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Curren, Pickersgill send Leopards to states

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Grace Curren plays a shot against Crystal River's Maddie Lewis during Thursday's regional final. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

BROOKSVILLE – The final point and team victory secure, Grace Curren and Maddie Pickersgill collapsed into one another’s arms, an embrace of both supreme relief, celebration and ultimately some sadness.
For the two Hernando seniors, Thursday’s Class 2A, Region IV girls tennis final represented their final time playing for the Lady Leopards at the Brooksville City Courts.

Hernando’s Curren finishing off fine career

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Hernando senior Grace Curren returns a shot during the 2A-7 Tournament at Crystal River. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

CRYSTAL RIVER – For the past four years, Grace Curren has dominated the local girls tennis prep circuit. But her time on the court will soon come to a close.
The Hernando senior will lead the Lady Leopards into Tuesday’s regional semifinal against Hudson at the Brooksville City Courts, starting at 3 p.m.

Sports notebook: Three tennis teams finish first in district

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Nature Coast's Hunter Schwefringhaus (right) and Dakota Willey team up in No. 1 doubles competition at the 2A-7 Tournament in Crystal River. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

This week’s district tennis tournaments proved fruitful for Hernando County’s prep squads, as three of them collected championship trophies and moved on to regionals next week.
Crystal River played host to the Class 2A, District 7 Tournament for both boys and girls, with action extending into a third day after heavy rained washed away many of Tuesday’s scheduled matches.
By Thursday, the Nature Coast boys and Hernando girls had laid claim to district crowns. The Sharks cruised to the title, locking up first place before finals even began late Wednesday.

Hernando’s Ramirez solid in early season

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Hernando's Elijah Ramirez goes through his windup in Tuesday night's game against Central. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

BROOKSVILLE – Just as it did last Thursday, Hernando’s baseball team found itself locked in a pitchers’ duel with a county rival Tuesday night. This time the Leopards had senior right-hander Elijah Ramirez on the mound, and he proved up to the task. A five-run fifth inning provided plenty of support for Ramirez and reliever Travis Ritter, as Hernando defeated Central at Emerson Field, 5-1.

Uptown Gallery showcases a diverse group of artists in Brooksville

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Paintings that are on exhibit at City Hall in Brooksville, Florida

BROOKSVILLE- Judith McIntire, Gallery Coordinator for the Brooksville City Hall Gallery has been exposed to creative endeavors since her youth. “I was born into a family with three very active artists: my mother and my aunts,” McIntire explained. Today she combines her talent for photography and watercolor painting. “Creativity is what it’s all about, it doesn’t matter what medium it is, and it soothes the soul.”

Battery powers Leopards to comeback

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Hernando senior Pierce Kimbrough unleashes a warmup pitch during Thursday night's game against Springstead. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

BROOKSVILLE – Pierce Kimbrough did what he could to stay even in a pitchers’ duel, and when a few tough breaks defensively cost him, his catcher Tyson Libengood came through in the clutch.
The result was a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Springstead Thursday night at a chilly Emerson Field.
“The battery tonight was the difference, both of them,” Hernando head coach Tim Sims said.
Despite the fact that the Leopards (4-2) and Eagles (5-2) do not share a district, the high level of pride involved was evident considering both teams sent an ace left-hander to the mound.

A great opportunity for kids: the Hernando Youth Orchestra

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Weeki Wachee - With the cutbacks that public schools are making to music programs, kids are more dependent on the community to provide musical opportunities. One of these opportunities is the Hernando Youth Orchestra. The Youth Orchestra rehearses Sunday afternoons from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at The Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way, Weeki Wachee, FL. Parents and visitors are welcome at practices.

$104k WREC Capital Credit to Hernando County

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by Julie Maglio

Mr. David Gonzalez, West Hernando District Manager of the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc., presented the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners with two checks totaling $104,315.10 on December 16, 2014. Both checks were capital credit checks for 2014. One check of $27,268.32 went to Hernando County Water and Sewer and the other for $77,046.78 to the Hernando County Commission.

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