Distance runner receives Academic All-State honors

As he was busy shattering school records in cross country and track, Freedom High School’s Alejandro Michel was also leading the pack in the classroom — posting a weighted 8.8285 grade-point average and earning salutatorian honors for the Class of 2018. Those accomplishments resulted in a rare statewide designation for student-athletes: Alejandro Michel was one of 24 athletes named to the … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch Sports Complex breaks ground

Construction has begun on a long-awaited sports field house in Wesley Chapel that is expected to provide more athletic and economic opportunities in Pasco County. The June 7 groundbreaking ceremony for the Wiregrass Ranch Sports Complex attracted a crowd of more than 100 people, including a Who’s Who of Pasco County dignitaries. The $44 million sports complex is being built at  3211 Lajuana … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch boys lacrosse thrives in first FHSAA campaign

As several Pasco County schools this year fielded inaugural FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association) varsity lacrosse programs, one newcomer stands above the rest. The Wiregrass Ranch High School boys lacrosse team recently clinched the No. 2 seed in District 15 — best among all Pasco County schools. And, a win in the district playoffs this week guarantees a spot in the regional … [Read more...]

Offense, cohesion carry Cypress Creek softball

In east and central Pasco County, softball programs such as Academy at the Lakes, Land O’ Lakes, and Sunlake have garnered much of the attention of late. And, rightly so. As of March 25, there’s just a single loss combined among the three schools—Sunlake suffered its lone loss to Land O’ Lakes on March 2— and each team ranks among the state’s top 20 or so softball programs. But, there’s … [Read more...]

DuJuan Harris patiently awaits next NFL shot

Once or twice a week, a veteran NFL running back can be found training at Wesley Chapel District Park, readying for another shot to play on Sundays. “I’ll get that call soon. I know how the game goes,” he says. Indeed, Brooksville native DuJuan Harris knows pro football all too well. Since 2011, the 29-year-old has bounced around to eight NFL franchises across both coasts, in various … [Read more...]

New coach named for Wesley Chapel High softball

The Wesley Chapel High School varsity softball program, coming off its best season in school history, will look to continue its recent string of success under new leadership. Bill Hoopes, who runs the Tampa Bay-based Florida Firecrackers U16 travel softball team, last month was named the program’s head coach, replacing first-year coach Steve Mumaw. In a public Facebook post dated Sept. … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek football coach earns weekly honor

Elsewhere in the Pasco County prep football scene, Cypress Creek head football coach Mike Johnson recently earned Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach of the Week honors for his team’s Week 1 win over Gulf High on Aug. 25 — the school’s inaugural regular season football game. The honor means Johnson will receive a $2,000 grant to help maintain and upgrade the Cypress Creek football program. At the … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch High loses top rusher

One of Pasco County’s top running backs is taking his talents south — to Hillsborough County. Senior 1,000-yard rusher Da Da McGee has transferred from Wiregrass Ranch High School to Hillsborough High School, just weeks before the start of the 2017 prep football season. McGee was one of seven tailbacks in Pasco County to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark last season, rushing for 1,063 yards … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek football readies for inaugural season

With the high school football season just around the corner, one school in Wesley Chapel is gearing up for its inaugural season. The Cypress Creek High Coyotes began practices last week, in preparation for its first regular season home opener on Aug. 25 against the Gulf High Buccaneers. The looming matchup brings intrigue, as it pits the upstart Coyotes against a Gulf program that has gone … [Read more...]

Local gridiron star makes college announcement

One of the area’s top football players plans to head north for his college career. Jordan Miner, a rising senior defensive back at Wiregrass Ranch High School, has verbally committed to Penn State University, a Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) program in State College, Pennsylvania. He made the announcement on July 6, during a broadcast on Spectrum Sports Florida television … [Read more...]