Zephyrhills hoops product earns All-American honors

Zephyrhills High product and Southeastern University (SEU) men's basketball senior point guard Jeremy Oppenheimer has been named NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Division II men's basketball All-American honorable mention. The Zephyrhills native averaged 15.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game this season, all single-season career-highs. He … [Read more...]

Local wrestlers stand out at states

Several area wrestlers put together top-notch performances at the 2020 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Wrestling State Championships earlier this month at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, including first-place titles from Carrollwood Day’s Jonathan Conrad (160-pound) and Zephyrhills Christian’s Malik Jones (285-pound). Here is a closer look at top results from local teams and … [Read more...]

Solid hauls

Bob Rick and Joe Marchese (not pictured)  won the South Pasco Bassmasters (SPBM) March tournament on Crooked Lake, hauling in five bass for a total weight of 15.38 pounds. The haul included an 8.93-pound bass that also won the tournament’s Big Bass Award. The duo caught their fish in two feet to three feet of water, using assorted plastic worms, frog, tubes and spinner baits. For more information, … [Read more...]

Perfect game!

Braden Jones, 11, recorded a perfect game for the Land O’ Lakes Little League  (LOLLL) White Sox, retiring all 18 batters faced in a 5-0 win over the LOLLL Nationals. Jones fired 62 pitches, striking out nine batters, while allowing no hits, walks or runs across six innings. … [Read more...]

Tampa Lucky Run rescheduled

The third annual Tampa Lucky Run has been rescheduled to May 31 at Tampa Premium Outlets, 2300 Grand Cypress Drive in Lutz. Hosted by Speed Starz Track/Running Club, the event will include an 8K run, 5K run/walk, Lucky Challenge (8K and 5K), 1-mile run/walk, and kids fun run. Race times vary between 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. All participants will receive a T-shirt, finishers medal, water bottle, PDQ … [Read more...]

Summer basketball league

Registration is open for the Catholic Youth Sports Summer Basketball League. There will be  boys and girls leagues, for players age 5 to 18, as well as an adult league for those 18 and older. The season runs from June 1 to July 31. Games will be played on Saturdays at the St. John Paul II Youth Center, 17520 Lakeshore Road in Lutz. Costs range from $50 to $90 per player. The league is seeking … [Read more...]

Superior showing for Lady Mustangs

The Martinez Middle School Lady Mustangs dance team captured the Sweepstakes States Championship Trophy after placing first in Hip-Hop, third in Poms and third in Jazz categories, at the MA Dance State Championships in Sanford earlier this month. They are scheduled to perform next at the Disney Springs Showcase on April 25 in Orlando. … [Read more...]

Carrollwood Day School celebrates hoops title

The Carrollwood Day School varsity girls basketball program secured its first-ever state title, defeating Master’s Academy in overtime 48-42 in the Class 3A state final in Lakeland last month. The Patriots (27-2) were led by former Academy at the Lakes girls basketball coach Karim Nohra, and featured Wesley Chapel sisters Maliyah and Milahnie Perry. Maliyah, a senior, has signed to play at … [Read more...]

LOLHS names new head coach

Land O’ Lakes High School has announced the hiring of Ronald Trac Baughn as the school’s new varsity football coach. Baughn has coached with the Gators the past two seasons serving as the team’s defensive coordinator, under former head coach Chad Walker, who left for Cambridge Christian School. Baughn’s career spans more than three decades of coaching and teaching in the high school and college … [Read more...]

Bishop McLaughlin names football coach

The Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School athletics department announced former NFLer Ken Stills as the school’s varsity football coach. Stills replaces Joe Vaughn, who in his lone season coached Bishop McLaughlin to a 1-7 mark in 2019; Vaughn was a former assistant strength & conditioning coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Stills, an eighth round draft pick out of Wisconsin, played … [Read more...]