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Compassionate care is closer than you think. 29910 SR 56, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 813-922-3300 Depression Addiction Anxiety Bi-Polar Disorder Detox Inpatient Partial Hospitalization Intensive Outpatient North Tampa Behavioral Health Tampa's NEW Alternative for Mental Health Treatment I m prov i ng the lives we touch the lives we touch 4A September 24, 2014 Your Community Calendar Submit 2 weeks in advance to: All listings free of charge What's Happening What s Happening Books for Troops BOOK DRIVE Starting Oct. 1, and continuing throughout the month, Books for Troops will collect paperback books for its annual book drive to support deployed troops around the world. Volunteers from Boy Scout Pack 366 will support this year's drive. Collection sites are throughout north Tampa, Land O' Lakes, Wesley Chapel and Lutz. Books, some of which will be delivered to hospitals and nursing homes, must be clean and in very good condition. Book genres accepted include action adventure, suspense, mystery, comedy and comic books. The group cannot accept books on religion, the apocalypse or pornographic material. For a list of donation sites, visit For information on hosting a donation bin at your clubhouse, place of worship, school or business, email Books for Troops also needs volunteers to sort and pack books in its storage unit at 54 UStore in Lutz. Day and evening opportunities are available. All hours contributed are eligible for Presidential Service awards. The organization is approved for National Honor Society service hours. To complete an online application, visit (COURTESY OF MARIA PEBWORTH) Benjamin Pebworth showcases a robot donation bin for the annual Books for Troops book drive. ARMISTICE DAY FUNDRAISER NEEDS SPONSORS The Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club, 10641 Old Tampa Bay Drive in San Antonio, will host an Armistice Day Dinner Party and Fundraiser Nov. 11 for Support the Troops and the community's resident veterans, with a special recognition of World War II veterans. Donations are being sought for raffles and a silent auction. Sponsorship packages that include dinner, a company banner and recognition in a newsletter and on TV are available. For information, call John Benvengo at (917) 754-1726, or email BUDDY BREAK FOR SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS Victorious Life Church, 6224 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel, hosts the ministry "Buddy Break" the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program pairs a special needs child with a "buddy" to give the child's caregiver a break. For information, call Tom or Susan Coleman at (813) 997-2233, or email PILATES CLASSES Susan Mosher of Back in Health Wellness Center in Lutz is hosting Pilates classes on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., at the Ballantrae clubhouse on State Road 54. Classes are a small-group setting and $8 each. First class is free. For information and directions, email Susan Mosher at THRIFT SHOP SALES Gulfside Hospice thrift shops are having a 25 percent off storewide anniversary sale Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at all locations. For a list of shops and information, visit FIRST BAPTIST PRESENTS DRAMA First Baptist Church of Lutz, 18116 U.S. 41 in Lutz, will present "Shaken," a sevenroom drama, Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 at 7 p.m., Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 at 6 p.m., and Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. Admission is $3. For reservations or information, call (813) 9497495. ZOOBOO SNEAK PREVIEW Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., in Tampa, is offering a ZooBoo Shriek Peek Preview Sept. 26-27 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event includes haunted houses and trails, gift shop, night rides and more. Cost is $10 for Zoo Pass holders age 3 and older, and $12 for non-Zoo Pass holders. For information, visit LAND O' LAKES AARP Land O' Lakes AARP Chapter 4764 will meet Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m., at the Land O' Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd. There will be a picnic/carnival style lunch provided by Publix at noon. For information, call Helen Fornino at (813) 948-0252. THRIFT SHOP ORIENTATION Gulfside Hospice is hosting an orientation for new thrift shop volunteers Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lutz Thrift Shoppe, 1930 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. Space is limited. Reservations are required. For information, call Jennifer Ball or Tracey Thompson at (813) 780-1235. PRETTY IN PAINT' ALS AUCTION There will be an ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, fundraiser called "Pretty in Paint" at 8841 State Road 54, Sunset Plaza, in Lutz, Sept. 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The silent auction will include art, jewelry, gift cards, services, baskets and more. There will be snacks and wine. For information, email Doris Miank at DRACULA' BALLET PREVIEW The Tampa Ballet Theatre is performing an excerpt from "Dracula" at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., in Tampa, Sept. 27 as part of National Museum Day. Museum Day Live! is an annual event in which participating museums open their doors to guests for free. Guests can get a free ticket to participating museums at missions of the church. For information, call Laura Reed at (813) 401-2332. GEOCACHING CLASS Tampa Bay Geocaching Store, 4710 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Suite 9, is hosting an Introduction to Geocaching class Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity in which participants use a GPS or mobile device to hide and seek containers anywhere in the world. To RSVP, stop by the store, or call (813) 321-8747. FASHION SHOW, COMPETITION St. Jude Children's Cancer Research Hospital Fashion Show Competiton and Runway Training will be Oct. 5 at Hunter's Green Country Club in New Tampa. Designers include Wicked Cute Kids, Itty Bitty Beauties and local merchants from The Shops at Wiregrass. Tickets are $10. For information, call (813) 205-6376, or email VISIT WC CIVIL AIR PATROL Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron of Civil Air Patrol, located at the North Tampa Aero Park just off Wesley Chapel Boulevard, meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., next to the airport hangar. Cadets range from 12 to 21 years old. For information and a schedule of activities, visit VOLUNTEER FOR GIRL SCOUTS Girls Scouts of West Central Florida is looking for adults to volunteer, including troop leaders. Various positions are available to work behind the scenes to support troop leaders, to train other volunteers, and work with girls as program facilitators or camp facilitators at Girl Scout camps. Volunteers also are needed for the Girl Scout Cookie program. For information, call (800) 8814475, or visit WATER AEROBICS AT OAKSTEAD The Oakstead community pool, 3038 Oakstead Blvd., in Land O' Lakes, hosts water aerobics on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. Cost is $4 per class. For information, call Julie Brucker at (813) 996-7186. RUNNING CLUB START-UP Mentmore Running Group is seeking local runners of all levels to join. The free group runs Monday through Friday at 5 a.m., and 8 p.m., and Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. It starts and finishes behind Wells Fargo, 18975 State Road 54 in Lutz, at Mentmore Boulevard. There will be monthly field trips, couch-to-5-kilometer training, fitness and camaraderie. Strollers are welcome. For information, email Monica Del Re at MOSI FREE FOR YOUNGSTERS The Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, now provides free admission to all children younger than 5. For information, call (813) 9876000, or visit MORNING GROUP FITNESS The Oakstead Community, 3038 Oakstead Blvd., in Land O' Lakes, offers a morning group fitness class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. This is a low-impact class with cardio and resistance training. The cost is $5 per class. For information, call instructor Julie Brucker at (813) 9967186. LEARN TO TANGO The Tampa Bay Tango Club and Tampa Downtown Partnership offer a free weekly tango class at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, in Tampa, on Thursdays at 6 p.m., through next March. All skill levels are invited. For information, call (813) 221-3686. HELP FEED AMERICA Feeding America Tampa Bay-Suncoast Branch, 5829 Ehren Cutoff in Land O' Lakes, needs volunteers. Parents must accompany volunteers younger than 16. Volunteer hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as two Saturdays per month. After school hours are offered from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call (813) 929-0200. SALSA SOCIAL NIGHT In ner Rhythm Dance Studio, 23600 State Road 54 in Lutz, is hosting a Salsa Social Latin Night Sept. 27. The event starts with a bachata class at 8 p.m., followed by salsa and cha-cha until 1 a.m. Guests should dress classy. Cost is $10 per person. For information, call (813) 222-0902, or email WC LIONS CLUB BREAKFAST The Wesley Chapel Lions Club will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. Cost is $5, cash or check. The Helping Hands Food Pantry also will accept donations of nonperishable food items. For information, call Cathy Bickham at (813) 618-0578. MURDER MYSTERY TEA Women-n-Charge will host a Murder Mystery Fundraising Tea Sept. 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at The Groves Golf & Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O' Lakes. The proceeds will help provide a $1,000 grant for two businesswomen. Tickets are $15 each, or two for $25. For information, call Anne Childers at (813) 957-1196, or visit BALLET PERFORMANCE REMEMBERS HEROES The Tampa Ballet Theatre and Tampa Bay Ballet will perform an original ballet to an instrumental piece of "America the Beautiful" Sept. 28 at 10 a.m., at Veterans Memorial Park, 250 Shore Drive East in Oldsmar. The event will honor Florida's fallen soldiers and their families. For information, call Amanda Ciotuszynski at (727) 741-3625. CLASSIC MOVIES AT COBB FOR $5 Cobb Grove 16 & CineBistro, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, is offering CineClassics 2014 starting Sept. 30 with "When Harry Met Sally." Upcoming shows include "Raiders of the Lost Ark" Oct. 7, and "Animal House" Oct. 14. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Guests should arrive 30 minutes prior for in-theatre CineBistro service. For information, call (813) 948-5444. Tickets are $5 and are available at the concierge or CobbTheatres/ ART EXHIBIT CALLING FOR ENTRIES The Pasco Arts Council is accepting entries from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 for its upcoming Pasco Art Annual Exhibition 2014. The competition is open to professional and amateur artists, age 18 and older. The contest is open to drawings, fine crafts, mixed media, paintings, photography and sculptures. Awards will be presented and a reception will be held on Oct. 10. For information, call (727) 845-7322, email, or visit WOMAN'S CLUB BABY SHOWER The GFWC Lutz-Land O' Lakes Woman's Club is sponsoring a Baby Shower Luncheon and Bunco fundraiser Oct. 2 at the Lutz Community Center, at 98 First Ave. N.W. in Lutz. The fundraiser will benefit Alpha House. Bunco begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $8. Guests should bring a gift for homeless pregnant women and their babies, such as large diapers, white crib sheets, towels and bibs. For information and item suggestions, email WATER ART EXHIBIT IN NPR The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., will debut the exhibition "Water: The Essence of Life" Oct. 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The reception will include music and refreshments. The exhibit will be on display throughout October. For information, call (727) 8486500. CHRIST CHURCH FALL FESTIVAL Christ Church Lutz, just south of North Dale Mabry Highway and County Line Road, will host a Fall Festival Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities include an indoor yard sale, a chili cook-off, a bake sale and more. Proceeds will support local


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Let us give you something to Smile about 8A S epte m ber 24, 2014 18450 North US 41, Lutz 813-948-ELSA (3572) DRINK SPECIALS ALL DAY, EVERY DAY! 2 for 1 Well Drinks $2.25 Pint Domestic Drafts Monday Margarita Special $5.00 Margaritas Tuesday Beer Special Price Mexican Bottled Beer NEW LATE NIGHT MENU TACOS, BURRITOS & APPETIZERS NEW 2 for $20 Menu All Day! Every Day! SUNDAY SPECIAL 50¢ WINGS TUESDAY SPECIAL KIDS EAT FREE MONDAY SPECIAL $1 TACO NIGHT ASK ABOUT OUR PRIVATE PARTY ROOM THAT SEATS UP TO 30 Looking for the perfect spot for your party? Internship takes local student to Amazon jungle B y Mi chael H i n m an Those first nights in the Amazon rainforest were tough ones for Kenny Quayle. Especially when he was trying to get a few hours of sleep. "There are strange sounds that come from the jungle, and some of them were from animals I never wanted to come faceto-face with," he said. "There were thousands of bugs everywhere at night, and you could hear each and every one of them." Quayle spent a month in Peru living on the edge of the Amazon. He was there working on a conservation team that was part of Amazonia Expeditions, an adventure company led by local biologist Paul Beaver, and his wife Dolly. But Quayle is no scientist. He wasn't even an adventure tourist. He's a 16-year-old who just started his junior year at Academy at the Lakes. The Beavers offer the internship to one student each year, creating an opportunity of a lifetime. Quayle had such a desire to make the trip that he applied his freshman year, but lost out to an older student. That changed his sophomore year when he made it in, and found himself on a plane to South America that summer. "You write a small essay on what you want to do with the knowledge you gain from going there, and what you expect to draw from the experiences," Quayle said. And that part was easy for him, since his goal is to eventually become a journalist, working for publications like those owned by National Geographic. And while he was among tourists and researchers, this wasn't a trip to Disney World. There was no air-conditioning, no hot showers, and bugs were the size of softballs. The average temperature is 81 degrees, but the humidity is so high, it puts Florida to shame. "The locals there, they don't sweat," Quayle said. "If you sweat, you just get hotter, because of all the humidity. You learn to sit in places with a good breeze, and you learn to survive on cold showers." Quayle woke up at 6 a.m. daily and hiked for a few hours. He primarily cleaned out camera traps that are used to capture wildlife on film in its native habitat for researchers. He brought protein bars with him to keep his energy up, because breakfast wasn't served until he returned to camp. "I actually dropped 15 pounds while I was there," Quayle said. "We would eat well, but it was a lot of plantains and a lot of rice, as well as some fresh vegetables." Usually, afternoons were spent working with tourists who would visit the Tahuayo Lodge and the Tahuayo River Amazon Research Center, located about 30 miles south of Iquitos, Peru's fifth-largest city, in the Loreto Region. The forests, as nearly anyone would imagine, were dangerous. Quayle almost had a fatal run-in with a fer-de-lance, a highly poisonous snake that can disguise itself well to look like a rock. "It does swim, and it likes to hunt near the water," Quayle said. "We were on the shore, and lucky the person I was with noticed it, because I almost walked into it." But not all of Quayle's encounters with the wildlife had happy endings. He was stung by a tarantula hawk a spider wasp that is so aggressive that it hunts tarantulas. Its sting is considered to be the second most painful in the world, second only to the bullet ant. "You would have these flying roaches all over the place, and so you're constantly swatting them away," Quayle said. "We were out spear fishing, and a bug landed on my back. I swatted it, and didn't realize it was a tarantula hawk." Back home, Quayle is on the Academy at the Lakes football team, and spends time playing the cello. His parents are Kevin and Kathy Quayle, who own All Season Air Conditioning & Heating in Tampa. Before going to Peru, Quayle was only out of the country three other times, and two of those were cruises. But that might change now that he's had a taste of the world outside of North America, and has made new friends around the globe. "I am very interested in traveling, and I've always loved traveling," he said. "My parents, not so much." With two more years left to his high school career, Quayle's not even looking to wait until he's in college to try to head out again. He's already applying for a chance to take care of a baby orangutan in Borneo for two months next summer. And he's getting ready for a trip to England and France with his European studies class. "There is so much worldly knowledge out there that I want to collect, before I have to sit down and really take in all that scholarly knowledge from college," Quayle said. "There is just so much to see, and so little time to do it in." PHOTOS COURTESY OF KENNY QUAYLE Kenny Quayle, a jun i or at Acade m y at the Lake s s pent part of h is s u mm er a s an i ntern i n Peru, work i ng i n the A m azon. The tr i p i ncluded adventure s l i ke th is f is h i ng tr i p on the Tahuayo R i ver. Kenny Quayle ha s alway s loved s ugar, but he' s never qu i te had i t l i ke th is The Acade m y at the Lake s jun i or got to ta s te s ugar s tra i ght fro m the cane dur i ng h is s u mm er i ntern s h i p i n the A m azon ra i nfore s t i n Peru. Want to read more about Kenny Quayle's adventures in the Amazon rainforest? Check out his blog, which is still under development, at


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WESLEY CHAPEL SOCCER REGISTRATION NOW OPEN The Wesley Chapel Athletic Association is accepting online registrations for its upcoming soccer season. The season runs from November through February, with different age groups for girls and boys. Children playing in the U8, U10 and U12 divisions need to participate in 15-minute evaluations to help create balanced teams. Evaluations will be Oct. 6-9 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., near the soccer concession stand at Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Road. The cost for the season is $90 to $140 depending on age, and includes a jersey, socks, shorts and practice shirt. For information and to register, visit RUSHE MIDDLE SCHOOL GOLF TOURNEY Rushe Middle School will host a golf tournament Oct. 18 at Quail Hollow Golf Course, 6225 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel. A golf and dinner package is available, which includes a round of golf, two soft drinks, a gift bag and dinner for $55. Tee time is 1 p.m. For information and to register, visit PHSC GOLF TOURNEY There will be a golf tournament Oct. 6 to benefit the Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation. The foundation supports the college's constructions projects, staff and program development activities, and technology and library acquisitions. The tournament, now in its fifth year, will be at the Black Diamond Ranch Quarry Course, 2600 W. Black Diamond Circle in Lecanto. It includes putting contests, a breakfast buffet, lunch, tournament apparel, and gift bags. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. For information and to register, visit TENNIS TOURNAMENT IN OCTOBER The Best of the Bay doubles tennis tournament will take place Oct. 17-19 at the Tampa Tennis Club at Hillsborough Community College, 3901 W. Tampa Bay Blvd. In addition to the tournament and live auction and music, local professionals will play competitive doubles tennis on Friday night. Proceeds from the event benefit inner city youth programs, junior scholarships and other tennis programs. For information and to register, visit NEW TENNIS LEAGUE The Tri-County Tennis League is looking for individuals, teams and facilities to begin league play. It will include age divisions from 40s and older. League play also will feature ratingsonly play, regardless of age. For information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211. 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While they've won just two games in the new season, the first was a big one: The Lions toppled second-ranked CarsonNewman University out of Tennessee, 2-0. The victory boosted the 17th-ranked Lions up to the 11th spot in the poll, and a scoreless draw against Clayton State propelled them into the top 10. According to coach Keith Fulk, a good showing against Carson-Newman which also was last year's national runner-up was important to establish momentum at the beginning of the season. "We've built the program for four years now, and if you're going to try and get to the final four or get to win a national championship, you have to play the best," he said. Even with the confidence he has in his Lions, Fulk admitted to being a bit surprised at how well the team came together so quickly and dominated the second half of that game. While Saint Leo's defense has shined with three shutouts, opponents are spending a lot of time trying to keep the Lions from scoring. The team has outshot its foes 87-35 so far, including commanding 3510 advantage in shots on goal. While Saint Leo is playing well in both aspects of the game, Fulk believes his offense is the team's strength right now. The team is pressing forward well and displaying a dynamic style that's giving opponents problems. That offensive style is making it harder for teams to get many shots on the Lions, so their goalkeeper doesn't have to work as hard. It's been a recipe for success, but Manny Schoenhuber, now in his third year, actually wishes he was a bit busier. "I like getting a lot of shots on goal, to be honest. It keeps me ready," he said. "Of course I'm glad I get shutouts and all that, but I'm also here to save the ball. I like my job. I like being a goalie." Schoenhuber has had plenty of time to learn to like his job. Now 22, he started playing soccer when he was 5, and was involved in club soccer at 7. He hails from a small town near Munich, Germany, and played at the professional club level before coming to the United States. Now in his third year with Saint Leo, he's become a team leader and has seen a great change in the Lions' approach to the game. "When I first came here, the biggest issue we had was discipline," Schoenhuber said. "It was just not a very professional way of thinking among the players. But that's changed a lot now." Fulk credits a lot of that change to players like Schoenhuber, who have joined the team from other countries. Saint Leo has a number of players from Germany and France on the team, and having athletes who come from countries where soccer is so important makes everyone better, he said. "I think the difference is their experience, their culture, their knowledge, their confidence. It's contagious to the younger players," Fulk said. "The Florida kids have learned. A kid said to me the other day that he's learned more in three weeks than he learned in 15 years. And a lot of that is learning from the other players." For now, Saint Leo is having to learn to play with some national recognition and status associated with their name. They won't be able to sneak up on teams, Fulk said, and playing in the tough Sunshine State Conference means there aren't any easy games on the schedule. Fellow conference member Lynn University was ranked No. 6 in the same poll, for example. Since then, the Fighting Knights lost their first match on Sept. 20. While the Lions are proud of their ranking and excited about the attention, they all agree that the goal isn't to ascend in polls, accumulate statistics or earn votes. They want to keep winning games and play well when it matters most at the end of the year, and in the playoffs. "We want to be there in November and December playing," Fulk said. "That's our real target." And Schoenhuber agrees. "At the end, the only thing that matters is that we win as a team," he said. "I don't care if I have 15 shutouts this season or only two. If we win the national title, that's all that matters to me." COURTESY OF MIKE CARLSON Just a few games into the season, Saint Leo goalkeeper Manny Schoenhuber hasn't allowed any goals and the Lions haven't lost any games. They're ranked in the top 10 of the most recent NSCAA poll. 7A-7 FOOTBALL STANDINGS Team W L T PF PA Freedom 3 1 0 78 35 Sickles 3 1 0 89 50 Gaither 2 2 0 77 75 Wiregrass Ranch 2 2 0 68 90 Steinbrenner 1 2 1 56 53 Tampa Bay Tech 1 2 0 58 51 6A-6 FOOTBALL STANDINGS Team W L T PF PA Sunlake 3 1 0 87 19 Mitchell 3 1 0 111 68 Springstead 3 1 0 56 26 Land O' Lakes 2 2 0 92 74 Fivay 1 2 0 108 114 5A-7 FOOTBALL STANDINGS Team W L T PF PA Hudson 3 1 0 130 79 River Ridge 3 1 0 105 70 Ridgewood 2 2 0 93 123 Gulf 1 2 0 58 118 Wesley Chapel 0 4 0 56 144 Anclote 0 4 0 34 138 5A-6 FOOTBALL STANDINGS Team W LT PF PA South Sumter 4 0 0 190 16 Zephyrhills 3 1 0 156 84 Pasco 2 1 0 78 57 Nature Coast Tech 1 2 0 97 56 Hernando 1 2 0 48 74 Weeki Wachee 1 3 0 70 110 Central 1 3 0 54 130 WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17 Volleyball Pasco 3, Nature Coast Tech 0 Steinbrenner 3, Freedom 0 Sickles 3, Wiregrass Ranch 1 THURSDAY, SEPT. 18 Volleyball Land O' Lakes 3, Gulf 1 Mitchell 3, Pasco 0 Sunlake 3, Tarpon Springs 2 Hernando 3, Wesley Chapel 0 FRIDAY, SEPT. 19 Football Freedom 15, Gaither 10 Mitchell 27, Land O' Lakes 10 Sickles 15, Steinbrenner 14 South Sumter 40, Zephyrhills 10 Springstead 6, Sunlake 0 Wiregrass Ranch 13, Tampa Bay Tech 0 Hudson 41, Wesley Chapel 16 WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24 Volleyball Fivay at Land O' Lakes, 7:30 p.m. Pasco at River Ridge, 7:30 p.m. Zephyrhills at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30 p.m. THURSDAY, SEPT. 25 Volleyball Pasco at Weeki Wachee, 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, SEPT. 26 Football Gulf at Land O' Lakes, 7:30 p.m. Pasco at Nature Coast Tech, 7:30 p.m. Ridgewood at Sunlake, 7:30 p.m. Strawberry Crest at Freedom, 7:30 p.m. Zephyrhills at Weeki Wachee, 7:30 p.m. MONDAY, SEPT. 29 Volleyball Pasco at Brooke-DeBartolo Collegiate, 6:30 p.m. Gaither at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 30 Volleyball Bishop McLaughlin at Land O' Lakes, 6:30 p.m. Pasco at Zephyrhills, 7:30 p.m. Steinbrenner at Sickles, 7:30 p.m. Weeki Wachee at Wesley Chapel, 7:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1 Volleyball Bishop McLaughlin at Pasco, 7 p.m. Wiregrass Ranch at Freedom, 7:30 p.m. THURSDAY, OCT. 2 Football Freedom at Sickles, 7 p.m. Steinbrenner at Tampa Bay Tech, 7 p.m. Sunlake at Land O' Lakes, 7:30 p.m. Wesley Chapel at Central, 7:30 p.m. Zephyrhills at Nature Coast Tech, 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 3 Football Gaither at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30 p.m. Pasco at South Sumter, 7:30 p.m. Ridgewood at Wesley Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Sunlake at Mitchell, 7:30 p.m. SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS PREP SPORTS BOARD COURTESY OF JEFF OLSEN Soccer battle Julia Olsen, left, and Lani Nolting battle for the ball in a Wesley Chapel Athletic Association's soccer league tournament. The organization is now accepting registrations for its 2014-15 recreational soccer season.