Breaking News: New Little League in Starkey Ranch

14 Dec
Starkey Ranch Little League

A new Little League charter has been granted to the Starkey Little League organization which will be serving the Starkey Ranch, Asturia in the Odessa and Trinity, Florida area communities! This is a huge win for the local community as the closest Little League organization was quite a ways away from the community it serves. 

Check out the press release issued earlier today.

Trinity Baseball – Spring Season

11 Nov

Program Information

2022 Spring Recreational Baseball & Softball Registration

Dates / Times
We are located at Starkey Ranch District Park in Odessa, FL. 

Registration closes on 02/28/2022 at 12:00 AM
Season Dates: 02/18/2022 to 05/20/2022

Program
Youth Sports Florida’s recreational baseball program consists of four age-based levels depending on the player’s age as of August 31st, 2022. Program emphasis is on fundamentals of the game as players are shown the basics of hitting, throwing, catching and base running within a framework of teamwork and sportsmanship.

Teams
All coaches are volunteers and coaches set up the practice location, day and time.  Rosters, schedules, uniforms and equipment are distributed to coaches before your first game. Players will be contacted by the coach of their team. Practices will begin in February. Please note coaches will be required to complete a background check.

Special Request Policy
Coach and teammate requests will be considered carefully, but there is no guarantee they will be honored. For requests to be considered, the registration must be turned in by the registration deadline.

What about the girls!?!
A softball program is for girls only. Our baseball program is co-ed at all age groups and girls are also welcome!

More information is available on the Trinity Little League website – https://www.youthsportsfl.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2739790

Divisions

T-Ball for ages 4-6

Ballplayers ages 4-6 learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Young athletes hit the ball from a batting tee which is height-adjusted for a level swing, batting in order through the line-up for the entire game. The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team environment.

Rookie (machine/coach-pitch) for ages 7-8

Designed primarily for ballplayers ages 7-8, this division makes use of a pitching machine and/or coach-pitch to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field. Fear of actually being hit by a pitched ball is diminished. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants.

Minor for ages 9-10

Recommended for ballplayers ages 9-10. Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork.

Major for ages 11-12

Features a 46′ pitching distance and 60′ base paths. Special base running rules are also in effect.

News: 2022-2025 Pasco County Strategic Plan

20 Oct

The Government of Pasco County, Florida has released their 2022-2025 Strategic Plan. Below is the information they provided as part of the release of the strategic plan.

The Pasco Board of County Commissioners is pleased to share our 2022-2025 Strategic Plan! The plan, developed over the past 18 months with input from team members and external customers, will guide #PascoCounty
 
Government’s actions and activities over the next four years as we work toward becoming Florida’s Premier County.
 
Four focus areas frame the work we do. Each is supported by Strategic Goals, accomplished through comprehensive strategies, detailed action plans and targeted initiatives:
 
– CREATE a Thriving Community
– ENHANCE Quality of Life
– STIMULATE Economic Growth
– IMPROVE Organization Performance
 
You can read the full 2022-2025 Pasco County Strategic Plan below or feel free to click here to download.

News: Pasco County Schools Bell Time Changes

18 Oct

The following information was sent out to parents of students attending as Pasco County School.

“Due to the chronic bus driver shortage, many students are arriving late to school every day, which results in a loss of instructional time. To address the problem, the school district is proposing a mid-year change to school bell times. Under the proposed plan, school starting and ending times would be adjusted starting January 4, when students return from Winter Break.”

Download the draft Pasco County Schools Bell Schedule for 2021-2022 using the link below.

Pasco County Schools Draft Bell Times 2021-2022 School Year

Events: Starkey Ranch Fall Fair

12 Oct

Event: Starkey Ranch Fall Fair
Date: November 13, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: 11880 Lake Blanche Drive, Odessa, Florida 33556

Come out to the Starkey Ranch District Park on Saturday, November 13 for some fall fun! There will be shopping, local vendors, food trucks, inflatables, and Touch-a-Truck. Open to the public, this is a great way to celebrate fall and support local businesses! The Fair will held at the Starkey Ranch District Park, 10am-2pm, and is hosted by Starkey CARES.

Facebook Event Page (Click Here!)

Events: Hope UMC Pumpkinpalooza

2 Oct
Pumpkinpalooza is coming to Trinity!
 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021 AT 11 AM
 
Pumpkin Patch 9 am – 8 pm
*Many different pumpkins to pick from and fall photo opportunities
Food Truck Rally 11 am – 7 pm
*Food Trucks include: Got Lobstah?, Sweetie’s BBQ, Philly Buster, Chicken Salad Chick, Cold Stone Creamery snd Sliderz – N – More
 
Food Drive 12 pm – 3 pm
*We will be collecting non-perishable food items for our local food pantry.
 
Musical Entertainment 12 pm – 3 pm
*Billy Ray Virus
Family Costume party 3 pm – 6 pm
*Candy, Games, Prizes, Music, and More!
 
For more information – Click Here!

Coming Soon: Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop in Starkey Ranch

23 Jul

According to a news article posted here, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop will soon be opening a location in Starkey Ranch.

A taste of Philadelphia’s legendary Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop is closer than you think to opening up here in the Tampa Bay area!

They’re quite popular in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Washington. And now they’re coming to Florida. The closest one to us at the moment is in Atlanta, but they have big plans to enter the Tampa area with over a dozen locations in the works. Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop was founded in 1976. They now have over 100 locations around the United States. The first two Tampa area locations will open this summer. One will be in Odessa in Starkey Ranch. The other will be in Lutz at the Willow Bend Towne Center. Others will later open in Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk and Pinellas counties.

Can your taste buds handle what Capriotti’s is cooking?

News: Trinity and Starkey Ranch Baseball League Coming!

15 Jul

We are excited to hear that Trinity and Starkey Ranch will be getting their own baseball league! This is a long time coming and the season starts this coming Fall. Check out all of the great information below and if you want to sign up, please click the link at the bottom of the article!

2021 Trinity and Starkey Ranch Fall Recreational Baseball Registration

Dates / Times
We will be located at Starkey Ranch District Park in Odessa, FL from Sept 11, 2021 – Oct 30, 2021. Because we only have 1 field for fall season (more fields are being built ahead of Spring), our Fall season will be focused on skill-building and offer scrimmages in the latter half of the season.

Practice & Scrimmages – Saturdays

  • T-Ball + Rookie:  9am – 1pm
  • Minor + Major:  1pm – 5pm

Additional optional practice – Sundays

  • All levels:  9am – 1pm

Program
Youth Sports Florida’s recreational baseball program consists of four age-based levels depending on the player’s age as of May 1 of the current year. Program emphasis is on fundamentals of the game as players are shown the basics of hitting, throwing, catching and base running within a framework of teamwork and sportsmanship.

Teams
All coaches are volunteers and coaches set up the practice location, day and time.  Rosters, schedules, uniforms and equipment are distributed to coaches before your first game. Players will be contacted by the coach of their team. Practices will begin in September. Please note coaches will be required to complete a background check.

Special Request Policy
Coach and teammate requests will be considered carefully, but there is no guarantee they will be honored. For requests to be considered, the registration must be turned in by the registration deadline.

What about the girls!?!
A softball program will be coming soon. In the meantime, our baseball program is co-ed at all age groups and girls are welcome!

Divisions

T-Ball for ages 4-6

Ballplayers ages 4-6 learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Young athletes hit the ball from a batting tee which is height-adjusted for a level swing, batting in order through the line-up for the entire game. The primary goal is to begin to instruct young players in the fundamentals of baseball in a supportive team environment.

Rookie (machine/coach-pitch) for ages 7-8

Designed primarily for ballplayers ages 7-8, this division makes use of a pitching machine and/or coach-pitch to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field. Fear of actually being hit by a pitched ball is diminished. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants.

Minor for ages 9-10

Recommended for ballplayers ages 9-10. Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork.

Major for ages 11-12

Features a 46′ pitching distance and 60′ base paths. Special base running rules are also in effect.

News: Starkey K8 School Names Admin Staff

19 Jan

Pasco County Schools has announced the appointment of Cortney Gantt as the new Principal of the Starkey Ranch K-8 school opening in August 2021. Mrs. Gantt is a long time resident and administration team member in the Trinity area and has an awesome reputation as one of the best principals around.

Joining Mrs. Gantt will be Jennifer Frantz, who has been appointed as the Starkey K-8 school’s Assistant Principal. 

We’ve provided a list below showing the other staff members that will be part of the Starkey K-8 team.

Principal

NameEmailJob Description
Gantt, Cortney[email protected]Principal K8

Assistant Principals

NameEmailJob Description
Frantz, Jennifer[email protected]Asst Principal K8 245

Teachers

NameEmailJob Description

Support Staff

NameEmailJob Description
Grosseibl, Amy[email protected]Admin Asst Secondary NNB 245 
Level Flood, Brittany[email protected]Magnet Coordinator 
Moles, Toni[email protected]Stu Sys Data Entry Operator 
Pimental, Kim[email protected]Registrar 
Sajecki, Annette[email protected]Secretary III 216 
Wolfe, Joyce[email protected]Learn Design Coach 
Yothers, Cathy[email protected]Bookkeeper Sec 7.5h

Coming Soon: Starkey Ranch K-8 is set to open next fall

15 Oct
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A new kindergarten through eighth grade school that’s being constructed in the Starkey Ranch community now has an official name: Starkey Ranch K-8.

The school is scheduled to open next fall, and will part of a complex that includes a district park, a theater and library. The district park opened in November 2017.

The quartet of community amenities resulted from a public-public-private partnership involving Pasco County Schools, Pasco County and the Wheelock Communities, the private developers of Starkey Ranch, a community off State Road 54 in Trinity.

Starkey Ranch K-8 School is the public school district’s first school specifically designed for elementary and middle school students.

The school is expected to have about 1,000 elementary school students and 600 middle school students. The campus includes a gymnasium, athletic fields, a running track and sports courts that will be available during non-school hours to residents, through a shared-use agreement.

Additionally, the third part of the partnership involves Pasco County, and involves the construction of what’s been dubbed TLC, which stands for theater, library and cultural center.

The TLC will accommodate public library patrons and students. It also will have a 250-seat theater and three makerspaces.

The Pasco County School Board approved the school’s official name during its Oct. 6 meeting. The board prefers to name schools after the general location, features of the area or historical information about the area.

Source: The Laker / Lutz News