Outlook, expectations changing at Central

August 26, 2016 - 00:59

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Photo by Alice Mary Herden

There’s something different about Central’s football team heading into this new season. In fact, there’s a lot of things different.
On paper, there’s a different talent level, and a much different roster size. There’s a different mentality, and yes even different expectations. The only thing left is to produce a different outcome.
It has been roughly a decade since the Bears were realistically considered a threat on the North Suncoast, but now local coaches are quietly dubbing them a team on the rise.

Central hires Clark to coach volleyball

June 24, 2016 - 23:36

Over the past seven seasons, Central volleyball has endured a revolving door at head coach. There have been eight separate coaching changes, many of them coming shortly before the season and once during.
The ninth occurred last week, as athletic director Al Sorrentino announced the hiring of Erin Clark to take over the program, and he hopes he won’t have to find a replacement any time soon.

Bears trying to plant seeds for breakout season

May 13, 2016 - 19:59

Photography Alice Mary Herden

Central head coach Chris Sands instructs his players during practice. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

The Central football team’s official Twitter account often boasts of college signings and offers, punctuating each tweet with the same hashtag: We have dudes.
Indeed, after years of struggle the Bears do appear to have some serious talent on their roster. But it has yet to translate into the win column, something that needs to change, according to Chris Sands as he enters his third year as head coach.
Phase 1, he said, was building camaraderie, followed by Phase 2, developing players.

Sports notebook: Springstead reaches Farm Bureau semis

March 27, 2016 - 00:45

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Springstead battled Bishop McLaughlin on its home field Tuesday night during the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

It was a busy week for Hernando County’s prep baseball programs, as they played host to the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic. The five-day long tournament came to an end on Friday night, with Mitchell defeating South Sumter in the final at Hernando’s Emerson Field, 2-1.

Among the county schools, Springstead came within a game of reaching the championship contest, falling to South Sumter in a semifinal on the Eagles’ field on Thursday, 6-5 on a walk-off in the seventh inning. Springstead (14-4) had defeated Wesley Chapel on Monday, 11-1, and Bishop McLaughlin on Tuesday, 3-1.

Central’s Cooper earns county repeat

March 10, 2016 - 00:32
Central senior Ben Cooper won his second straight county weightlifting title at 119 pounds Wednesday at Springstead. Photo by Chris Bernhardt Jr.

For Ben Cooper, it truly has been better late than never. He hasn’t been on the county boys weightlifting scene long, yet he has managed to make sizable impact. On Wednesday March 9 at the Springstead gym, the Central senior captured first place at 119 pounds in the Hernando County Championship Meet, with a 180-pound bench press and 120 clean-and-jerk for a 300 total.

Lady Bears, Sharks absorb tough soccer losses

January 23, 2016 - 23:22

Photography Alice Mary Herden


For much of Thursday night’s Class 2A, Region II girls soccer quarterfinal, it seemed as if Central had the upper hand against Gainesville-P.K. Yonge. It just didn’t show up on the scoreboard. Despite creating more chances, the Lady Bears couldn’t find a way to put the ball in the back of the net.

Sports Notebook: Running Backs Carry Sharks, Bears

September 13, 2015 - 10:32

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Friday night in Hernando County, it was good to be a running back named Smith. A debate could probably go on for days over just who had the superior performance: Nature Coast’s DeShawn Smith or Central’s De’Vonta Smith.


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