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The Buzz

By IZZY GOULD and JOHN C. COTEY
Published April 25, 2007


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Hernando South?

New Sunlake football coach Bill Browning didn't look far for most of his assistant coaches, picking up former Hernando assistants Matt Smith and Jim Bragg, as well as his son Brandon, a former Leopards quarterback.

Smith, who succeeded Browning at Hernando as head coach in 2003 before being fired in the winter and was the school's wrestling coach, will be a co-defensive coordinator along with Matt McDermott, Sunlake's new athletic director via Zephyrhills.

McDermott, the Bulldogs wrestling coach, also held the same defensive job under Zephyrhills coach Tom Fisher.

Bragg, the girls basketball coach at Hernando Christian who served with Bill Browning on Smith's staff at Hernando, will join Sunlake as an offcampus coach.

And Brandon Browning, a teacher at Trinity Elementary and three-year starter as Leopards QB before graduating in 1999, will join the staff to give the Seahawks a Hernando purplish hue.

McDermott also said Nick Carroll, a former all-county standout at defensive back for Zephyrhills, will join the staff from Chamberlain, where he has been coaching wide receivers and cornerbacks.

An additional football position is expected to be filled soon.

Ex-Bulldog still shines

Marta Heidenreich, a former two-sport athlete at Zephyrhills, is adjusting well to college sports.

The former Bulldog is at Webber International on a basketball scholarship and played a reserve role on the team. She averaged 16 points and 13.4 rebounds her final season at Zephyrhills.

After she enjoyed a successful track and field season a year ago - second at state in the discus - Heidenreich decided to walk on to Webber's team midseason.

She picked up the discus, shot put and javelin and prepared for the FSC Track and Field Championships last month in Daytona Beach. She took first in the discus (32.77 meters), second in shot put (10.6) and fourth in javelin (16.7).

Gulf signing

Gulf senior Josh Ward has signed a letter of intent with Trinity College where he will study education. Ward averaged eight points and five rebounds for the Bucs.

Gulf swimming

Still no final word from Gulf administrators concerning the firing of former coach Joe Lampkin, dismissed two weeks ago for unspecified reasons. On Tuesday, parent representative Kathy Debow said Gulf principal Thomas Imerson appeared compassionate and sincere when listening to parents' concerns.

[Last modified April 24, 2007, 23:21:54]


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