Chris Bernhardt Jr.

Show Contributors: 

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.

Show Homepage: 

Sports notebook: Lady Sharks repeat as state runners-up

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast's girls weightlifting team celebrates with its district championship trophy and medals last month. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

On Friday, the Nature Coast girls weightlifting team traveled to Belleview for the Class 1A FHSAA Finals, and they didn’t return home empty-handed.
For the second year in a row, the Lady Sharks were the state runners-up, scoring 17 points to edge Lake Weir, the team that had defeated Nature Coast at regionals two weeks earlier, by one point. River Ridge was again state champion, scoring 29.

Season ends for Sharks at Sunlake

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast's Vinny Stulec (5) scored twice for the Sharks in Saturday's regional semifinal at Sunlake. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

LAND O’ LAKES – Over the past two weeks, Nature Coast’s boys soccer team has cleared several hurdles. But on Saturday night, the Sharks finally stumbled, and a successful season came to a close.
Traveling to Sunlake for a Class 3A, Region 2 semifinal, Nature Coast pushed the host Seahawks almost literally until the final whistle before succumbing in a 3-2 defeat.

Lady Lions revel in district repeat

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

HCA's girls basketball team celebrates after receiving the district championship trophy Friday night on its home court. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – This one felt different. A year ago, it was all new, collecting the first district championship in team history.
But on Friday night, Hernando Christian Academy’s girls basketball team still had plenty to celebrate. The Lady Lions took control in the second half and rolled to a repeat, downing Ocala-St. John Lutheran in the Class 2A, District 4 final on their own court, 41-32.

Central front and center on National Signing Day

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

From left, four Central football players pose together during their ceremony Wednesday on National Signing Day: Dominique Walker, Josh Rivera, De'Vonta Smith and Sam Garner. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Since he took over as Central’s head football coach three years ago, Chris Sands has often emphasized his focus on finding opportunities for his players at the college level.
The product of his efforts was on display during Wednesday’s National Signing Day, when four Bears celebrated as they put pen to paper on a National Letter of Intent.

Header equals history as Sharks advance

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast's Gilbert Delgado (middle) and his teammates begin celebrating his game-winning overtime goal Wednesday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – Nature Coast’s boys soccer team had three goals coming into the season. Now, the Sharks have three days to come up with a fourth.
On Wednesday, they made team history, as Gilbert Delgado’s header found the back of the net with 2:30 left in overtime, and the host Sharks pulled out a 1-0 victory over River Ridge in a Class 3A, Region 2 quarterfinal.

Sports notebook: Nature Coast hires new football coach

Photo provided

Cory Johns

A football team that has gone a combined 22-2 the past two seasons figured to draw plenty of interest for its head coaching vacancy.
No surprise then that Nature Coast received over 80 resumes for its opening this past month, which the school filled this week with the hiring of Kissimmee-Liberty headman Cory Johns.
“It was one of those opportunities I couldn’t pass up,” Johns said. “I’m not into bouncing around. I’m looking for a place to be for a very long time, or at least as long as they’ll keep me. This place looked like it.

Sharks celebrate second district crown

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast's Vinny Stulec kicks the ball ahead during Friday's 3A-7 final versus Pasco. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

DADE CITY – On Wednesday night, Nature Coast boys soccer coach Ian Wald talked about his team’s three goals for the season.
There was winning a district championship, earning the first-ever regional victory and one he refused to mention. Two nights later, he admitted that third goal was to defeat Pasco for the first time ever.
He could make that reveal following Friday’s Class 3A, District 7 final on the Pirates’ home field, when his squad dominated from start to finish in a 3-0 triumph.

Sharks send Hornets home in semis

Photography Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast's Vinny Stulec battles for possession in the middle of several Weeki Wachee players in the Coaches Cup final on Jan. 14. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

DADE CITY – It took a decade for the Nature Coast boys soccer program to find success. Now, the Sharks have made it a habit.
For the fourth consecutive season, they’re headed to the regional playoffs. That much was assured on Wednesday with a victory over Weeki Wachee in the Class 3A, District 7 semifinals at Pasco, 4-2.

Sports notebook: Lady Sharks take second in region

Photo provided

Nature Coast's Samantha Traudt, front, along with (standing from left) Kaitlyn Pierce, Coach Nikki Pierce and Jouie Miller celebrate the trio of lifters' first-place showings and the team's second-place finish at Saturday's regional meet. Photo provided

Nature Coast’s girl weightlifting team continued its march toward the state meet on Saturday, at the Class 1A, Region 5 Meet hosted by Belleview.
The Lady Sharks, hoping to compete for a state crown after finishing as the runners-up a year ago, took second in this meet to Ocala-Lake Weir, 38-42.

Johnson takes control as Central seeks playoff success

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Central's Caleb Johnson fights for control of the ball against Nature Coast's Robert McAfee, left, and Jordan Baxter. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Central’s boys basketball team has gone 12 seasons without advancing to the regional playoffs. Caleb Johnson spent the previous two attempting to carve out his niche in the Bears’ starting lineup.
For Johnson, there has been no questioning his role this season, as the junior guard leads the Bears in scoring by a wide margin, averaging 21.1 points per game coming into this week.
Whether Central can move past the district tournament for the first time since 2004 will be answered soon enough, but the Bears (12-8) have locked up the second seed in Class 6A, District 7.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Chris Bernhardt Jr.