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Local Hernando High Football Coach Debuts Family Sports Bar & Grill

Article & Photography By CHERYL CLANTON

On July 7, 2017, a local high school football coach opened Kaz's Family Sports Bar & Grill in downtown Brooksville, 4 N. Broad St. Brooksville, Fla 34601, right across from the courthouse.  

Owner Robert Kazmier is known as ‘Coach Kaz' to the community &  Hernando High School athletes. Coach Kaz said he sees endless opportunity in Downtown Brooksville. “It has so much charm and history.  Once support increases and our community sees what is possible here, I envision this place flourishing and becoming a truly special location for commerce and gatherings,” he said.  

Down on the farm

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Sprinstead alum Brandon Brosher hit two home runs and pitched for the first time in his career this week for the Columbia Fireflies. Photo by Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images

NOTE: Three 2013 Hernando County graduates, Hernando High’s Christian Arroyo (San Francisco Giants) and Brandon Lawson (Tampa Bay Rays), and Springstead’s Brandon Brosher (New York Mets), are currently playing professional baseball, working their way up through the minor leagues within their respective organizations. Hernando Sun will track their progress weekly throughout the next few months.
Brandon Brosher found himself in the lineup five straight days for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies this week, and provided his team with some production at the plate.

Sports Notebook: Hernando opens season in style

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Hernando's Ygenio Booker during Friday night's game against Fivay, in which he had a 68-yard touchdown run. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Throughout his 18 seasons at the helm of Springstead and now Hernando, Bill Vonada has often said a coach is never fully satisfied.
But in evaluating Friday’s season opener, the veteran football headman couldn’t find much fault with the outcome. The Leopards stomped Fivay at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium, 62-0.
“The guys came out firing on all cylinders and really just didn’t have any letup at any position or play,” Vonada said. “I guess not being able to play in the spring and all that, the guys were charged up about playing somebody else.

Springstead slides past Central to open season

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Springstead's Randy Morgan attempts to shake off a Central defender during a run on Friday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

SPRING HILL – Central and Springstead had to wait nearly an extra hour to start their season on Friday night, and when they finally took the field at Booster Stadium, the performance mirrored the soggy weather.
Both teams had their share of miscues and wasted opportunities, and in the end a missed 2-point conversion proved the difference as the host Eagles held on for a 21-20 victory.

Special Olympics Area Games -SWIMMING-

Nicholas Famiano is pictured here with coaches Jim Coleman and Sherry Honer. 16 year-old Famiano won first place in the 25m assisted swimming category. Photo credit: Dorothy Famiano

On Saturday Aug. 12, 2017, The Special Olympics Florida-Hernando County participated in the Area Games competition at Highlander Pool in Dunedin. The 2017 Area 6 Games featured athletes from Pinellas, Pasco, Sumter, Citrus and Hernando Counties. The Special Olympics organization helps people with disabilities participate as productive, respected members of society. Their goal is to offer all members a fair opportunity to cultivate and exhibit their skills and talents through sports training and competition.

Springstead storms back, beats Hernando in 5

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Springstead's Jen Aten attempts to spike the ball over the block of Hernando's Madison Janssens Thursday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

SPRING HILL – The prep volleyball season is less than a week old, and Hernando and Springstead aren’t even in the same classification, let alone the same district.
But Thursday night’s meeting between the county rivals on Springstead’s shiny new gym floor didn’t lack in entertainment value. What appeared at first to be an easy victory for the visiting Lady Leopards turned out to be a stirring triumph for the host Lady Eagles, who rallied from an 0-2 deficit to win in five games, 28-30, 17-25, 25-17, 25-11, 15-7.

Down on the farm

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Springstead grad Brandon Brosher is hitting .220, with 11 homers, 23 RBI and 22 runs scored in 55 games for the Columbia Fireflies this season. Photo by Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images

NOTE: Three 2013 Hernando County graduates, Hernando High’s Christian Arroyo (San Francisco Giants) and Brandon Lawson (Tampa Bay Rays), and Springstead’s Brandon Brosher (New York Mets), are currently playing professional baseball, working their way up through the minor leagues within their respective organizations. Hernando Sun will track their progress weekly throughout the next few months.
Brandon Brosher pieced together a modest five-game hitting streak over the past two weeks for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies.

Spring Hill ends summer with World Series runs

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Spring Hill American White pitcher Dalton Williams throws to the plate last month in the District 6 Tournament against South Sumter. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

With summer coming to a close and school back in session, the Dixie Baseball All-Stars season has also wrapped up.
The Spring Hill American White AAA Minors (age 9-10) squad was largely comprised of players who won a World Series as AA Rookies (age 7-8) two years ago. They came close to adding another World Series crown to their resumes, finishing second in this year’s AAA Minors World Series in Oxford, Ala., taking place Aug. 5-10.

Eagles overcome sloppiness to win classic

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Springstead sophomore Anthony Alexis runs for 142 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's preseason classic at Hudson. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

HUDSON – For the past two decades, Springstead has prided itself on playing a disciplined, mistake-free brand of football.
But preseason classics are rarely a showcase of crisp, fundamentally-sound performance. To that end, Thursday night’s exhibition at Hudson revealed plenty of ragged edges, though still yielded a positive result: a 32-6 victory.