Hunting During The Pre-Rut

Opening weekend of archery season has been a great success for many bowhunters; I’m hearing lots of stories of good fortune.  The acorns haven’t begun falling in huge quantities and the deer are up and moving in order to fill their bellies. In this period of the season, it’s normal to focus on food sources or bedding areas while waiting for the rut to kick in.  And that’s always been my go to opening weekend strategy as well.

Week 5 Hernando County football game previews

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports reporter 

The regular season for prep football in Hernando County heads into Week 5 action and Week 4 was a tough one for the county. Nature Coast lost its third game in a row when they fell 34-7 to Wiregrass Ranch and Central ended up falling to Lecanto. Four of five Hernando County squads will be back in action this week and teams will be 50 percent through the season after this Friday. We take a closer look at all of the Week 5 regular season matchups on tap for Friday night.

Springstead football is county best at 3-0 to start season

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports reporter

SPRING HILL- If you had told most folks around Hernando County that the best team through three games would be Springstead, some might have given you a double take. 

The Eagles, who didn’t make the playoffs last season, had teams like Nature Coast and Hernando, to leapfrog to earn the title of top club in the county. Springstead has certainly progressed and this season they look nearly unstoppable. 

Weeki Wachee Hornets football team honors 9-11 first responders

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

The week of 9-11 will always have emotional effects for many, many people. Communities get together to honor those that have lost their lives and those that helped save lives. Before the coin toss on the Weeki Wachee High School football field, the entire Hornets team held American flags to honor 9-11 first responders. Hornets Kolby Oudeans grandfather, John Lightsey, was one of those dispatchers on September 11, 2001.

The West Hernando Athletic League starts the 2019 softball season

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

It was a beautiful Monday morning for members of the West Hernando Athletic Club for Seniors conducting their 2019 season opener at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill.

“Our events committee is very ambitious this year. We have something planned every month that is related to softball or totally outside of softball. We are hoping that getting the word out, we could increase our membership,” said Al Johnson, President of the West Hernando Athletic Club for Seniors.

Central Bears perfect season tarnished


Hernando Sun Reporter

The Central High School Bears seemed poised to continue on a flawless winning streak on Friday night.  Prior to entering into the game against the Lecanto High Panthers, the Bears were at 3-0 for the season.

The Bears won the coin toss and the game was off to a great start.  Both teams came out to play hard. The first half was an aggressive match of strong defense and hard charging offense.  

"The train is starting to build up steam, boys."

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

Hernando Christian Academy (HCA) had a solid win Thursday night against Cornerstone Academy. Cornerstone had one loss in 2018 (10-1) and went undefeated the year (12-0) before. The last time HCA played against them was back in 2016 at the semi-finals. HCA won 54 to 29. The Lions proceeded to the Championship only to fall to Geneva in a close game 36-39. HCA will face Geneva in Lakeland on October 18.

Close, but no cigar

The Central Bears volleyball team was so close to a win, but fell short two points at the end of set 5 when they faced Crystal River Tuesday night Sept. 10, 2019. 

Earlier in the season, the team has faced strong contenders like Lecanto, Nature Coast Tech and Springstead. The girls have produced some pretty good competitive sets thus far. According to Coach Nikki LaRiviere, the team's talent is there, but it's about how they are executing their competitive level facing their opponents. 

Emotions run high after serious injury during NCT-Wiregrass game

Wesley Chapel, Fla. --- It was definitely ‘Friday the 13th’ on the football field!

Once again, on a warm Friday evening complete with storm clouds gathering and marching slowly across the sky, chasing away the sun as it dipped beyond the horizon. Like those gray clouds that were collecting above in the sky, on the football field below there was a storm brewing.  It was Friday the 13th no less. 

Spring Hill NFL Flag Football League brings the community together

On Saturday Sept. 7, the fall season for the Spring Hill NFL Flag Football League at Delta Woods Park kicked off. The park’s only football field was filled with kids aged four, up to the more competitive teenagers. Local high school and middle school coaches were in attendance including Central’s football coach Robert Walden, Explorer’s coach Billy Hughes and Springstead’s Athletic Director Dustin Kupcik. Referees included Nature Coach Tech’s golfer Michael Machnicki and quarterback Vaughn Sykora.