Pasco Pirates off to solid start

Just a few weeks into the regular season, the Pasco High football team already has surpassed its win total from all of last season. In fact, they’ve doubled it. The 2016 season was unpleasant for the Pirates, losing nine straight games until they beat Gulf High — a struggling program that’s now lost 22 straight regular season games — in the season finale. The 1-9 record was its worst … [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...]

Sunlake falls short of state title bid

They were just one win shy from reaching the Class 7A state tournament. Yet, as the performance in their first-ever region final would indicate, Sunlake’s varsity girls basketball team still has some work to get there. The Seahawks (17-9) — the last girls hoops squad standing in Pasco County — suffered a devastating 66-24 loss to Orlando Edgewater (16-14) on Feb. 17 at Wiregrass Ranch High … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes softball primed for deep playoff run

Land O’ Lakes High School softball coach Mitchell Wilkins is taking things “one game at a time.” Despite wrapping up a marvelous regular season (24-2-1), the third-year coach is trying not to get ahead of himself in looking at the pathway to a state title, though he knows his team matches up well against most opponents. The Gators are rolling into the playoffs as one of the state’s … [Read more...]

New Wiregrass Ranch coach builds up the Bulls

Wiregrass Ranch is on its fourth head football coach in as many years, and hasn't had any real success in several seasons. It sounds like a big rebuilding job. Good thing the team’s new coach specializes in that kind of project. "It's almost as if that's what my calling card is, to take challenges like this, and try and fix them," said Mark Kantor, the Bulls’ head coach. He's done it … [Read more...]

Athletes met lofty expectations in 2014

Athletic competition typically is marked by athletes and teams with lofty goals for the upcoming year. Many times, however, they fall short of those goals despite a great deal of determination and hard work. But there also are cases where that hard work really pays off, and both individuals and teams meet their goals. Here are a few sports stories that had successful endings across a … [Read more...]

Playoff foe awaits district champ Sunlake

Each year, high school football teams enter the season with specific goals. Some achieve them, and others fall short. For Sunlake High School, the goal since the school’s inception has been to claim a district title. And every year they’ve fallen short of that goal. Until this year. The Seahawks survived a three-way tiebreaker on Nov. 3 that had teams playing one quarter of football … [Read more...]

Sunlake, Zephyrhills, Pasco football teams in tiebreakers tonight

The high school football season is coming to a close, but not every game takes place on a Friday. In fact, the lights are coming on at both Sunlake and Zephyrhills high schools Monday, as teams from both schools take part in a rather unusual tiebreaker game that could mean a district championship for one team, and a runner-up status for others. Football teams from Springstead and Mitchell … [Read more...]

Sunlake stays calm, steady even after Pasco upset

Every high school football team has some optimism when they start a new season. But if your first opponent is considered the best in the county — riding a 38-game regular season winning streak — that optimism might be tempered. Unless you're the Sunlake Seahawks. The Seahawks never trailed in a 17-6 home victory over the Pasco Pirates on Aug. 30. And even though the gridiron crew from … [Read more...]