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Down on the farm

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Springstead graduate Brandon Brosher hit a solo home run for the Columbia Fireflies on Friday night. 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.
Brandon Brosher put together a modest three-game hitting streak this week for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies.

Football teams come together for good cause

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Springstead's Adam Bass gains yardage against Fivay during Saturday's Clash 4 Clayton event at Springstead. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Dustin Kupcik admits, he didn’t really know Rob Mahler. Yet the Springstead athletic director felt a kinship with the former Hudson High head football coach that compelled him to act.
Last month, Mahler’s 1-year-old son Clayton was diagnosed with Stage 3 intermediate-risk embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of pediatric cancer. Mahler had stepped down in November after two seasons leading the Cobras. Four years ago, Kupcik’s sister Kasey went through her own battle with cancer.

Brooksville Bulldogs pleased with runner-up finish

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The Brooksville Bulldogs at the Dixie Majors All-Stars World Series in Monroe, La. Photo provided

Having suffered a brutal walk-off loss in its opening contest and with another game just hours away, the Brooksville Bulldogs were primed for a very short stay at the Dixie Baseball Majors (age 17-19) All-Stars World Series.
But the Bulldogs collected themselves and survived the second half of that doubleheader, then rattled off three more wins to reach the championship game before ultimately finishing as the runner-up in Monroe, La.

Down on the farm

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Hernando alum Brandon Lawson threw five shutout innings on Thursday for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. 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.

Bears mourn loss of beloved ‘Coach Buck’

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Willie "Coach Buck" Thomas Jr./Photo provided by Joe DiCristofalo

The opening weeks of August are typically a time of excitement and hope for a high school football team, with practices beginning and the season on the near horizon.
But at Central High, it’d be understandable if the mood was far more subdued. There’s a large void left on the Bears’ coaching staff and a metaphorical hole in the hearts of those connected to the program following last month’s sudden passing of assistant coach Willie Thomas Jr., better known as “Coach Buck.”

Down on the farm

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Springstead graduate Brandon Brosher hit two-run homers on back-to-back nights for the Columbia Fireflies this week. 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.
Brandon Brosher had an impressive two days on Thursday and Friday, producing nearly identical batting lines for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies against the Augusta GreenJackets.

Spring Hill “O”Zone teams take part in states

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The Spring Hill National "O"Zone All-Stars. Front row (from left): Ricky Engley, Jacob Rief, Brendan Anderson, Johnny Drewal and Justin Sessera. Back row (from left): head coach Larry Marsh, assistant coaches Vince Anderson and Shane Thompson, Rylan Thompson, Trevor Brady, Ian Finnan, Kaden Plummer, Marco Ramos, Matt DeHart and Omario Morris. Photo provided

With no district tournament, Spring Hill Dixie Baseball sent two entrants into the “O”Zone (age 11-12) All-Stars State Tournament at the MERE Complex in Marianna.
In the double-elimination event, which began July 15, Spring Hill American had the longest run, going 2-2.
On the opening day of action, SH American started off with a 4-3 win over Sneads. On July 16, a rain-soaked Sunday, SH American ended up playing late in the evening, falling to Sebring, 9-8.

An interview with Boston University Cross Country Coach Paul “Jody” Spangler

Paul Spangler, coaching at The University of Florida, photo by Tim Casey

Paul Spangler is a Class of 1993 Hernando High Graduate who excelled at distance running under coach Ernie Chatman. He won a state title in his Junior year in the 3200 meters and in his senior year was the runner up. Paul ran cross country for the University of Alabama and in his senior year was all SEC in cross country. He then went on to coach track/cross country at Florida State, Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Florida, and now Boston University.

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