Springstead High School

Springstead off to blazing start in volleyball

photography by Cheryl Clanton

SHS outside/middle hitter Jennifer Aten

SPRING HILL- It's been awhile since coaching from bench for Springstead volleyball coach Kyra Leonard, who used to coach the Eagles over 10 years ago and has now returned for another stint.

This time around, however, Leonard inherits a very talented squad and her club is off to one of the hottest starts of anyone in the area. The Eagles are off to an 8-1 start through nine contests and despite not having played the meat of their schedule, Springstead has been impressive nonetheless.

Clifton enjoying breakthrough season

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Springstead's Alyssa Clifton

On Wednesday, when Springstead’s girls basketball team cruised to a 55-26 victory over Hudson, it may not have seemed all that special. It was the 13th time the Lady Eagles have walked off the court after the final buzzer sounded with a triumphant feeling, and they certainly hope not the last with a week still remaining in the regular season.

Springstead’s Barker back for more


Last season, Tommy Barker received his first taste of the state wrestling meet. Only a few weeks into a new campaign, the Springstead sophomore hungers for a larger bite. Over his team’s first two tournaments, Barker has compiled a 12-0 mark with seven pins. Two Saturdays ago, he was the county’s lone champion at the 34th annual Kiwanis Invitational held at Hernando High.

Springstead High School Web Design Academy builds site for a local business


Hernando County is not known to be a technological hot bed, but if you look carefully you will find that there is a lot going on locally. There are many local Information Technology companies who assist local businesses with their technology needs. There is a Computer Club in Spring Hill http://www.hernandocomputerclub.org/. The local libraries put on many interesting technology events including Makerspaces.

Springstead’s Betters Focused on Team

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 Samantha Betters Springstead Girls Soccer

Over two prep seasons, Samantha Betters has made the case that she’s the best girls soccer player to ever grace Hernando County. With nearly 100 goals and 50 assists despite missing an entire year with a major injury, Betters has the individual numbers to already secure a prominent spot in the county record book.

Corey Hill remembered fondly by those left behind


Before MMA fans around the country knew Corey Hill as a competitor in the UFC, he was an athletic star at Springstead High School. For those that truly knew Hill, he was much more than a guy who grotesquely broke his leg during a match in 2008, an incident that quickly became a viral video. This past week, many local residents have mourned the passing of Hill, who at age 36 died of health issues related to his lungs.

Owens set to take center stage


The inevitable winds of change are blowing through Springstead High these days, as the Eagles spend this spring preparing for next football season.

Though they'll take the field in a spring classic May 21 hosting Anclote at 7 p.m., when the Eagles officially begin the 2015 campaign in the fall they'll do so with a considerably different core group than the one that delivered the best three-year run in team history.

Among those in line to take on a bigger role is starting free safety T.J. Owens.

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


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


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.


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