Youth league blends football, life lessons

In this youth football program, life lessons are just as important as fundamentals of tackling, blocking or catching. Winning is nice and all, but the Keystone Bills youth football and cheerleading organization is more about developing tomorrow’s leaders, officials say. “We’re really trying to build young men and young women,” said Bills president/athletic director Jermaine Clemons, … [Read more...]

Prep football midseason review

The 2019 Florida high school football regular season has reached the midway point. Here’s a closer look at how teams and players are faring from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Perfect performers At the midway mark, there are three programs sporting undefeated records — Academy at the Lakes, Gaither and Steinbrenner. What do each have in common? Potent offenses backed by efficient, … [Read more...]

Lutz softball continues to fine-tune its offerings

Following a successful spring campaign, Lutz Softball is gearing up for another season of fastpitch softball next month — with a number of recent additions and upgrades. Formerly known as the Lutz Leaguerettes, the ages 4 to 18 recreational girls softball organization has expanded its fastpitch offerings since scrapping slowpitch play altogether a few years ago. The league has introduced a … [Read more...]

Banner year for Lutz soccer team

It’s a season they’ll surely never forget. Under the umbrella and storied history of the FC Tampa Rangers soccer organization, the Lutz U13 Lady Rangers’ 2018-2019 campaign will go down as one of the more impressive in memory. The squad went 34-6-5 overall this season — including an 18-3-2 run since the beginning 2019. Ranked as one of the state’s top teams and earning a top seed in the … [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...]

State champion gymnast has bigger dreams in sight

Zachary Myers’ gymnastics talent became apparent early on. When he was just 3, he was doing flips on the couch and performing perfect cartwheels throughout the family’s Lutz home, his parents said. He’d even tumble around the fields at Oscar Cooler Sports Complex during his Lutz Little League baseball days. “We could see the natural ability in him,” said his father, Andy Myers. “He’s just got … [Read more...]

Lutz resident re-ups with D.C. United

After spending the past year with the D.C. United Academy, Adam Hassan is back for more — re-signing with the Major League Soccer club for the 2018-2019 season, to compete on its U-19 developmental squad. The 5-foot-10 midfielder/defender bypassed his junior year at Steinbrenner High School last August, to enter the D.C. United Academy U-17 program. The Lutz resident earned that … [Read more...]

This special league puts the focus on fun

Wins and losses don’t matter in this softball league. But having fun does. Every fall and spring, Idlewild Baptist Church (IBC) in Lutz hosts a softball league for the special needs community in Tampa Bay. It’s called the IBC Champions Division. And, together it brings children and adults of all ages, with varying physical and mental disabilities. Some players have autism. … [Read more...]

Local athletes celebrate paralympic achievements

Whenever she competes, 12-year-old Danielle Kanas gives it her all. And that mindset has worked for the Martinez Middle School seventh-grader, who ran, swam, threw and jumped her way to 15 gold medals and six national records this summer at the Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals in Middleton, Wisconsin. Kanas — a single-arm amputee, missing her left arm below the elbow — recently added … [Read more...]

Local athlete aspires to play major league soccer

Adam Hassan is a step closer to his goal of playing professional soccer. Hassan is bypassing his junior year at Steinbrenner High School to enter the D.C. United U-17 Academy, a youth and development program for the Major League Soccer (MLS) club D.C. United. He will be among a rare group of about 20 players chosen to join the Academy, which scouts regionally and internationally for … [Read more...]