Hernando Christian Academy

Sports notebook: HCA suffers heartbreak in state title game

December 12, 2016 - 01:04

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Hernando Christian Academy's six-man football team competes during Saturday's state championship game in Lakeland. Photo provided

Just 46 seconds separated Hernando Christian Academy’s six-man football team from a perfect season and a state championship Saturday night.
But the Lions ultimately returned home feeling the sting of disappointment, as Lakeland-Geneva Classical Academy scored late to pull out a 39-36 victory at Southeastern University’s Victory Field.
“I felt like our kids played as hard as they could. The breaks just went one way,” HCA head coach David Raley said. “Every aspect of our game played well. It was just two equally matched teams. They scored and time ran out.”

Sports notebook: Lady Hornets hand Hernando first loss

December 04, 2016 - 00:38

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Weeki Wachee's Taylor Miller goes up for a shot against the defense of Hernando's Kaitlyn Costa-White on Tuesday night. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

It was a busy week for the Weeki Wachee girls basketball teams, with four games on the slate. But in the process, the Lady Hornets picked up a big victory over a county rival.

Sports Notebook: HCA falls at FAMU

February 14, 2016 - 00:42

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HCA guard Cayla Phillips handles the ball during Tuesday's regional semifinal win against Ocala-St. John Lutheran. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Hernando Christian Academy’s girls basketball team knew it faced an uphill battle in Saturday night’s Class 2A, Region I final. Unfortunately for the Lady Lions, they were right. Traveling to Tallahassee to face defending state champion Florida A&M University Developmental Research School, HCA saw its finest season ever end with an 83-12 loss.

HCA’s Jackson goes out with win

February 10, 2016 - 01:06

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HCA senior point guard Mary Jackson played her final home game Tuesday in the 2A-I semifinal vs. St. John Lutheran. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

BROOKSVILLE – As Mary Jackson and the rest of her fellow starters came off the court Tuesday night, the biggest victory in school history well in hand, the home crowd stood and cheered their performance.
For the senior point guard, it was the last moments of her final home game in a Hernando Christian Academy uniform. The Lady Lions defeated Ocala-St. John Lutheran in a Class 2A, Region I girls basketball semifinal, 43-18.

Sports Notebook: Lady Shark lifters shine at states

February 06, 2016 - 19:53

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Nature Coast weightlifters Ashley Gentz (left) and Samanta Traudt display their gold medals won at the Class 1A FHSAA Finals in Kissimmee on Friday. Photo submitted

As the Nature Coast boys basketball team celebrated with its district championship trophy Friday night, the school’s girls weightlifting coach, Sharon Elliott, was among the faculty members filing out of the stands. Noticeably hanging from her neck was a silver medal, a reminder of what her own squad had accomplished just a few hours earlier. Yes, it was a good day to be a Shark.

Phillips sparks HCA into Sweet 16

February 05, 2016 - 00:46

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BROOKSVILLE – Hosting a regional quarterfinal for the first time against an opponent having made a lengthy trip, Hernando Christian Academy head coach Mike Drummond figured his team needed a fast start. Fortunately for the Lady Lions in Thursday’s Class 2A, Region I girls basketball quarterfinal, Cayla Phillips was up to the task. The junior guard sank a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight of her game-high 16 points, as HCA built a 16-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and cruised to a 46-29 victory over Jacksonville-Eagle’s View.

History made in county girls hoops

January 30, 2016 - 18:16

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In the aftermath of this week’s girls basketball district tournaments, two county teams remained alive, both celebrating unprecedented achievements within the history of their programs.

For the third time in four seasons, and the fourth time overall, Hernando Christian Academy has advanced to regionals. But this go-round brings a unique twist. On Thursday at First Academy-Leesburg, the Lady Lions collected their first district championship with a 41-28 triumph over Ocala-St. John Lutheran in the Class 2A, District 4 final.

HCA's Springer hopes for successful second season

June 01, 2015 - 21:31


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.


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