Land O’ Lakes High honors ‘Voice of the Gators’

For Land O’ Lakes High School, this year’s ‘Butter Bowl’ will go down as one of the most historic, as the Gators football team finally cracked an eight-game losing streak to crosstown rival Sunlake High School, with a 35-24 home victory. The most enduring moment of the evening, however, came right before kickoff. That’s when a special dedication ceremony was held to honor longtime … [Read more...]

Lutz musician keeps busy with multiple instruments, bands

Fred Chandler relishes a good musical challenge. It is why he’s seemingly always working on the craft — whether it be playing in solo and band shows, tinkering with a new instrument, or laying down new tracks in a recording studio. Sometimes, when he wakes up, he has locked, bloody fingers and a hoarse voice — following a busy week of performances. His creativity, however, is never … [Read more...]

Tampa Bay author pens book to inspire teenage girls

After years of struggling to find her own self-worth, Ashley Wichlenski made it her mission to help teenage girls fighting similar battles. So, she decided to write a book to do just that. ‘The Keeper of My Heart” is Wichlenski’s Christian-based, interactive self-help book that strives to build confidence in girls and help them become comfortable in their own skin. Passages focus on … [Read more...]

Locals make 2018 NFL rosters

The NFL season is underway and a handful of athletes from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area wound up making rosters, proving themselves worthy throughout training camp and preseason action. Here is a look at the locals now playing at football’s highest level: Janarion Grant, receiver—Baltimore Ravens College: Rutgers University (Piscataway, New Jersey) High School: Pasco High School; … [Read more...]

Fall Golf Classic

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce Fall Golf Classic is set for Oct. 12 at Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd, Land O’ Lakes. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Cost is $85 for an individual, and $290 for a team of four. Registration includes greens fees, golf cart, range balls and awards networking. For information about registration and … [Read more...]

Saint Leo athletics announces 2018 Hall of Fame

The Saint Leo University athletics department has announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Eight honorees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m., inside the boardrooms on University Campus, 33701 State Road in St. Leo. Inductees in the Class of 2018 include: Ernie Robinson '68 (baseball and men's basketball) Brian Dayett '78 (baseball), Pierre Augustin '90 … [Read more...]

Patriot Run is set

The 10th annual Patriot 5K Run/Walk is set for Oct. 13 at 9 a.m., at Carrollwood Day School, 1515 West Bearss Ave., in Tampa. The Patriot Run is a family event sponsored by the school’s Patriot Booster Club. Other racing events include a coed sprint relay between parents and faculty; 1-mile run with obstacles; and kids’ dash. Inflatable activities and crafts will also be available. Cost is $30 … [Read more...]

Youth flag football league

Registration is open for Evov Sports’ Youth 7-on-7 Flag Football league. The 10-week league runs from Jan. 15 to March 17, with a single elimination playoff for top teams. There will be a league for boys ages 6 to 14, as well as an all-girls league for ages 6 to 17. Practices and games will take place at a local school around the Lutz area. Registration is available online at For … [Read more...]

Pickleball games

The Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Pkwy, Land O Lakes, is offering pickleball games every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All ages are encouraged to play. Paddles and balls are provided. For information, email Bob Matthews at moc.l1537926986iamg@153792698606swe1537926986httam1537926986bob1537926986. … [Read more...]

Pasco tourism ‘booming,’ officials say

Tourism is “booming” in Pasco County and shows little signs of slowing down. That was the message delivered by Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore and Pasco County Tourism Director Adam Thomas during a recent appearance at a Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce meeting. “We’re at the highest (tourism) levels ever,” said Moore, who joined Smith, as the featured speakers at the … [Read more...]