Sports

Questions heading into Hernando County spring prep football

As many of the county’s spring sports begin to wind down, in less than a couple weeks football will be back on the practice fields of Hernando County. There’s plenty of questions to be asked about each of the county’s five teams heading into spring football, as Central, Hernando, Nature Coast, Springstead and Weeki Wachee are all coming off solid 2017 campaigns. Hernando and Nature Coast both clinched playoff berths. For awhile Springstead wasn’t too far off from nabbing one themselves.

Hernando Bar 5k

This year was the 5th annual Hernando Bar 5k. Erin Daly, a state attorney, has been organizing the Hernando Bar 5k for all five years. She said, "I hope one day I can actually run in the race, although I have run the course hundreds of times already."

High Point's 3rd Annual Jim Breitung Memorial Golf Tournament

A veteran of the U.S. Navy and “great left-handed golfer,” James Paul Breitung moved to Florida in 1996. Jim was a celebrated long-time resident and board member of the High Point Golf Club. Following his death in 2015, his partner in life, Ruth Cassara, along with several individuals and businesses sponsor the annual golf tournament held in Breitung’s honor.

Hernando baseball aims for 20-win season

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Hernando's Connor Morgan

(BROOKSVILLE)- The year 2014 is the last time Hernando’s varsity baseball team posted a 20-plus win campaign.

With a 23-5 record nearly four years ago, the Leopards have struggled to get back to that elusive mark. Hernando has steadily declined since then when it comes to victories, with the program winning 18 games in 2015, 17 in 2016 and 15 last year. Coming off a 2017 season in which Hernando was able to clinch a berth in the Class 5A playoffs, the Leopards are now poised to make a run at winning 20 games and once again contending for the district championship.

Springstead Softball remains focused in 2018

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Springstead's Audrey Selby

(SPRING HILL)- The sting still hurts for Springstead’s varsity softball team from last season’s Class 6A, Region 2 championship loss to Land O’ Lakes.

What made it hurt just a little bit more for the Eagles was the fact that the Gators ended up becoming the eventual Class 6A state champions when it was all said and done. Now eight games into the 2018 season, Springstead has picked up right where it left off.

Bodyslams for Charity

(L-R) Kimberly, Dawn, Diana, Emmalee, and Tina running the donation tent.

Sunday, Feb. 25 saw Brawl USA team up with Ability Tree Florida to bring the Golden Ticket Rumble to Spring Hill.

This was the rescheduled event that was originally anticipated to take place on Jan. 28, but was cancelled due to inclement weather. This time, the weather held and the fans and performers were treated to clear skies and warm temperatures. It could not have been nicer weather.

Late foul call benefits Sharks, advance to Sweet 16

File Photo: Robert Gomez plays in a match against Crystal River 12/22/2017 Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Last Friday night, Nature Coast defeated in-county rival Central to clinch their seventh district championship under head coach Dave Pisarcik. Entering yet another FHSAA regional tournament, the Sharks had the benefit of being able to host the first round on their court per FHSAA bracketing procedures. Their opponent in the first round was the Zephyrhills Bulldogs, a team that has history with NCT due to previously being in the same district for a several years and famously defeating the Sharks a few years ago on said court en route to a state semifinal appearance.

My First Turkey Call

By Toby Benoit

A wingbone yelper I built years ago.

I’m a turkey hunter. In fact, I am probably more passionate about turkey hunting than I am about any other of the outdoor sports. The excitement of listening to the Springtime conversations of those big beautiful birds is awesome, but when you take an active part in that conversation, knowing what to say and how to say it, can lead you to a euphoric overdose of adrenaline. Because, once that big old he-devil of a tom comes strutting in close, gobbling, spitting and drumming the entire way, it’s a spectacular rush!

Sharks start off slow, then pull away to win another title

Nature Coast Tech #21 Orien Adams

For the better half of the 2017-2018 varsity basketball season in the North Suncoast, one headline came from right here in Hernando County: “Could Nature Coast erase the sting of losing the district championship to county rival Central last season?” While it is true that NCT won when it mattered most last year, defeating Central on their court in the Sweet 16, that feeling of hosting the regional playoffs means so much to these young athletes. Like most years in the past, NCT entered the tournament as the #1 seed and the favorite to win, with almost every other team still playing catch-up.