcik said. 

Nature Coast Tech’s 13th Basketball Camp

Article and 
Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN
    
During the summer, many kids are on vacation or involved in summer camps, and Hernando County has many opportunities for kids to continue being active while school is out.

David Pisarcik, head varsity basketball coach for Nature Coast Technical High School, has been offering a co-ed basketball camp for over ten years. The camps are held twice a year in June and July, and close to three hundred kids participate in learning a variety of basketball skills.