Football

Irma’s aftermath causes scheduling chaos

September 13, 2017 - 00:46

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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.

NCT alum Breida making most of minicamp

June 04, 2017 - 00:45

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Former Nature Coast running back Matt Breida during the San Francisco 49ers' organized team activity at their training facility in Santa Clara, Calif. on Wednesday. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

For Matt Breida, the dream of playing in the NFL hasn’t quite been realized, but he’s coming awfully close.
The 2013 Nature Coast graduate has been in San Francisco the past few weeks, participating in a rookie minicamp with the 49ers, the running back receiving his first taste of life as a professional football player.
“This is a big opportunity,” Breida said. “Being an undrafted free agent, I’m hoping to prove everyone wrong and prove I belong in the NFL.”

Rivera’s state title school year’s top story

May 27, 2017 - 00:32
Springstead 113-pounder Richie Rivera finishes off a takedown against Lleyton Taylor of Riverdale in their quarterfinal match in Class 2A state meet action. Rivera won 5-0. Photo by Matt Pfiffner/Citrus Chronicle

With the school year coming to a close in Hernando County, the time has come to reflect back on the 2016-17 prep sports season.
Success was spread out, with all six FHSAA-sanctioned schools boasting at least one district championship team, and the county had an Elite Eight squad in all three seasons, fall, winter and spring.
Here are the top three stories from the past 10 months of action:
1. Rivera overcomes adversity for state crown

Sports notebook: Gray tabbed as new headman for Hornets

February 11, 2017 - 23:28

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Jacob Gray

For the first time in its history, the Weeki Wachee football program will have a new man at the helm and this week the school officially announced the hiring of Jacob Gray as head coach.
The 25-year-old Gray was plucked off the coaching staff of Jacksonville-Bolles, where he served as special teams coordinator for the Class 4A state runner-up Bulldogs.

Sports notebook: Nature Coast hires new football coach

January 28, 2017 - 20:24

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Cory Johns

A football team that has gone a combined 22-2 the past two seasons figured to draw plenty of interest for its head coaching vacancy.
No surprise then that Nature Coast received over 80 resumes for its opening this past month, which the school filled this week with the hiring of Kissimmee-Liberty headman Cory Johns.
“It was one of those opportunities I couldn’t pass up,” Johns said. “I’m not into bouncing around. I’m looking for a place to be for a very long time, or at least as long as they’ll keep me. This place looked like it.

Hornets’ Cromie enters college football

January 07, 2017 - 00:45

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Weeki Wachee quarterback Alec Cromie signs his full scholarship with Tennessee-based Tusculum College on Wednesday. He was joined by, from left, girlfriend Arianna Doyle, mother Alice Mellecker and father Brett Cromie. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

The school year may only be half over, but for Alec Cromie the next step has already arrived.

Now a Weeki Wachee High graduate, Cromie will spend the weekend settling into his new digs at Tusculum College in Tennessee. The top statistical quarterback in Hernando County history officially signed with the Division II school on Wednesday and has already arrived on campus.

SHAA 2016 Championship

November 07, 2016 - 06:21
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Predators face the Eagles during the 2016 SHAA Championship game at Weeki Wachee High School. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Weeki Wachee High School hosted the 2016 Championship Game for the Spring Hill Athletic Association for the 23rd season.
The three divisions are separated by age group: Division 1: 5-8, Division 2: 9-10 and Division 3: 11-13.
Six teams battled it out for their division title championship Saturday October 29th. For Division 1 the Golden Hornets beat the Gators with a 32 – 0  final score on the board. Last season Hornets were defeated by the Seminoles. This championship win certainly is giving them more momentum for next season.

Sports notebook: Hernando downs county foes Weeki Wachee

October 15, 2016 - 23:31

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Leoprard David hale Bronson attempts to break through the Horents defense. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Hernando captured a meeting of 5A-7 and county foes, downing Weeki Wachee (0-7 overall, 0-4 5A-7), 24-0. Quarterback Scott Bierwiler completed 7-of-9 passes for 106 yards, and rushed 10 times for 63 yards and two touchdowns for the Leopards (3-3 overall, 2-2 5A-7). David Hale Bronson ran for 91 yards and a score.

Hernando’s Williams settling in at linebacker

August 21, 2016 - 00:54

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Hernando's Harry Williams holds the ball during a recent practice. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

One look at last season’s Hernando High football stats tells the story of where the defense is at as it heads into the 2016 campaign.
Austin Sternberger, who paced the Leopards with 76 tackles; he was a senior. How about Tyson Libengood, right behind with 72 tackles? He was a senior, too. So was Brock Buchanan (62 tackles), Beck Buchanan (54) and Bruce Warren (50).
That’s Hernando’s five leading tacklers from a year ago having moved on to the next step in life, leaving behind a defensive unit that must find a way to replace all that production.

Cromie still striving to improve under center

August 13, 2016 - 23:47

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Senior quarterback Alec Cromie leads Weeki Wachee into the 2016 season. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

At this point, Alec Cromie feels like a permanent fixture at the quarterback position for Weeki Wachee.
He has spent the past two seasons under center for the Hornets, providing head coach Mark Lee the type of classic signal caller required to properly execute his pass-heavy offense.
But this is high school football, where there’s a very finite amount of time to etch even the most enduring of legacies. For the senior Cromie, that small window will slam shut in the coming months.

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