Hernando Holiday Classic

Teams came to battle it out on the final night of the 2019 Hernando Holiday Classic held on the Leopards court in Brooksville (Jan. 1 - 4, 2019).

For the girls, the final game for third place was between Weeki Wachee Hornets and Hernando Leopards. Weeki Wachee took home the win against the Leopards. Score WW 54 – HHS 29.

The girls’ championship match was played by Armwood and Chamberlain.  Armwood beat Chamberlain 46-29.

Local Lad off to University for Soccer?

Starting off a new year always leads to new resolutions, and it is one such resolution that’s leading the way for Hernando Leopard Dillon Hoseclaw. Hoseclaw (Sr) has managed to work his way into the Leopards starting Soccer line up through hard work, grit and determination – something that has clearly resonated with Head Coach Jonathan Stone. “I think a fundamental philosophy of any good sporting program has to take into consideration that hard work and effort that each individual puts in.

4th Annual Glory Days Greg O'Connell New Years Shootout

During the last week of the Holiday break, Springstead held their 4th Annual New Year's Shootout. Eight high school basketball teams from Fort Myers to neighboring Pasco County joined to battle it out on the court for championship bragging rights.

Springstead’s head coach Matthew McGarry coordinated this event as well as re-named the New Year's Shootout tournament last year after one particular and highly respected gentlemen, Greg O’Connell.

Hernando Soccer 2019 A Preview

In what is, in this coach’s opinion, an unfairly balanced soccer season in comparison to some other sports as we only get 3 weeks to train players on how to play soccer – The season essentially gets split into two parts.
We have the first half, with the bulk of competitive District games prior to the Christmas break. After Christmas we ‘clean up’ the remaining fixtures, any cancellations to weather and then head into some non-district fixtures before playing a District tournament.

American Disability Adventures

This past weekend I was fortunate to spend a few days in the outdoors with participants and volunteers of the American Disability Adventures group on the 6,500 acre plus, Seranova Ranch.  It was about as enjoyable time as anybody could ever have asked for. The property itself is amazingly well cared for by the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the wildlife is flourishing there.

Despite runner-up finish, 6th annual Sharks Christmas tournament a rousing success


Last week, the Nature Coast Sharks played host to their 6th-annual Christmas tournament, which sees some incredible talent come out to have some fun and get some more experience under their belt. Sharks head coach Dave Pisarcik continues to gain knowledge and tactics for future years, and always seems to get some incredible squads to participate, most notably the Alonso Ravens and Zephyrhills Bulldogs.

Preserving the trophy

I’ve been in the field a lot lately, targeting small game for my family’s table.  Mostly, I’ve been wandering the oak hammocks along the Withlacoochee River and searching the tree tops for squirrels.  Over the last week, a dozen have rode home with me to rest comfortably in my freezer, awaiting their turn as guest of honor on the supper table.