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Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014

Pasco Prep Report

A prep sports blog

A roundup of local sports briefs from Pasco County schools and area athletes.

Goluba named River Ridge softball coach

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BY ANDY VILLAMARZOTribune correspondent

River Ridge High named Kurt Goluba as its head coach Tuesday. Goluba, an assistant under Ernie Beck, is the father of River Ridge senior pitcher Makenzie Goluba.

“Definitely some big shoes to fill,” Goluba said. “One of my main goals is to build the interest back up in playing for River Ridge. We haven’t had a junior varsity team in recent memory and I’d like to have some type of feeder team to the varsity.”

Goluba takes over arguably the most talented softball team in Pasco County. River Ridge won another district title this past spring, and Goluba takes over for Beck, who won more than 400 games before retiring.

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Soccer: Land O’ Lakes coach Pearson resigns

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BY MIKE CAMUNASTribune correspondent

Land O’ Lakes High boys soccer coach Mark Pearson resigned Monday after spending 16 years coaching that included an impressive record and two state runner-up titles.

Pearson stepped down to spend more time with family.

“To spend time with them as they become young adults means to be at home with them,” the Worksop, England native said. “I’ve tried to build the best program I can at Land O’ Lakes, a program that both the school and community can be proud of. I’m not turning my back on the program or the players. I will be there in any way I can, but I feel this hard decision was the best one I could make for myself and my family.”

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Gulf names Buonsanto head girls basketball coach

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BY ANDY VILLAMARZOTribune correspondent

Bruno Buonsanto was named Wednesday the Gulf High girls basketball coach, athletic director Shari McFarlane announced.

Buonsanto replaces Claire Ennis, who coached Gulf the past two seasons. Ennis, who was named as the successor to Mike Quarto back in March 2012, compiled an overall record of 44-11 with two district titles during her tenure. Buonsanto was an assistant on Ennis’ staff last season and has been heavily involved with youth basketball in the New Port Richey area.

Buonsanto will be losing the program’s best player of the past three seasons in forward Kayla Kivinski, who will be playing college basketball at Missouri Southern this fall.

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Meza named Wiregrass Ranch football coach

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BY MIKE CAMUNASTribune correspondent

Wiregrass Ranch High named current Bulls assistant Artie Meza as its head football coach Thursday, just a week after Mike Lawrence left to take a college assistant job in Kansas.

“Honestly, there are not many words to describe this because it’s like coming home again,” said the former Pasco High quarterback, who started for the Pirates in 1994-95. “I just want to thank Mike Lawrence for the opportunity to call us all head coaches and prepare me for this. And I just want to make guys proud, guys like (former Pasco and Wiregrass coach) Ricky Thomas, who was my coach and got me into football when I was at Weightman (Middle).”

Prior to last season, Meza was Zephyrhills’ offensive coordinator for two years. He also spent time as an East Bay assistant and was the boys soccer coach at Spoto for a brief period.

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Wicks named Anclote athletic director

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BY ANDY VILLAMARZOTribune correspondent

Anclote High football coach Matt Wicks will be doubling up his work load at the school. The only coach the Sharks have known in their short history will add the responsibility of athletic director to his duties, Wicks said Tuesday.

Wicks will replace Heidi Michaels, who stepped away from the athletic director position after the 2013-2014 school year concluded.

Wicks has led the Sharks to two postseason berths and in 2013 the school claimed its first district championship in football. Wicks will be heading into his sixth season as the head coach.

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Rohrberg leaves Sunlake to take Newsome baseball coach job

Published:   |   Updated: July 7, 2014 at 03:48 PM
BY JARRETT GUTHRIETribune correspondent

Sunlake High’s Dick Rohrberg has been named the baseball coach at Newsome High, Wolves athletic director Paul Lindstrom announced Monday.

Rohrberg replaces replacing Bill Highsmith, who stepped down following the 2014 season.

Rohrberg went 73-85 during the last six seasons as the head coach at Sunlake, including a 20-10 record this season leading the Seahawks to a Class 5A state semifinals. Sunlake battled from the district runner-up spot, topping Hernando, Pasco and North Marion in region games before falling to Jesuit 3-0 in the state semifinal.

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Castelamare steps down at Academy at the Lakes

Published:   |   Updated: July 7, 2014 at 01:33 PM
BY ANDY VILLAMARZOTribune correspondent

John Castelamare is retiring after 43 years of coaching football.

The longtime staple in Pasco County stepped down Monday at Academy at the Lakes and will be replaced by his top assistant, Shawn Brown, according to athletic director Tom Haslem.

Castelamare took over the football program at AATL in March, 2010 and helped bring immediate results, as the Wildcats have qualified and made deep runs in postseason playing 6-man and 7-man football.

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