Sizing up Saint Leo’s baseball prospects

The Saint Leo baseball program just experienced its first losing season since 2012 — a mark newly named head coach Rick O’ Dette looks to quickly reverse. Throughout the 2016-2017 season, the Lions fared well at the plate (.320 team batting average, 6.6 runs per game), but struggled mightily on the mound (6.56 team ERA, 73 home runs allowed). The Lions’ 23-26 record (8-16 Sunshine State … [Read more...]

Area baseball players to watch

The high school baseball season in Florida has kicked off. Some of the top players — and teams — in the state reside right here in our coverage area. From Steinbrenner and Gaither to Land O’ Lakes High, there’s no shortage of prep baseball talent. Here’s a look at some players to keep an eye on as the season progresses: RHP (right-handed pitcher)/INF (infielder) CJ Van Eyk, Sr., … [Read more...]

Local athletes sign with colleges

The athletic talent pool continues to flourish throughout north Hillsborough, and east and central Pasco. Dozens of local high school athletes signed their letters of intent (LOI) on Feb. 1 to various colleges and universities as part of National Signing Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in February. Once again, schools in our coverage area were well-represented. Wiregrass … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes baseball’s memorable season ends

It was a case of too little, too late. The Land O’ Lakes High School's Gators’ baseball team’s memorable season came to an end on April 19, after an upset loss to the Zephyrhills High School's Bulldogs in the Class 6A, District 7 semifinals at Pasco High. The score was 3-2. The Gators entered the game with a 20-4 record and an unblemished 10-0 mark in district play, before falling to a … [Read more...]