Chris Bernhardt Jr.

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A resident of Spring Hill since 1986, Chris graduated from Springstead High in 1999 before moving on to earn a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Central Florida. In summer of 2003 he joined the staff at Hernando Today, working at the paper for 11 years as a sports reporter, the last three as sports coordinator in charge of the paper's sports coverage. For live updates follow on twitter @cpbernhardtjr.

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Keeping up with the Arroyos

June 11, 2017 - 18:37

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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.

College signings spread out across the county

June 10, 2017 - 23:16

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Springstead softball shortstop Abby Oliver with principal Carmine Rufa during her signing with Warner University. Photo provided

Back in February, Central’s football team dominated National Signing Day with four football players officially inking with college programs.
That quartet included the state’s leading rusher, De’Vonta Smith (Division I Appalachian State), defensive back Dominique Walker (D-I Florida Championship Subdivision FAMU), linebacker Josh Rivera (D-II Lincoln University in Pennsylvania) and safety Sam Garner (NAIA Webber International).
Those were far from the only signings among the six county schools, however, and they weren’t the only signees from Central, either.

Spring Hill ‘B’ team delivers A-plus performance

June 10, 2017 - 00:25

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Brody Hedick of Spring Hill American takes a swing at a pitch in Thursday's District 6 Tournament game against South Sumter. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – Spring Hill American may have entered the Dixie Baseball AA Machine Pitch (ages 7-8) All-Stars District 6 Tournament last weekend as something of an afterthought.
The less seasoned of the two squads from Spring Hill in the double-elimination event held at Ernie Wever Youth Park, SH American nonetheless found its way to the championship game on Friday night.
Defeating South Sumter two nights in a row proved a difficult challenge for the local club, which fell 17-0 in 3 ½ innings yet nonetheless earned a trip to the state tournament July 1 in Sebring.

Keeping up with the Arroyos

June 04, 2017 - 17:58

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Hernando alum Christian Arroyo hits a go-ahead two-run double for the San Francisco Giants against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 20. Photo by Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP

NOTE: Hernando High graduates Bronson Arroyo (Class of 1995) and Christian Arroyo (Class of 2013) aren’t related, but they’re both playing Major League Baseball this summer. Hernando Sun will track their progress weekly throughout the next few months.
After sitting out both games last weekend, the slumping Christian Arroyo returned to the San Francisco Giants lineup on Monday against the Washington Nationals. He went 1-for-3 with a double, his fifth of the year.

NCT alum Breida making most of minicamp

June 04, 2017 - 00:45

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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

June 03, 2017 - 19:48

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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.

Keeping up with the Arroyos

May 29, 2017 - 16:04

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San Francisco Giants' Christian Arroyo drives in two runs with a double in the 13th inning during a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, May 20, 2017, in St. Louis. At right are Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and home plate umpire Vic Carapazza. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

NOTE: Hernando High graduates Bronson Arroyo (Class of 1995) and Christian Arroyo (Class of 2013) aren’t related, but they’re both playing Major League Baseball this summer. Hernando Sun will track their progress weekly throughout the next few months.

After a solid start to his big-league career playing third base for the San Francisco Giants, the rookie Christian Arroyo has had a tough go of it in May, hitting .180 with a home run and 10 runs batted in over 89 at-bats.

Rivera’s state title school year’s top story

May 27, 2017 - 00:32
Springstead 113-pounder Richie Rivera finishes off a takedown against Lleyton Taylor of Riverdale in their quarterfinal match in Class 2A state meet action. Rivera won 5-0. Photo by Matt Pfiffner/Citrus Chronicle

With the school year coming to a close in Hernando County, the time has come to reflect back on the 2016-17 prep sports season.
Success was spread out, with all six FHSAA-sanctioned schools boasting at least one district championship team, and the county had an Elite Eight squad in all three seasons, fall, winter and spring.
Here are the top three stories from the past 10 months of action:
1. Rivera overcomes adversity for state crown

Sports notebook: New football coaches make debuts

May 21, 2017 - 01:05

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New Weeki Wachee head coach Jacob Gray during Thursday's spring game against Anclote. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

In the long run, this week’s spring football classics will likely be forgotten footnotes for the upcoming prep football season.
But for Nature Coast’s Cory Johns and Weeki Wachee’s Jacob Gray, those exhibitions marked the first time those two new head coaches roamed the sideline at their respective posts.
Johns and the Sharks traveled to Palm Harbor University on Tuesday, since Nature Coast held its graduation on Friday night, and cruised to a 44-14 victory.

Sharks hang tough, fall just short at Bishop Moore

May 19, 2017 - 17:29

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Nature Coast junior J.P. Gates struck out 11 batters in six innings and homered against Bishop Moore in Tuesday's regional semifinal. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The Nature Coast baseball team rode a red-hot offense to a district championship repeat and just the second trip to the Sweet 16 in program history.
But perennial state title contender Orlando-Bishop Moore Catholic managed to cool off the Sharks’ bats in Tuesday night’s Class 5A, Region 2 semifinal. Still, visiting Nature Coast certainly held its own, but struck out 16 times and allowed the winning run to score on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning to fall, 2-1.


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