Pasco Pirates off to solid start

Just a few weeks into the regular season, the Pasco High football team already has surpassed its win total from all of last season. In fact, they’ve doubled it. The 2016 season was unpleasant for the Pirates, losing nine straight games until they beat Gulf High — a struggling program that’s now lost 22 straight regular season games — in the season finale. The 1-9 record was its worst … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills girls weightlifting shines at states

The Zephyrhills High School girls weightlifting team can now lay claim as one of the top teams in the state. Buoyed by the performances of two upperclassmen and an underclassman, the Bulldogs sprung into a tie for seventh place (out of 35 schools) at the FHSAA Class 1A girls weightlifting finals at Belleview High School on Feb. 3. “I did not ever expect to be a top-10 team,” said Joe … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills routs Pasco in 9-Mile War

Different year, same result. For the second straight year, the Zephyrhills Bulldogs romped the Pasco Pirates in the historic 9-Mile War, winning in a 46-0 road shutout. Zephyrhills (8-2) dominated on both sides of the ball, racking up 369 yards of total offense, while holding Pasco (0-9) to just 92 yards. The Bulldogs, taking advantage of positive field position and several explosive … [Read more...]

Tennis pro wants to grow sport in Pasco

Jeanette Marcus wants tennis to flourish in east Pasco County. Marcus, a certified USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) instructor, operates the Dade-City based Tennis 4 U/Tennis Para Ti Inc. The 56-year-old Marcus, a bilingual instructor, offers developmental and intermediate lessons for both youth and adults at her two-acre tennis facility, 35949 Bozeman Road in Dade … [Read more...]

Record 3-point shooter adds new challenges

Justin Dargahi, a record-holding three-point shooter, has added a few new challenges for 2016 and beyond. First: Turn around the struggling Gaither High girls varsity basketball program. Next: Set the world record for most three pointers made by a pair, in one minute. Dargahi — the Guinness World Record for the most 3s made from NBA range (23 feet, 9 inches) in one minute (26) — first … [Read more...]

Cattlewomen prepare for 2016 Savage Race

A group of Florida cattlewomen are gearing up for one of the most challenging endurance competitions around. Cattlewomen Beth Hunt, Reyna Hallworth and Ashley Hughes have joined forces with others to create “Team Beef.” The goal: Complete the 2016 Savage Race, and encourage others to join the challenge. The race — set for Oct. 22-23 at the Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City — is … [Read more...]

Area fall football preview: Pasco County

The 2016 high school football season is just around the corner and several teams in our coverage area enter the year with intriguing storylines, standout players and must-see matchups. Pasco Pirates Coach: Tom McHugh (9th year) 2015 Record: 4-6 Spring Game result: 40-6 loss against Wiregrass Ranch Land O’ Lakes Gators Coach: Brian Wachtel (6th year) 2015 Record: 3-7 Spring Game result: … [Read more...]

Area spring football preview: Pasco County

Spring football practices are underway for high schools across the state. While the first games of the 2016 season are still several months away, Florida high schools are allowed a maximum of 20 practice sessions between April 25 to May 31, according to FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association) guidelines.   Here’s a look at what schools in our coverage area are working … [Read more...]

Coach ‘excited’ for next season, despite obstacles

Zephyrhills High first-year football coach Nick Carroll took over a program in turmoil when he was hired nearly three months ago. He took the job in February amidst a report of an on-campus sex scandal implicating some of the team’s players, and was dealt another blow last month when news broke that its top offensive player had torn his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament during) during a football … [Read more...]

Former pro cyclist organizes community rides

A former professional cyclist has created a weekend community cycling ride in Dade City that welcomes riders of all skill levels. The ride, organized by Josh and Kaleigh Thornton, takes place each Saturday at 8 a.m., at the parking lot next to 14112 Eighth Street in Dade City. Rides are typically two hours long, with varying paces, depending on each member’s skill level. Thornton, a … [Read more...]