Delivering business concepts in ‘bite-sized’ pieces

A nationwide program for budding entrepreneurs is coming to Zephyrhills. Co.Starters is a program aimed at teaching entrepreneurs how to start their companies and grow their business. The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will begin offering the program next month. Adopted by more than a dozen entrepreneurial organizations in cities around the country, the 10-week program applies … [Read more...]

Spring football preview: Pasco County

Spring football practices are one week away for high schools across the state. Though the first games of the 2017 season remain several months away, Florida high schools are allowed a maximum of 20 practice sessions from April 24 to May 31, according to Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) guidelines. Here’s a look at what schools in our coverage area in Pasco are working … [Read more...]

Lineman signs with Keiser University

Evan Hogan, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound senior lineman and long snapper at Wiregrass Ranch High School, has signed to play football at Keiser University, an NAIA school in West Palm Beach. Hogan, a three-year varsity starter for Wiregrass Ranch, will be part of Keiser’s inaugural football season in fall 2018. Last October, the university announced the addition of football to its slate of 21 varsity … [Read more...]

Tournament Champs

The West Pasco Soccer Club’s U10 girls squad took first place in the 2017 Best of the Bay Tournament. The event ran from March 31 through April 2, in St. Petersburg. The team, based in Land O’ Lakes, also won the 10th annual Largo March Madness Tournament last month. For information about the club, visit WestPascoSoccer.com. … [Read more...]

Drive ‘Fore’ Bulls golf fundraiser April 23

The annual Drive “Fore” Bulls golf tournament is set for April 23 at the Pebble Creek Golf Course, 10550 Regents Park Drive in Tampa. Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start. Cost is $70 per player, or $260 per foursome. Proceeds will benefit the Wiregrass Ranch High boys basketball program.  Tournament contests will include hole-in-one, closest to the pin, putting, … [Read more...]

Local hooper competes in national 3-on-3 tournament

Santara “Santy” Dembele, a freshman at Land O’ Lakes High School, recently competed in the 2017 USA Basketball 3-by-3 U18 National Tournament for Women in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 5-foot-8 forward teamed up with Kali Barber (Palm Harbor University High School), Nicole Nanos (Palm Harbor University High School) and Shayleese Vazquez (Weeki Wachee High School) to form Hard2Guard. The group … [Read more...]

Gaither High wind ensemble to perform at Carnegie Hall

A group of Gaither High School band students are gearing up this week to perform in a major music festival at one of the world’s most historic venues. The Gaither High Wind Ensemble, which consists of 50 students, is one of a select group of school band programs invited to the National Band and Orchestra Festival on April 15, at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The adjudicated, unranked … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills’ police unveil city’s crime statistics

A report generated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation finds overall crime and arrests decreased in Zephyrhills last year, but violent crime and domestic offenses went up. Zephyrhills police Capt. Derek Brewer presented the city’s 2016 uniform crime statistics, during a March 27 city council meeting. The figures were generated through the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), which … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel softball on the rise

The Wesley Chapel High varsity softball program has never experienced a winning season — until now. Years of futility were dotted by coaching instability and a dearth of talent, since the program began in 2007. In the program’s first five years, the Wildcats went 1-15, 2-20, 2-21, 1-22 and 2-21. Ensuing years were likewise taxing, as the team went 5-14, 0-24, 2-22 and 7-17. This season, … [Read more...]

Sunshine Athletic Conference East awards announced

On March 6, high school coaches from the Pasco County School District announced SAC (Sunshine Athletic Conference) All-Conference Teams, Athletes of the Year, and Coaches of the Year, for the 2016-2017 winter sports season. Selections were made for both the East and West Division. The following high schools from our coverage area were represented in the East: Land O’ Lakes, Pasco, Sunlake, … [Read more...]