Fresh start for softball at Carrollwood Day School

Frank Arcuri has nearly three decades of experience coaching softball. He was an assistant coach for Eckerd College last year, and spent many years in travel ball, where he won multiple championships. His daughters even played Division I college softball. So what brings him to Carrollwood Day School, 1515 W. Bearss Ave., to head their softball program? It's the timing. Not for the coach; for … [Read more...]

LOL girls soccer works hard, aims high and consistently wins

When a team lets the opponent score 11 goals in soccer, it sounds like the defense is struggling. But, when those goals occur over a 17-game span, it sounds like a championship defense. The Land O' Lakes Gators girls soccer team is seeking a championship, and the defending Class 3A-8 champions are off to a 15-2 start. Earlier this year, the Gators closed out its previous season in a 2-1 … [Read more...]

Raising funds to strike out cancer

On Jan. 10, the Saint Leo baseball team will have its first practice of the year. Players will run drills, hit, catch and field the ball in anticipation of a new season. They'll also shave their heads. Just like last season. It's not a fashion statement. It's a celebration of their off-season project, which is raising money for the Vs. Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization … [Read more...]

Academy at the Lakes athletics tops all 2A private schools

When Tom Haslam took the athletic director position at Academy at the Lakes around seven years ago, the school had varsity teams. But, a lot of their games were against junior varsity opponents. With a high school enrollment of slightly more than 100, the talent pool was limited. In some sports, around half of the school’s schedule would be games against a rival school's lesser squad. "We … [Read more...]

Pasco County debuts all-star football game Dec. 10

Sunlake head football coach Bill Browning has one more game on the sidelines this year. It's not a playoff game. It doesn't count in the standings. He's not even coaching his Seahawks this time. Still, it's an important game. "It's something that a lot of the coaches have wanted here for years. I've been pushing for it for a long time," Browning said. "It will be the very first … [Read more...]

Prep Sports Board

Nov. 30 Boys Soccer Sunlake 8, Ridgewood 0 River Ridge 2, Land O' Lakes 0 Wiregrass Ranch 3, Citrus 0 Pasco 5, Zephyrhills 1 Nature Coast Tech 5, Wesley Chapel 0 Girls Soccer Wesley Chapel 3, Nature Coast Tech 0 Pasco 9, Zephyrhills 0 Land O' Lakes 8, Anclote 0 Girls Basketball Land O' Lakes 49, Ridgewood 12 Dec. 1 Boys Soccer Sunlake 8, Wesley Chapel 0 Steinbrenner 8, Robinson … [Read more...]

Check This Out 12/09/2015

Saint Leo basketball off to strong start The Saint Leo Lions pushed their record to 6-2 after a come-from-behind 91-89 victory over Florida Southern on Dec. 2. The win follows a 76-63 loss to Clayton on Nov. 29 and means the Lions still haven't lost two games in row this season. Their success is showing up in the rankings as well. In the Division II Sports Information Directors of America … [Read more...]

Hanukkah combines history and Jewish holiday spirit

Most people don't know a lot about Hanukkah. They know it's a Jewish holiday. They know that there are candles, and that it goes on for several days. They know it involves presents and usually occurs around Christmas. But, it’s a lot more than that, said Mitchell Weiss, executive director for Congregation Kol Ami. "It's a story of miracle. It's a story of survival," he said. It's a story … [Read more...]

PHSC volleyball reaches national tournament, again

The Pasco-Hernando State College Lady Quistas always participate in their regional tournament under head coach Kim Whitney. In her 12 years at the helm, they've never failed to qualify with a .500 or better record. But, they don't always win their region and qualify for the NJCAA Division II national tournament. Whitney's teams had done it five times. And after a 1-3 start, and eventually a 5-4 … [Read more...]

Prep Sports Board

Nov. 21 Boys Basketball Trinity Prep 54, Freedom 46 Newsome 48, Wharton 43 Nov. 24 Boys Basketball Zephyrhills 38, Wesley Chapel 37 Nov. 27 Girls Basketball Southeast 68, Wharton 22 Dec. 2 Boys Soccer Land O' Lakes at Sunlake, 7:45 p.m. Mitchell at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:45 p.m. Leto at Steinbrenner, 6 p.m. Pasco at Hernando, 7:30 p.m. Girls Soccer Sunlake at Wesley Chapel, … [Read more...]