Central High School

Sharks survive scare, continue county dominance

October 05, 2017 - 20:38

photography by Cheryl Clanton

NCT offense lines up against Central defense on Oct. 3, 2017.

Hurricane Irma’s wrath over the state of Florida caused a hefty amount of games to be either cancelled or rescheduled across the North Suncoast area. One of those games was an early 5A-7 district matchup between the Nature Coast Sharks and the Central Bears, who are two premier programs in the county.

The rescheduling was only the beginning of what would transpire inside the “Bear Den” Tuesday night.

Preseason football notebook: Central drops shootout

August 20, 2016 - 03:57

Photography by Alice Mary Herden and Cheryl Clanton

Central's Jonathan Allion gains yardage against East Ridge during Friday night's preseason game. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

BROOKSVILLE – Based on the results of Friday night’s preseason classic, Central won’t have any problems putting points on the board. Whether it can outscore the opposition is another matter.
Hosting Clermont-East Ridge in an exhibition, the Bears were repeatedly burned by big plays, canceling out a spectacular performance by running back De’Vonta Smith in a 45-26 defeat.

Central forward comes to forefront

December 11, 2015 - 19:52

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Axel Wisniewski-Mendoza Central Boys Basketball

A year ago, the Central boys basketball team managed a grand total of seven victories. With Tuesday’s win over Hernando, the Bears improved to 8-1.
It has been a long time since Central enjoyed prosperity on the court. The Bears have had one winning season since their last regional playoff appearance in 2003-04.
This season’s squad would like to reverse that trend, and senior power forward Axel Wisniewski-Mendoza has played a major role thus far in that endeavor.

Sharks’ Reid and Bears' York have the scoring touch

November 29, 2015 - 15:54
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Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Chelsea Reid

Three seasons ago, Chelsea Reid was a freshman, called up to the varsity roster during the stretch run and filling the gap for an injured senior leader. Now Reid is the senior, still making an impact for Nature Coast, as the team’s top scoring threat. “She’s having a senior season, for sure,” Nature Coast head coach Lisa Masserio said. “We have definitely depended on her a lot for scoring, which is similar to last year. She was our leading scorer last year.

Central Comes Together Through Tragedy

September 24, 2015 - 07:49

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Central's Sebastian Rivera

The Central Bears got back to business on Wednesday. But it couldn’t possibly be business as usual. Their season, their lives have been irrevocably changed following a motorcycle accident Tuesday morning that left starting quarterback Sebastian Rivera, 16, in critical condition.

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.”

Central's Rivera set to take reigns

May 10, 2015 - 15:10

PHOTOS BY ALICE MARY HERDEN

The role of starting quarterback has proved a tenuous position at Central High the past few years. Injuries have often prevented the Bears from achieving any kind of stability.

"Last year, we struggled offensively," said Central head coach Chris Sands, whose team went 2-8 last year, his first at the helm. "We couldn't find that guy under center who could throw and run."

Enter Sebastian Rivera this spring. Or more accurately, re-enter, as the team's new starting signal caller.

Central Battles Hard, but falls to Dunedin, 2-0

May 01, 2015 - 07:23
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PHOTOS BY ALICE MARY HERDEN

BROOKSVILLE - In winning its first baseball district championship since 2002, Central High dominated at the plate. The Bears scored a combined 26 runs across three games in last week's Class 5A, District 7 Tournament, yet that momentum failed to carry over Thursday night. Hosting a 5A-Region II quarterfinal against Dunedin, Central couldn't find a way to solve Falcons ace Colton Widdows, falling 2-0.

Wrestling Wrap-Up

January 15, 2015 - 20:23
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by Rocco Maglio

Wrestling season will soon be coming to an end. With the success that Hernando county had last year there are high expectations.

For the last six years Springstead High School has finished in the top five at state for the Class 2A field. In 2014, they finished third. Three of the four wrestlers they brought reached the finals with two winning state titles (Mike McDonald and Jordan Rivera).

Last year Hernando High School surprised with an eighth place finish with both of their wrestlers who made state reaching the finals. They won one state title (Jesse Gaudin).

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