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The Buzz

By JOHN C. COTEY
Published January 31, 2007


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Sunlake shapes sched

New Sunlake principal Angie Stone is playing athletic director and football coach, at least until she's allowed to post both jobs in March. Stone, who officially begins her new job in two weeks, met with all the county football coaches this week to put together the new school's schedule for next year.

While scheduling issues with the Florida High School Activities Association See Sports section are threatening to undo Stone's work, if things are resolved Sunlake will open its first season at River Ridge on Aug. 24.

Other scheduling highlights include a game with nearby Land O'Lakes in Week 5, a meeting with fellow first-year varsity program Wiregrass Ranch in Week 10 and a season-ender against Mitchell in Week 11.

At the moment, Sunlake's first home game is expected to be against Zephyrhills in Week 4, but the second and third weeks of the season are open and Stone said she hopes to schedule a game for one of them. Sunlake also is looking for a preseason classic to compete in Aug. 17.

While applications won't officially be accepted until the jobs are posted, Stone said she has received six - for coaching positions, but none for the AD job - since being approved by the school board last week.

Meet the parents

Pasco football coach Tom McHugh is just days into his new post. That's part of his problem. While many teams are deep into offseason conditioning, McHugh met his players for the first time Friday. And he doesn't have an office. His reply: "I don't need an office." Now he'll meet the parents Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the McBath Activities Center where he hopes to convey expectations.

Where's the beef?

When former Land O'Lakes star Caz Piurowski was being recruited, he was 6-foot-7, 235 pounds. Now he's a whopping 283 entering his second year at Florida State. "It's all in his butt and his legs to be honest with you," his father, Paul Piurowski said. Size is one reason Caz approached Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden about a position change. With his blessing, Caz has moved from tight end to tackle.

Caz also is considering longevity for an NFL career.

By the numbers

24 Goals Pasco boys soccer team has scored in its five first-round playoff appearances.

10 Goals Thursday's opponent Celebration gave up in district final.

4 Goals Pasco has scored in the second round.

3-1 Land O'Lakes boys soccer team's record against Hillsborough County in the postseason.

0 State titles won by boys soccer teams in the county.

1 Teams to play in title game (Land O'Lakes, 1999)

Got Buzz? E-mail cotey@sptimes.com or call (727) 869-6261.

[Last modified January 30, 2007, 23:27:28]


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