Local commitments & offers

Noah Luke, a senior catcher at Steinbrenner High School, has signed to play baseball at Pasco-Hernando State College, marking the program’s first 2018-2019 signee. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Luke batted .279, with one home run, five doubles and 11 RBIs last season. Alonzo Sampson, a senior running back/linebacker at Zephyrhills Christian Academy has picked up a football scholarship offer from … [Read more...]

Winter baseball/softball camp starts Nov. 15

Rockstar Baseball-Softball Elite Skills Training, based in San Antonio and Wesley Chapel, is hosting its winter camp for ballplayers ages 6 to 12, beginning Nov. 15. Sessions will be on Wednesday nights through January. Cost is $250 for eight sessions. The camp is organized by Ryan Pryor, a former varsity assistant at Bishop McLaughlin and Wiregrass Ranch high schools. For information, visit … [Read more...]

Run for Life 5K date change

The fifth annual Run for Life 5K run/walk has been pushed to Jan. 27, after previously being set for Dec. 2. The event, presented by Pregnancy Care Center of Zephyrhills, begins at 8:30 a.m., near the Main Street stage, 38500 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. Cost is $25 per person, while sponsorships start at $50. Proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit pregnancy center, which annually serves … [Read more...]

Saint Leo announces its women’s basketball schedule

The Saint Leo University women’s basketball team will play 28 contests during the 2017-2018 season, under the leadership of second-year head coach Anthony Crocitto. The Lions’ season kicks off with a Nov. 10 road game against Lee (Cleveland, Tennessee) University, as part of the Gulf South Conference/Sunshine State Conference Challenge tournament. Saint Leo’s first home game, meanwhile, is … [Read more...]

Another perfect season

For the second straight year, Pine View Middle School’s eighth-grade girls’ volleyball team finished with an undefeated record and, also for the second year in a row, the team captured the Eastside Athletic Conference title. The squad is coached by Cynthia Steel, who runs Club Steel Volleyball, an AAU program based in Land O’ Lakes. … [Read more...]

She’s got the chops

Kathleen Hassler, a 68-year-old resident of New Tampa, was one of four students from Lutz-based John Prevatt Karate Studios to earn a black belt during an Oct. 6 belt testing. The achievement was 2 1/2 years in the making for Hassler, a retired nurse who still volunteers at Moffitt Cancer Center. Other John Prevatt students who earned black belts were Miles Soden, Natalie Thomas and Ethan Wagner. … [Read more...]

Dade City native Joey Ivie joins Atlanta Falcons

Dade City native and Pasco High School/Florida Gators product Joey Ivie was signed this month to the Atlanta Falcons practice squad, marking the second NFL team he’s been with since he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Though drafted, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle didn’t earn a roster spot with Dallas out of training camp in … [Read more...]

PHSC men’s basketball starts Nov. 1

The Pasco-Hernando State College men’s basketball team opens the 2017-2018 regular season on Nov. 1, with a home game against local rival Hillsborough Community College. Tip-off is at 7 p.m., on PHSC’s West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road. The Bobcats are looking to improve on last season’s 12-14 mark, with several impact players on this year’s roster, including Wesley Chapel’s … [Read more...]

PHSC volleyball qualifies for district tournament

The Pasco-Hernando State College women’s volleyball program will make another district tournament appearance when it travels Brunswick Community College in Bolivia, North Carolina, to compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)/ Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Division II District P Tournament on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 The Bobcats clinched its spot as a … [Read more...]

Area offers & commitments

Mariah Melendez, a senior pitcher/utility player at Sunlake High School, has verbally committed to play softball at Ave Maria University, an NAIA program in Ave Maria. Melendez has proven to be one of the county’s top two-way players the last three seasons. In 358 career innings, Melendez has racked up 35 wins, to go along with a 2.91 ERA, 193 strikeouts and 42 complete games. At the plate, … [Read more...]