Gaither alum selected in NFL Draft

Before he became a big-time college football standout at Penn State, Amani Oruwariye could be seen locking down wide receivers on Friday nights at Ron Allen Field at Gaither High School. Now, Oruwariye is advancing on to the sport’s biggest stage — the National Football League (NFL). The Penn State defensive back and 2014 Gaither graduate was selected in the fifth round (146th overall) by … [Read more...]

Lutz Chiefs at 40: It’s time to celebrate!

For decades, it’s been the place to be on Saturdays — for hundreds of players, cheerleaders, coaches and spectators. The Lutz Chiefs, celebrating the league’s 40th year this season, has offered boys and girls a chance to play and an opportunity to develop their athletic skills, whether it be as football players or as cheerleaders. The league’s cheer squads and teams are open to children … [Read more...]

O’Brien’s a destination for Steelers fans

As it turns out, you don’t have to live in Pittsburgh to be surrounded by hundreds of Steelers fans for a National Football League game. You just have to be inside the confines of O’Brien’s Irish Pub, 15435 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. For the past 21 years, O’Brien’s has been the official destination for Steelers fans to watch NFL games, since partnering up with the Bay Area Black … [Read more...]

See the Bucs, save a lot of bucks

Football season is starting. That means a fresh start, new players and optimism for the hometown Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It also means your wallet might get sacked if you want to see the team live. The very cheapest game tickets are $30 — and at that price, you'd better have great eyesight or a good pair of binoculars. For a better view, you could easily pay twice that much, or more. The best … [Read more...]

Saint Leo University hosts anti-bullying event

Quinton Aaron doesn’t look as if he could ever have been the target of bullies. After all, at 6-feet-8-inches, he is a sizeable presence. These days, he also carries the added aura of being a charismatic actor who landed a breakthrough role in “The Blind Side.” The movie depicted the story of Michael Oher, the Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman who was adopted when he was a homeless … [Read more...]

Proposed baseball complex could bring in sport’s biggest names

Has Gary Sheffield done something the late Hugh Culverhouse never could? The retired Major League Baseball star is excited about working with James Talton and Blue Marble Strategic in bringing a massive youth baseball complex to Wesley Chapel. But he is looking to bring in other big names too — especially those already associated with youth baseball — like former National Football League and … [Read more...]