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PHSC Falls To Santa Fe


Pasco-Hernando State (4-2) lost a tough 1-0 game at Santa Fe College (8-1) today in Gainesville. The Conquistadors could manage only three hits in the game against three Saint pitchers. PHSC starter Chris McCormick had another solid performance pitching seven innings, allowing six hits while striking out nine. Riley Choate (0-1) pitched a scoreless eighth, but allowed two hits and a walk in the ninth. Danny Rodriguez came in relief with one out, but allowed a single scoring the only run of the game.

Softball Falls To Hillsborough Community College


Pasco-Hernando State College lost both games against Hillsborough Community College in Plant City on Tuesday night by scores of 6-5 and 8-0. In game one, Oliva Nase hit a two-run home run and Noemi Chavez went 2 for 3 with a triple. Hillsborough rallied to tie the score in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. The Quista's were shut out in game two as Clarissa Lynch (2-2) was the pitcher of record in both games. The team is now 2-4 on the season.

Quistas Basketball Defeats Webber University JV


On Wednesday February 11, the Quistas defeated Webber JV. Score was 100 - 79. Top players include Victor Davila with 28 points; Daemon Ashley with 26 points, and five assists; Shane Temara with 21 points and eight rebounds. The team's record is now 11-18 an improvement over last years record (10-19). 

The last game will be against Ave Maria JV on Sunday February 15 at 1 p.m. at Ave Maria.

PHSC Trustees Select Presidential Finalists


Pasco-Hernando State College’s presidential search continued this week with two consecutive days of video conferencing interviews of the top 12 candidates. Following the interviews, PHSC’s District Board of Trustees met Wednesday evening, February 11, 2015 to discuss and select the four finalists for the position of PHSC president.

“All 12 candidates are qualified, impressive leaders in higher education,” said Len Johnson, Chair of the District Board of Trustees. “Choosing the finalists among such an accomplished slate of candidates was a difficult task indeed—especially to succeed Dr. Katherine Johnson, who has served PHSC as an exemplary president for more than a decade.”

After careful deliberation, the board selected Timothy Beard, Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management, Pasco-Hernando State College, New Port Richey, Fla.; Roberto Gutierrez, President, Klamath Community College, Klamath Falls, Ore.; Rhonda Tracy, Interim President/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Parkersburg, W.Va.; and Tonjua Williams, Senior Vice President,Student Services, St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Fla.

The four finalists will advance to on-campus interviews, to be scheduled through March. The board hopes to announce the fourth president of PHSC later this spring.

Katherine Johnson, Ed.D, will retire on June 30, 2015 and the new president is expected to take office on July 1.

PHSC Rallies To Win


Pasco-Hernando State (4-1) scored three runs over the final two innings to come back and defeat Rollins College JV 4-3 at the West Campus. Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, Kevin Faulkner drove in Zach Hessinger with a single to tie the game and Alex Kranick laid down a squeeze bunt to score Justin Ortiz with the winning run. Tanner Thompson (1-0) picked up the win by pitching the ninth. Starter Bob Peck pitched the first five innings allowing three runs on five hits while striking out eight. Riley Choate, Errol Whinnen, Nick Donnell and Tanner Thompson combined to pitch the final four innings allowing no runs and one hit.

The team will travel to Santa Fe College in Gainesville on Friday for a 3 p.m. game. Chris McCormick (1-1) will get the start.

PHSC Baseball Splits Over the Weekend


Pasco-Hernando State College split a couple of games over the weekend at the West Campus. In the home opener on Saturday, PHSC rallied to beat IMG Academy 2-1. Danny Rodriguez (1-0) started and picked up the win by pitching eight innings allowing one run on three hits. Bob Peck picked up the save. Trailing 1-0 into the bottom of fifth, Michael Faul drove in a run with a single and Bobby Anderson walked with bases loaded for the winning RBI.

On Sunday, Palm Beach took advantage of six PHSC errors to win 5-0. Starter Chris McCormick (1-1) pitched five innings allowing four unearned runs on seven hits while striking out nine. Palm Beach scored the other unearned run off reliever Tanner Thompson, who pitched two innings allowing one hit, walked two and struck out one. Errol Whinnen pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Adam Arrowood pitched the ninth allowing just a hit. 

The team is currently 3-1 on the season and will host Rollins College JV on Wednesday. Bob Peck (1-0) will be the starting pitcher. Game time is set for 3 p.m.

PHSC Offers Health and Human Services Seminars


PHSC has developed a new Community Awareness Series in the spring term for students, faculty, staff and the community to learn about services provided by local agencies. The sessions highlight health and human services programs available in Pasco County, including public benefit, nutrition and pregnancy services.

Alice Delgardo, Manager of Community Outreach, United Way of Pasco County, will present the first seminar in the series on Friday, February 6 at 10 a.m.

Additional seminars include: Big Brother, Big Sisters on February 27; Pasco County Community Services, Elderly Nutrition Division, on March 6; Department of Health in Pasco County, Nutrition Services, on March 27; Oasis Pregnancy Care Center on April 3; and Healthy Start Coalition of Pasco County on April 24.

The Health and Human Services seminars meet the critical need for the community to better understand social service programs and services available to them. The seminars are offered at no cost and will provide the college community with access to a number of agencies and organizations designed to assist the residents of Pasco County.

All sessions will be held at PHSC Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch,in Wesley Chapel and will begin at 10 a.m. and run approximately 90 minutes. For more information call 1.855.NOW.PHSC, or visit the College's event calendar.

PHSC Wins On Road Again


Pasco-Hernando State College (2-0) defeated Polk State College by a score of 6-2 on Saturday afternoon in Winter Haven. Bob Peck (1-0) picked up the win pitching five innings allowing two runs on three hits. Riley Choate earned his first save by pitching four innings of hitless baseball. Zach Hessinger led the hitters going 3 for 5 with a double. Kevin Faulkner drove in two runs with a 2 RBI double in the top of the eighth inning. Jordan Ding also drove in three runs for the Conquistadors. The team will open its home season next Saturday when it hosts IMG Academy at 1:00 p.m.

Softball Team Opens Season 2-2


The Lady Quista softball team completed their opening weekend tournament in Clearwater with a record of 2-2 at the JUCO Classic. On Friday, Clarissa Lynch recorded a 6-0 shutout win over Wake Technical Community College. Lynch had ten strikeouts as the Quistas scored five runs in the fifth inning and one in the sixth. The Quistas were defeated by Richard Bland Community College in the nightcap by a score of 9-4. Brooke Gonzalez (0-1) took the loss on the mound.

On Saturday, the Quistas defeated Kaskaskia College 2-0 as Clarissa Lynch recorded her second shutout of the season. Chelsi Lopresto (2 for 2/RBI) scored the first run in the fifth inning and gave the Quistas an insurance run by driving in a run in the sixth. Broward College defeated the Quistas' 2-1 scoring in the bottom of the seventh in a very competitive game. Brooke Gonzalez (0-2) took the loss.

The team will travel to Hillsborough Community College on February 10 for a 5 p.m. doubleheader.

Coach Steve Winterling Awarded Regional Coach of the Year


Steve Winterling, PHSC Athletic Director and Head Men’s Baseball Coach, was honored as the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Diamond Sports Company, National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Regional Coach of the Year in January 2015. Now in his 24th year as the head coach at PHSC, Winterling led his team to its first-ever NJCAA Division II College World Series and fourth place finish in 2014 season.

Coach Winterling started PHSC’s first intercollegiate baseball team in 1991. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at Florida State University (FSU) for six years under Mike Martin—a tenure that included three College World Series and a national runner-up finish in 1986. He coached several professional athletes, including Deion Sanders, Paul Sorrento, Luis Alicea, Eduardo Perez and Orestes Destrade.

Winterling built the PHSC baseball program by grooming quality student athletes to compete against the best teams in the state. More than 30 players have signed professional contracts and many others have gone on to four-year institutions during his tenure.

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Winterling played two years of baseball at Florida College before transferring to the University of South Florida (USF), where he received his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1981. He completed his master’s degree from FSU in 1986. Winterling has been a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association for 35 years.