Chris Bernhardt Jr.

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A resident of Spring Hill since 1986, Chris graduated from Springstead High in 1999 before moving on to earn a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Central Florida. In summer of 2003 he joined the staff at Hernando Today, working at the paper for 11 years as a sports reporter, the last three as sports coordinator in charge of the paper's sports coverage. For live updates follow on twitter @cpbernhardtjr.

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Thank you, Hernando

September 20, 2017 - 19:51

Nearly three years ago, when the Tampa Tribune shut down Hernando Today, I wrote a column for the final issue titled “One Last Mile.”
That headline was a reference to a line often repeated in interviews by then Springstead head boys basketball coach Pat Kelly back in 2009, as his team made a stunning run to the state championship game.
At the time, I wasn’t sure what the future held for me. Thanks to Rocco and Julie Maglio and Hernando Sun, it turned out I still had a few miles left in the tank.

Irma’s aftermath causes scheduling chaos

September 13, 2017 - 00:46

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Springstead's football team sprints on to the field earlier this season. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Hurricane Irma is in the rearview mirror, but her impacts are still being felt. High school sports may be a low-level concern as the state recovers from the storm, however coaches and administrators are nonetheless scrambling trying to figure out how to move forward.
In Hernando County, where school and all activities had already been called off last Thursday through Saturday in preparation for Irma, prep sports have been shut down until Monday, when all schools will reopen. That means no practices and no games, even if they’re off campus or outside the county.

Sports notebook: NCT earns big wins on volleyball court

September 10, 2017 - 01:21

Between Labor Day on Monday and Hurricane Irma knocking out all activities Thursday through Saturday, it was a very short week of action in prep sports.
But the Nature Coast volleyball team made the most of the two-day window, earning two huge Class 6A, District 7 victories.

Down on the farm

September 04, 2017 - 19:34

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Hernando alum Brandon Lawson was promoted to the Triple-A Durham Bulls on Sunday and made his first appearance for them on Monday. Photo provided by Charlotte Stone Crabs

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.

Sports notebook: NCT rolls South Sumter for first win

September 03, 2017 - 00:44

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Nature Coast's Michael Weston carries the ball versus South Sumter on Friday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

After its season opener against IMG Academy White lasted less than a quarter because of rain, the last thing Nature Coast wanted was more weather-related delays.
On a Friday night when seemingly every area game was impacted by lightning, the Sharks managed get their home opener versus South Sumter off without a hitch, collecting a 33-7 victory.

Top duo helps Lady Sharks rule local links

September 02, 2017 - 23:13

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Nature Coast senior Skylar Muscianese hits a shot at Silverthorn during a match against Weeki Wachee on Thursday. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The past two seasons, the Nature Coast girls golf team hasn’t done a whole lot of losing. The Lady Sharks haven’t dropped a regular-season match during that span, collected two district crowns and even added a regional title last year.
So far in 2017, the only opponent they haven’t managed to overcome is Mother Nature. In two weeks, they’ve only completed nine holes once, against a Central squad that couldn’t even field a full lineup.

Leopards have a ‘Fields’ day against Seven Rivers

September 02, 2017 - 01:00

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Hernando running back Isaac Fields awaits a play Friday night against Seven Rivers Christian. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – When a team opens the season with a 62-0 victory, it can be hard to follow up with a proper encore.
Hernando hosted Seven Rivers Christian on Friday at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium, and while it didn’t go quite as smoothly as last week’s thumping of Fivay, it counted all the same with a 27-7 win.

Down on the farm

August 27, 2017 - 23:32

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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

August 27, 2017 - 00:04

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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

August 26, 2017 - 04:00

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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.

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