Olympic softball legend inspires at Pasco Chamber

To kick off its 27th annual Business Development Week luncheon, The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce brought in a keynote speaker to serve up a different kind of pitch — literally. It was two-time Olympic softball gold medalist and ESPN lead softball analyst Michele Smith, a Treasure Island resident who has family ties to Pasco County. Speaking at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey, the … [Read more...]

Thomas leads makeshift AATL hoops team

Imani Thomas has had to adapt —and lead — in the face of mass exodus. The Academy at the Lakes senior, like others, wasn’t even sure if the private school would field a basketball team prior to the 2016-2017 season. The program had lost its uber-successful coach — Karim Nohra— who “retired” then wound up at Carrollwood Day School. It lost its most prolific scorer — junior Audra Leipold … [Read more...]

Carrollwood Day School speaker supports cancer research

More than two decades ago, Charlotte Embody watched a televised speech by a basketball coach, who had been diagnosed with cancer and was accepting an award. The March 3, 1993 speech was uplifting, but Embody didn't expect it to have a personal impact on her family. "Of course, it was emotional, but it didn't become a big thing in my life," Embody said. Over time, that would change. The … [Read more...]

Keystone Little League cap racks up frequent flyer miles

It all started with a trip to Canton, Ohio, to watch Warren Sapp get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was 2011, and newspaper sports reporter Joey Johnston had just walked into a Tilted Kilt restaurant after a long trip where he had a chance to watch his son, Joey Johnston Jr., pitch for the Keystone Little League team. He was proudly donning his Keystone baseball cap, and that … [Read more...]