Andy Villamarzo

Hernando County Prep Football Players To Watch For 2019

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports reporter

(FILE PHOTOS by Cheryl Clanton)

Prep football begins everywhere throughout the state of Florida with preseason kickoff classics and Hernando County’s five teams will be in action this week. The county returns a lot of talent that gets a bit underlooked because of the minimal amount of schools within the county. We take a look at the top prep football players in Hernando County heading into the 2019 season. 

Hernando County Prep Football Preseason Game Previews

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports writer 

The regular season for prep football in Hernando County is fast approaching and before the real thing happens, teams will play in kickoff classic games. All five of Hernando County’s clubs will be in action this week and it will be the first look coaches will get at their starters and backups. We take a closer look at both of the preseason matchups on tap for Thursday and Friday nights. 

Thursday, August 15th

Hernando County Sports News & Notes

By Andy Villamarzo 
Hernando Sun sports reporter

Springstead announces new volleyball coach Andrea Kneser

Springstead High School has announced the hiring of Andrea Kneser as the school’s next volleyball head coach, per an announcement by the school on Twitter a couple weeks ago. 

“Thrilled to be able to bring someone with her enthusiasm,  organization and experience as a player, coach and commissioner,” Springstead athletic director Dustin Kupcik said. 

Central names Rob Walden as the school’s next football coach

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports staff writer 

BROOKSVILLE- It didn’t take Central long to find who would become their next head football coach after the resignation of John Warren. 

Central athletic director Al Sorrentino in a text message to the Hernando Sun said the school has appointed Rob Walden as the program’s next football coach. He follows Warren, who stepped away to accept a teaching position in Texas, per Sorrentino. 

John Warren resigns as Central football coach

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports writer 

WEEKI WACHEE- Spring prep football has been done for quite a bit in Hernando County and teams are well into their summer workouts and 7-on-7 passing leagues. But there’s another vacancy that has opened up in the county. 

John Warren has resigned as head coach at Central High School, per a text message sent out by athletic director Al Sorrentino Friday evening to the Hernando Sun. Warren and the Bears were coming off a 0-10 season in 2018, with the club coming off a good spring. 

Ali Shenefield, Kevin Bittinger selected to participate in FACA All-Star Game

BROOKSVILLE- Coming off the cusp of one of the most successful seasons Hernando High School has seen from its softball team, it was fitting to see a couple of its key members get selected to the season’s All-Star games.

Senior Ali Shenefield and Coach Kevin Bittinger were selected to participate in the FACA All-Star softball game held in Lakeland last weekend. Shenefield ended up picking up a win on the mound in the first game. Ali also finished in third place in the state for FHSAA 5A Florida Athletic Coaches Association Player of the Year award.  

Hernando Softball Notched Best Season in School History

BROOKSVILLE- Reaching the state semifinals for any Hernando High School team is a mountain that many have tried, but failed in being able to climb.

This 2019 version of the Leopards were able to make that accomplishment turn into a reality, as Hernando reached the Class 5A state semifinals against Coral Springs Charter. The Leopards ended up losing 6-1 in the school’s first appearance in the final four.

Hernando County Prep Football Thoughts Heading into the Summer

Spring football brought upon us a lot of questions and answers for the public schools within Hernando County. As expected, the top teams remain steady where they’re at. We take a closer look at what has transpired throughout the spring and what to watch for heading into what will be a busy off-season for prep football in Florida.

Nature Coast has a quarterback battle ongoing

Hernando makes Long Awaited Trip to States

BROOKSVILLE- The long-awaited trip to the state softball tournament is finally on the horizon.

After sporting one of the best softball teams in school history in recent memory, the Leopards will be making their first-ever appearance in the state tournament when they travel to Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL. Hernando will face Coral Springs Charter at 9:50 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019.