Alice Mellicker, Alex Cromie, Brett Cromie, Coach Mark Lee.

Ex-Hornet Cromie seeks new frontiers as Tusculum College Pioneer

FOOTBALL Despite 5 wins in 3 seasons, WWHS graduate shatters records BY TONY CASTRO Perhaps Hernando County’s best-ever quarterback, recent Weeki Wachee High School graduate Alec Robert Cromie, may be the most misunderstood. After the curtains descended following last season’s dismal 0-10 Hornets’ season, the US-19’s three-year starter under center graduated early to be a part of spring football practice for the D-II Tusculum College Pioneers at Greenville, Tennessee….

Springstead High Principal Carmine Rufa accepts the inaugural  $5000 check from Joe Lowman of Lowman Law as part of the Lowman Law Hernando Athlete of the Week program. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Springstead receives $5,000 charitable donation from the Lowman Law Firm

Spring Hill school drawn from a ping pong ball lottery ceremony BY TONY CASTRO BROOKSVILLE – The Lowman Law Firm’s initial lottery drawing to benefit Hernando County student-athletes was held Thursday at Rising Sun Bistro in Brooksville. All six Hernando County high schools were represented in this year’s Lowman Law Firm Student-Athlete of the Week competition hosted by Parents, guests and family members accompanied 19 student-athlete winners dating…

Kaine McColley         Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2017 All-Hernando County Boys Basketball Team

BOYS BASKETBALL BY TONY CASTRO Player of the Year – Kaine McColley Nature Coast Technical – Senior COMMENTS: At 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, McColley transferred from Lecanto High … McColley was a two-year starter for Sharks … Two-time All-Hernando County selection … As a junior, McColley averaged 14.6 points per game … He maintained his consistency reaching double figure scoring in 21 of 28 tilts … Pumped in 20+ plus…

Reagan Huden

Pint-sized guard Springstead’s Huden is Hernando County’s cage queen

GIRLS BASKETBALL 5-foot-3 shooting guard voted 2016-17 Player of the Year BY TONY CASTRO Though NFL Hall of Famer Vince Lombardi is no longer pacing the sidelines his vernacular remains. His insightful language on life and sports has left a blue print on American athletics. Though F.W. Springstead junior shooting guard Reagan Lynne Huden has never played football, there’s a Lombardism available to describe how a 5-foot-3, 146-pound shooting…

Reagan Huden         Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

2016-17 All-Hernando County Girls Basketball Team

GIRLS BASKETBALL BY TONY CASTRO Player of the Year – Reagan Huden Springstead – Junior COMMENTS: Three-year starter …Three-time All-County selection … Forget her size, at 5-foot-3, she has finished first, third and first in the county in scoring race the past three winters … As a freshman, she carried the team’s offensive burden averaging 17.3 points per game while converted 54 three-pointers … Paced the Lady Eagles in…

David Hale Bronson returns a kick.Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Leopards face new-look Seahawks

FOOTBALL Ex-Springstead coaches Browning, Vonada clash in LO’L BY TONY CASTRO Friday’s spring classic at 7 p.m. at Sunlake High serves as meeting ground for two former F.W. Springstead head coaches Bill Browning and Bill Vonada. Vonada, who is beginning his fourth season at Hernando High, spent 15 seasons at the helm in Spring Hill and departed as the school’s all-time winningest coach. Browning, who guided the Eagles from…

Springstead QB, Nathan Sims runs away from South Sumter, 2, Mathew Palmer for a long touchdown. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Sims, Morgan combine for 269 yards and five scores as Eagles blank young Raiders, 34-0

FOOTBALL 11 different SHS gridders touch the ball for game-high 416 yards BY TONY CASTRO SPRING HILL – For the majority of the past 33 seasons – or since the last time F.W. Springstead dropped its fourth straight meeting against Bushnell-South Sumter in 1984 – the Red Raiders have been the hammer and their opponents been the nails. Against a young and inexperienced Sumter County squad Thursday night at…

Standing, sister, Ashley, Grandmother, Patricia Chevalier.
Seated, Dad Jon, Justin Chevalier and Mom Christin Gosselin. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Chevy ready roll to new dugout at Spoon River College in Canton, Illinois

BASEBALL Three-year Bears starter departs as career .284 hitter BY TONY CASTRO With Central High’s graduation looming on Tuesday, May 23, CHS senior Justin Paul “Chevy” Chevalier has set his sights in the short term on receiving his diploma and in the long run heading toward playing baseball next fall. Following the advice of his AAU mentor, Izzy Fontanez, the 19-year-old Chevalier, recently opted to begin playing collegiate baseball…

Jonathan Gates Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Curtains come down as Hornets edge Sharks on two-out wild pitch, 2-1

BASEBALL NCT‘s Gates fans 11, hits a solo homer, suffers first loss BY TONY CASTRO For the eighth time in 10 losses this season, Nature Coast Technical (19-10) dropped a game in the sixth inning or later. But on Tuesday night in Orange County, it wasn’t due to series of self-inflicted wounds. The Sharks, who had opportunities to score despite suffering a game-high 16 strikeouts, played toe-to-toe against two-time…

Randy Morgan breaks a long run for a touchdown against Sunlake. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Eagles, Bears, Hornets entertain guests in spring classics

FOOTBALL 2016 state semifinalist Bushnell-South Sumter visits SHS at 7 p.m. Thursday BY TONY CASTRO After nearly three weeks of practice – the last week among grueling temperatures – arrives the first tests for the upcoming 2017 gridiron football season in the form of spring football classics. In a rare Thursday night of action, three Hernando County programs – Springstead, Central and Weeki Wachee – will each entertain three…


Jacy Scharlow: Lowman Law Firm Student/Athlete of the Week (thru 05-06)

Jacy Scharlow – Track and Field Springstead – Junior Scharlow led all Hernando County performers in the FHSAA Track and Field State Finals at Bradenton’s IMG Academy with a second-place silver medal in the Class 3A high jump competition with a leap of 5.375” or 1.62 meters. Jacy, who is a two-time All-County pick and third-year trackster, carries a 3.0 unweighted and 3.5 weighted grade point average. As an IB…

Jonathan Gates        Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Sharks search for first-ever regional semifinal win at perennially tough Bishop Moore Catholic

5A-II BASEBALL The 1967 and 2007 state champion Hornets are in 28th regional tourney BY TONY CASTRO Talk about uncharted waters. Only once before in Nature Coast Technical’s prep baseball history have the Sharks ever reached Tuesday’s FHSAA regional semifinal round. The last time was nine years ago when the FHSAA experimented with a best two-of-three series. That didn’t end well. The Brooksville nine was dissected by Pasco by…

Jonathan Gates Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO


SPORTS CALENDAR (NOTE: Times and dates are subject to change.) 05-16: BASEBALL Class 5A, Region II Semifinals Nature Coast Technical at Orlando-Bishop Moore Catholic, 7 p.m. SPRING FOOTBALL Nature Coast Technical at Palm Harbor-University, 7 p.m. 05-18: SPRING FOOTBALL Bushnell-South Sumter at Springstead, 7 p.m. Holiday-Anclote at Weeki Wachee, 7 p.m. Hudson at Central, 7 p.m. 05-19: SPRING FOOTBALL Hernando at Land O’ Lakes-Sunlake, 7 p.m.  

Jonathan Gates Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Nine years later, NCT collects its next regional win, deflating LHP, 7-3

5A-II BASEBALL Sharks’ Gates rolls to 7-0 behind 13-K six-hitter at Highlanders BY TONY CASTRO Just how difficult are the baseball regional playoffs? Go ask Hernando County champion Springstead or Hernando, they’re both standing outside the candy store. In his fourth attempt in 12 prep seasons, Nature Coast Technical mentor Frank Vitale notched his first-ever regional win as the Sharks solved nemesis Lake Highland Prep in Brooksville, 7-3. With…