Pasco looks to become sports tourism destination

Pasco County is putting its sports and recreation offerings front and center, in a strategy aimed at boosting tourism. Visit Pasco — the county’s tourism arm — is rebranding its slogan to “Florida’s Sports Coast.” The announcement came at the second annual East Pasco Economic Development Summit. Adam Thomas, who oversees Pasco’s tourism efforts, said the new moniker shows the county is … [Read more...]

Academy at the Lakes football eyes state title run

Following last year’s historic eight-man state title run, questions swirled about how the Academy at the Lakes football program would respond in 2018 with the loss a number of impactful seniors, including do-it-all tailback/linebacker Daniel Gonzalez, the 2017 Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools (FCAPPS) Heisman Trophy winner. Fair to say, they’ve handled the adjustment … [Read more...]

LOLHS soccer product earns collegiate honor

Former Land O’ Lakes High School girls soccer standout Sydny Nasello, now a freshman forward at the University of South Florida, was recently named to the American Athletic Conference’s All-Rookie team. Nasello tallied 15 points (four goals, seven assists) in 1,141 minutes of action across 15 regular season contests. Her best game of the season came against Florida College on Sept. 21, when she … [Read more...]

Local commitment

Sunlake High junior outfielder/first baseman Paige Maseda has verbally committed to play collegiate softball at Division II Flagler College in Saint Augustine. Last season, Maseda earned All-Sunshine Athletic Conference first team honors after posting a .506 batting average, three home runs, 11 extra base hits, 26 runs and 25 RBIs. … [Read more...]

Clay shoot set Nov. 17

The Bay Area Manufacturers Association (BAMA) Clay Shoot is set for Nov. 17 at 8 a.m., at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays, 10514 Ehren Cutoff in Land O’ Lakes. Cost is $150 for an individual or $500 per foursome. Registration includes 50 targets, two boxes of ammo, ear protection, scorecards, golf carts (one per four-person team), gun rental (one per four-person team) and a BBQ lunch. Proceeds from the … [Read more...]

Youth flag football event

Cheval Golf & Athletic Club and Evov Sports is hosting its inaugural Youth Flag Football Turkey Bowl on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20, for boys in fifth grade through eighth grade. The two-day event will include football drills and conditioning, culminating in the Turkey Bowl games. Each day runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $25 for Cheval members and $50 for non-members, or $200 for a team of eight to … [Read more...]

Free girls lacrosse camp

The Saint Leo women's lacrosse program will host a free youth clinic for girls ages 8 to 13 on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m., at University Turf Stadium, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo. The hourlong clinic includes drills focused on stick work and game concepts. Additionally, each attendee will receive one-on-one attention from the Saint Leo women's lacrosse staff. Check-in will begin at 5:30 p.m., at … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills economic summit puts focus on education

Fostering educational opportunities in Pasco County was the primary focus of the second annual Zephyrhills Economic Summit. Doing that begins with beefing up the Pasco County school district’s career and technical education programs, said Kurt Browning, superintendent of Pasco County Schools. “We need to put our career academies on steroids,” said Browning, one of several guest speakers at the … [Read more...]

Florida Hospital Dade City set for upgrades

A slew of upgrades are coming to Florida Hospital Dade City. The hospital’s parent company, Adventist Health System, is investing $20 million into various infrastructure and technological improvements to the 120-bed facility located at 13100 Fort King Road. Florida Hospital Dade City president and CEO Amanda Maggard made the announcement during a recent breakfast meeting hosted by The Greater … [Read more...]

Local author hopes his story will help inspire others

Remington Walls hasn’t let his disease define him — and he wants the same for those dealing with similar circumstances. The 18-year-old Land O’ Lakes native has lived a life without regular food or drink since he was diagnosed at age 4 with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), a rare, incurable disease where all food deteriorates his esophagus. His only source of nutrition has come via a … [Read more...]