John Gant settles into major leagues

At least one Major League Baseball player calls Wesley Chapel home during the offseason. With pleasant weather and local ties, it’s a no-brainer for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Gant. After all, the 26-year-old Gant spent half his childhood being raised in the area — moving there with his family from Savannah, Georgia, when he was 11 years old. The major leaguer has been back in town … [Read more...]

Hoops coach surpasses 500 career wins

Achieving another coaching milestone was all but inevitable this season for Wesley Chapel High School varsity boys basketball coach Doug Greseth. After all, Greseth ended last year sitting on 499 career wins as a high school hoops coach in Florida. He didn’t have wait very long into the 2018-2019 campaign to celebrate win No. 500. It came in the Wildcats very first game of this season — a … [Read more...]

Local golfer headed to regional championships

He’s only been golfing competitively for about two years, but Fab Laude has picked up the sport with relative ease. He made the Wiregrass Ranch boys varsity golf team as a freshman last year, developing into one of the Bulls’ top players — and is now one of the better players in the county. But, before the 15-year-old gets too deep into his sophomore campaign, there’s another golf … [Read more...]

Ian Flores receives state, national honors

His high school soccer career is over, but Ian Flores is still picking up accolades for his contributions at Wiregrass Ranch High School. Last month, Flores was named the 2018 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Florida State High School Player of the Year. That followed another prestigious designation he earned recently: 2017-2018 United Soccer Coaches Winter-Spring Boys … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel boxer has big goals in sight

From the likes of Jeff Lacey and Keith Thurman, to Winky Wright and Antonio Tarver, the list of world boxing champions with ties to Tampa Bay runs deep. Wesley Chapel’s Evander Lamourt wants to be next. Since turning pro in 2016, the 26-year-old super featherweight has compiled a 4-1 record and actively ranks among the top 100 boxers in the United States for his weight class. Lamourt, who … [Read more...]

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...]