Springstead High School

Springstead derails Pasco 10-3 in district battle

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports reporter 

SPRING HILL- If there’s anything that this Springstead High School’s football team has shown this 2019 season, it’s resiliency. 

Mike Garofano’s group has been tested week in and week out and the time came for the Eagles to answer the bell against a hungry Dade City Pasco team last Friday, hoping to bounce back from a 20-0 loss the previous week to St. Petersburg Dixie Hollins. 

Springstead defeats Crystal River 21-0 and improves to 4-0

SPRING HILL- The best team in Hernando County resides out of Spring Hill these days.

Another example of that sentiment was proven last Friday when Springstead hosted Crystal River. The Eagles’ defense has already pitched a couple of shutout victories and added another to their belt, as Springstead rolled to a 21-0 win over the Pirates at home. Springstead now improves to 4-0 on the season and heads into this week’s matchup against Dade City Pasco with plenty of momentum. 

Springstead football is county best at 3-0 to start season

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports reporter

SPRING HILL- If you had told most folks around Hernando County that the best team through three games would be Springstead, some might have given you a double take. 

The Eagles, who didn’t make the playoffs last season, had teams like Nature Coast and Hernando, to leapfrog to earn the title of top club in the county. Springstead has certainly progressed and this season they look nearly unstoppable. 

Volleyball coach Andrea Kneser Returns to Hernando County

“I knew one day maybe my path would cross back with Hernando County,” said Kneser whose first volleyball coaching position was with Central High School in Brooksville.

After graduating from Webber International College, an injury that led to a full knee replacement put her plans to further her career playing International Beach Volleyball to a halt. But that injury didn’t stop her from being involved in the sport that she loved.

Fall Sports Preview: Springstead Cheer Coach Shannon Herod

The high school sports fall season is fast approaching, and for the next couple of weeks, the Eagles’ cheer team is working hard to fine-tune their sideline performances.  With Shannon Herod on her fifth coaching season at Springstead, new and exciting crowd participation routines are in the works. The team picked up some new moves after a three-day cheer camp hosted by UCA (United Cheerleading Association) at the University of Florida in July.

“I always want to make sure we’re keeping up with the new transitions, new stunts and perfecting them,” Shannon said.

Hernando County sports notebook

Photography by Cheryl Clanton and Associated Press

San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida

Former NCT back Matt Breida scores 1st NFL touchdown 

From scoring touchdowns at Nature Coast Technical to Georgia Southern and now doing it in the National Football League, Matt Breida has now done it at the highest level. 

The former Sharks’ star running back scored his first NFL touchdown in the San Francisco 49ers’ 33-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday afternoon. Breida caught a 21-yard pass from 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard in the third quarter with 4:36 remaining, marking the former NCT back’s first of what is hopefully many more touchdowns to come. 

Springstead off to blazing start in volleyball

photography by Cheryl Clanton

SHS outside/middle hitter Jennifer Aten

SPRING HILL- It's been awhile since coaching from bench for Springstead volleyball coach Kyra Leonard, who used to coach the Eagles over 10 years ago and has now returned for another stint.

This time around, however, Leonard inherits a very talented squad and her club is off to one of the hottest starts of anyone in the area. The Eagles are off to an 8-1 start through nine contests and despite not having played the meat of their schedule, Springstead has been impressive nonetheless.