Hernando County Sports Notebook July 6, 2018

Weeki Wachee football takes part in Florida High School Association 7v7 summer tournament 

The Hornets have been working a lot on their passing game over the off-season with all the passing tournaments they’ve been involved in. They saw much success at the most recent Florida High School 7v7 tournament held a week ago. Weeki Wachee traveled out to Haines City and found plenty of success against schools across the state of Florida. 

Hernando Youth League dixie softball team won district championship; now headed to state tourney


The Hernando Youth League Dixie softball team (ponytail division) won the district tournament on June 17, 2018 and is headed to the state tournament to take place in Lake Placid beginning July 13, 2018.  

Since  winning the district final against West Pasco, the team has been raising funds to participate in the state tournament. The team is coached by Tony Laviano and Geoff Cummings. 

Bill Vonada joins Weeki Wachee staff; Hernando adds two experienced assistants

WEEKI WACHEE — The coaching carousel that has gone on throughout Hernando County since Bill Vonada stepped down from being Hernando High School’s head coach has been active and fluid. 

Since Vonada penned a letter citing that coaching high school football in this day in age is much different to the past yesteryears, Hernando has since tabbed former assistant Rob ‘Kaz’ Kazmier as the school’s next in line as the new lead man. Now a local rival has added to its coaching staff and the name who joined comes as a big surprise to most in Hernando County. 

Youthful seniors softball league

“To make men’s softball great again” is what Ron Valure (54) President for the Spring Hill Senior Softball Invitational League (SHSSIL) wants to do. Valure is going on his 5th season with SHSSIL and continues to grow the league presence throughout the season. 

“When I first heard about this, I was reluctant at first, but when I came out here (Spring Hill Veterans Memorial Park) and saw these guys that were in their 70’s playing (softball), and that was my motivation,” Valure said.

“Steelers” 2018 TBXFL Superbowl Champs Boys2Men

On Friday June 8, 2018 Hernando Sun attended the Boys2Men Awards Banquet, held at the Women's Club on Main Street in Downtown Brooksville. Ms. Kimberly Kincade and Ms. Sherri Collins, born and raised in Hernando County and have strong ties in the community. They came together five years ago and started Boys2Men Foundation Incorporation nonprofit. Boys2Men is a youth football and cheer camp. 

Hernando Youth League baseball has several standout teams

BROOKSVILLE - For the first time in many years, the Hernando Youth League’s All-Stars could be sending a host of teams onto states pending the results of a few contests this weekend.

Currently, Hernando Youth League has three divisions that are currently slated to be headed onto states, as the T-Ball 5 & 6-year olds, Rookies 7 & 8-year olds, and the Boys 13 & 14-year olds. HYL could also possibly have the Minors 9 & 10-year olds qualify for states as well, depending on the results of Saturday.

Ex-Bear McKenna gets opportunity to realize dream

For many baseball players, the goal is simple: play well enough to become part of the incredible fraternity known as the big leagues. Sometimes that dream flames out, but for those lucky few, they never forget that call from the organization who selected them.

And for former Central Bear ace Trevor McKenna, that call came on June 8th, 2018.

Following the customary first-year 40-round MLB entry draft, which came and went without being selected, McKenna finally received the greatest call in his life from Arizona Diamondbacks scout Hudson Belinsky.

Local student wins a first, 2 Stakes Champion ribbons at horse show

One of Brooksville’s own attended the Orange Blossom Miniature Horse Club show at the Ocala Livestock Pavilion on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Kelsey Painter a Hernando High School Sophomore and her horse Ziggy placed first in Western Country Pleasure Driving in the Open, and Youth classes, and came home with two Stakes Champion ribbons.

The Hernando Sun 2018 All County Baseball Team

It was another stellar season of prep baseball throughout Hernando County, as no team finished with less than 11 wins. From the start of the season back in February all the way to the Class 5A state semifinals, there were plenty of individual performances that could be recognized along the way. We compiled a list of the top baseball players from this past season with the Hernando Sun’s All-Hernando Baseball Team.

Hernando County 2018 prep baseball wrap up

With Nature Coast Technical High School’s 4-1 loss to Jacksonville Bolles in the Class 5A state semifinals, prep baseball finally concludes in Hernando County and caps one of the best seasons the county has seen in recent memory. The Sharks were able to ride the hot arm of pro prospect Jonathan Gates, who is surely going to be drafted by a Major League Baseball team this week in the 2018 MLB Draft. Hernando was able to have another tremendous season under Tim Sims, in which the Leopards finished second in Class 5A, District 7 behind Nature Coast.