Sports

Thank you, Hernando

September 20, 2017 - 19:51

Nearly three years ago, when the Tampa Tribune shut down Hernando Today, I wrote a column for the final issue titled “One Last Mile.”
That headline was a reference to a line often repeated in interviews by then Springstead head boys basketball coach Pat Kelly back in 2009, as his team made a stunning run to the state championship game.
At the time, I wasn’t sure what the future held for me. Thanks to Rocco and Julie Maglio and Hernando Sun, it turned out I still had a few miles left in the tank.

Irma’s aftermath causes scheduling chaos

September 13, 2017 - 00:46

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Springstead's football team sprints on to the field earlier this season. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Hurricane Irma is in the rearview mirror, but her impacts are still being felt. High school sports may be a low-level concern as the state recovers from the storm, however coaches and administrators are nonetheless scrambling trying to figure out how to move forward.
In Hernando County, where school and all activities had already been called off last Thursday through Saturday in preparation for Irma, prep sports have been shut down until Monday, when all schools will reopen. That means no practices and no games, even if they’re off campus or outside the county.

Irma sacks county’s prep football schedule

September 07, 2017 - 01:10

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast quarterback Fabian Burnett sets up under center during last Friday's game against South Sumter. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The third week of the prep football regular season promised an exciting matchup of county rivals Nature Coast and Springstead.
But Mother Nature has spoiled all the fun, at least temporarily. With Hurricane Irma threatening just about every area in Florida, Hernando County followed the trend of surrounding counties by canceling school – and all other activities – for Friday.

Down on the farm

September 04, 2017 - 19:34

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Hernando alum Brandon Lawson was promoted to the Triple-A Durham Bulls on Sunday and made his first appearance for them on Monday. 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.

Local gym offers free membership to Special Olympics athletes

September 03, 2017 - 09:36
In front: Nick Famiano; Standing from left to right:  Mike Oliva, Jeffery Carver, Nick Young, Mark Fleming (behind), Wayne Reinhardt, John Salomez, Joey D’Antonio (behind) and Jim Coleman

Tired of hearing all the negativity in the news? Here’s a really uplifting story! Lift More Fitness, a gym devoted to power-lifting and bodybuilding, off of SR 50 in Brooksville, is helping some local residents lift their spirits. Owner, Mike Oliva, wanted to do something positive for Hernando county and make a difference, so his gym is currently offering free membership to Special Olympics athletes. They can work out for free any day, any time, but Mondays and Wednesdays are specifically dedicated to them. Most usually show up around 5 pm.

Sports notebook: NCT rolls South Sumter for first win

September 03, 2017 - 00:44

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast's Michael Weston carries the ball versus South Sumter on Friday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

After its season opener against IMG Academy White lasted less than a quarter because of rain, the last thing Nature Coast wanted was more weather-related delays.
On a Friday night when seemingly every area game was impacted by lightning, the Sharks managed get their home opener versus South Sumter off without a hitch, collecting a 33-7 victory.

Top duo helps Lady Sharks rule local links

September 02, 2017 - 23:13

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast senior Skylar Muscianese hits a shot at Silverthorn during a match against Weeki Wachee on Thursday. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The past two seasons, the Nature Coast girls golf team hasn’t done a whole lot of losing. The Lady Sharks haven’t dropped a regular-season match during that span, collected two district crowns and even added a regional title last year.
So far in 2017, the only opponent they haven’t managed to overcome is Mother Nature. In two weeks, they’ve only completed nine holes once, against a Central squad that couldn’t even field a full lineup.

Leopards have a ‘Fields’ day against Seven Rivers

September 02, 2017 - 01:00

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Hernando running back Isaac Fields awaits a play Friday night against Seven Rivers Christian. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

BROOKSVILLE – When a team opens the season with a 62-0 victory, it can be hard to follow up with a proper encore.
Hernando hosted Seven Rivers Christian on Friday at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium, and while it didn’t go quite as smoothly as last week’s thumping of Fivay, it counted all the same with a 27-7 win.

Local Hernando High Football Coach Debuts Family Sports Bar & Grill

August 31, 2017 - 21:09

Article & Photography By CHERYL CLANTON

On July 7, 2017, a local high school football coach opened Kaz's Family Sports Bar & Grill in downtown Brooksville, 4 N. Broad St. Brooksville, Fla 34601, right across from the courthouse.  

Owner Robert Kazmier is known as ‘Coach Kaz' to the community &  Hernando High School athletes. Coach Kaz said he sees endless opportunity in Downtown Brooksville. “It has so much charm and history.  Once support increases and our community sees what is possible here, I envision this place flourishing and becoming a truly special location for commerce and gatherings,” he said.  

Down on the farm

August 27, 2017 - 23:32

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Sprinstead alum Brandon Brosher hit two home runs and pitched for the first time in his career this week for the Columbia Fireflies. 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 found himself in the lineup five straight days for the Single-A Columbia Fireflies this week, and provided his team with some production at the plate.

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