North Suncoast: News and notes

By Izzy Gould and Joey Knight, Times Staff Writers
Published February 23, 2008

Wildcats set for college

Wesley Chapel's girls soccer team was pretty quiet this season at 3-13-3. But the true success for the Wildcats is a pair of midfielders the program will send to collegiate programs, the first the program has sent on to the next level. Janessa Gunn, who scored seven goals and seven assists for 21 points, is deciding between Saint Leo and Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Jordan Hendrix, who finished with three goals and two assists, will sign with Tennessee Wesleyan.

Leopard off to Webber

Hernando senior Brent Bell signed a letter of intent to play for Webber International. Bell a 6-2 1/2, 200-pound four-year starter at Hernando, played defensive end and outside linebacker. His dad, Bill, also played football at Hernando, then East Tennessee State.

Other Webber signees include Taylor Rotunda, Nick Pauliot and Justin Braswell.

Mitchell going strong

The Mustangs lost a key player in Courtney Stager when she broke a knuckle on her throwing hand, but that hasn't slowed them in a pair of key Class 6A, District 7 games. Mitchell defeated a potent Gaither club 7-4 on Tuesday, then notched a 2-0 win over Sickles on Thursday night. Mitchell, the defending Sunshine Athletic Conference champion, was 5-1 before Friday's game at Ridgewood.

Spring stats

The Times will begin publishing baseball and softball statistics and standings next week. Coaches are reminded to send updated statistics via fax at 813 909-4611 or e-mail to izzygould@gmail.com no later than Wednesday afternoon each week.

Lazar on fire

Pasco junior Colena Lazar is following up a stellar sophomore season with a solid effort on the mound and at the plate. Her latest feats - before Friday's game against Hernando and not counting the clown she knocked down five times out of 10 in the dunk tank at the Pasco County fair - were a pair of home runs and striking out 10 in a 5-4 win Wednesday at Lakeland McKeel.

Her second home run in the eighth secured the victory. Now she has her sights set on the Pasco County home run record, which was eight in one season set by Mitchell's Olivia Kline in 2006.

Contact us

Izzy Gould can be reached at izzygould@gmail.com or (813) 909-4619. Joey Knight can be reached at jknight@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3350.