July 2016

Who was F.W. Springstead?

F.W. Springstead High School

Frank W. Springstead High School has served Hernando County since 1975. This leads to the question of who was Frank W. Springstead and why was the High School named after him.

Frank was born in 1918 in Brooksville and his father was J. D. Springstead. The Springstead family was a prominent early family of the area. When Frank W. Springstead married Ann Eichelberger, they were prominent enough to have their wedding carried on the society page of The Evening Independent on Wednesday, June 22, 1938. The article is quite detailed in the dresses that were worn at the wedding.

SunWest: beach, development and change

Photography by Elizabeth Dentato

The Sunwest Park is a beach park on a 70 acre spring-fed lake. The park features white sand beaches, picnic tables, and pavilions. There are also kayaks, paddle boards, and a floating aqua park for people to use for additional charges when there is availability. It has become a popular summer destination for Hernando county residents.

Young showing no rust for state champs

Photography Alice Mary Herden

Hernando grad Justin Young pitched for Polk City in the Dixie Majors state tournament two weeks ago. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

It had been a long time since Justin Young had toed a pitching rubber during game action. But on the big stage of a state championship game, he was more than up for the challenge.
“As a competitor, that’s exactly what you want. That’s exactly what I was hoping for, was the ball in the championship game,” Young said. “For my first time in a while, I did just as good as I could do, if not better.”

Reclaiming the Nostalgic era of Weeki Wachee State Park

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Weeki Wachee_ Jason Hulfish, Andrew Brusso and John Athanason pose by Neptune, which is just one of the parks props Jason Hulfish brought back to life.

Reclaiming the Nostalgic era of Weeki Wachee State Park

It may not be noticed by many people that visit the park, but for some they will see just a slight change. The people that are behind those changes are Andrew Brusso and Jason Hulfish.

Andrew Brusso has been volunteering at the park for well over ten years and many people have seen his work. He is the photographer that captures the mermaids underwater for the beautiful yearly calendar.

Old foe haunts Spring Hill 15U

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The Spring Hill Dixie 15U All-Stars in front of Eagle Stadium in Ozark, Ala. during the World Series this weekend. Photo provided

In the end, the Dixie Baseball 15U All-Stars World Series ended the same way as last month’s state tournament for Spring Hill.
The local squad had finished second at states, losing twice to host North Lakeland. Both teams advanced to the World Series, which took place this past weekend in Ozark, Ala.
On Saturday, Spring Hill again found itself facing North Lakeland while facing elimination, and came up short for the third time, 11-1.

Pitching paces Spring Hill Minors

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The Spring Hill National AAA Minors All-Stars included: Brendan Anderson, Shawn Hicks, Connor McAfee, Ryder Tyszko, Hayden McElreath, Nathaniel Leavitt, Alex Rodriguez, Cody Bishop, Tristan King, Nathan Marsh, Vinny Pasarela and Justin Sesera. Head coach was Larry Marsh, assisted by Tony Bishop and Tim King. Photo provided

Spring Hill National didn’t return home with a championship trophy after traveling to Sebring for the Dixie Baseball AAA Minors (age 9-10) All-Stars State Tournament. But the local squad still represented itself well on the big stage.
A 3-2 run through the tournament ended with an 8-3 loss to host Sebring on Wednesday, one game away from a rematch with District 6 rival Bushnell American.