Locals stand out at track championships

Local high school athletes ran, jumped and tossed their way to standout showings at the 2019 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) state track and field championships. More than two dozen boys and girls athletes from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area earned medalist honors, or top-eight finishes, across all classifications at the state meet, on May 4 and May 5 at the University of … [Read more...]

Title Teams

A trio of local middle school sports programs earned team titles at last week’s Tampa Charter Athletic League (TCAL) championships. Winning teams included: Carrollwood Day School boys ball hockey, Lutz Preparatory School girls ball hockey, and Imagine School of Land O’ Lakes girls flag football. The TCAL is one of state’s largest charter school leagues, consisting of about 20 schools and 14 … [Read more...]

National stage ahead

A pair of local youth softball players will showcase their skills on the national stage this summer. Wesley Chapel’s Lilly Bridges, left, and Land O’ Lakes’ Madison Callaghan will participate in the USA Softball All-American Games in June in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Bridges and Callaghan will be members of the 12-under Florida region team, becoming two of only 360 girls nationwide selected to … [Read more...]

Pasco all-star game

The 2019 Pasco County Baseball/Softball All-Star Game, presented by Pasco Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is set for May 25 at noon, at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 3651 Hays Road in Spring Hill. The annual showcase features many of the top high school senior baseball and softball players in Pasco County. Tickets are $10; parking is free. For information, visit … [Read more...]

Pasco Sheriff’s Office hone crisis intervention skills

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies recently spent a week learning how to use the power of words to de-escalate situations that have the potential to turn dangerous. In one role-play scenario, Pasco Sheriff’s Office deputies Breanna Chandler and Lindsay Steward intermediated between a mother and her teenage daughter with oppositional defiant disorder. In another scene, deputies Ricardo … [Read more...]

Pasco animal control officer earns statewide award

For John Douglass, working in animal control offers all kinds of adventure. Some days he’s safely impounding homeless cats and dogs. Other days, he’s investigating animal cruelty complaints or conducting animal welfare checks. The nonstop variety helps explain why he relishes his duties as a Pasco County Animal Services field training officer. “I definitely enjoy it. You see … [Read more...]

AATL tops Land O’ Lakes in postseason tune-up

Two of the state’s top softball players matched up for the final time against one another in high school uniforms when Academy at the Lakes hosted Land O’ Lakes in a recent non-district game at Starkey Ranch District Park. In the latest matchup between crosstown foes, the Wildcats and senior ace pitcher Lexi Kilfoyl bested the Gators and their senior star pitcher, Callie Turner, en route to … [Read more...]

Gaither alum selected in NFL Draft

Before he became a big-time college football standout at Penn State, Amani Oruwariye could be seen locking down wide receivers on Friday nights at Ron Allen Field at Gaither High School. Now, Oruwariye is advancing on to the sport’s biggest stage — the National Football League (NFL). The Penn State defensive back and 2014 Gaither graduate was selected in the fifth round (146th overall) by … [Read more...]

Youth vaping a growing concern in Pasco

Health officials in Pasco County are concerned about rising numbers of local teens who are using electronic cigarettes, or vaping. Last year, about 25 percent of Florida high school students reported current use of electronic vaping, according to the Florida Department of Health. That marked a staggering 58 percent increase compared to 2017. The figures might be even higher in Pasco … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel plays host to disabled hockey festival

More than 1,000 athletes representing more than 100 teams from dozens of states recently converged on Wesley Chapel, testing their mettle in the world’s largest indoor disabled ice sporting event. AdventHealth Center Ice played host to the 15th annual USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival, marking the second straight year the event has called home the multi-rink Wesley Chapel hockey … [Read more...]