Sports

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.

Local Athletic Superstar Mentors Young Athletes

Legendary local athlete John Capel has developed a program to help young up and coming athletes. His goal is to help prepare the next generation of athletes.

Capel’s athletic accomplishments are many. At the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, Capel won the 200-meter sprint with a time of 19.85 seconds. He then won the 200-meter gold medal at the 2003 World Championships in France. He was a favorite going into the 2004 Olympics.

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.

Girls Soccer: Land O' Lakes Defeats Springstead in Region Semifinals

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Hernando Sun Staff

In the Class 3A, Region II girls soccer semifinal, Springstead's Samantha Betters spoiled a potential Land O' Lakes shut out scoring 2 goals in the last 6 minutes of play. Land O' Lakes Victoria Cannata scored 3 in the first half of the game (2 unassisted). A fourth goal was put away by Freshman Sydny Nasello. Hernandosport.com interviewed players after the game. Senior Erin Blackwell stated, “Land O’ Lakes is a quality side. I’d like to see them win it all. I thought we emptied the tanks. I’m very proud of the team. I have no regrets at all.”

Girls Soccer: Springstead moves on to Region Semifinal

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Hernando Sun Staff

Springstead beat Pasco 4-0 to advance to the Class 3-A Region II Semifinals which will be played today, January 27th. Pasco held Springstead until later in the first half when Junior star forward Samantha Betters scored. Soon after, Erin Blackwell set up a goal for Kimberly Gibson. Betters scored twice more in the second half for the hat-trick. Erica Hiller assisted on Better's second goal.

Springstead Girls Win Soccer Class 3A District 7 Championship

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Springstead beat out Hudson for the win in a mostly defensive game on January 16. Springstead had only 8 shots on goal while Hudson were able to take 21. However, Springstead took advantage of an opportunity in the first half when Junior Samantha Betters scored her 44th goal of the season with an assist by Erica Hiller. The next goal was a far shot 20 yards out from Hudson's Cassidy Rux in the second half. It was the Sophomore's 43rd goal of the season. This inspired Springstead's Samantha Betters to go on the offensive with three shots on goal.

Wrestling Wrap-Up

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by Rocco Maglio

Wrestling season will soon be coming to an end. With the success that Hernando county had last year there are high expectations.

For the last six years Springstead High School has finished in the top five at state for the Class 2A field. In 2014, they finished third. Three of the four wrestlers they brought reached the finals with two winning state titles (Mike McDonald and Jordan Rivera).

Last year Hernando High School surprised with an eighth place finish with both of their wrestlers who made state reaching the finals. They won one state title (Jesse Gaudin).

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