Wesley Chapel’s first-year coach finds early football success

If the first four games are any indication, the Wesley Chapel High School Wildcats are on pace to have their first winning season since 2011. Beyond that, the Wildcats (4-0)—the lone undefeated team in Pasco County— have the makings of a team capable of finding triumphs not seen since the early ‘00s, when the team was coached by John Castelamare. The Wildcats went a combined 35-8 from … [Read more...]

Recapping week 4 in area prep football

Another week of high school football is in the books, as teams approach the midway point of the season. Here’s a look at how the teams in our coverage area fared in Week 4: Pasco County     Sunlake 21, Land O’ Lakes 3 Recap: The “Butter Bowl” was once again a one-sided affair as the Sunlake Seahawks defeated the Land O’ Lakes Gators 21-3, marking the Seahawks fifth … [Read more...]

Week 1 prep football roundup

The first week of the regular season for high school football kicked off on Aug. 26. Here’s a look at how teams in our coverage area fared under the lights on Friday night. Pasco County results: Wesley Chapel 13, Land O’ Lakes 3 The skinny: New Wildcats coach Anthony Egan notched his first career win in a close road game against Land O’ Lakes High School. Up-and-coming quarterback … [Read more...]

New season, higher goals for Zephyrhills football

Last year, the Zephyrhills Bulldogs snapped an eight-year playoff drought by making the postseason for the first time since head coach Reggie Roberts took over in 2010. This year, the path to an encore doesn't begin on the practice field, or in the classroom watching game film. It begins in church. "I had one of the preachers from a local church say, ‘Coach, you've been praying for … [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...]

Graduation rates up at Pasco schools

Nearly 70 percent of all Pasco County's public high school earned an A or B grade from the state, with no D's or F's — and graduation rates are up to almost 80 percent as well. Florida released its grades for high schools on Thursday following a more strict grading scale that suggested some schools may not improve as well as educators may have hoped. Yet, five schools in Pasco received an A … [Read more...]

Pasco boasts semifinalists for National Merit Scholarship

Five local students are among eight in Pasco County who have been recognized as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, and will join hundreds of others in the state to the national semifinal round. The National Merit Scholarship Corp. recognizes high school seniors with the highest scores on the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, who met published program … [Read more...]