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...]

Youth track club reaches nationals

One local youth track club has reached the national stage — gearing up to compete against some of the sport’s best. Speed Starz Track Club recently qualified for the 21st Annual AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Club Championships, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. The Wesley Chapel-based club is sending five athletes, ranging in age from 13 to 17, for its first appearance in … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch football loses two playmakers

The 2017 football season is two months away, but one of Pasco County’s top teams already has taken a hit. In a week’s span, two varsity standouts from Wiregrass Ranch High School — cornerback Shamaur McDowell and quarterback/safety Raymond Woodie III — have exited the rising program, which last season finished Class 7A, District 8 runner-up, making its first playoff appearance since … [Read more...]

Wharton track standout leaves legacy of excellence

Bryanna Rivers’ name won’t soon be forgotten at Wharton High School. She lays claim to three school track records — one individual, two relays. She’s amassed 11 state track medals — the most in program history. And, she’s just the second track athlete at Wharton to earn a full-ride Division I athletic scholarship — to the University of Massachusetts; the other was hurdler/sprinter … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel High softball reaches first regional appearance

The banner season for Wesley Chapel High softball isn’t quite over. At 18-6, the Wildcats already have secured the program’s best record — and first winning season — in its 10-year history. Now comes the school’s first playoff appearance. The team is set to face the Robinson Knights (22-5) in the Class 6A Regional Quarterfinal on May 3 at 7 p.m. The game, at Robinson High School in … [Read more...]