Lineman signs with Keiser University

Evan Hogan, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound senior lineman and long snapper at Wiregrass Ranch High School, has signed to play football at Keiser University, an NAIA school in West Palm Beach. Hogan, a three-year varsity starter for Wiregrass Ranch, will be part of Keiser’s inaugural football season in fall 2018. Last October, the university announced the addition of football to its slate of 21 varsity … [Read more...]

Tournament Champs

The West Pasco Soccer Club’s U10 girls squad took first place in the 2017 Best of the Bay Tournament. The event ran from March 31 through April 2, in St. Petersburg. The team, based in Land O’ Lakes, also won the 10th annual Largo March Madness Tournament last month. For information about the club, visit … [Read more...]

Drive ‘Fore’ Bulls golf fundraiser April 23

The annual Drive “Fore” Bulls golf tournament is set for April 23 at the Pebble Creek Golf Course, 10550 Regents Park Drive in Tampa. Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start. Cost is $70 per player, or $260 per foursome. Proceeds will benefit the Wiregrass Ranch High boys basketball program.  Tournament contests will include hole-in-one, closest to the pin, putting, … [Read more...]

Local hooper competes in national 3-on-3 tournament

Santara “Santy” Dembele, a freshman at Land O’ Lakes High School, recently competed in the 2017 USA Basketball 3-by-3 U18 National Tournament for Women in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 5-foot-8 forward teamed up with Kali Barber (Palm Harbor University High School), Nicole Nanos (Palm Harbor University High School) and Shayleese Vazquez (Weeki Wachee High School) to form Hard2Guard. The group … [Read more...]

PHSC Foundation establishes softball fund

The Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation has established a softball fund in memory of former student-athlete Brooke Gonzalez, who died after being struck by a car last April. The Brooke Gonzalez Softball Fund, created after an initial donation from her family, will provide resources to support the women’s softball program at PHSC. Gonzalez, who was 19 at the time, was reportedly returning … [Read more...]

Swimmer named SSC Freshman of the Year

Following an impressive debut season, Saint Leo swimmer Annie Lindstrom has been named the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Freshman of the Year. The Kristianstad, Sweden native became the second Saint Leo women’s swimmer to earn Freshman of the Year honors. (Nicole Weber was named Freshman of the Year in 2014.) Individually, Lindstrom qualified for the NCAA Division II championships in the … [Read more...]

PHSC cheer team fourth in nationals

For the second straight year, the Pasco-Hernando State College cheer team finished fourth in the Cheer Ltd. Nationals at CANAM in the small coed collegiate division. The competition was March 17, at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Two years ago, in 2015, the team finished fifth in the event. “I am extremely proud of the team’s hard work this season,” … [Read more...]

Local commitments

Randy Haynes Jr., a senior free safety at Wharton High School, has committed to play football at Ohio Wesleyan University, a Division III school in Delaware, Ohio. A two-way player, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound athlete also played quarterback, running back and slot back throughout his Wildcats career. Dylan Hohenthaner, a senior kicker/punter at Land O’ Lakes High, has committed to play football … [Read more...]

Softball pitcher has second no-hitter this year

Mariah Melendez, a junior softball pitcher at Sunake High, fired her second complete game, no-hit shutout of the year, in a 10-0 win over Northeast High on March 28. Melendez (3.28 ERA in 47 innings) pitched five innings, striking out two batters, in what now marks her fifth career no-hitter at Sunlake. Her last no-hitter came on Feb. 15, in a 10-0 win over Clearwater High. Also a standout … [Read more...]

Tampa YMCA Wins Treadmill Challenge

On March 21, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA won the Treadmill Tuesday Challenge, a second annual competition with the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast. About 1,630 Tampa Bay residents completed nearly 3,358 miles during the 12-hour event, surpassing the First Coast by about 21 miles. For the First Coast, 1,580 residents logged 3,337 miles. Together, the Tampa YMCA and First Coast YMCA leveraged … [Read more...]