Alice Mary Herden

Nature Coast Tech falls to East Lake in 2019 Fall Ball Baseball Classic Championship

St. Leo, FL - The 2019 Fall Ball Classic Tournament Championship round at St. Leo University consisted of ten teams playing over three consecutive days.

Four teams played Friday night at St. Leo University for the chance to proceed to Saturday's line up. Among those four teams was Nature Coast Tech. 

The Sharks defeated Brandon 5-2 on Friday night and advanced to Saturday’s lineup to play Wiregrass. After dealing with Florida's weather, including a wet field, Nature Coast Tech won 2-0.

Good luck in the playoffs

Brooksville, FL- “Good luck in the playoffs,” First Coast Christian player Christopher Mitrosky said during handshakes at the end of the game.

Hernando Christian Academy defeated First Coast Christian and advances to game five in the 2019 Florida Sunshine State Football Playoffs.

The weather was dreary and wet. Dark clouds above, temperature dropping, scattered rain wasn’t ideal conditions for the visitors watching the game but fortunately, it didn’t affect any of the players on either team. It's playoffs!

Soccer Season Openers

Monday began the season openers for the boys and girls soccer program. Weeki Wachee hosted a two-night preseason tournament to get the boy's soccer program ready for the winter season. Hudson, Gaither, South Sumter, Nature Coast Tech, Central High and Weeki Wachee played on Tuesday, November 5 and again on Thursday, November 7. 

Boys Soccer 

Tuesday results from 11/5

Hudson 0 vs Weeki Wachee 5

Gaither 0 vs Nature Coast 1

Central 0 vs South Sumter 3

Wednesday Results 11/6

    Hernando 0 vs Pasco 6

Welcome to the woods, fall wildflowers of the Withlacoochee State Forest

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

September 23 was the first official day of fall, but here in Florida, fall doesn’t feel like fall until late October. Cool-weather, pleasant breezes that whisper throughout the forest and the colors of fall begin to appear, fade and reappear during the next couple of months.

Vince Morris, Resource Administrator, and Colleen Werner, Biologist II from the Florida Forest Service, took me on a long-awaited trip to their favorite spots to see the fall colors blooming in the Withlacoochee State Forest.

HCA football players make top ten list

Hernando Christian Academy (HCA) is a private school located on Emerson Road in Brooksville, FL. The school may be small, still, it’s packed with powerhouse athletes within their sports programs, and a few of those athletes are currently placed in the top ten not just in Florida under 6-man leader stats but in national and that’s including 11-man, according to the stats posted on MaxPreps.

Run the ball and stop the run, and good things happen!

It has been a long road for Hernando Christian Academy (HCA) and a hard process to recover from last year’s season with just three wins. Who would’ve thought that those previous year’s classmen would push through the adversity to become ranked number 2 in 6-man football for the entire state of Florida?

Yes, you read it right! According to the Florida High School Football Rankings on MaxPreps, HCA secured the number two spot out of 29 schools.

New coaches on familiar clay

For over two decades, Thomas Ryan coached the PHSC softball team. During that time, he prepared many students for advancement in their sporting career through a positive and well-balanced environment.

Starting the 2019 Fall season, Stephen Mumaw and Assistant Coach Jeri Loffler are stepping into those roles; however, they are not new to the PHSC environment.

Mumaw’s daughter, Dana, played softball under coach Ryan as well as Jeri.

Hernando Christian Academy ranked #2 in region 2 six man varsity football

Hernando Christian Academy 6-man football team is currently 7-1 in their 2019 season, and according to the stats on MaxPreps, they’re ranked at #2 under Donahue Catholic. 

Catching up on away games; On October 11 HCA won against Old Plank Christian Academy 57-6 and an October 18 their win against Geneva Classical Academy 48-6 began HCA’s road to victory.

Central’s defense held firm during Friday’s Night’s game against Crystal River

At the beginning of the season, Coach Walden’s goal for the team was to put winning numbers on the scoreboard, and he has accomplished that.

“We wanted to get the program on track, get a few wins and build a culture and discipline,” Walden said.

During Friday night’s game against Crystal River (Oct. 11), the Bears prevented the Pirates from putting any more points on the board in the fourth quarter.


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