Pasco students showcase their talents

The talent was endless. The applause was, too. Special needs students from seven Pasco County schools displayed their unique skills on May 17 before more than 100 parents, peers and school faculty. The eighth annual Showcase for Exceptional Talent was held at the Wesley Chapel High School Center for the Arts auditorium. From dancing and singing/duets, to lip-syncing and comedy … [Read more...]

Lutz Guv’na candidates face off in lively debate

It was a landslide for one first-time Lutz Guv’na hopeful. Jessica Sherman of Pinch A Penny was voted the winner of the Lutz Guv’na Debate, at the Old Lutz School on May 20. She also claimed the debate’s talent contest, appealing to “voters” with her dancing skills (and baked goods). And,  she earned a $100 campaign donation for bringing the most guests — by far— to the fun-filled … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills Police to have a changing of the guard

Zephyrhills police chief David Shears is hanging up his uniform following 25 years of service. His retirement, effective May 31, was announced during the Zephyrhills City Council May 8 meeting. The council then unanimously approved City Manager Steve Spina’s appointment of Zephyrhills police Capt. Derek Brewer to interim chief, effective June 1. The city now will undergo a hiring … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes High softball wins state title

They finally did it. On May 20, the Land O’ Lakes High Gators unseated powerhouse Plantation American Heritage 3-1, claiming the Class 6A Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSSA) softball championship at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. The achievement marks the first fastpitch title for Land O'Lakes (29-3) and the first for a Pasco County program since Ridgewood High won in … [Read more...]

Sunshine Athletic Conference East spring awards announced

On May 8, 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 spring 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 Division: Land O’ Lakes, Pasco, … [Read more...]

Carrollwood Day names new boys basketball coach

Teddy Owens, director of basketball operations at the University of Nebraska, has been named the new boys basketball coach at Carrollwood Day School. Owens, who has been with Nebraska for the past four seasons, including the past three as the university’s director of ops, replaces Mario Lovett, who went a combined 26-53 in four seasons at Carrollwood Day. Besides coaching, Owens, 35, … [Read more...]

PHSC Student-Athletes of the Year

Pasco-Hernando State College men’s baseball player Bailey Partlow and women’s cross-country runner Marffee Simbulan each were each honored with the college’s Dr. Debra J. Hay Outstanding Student Athlete Award, during an April 17 awards banquet. Each year, one female and one male PHSC student-athlete who “demonstrate excellence in the classroom, on the fields and courts, in leadership on … [Read more...]

Saint Leo adds three during spring signing

The Saint Leo women’s basketball team has announced the addition of three more players to the 2017-2018 roster: Alani Gallagher, of Vestal, New York; Savannah Scott, of South Bend, Indiana; and Dashaun Jackson, of Miramar, Florida. Gallagher,a 6-foot-1 center from Vestal High School, was named the BCANY (Basketball Coaches Association of New York) Class A Player of the Year following her … [Read more...]

Servin’ aces on the sand

When Bethany Randall began playing beach volleyball nearly two years ago, she never envisioned it could lead to a Division I athletic scholarship. "It really just started with trying to get in shape," said Randall, a Land O' Lakes resident and senior at Seffner Christian Academy. Starting next spring, Randall will play women's beach volleyball at Jacksonville State University, a Division I … [Read more...]

Lutz Guv’na race debate set for May 20

It’s campaign season again — in Lutz, that is. The annual Lutz Guv’na Race is underway. And, it kicks off with the 2017 Guv’na Debate on May 20 at the Old Lutz School, 18819 N. U.S. 41. The event — which runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — is free and open to the public. This year, three candidates will vie to raise the most money for their “campaigns,” with proceeds benefitting local … [Read more...]