Since the Springstead High football team is idle this week, Eagles coach Bill Browning figured his players could use their time off to heal injuries and prepare for the final two weeks.
But when Browning came to school Thursday, he got another dose of a bad news in what has been a season of injury-related woes for the 3-5 Eagles.
Browning said senior inside linebacker Eric Scrivens, Springstead's leading tackler with 78 stops, sustained a broken femur (thigh bone) in an automobile accident Wednesday.
"It's a shame the season had to end for him this way. He's not real big, but a kid that plays with a lot of heart. We'll miss him," Browning said of Scrivens, who was to be transfered from Brooksville Regional Hospital to Tampa General on Wednesday.
"Basically," Browning added, "we're out of linebackers. But even with as many guys as we've had to shuffle around, the attitude is still good. We're staying very positive."
GCC swim meet has differing meanings
For Central High, Saturday's Gulf Coast Conference swim meet is a tuneup for its district meet next week. For Hernando, it marks the end of the season.
The five-team GCC meet, whose field also includes the three Citrus County schools, begins its swim events at noon at the Hernando County Family YMCA in Spring Hill.
The meet is technically scheduled to get under way today, when divers from Citrus and Crystal River compete at the New Port Richey Rec Center.
Citrus is heavily favored in the girls meet, and Citrus and Lecanto are expected to contend for the boys team title.
Because it is a first-year program, Hernando is not eligible for district-meet competition.
Meanwhile, Springstead's swimmers finished their dual-meet season Wednesday when the boys (10-3) beat Gulf 102-74 and the girls (5-8) fell 102-74.
Ryan Bried won the 50-yard freestyle and set a school-record of 1:53.31 in the 200 free. Dorothy Lipinski won the 500 free for Springstead's only individual victory in the girls meet.
Hernando, Central in district run
With only 10 teams entered and the top six advancing from Saturday morning's Class 4A, District 4 cross-country meet, the odds are favorable for the boys and girls teams from Hernando and Central to advance to next week's region championships.
The 2-mile girls race starts at 8:30 a.m. at Central High, followed by the 3-mile boys race at 9.
Hernando coach Ernie Chatman expects Hernando and Central to contend for the boys team title.
"If the regular season is any indication, us, River Ridge and Central should be battling at the top," he said.
St. Petersburg Lakewood, last season's Class 3A state champion, is favored in the girls meet. Hernando enters the district meet coming off a victory in last week's Gulf Coast Conference championships.