New coach named for Wesley Chapel High softball

The Wesley Chapel High School varsity softball program, coming off its best season in school history, will look to continue its recent string of success under new leadership. Bill Hoopes, who runs the Tampa Bay-based Florida Firecrackers U16 travel softball team, last month was named the program’s head coach, replacing first-year coach Steve Mumaw. In a public Facebook post dated Sept. … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes coaches named nation’s best

The accolades haven’t stopped for the Land O’ Lakes High Gators softball program, months after winning its first-ever fast pitch state title. The latest award spotlights the team’s coaches. The Gators coaching staff has been named the 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) High School Coaching Staff of the Year. The award came on July 27, and the Land O’ Lakes coaches beat out … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes High softball wins state title

They finally did it. On May 20, the Land O’ Lakes High Gators unseated powerhouse Plantation American Heritage 3-1, claiming the Class 6A Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSSA) softball championship at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. The achievement marks the first fastpitch title for Land O'Lakes (29-3) and the first for a Pasco County program since Ridgewood High won in … [Read more...]

Area softball preview

The high school softball season in Florida is underway, and several of the top players — and teams — in the state reside right here in our coverage area. From Land O’ Lakes to Steinbrenner, there’s no shortage of prep softball talent. Some players to watch, as the season progresses:   Pitcher Alexis Kilfoyl, sophomore, Academy at the Lakes: Just a few weeks into the 2017 … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes state title bid falls short

The score wasn’t indicative of how closely the game was played. At least that’s the opinion of Land O’ Lakes varsity softball head coach Mitch Wilkins on his team’s 5-0 loss to Plantation American Heritage in the Class 6A FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association) state semifinals on May 6 in Vero Beach. “I thought we played right even with them,” Wilkins said with authority. “Their bloop … [Read more...]

Rule requires new clarity for softball substitutions

There’s now a specific definition for “projected substitute” in the softball rules of the National Federation of State High School Associations. The new requirement is spelled out in Rule 2-57, Article Four. This may not sound like a very big deal, but it could have a big impact. It could affect how high school coaches manage their softball games going forward. If a coach wants to … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes softball completes dominating season

  After going 13-13 in his first year coaching the Land O' Lakes High School softball team, there was probably an expectation of improvement and becoming more competitive in his second season. But nobody expected a 24-3 record. Not even the team’s coach. I knew we'd be a lot better. I didn't know our record would be this much better," said Mitch Wilkins. But the Gators really were … [Read more...]