April 2016

Sports notebook: Lady Sharks take track region title

Photography Alice Mary Herden

Nature Coast senior Ashley Gentz qualified for states in four events at the 2A-II Meet on Tuesday. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Nature Coast’s track and field program has long dominated the county and district ranks. But when it came to regionals, the attention turned to advancing individuals to states.
In Tuesday’s Class 2A, Region II Meet at Lake Minneola, the Lady Sharks managed to add one more championship trophy to their collection.
For the first time in either gender, Nature Coast collected a regional title, as the girls scored 76 points to edge second-place Gainesville-Eastside with 71. The Lady Sharks were regional runners-up the past two years.

County softball season ends in Elite Eight

Photography by Alice Mary Herden and Danny Aiello

Springstead's Kama Woodall talks with head coach Craig Swartout during an at-bat Friday night. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

SPRING HILL – One pitch. That’s all it took for Hernando County’s two remaining prep softball teams to have their dreams of a Final Four appearance dashed on Friday night.
In the Class 6A, Region II final, Springstead hosted Land O’ Lakes and lost an epic pitcher’s duel, 1-0. Meanwhile in the 5A-II finale, Nature Coast traveled to South Sumter and suffered a 3-1 defeat.

Life Transitions

Patricia Lurie, ACSW

photo by: Alvesgaspar

Transitions: A time of change that goes from one life experience to another. The process of adjusting to the new from the old is the transition. There was a time when I only had to think about getting through the day and accomplishing what was needed.

Sharks stunned late as county teams falter

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Nature Coast's Jayden Rivera rounds third on the way to scoring a run in Wednesday night's regional quarterfinal. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

BROOKSVILLE – It seemed like Wednesday would be a banner day for Hernando County prep baseball, as a record four local squads were set to compete in regional quarterfinals.
But it ended up being a rugged night for all those teams – Hernando, Nature Coast, Springstead and Weeki Wachee – as each saw their seasons come to a close in defeat.

Obituaries April 19-24, 2016

Kachuba Edith G., age 93 of Spring Hill, Florida passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. She is survived by loving husband John; sons John (Mary) & Michael (Mary Ellen). Edith also leaves behind her brother Sam Gagliardo; 5 grandchildren & 10 great grandchildren. Src; Downing

Houseworth Gerald H., age 80 of Spring Hill, Florida passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Gerald is survived by loving wife Nancy and daughter Linda (Christopher). He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Src; Downing

Prepare to Age: Preserving Bone Health

Dr. Jessica Allen lives and works in Hernando County. You can learn more about her practice at

Left: normal bone structure Right: Degraded micro structure

Osteopenia and Osteoporosis or ‘bone thinning’ can lead to a wide variety of complications that affect your whole body. There are a many great ways to slow this process down: eating healthy, regular exercise, maintaining good posture, and taking the proper supplements. See? Easy!