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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Sports notebook: Springstead softball ramps up competition

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Springstead, led by pitcher Kama Woodall, took on two other ranked softball teams this past week. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

As a team with Final Four aspirations, Springstead softball can’t be accused by anyone of playing a soft schedule.
The Lady Eagles, ranked fourth in this week’s Miracle Sports state poll for Class 6A, took on the No. 1 team in 2A, Academy at the Lakes in Land O’ Lakes, on Monday and suffered a 4-0 loss.
After dusting 6A-District 6 foe Lecanto the next night, 12-2, behind home runs by Kayla Cruz, Paige Pfent and Kama Woodall, Springstead (19-3 overall, 8-2 6A-6) knocked off Belleview, which came into the week ranked fifth in 6A, 3-1 on Thursday night.

Lady Sharks win tiebreaker for tennis title

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Nature Coast's No. 1 singles player Angela Cabahug warms up before Thursday's 2A-7 tiebreaker against Crystal River. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

CRYSTAL RIVER – It was the equivalent of overtime in Class 2A, District 7 girls tennis on Thursday afternoon, as Crystal River and Nature Coast met in a tiebreaker match.
The two teams were even following the two-day district tournament held in Zephyrhills on Tuesday and Wednesday, and while both were assured of advancing to regionals, they still had to decide a champion.
So they battled it out at the Bicentennial Park courts in Crystal River, and it was the Lady Sharks finally coming out with the team victory, 4-2.

Sharks repeat on the tennis court

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Nature Coast's Roger Sniffen returns a shot during his No. 2 singles district championship match on Wednesday at Zephyr Park. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The Nature Coast boys may have entered the Class 2A, District 7 tennis tournament as the defending champs, but there was reasonable doubt over whether they would leave the same way.
But when the two-day event held at Zephyrhills High and nearby Zephyr Park came to a close on Wednesday, the Sharks were once again atop the team standings, scoring 16 points to best Crystal River with 13.

Sports notebook: Central lifter Walker earns state medal

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Central's Dominique Walker placed fifth at states on Saturday, earning a medal at 199 pounds. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Two Hernando County lifters competed in Saturday’s Class 1A FHSAA Finals, and one left DeLand High with a medal in hand.
Central senior Dominique Walker placed fifth at 199 pounds, benching 325 pounds and putting up 265 in the clean-and-jerk for a 590 total. All were personal bests.
“It means a lot to get to states and then to place at states,” Walker said. “I put in the work at home with my dad and it showed today. It’s a blessing to go out in my high school career like this and now I can get ready for college football.”

Nature Coast boys, girls remain tops in county track

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Nature Coast's Kailtyn Pierce competes in the triple jump during Thursday's Hernando-Citrus Classic. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The names and faces have changed, yet for Nature Coast’s track and field program, the results remained the same in the Hernando-Citrus Classic.
All nine schools from the two counties converged on Weeki Wachee’s football field on Thursday, and both the Nature Coast boys and girls remained the defending champs.
For the Lady Sharks, it was a bit of a surprise, though they scored 170 points to finish well ahead of second-place Lecanto with 135.

Leopards beat Sharks with late rally

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Hernando starting pitcher Cameron Price looks in before throwing a pitch in Wednesday night's game against Nature Coast. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – The big-league scouts camped out in the stands behind home plate, their radar guns aimed at the mound with every pitch out of the hand of J.P. Gates.
Yes, Nature Coast’s tall, hard-throwing lefty is a central attraction every time he pitches, as he did Wednesday night at Emerson Field. But the host Leopards produced some highlights of their own, and came away with a 6-3 victory.

Sports notebook: Springstead softball maintains top ranking

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Springstead's senior Kama Woodall has led the Lady Eagles at the plate and on the mound this season. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Springstead’s softball has been holding down the top spot in the Miracle Sports state softball rankings for Class 6A, and the Lady Eagles looked the part in two shutout district wins this past week.
On Tuesday, Springstead (16-1 overall, 7-1 6A-District 6) defeated Citrus, 7-0. Delaney Woodall went 2-for-4 with a run and two runs batted in, while Kayla Cruz and Kama Woodall each were 2-for-4 with one RBI. Paige Pfent was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Kama Woodall, who also doubled, threw a 1-hitter with 11 strikeouts.

Remondelli makes statement with county crown

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Nature Coast sophomore Sierra Remondelli in Thursday's match against Springstead. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – In terms of lineup, Nature Coast sophomore Sierra Remondelli isn’t typically the top player on her own girls tennis team.
Yet three weeks ago during the county invitational tournament at Delta Woods Park, it was Remondelli coming out on top of the bracketed three-team event that included her own higher-seeded teammates.

Eagles break Hernando jinx with blowout win

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Springstead's Joey Delgatto throws a pitch during his 1-hitter against Hernando on Thursday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

SPRING HILL – Throughout this decade, the Springstead baseball team has continually floundered whenever it saw Hernando in the opposing dugout.
Coming into Thursday night’s meeting with the Leopards, the host Eagles had dropped seven straight to their county rivals, and 13 of 14 since the 2010 season.

Sports notebook: Two county lifters win regional titles

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Central's Dominique Walker won a regional title at 199 pounds on Saturday, benching 320 pounds and lifting 260 in the clean-and-jerk for a 580 total. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

At least two Hernando County lifters are bound for states next month following Saturday’s Class 1A, Region 6 Meet at Belleview.
The winner of each weight division earned state berths, while the rest will wait to see if they receive at-large spots at the FHSAA Finals, taking place on April 8 at DeLand High.
For Central, senior Dominique Walker took first at 199 pounds, benching 320 pounds and lifting 260 in the clean-and-jerk for a 580 total. Walker actually tied with Austin Quandt from Citrus, but won due to weighing in four pounds lighter.


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