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Pasco Prep Report

A prep sports blog

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

Anclote names baseball, boys soccer coaches

Published:   |   Updated: October 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM
BY ANDY VILLAMARZOTribune correspondent

Anclote High has named Brandon Decker as its baseball coach and Paul Doggett as its boys soccer coach, athletic director Matt Wicks said Tuesday.

Decker, a Gulf High graduate, played minor league baseball in the Los Angeles Angels organization. Decker played collegiately at Embry Riddle University and South Florida Community College, before landing at Valdosta State for a two-year stint. Decker hit more than 40 home runs at Valdosta State.

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Wiregrass Ranch’s Miner selected for all-star game

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BY MIKE CAMUNASTribune correspondent

Wiregrass Ranch High football receiver and linebacker Jaye Miner has been invited to play in the Blue/Gray All American Game, he announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning.

The game showcases some of the nation’s top recruits and has two games: one in December at AT&T Stadium in Dallas and another at Raymond James Stadium on Jan. 10.

Miner, who will play in the latter game in Tampa, is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound FAU commit, who has 12 tackles this season, though missed last Friday’s game due to a knee injury.

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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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