Zoe Murchio: Back Row Player Takes No Back Seat

September 17, 2015 - 10:10

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Zoe Murchio, Weeki Wachee High School

No matter what, Zoe Murchio always stands out on the volleyball court. It’s a common thread amongst all liberos, who must wear a different color jersey from the rest of their teammates as a means of identification. But for the past four seasons, Murchio’s play for the Weeki Wachee High varsity team has made her just as easy to notice.

Siuzdak Emerging as Playmaker for Spring Hill Christian

September 13, 2015 - 11:06

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Coltin Siuzdak, SHCA

Coltin Siuzdak felt the tug to get back into football. The Spring Hill Christian Academy team is glad he did. The 5-foot-10, 140-pound junior has emerged as a playmaker, along with quarterback/running back Michael Hemstreet, in the early eight-man season for the Wildcats. “Coltin is just a lot of team speed that we have,” SHCA head coach Shawn Fisher said. “He’s very fast and just like Mike he’s a pretty good student of the game, and once we get the ball in either of their hands good things happen.”

Sports Notebook: Running Backs Carry Sharks, Bears

September 13, 2015 - 10:32

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Friday night in Hernando County, it was good to be a running back named Smith. A debate could probably go on for days over just who had the superior performance: Nature Coast’s DeShawn Smith or Central’s De’Vonta Smith.

Fortunes Change in Season’s Second Week

September 06, 2015 - 20:14

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

For Springstead and Weeki Wachee, the second week of regular-season prep football contests offered a welcome change. Central and Hernando likely didn’t feel the same. Both the Eagles and Hornets bounced back from grueling losses in Week 1 with home victories on Friday night.

Leopards’ Libengood Takes the Lead

September 03, 2015 - 13:53

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

The Hernando High football squad is in the second year of its rebuild under head coach Bill Vonada, and the veteran mentor will assuredly need to lean on his upperclassmen. That’s where players such as senior defensive end Tyson Libengood come into the equation. “His experience on the defense and in the heat of battle makes him a natural leader,” Vonada said. “He has some of the best physical potential on our defensive front… He works extremely hard in the weight room, and is willing to do the extra things. He is one of our best cover guys on punt.”

Bears’ Scott Backs Up Big Talk

August 30, 2015 - 10:22

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

If football doesn’t pan out for Manny Scott, perhaps he has a future in psychic readings. Central’s 13-7 victory at Springstead Friday night may have surprised many, but the Central senior called it two days earlier. “When we beat Springstead,” said Scott on Wednesday, stressing he didn’t mean if, “that’s when Hernando (County) is going to wake up. When we beat them is when everyone is going to open up their eyes... We’re hungry. All we’ve got to do is beat Springstead and that’s what will make us dominating this season.”

Season Openers Deliver Drama

August 30, 2015 - 09:57

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

So much for easing into the season. Friday night saw the official start of the prep football campaign, and three of the four games involving Hernando County teams came down to the wire. Perhaps the most dramatic conclusion occurred at Springstead’s Booster Stadium, where long-downtrodden Central pulled off a shocking 13-7 victory.

Spring Hill Dixie Celebrates Special Summer

August 23, 2015 - 20:26

Photography Provided by Joe Abbadessa, Thomas LoBianco, John McMurdo

Back in 2005, long before he became director of Spring Hill Dixie Baseball, Joe Abbadessa witnessed league history unfold. Abbadessa watched his son’s team, the Spring Hill National AAA Minors (age 9-10) All-Stars, capture Spring Hill’s first state championship in any division. Back then it seemed as if the local organization had achieved some sort of impossible dream.