Mike Camunas, Times Staff Writer

Mike Camunas is the Community Sports Editor for the North Suncoast, covering Hernando and Pasco counties. Mike oversees the recreation sports page, the golf page, the Hometown photos page and the youth sports pages for the Hernando Times and Pasco Times sections of the St. Petersburg Times. A Tampa native, Mike was raised in Pasco County, where he graduated from Wesley Chapel High in 2001. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a mass communications degree in May 2007. Mike came to the Times as a correspondent in June 2005 to help with the USF sports beat and continued to be a stringer, helping out high school sports and Pasco news. Mike is married to Allison Camunas, a copy editor for tbt*.

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E-mail: mcamunas@tampabay.com or communitysports@tampabay.com

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  1. Wiregrass Ranch 31, Central 0


    WESLEY CHAPEL — Jeremy Shobe, in his first year as Wiregrass Ranch coach, brags about turning a page with his Bulls program, in only its third year of existence.

    Friday's 31-0 victory over Central was a good start for Shobe, who was named coach May 28 after Ricky Thomas resigned.

    "We've got to change things," Shobe said. "This is a new time and new era here. We're made a lot of changes from weightlifting to our program and it's time to change people's attitudes, and I think we'll be doing that."...

  2. Games2U trailer brings video games, laser tag to Tampa Bay area events

    Human Interest

    TRINITY — The kids were packed into the trailer.

    Hunched around four TV screens, they played Madden NFL 10 and other video games. Outside, others played sets on Guitar Hero and a long line formed for the laser tag.

    Andy Allshouse brought the games for last weekend's grand opening of Generations Christian Church, and when the festivities were over, he packed everything into his mobile unit and was ready to roll to the next party....

  3. Water aerobics classes at Hernando Branch YMCA are for all ages


    Debbie Kolbasiuk knows water aerobics isn't just about splishing and splashing.

    It's hard work, not just for the main demographic of elderly members at the Hernando Branch YMCA in Spring Hill, but for the younger participants of the club's water aerobics classes.

    "Bear in mind," says Kolbasiuk, the Y's fitness instructor, "you can get a very hard workout in the water because you're going against the water. A lot of people work really hard, pick up the tempo and use the water to their advantage. ...

    Barbells can be held aloft as well during the workouts.
  4. Ultimatefoursome.com offers one-stop source for Tampa Bay area golf tournaments and prospective teammates


    Michael Alt thought of it during a round of golf. During a local tournament, actually.

    Alt was in the midst of a tournament he learned about at the last minute, despite the fact he had played in that event the past three years. He had to scramble (no pun intended) to get a foursome together.

    "When I got there, it was just a low turnout — about 40 people," Alt, 44, added. ...

    At the Web site ultimate
.com, left, golfers can look for local playing partners with specific skills for friendly games or competitions, below, and tournament organizers can let golfers from anywhere know about an upcoming tournament.
  5. Inaugural Thanks Troops Golf Tournament in Land O'Lakes will benefit combat-wounded veterans


    Plantation Palms Golf Club in Land O'Lakes is hosting the inaugural Thanks Troops Golf Tournament on Sept. 11 with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.

    Sponsored by Thompson and Co. Inc. and with the help of Thanks Troops and Tee It Up For The Troops, the cost is $125 per golfer and proceeds will benefit combat-wounded veterans. The event is a four-person scramble and there will a presentation of the colors....

  6. Get ready for second annual Chaotic Coteeman Triathlon on Sept. 12


    The New Port Richey Recreation Center will host the Second annual Chaotic Coteeman Triathlon on Sept. 12 at 7:30 a.m.

    The event is a sprint triathlon, so it will be a 150 meter swim, a 9-mile bike race and a 5K run. The cost is $65 until Sept. 1, then $75 afterward.

    For more information, call (727) 842-8066.

    RUNNING: The Hernando Branch YMCA in Spring Hill is hosting is Eighth annual Run to Remember on Sept. 11 at 6:30 a.m. It's a 5K run or a 1-mile walk that is free and open to the public....

  7. Brooksville Raiders and Largo Slackers play for softball championship at Tropicana Field



    Not a bad Sunday for the Brooksville Raiders. Not only did they get to see the Tampa Bay Rays win in spectacular fashion, but they won in impressive fashion themselves, taking home the Field of Dreams Tournament championship by defeating the Largo Slackers, 15-2, at Tropicana Field.

    "There was a lot of anticipation to play this and play in 10 tournaments since March to get here," pitcher Carl Whitehouse said. "We got the top seed and we knew we really needed to jump on them and get runs on the board. This is a game that can really come back on you, but today was our day to shine." ...

    Raiders third baseman Donnie Nichols fields a ground ball. The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays played earlier.
  8. Young golfers from Hernando, Pasco post great scores at Tournament of Champions


    The North Suncoast Junior Golf Association held its Tournament of Champions at World Woods Golf Resort on Aug. 3-4, with some local youth golfers posting some impressive scores. The NSJGA is a local program that allows golfers ages 8 to 18 to play competitively on local courses.

    In the 8-9 boys and girls seven-hole division, Morgan Moser of Lutz came in first, shooting a 52, while Dakota Montgomery of Brooksville was second with a 55. In the 10-12 boys intermediate division, Jans Tamayo of Spring Hill shot a 94, while Evan Sun of Wesley Chapel had a 98 and Christian Wessel of Spring Hill had a 101....

  9. Homemade disc golf course attracts a crowd in Brooksville



    The course zigzags through a neighborhood.

    Much like a regular golf course, it's surrounded by trees, homes, even driveways. Brooksville resident Tom Bussell designed this nine-hole disc golf course and the neighborhood kids play it.

    A lot and for free.

    "Kids were apprehensive about the whole thing from the start," Bussell said. "I just started playing and once they saw me, they came in droves to my front door wanting to play. The doorbell rings all day long here. 'Hey, can I play? Hey, I want to play.' All day long, kids come out and just throw it back and forth. They've been playing all summer long." ...

    Hunter Bussell, 7 aims for one of the target flags on the disc golf course his father set up on Candlelight Boulevard in Brooksville.
  10. Spring Hill teen's love of riding takes her to National Barrel Horse Association championships



    Tomi Thomas could spend all day with horses.

    Riding them, combing them, caring for them, feeding them — she loves horses just as much as she loves competing with them at rodeos.

    "I'm very competitive, I like speed and, of course, I love horses," the 18-year-old Spring Hill resident said. "So all of those combined put me at the races. It's something I have to be addicted to." ...

    Tomi Thomas, 18, runs one of her horses — this one is Junebug — through a clover-leaf-shaped track for barrel racing at her Spring Hill house. Thomas won a national title at the National Barrel Horse Association championships in July.
  11. Adult softball teams forming in Pasco, Brooksville


    The Pasco Parks and Recreation Department will host adult softball leagues at the Land O'Lakes Community Center.

    A men's league will play Tuesdays and Wednesdays, a women's league will play Thursdays and a coed league will play Mondays. The cost is $400 per team, which includes two preseason games, a 10-week season and a single-elimination tournament.

    For more information, call (813) 929-1229. ...

  12. Tennis camp gets players closer to competition


    John and Louise Downey spent the summer shrinking the tennis court. That way, they can teach the younger kids, the ones that can't quite see over the net yet.

    "These camps were used to reinforce the Quick Start method of teaching," Louise said. "The younger kids shouldn't be playing on a regular size court with a regular size racket and regular size net. The equipment is better for the little-sized bodies." ...

    Alana Jagger, 9 and Jack Carlson, 7, gets tennis balls for serving practice. Consistency is an important part of the camp.
  13. Seven Springs Golf and Country Club Champion Course's par-5 No. 3 hole is an exercise in staying dry



    It's a turn that can easily become a drag. No. 3 on the Champion Course at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club is a par-5 hole bordered on the left side by water. There's just no avoiding looking at that water and thinking, "I bet there's a million golf balls in there." And you could make it a million and one, if you're not careful. "This really is a risk/reward hole," Seven Springs head PGA professional Mark Haluska said. Haluska means a golfer can either go for glory and try to reach the green in two shots, or take the safe route and lay up to get on in three. Both can work out, and both can be done. But plenty of golfers think they can Tiger Woods this hole because of the short course yardage (6,431 yards) and the fact that this hole isn't considered very hard (only a 9 handicap). It's just a matter of not dragging down the score in the process. While eagle and/or birdie attempts are available, so is a snowman. ...

  14. Coach Steve Gogas of Land O'Lakes to be inducted into Adult Soccer Association Hall of Fame



    Steve Gogas wears the ring proudly. It's gold with a blue jewel, and boasts the soccer title he's most proud of. The ring is faded and smooth, and stands the test of time. Just like Gogas' coaching career. For nearly 40 years, Gogas, a native of Greece, has coached the St. Petersburg Kickers, a local amateur team. Now, after numerous titles and wins, the 65-year-old Land O'Lakes resident is being inducted into the U.S. Adult Soccer Association Hall of Fame in October. ...

    “Yeah, I’m retired, but soccer is what I want to do,” says Steve Gogas, 65. “I want to be on the sidelines. I’ve never even really thought about retiring.”
  15. Pasco-Hernando Area Senior Baseball League seeks players and teams


    The Pasco-Hernando Area Senior Baseball League is seeking players and teams for its Labor Day Classic tournament, and its fall season. The league has players ages 18 to 65. Games are played at Pasco-Hernando Community College in New Port Richey.

    For the fall, the league plans to field eight teams that will play a 10-game schedule on Sundays beginning Sept. 13. A winter season is also scheduled....