What's Up Zephyrhills

a blog – by Greg First

Veterans Day Parade This Saturday, November 9th at 10 a.m.

November 4, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Bulldog Basketball

I was pleased to represent our newspapers along with Dave Walters and Jim Weber at the Regional Finals in the Dog House at Zephyrhills High School last Friday night. I have always been a football guy but must have forgotten how much fun and excitement is generated when the Bulldogs hit the hard courts. I remember the days of never missing a home basketball game when I was a student at ZHS and the courts were outdoors.

When teams would come to play the Bulldogs at home the school was located where Raymond B. Steward Middle School is at now. Many of you probably thought I was in a one room school house.  Come on, I might be old but not that old. The basketball team was outstanding.  When the visiting teams showed up they sometimes made comments about us not having an indoor gym and playing outside. We were referred to by many other names but our response came on the court. I would love it when there was a strong breeze. Our guys knew how to compensate for it and would be shooting baskets like crazy. The visiting teams had a hard time playing us at home. We now have a beautiful air conditioned gymnasium with no problem with inclement weather or a strong gust of wind changing the path of the ball.

Well it has been about 50 years since we were in the position that we are in today. In 1969 we made it to the regional finals and look where we are at now. Coach Alan Reed and his team of coaches and players have now once again brought boys basketball to the forefront in the State of Florida and Bulldog fans everywhere couldn’t be happier. Our team has chosen to take the high road while facing some adversity at times. It was interesting to me that Ponte Vedra High School which is only about 20 miles from Jacksonville decided to come up with a cheer while making the four hour bus trip to Zephyrhills. It went something like this, “O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D” and it continued over and over throughout most of the game. The home team fans and cheerleaders acknowledged every single positive move that our guys made. The Dogs kept their focus while being down 16 points at one time to the Sharks. They had a mission and they continued to implement the plan tying up the score at the end of regulation play. In overtime when it was finally said and done the Bulldogs came out on top beating the Sharks 76 – 68. I am sure I was not the only one having chest pains during this competition. It is starting to feel normal now and I love it. That will always be a night to remember at the Dog House. Many that have been around for a long time looked up at the banners from the 1960’s and remembered.

Today our team of photographers, reporters and social media along with hundreds of fans will be at the Lakeland Center to cheer on our Bulldogs as they take on Poinciana in the State Semi-finals in the final four competition. We wish them the best. Oh, and as far as being over-rated I just want to say this. Our team has earned each and every single advancement that they have made on this awesome journey. The administration, coaching, the hard work of the players and the awesome fans that we have in this community have made this possible and we should all be proud. We do all have one thing in common. We will always be Bulldog fans no matter what. Hey, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

February 25, 2016 Posted by | Basketball, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nature Coast Sharks End Playoff’s For The Bulldogs


The Nature Coast Sharks will be moving on to the next round of the playoffs as they defeated the Zephyrhills Bulldogs by a score of 42 – 13. Zephyrhills had a great run this year and finished the regular season with 8 wins and 2 losses. They were 6 – 1 in the district. It looks to me that next years team will be loaded with talent as was this years team. In any event we will always be proud of the Bulldogs. They played their hearts out this season. Now it’s time to get some rest.

November 13, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Streak Is Broken. Bulldogs Beat Pasco In The 9 Mile War

9 Mile War

After seven straight years of back to back Pirate wins the Zephyrhills Bulldogs beat the Pasco Pirates during the 9 Mile War fought at Bulldog Stadium at Zephyrhills High School by a score of 50 – 16. The Bulldogs will be traveling to Nature Coast High School for round one of the playoffs next Friday night with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff scheduled. Below are some other scores of interest for this area.

Fivay 22     Land O’Lakes 6

Sunlake 14     River Ridge 13

Central 13     Anclote 21

Gulf 0     Mitchell 56

November 7, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Zephyrhills Bulldogs Win Big At Homecoming

Introduction of the candidates at Homecoming 2015

Introduction of the candidates at Homecoming 2015

The Zephyrhills Bulldogs won big against the Anclote Sharks by a score of 41 – 14 at Bulldog Stadium. It was also Homecoming and the festivities took center stage before the game and at halftime. If that wasn’t enough the ZHS Bulldog Band performed their annual “Lights Out” show after the game. ZHS will be taking on arch rival the Pasco Pirates next Friday night at Bulldog Stadium. I am thinking that the place will be packed. Here are some other scores of interest.

Pasco 43    Springstead 44

River Ridge 42    Wesley Chapel 21

Mitchell 19    Land O’Lakes 7

Hudson 58    Gulf 16

Ridgewood 13    Fivay 41

October 30, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bulldogs Back In the Win Column

zhs alumni

The Zephyrhills Bulldogs beat the Wesley Chapel Wildcats on the road 40 – 28. ZHills will be playing at home for their last two games. October 30th is Homecoming against Anclote High School. The ZHS Band immediately after the game will be doing their annual lights off show which is always very popular. Alumni is invited to join the band before the game for the National Anthem at Bulldog Stadium. The last game is on November 6th and it’s the 9 mile war against the Pasco Pirates. Other scores of interest are listed below.

Pasco  20     Land O’Lakes 14

Zephyrhills Christian 14     The First Academy 45

Sunlake 14     Mitchell 21

Anclote 7     River Ridge 49

Hudson 17     Fivay 10

Gulf 35      Ridgewood 37

October 23, 2015 Posted by | Bruce Cimorelli, Coach Reggie Roberts | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bulldogs Had A Tough Night Against The Royal Rangers


Our Zephyrhills Bulldogs took it on the chin against district rival River Ridge by a score of 14 – 27. It was just one of those nights. We even had problems in the press box with the button on the clock sticking on and off all night. Next week the Bulldogs will be traveling to Wesley Chapel High School. Below are some other scores of interest.

Pasco 8     Sunlake 36

Fivay 55     Gulf 27

Wiregrass Ranch 18     Mitchell 52

Wesley Chapel 28     Anclote 19

Ridgewood 18     Hudson 35

October 16, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bulldogs Rack Up Another Big Win, This Time Against Ridgewood


The Bulldogs continue their winning streak. This week they traveled to Ridgewood High School and defeated them 63 -19. Zephyrhills will be playing at Bulldog Stadium next Friday, October 16th against River Ridge. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Below are a few more scores of interest.

River Ridge 51   Gulf 0

Zephyrhills Christian 34   Keswick Christian 23

Anclote 35    Fivay 16

Wesley Chapel 21   Hudson 26

Pasco High School had a “bye” week.

October 9, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ZHS vs Hudson Is The Brighthouse Game Of The Week


Brighthouse Sports Networks picked the Zephyrhills Bulldogs vs Hudson Cobras as the game they would be covering live this week. Brighthouse must have consulted their crystal ball because this game was truly the “Game Of The Week” Clock operator Kerry Ryman, scoreboard operator Nelson Ryman, Kenny Sanders barking out the stats and myself shared the press box with the Brighthouse broadcast crew. It was a fun game and the Bulldogs came out on top by a score of 52 – 37 over the Cobras. The Bulldogs are now 3 – 0 in the district and 4 – 1 overall. They will be traveling to Ridgewood High School next week. Here are some other scores of interest.

Mitchell 42 Pasco 27

Sunlake 38 Springstead 20

Fivay 20 Wesley Chapel 15

Freedom 17 Wiregrass Ranch 6

Anclote 42 Gulf 7

Zepyrhills Christian 29 Windermere Prep 28

October 2, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bulldogs Win At First Home Game Of The Season

zhs alumni

The Zephyrhills Bulldogs won big time against Fivay High School 69 – 25. It was the first home game of the season. ZHS Athletics and ZHS Cheerleading also won because local Zephyrhills car dealer Thomas And Son decided to put up $100 for every touchdown scored at all home games. It is called the Thomas and Son Touchdown. At the first game ZHS already banked $1000 going into next week’s game against Hudson which is at Bulldog Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Also at tonight’s game life long resident, coach, teacher and friend to many Arthur “Skip” Riley was recognized and a moment of silence was held. Skip passed away in May of this year. In addition also recognized was ZHS Athletic Director Bruce Cimorelli’s mom Mary who was laid to rest earlier that day in Bushnell.

September 25, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment