Central High School

Central Bears perfect season tarnished

by KENNETH ANTON

Hernando Sun Reporter

The Central High School Bears seemed poised to continue on a flawless winning streak on Friday night.  Prior to entering into the game against the Lecanto High Panthers, the Bears were at 3-0 for the season.

The Bears won the coin toss and the game was off to a great start.  Both teams came out to play hard. The first half was an aggressive match of strong defense and hard charging offense.  

A natural transition

Former Explorer K-8 sports coach Robert Walden is beginning to settle in as Central’s new head football coach. The transition from coaching middle school sports to high school sports seems to be a natural one for Walden.

The Bears football program has struggled to surpass two wins over the last ten years but the hope is that Walden’s seven seasons of coaching a variety of middle school sports from football to tennis may generate a new path for the Bears.

Brooksville High School Student Receives Semper Fidelis Award

Central High School Junior Kayla Dawson, 17, received the Semper Fidelis Award for all American Top Cadet in the state of Florida.

Students are selected for the program based on “moral character and academic performance in addition to athletic abilities. Most critically, nominees must demonstrate a fighting spirit that improves the lives of their fellow citizens.”

Kayla enrolled in the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps in her Freshman year at Central High School in Brooksville.

Sharks survive scare, continue county dominance

photography by Cheryl Clanton

NCT offense lines up against Central defense on Oct. 3, 2017.

Hurricane Irma’s wrath over the state of Florida caused a hefty amount of games to be either cancelled or rescheduled across the North Suncoast area. One of those games was an early 5A-7 district matchup between the Nature Coast Sharks and the Central Bears, who are two premier programs in the county.

The rescheduling was only the beginning of what would transpire inside the “Bear Den” Tuesday night.

Preseason football notebook: Central drops shootout

Photography by Alice Mary Herden and Cheryl Clanton

Central's Jonathan Allion gains yardage against East Ridge during Friday night's preseason game. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

BROOKSVILLE – Based on the results of Friday night’s preseason classic, Central won’t have any problems putting points on the board. Whether it can outscore the opposition is another matter.
Hosting Clermont-East Ridge in an exhibition, the Bears were repeatedly burned by big plays, canceling out a spectacular performance by running back De’Vonta Smith in a 45-26 defeat.

Central forward comes to forefront

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Axel Wisniewski-Mendoza Central Boys Basketball

A year ago, the Central boys basketball team managed a grand total of seven victories. With Tuesday’s win over Hernando, the Bears improved to 8-1.
It has been a long time since Central enjoyed prosperity on the court. The Bears have had one winning season since their last regional playoff appearance in 2003-04.
This season’s squad would like to reverse that trend, and senior power forward Axel Wisniewski-Mendoza has played a major role thus far in that endeavor.

Sharks’ Reid and Bears' York have the scoring touch

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Chelsea Reid

Three seasons ago, Chelsea Reid was a freshman, called up to the varsity roster during the stretch run and filling the gap for an injured senior leader. Now Reid is the senior, still making an impact for Nature Coast, as the team’s top scoring threat. “She’s having a senior season, for sure,” Nature Coast head coach Lisa Masserio said. “We have definitely depended on her a lot for scoring, which is similar to last year. She was our leading scorer last year.