Pitching Pair Comes Through for Hernando

August 12, 2015 - 14:32

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

A Hernando Youth League squad comprised of current and former Hernando High players competed at the Dixie Baseball Majors (age 17-19) All-Stars World Series late last month. Hernando went 2-2 in Ozark, Ala. at the tournament that ran July 25-29. The Brooksville-based club won its first two games, defeating Prescott, Ark., 3-2, and Monroe, La., 4-0.

Cooper, DiCono help Spring Hill Repeat

August 06, 2015 - 20:27

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

By Saturday afternoon, Spring Hill American will find itself in Lexington, S.C. competing on the opening day of the Dixie Baseball “O”Zone (age 11-12) All-Stars World Series. The county squad will be attempting to at least duplicate last year’s performance in this division, when Spring Hill finished as the World Series runner-up. SH American has already repeated as the state champ, going 4-0 in the state tournament July 18-22 in Carrabelle.

Moon Over Croom Trail Run

August 04, 2015 - 16:10

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

There is a part of Withlacoochee Forest that is tucked away off of Croom Road in Brooksville, Florida called Tucker Hill. This area has the most amazing natural settings of growing oaks. The secluded area, away from major roadways, makes it a perfect place to have a night trail run.

Andy Mathews and Jim Hartnett are the coordinators for Tampa Races and this is their second year coordinating the Moon over Croom trail run event. With over two hundred and fifty runners signing up for this event, each year this event attracts more runners from all over the state of Florida.

Local Lifter Readies for Special Olympics

August 03, 2015 - 11:43

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Anthony Teetsell had stepped away from competing in powerlifting the past two years, instead focusing on coaching and his leadership roles. But last weekend, he made a critical decision. He wanted one more shot at the Special Olympics. So he’ll take part in the State Fall Classic in November at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. “I decided just one last time would be good for me,” Teetsell said. Teetsell, a 28-year-old Weeki Wachee resident, is one of many athletes dealing with an intellectual disability through Special Olympics Florida-Hernando County.

Trio Steps Up for Spring Hill Rookies

August 02, 2015 - 11:04


On Monday August 2nd, Spring Hill National will embark on the Dixie Baseball AA Rookies (age 7-8) All-Stars Machine Pitch World Series in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The local squad comes in off a state championship run last month, going 6-2 at the Max Long Recreational Complex in Sebring. Unlike the district tournament, in which players pitched, SH National has to rely more on its bats and gloves to survive the machine pitch state event.

Ultimate Frisbee, Not Just for College Students

July 26, 2015 - 17:23


When Peter Morey arrived in Hernando County last fall to accept a new position, he saw an opportunity to bring the game he has grown to love. A pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Spring Hill, Morey started up an ultimate frisbee group that plays at Anderson Snow Sports Complex Tuesday and Thursday evenings at approximately 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Leaders Abound for Spring Hill Juniors

July 26, 2015 - 10:18


When a team hits .536 combined, it can become difficult to pick out just one superstar. Spring Hill posted that batting average in last week’s Dixie Baseball Junior Boys (age 13) All-Stars State Tournament at the M.E.R.E. Complex in Marianna. The Hernando County crew went 4-0, outscoring its opponents by a combined 58-7. For eight players and head coach Joe Abbadessa, it was a repeat from winning the state crown at the “O”Zone (age 11-12) level last year.

Spring Hill Tae Kwon Do Team Wins Big in Ft. Lauderdale

July 16, 2015 - 13:17

Scott Henry

The Dragons were breathing fire in Fort Lauderdale last week. Dragon’s Dojo in Spring Hill Florida continued its impressive run of winning Tae Kwon Do fighting medals at the national level.

Carlos Carasquillo, a long-time staple in the Spring Hill community and martial arts teacher in the Hernando County School System, continues to field a competitive national team of Tae Kwon Do students.

Softball Proving Successful in County

July 11, 2015 - 10:36

Contributing: Alice Mary Herden, Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

When Harry Johnson joined the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department in the early 2000s, he wanted to make use of the two public softball fields in Spring Hill. Now, some 14-15 years later, HCRD has a recreational men's softball league that hovers in the neighborhood of 30 teams and around 500 players.


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