What's Up Zephyrhills

a blog – by Greg First

The Teams Are Ready. It’s The 9-Mile War. Are You Ready For Some Football?

It’s finally here and it’s at Bulldog Stadium. The 9-mile war between the Zephyrhills Bulldogs and the Pasco Pirates tonight begins a new chapter in book that has had 54 entries with Pasco leading the series 37 – 16. But as the saying goes, you can throw out the record books on this one. It all comes down to heart. The talent is there and the Bulldogs would like to take a big chomp out of the undefeated Pirates and make them walk the plank right back to Dade City. The fans will be there, it’s senior night and it’s going to be a crisp, cool night. This is perfect weather for football. Win or lose, these are kids and both teams will be playing their hearts out for bragging rights and a chance to advance in the playoffs. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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November 4, 2011 Posted by | Coach Reggie Roberts, Pasco High School, Steve Van Gorden, Zephyrhills Community Activities, Zephyrhills Community News, Zephyrhills High School, Zephyrhills High School Sports, ZHS Bulldog Varsity Football | Leave a comment

THE 9-MILE WAR BEGINS A WEEK EARLY AT JARRETT FORD

THE 9-MILE WAR BEGINS A WEEK EARLY AT JARRETT FORD. It’s “Drive One 4 UR School”, Friday, Oct 28th and Saturday, Oct 29th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Test drive a Ford at the event and Ford Motor Company will donate $20. to Zephyrhills or Pasco High School. You choose which school will get the money. In addition, hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks are free. Test  drive a new Ford, have lunch and make money for your school. The dealership is located at 38300 Dick Jarrett Way on the U.S. 98 By-Pass in Dade City.

 

October 28, 2011 Posted by | Drive One 4 UR School, Pasco High School, Zephyrhills High School Sports, ZHS Bulldog Varsity Football | Leave a comment

Drive Smart For Your School Starts At Jarrett Ford Lincoln

The Drive Smart For Your School program helps local schools raise money to support their sports and extracurricular activities. Jarrett Ford Lincoln in Dade City and Rotary are partnering with Zephyrhills and Pasco High Schools to conduct a “test drive fundraising event.” For all valid test drives completed, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Zephyrhills and Pasco High Schools up to $6,000! The more people who test drive a Lincoln at this event, the more money can be raised. Stop in on Friday, Sept. 16th & Saturday, Sept. 17th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free Hotdogs, Hamburgers and Drinks. Jarrett Ford is located at 38300 Dick Jarrett Way, just off us Hwy 98 By-Pass in Dade City.

September 16, 2011 Posted by | Coach Reggie Roberts, Drive One 4 UR School, Drive Smart For Your School, Pasco High School, Steve Van Gorden, Zephyrhills Community News, Zephyrhills High School, Zephyrhills High School Sports | Leave a comment

Varsity Rivals Meet Under The Lights on Thursday For Some Spring Football

Zephyrhills Bulldog second year coach Reggie Roberts has a question. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? Football fans from this side of the county will be setting their sights on Bulldog Stadium at Zephyrhills High School this Thursday night as the Bulldogs play host to the Pasco Pirates from Dade City in a Spring football game. Coach Roberts is expecting the Bulldogs to have a much better upcoming season after finishing 2 – 8 under his first year at the helm. I could give my thoughts  on the game but will leave that to the experts. I can say one thing for sure, there will be lots of orange and black and red and black at the game this week. Win or lose it will be great to take a peek and see what the upcoming 2011/2012 season may have in store for these rivals. My wife Jenny, Evan & Kristen all are graduates of PHS and I am the lone ZHS alumni in the family.  In any event, I am looking forward to seeing friends that I haven’t seen since the last BIG game from both football programs.  If you get a chance come up to the press-box and say hi. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. See ya there!!!

May 25, 2011 Posted by | Coach Reggie Roberts, Pasco High School, Steve Van Gorden, Zephyrhills Community Activities, Zephyrhills High School, Zephyrhills High School Sports, ZHS Bulldog Varsity Football | Leave a comment

Chris Drews Is Leaving “The Laker” But He Is Way To Young To Retire!

Photo by Gary Hatrick

I have known Chris Drews and his family since they arrived in Zephyrhills many years ago. This Indiana Hoosier now a Southern Gentleman (Redneck) has become the face of many East Pasco organizations and has and still represents them well. Chris is the type of guy that doesn’t sit on a Board just to get name recognition. He is the guy that, many times, asks the tough questions. He is there because he believes in the organization and wants to truly make a difference. He has touched many organizations in a positive way including Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Zephyrhills and the American Cancer Society to mention a few. He has been instrumental in helping to bring business to this area and has helped those in business to grow. He is a master fundraiser helping not only those mentioned but Zephyrhills High School and Pasco High School by not only talking the talk but walking the walk. He is not always the front person but you can be assured that he is involved in some way to help others. I have seen him fill heavy coolers with ice and lug them to the truck by himself, get cases of water, chase around town getting donated food to help Cancer survivors and spend countless hours in organizing, planning and carrying out events to help others. Chris has had a successful career with the Zephyrhills News as Publisher and The Laker handling major accounts. If he was not providing leads to some of the reporters, he was covering stories that make a difference to this area himself.  I went to a Media Party with Chris and some other friends at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival and the Queen of the festival was quite impressed with his skills as a Wordsmith. He learned quite a bit from the Queen as well. Ask him about it when you see him around town. This area is not losing Chris to some other area. He will be here and involved, like always,  supporting the area that he calls home and loves. He may escape with his lovely wife Connie for a much needed vacation to the Keys someday. But, he will return and he will be involved. All the best to my friend Chris Drews as he turns to the next chapter of his life. Your contributions to this area have been noticed and appreciated.

May 12, 2011 Posted by | Chris Drews, Pasco High School, The Laker, Zephyrhills Community News, Zephyrhills High School, Zephyrhills News | 1 Comment

Zephyrhills Bulldogs vs Pasco Pirates Drive Smart For Your School

It’s kinda like the 9 mile war in Varsity Football only better. Both schools will come out winners as the Zephyrhills Bulldogs take on the Pasco Pirates at Jarrett Ford Lincoln in Dade City on Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here’s what you do. Show up on either day at Jarrett Ford at 38300 Dick Jarrett Way on the 98 by-pass in Dade City. Test drive one of the great cars built by Lincoln and raise money for either Zephyrhills or Pasco High School. This is a no pressure event. Free Hotdogs, Hamburgers and drinks. What a great opportunity to help raise money for your school. With all of the cutbacks in the school system this is a way you can help. For each test drive Ford Motor Company will donated $20 up to a maximum of $6000. Show up in full force, wear your colors, support your school, eat free food and test drive a vehicle. That’s it. Two bits, Four bits, Six bits a Dollar…..All for making money for your school let’s show up and make some dollars.

May 11, 2011 Posted by | Drive One 4 UR School, Pasco High School, Zephyrhills High School, Zephyrhills High School Sports | Leave a comment