Ridge Road permit coming soon, administrator says

A permit to clear the way for the construction of the Ridge Road Extension is expected to be granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers within the next four weeks to six weeks, Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles said. That would signal the end of a two-decade effort to secure the federal permit needed to create a new 7.6-mile east-west connection from Moon Lake Road in New Port Richey to … [Read more...]

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...]

Pasco all-star football game on tap for Dec. 8

The rosters have been set. The coaches are named. Now, event organizers are looking to build off the success of last year’s inaugural Pasco County all-star football game. The 2016 Pasco County East-West Classic is slated for Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., at Sunlake Field, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. A total of 80 players — all seniors— representing each of Pasco’s 15 high schools … [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...]

Area spring football preview: Pasco County

Spring football practices are underway for high schools across the state. While the first games of the 2016 season are still several months away, Florida high schools are allowed a maximum of 20 practice sessions between April 25 to May 31, according to FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association) guidelines.   Here’s a look at what schools in our coverage area are working … [Read more...]

Pasco County debuts all-star football game Dec. 10

Sunlake head football coach Bill Browning has one more game on the sidelines this year. It's not a playoff game. It doesn't count in the standings. He's not even coaching his Seahawks this time. Still, it's an important game. "It's something that a lot of the coaches have wanted here for years. I've been pushing for it for a long time," Browning said. "It will be the very first … [Read more...]