Alice Mary Herden

A Tribute to Trevor

BROOKSVILLE, Fla.- Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 the Hernando High Leopards JV football team played on their home turf against Citrus. But this was a different game. There was one player missing. 

Just one week ago on September 12, the JV Leopards football team played against Springstead and it was a great game. Hernando dominated the Eagles 21-6, but sadly it was the last game one football player would play. JV football player Trevor Bowen ( No. 11) died the next morning.  

Weeki Wachee Hornets football team honors 9-11 first responders

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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

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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.

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

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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. 

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. 

Hernando Christian Academy officially starts their 6-man football season

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On Thursday night Sept. 5, Hernando Christian Academy held their first 6-man football game against Newberry Christian Community, and it was a glorious win for the Lions; 43-12.

There was an uncertainty of how the team would perform due to practice cancellations, but Coach Raley was pleasantly surprised by the team’s ability to pull it off.

Week 2 Boys Golf Recap

Weeki Wachee’s Jack Hurst led the Hornets with a two-over 38 win during the tri-match with Springstead and Hernando High at Hernando Oaks in Brooksville Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Hurst along with Springstead’s Jake Miller and Hernando’s Pierson Miller teed off on hole 3, followed by Nick Lucus (Weeki Wachee), Ben Keister (Springstead) and Zak Thomson (Hernando).

The tri-match ending results: Weeki Wachee 189, Hernando 190, and Springstead 202.


Thursday, August 29 results: Springstead 207 and Central 234.