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SHAA 2016 Championship

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Predators face the Eagles during the 2016 SHAA Championship game at Weeki Wachee High School. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Weeki Wachee High School hosted the 2016 Championship Game for the Spring Hill Athletic Association for the 23rd season.
The three divisions are separated by age group: Division 1: 5-8, Division 2: 9-10 and Division 3: 11-13.
Six teams battled it out for their division title championship Saturday October 29th. For Division 1 the Golden Hornets beat the Gators with a 32 – 0  final score on the board. Last season Hornets were defeated by the Seminoles. This championship win certainly is giving them more momentum for next season.

Sports notebook: Hernando downs county foes Weeki Wachee

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Leoprard David hale Bronson attempts to break through the Horents defense. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Hernando captured a meeting of 5A-7 and county foes, downing Weeki Wachee (0-7 overall, 0-4 5A-7), 24-0. Quarterback Scott Bierwiler completed 7-of-9 passes for 106 yards, and rushed 10 times for 63 yards and two touchdowns for the Leopards (3-3 overall, 2-2 5A-7). David Hale Bronson ran for 91 yards and a score.

Hernando’s Williams settling in at linebacker

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Hernando's Harry Williams holds the ball during a recent practice. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

One look at last season’s Hernando High football stats tells the story of where the defense is at as it heads into the 2016 campaign.
Austin Sternberger, who paced the Leopards with 76 tackles; he was a senior. How about Tyson Libengood, right behind with 72 tackles? He was a senior, too. So was Brock Buchanan (62 tackles), Beck Buchanan (54) and Bruce Warren (50).
That’s Hernando’s five leading tacklers from a year ago having moved on to the next step in life, leaving behind a defensive unit that must find a way to replace all that production.

Cromie still striving to improve under center

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Senior quarterback Alec Cromie leads Weeki Wachee into the 2016 season. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

At this point, Alec Cromie feels like a permanent fixture at the quarterback position for Weeki Wachee.
He has spent the past two seasons under center for the Hornets, providing head coach Mark Lee the type of classic signal caller required to properly execute his pass-heavy offense.
But this is high school football, where there’s a very finite amount of time to etch even the most enduring of legacies. For the senior Cromie, that small window will slam shut in the coming months.

Hornets hope to finally move forward

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Photo by Alice Mary Herden

It has become something of a rallying cry for Weeki Wachee head coach Mark Lee over the Hornets’ first four varsity seasons on the gridiron: moral victories just aren’t enough.
As Lee and his coaching staff have worked to build a football program from scratch, they have craved a corner-turning campaign in which the Hornets shed their fledgling ways and become a force on the North Suncoast.

Harris returns to speak at camp

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Central grad and current San Francisco 49er DuJuan Harris speaks to campers Monday at Ernie Wever Youth Park. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

The campers gathered around and perked up their ears as DuJuan Harris relayed a message of working hard and ignoring the naysayers.
He was in their shoes once, and the former Central High Bear and current San Francisco 49ers running back knows a thing or two about overcoming the same obstacles.
“None of those kids could stand up there and say it’s impossible to make it being from Brooksville,” Harris said. “I’m living proof right there in front of you.”

Witnesses Tell of Disheartening Incident on Track

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Hernando Sun Staff

An incident occurred on May 2nd that was widely reported and shared on social media. A number of individuals contacted the Hernando Sun asking that we report on the incident.

On May 2nd at around 5:45pm John Capel a former US Olympian was starting track practice for True Elite Athletes and Mentors Inc., or T.E.A.M. A couple of coaches from the Screaming Eagles football team had set up chairs on the track as they watched football practice.

Worden and staff are guiding Sharks to success

On Thursday, Justin Worden and his coaches will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. On Friday, they hope to celebrate the biggest win in county history. Less than two years removed for his hiring as Nature Coast’s head football coach, Worden leads the Sharks into the Class 5A, Region II final at Green Cove Springs-Clay, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. At 12-0, already owning the county record for victories, Nature Coast has a chance to become the first Hernando County squad to ever reach the state semifinals.

Sharks, Smith enjoy historical success

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It was a Friday night at Shark Tank Stadium that will forever be embedded into the history of Hernando County prep football. Nature Coast earning its first playoff win? That happened. A county team reaching 11-0 for the first time? Yep, check that one off the list, too. How about a player breaking a state record? How about two? It was that kind of night, in that kind of season for the Sharks, as they bounced Zephyrhills from the postseason with a through 42-13 shellacking in a Class 5A, Region II quarterfinal.

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