Can Anclote be stopped in Class 5A-District 7?

As the 2013 high school football season fast approaches, The Laker/Lutz News sports staff is previewing the new districts marked up by the Florida High School Athletic Association. Our fourth installment in the series takes a look at Class 5A-District 7. For past editions, go to Meet the teams Anclote (6-5, 5-2 in 5A-6) Gulf (0-10, 0-7 in 5A-6) Hudson (3-7, 3-4 in … [Read more...]

Performance-enhancing drugs hit high school level

In light of the recent Biogenesis scandal that put a black eye on Major League Baseball, the Florida High School Athletic Association is conducting a major review of its policies against the use of performance-enhancing drugs for student-athletes. In a release by the organization, which regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public and private schools, … [Read more...]

Class 6A-District 6 up for grabs

During the next few weeks leading up to the first game of the 2013 high school football season, The Laker/Lutz News sports staff is previewing the new districts marked up by the Florida High School Athletic Association. Our third installment in the series takes a look at Class 6A-District 6: Meet the teams Fivay (6-4, 5-2 in 5A-6) Land O’ Lakes (4-6, 2-5) Mitchell (6-4, 3-4) Springstead … [Read more...]

Danny Fernandez in familiar territory at Florida Tech

Danny Fernandez arrived at Steinbrenner High as a sophomore in 2009 without knowing what to expect from the brand new school. The field had never been played on. The weights had never been lifted. To him, it was a clean slate, the chance to prove his value to a budding program. Fast forward five years later and Fernandez is at it again — building a program from scratch. This time, … [Read more...]

Steinbrenner working to keep team chemistry intact

For the first time ever, Steinbrenner High girls basketball coach J.R. Allen is faced with the task of rebuilding going into the team’s fifth season. For the past two seasons, Steinbrenner has been one of the most successful programs in the county, from their first Class 7A-District 9 title in 2011, to its first playoff win against St. Petersburg last year, with back-to-back 20-plus win … [Read more...]

Bishop McLaughlin football enters new era after joining district

For the first time in the program’s nine-year history, the Bishop McLaughlin Hurricanes are in a major district — Class 3A-District 4 — that will now make them eligible for the postseason for the first time sine 2007. That has players excited for what could be coming down the road. “We’re a private school and still a very young program,” senior quarterback R.J. Perciavalle said. “Moving into … [Read more...]

Wharton QB Chase Litton decommits from USF

One of the highest regarded local prospects in the state won’t be joining the University of South Florida football team next season. Wharton High senior quarterback Chase Litton announced on his Twitter page July 26 that he has decided to back out of his verbal commitment with the Bulls to explore other options. “I want to apologize to USF, but I will be decommitting and opening my … [Read more...]

LaPace signs with Eastern Michigan

Former Steinbrenner High baseball player Logan LaPace has signed with Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, coach John Crumbley announced on July 25. LaPace, a right-handed pitcher and 2013 graduate, went 7-2 as a senior last season with a 1.67 ERA, two saves and three complete games for the Warriors. He told The Laker/Lutz News in a text message that he felt good after making an … [Read more...]

Wiregrass tennis standout wins USTA title

Noah Makarome is no stranger to dominating opponents on the tennis court. The Wiregrass Ranch High sophomore-to-be continued that trend recently during a summer competition at the U.S. Tennis Association’s National Clay Court Championships, winning the Boys 14 Singles title at the prestigious Jimmy Evert Tennis Center in Fort Lauderdale. Makarome’s route to the championship wasn’t easy, … [Read more...]

Phillies’ Brown unfazed in All-Star Game spotlight

When Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel called Domonic Brown into his office on July 7, the former Pasco High standout could only think of one reason -- he was being traded. Manuel and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro sat Brown down and closed the door. They told him he needed to pack his bags, but not because he was being dealt away from the organization. No, this news was much … [Read more...]