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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Cooper, DiCono help Spring Hill Repeat

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

By Saturday afternoon, Spring Hill American will find itself in Lexington, S.C. competing on the opening day of the Dixie Baseball “O”Zone (age 11-12) All-Stars World Series. The county squad will be attempting to at least duplicate last year’s performance in this division, when Spring Hill finished as the World Series runner-up. SH American has already repeated as the state champ, going 4-0 in the state tournament July 18-22 in Carrabelle.

Local Lifter Readies for Special Olympics

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Anthony Teetsell had stepped away from competing in powerlifting the past two years, instead focusing on coaching and his leadership roles. But last weekend, he made a critical decision. He wanted one more shot at the Special Olympics. So he’ll take part in the State Fall Classic in November at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. “I decided just one last time would be good for me,” Teetsell said. Teetsell, a 28-year-old Weeki Wachee resident, is one of many athletes dealing with an intellectual disability through Special Olympics Florida-Hernando County.

Trio Steps Up for Spring Hill Rookies

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS BERNHARDT JR.

On Monday August 2nd, Spring Hill National will embark on the Dixie Baseball AA Rookies (age 7-8) All-Stars Machine Pitch World Series in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The local squad comes in off a state championship run last month, going 6-2 at the Max Long Recreational Complex in Sebring. Unlike the district tournament, in which players pitched, SH National has to rely more on its bats and gloves to survive the machine pitch state event.

Ultimate Frisbee, Not Just for College Students

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALICE MARY HERDEN

When Peter Morey arrived in Hernando County last fall to accept a new position, he saw an opportunity to bring the game he has grown to love. A pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Spring Hill, Morey started up an ultimate frisbee group that plays at Anderson Snow Sports Complex Tuesday and Thursday evenings at approximately 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Leaders Abound for Spring Hill Juniors

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALICE MARY HERDEN

When a team hits .536 combined, it can become difficult to pick out just one superstar. Spring Hill posted that batting average in last week’s Dixie Baseball Junior Boys (age 13) All-Stars State Tournament at the M.E.R.E. Complex in Marianna. The Hernando County crew went 4-0, outscoring its opponents by a combined 58-7. For eight players and head coach Joe Abbadessa, it was a repeat from winning the state crown at the “O”Zone (age 11-12) level last year.

Softball Proving Successful in County

Contributing: Alice Mary Herden, Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

When Harry Johnson joined the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department in the early 2000s, he wanted to make use of the two public softball fields in Spring Hill. Now, some 14-15 years later, HCRD has a recreational men's softball league that hovers in the neighborhood of 30 teams and around 500 players.

Double-Play Duo Keys to Spring Hill Victory

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Photography by Chris Bernhardt Jr.

WESLEY CHAPEL - There's an old baseball adage that championship teams are strong up the middle. In the case of Spring Hill American's run to the title in the Dixie Baseball "O"Zone (age 11-12) All-Stars District 6 Tournament last week at Wesley Chapel District Park, that proved true. As their team defeated friendly foe Spring Hill National in Thursday's final, 17-3, second baseman Chase Davis and shortstop Zeth Rodriguez were a combined 5-for-5 with three walks, three home runs, six runs scored and eight runs batted in.

Double-play duo keys Spring Hill victory

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WESLEY CHAPEL - There's an old baseball adage that championship teams are strong up the middle. In the case of Spring Hill American's run to the title in the Dixie Baseball "O"Zone (age 11-12) All-Stars District 6 Tournament last week at Wesley Chapel District Park, that proved true. As their team defeated friendly foe Spring Hill National in Thursday's final, 17-3, second baseman Chase Davis and shortstop Zeth Rodriguez were a combined 5-for-5 with three walks, three home runs, six runs scored and eight runs batted in.

Bicycling Brothers Experience Year on the Road

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PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY MATT AND ANDREW SUFFICOOL AND ALICE MARY HERDEN

When Matt and Andrew Sufficool decided to spend the past year bicycling from one end of the Americas to the other, it definitely raised a few eyebrows.

Andrew Sufficool explained that many younger people under 50 questioned them asking in Andrew's words," ''What do you mean, you guys have to work.' We're like, 'Yeah, we saved our money for a couple years, that's how we can afford to do it,' " Andrew said that they just couldn't comprehend that you don't have to work all the time.

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