Chiselers Market: Find deals, support preservation

Elena Cifuentes sits at a table in a warehouse near downtown Tampa, painstakingly restoring a broken Hummel figurine. Cifuentes, who teaches at the University of Tampa, leads a restoration team whose work offers a mere glimpse into the massive volunteer undertaking behind the annual Chiselers Market. The market features thousands of items that are sold to support the restoration and … [Read more...]

Lutz teen and her service dog are off to college

Leigh Dittman knew she’d need some help when she got to college. After all, the Lutz resident lives life from her wheelchair. She was born with a rare genetic disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease. The disease prevents her body from absorbing needed calcium levels due to a collagen deficiency. Simply put, the condition makes her bones weaker than normal … [Read more...]

Hoops coach surpasses 500 career wins

Achieving another coaching milestone was all but inevitable this season for Wesley Chapel High School varsity boys basketball coach Doug Greseth. After all, Greseth ended last year sitting on 499 career wins as a high school hoops coach in Florida. He didn’t have wait very long into the 2018-2019 campaign to celebrate win No. 500. It came in the Wildcats very first game of this season — a … [Read more...]

Saint Leo lacrosse celebrates its program-best season

Saint Leo University made history in 2006 as the first NCAA lacrosse program in the state of Florida. The university has added another significant notch to its belt — becoming the state’s first lacrosse program to make a national championship appearance. Saint Leo’s men’s lacrosse team squared up on May 27 against Merrimack College in the NCAA Division II Lacrosse National Championship at … [Read more...]

Local soccer player scores prestigious statewide honor

Whenever the Land O’ Lakes Gators needed a score, Sydny Nasello was there to answer the call. And, she delivered often, racking up 120 goals during her four-year varsity soccer career. In this past season alone, the senior tallied 45 goals and 13 assists — guiding the Gators to the regional finals, a 23-3 record and undefeated (7-0) district mark. Her skills on the field — combined … [Read more...]

Saint Leo University gets set for beach volleyball

Brooke Turner had her fair share of options to play indoor volleyball coming out of Gaither High School. But, none could match what Saint Leo University offered: an intercollegiate beach volleyball program. “I wanted to come here to play both,” Turner said. “And, it’s also close to home, too.” Turner, a freshman, is one of 16 players on Saint Leo’s inaugural beach volleyball … [Read more...]

Local athlete aspires to play major league soccer

Adam Hassan is a step closer to his goal of playing professional soccer. Hassan is bypassing his junior year at Steinbrenner High School to enter the D.C. United U-17 Academy, a youth and development program for the Major League Soccer (MLS) club D.C. United. He will be among a rare group of about 20 players chosen to join the Academy, which scouts regionally and internationally for … [Read more...]

Saint Leo coach seeks to ‘win at a high level’

Rick O’ Dette won nearly 500 games coaching baseball in the Midwest — now he’s looking for similar results down south in Pasco County. O’ Dette, who coached at Division II Saint Joseph’s College of Indiana for 17 seasons, was named Saint Leo University’s new baseball coach on June 15. He replaces Saint Leo alumnus Sean O’ Connor, who surprisingly was let go after a 23-26 record in 2017 — his … [Read more...]

Saint Leo adds women’s beach volleyball

It’s a sport sweeping the nation — and one local institution is taking advantage. Saint Leo University is the latest Florida college to add women’s beach volleyball as a varsity NCAA sport. Competition for the sand-based sport begins Spring 2018, as an independent (non-conference) team. It marks Saint Leo's 20th intercollegiate sport and its 11th offering in women's athletics; the … [Read more...]

Local athletes sign with colleges

The athletic talent pool continues to flourish throughout north Hillsborough, and east and central Pasco. Dozens of local high school athletes signed their letters of intent (LOI) on Feb. 1 to various colleges and universities as part of National Signing Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in February. Once again, schools in our coverage area were well-represented. Wiregrass … [Read more...]