Wednesday, May 22, 2013
D1 Sports Training and Generation Food Truck are teaming up to host an “Epic Dodgeball” tournament for charity, which will draw participants from all over the Tampa Bay area, including Land O' Lakes.
Remember the good old days when it was OK to play dodgeball in physical education class? The whizzing balls, the fast-paced throws, getting tagged out before you could blink ... You don’t have to miss those days any longer. In fact, D1 Sports Training and Generation Food Truck are counting on your sense of nostalgia to help them raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The two local businesses are teaming up to host to an “Epic Dodgeball” tournament June 8 at D1’s 6918 Gunn Highway location in Citrus Park. The folks at D1 are offering up their indoor turfed training area for the co-ed match that gets under way at 6 p.m. Generation Food Truck is rounding up meals on wheels from food truck vendors from all over the area for a rally …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The Lake Como Family Nudist Resort & Community is gearing up for its 21st annual Dare to Go Bare 5K Run and 2.5K Walk.
Have you ever pictured yourself running in a 5K? Ever considered what it would be like to do so in the buff? You have the opportunity to do both if you’d dare to go bare during an upcoming 5K run and 2.5K walk in Lutz. The Lake Como Family Nudist Resort & Community is opening its doors next weekend for its 21st annual Dare to Go Bare 5K run. The annual event takes place Sunday, May 19 on Lake Como’s 200-acre private resort that features 111 acres of wetlands and forest areas. Runners will find the competition includes awards in 12 different categories for both men and women starting with divisions for ages 18 and under to 70-plus. The $30 fee not only pays for race entry, but also grants access to the resort for the whole day. Those who …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The Land O' Lakes Athletic Foundation will host a hall of fame dinner later this month.
Land O' Lakes High School's Athletic Foundation recently announced its Hall of Fame 2013 inductees. The list includes Tim Harvey, Kenneth McCurry, Colleen Bentz Sanders, Robert Shirmohammad and Henry Walls. The winners will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Dinner set for May 28 at the Land O' Lakes Culinary Arts Center, 20325 Gator Lane. The ceremony will feature former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and 11 time NFL pro bowler Derrick Brooks as keynote speaker. The Land O' Lakes Gators Athletic Foundation is a nonprofit established to benefit the athletic programs at Land O' Lakes High School. This marks the inaugural year of the Hall of Fame Dinner. The reception and hors d'oeuvres hour will be from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The awards dinner, speaker and …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
The proposal will voted on a final time by the FWC at its June meeting.
It's no secret Land O' Lakes residents love their fishing. While freshwater catches are the order in town, many local outdoors lovers also make the trek to saltwater to cast a line. A proposal by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission could make tarpon and bonefish catch-and-release only, changing the rules of the game for Land O' Lakes fishing enthusiasts. According to the FWC, the proposal includes the following potential changes for management in state and federal waters off Florida: The proposal will voted on a final time by the FWC at its June meeting, a news release said. What do you think about this, Land O' Lakes? Tell us by commenting below! Sign up for the Land O' Lakes Patch email newsletter to get our top …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
A determined Bulls team stopped the Cougars in the opening round of the state playoffs.
The Wiregrass Ranch High School baseball team beat Countryside 5-2 in a regional quarterfinal game Saturday afternoon in Clearwater for the program's first playoff victory. Both teams scored twice in the first inning, and the Cougars chased Bulls starter Zach Drury from the game with two runs in the bottom of the inning. But Drury bounced back after being replaced on the mound by his brother, Austin, to hit a big two-out, two-RBI single in the second inning to give Wiregrass Ranch (18-9) a 4-2 lead it would never relinquish. Bulls head coach Jeff Swymer said the victory was a big one for his young team. "It's huge. To me I think it can change the culture of a program," Swymer said after the game. "You beat a good program like Countryside …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Friends, family, former students and colleagues gathered May 2 to honor the memory of Land O' Lakes High School football Coach John Benedetto.
John Benedetto is gone, but friends, family and former students made it clear last night, May 2, that he's certainly not forgotten. The Celebration of Coach Benedetto's Life held at Ukulele Brands was meant to honor the former Land O' Lakes High School head football coach and the impact he had on the community during the 30-plus years he served it. If the standing-room-only crowd at the eatery was any indication, Benedetto's impact on Land O' Lakes was huge. "He loved everybody and they loved him," explained Al Claggett, who coached the Gators alongside Benedetto for years. "He (Benedetto) made sure they understood that." "He did a lot of things for a lot of people," added Doug Hutchinson, who has served as a Land O' Lakes High booster for…
Monday, April 22, 2013
The popular Land O’ Lakes High School football coach died in his sleep, according to TampaBay.com.
Land O’ Lakes is mourning the loss of a local legend. Former Land O’ Lakes High School football coach John Benedetto died in his sleep April 21, according to TampaBay.com. He had just turned 66 on Friday, the website reported. Benedetto, who spent 32 years as the Land O’ Lakes Gators’ football coach, compiled a 196-149 record during his run at the school. In Benedetto’s last 12 seasons coaching Gator football, the team went to the playoffs each year in one of the most impressive coaching streaks Pasco County has ever witnessed. His tenure at the school left such an impression after a grand total of 34 years working there that the Pasco County School Board decided last year to rename the Swamp in Benedetto’s honor. The Gators now play home …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
It was the sixth straight win for the Pinellas County All Stars.
The Pasco County All Stars fell to the Pinellas County All Stars 45-15 on April 15, 2013. Pinellas County won 10 of the 14 bouts. Palm Harbor University High's Mike May defeated 2013 State Champion Tony Ruggerio of Wesley Chapel, 3-2 in the night's biggest upset. Pinellas County Wrestler of the Year Jared Prince of Palm Harbor University High pinned John Gavin of Wesley Chapel, who is ranked 3rd in Florida. The Pinellas team was coached by two-time NCAA All-American Dustin DeNunzio from Harvard University. DeNunzio wrestled for current Palm Harbor University High coach Mark Prince. It was the sixth straight win for the Pinellas County All Stars. Thanks to Mark Prince for submitting this information!
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
John Cena took down Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in WrestleMania 29 to become the champion. We’re wondering what you’d say to this local celebrity if you saw him around town?
When John Cena beat Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson during WrestleMania 29, winning the championship title, fans – and foes – from all over the country tuned in via pay-per-view to watch. More than 80,000 people even turned out to catch the April 7 action live at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, according to USA Today. What Patch is wondering, however, is this: Did you tune in to watch Land O’ Lakes’ own take the win? It’s no secret Cena is one of Land O’ Lakes’ biggest celebrities. While the jetsetter often finds himself in different parts of the country inside wrestling rings or in front of the camera for his latest movie, he does call Land O’ Lakes home. Cena sightings, in fact, are fairly common around here. He’s been known to stop in local …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
This is the second time in its history the basketball team will take part in the tourney.
The University of South Florida women’s basketball team has reason to celebrate. For the second time ever, the Bulls have made the NCAA tournament cut, according to Tampa Bay Times. The Bulls are ranked No. 10 and faceoff in their first tourney game Saturday, March 23 against Texas Tech in Lubbock. "We're just so happy to be in the tournament,” The Tampa Tribune quoted USF forward Inga Orekhova as saying. “We don't know much about Texas Tech, but we're going to find out a whole lot more.'' If the Bulls defeat Texas Tech, they’ll move onto the second round of post-season play, which runs March 25-26. The Division I semifinal and championship games take place this year April 7 and 9 in New Orleans. To check out the brackets, visit the NCAA …