Sports

Montreal Rays? It could happen.

By: Matthew Vandenburgh

Major League Baseball’s executive council granted the Tampa Bay Rays permission to look into options for the team to split its home games in future seasons between the Tampa Bay area and Montreal.

Right now the plan is in very early stages, but due to the lack of attendance the team is exploring the idea of beginning the season in Tampa and finishing it in Montreal. The Rays currently have an average attendance of 14,546, the second lowest in MLB. This comes despite a current record of 43-31, second place in a stacked American League East.

Machine Pitch Tournament and T-Ball District Results

The Brooksville and Spring Hill Dixie Youth Baseball teams traveled to San Antonio for the Florida 6 Districts Machine Pitch Tournament. The San Antonio Sports Association hosted the 2019 Machine Pitch Tournament which began Saturday, June 8. These are the results.

Saturday, June 8th. 

Wildwood 10 - San Antonio 20

Brooksville 5 - Spring Hill Navy 9

Temple Terrace - Spring Hill Columbia (no game)

Sunday, June 9th results

Wildwood 8 - Brooksville 13

Dixie Youth League District T-ball tournament

Dixie Youth League held their season district T-ball tournament at Ernie Wever Youth Park in Brooksville.

The kids began the tournament on Saturday, June 1st ending Wednesday, June 5 with a final fight for the district championship. Each day these teams are moving through bracket positions in hopes of winning that District 6 championship title.

The contenders are Brooksville, Spring Hill, Temple Terrace, San Antonio, South Lake, and Wildwood.

Hernando Softball Notched Best Season in School History

BROOKSVILLE- Reaching the state semifinals for any Hernando High School team is a mountain that many have tried, but failed in being able to climb.

This 2019 version of the Leopards were able to make that accomplishment turn into a reality, as Hernando reached the Class 5A state semifinals against Coral Springs Charter. The Leopards ended up losing 6-1 in the school’s first appearance in the final four.

Spring Football Scrimmages

Article and Photography by CHERYL CLANTON and ALICE MARY HERDEN

The last weeks in May are crucial for all of Hernando County football coaches. These games are vital to see how well their team can perform and combine offense/defense strategies. They are also calculating who can fill the spots of graduating seniors.

Weeki Wachee Hornets

For Weeki Wachee, the Hornets recently have been introduced to new head coach Chris Cook, formerly the Offensive Coordinator from Moore Haven Middle High School.

PHSC baseball heads to Division II World Series

Article and Photography 
by ALICE MARY HERDEN

On May 23 at 6 am the Pasco Hernando State College baseball team will board a plane and travel 1,322 miles to Enid, Oklahoma to play at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in competition for the 2019 NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series Championship Title, but first let us tell you how they got there.

NJCAA DII Southeast District Championship

For four days the Bobcats owned the NJCAA DII Southeast District Championship in Greenville North Carolina, after their loss to Pitt Community College.

Hernando makes long awaited trip to states

By Andy Villamarzo 
Hernando Sun sports writer 

BROOKSVILLE- The long awaited trip to the state softball tournament is finally on the horizon. 
After sporting one of the best softball teams in school history in recent memory, the Leopards will be making their first ever appearance in the state tournament when they travel to Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL. Hernando will face Coral Springs Charter at 9:50 a.m. on Thursday May 23, 2019. 

Bears rally from early deficit to keep season alive

Baseball is a sport best defined by a quote from the legendary Yogi Berra: “90% of the game is mental, the other half is physical.” Essentially, players can be cream of the crop prospects, but one mistake here, their judgment gets clouded there, and a domino effect takes place with their teammates.

For Al Sorrentino and the Central Bears, while that did happen early against the visiting Port Orange-Atlantic Sharks (yes, there’s another one), it’s what happened afterwards that set the tone.