Springstead High School

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

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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

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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.

Clifton enjoying breakthrough season

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Springstead's Alyssa Clifton

On Wednesday, when Springstead’s girls basketball team cruised to a 55-26 victory over Hudson, it may not have seemed all that special. It was the 13th time the Lady Eagles have walked off the court after the final buzzer sounded with a triumphant feeling, and they certainly hope not the last with a week still remaining in the regular season.

Springstead’s Barker back for more

Last season, Tommy Barker received his first taste of the state wrestling meet. Only a few weeks into a new campaign, the Springstead sophomore hungers for a larger bite. Over his team’s first two tournaments, Barker has compiled a 12-0 mark with seven pins. Two Saturdays ago, he was the county’s lone champion at the 34th annual Kiwanis Invitational held at Hernando High.

Springstead High School Web Design Academy builds site for a local business

Hernando County is not known to be a technological hot bed, but if you look carefully you will find that there is a lot going on locally. There are many local Information Technology companies who assist local businesses with their technology needs. There is a Computer Club in Spring Hill http://www.hernandocomputerclub.org/. The local libraries put on many interesting technology events including Makerspaces.

Springstead’s Betters Focused on Team

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 Samantha Betters Springstead Girls Soccer

Over two prep seasons, Samantha Betters has made the case that she’s the best girls soccer player to ever grace Hernando County. With nearly 100 goals and 50 assists despite missing an entire year with a major injury, Betters has the individual numbers to already secure a prominent spot in the county record book.