Hernando High

Down on the farm

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Hernando alum Brandon Lawson started two games for the Charlotte Stone Crabs this past week. 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.
For the first time in his professional career, Brandon Lawson toed the rubber as a starting pitcher, making two starts this past week for the Advanced Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs.

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.

Down on the farm

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San Francisco Giants prospect Christian Arroyo playing with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. Photo by Ralph Thompson/Sacramento River Cats

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.

Keeping up with the Arroyos

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Christian Arroyo watches a pop-up while playing for the San Francisco Giants against the Washington Nationals on Memorial Day at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Photo by Valerie Shoaps/Cal Sport Media via AP Images

NOTE: Hernando High graduates Bronson Arroyo (Class of 1995) and Christian Arroyo (Class of 2013) aren’t related, but they’ve both played Major League Baseball this summer. Hernando Sun will track their progress weekly throughout the next few months.
After getting optioned back to Triple-A Sacramento last Sunday, Christian Arroyo started off his second stint with the River Cats with a bang.

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.

Hernando’s Williams settling in at linebacker

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

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.

Leopards looking for new leaders

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Hernando head coach Bill Vonada overlooks a recent practice. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

These days, Bill Vonada has plenty on his plate. In a few months, he could have even more. But right now, he’s preparing to perform the job he’s done for nearly 20 years: serving as head coach of a local prep football team.
Beginning his third season at Hernando, Vonada is attempting to coax further progress out of the Leopards in a rebuilding plan all while running for a spot on Hernando County’s school board.

Legendary coach Ernie Chatman passes away

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Ernie Chatman. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Ernie Chatman ran for 8,814 straight days and compiled more than 700 coaching victories. But the amount of lives he touched? That number is countless.
Well, perhaps only he could recall the exact total, as he seemingly could every single detail of the past six decades of Hernando County athletics.

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