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Pasco: News and Notes

By DAVID MURPHY AND IZZY GOULD
Published January 9, 2008


Bowman nabs 300th career win

Pasco-Hernando Community College athletic director and men's basketball coach Bobby Bowmanpicked up his 300th career win Jan. 2 in the Conquistadors' 77-75 win against St. John's Community College. Bowman started the PHCC athletic program 17 years ago.

"PHCC was an interesting journey when we first started the program," said Bowman, whose 300-225 career record is second among active Florida Community College Activities Association coaches.

"Being able to start a program from scratch and see it move to respectability, not only in our conference but in the state and nation ... it's been nice, particularly with one school."

Bowman goes for win No. 301 tonight when the Conquistadors host Hillsborough CC at 7.

 

Gators start wall of fame

Land O'Lakes honored former soccer star Stacy Bishop on Monday night, making her the first member of Land O'Lakes' athletic wall of fame. Bishop was selected because of her accomplishments at Land O'Lakes - she set Pasco County's career scoring record with 192 goals - and for what she has done at the University of Florida, where she was a two-time All-American.

 

Don't miss this

River Ridge senior Tyler Fleming had to suck it up, but doing so has helped him achieve his goals. Fleming, a 119-pound wrestler, will try to pick up his 100th career win tonight at 6 against Zephyrhills. "It's been one of my goals since freshman year," he said. "But after freshman year, I really had to suck it up and get better. I wanted to get 25 wins, 25 wins, 25 wins for four years, but I had to get better first."

Fleming went 13-12 as a freshman. Since, he has attended summer wrestling camps but has yet to qualify for states. As a junior, his two losses at regionals were to the eventual state champ and runnerup. "I want to make this year different," Fleming said. "The win total is nice, but I plan on qualifying - to make this better."

 

Set your DVR

Central at River Ridge, boys soccer, 8 p.m.

Central has won seven in a row, but River Ridge played the Bears to a 2-2 tie when the teams met in November. Whoever wins gets the No. 2 seed in the Class 5A, District 7 tournament in two weeks; the loser gets the No. 3 seed.