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Kids OVERVIEW FOR Sunday, May 29, 2016

Positive Season Leads to Alonso Softball Optimism

Caila Weisman of The Fords

Alonso High School’s youthful softball team had some growing pains this season. But it earned the fourth regional appearance in program history and has an abundance of optimism for 2017.

Troop 46 Canoes the Withlacoochee

Scouts canoe the Withlacoochee.

Troop 46 started March with a canoe adventure down the Withlacoochee River. Scouts camped the first night at the Canoe Outpost campground, then woke up at the crack of dawn and moved on to Hog Island, where they stayed to camp another night.

Fifth Grade Turns to Service

Westchase Elementary’s fifth grade Wizards enjoy many end-of-year activities. These include such things as a field trip to Busch Gardens, a yearbook signing and a dance banquet. This year, however, Westchase Elementary fifth graders are also participating in community service projects chosen by individual teachers from a list approved by the administration.

Westchase Egg Hunt Offers Sweet Spring Tradition

Spring break didn’t stop the bunny or the kids from returning to the sixth annual Westchase Egg Hunt. The event, held March 20 at the Westchase Recreation Center, saw heaps of candy-filled eggs, hot dogs and lots of fun. Nearly 400 children attended, collecting thousands of eggs.

Leopards’ Music and Art Spring to Life

Spring is an exciting time for music and art lovers at Lowry Elementary! There are a lot of great programs and events that take place during this time each year.

Athletes of the Month: Chad Heidt and Matthew Daner

Matthew Daner of The Greens with his parents Amy and Fred.

A few years ago, high-school wrestling wasn’t in the plans for Westchase residents Matt Daner and Chad Heidt. But circumstances drew them to the sport. Now they couldn’t imagine another life.

Alonso Lacrosse Holds Fundraiser

The Alonso Lacrosse team is holding a fundraising event at Flippers Car Wash on Sheldon Road. The car wash is located just north of Linebaugh Avenue next to the Shell gas station. The lacrosse team will receive a percentage of the car wash fee every time the special code 1300 is used between April 23 and May 23.

MOMS Club Forms New Playgroup

The MOMS Club’s newest playgroup, the Starfish.

The MOMS Club is delighted to introduce our newest playgroup – the Starfish! The Starfish group is for children born after September 2015 – and they had their first official playdate in April.

Alonso Baseball Fundraiser Jan. 2

The Alonso High School Ravens Baseball 2015 Saladino and District Champions will be hosting a golf tournament fundraiser at the Westchase Golf Club on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. The format is a four-person team scramble.

Little League All Stars Win State Title

They fell just short of the ultimate goal – a spot in the Little League World Series. But the Keystone Little League All-Star baseball team captured something unexpected this summer. They won everyone’s heart.

New Westchasers, March 2014

Elise Marie Longnecker

Carmen and Carl Longnecker of The Shires welcomed Elise Marie Longnecker on January 15 at 7:17 p.m. Elise Marie weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 18 inches. She was greeted home by big brother, Nathan, 3, and big sister, Anna, 21 months.

New Westchasers, September 2014

Brendan Richard Gorecki

Brie and Mike Gorecki of Stockbridge welcomed Brendan Richard on June 23 at 3:19 p.m. Brendan Richard weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21.75 inches. He is their first.

New Westchasers, December 2013

Mia Keely Schoenfeld

Alyson and Jeremy Schoenfeld of Stockbridge welcomed Mia Keely on September 16 at 9:19 p.m. Mia Keely weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19 inches. She is their first.

Westchase School Supply Drive for Just Elementary Organized

Sophie Moss and Publix Manager Dan Damron prepare for Moss’ school supply drive.

Life is good, but not for everyone.Imagine getting to school ready to learn, but not being able to because you have nothing to write with and nothing to write on. Now imagine working so hard at school, and then losing all of your homework and projects because you have no binder or folder in which to carry everything.

Pack 46 Holds Sweet Bake Off

The cake bake off challenged the kids to use their imagination. For the event the Pack 46 Cub Scouts had to come up with ideas to fit the Scout, animal, holiday, sports, movie/TV or cupcake categories – and the scouts came through! Their designs also proved that Scout skills extend to the kitchen.

Casino Night Proves a Successful Fund-Raiser

If you missed it, February’s Casino Night to Remember was a blast! The Westchase Elementary Ways and Means Committee would like to thank the families, teachers and staff for their support in a very successful fourth Casino Night to Remember on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Bayanihan Arts and Event Center. The event raised money to enhance computer technology at Westchase Elementary.

New Westchasers, March 2012

Jack Richard Tamulski

Andrea and Dave Digdo of Castleford welcomed Anna Noelle on December 28 at 3:52 a.m. Anna Noelle weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 19 inches. She was welcomed home by big brother Luke, 5, and big sister Grace, 3.

Football Success Triggers Surge in Alonso School Spirit

Alonso High School football players wear navy blue polo shirts to school on game days as a display of their team unity.

Before the summer break, the lasting memory for Alonso High School’s year was its baseball team capturing a Class 6A state championship. Two months into a new school year, Alonso’s football team tied a program record by starting 5-0.

Short in Stature, Alonso Hoopsters Grow in Respectability

Alonso junior Greg Robinson, Coach Todd Price and Malachi Christopher are hoping to build upon Alonso High School

When Alonso High School boys basketball coach Todd Price sees kids waiting for space on pick-up courts in the Westchase area, he gets encouraged. When Price notices heavy enrollment for youth basketball leagues at the YMCA, he smiles. Heck, if Price spots a young boy dribbling a basketball in the driveway, that’s a positive.

Davidsen Dragons Discover Newly Painted School

September brings cooler weather and the first full month of school. With summer now a memory, the students are focusing on new classes and teachers. The newly painted hallways of Davidsen are busy with the sounds of students shuffling through textbooks and scurrying to classrooms before the bell rings.

Cub Scouts Mark Year’s End with Xtreme Fun

After a year of hit or miss temperatures and precipitation, weather was finally of no concern for the Cub Scouts of Westchase Pack 46. When the Scouts celebrated their end-of-year party at Xtreme Fun Center, all the activities took place inside! The Scouts had a wide range of fun activities to choose from, including baseball hitting ranges, video games and, of course, laser tag!