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NCT alum Breida making most of minicamp

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Former Nature Coast running back Matt Breida during the San Francisco 49ers' organized team activity at their training facility in Santa Clara, Calif. on Wednesday. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

For Matt Breida, the dream of playing in the NFL hasn’t quite been realized, but he’s coming awfully close.
The 2013 Nature Coast graduate has been in San Francisco the past few weeks, participating in a rookie minicamp with the 49ers, the running back receiving his first taste of life as a professional football player.
“This is a big opportunity,” Breida said. “Being an undrafted free agent, I’m hoping to prove everyone wrong and prove I belong in the NFL.”

Hernando grad Lawson waiting his turn

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Hernando alum Brandon Lawson pitching for the Charlotte Stone Crabs this season. Photo provided by Charlotte Stone Crabs

Local baseball fans were abuzz early this Major League season when the San Francisco Giants called up Hernando High alum Christian Arroyo.
One of the first people to learn about Arroyo’s promotion was one of his best friends, an offseason roommate, former teammate and a fellow 2013 graduate. Oh, and he’s also another professional ballplayer.

Leopard family enjoying Arroyo’s big-league debut

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San Francisco Giants' Christian Arroyo, a Hernando High graduate, celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of a baseball game in San Francisco on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Before the general public, the media and the world became aware, Brooks Timmons received a group text message that he will likely never forget.
His former teammate, classmate and still current close friend was sharing perhaps the greatest news of his life. On Monday, the San Francisco Giants called up their 2013 first-round draft pick, 21-year-old Christian Arroyo.

Bases loaded in Hernando

Mike Walker coaches a group of players at the MLB Legends Baseball Clinic on April 1, 2017.

Hernando County is an amazing place for children to learn the game of baseball or softball. We have many experienced coaches, some who have even played in the Majors.

Hernando Youth Leagues runs Dixie baseball leagues in Brooksville, Ridge Manor, and Spring Hill. The Brooksville Dixie Baseball and softball leagues have a long tradition of success. The Spring Hill league has had lots of recent success winning several World Series titles in different age groups.

Remondelli makes statement with county crown

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Nature Coast sophomore Sierra Remondelli in Thursday's match against Springstead. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – In terms of lineup, Nature Coast sophomore Sierra Remondelli isn’t typically the top player on her own girls tennis team.
Yet three weeks ago during the county invitational tournament at Delta Woods Park, it was Remondelli coming out on top of the bracketed three-team event that included her own higher-seeded teammates.

Woodall paces Lady Eagles in Leopard Slam

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Springstead pitcher Kama Woodall throws to first base to record an out in Saturday night's Leopard Slam final versus Nature Coast. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – Kama Woodall’s first run-scoring single in Saturday night’s Leopard Slam final wasn’t exactly a hard-hit smash. But that would be an apt description for the second time she drove home a teammate.
As she normally does, the Springstead senior made headlines with her arm over the two-day tournament at Tom Varn Park. But she also made an impact with the bat, and has all season.

Springstead’s Rivera wins ‘amazing’ state title

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Springstead 113-pounder Richie Rivera finishes off a takedown against Lleyton Taylor of Riverdale in their quarterfinal match Friday in Class 2A action. Rivera won 5-0. Photo by Matt Pfiffner/Citrus Chronicle

Capturing a wrestling state championship requires an incredible amount of mental fortitude all by itself.
But under the circumstances Springstead senior Richie Rivera faced during the Class 2A FHSAA Finals at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, his accomplishment of placing first at 113 pounds had his coach Bob Levija repeating one word over and over.
“It was amazing,” Levija said. “It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced, that he could stay that focused and wrestled the way he did.
“He wrecked everybody. He was just really on.”

Johnson takes control as Central seeks playoff success

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Central's Caleb Johnson fights for control of the ball against Nature Coast's Robert McAfee, left, and Jordan Baxter. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Central’s boys basketball team has gone 12 seasons without advancing to the regional playoffs. Caleb Johnson spent the previous two attempting to carve out his niche in the Bears’ starting lineup.
For Johnson, there has been no questioning his role this season, as the junior guard leads the Bears in scoring by a wide margin, averaging 21.1 points per game coming into this week.
Whether Central can move past the district tournament for the first time since 2004 will be answered soon enough, but the Bears (12-8) have locked up the second seed in Class 6A, District 7.

Hornets’ Cromie enters college football

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Weeki Wachee quarterback Alec Cromie signs his full scholarship with Tennessee-based Tusculum College on Wednesday. He was joined by, from left, girlfriend Arianna Doyle, mother Alice Mellecker and father Brett Cromie. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The school year may only be half over, but for Alec Cromie the next step has already arrived.

Now a Weeki Wachee High graduate, Cromie will spend the weekend settling into his new digs at Tusculum College in Tennessee. The top statistical quarterback in Hernando County history officially signed with the Division II school on Wednesday and has already arrived on campus.

Lady Lions rolling as second half approaches

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Senior guard Cayla Phillips leads HCA at 14.8 points, 4.8 steals and 18 3-pointers. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Last season, Hernando Christian Academy’s girls basketball team put together its finest campaign, reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in team history.
Could the Lady Lions possibly piece together an encore performance? So far, they certainly have. HCA is enjoying a three-week holiday break, sitting at a perfect 12-0.

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