Sunlake girls weightlifting coach earns statewide honor

In her decade-plus long tenure as the Sunlake High girls weightlifting coach, Denise Garcia has racked up her fair share of achievements. Some of the biggest came this year alone. Back in February, Garcia guided the Seahawks to the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 2A state championship — marking the program’s first-ever team weightlifting title. The veteran coach … [Read more...]

Sunlake keeps ‘Butter Bowl’ streak alive

It wasn’t easy, but the Sunlake Seahawks secured its first win of the season — and maintained its dominance over the Land O’ Lakes Gators in the 11th annual “Butter Bowl” rivalry game, with a 37-20 victory. The Sept. 22 road win marks the Seahawks’ (1-3) eighth straight victory over the Gators (1-2) since the series began in 2007. Trailing 14-3 midway through the third quarter, the … [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...]

Sunlake eyes return to playoffs

Now that high school football teams are allowed to practice, the Sunlake Seahawks are running routes, conducting seven-on-seven drills, sprinting and diving to the ball. They're working hard, but head coach Bill Browning isn't ready to hand out any awards just yet. "Seven-on-seven in the summer plays a role, but it's nothing but glorified PE (physical education) football," Browning said. … [Read more...]

Gainesville bumps Sunlake from postseason … again

The rivalry between Sunlake and Land O' Lakes high schools is obvious because of the close proximity of the two schools. But the Seahawks may have found a new rival in the Gainesville Hurricanes, which for the second year in a row, knocked them out of the state football playoffs. Gainesville used two quick scores at the start of the game to cement what would become a 27-19 win Friday night in … [Read more...]

Early interception sets tone for Sunlake playoff win

The Vanguard Knights had a long bus trip from Ocala to Pasco County to face the Sunlake Seahawks. And they weren’t going to leave without an upset in the first round of the Class 6A high school playoffs. Darryn Lake fell on the ball on the Knights’ own 37-yard-line following the kickoff, giving Vanguard great field position to start the game. But just eight seconds later, senior cornerback … [Read more...]

Sunlake tops Vanguard, travels to Gainesville next week

The Sunlake Seahawks have advanced in the state football playoffs once again by stopping the Vanguard Knights 24-6 Friday night in the Class 6A playoffs. Sunlake (9-2) dominated on the ground against the Ocala team with 280 total yards and three touchdowns. The Knights, on the other hand, were powerful in the air, with quarterback N'Kosi Perry throwing 17-of-29 for 189 yards and a touchdown. … [Read more...]

In Print: Playoffs kick off Friday for Sunlake, Zephyrhills

Are you ready for the playoffs? Are the Sunlake Seahawks, or the Zephyrhills Bulldogs? Well, someone needs to be, because the state football playoffs begin Friday, with Zephyrhills on the road to the Panhandle area, while Sunlake is hosting a tough team from Ocala. "The farthest we've gotten is the second round in the playoffs," Seahawks coach Bill Browning told reporter Michael Murillo. … [Read more...]

Sunlake really wants state soccer title

The Sunlake Seahawks boys soccer team went undefeated in their district last season on their way to a 29-2-1 record. And for the second straight year, they lost in the state semifinals. Having two dominating seasons in a row would be a source of great satisfaction for any high school. But when it comes to competitive soccer, Sunlake isn’t just any school, and team members aren’t satisfied with … [Read more...]

In Print: Pasco’s day without public transit

Unless you were heading to the post office or bank on Monday, chances are you probably didn't realize the nation celebrated Columbus Day this past week. The holiday, meant to recognize explorer Christopher Columbus and his trip to North America in the 15th century, is technically a federal holiday, but not really recognized as one that closes many businesses or schools. Except for Pasco … [Read more...]