Chris Bernhardt Jr.

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.

Thank you, Hernando

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.

Central's Rivera set to take reigns

PHOTOS BY ALICE MARY HERDEN

The role of starting quarterback has proved a tenuous position at Central High the past few years. Injuries have often prevented the Bears from achieving any kind of stability.

"Last year, we struggled offensively," said Central head coach Chris Sands, whose team went 2-8 last year, his first at the helm. "We couldn't find that guy under center who could throw and run."

Enter Sebastian Rivera this spring. Or more accurately, re-enter, as the team's new starting signal caller.

NCT's Gentz Makes School History at States

CHRIS BERNHARDT JR.

No county girls track and field team has had as much success over the past few years as Nature Coast Technical.

Yet for all the recent county and district championships, as well as state qualifiers, the Lady Sharks have yet to have an individual collect a state crown.

On Friday at the Class 2A FHSAA Finals at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, junior Ashley Gentz came closer than anyone in school history, placing second in the 400-meter race.

Central Battles Hard, but falls to Dunedin, 2-0

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PHOTOS BY ALICE MARY HERDEN

BROOKSVILLE - In winning its first baseball district championship since 2002, Central High dominated at the plate. The Bears scored a combined 26 runs across three games in last week's Class 5A, District 7 Tournament, yet that momentum failed to carry over Thursday night. Hosting a 5A-Region II quarterfinal against Dunedin, Central couldn't find a way to solve Falcons ace Colton Widdows, falling 2-0.

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