Zephyrhills adding new technician

To help the city of Zephyrhills address annexations, rezoning and land-use changes, a new technician is being added to the municipal payroll. A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technician is being added to help manage the city’s geographical database. The technician will provide ongoing mapping analysis for the city. The Zephyrhills City Council unanimously approved the new position … [Read more...]

Former police station to become temporary city hall

As construction on the new City Hall complex ramps up, Zephyrhills city staff will shuffle operations to a familiar building. Beginning this summer, most city departments will relocate temporarily into the former Zephyrhills police station, at 5344 Ninth St. City council members approved a 12-month lease agreement between the city and Dannie Jordan, of RTD Construction. It calls for the … [Read more...]

Fitness expert offers tips to get healthy, stay healthy

Are you really healthy? That was the main question posed by fitness professional Casio Jones, during a recent Community Awareness Series event, presented by Pasco-Hernando State College. Jones is the wellness director for Florida Hospital Zephyrhills CREATION Health and Wellness Center, at 38233 Daughtery Road. Jones held an educational and interactive discussion on March 14 at PHSC’s … [Read more...]

Going out on top

Pennye Garcia, the longest-standing cheerleading coach in Pasco County is retiring — and she’s going out on top. Garcia, who’s coached at Sunlake High in multiple stints (2007-2008, 2013-2017), was recently crowned Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC) East Cheer Coach of the Year, for the second consecutive year. It, too, marks the second straight year one of Garcia’s cheerleaders — senior … [Read more...]

Rincon named Saint Leo head women’s soccer coach

Mario Rincon, a longtime Division I assistant, has been named Saint Leo University’s new head women’s soccer. Saint Leo athletic director Francis X. Reidy announced the hiring on March 15. "We are excited to welcome Mario Rincon to our staff,” Reidy said, in a release. “His winning experience at various institutions around the country were a deciding factor as we look to continue our success in … [Read more...]

Softball ace tosses another no-hitter

Callie Turner, a sophomore ace at Land O’ Lakes High School, tossed her fourth no-hitter this season, striking out 21 batters in a 1-0 win over River Ridge High on March 16. The University of Tennessee commit has been on a tear this season, netting a 0.33 ERA and 140 strikeouts through 64 innings. She’s also thrown nine complete games and hasn’t surrendered an earned run in her last seven … [Read more...]

Sunlake High softball standout notches 100th hit

Shelby Lansing, a senior catcher/first baseman at Sunlake High, notched her 100th career hit in a 5-4 win over Mitchell High on March 14. The Southeastern University signee is batting .250 with a home run and three RBIs, through 10 games. A four-year varsity player, Lansing has a .372 career batting average, with 13 doubles, 51 runs and 44 RBIs. … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek football meet-and-greet

Cypress Creek Middle High has organized a meet-and-greet for new football coach Mike Johnson, on March 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Wesley Chapel High School cafeteria, 30651 Wells Road. The meeting is intended for future Cypress Creek Middle High School students and families to meet Johnson and his coaching staff. For information, call (813) 346-4400. … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills Christian standouts sign with Minnesota State

A pair of Zephyrhills Christian Academy senior football standouts will continue their playing careers together at the collegiate level. Running back Mykh’ael Chavis and defensive back John Emmanuel have both signed letters of intent to play football at Minnesota State Community College. Chavis, a 5-foot-11, 207-pound back, rushed for 671 yards (11 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns in … [Read more...]

Saddlebrook hosts international tennis tournament

A premier international tennis team tournament is making a stop in Tampa Bay, for the first time. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) recently announced Saddlebrook Resort as the site for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Semifinal between the United States and the Czech Republic, from April 22 and April 23. The best-of-five match series begins on April 22, with two singles … [Read more...]