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.

Boys prep basketball ranking- week 5

By Andy Villamarzo 
Hernando Sun writer 

No. 1 Nature Coast (10-1, 4-0): A loss for Nature Coast? Yep, it happened at the Nature Coast Holiday Invitational last week in the championship game when they faced Land O’ Lakes. The Sharks fell to the Gators 51-42, snapping a 10-game winning streak. Nonetheless, Nature Coast still remains the top team in Hernando County. 

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.

Second half surge keeps Sharks’ unbeaten streak alive

Anybody in Hernando County knows the legacy and brutal history between the Springstead Eagles and the Nature Coast Sharks. Since NCT’s inception in August of 2003, the California Street and Mariner Boulevard-located schools have clashed with each other in all aspects, almost like a Romeo and Juliet play in real life. And with these kind of knockdown, drag-out rivalries, one can imagine they’re usually very close, since neither squad wants to lose.

And that was the case on the basketball court- Tuesday night Dec. 18  in ‘The Stead.’