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Irma sacks county’s prep football schedule

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Nature Coast quarterback Fabian Burnett sets up under center during last Friday's game against South Sumter. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The third week of the prep football regular season promised an exciting matchup of county rivals Nature Coast and Springstead.
But Mother Nature has spoiled all the fun, at least temporarily. With Hurricane Irma threatening just about every area in Florida, Hernando County followed the trend of surrounding counties by canceling school – and all other activities – for Friday.

Down on the farm

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Hernando alum Brandon Lawson was promoted to the Triple-A Durham Bulls on Sunday and made his first appearance for them on Monday. Photo provided by Charlotte Stone Crabs

NOTE: Three 2013 Hernando County graduates, Hernando High’s Christian Arroyo (San Francisco Giants) and Brandon Lawson (Tampa Bay Rays), and Springstead’s Brandon Brosher (New York Mets), are currently playing professional baseball, working their way up through the minor leagues within their respective organizations. Hernando Sun will track their progress weekly throughout the next few months.

Local gym offers free membership to Special Olympics athletes

In front: Nick Famiano; Standing from left to right:  Mike Oliva, Jeffery Carver, Nick Young, Mark Fleming (behind), Wayne Reinhardt, John Salomez, Joey D’Antonio (behind) and Jim Coleman

Tired of hearing all the negativity in the news? Here’s a really uplifting story! Lift More Fitness, a gym devoted to power-lifting and bodybuilding, off of SR 50 in Brooksville, is helping some local residents lift their spirits. Owner, Mike Oliva, wanted to do something positive for Hernando county and make a difference, so his gym is currently offering free membership to Special Olympics athletes. They can work out for free any day, any time, but Mondays and Wednesdays are specifically dedicated to them. Most usually show up around 5 pm.

Sports notebook: NCT rolls South Sumter for first win

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Nature Coast's Michael Weston carries the ball versus South Sumter on Friday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

After its season opener against IMG Academy White lasted less than a quarter because of rain, the last thing Nature Coast wanted was more weather-related delays.
On a Friday night when seemingly every area game was impacted by lightning, the Sharks managed get their home opener versus South Sumter off without a hitch, collecting a 33-7 victory.

Top duo helps Lady Sharks rule local links

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Nature Coast senior Skylar Muscianese hits a shot at Silverthorn during a match against Weeki Wachee on Thursday. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The past two seasons, the Nature Coast girls golf team hasn’t done a whole lot of losing. The Lady Sharks haven’t dropped a regular-season match during that span, collected two district crowns and even added a regional title last year.
So far in 2017, the only opponent they haven’t managed to overcome is Mother Nature. In two weeks, they’ve only completed nine holes once, against a Central squad that couldn’t even field a full lineup.

Leopards have a ‘Fields’ day against Seven Rivers

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Hernando running back Isaac Fields awaits a play Friday night against Seven Rivers Christian. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – When a team opens the season with a 62-0 victory, it can be hard to follow up with a proper encore.
Hernando hosted Seven Rivers Christian on Friday at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium, and while it didn’t go quite as smoothly as last week’s thumping of Fivay, it counted all the same with a 27-7 win.

Local Hernando High Football Coach Debuts Family Sports Bar & Grill

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On July 7, 2017, a local high school football coach opened Kaz's Family Sports Bar & Grill in downtown Brooksville, 4 N. Broad St. Brooksville, Fla 34601, right across from the courthouse.  

Owner Robert Kazmier is known as ‘Coach Kaz' to the community &  Hernando High School athletes. Coach Kaz said he sees endless opportunity in Downtown Brooksville. “It has so much charm and history.  Once support increases and our community sees what is possible here, I envision this place flourishing and becoming a truly special location for commerce and gatherings,” he said.  

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Sprinstead alum Brandon Brosher hit two home runs and pitched for the first time in his career this week for the Columbia Fireflies. Photo by Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images

NOTE: Three 2013 Hernando County graduates, Hernando High’s Christian Arroyo (San Francisco Giants) and Brandon Lawson (Tampa Bay Rays), and Springstead’s Brandon Brosher (New York Mets), are currently playing professional baseball, working their way up through the minor leagues within their respective organizations. Hernando Sun will track their progress weekly throughout the next few months.
Brandon Brosher found himself in the lineup five straight days for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies this week, and provided his team with some production at the plate.

Sports Notebook: Hernando opens season in style

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Hernando's Ygenio Booker during Friday night's game against Fivay, in which he had a 68-yard touchdown run. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Throughout his 18 seasons at the helm of Springstead and now Hernando, Bill Vonada has often said a coach is never fully satisfied.
But in evaluating Friday’s season opener, the veteran football headman couldn’t find much fault with the outcome. The Leopards stomped Fivay at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium, 62-0.
“The guys came out firing on all cylinders and really just didn’t have any letup at any position or play,” Vonada said. “I guess not being able to play in the spring and all that, the guys were charged up about playing somebody else.

Springstead slides past Central to open season

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Springstead's Randy Morgan attempts to shake off a Central defender during a run on Friday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

SPRING HILL – Central and Springstead had to wait nearly an extra hour to start their season on Friday night, and when they finally took the field at Booster Stadium, the performance mirrored the soggy weather.
Both teams had their share of miscues and wasted opportunities, and in the end a missed 2-point conversion proved the difference as the host Eagles held on for a 21-20 victory.

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