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Down on the farm

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Hernando alum Brandon Lawson threw five shutout innings on Thursday for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. 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.

Bears mourn loss of beloved ‘Coach Buck’

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Willie "Coach Buck" Thomas Jr./Photo provided by Joe DiCristofalo

The opening weeks of August are typically a time of excitement and hope for a high school football team, with practices beginning and the season on the near horizon.
But at Central High, it’d be understandable if the mood was far more subdued. There’s a large void left on the Bears’ coaching staff and a metaphorical hole in the hearts of those connected to the program following last month’s sudden passing of assistant coach Willie Thomas Jr., better known as “Coach Buck.”

Down on the farm

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Springstead graduate Brandon Brosher hit two-run homers on back-to-back nights for the Columbia Fireflies this week. 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 had an impressive two days on Thursday and Friday, producing nearly identical batting lines for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies against the Augusta GreenJackets.

Spring Hill “O”Zone teams take part in states

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The Spring Hill National "O"Zone All-Stars. Front row (from left): Ricky Engley, Jacob Rief, Brendan Anderson, Johnny Drewal and Justin Sessera. Back row (from left): head coach Larry Marsh, assistant coaches Vince Anderson and Shane Thompson, Rylan Thompson, Trevor Brady, Ian Finnan, Kaden Plummer, Marco Ramos, Matt DeHart and Omario Morris. Photo provided

With no district tournament, Spring Hill Dixie Baseball sent two entrants into the “O”Zone (age 11-12) All-Stars State Tournament at the MERE Complex in Marianna.
In the double-elimination event, which began July 15, Spring Hill American had the longest run, going 2-2.
On the opening day of action, SH American started off with a 4-3 win over Sneads. On July 16, a rain-soaked Sunday, SH American ended up playing late in the evening, falling to Sebring, 9-8.

An interview with Boston University Cross Country Coach Paul “Jody” Spangler

Paul Spangler, coaching at The University of Florida, photo by Tim Casey

Paul Spangler is a Class of 1993 Hernando High Graduate who excelled at distance running under coach Ernie Chatman. He won a state title in his Junior year in the 3200 meters and in his senior year was the runner up. Paul ran cross country for the University of Alabama and in his senior year was all SEC in cross country. He then went on to coach track/cross country at Florida State, Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Florida, and now Boston University.

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Spring Hill Minors come home with state title in tow

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Spring Hill American White displays its championship banner following Wednesday's final of the Dixie Baseball AAA Minors All-Stars State Tournament in Marianna. Photo provided

Roughly 34 miles separate the home fields of the Spring Hill and South Sumter Dixie Baseball Leagues.
Yet teams from those two organizations found themselves up in the Panhandle on Wednesday, playing in the final of the AAA Minors (age 9-10) All-Stars State Tournament at the MERE Complex in Marianna.

Down on the farm

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Sprinstead alum Brandon Brosher playing for the Columbia Fireflies in the New York Mets organization. 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.
Coming off a recent hot streak, Brandon Brosher only got into two games for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies this past week.

Dixie round-up: HYL Angels learn from state showing

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HYL Angels second baseman Carmen Edwards throws to first at Tom Varn Park on June 18. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The Hernando Youth League Angels (age 9-10) All-Stars garnered a trip to states with an impressive performance despite finishing as the runner-up in last month’s district tournament.
Afforded the opportunity to keep playing, the HYL Angels had a short two-game stay at the state tournament last weekend in Bristol, but hoped it was productive moving forward.

Brooksville Bulldogs send two to World Series

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The Brookville Bulldogs Majors All-Stars celebrate winning a state championship in Bushnell on Sunday. Photo provided

Suffice to say, the Brooksville Bulldogs travel team had a pretty good weekend up in Sumter County.
With two entries in the Dixie Baseball Majors (19U) All-Stars State Tournament at Kenny Dixon Sports Complex in Bushnell, one of them a Pre-Majors (17U) squad, the Bulldogs didn’t even have to bother playing a final when they ended up as the last two teams standing.
At the end of the month, the Bulldogs squads will go on their respective World Series, the Majors to Monroe, La. and the Pre-Majors to Guntersville, Ala. Both tournaments start on July 29.

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