Land O’ Lakes youth runner setting new records

Elli Black didn’t just win the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K women’s race last month, she also set a major milestone — becoming the youngest winner in the event’s 40-plus year history, at just 11 years old. The Land O’ Lakes youth clocked 30:57 in the 4.97-mile course to best more than 2,200 female participants in the popular annual race on Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard. The second-place … [Read more...]

He aims to make Gaither basketball ‘relevant’ again

The Gaither High School’s varsity boys basketball team hasn’t had a winning season since 2006, but new head coach Jose Jordan wants to change that losing trend. “We need to raise the expectations,” said Jordan, who is stepping into the new role after spending the past four seasons as the program’s junior varsity (JV) coach. Jordan replaces Dwayne Olinger, who resigned after 16 seasons — … [Read more...]

Imani Thomas scores 1,000 points

When it comes to scoring points, Academy at the Lakes’ Imani Thomas is in rare company. The Wildcats’ junior post player became the fifth player in school history to surpass the career 1,000-point mark when she scored 17 points in a 79-45 victory over Cornerstone Orlando on Dec. 2. “It was great,” said Thomas who is coached by Karim Nohra. “When I got to 1,000 points, coach called a … [Read more...]