Battle-tested: Ex-Bear seeks D-II national championship with West Florida Argonauts on Saturday

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 2013 CHS graduate was named All-County Special Teams POY in 2012 By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com If life about the bling, Brooksville’s Quadavis Battle’s search is about the ring. As in NCAA championship. Battle 101 Team success has not always sided with Battle. Battle graduated from Central High in 2013. His last prep season was 2012 when the Bears, under Mike Einspahr, were outscored by 281 points,…

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Tom Bronson Sr. an apropos pick for initial Chatman Legacy Award

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Former Tennessee standout, Florida Mining CEO spearheaded drive to rebuild Fisher Stadium By TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Somewhere in the heavens, Ernie Chatman is smiling. You see Chatman, a huge supporter of Hernando County athletics, initially proposed to present the Legacy Award as a way to reward extraordinary service given to an individual whose contributions and support of Hernando High School athletics merited admiration and acclaim. Chatman…

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One bad break doesn’t hinder Olmstead’s HHS HOF climb

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Broken leg with six games remaining as a senior doesn’t halt 4-year career at D-I Colgate BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com One of Hernando County’s fast-pitch softball pioneers – 2002 Hernando High graduate Kimberlee “Kimi” Jean Olmstead – became the first area player to go directly to Division I with Colgate University in Hamilton, New York . But there was a caveat. Playing at “The Swamp” at…

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Triple-threat Bridges takes seat among the best at HHS

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 1988 Leopard graduate excelled in volleyball, basketball and softball BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Tracy Michelle Bridges will never be confused with a wallflower. Bridges, 47, was born in Leesburg as the oldest of three daughters (her sister Kim Bridges graduated in 1991 while Dena graduated in 1992 from HHS) to insurance agent Roy Bridges and paralegal Michelle Seligsohn. The Bridges’ family relocated to Brooksville when Tracy…

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Moton’s Andrew Williams heads to HHS HOF

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 1966 Bulldogs graduate participated in four varsity sports including football BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Prior to integration in 1969, the efforts of all-black Moton High student/athletes like Andrew Williams Jr., went mostly unnoticed. The Hernando County school was integrated after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the local school board was eventually pressed to eliminate segregation in the school system. In 1969, Dr….

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‘Swamp Rat’ Mac Johnson tabbed for HHS HOF

  WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 1956 HHS graduate participated in football, basketball and baseball BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com It’s been over half a century – 53 years to be exact, or since 1964 – since Hilton Mac Johnson last set foot in Brooksville. Johnson, 80, and his wife of 58 years, Abbie, will trek from Pavo, Georgia in just over two weeks for the induction ceremony for the Hernando High…

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Three-sport Leopard Revell heeds call from above and HHS HOF

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Ex-Bethune Cookman standout still resides in Dallas serving the Lord and his congregation BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In a way, Michael “Mike” Anthony Revell’s life has gone full circle. Though his 81-year-old mother, Ruby Lee Revell, still calls Brooksville home and his 82-year-old father Roosevelt Freeman resides in Jacksonville, it’ll be a coming home of sorts for the 1980 Hernando High School graduate. Revell, 55, was…

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Pinellas County native Leavitt morphs only season at HHS into Hall of Fame nod

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Set placekicking records at University of Georgia before playing with the Bucs BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com In the hotel and hospitality trade, it’s all about location, location, location. In many ways, the same can be said about life. How many seniors-to-be transfer prior to their final prep season? In 1972, a disenchanted Allan James Leavitt transferred from St. Petersburg-Lakewood High to what is now Weeki Wachee…

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Jam-packed calendar awaits bride-to-be Tara Allen

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Ex-Lady Leopard linkster and weightlifter will push back honeymoon for HOF nod BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com For 2005 Hernando High School graduate Tara Allen, September, 2017 may be a month she’ll never forget. Allen, 30, will celebrate her 11th anniversary on Sept. 3 with another former Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University grad and golfer, Tom Miller. The petite 5-foot-2, 125-pounder will be celebrating in style by exchanging marriage…

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Hernando County’s first-ever wrestling state champ, HHS’ Hamilton enters Leopards’ HOF

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Three-sport athlete played football, wrestled, ran track from 1980-82 BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com If Arnold Scharzenegger is still recognized as “The Terminator” – he may even give Jerry Brown another run for the governor’s seat in California – meet Hernando High’s “Originator”: Michael “Mike” Ross Hamilton. Hamilton, 53, was neither an actor nor the Governor of California. Instead, he is most noted for becoming the first…

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Former Spring Hill resident Anthony Caso enjoys homecoming by bagging first pro win

BOWLING Former Westside Elementary and Hernando County home schooler garners initial tour triumph BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com SPRING HILL – It’s only been 14 months since former Hernando County resident and local professional bowler Anthony Caso relocated to Merritt Island. Though he currently resides in Brevard County, his parents and family still live here and he calls it his home. The southpaw Caso, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Saturday,…

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Spring Hill Lanes’ PBA Pro-Am, Southern Regional set this weekend

BOWLING SPRING HILL – The 2017 Pro Bowlers Association (PBA) ProAm set for Friday, July 21 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way (US 19), Spring Hill. Don’t miss you chance to bowl with the pros! Spring Hill Lanes is also hosting the 29th annual Professional Bowlers Association Southern Regional on July 22-23. Some of the finest bowlers in the Southern United States will converge on to Hernando County facility….

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Hernando County Sports Briefs (thru June 18)

Room still available for Spring Hill Lanes Kids’ Camp on Wed. or Thurs. SPRING HILL – It’s not too late to sign up for Spring Hill Lanes’ Kids’ Camp. Classes are starting for $10 per week. Two different camps are being offered: Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. or Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The camps include a choice of bowling ball, bag or shoes, free on-lane instruction and a free…

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Hurricane Matthew wipes out Thursday and Friday’s complete athletic schedules

SPORTS CALENDAR The dangerous Category 4 system is expected to make Florida landfall tonight BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Due the affects of potentially catastrophic Category 4 Hurricane Matthew landing on Florida east coast late Thursday night, there will be no school athletic events including after-school practices either Thursday or Friday. On Wednesday, Marion County had opted to cancel the Hernando High at Ocala-Forest football game. Shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday,…

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Ex-Buccaneers cheerleader Torres returns to alma mater as cheer coach

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? At Hernando High, brunette cheered, participated in track BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com The phrase coming full circle is most often associated to student/athletes through a series of developments that lead back to the original source, position, or situation or to a complete reversal of the original position. That couldn’t be truer of Hernando High’s current first-year varsity cheerleading mentor Crystale Meagan Torres. Torres graduated in 2011…

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After 37 years at SHS, Levija leaves mark, long-lasting Hernando County legacy

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Wrestling Hall of Famer spent his final 16 years serving as Eagles’ AD BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com When school officially began Wednesday at F.W. Springstead’s campus, there was a notable exception prior to the initial attendance bell, the absence of Robert “Bob” Levija. At the conclusion of 2015-16, the 65-year-old Levija retired from the Hernando County School District. The Chicago, Illinois product is a graduate of…

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Chatman viewing, service, open to the public, to held Friday at HHS gymnasium

SOFTBALL BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – In a fitting manner, the current Hernando High School gymnasium named after a slain Leopard educator, Michael A. Imhoff, will commemorate the passing of one of Hernando County’s finest educators, Ernie Chatman, on Friday. Chatman, 66, passed away Sunday evening from an apparent heart attack. The general public is invited to the Chatman viewing at HHS from 4-to-6 p.m. Friday. The funeral service will…

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‘It’s a sad day for Hernando County’ as HHS’ Chatman passes away

SOFTBALL FACA Hall of Fame skipper Ernie Chatman, 66, dies of apparent heart attack BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com BROOKSVILLE – Hernando County was shaken to its core Sunday night with the passing of local sports icon William Ernest “Ernie” Chatman, 66. Fresh from his daily jog, the avid distance runner was found unresponsive in the upstairs bathroom by his wife, Linda. Chatman was apparently preparing to take a shower when…

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Striking the ‘Daley’ double; celebrating birthday and entering HOF on same day

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Former three-sport Leopard Chris Daley, started for 2½ seasons with USF Bulls BY TONY CASTRO HernandoSport.com Imagine the elation of celebrating your birthday on the same day you’ll be introduced publicly at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium to the Hernando High Athletic Hall of Fame. If so, welcome to Christopher “Chris” Cornelius Daley’s 35th birthday on Friday. Chris, who was born a the youngest of three children…

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