By B.C. Manion firstname.lastname@example.org There's no easy fix for the challenges facing today's health care system. But there are some steps that can improve its overall performance, panelists said at a roundtable discussion hosted by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis. Bilirakis hosted two 21st Century Cures roundtables at The Bethany Center in Lutz last week. One focused on health care from a patient's perspective. The other took a look at the issue from a provider's point of view. At the Aug. 22 session, "Spurring Innovation, Advancing Treatments, and Incentivizing Investment," Bilirakis asked panelists to talk about regulatory roadblocks and other issues that hinder patient care. The providers had plenty of suggestions for Bilirakis and his congressional colleagues to consider as they set policy in Washington, D.C. Dr. David Morgan, the chief executive of the University of South Florida's Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, told Bilirakis the diagnosis of Alzheimer's patients must improve. About one in five people diagnosed with Alzheimer's do not have the disease, Morgan said. The disease can be accurately diagnosed with PET positron emission tomography scans, but those are expensive and generally not covered by insurance, Morgan said. Proper diagnosis is important not only for treatment of patients, but also to ensure that clinical trial results are not skewed by including patients in the trials who do not have the disease. Morgan also sees reform needed in the way clinical trials are conducted. The current approach takes too long and costs too much, he said. Other health care providers agreed that changes are needed regarding clinical trials. They also called for changing the Food and Drug Administration's regulatory practices. Dr. Clifton Gooch, of USF's Morsani College of Medicine, said the FDA needs to focus on simplicity, transparency and consistency. Standards for clinical trials must become more flexible. The current approach looks for a particular outcome with a specific group of people, but it fails to consider how the drug benefits a sub-population. As the nation moves toward more personalized medicine, "we need to approach nontraditional trials," agreed Dr. Thomas Sellers, the center director and executive vice president for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. "We really need to bring the right drug to the right patient at the right time," Sellers said. Dr. Richard Finkel, chief neurologist at Nemours Children's Hospital of Orlando, said the focus must be greater on patientcentered cures. "Patients are willing to accept different levels of risk. But the FDA doesn't look at it that way," he said. "They are very risk averse." A patient with a short life expectancy, for instance, may be willing to accept a much higher risk than someone who has a slowdeveloping disease, Finkel said. There are various roadblocks in the research arena, panelists said. "Funding is dismal," Sellers said. Not only is that hurting research on specific treatments, it's also hurting the entire research arena. "A lot of people are getting out of the (research) game," Sellers said, which he characterized as a "major casualty." Even when there is money, the grant process takes too long, panelists said. Those selecting grant winners also need to broaden their thinking, Sellers said. "They're not selecting for innovation. They're not selecting for bold ideas," Sellers said. "Somebody has to be pushing the envelope." Finding money to pay for pilot trials is difficult, too. "The trouble with pilot trials is that nobody wants to pay for them," Gooch said. There's also a need to reform the regulatory process used by the FDA, panelists said. Improvements are needed not only in speeding the time it takes to get a new drug to market, but also in regulatory processes involving the development of new medical devices. Lisa Novorska, chief financial officer for Rochester Electro Medical Inc., said her company can know how to improve a device, but can't pursue those improvements because of the costs to comply with FDA requirements. The FDA plays a valuable role in protecting the public, but it also creates paperwork nightmares for small businesses, she added. The agency's inspections also can force small companies to lose valuable work time as employees are occupied answering questions on issues that seem compelling. Geary Havran, president of NDH Medical and chairman of the Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium, agreed. The FDA should focus on high-risk issues, not those with little or no risk, he said. As Sellers put it: "I think the question is: What's a reasonable amount of oversight?" The medical device manufacturers also are calling to an end of the medical device tax, which they say has a disproportionate negative impact on smaller companies. Payment for medical services is another huge issue. "The payment issue is sometimes as much of a barrier as regulations," said Glen Hortin, clinical pathology medical director of the southeast region for Quest Diagnostics. Diagnostic tests play a substantial role in guiding physician decisions, Hortin said. "There's a possibility of destroying people's access to lab tests, if the payments are cut too much," Hortin said. Many tests that have been developed could help doctors diagnose their patients more accurately, but are too expensive for patients to afford and are not covered by their insurance plans. In the long-term, the nation needs to shift from operating on a "sick-care" model to placing a greater emphasis on prevention, Hortin said. Bilirakis believes the private sector can help solve some of the problems facing patients today. Incentives are needed to spur private investments in health care, he added. "Regulations can stand in the way of private investments in health care," Bilirakis said. "The bottom line is the potential for reform is huge." www.LakerLutzNews.com August 27, 2014 3A SUBSCRIPTIONS: Paid subscriptions available for those outside delivery area. Call 813-909-2800. CIRCULATION: If you did not receive your paper, or to stop your paper, call 727-530-5521. NEWS DEADLINE: Thursday at noon. CLASSIFIED DEADLINE: Friday at noon. DISPLAY AD DEADLINE: Thursday, 5 p.m. EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS: Suggestions for news content and coverage are welcome and e-mails are invited. Publisher reserves the right to edit and/or reject any editorial and advertising content. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: We welcome community topics in the 250-word range. Please include daytime phone number. Opinions expressed by the writers are their own and do not reflect the opinion of the publisher. 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CACTUS, SUCCULENT SALE The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive in Tampa, is hosting the 20th annual Central Florida Cactus & Succulent Society Labor Day Show & Sale Aug. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For information, call (813) 974-2329, or visit Gardens.usf.edu. GECKOFEST IN GULFPORT The 14th Annual GeckoFest will be Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at 3129 Beach Blvd. S., in Gulfport. There will be more than 200 arts, crafts and food vendors, live music, costume contest, and a street dance at 8 p.m. For information, call (727) 322-5217, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit GulfportMA.com. QUAIL HOLLOW BIKER BASH Quail Hollow Country Club, 6225 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel, is hosting a Biker Bash & Labor Day Weekend Pool Party Aug. 31 from noon to 5 p.m. There will be live music by Southern Rock Tribute Band, a cash prize bikini contest and more. For information, call (813) 333-0033. WINE WALK WEDNESDAY The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel, will host Wine Walk Wednesday Sept. 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For a $15 donation to benefit the Jason Ackerman Foundation, guests will receive a souvenir wine tumbler and passport for wine and food tastings. There will be live music and the latest fashion trends. Guests must be 21 or older, and show valid identification. For information, visit TheShopsAtWiregrass.com. COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY First United Methodist Church of Land O' Lakes, 6209 Land O' Lakes Blvd., is hosting a women and children nondenominational Bible study Thursday mornings. The study will follow Servants of God starting Sept. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For information, email Jeanine Coris at email@example.com, or call (813) 910-7670. TAMPA BOAT SHOW The 2014 Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show will be Sept. 5-7 at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 South Franklin St., in Tampa. 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The event also includes live music by The Greg Billings Band, a raffle, food, bike show and vendors. For vendor information, call Dan Turner at (813) 928-2160. GRACE COMMUNITY FAMILY FEST Grace Community is hosting its Family Fun Fest Sept. 7 at Wesley Chapel Elementary School, 30243 Wells Road, where the church has services. There will be a 10:30 a.m. worship service, along with an interactive Grace Harbor program for kids, a social time with ice cream sundaes, and a jump house. For information, call (813) 9949363, or visit ExploreGrace.com. JUNIOR WOMAN'S CLUB RECRUITING The GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman's Club will recruit new members at a general meeting Sept. 8, with a hands-on project at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting at 7 p.m. There also will be a recruitment session Sept. 16 with social time at 6:30 p.m., and a club presentation at 7 p.m. Both meetings will be at Saint Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 5340 Primrose Lake Circle in Tampa. For information, visit GFWCNewTampaJuniors.org. DIVORCE SEMINARS FOR KIDS, ADULTS Break Thru Ministries of Tampa Bay and Heritage Church, 1854 Oak Grove Blvd., in Lutz, is offering two divorce seminars for kids and adults every Monday at 7 p.m., beginning Sept. 8. There is a book fee for both classes, and childcare is available at the adult class. To register, visit YesHeritage.com. For information, call (813) 210-1563. PLANT SOCIETY MEETING The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., at the Land O' Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd. George Kish will present "Native Florida Plants for Drought and Salt Tolerant Landscaping." There will be light refreshments and a native plant drawing. For information, call (727) 376-7663. JANE GOODALL AT USF Jane Goodall, the scientist behind the landmark study of chimpanzee behavior, will give a lecture at the USF Sun Dome Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., sponsored by the University of South Florida's College of Arts and Sciences. There will be a question-andanswer session following the lecture. Goodall's newest book, "Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants," along with other publications, will be available for sale. There will be a book signing after the event. Admission is free for current USF students, but students must reserve a ticket in advance. Tickets for the general public can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, at the USF Sun Dome box office, or by calling (800) 745-3000. SWAP & SHOP The GFWC Lutz-Land O' Lakes Woman's Club is planning a Swap & Shop fundraiser Sept. 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Lutz Community Center, at Lutz Lake Fern Road and U.S. 41, behind the Lutz Library. Cost is $8, and guests should bring several items to swap, including new or gently used re-gifts, home dÂŽcor, art, accessories, plants, jewelry, handbags or knick-knacks. Clothing or shoe donations are not permitted. Beverages and snacks will be provided. For information, call (727) 642-5959. SCALE AEROBATIC COMPETITION Bay City Flyers of Land O' Lakes is hosting IMAC 2014, a scale aerobatic competition, Sept. 13-14 at 8:30 a.m. Gates open at 6 a.m., for pilot setup. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. Kitchen opens at 11 a.m., for lunch. Admission is $3 for spectators. For directions and information, visit BayCityFlyers.org. PUP PADDLE IN PORT RICHEY There will be a Pup Paddle & Kayak Race at Gill Dawg Marina, 5419 Treadway Drive in Port Richey, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is pet friendly, and will include music, a doggy show, bounce house, raffles and pet vendors. Proceeds will benefit Raffle Rescue Inc. To register, visit Paddle4Minds.weebly.com. CALENDAR PHOTO CONTEST Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care is having a photo contest for its 2015 calendar to showcase Pasco County's natural beauty, wildlife and special events. All photos must be shot in Pasco County. Photographers can submit multiple pictures. 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Participants should bring grabbers, kayaks and 5-gallon buckets or smaller. No dogs allowed. The group will meet at Eagle Point Park, 4499 Strauber Memorial Highway in New Port Richey. For information, call (727) 847-8140, ext. 8333, or email Katie MacMillen at firstname.lastname@example.org. AROUND THE WORLD' EXHIBIT The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., will present the exhibit "Around the World in 30 Days" debuting Sept. 5 at an open house reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Music for the evening event will be provided by local musician Michael Chauncey. Refreshments will be served. Gallery professional artists will display works in all media, each depicting a place the artist has traveled to, or imagined. Guests can visit local and foreign places both famous and unknown on land, sea, and in the air. Organizers say the show will appeal to those who love to travel, and appreciate the beauty and diversity of the Earth and its inhabitants. 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She loves working on the Wesley Chapel campus, even though it means driving over an hour a day from Weeki Wachee to get there. "It's just wonderful. It's like one big family," Rocco said, noting she can't say that's been her experience in all of the jobs she's had throughout the years. The campus is a phenomenal place to work, she said. "It's warm. It's wanting to do what's best for the students." So far, the most popular courses are those leading to an associate's degree, as well as programs in information technology, nursing and human services, Giannet said. Students also are expressing an interest in business courses. Debuting this fall are the bachelor's degree program in supervision and management, and the surgical technology and pharmacy technician certification programs. There are tracks within the management and supervision program that gear people for general management, health care management and public service management, Giannet said. The degree provides coursework to enable people to develop and hone the skills necessary to handle the responsibilities that managers and supervisors face. The surgical technology and pharmacy technician programs will prepare graduates for jobs that are in high demand and that offer good pay, Giannet said. Figures are not yet available, but Giannet said Porter Campus is attracting students from Hillsborough County, and those numbers appear to be growing. The campus also has a sizable number of students enrolled in its evening programs. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9:40 p.m., and on Friday until 4:30 p.m. Registration for this semester ends Aug. 29, while registration for the spring semester begins in early November. In addition to debuting new programs this fall, the college also will open a cafÂŽ in its library in September. It will offer salads, sandwiches and other light fare, Giannet said. The college always planned to have a cafÂŽ, it just took some time to go through the process to select a provider. The campus is situated near many good restaurants in Wesley Chapel, so many students leave campus for meals, Giannet said. However, students carrying a full load do not have time to leave campus, so this cafÂŽ will provide a convenient way for them to grab a quick bite. The campus continues to seek to create a sense of community among the students, faculty and staff, Giannet said. It also wants to play the role of an intellectual and cultural hub for the community at large. "We want to be very open and inviting to our community," he said. One way that Giannet seeks to foster strong relationships with students is by hosting events such as Pizza with the Provost and Picnic with the Provost, where he has a chance to share campus news, to field questions from students, and to hear feedback about how things are going. He also has a Provost Success Academy, which focuses on themes aimed at helping students succeed. As part of that academy, the college will host a domestic violence awareness symposium in October. The overall goal of the campus is to engage students and provide assistance to help students succeed, Giannet said. He thinks students are taking advantage of opportunities available on campus. "The amount of activity in our library from the perspective of traffic utilizing library services is comparable to our largest campus, which is the West Campus in New Port Richey," Giannet said. He describes the college's personnel as being "very student-driven, student-focused, compassionate and caring. "I think it's clearly evident," Giannet said. "We want to provide a meaningful experience for students when they're on our campus." Stan Giannet, the provost at Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, is looking forward to the campus' first full academic year. The campus is a satellite of Pasco-Hernando State College. B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTOS Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch began its first full academic year on Monday. It also is debuting some new programs and adding a cafÂŽ, where students and faculty can grab a quick meal.
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NUTRITION AND DIABETES The Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, is offering the community education class "Nutrition & Diabetes" Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. The class will cover the basic principles of nutrition, including how meal timing, carbohydrates, proteins and fats can affect blood sugar. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. For information, call (727) 834-5630. ATRIAL FIBRILLATION SEMINAR Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson, is hosting its "Learn About Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation" seminar Sept. 2 at 3 p.m. Dr. Luis Annoni, a board-certified cardiac electrophysiologist; and Dr. Michael Wahl, a board-certified cardiac surgeon, will discuss a breakthrough procedure. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. For information and to register, call (727) 869-5498. NAMI BASICS PROGRAM The National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a free educational program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. The program is for six sessions starting Sept. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson. Those attending will be provided with critical information and strategies related to caregiving, view presentations, and take part in discussion and interactive exercises. To register, call (727) 277-8059 or (727) 992-9653. A MATTER OF BALANCE' Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson, is offering "A Matter of Balance," a program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. Classes will be on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., starting Sept. 3, for four weeks. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. For information, call (727) 869-5498. DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT The Health & Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2700 Healing Way, is offering a four-part series on diabetes selfmanagement. The series runs on Thursdays from Sept. 425 at 6 p.m. Topics will include nutrition, medications, exercise, glucose monitoring, complications, stress management and foot care. Space is limited, and reservations are required. For information, call (813) 929-5555. ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE TOPS $32 MILLION IN DONATIONS Donations from the ice bucket challenge recently topped $32 million nationally, according to the most recent tabulations from The ALS Association. Florida chapter spokeswoman Alissa Gutierrez said she hopes the Florida organization will see an increase in donations as well, according to a release. The challenge became a viral sensation thanks to Pete Frates and his family. 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Manion email@example.com Come take a trip into the past at Pioneer Day & Old Gospel Sing at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village. Event goers can enjoy music, check out traditional craft demonstrations, grab a bite to eat, and watch the reenactment of the Bradley Massacre, a dramatization of a Seminole raid, said Jessica Budin, front office manager for the museum. Music will play throughout the day, and the Seminole raid reenactment will be presented at 11:15 a.m., and 2 p.m., Budin said. Visitors will be able to observe living history exhibits, check out vendor booths, and enjoy gospel music by local performers. The event also features plant sales, children's games, a petting zoo and other activities. Food available for purchase will include barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, sweets and drinks. For those who are planning to come, it's a good idea to bring cash because there aren't ATMs, and the vendors typically do not accept credit cards, Budin said. It's also a good idea to check the weather reports and bring an umbrella if rain is expected, because the event will go on rain or shine, and many of the activities are outdoors. A Seminole raid reenactment will give onlookers a chance to observe the dramatization of the Bradley Massacre, which occurred during the Third Seminole War. The massacre took place on May 14, 1856, in the tiny outpost of Darby. A small band of Seminoles crept undetected toward the house of Capt. Robert Bradley and opened fire, killing two people during the raid. Bradley's Massacre has been recorded as the last attack by a Native American tribe on a settler's homestead east of the Mississippi River. Other attractions include a chance to: Visit the Old Lacoochee School Experience life as the Overstreets lived at the John Overstreet House Drop in at the C.C. Smith General Store and see what a retail store would have been like during the late 1800s to early 1900s Climb aboard the 1913 Porter steam engine housed in the Trilby Depot Observe the collection of early farm equipment, vintage buggies and carriages in the Mable Jordan Barn Take a look at a 1946 Chevy fire truck and a 1921 LaFrance fire truck Explore the museum's main building, shop at the gift shop, and look at the museum's collections Admission to the museum is included in the price of admission to Pioneer Day, Budin said. The event tends to get a nice turnout, she said, estimating between 1,000 to 1,500 people. The annual event has been at the museum since 1975. If you go WHAT: Pioneer Day & Old Time Gospel Sing WHEN: Aug. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City COST: Adults $8; senior citizens 55 and older, and children, $6; kids younger than 5 and museum members, free. Parking also is free. INFO: Call (352) 567-0262, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Visitors can see an old railroad depot and hop aboard an old-time rail car during the Pioneer Day & Old Time Gospel Sing on Aug. 30 in Dade City. COURTESY OF PIONEER FLORIDA MUSEUM & VILLAGE
By Michael Hinman email@example.com Football season is almost here, but for members of the Wesley Chapel Bulls, it got an early start during a recent visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at One Buc Place. Members of the Pasco Police Athletic League had a chance to watch the Buccaneers, under head coach Lovie Smith, practice, and then received some pointers from some of the players afterward. It's the kind of access not every young football player gets, said Pasco County Sheriff's Office liaison Cpl. Mary Guyer. "On that Monday, we got rained out, so the kids didn't get to go out on the field," she said. "But on Tuesday, they were able to get out there again, and got autographs, pictures, and some training on the practice field." PPAL took several hundred kids from teams like the Bulls over a two-day period to meet and greet the Bucs before they start their 2014 season. The league got a boost this month when Wesley Chapel Toyota donated $5,000 to the league, which will help some of the underprivileged players who might not be able to afford uniforms to be able to do just that. Guyer has her own connection with the Bucs. Former linebacker Derrick Brooks, who was recently elected as the third Buccaneer to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has given Guyer the title of "sheriff of football." Guyer works closely with PPAL as representative of the sheriff's office. This weekend is a bye week for the league because of Labor Day, but games resume Sept. 6 with contests including Land O' Lakes vs. Dade City, Trinity vs. Hudson and Wesley Chapel vs. Zephyrhills. Fields locally are located at Pasco High School in Dade City, the Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex on Collier Parkway, Sam Pasco Park in Zephyrhills, and Wesley Chapel District Park on Boyette Road. To learn more about the league, visit PascoPAL.com. M ANHATTAN Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community Sports Community Sports 14A www.LakerLutzNews.com August 27, 2014 LOL STARS GOLF TOURNEY SEPT. 20 The Land O' Lakes Stars Baseball Club will host a fundraising golf tournament Sept. 20 at the Lexington Oaks Golf Course, 26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. The event will help the little league team raise funds for a trip to Cooperstown, N.Y. Sponsorships are available. For information, visit LOLStars.org. SOCCER ACADEMY FROM GRACE COMMUNITY Grace Soccer Club will host its 3v3 Academy for children in first through sixth grade. The program is designed to strengthen soccer skills, sportsmanship and faith. The cost for the six-program session is $25. They will be on Wednesday nights Sept. 10, Sept. 17 and Sept. 24, as well as Oct. 1, Oct. 8 and Oct. 15 at the church's property on Boyette Road. For information, call (813) 994-9363, visit ExploreGrace.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. SPORT ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE FOR SENIORS Senior Sports is seeking players older than 60 for a number of regular co-ed sporting events, including Slo-Pitch softball for fall and winter competition. Senior Sports has participants who play golf every Wednesday and bowling every Thursday. It also has added tennis and indoor volleyball. For more information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211. REGISTRATION FOR ADULT SOCCER LEAGUE ONGOING The New APSL, a recreational but competitive league for men and women, will have registration for fall leagues through Aug. 30. The season begins Sept. 7. Men's, women's and co-ed games are played Sunday afternoons at Benito Middle School, 10101 Cross Creek Blvd., in New Tampa. For information, visit NewAPSL.com, or call (747) 999-5425. 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. T-SHIRTS SUPPORT CROSS-COUNTRY COACH "I Run For Keppel" T-shirts are available to help support Land O' Lakes High School cross-country coach Kris Keppel, who is battling pancreatic cancer. The shirts are $15 each, with all proceeds going to Keppel. For information or to make a donation, call (813) 406-5730, or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. SOCCER LEAGUE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN The Greater Tampa Bay Football Club is now accepting registrations for its fall and winter soccer league. The league is open to boys and girls in north Hillsborough and Pasco counties from ages 5 through 19. To register, visit GTBFC.com. For information, call Frank Coorey at (727) 423-8886, or e-mail email@example.com. SENIOR SOFTBALL REGISTRATION IN SEPTEMBER A 60-and-older co-ed slow-pitch softball league will have registration and drafts Sept, 12, Sept, 19 and Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., at the Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway at Field 10. For more information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211. 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 SEND SPORTS NEWS TO MMURILLO@LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM CHECK THIS OUT Gators look to build on last year, reach playoffs By Michael Murillo firstname.lastname@example.org Nobody can accuse Land O' Lakes High School of having a poor season in 2013. They went 8-2 and held half their opponents to 14 points or less including two shutouts while scoring more than 30 points in each of six games. In many respects, they were a dominant team. For most schools, those results might be good enough for a district title, or at least a playoff berth as district runner-up. But the Gators stayed home for the postseason because their two losses were to district foes Springstead and Sunlake, who finished ahead of them in Class 6A-District 6. Head coach Brian Wachtel expects his team to remember what happened and apply some of those lessons from last season. "It's like being in a 100-meter race and the last 20 yards just not being able to kick it in," Wachtel said. "And I think they've grown from that and worked hard and learned a lot from it. And they're going to put a lot of that into this upcoming season." And the upcoming season should feature a good number of those players back in the huddle. Land O' Lakes will return eights starters on offense from last year, including several skill positions. Having that many players return on one side of the ball is an asset for a team looking to build on last year, the coach said. "I think it's great for consistency when you have guys back that know what they're doing, they've been in the system, they've got game experience, they're more seasoned," Wachtel said. "I think that definitely helps you when you're going into the season." One of the returning players is quarterback James Pensyl. He was one of the area's top passers last year with a nose for the end zone and a knack for limiting turnovers. Pensyl, who has made an oral commitment to Oregon State University, can tell the offensive line has improved just by having more time to execute in practice compared to last year. "Going against our defense in practice (last year), I barely had any time to throw the ball," he said. "This year I have time. I have the time I'm supposed to have. I can make my drops and make the reads." The receivers also are showing more experience, with good knowledge of the routes and where they're supposed to be on the field, Pensyl said. Wachtel, now in his fourth year coaching the team, acknowledges that they play in a competitive district with difficult opponents. But the Gators already have proven they can win games, and are looking to finish stronger than last season, when they went 2-2 over their final four contests after beginning the year with six straight wins. How they finish will once again be critical to their playoff fortunes, but right now the team is more focused on how they'll start their 2014 campaign. Their schedule is back loaded with district games they don't face a team that defeated them last year until mid-October. But the Gators aren't looking past Week 1. Wachtel doesn't want his team worrying about future opponents when they have other teams to face first. "There's no sense in looking down the road because you've got to take care of everything in the beginning," he said. "We just go week by week." The players have bought into the system, aren't looking ahead, and are making progress toward the kind of focus and consistency required to be successful, Wachtel said. He also credits the coaching staff with helping build a strong foundation for a winning program. But in the end, it's not the assistant coaches nor Wachtel himself who will determine the team's outcome in 2014. For all the preparations, game plans, workouts and practices, it's the players who will have to take care of business when the games count. "Those are the guys who've got to pull it off out there on Friday night," Wachtel said. "We can put them in a position to be successful, but they've got to pull the trigger." And Pensyl is eager to do just that, by leading a team that will try to limit mistakes and play up to its potential. "We're definitely a playoff-caliber team," he said. "We're the only team that can keep ourselves from the playoffs." MICHAEL MURILLO/STAFF PHOTO An improved offensive line is giving the quarterback more time to make plays in practice, Land O' Lakes' James Pensyl said. 2014 Gators Schedule 8/29 at River Ridge 9/5 Anclote 9/12 at Ridgewood 9/19 Mitchell 9/26 Gulf 10/10 at Hudson 10/17 Sunlake 10/24 at Fivay 10/31 at Springstead 11/7 Lecanto LAND O' LAKES GATORS LAST YEAR: 8-2 2-2 in the district third place in Class 6A-District 6 KEY RETURNING PLAYERS James Pensyl, quarterback Ethan Weilant, wide receiver Anthony Hendrix, safety PLAYER TO WATCH Conor Heaney, defensive line "He's a talented kid. When he cranks it up, he moves well. It's a matter of getting out there on the field on Friday night and going 100 miles an hour." 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