Football

Hornets hope to finally move forward

August 13, 2016 - 23:41

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Photo by Alice Mary Herden

It has become something of a rallying cry for Weeki Wachee head coach Mark Lee over the Hornets’ first four varsity seasons on the gridiron: moral victories just aren’t enough.
As Lee and his coaching staff have worked to build a football program from scratch, they have craved a corner-turning campaign in which the Hornets shed their fledgling ways and become a force on the North Suncoast.

Harris returns to speak at camp

July 01, 2016 - 00:36

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Central grad and current San Francisco 49er DuJuan Harris speaks to campers Monday at Ernie Wever Youth Park. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

The campers gathered around and perked up their ears as DuJuan Harris relayed a message of working hard and ignoring the naysayers.
He was in their shoes once, and the former Central High Bear and current San Francisco 49ers running back knows a thing or two about overcoming the same obstacles.
“None of those kids could stand up there and say it’s impossible to make it being from Brooksville,” Harris said. “I’m living proof right there in front of you.”

Witnesses Tell of Disheartening Incident on Track

May 18, 2016 - 07:42
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Hernando Sun Staff

An incident occurred on May 2nd that was widely reported and shared on social media. A number of individuals contacted the Hernando Sun asking that we report on the incident.

On May 2nd at around 5:45pm John Capel a former US Olympian was starting track practice for True Elite Athletes and Mentors Inc., or T.E.A.M. A couple of coaches from the Screaming Eagles football team had set up chairs on the track as they watched football practice.

Worden and staff are guiding Sharks to success

November 26, 2015 - 15:22

On Thursday, Justin Worden and his coaches will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. On Friday, they hope to celebrate the biggest win in county history. Less than two years removed for his hiring as Nature Coast’s head football coach, Worden leads the Sharks into the Class 5A, Region II final at Green Cove Springs-Clay, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. At 12-0, already owning the county record for victories, Nature Coast has a chance to become the first Hernando County squad to ever reach the state semifinals.

Sharks, Smith enjoy historical success

November 14, 2015 - 21:04
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It was a Friday night at Shark Tank Stadium that will forever be embedded into the history of Hernando County prep football. Nature Coast earning its first playoff win? That happened. A county team reaching 11-0 for the first time? Yep, check that one off the list, too. How about a player breaking a state record? How about two? It was that kind of night, in that kind of season for the Sharks, as they bounced Zephyrhills from the postseason with a through 42-13 shellacking in a Class 5A, Region II quarterfinal.

Pair of Seniors Lead Spring Hill Christian Academy

June 02, 2015 - 08:55

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALICE MARY HERDEN

BROOKSVILLE - For Jacob Nagy and Michael Hemstreet, the timing proved just right. Last season, Spring Hill Christian Academy made its first foray into eight-man football through the Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools. That allowed Nagy and Hemstreet, both juniors, to strap on their pads and helmets, and lead the Wildcats through an inaugural 2-9 campaign last fall.

HCA's Springer hopes for successful second season

June 01, 2015 - 21:31
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALICE MARY HERDEN

BROOKSVILLE - There were moments on the sideline during Thursday's eight-man football spring game when Kasey Springer seemed his harshest critic.
The Hernando Christian Academy quarterback didn't play poorly despite his team's 21-7 loss to visiting Spring Hill Christian Academy. But he wasn't about to pat himself on the back, either.

Coffey comes through for Sharks

May 26, 2015 - 19:16
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALICE MARY HERDEN

BROOKSVILLE - Willie Coffey never anticipated he'd end up leading a potential game-winning drive under center Friday night. Recording a go-ahead safety with a sack in the end zone wasn't a likely scenario, either. Yet the Nature Coast Technical freshman found himself in the middle of both situations in a 34-32 victory over Palm Harbor University. He threw Hurricanes' quarterback Dylan Whitman for a 5-yard loss in the end zone with 1:18 remaining to put the host Sharks in front during the spring classic.

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