New Tampa teen’s javelin throw among nation’s best

As a kicker on the Wharton High School varsity football team and a defender on the varsity boys soccer team, Zach Godbold relies on his legs quite a bit. But, it’s his right arm and throwing ability, that could take him furthest in his athletic endeavors. The 17-year-old New Tampa resident happens to be one of the nation’s top high school javelin throwers, as a junior on the Wharton varsity … [Read more...]

Women’s sports museum opens in Wesley Chapel

Wesley Chapel’s AdventHealth Center Ice is widely known as the training grounds of the gold-medal winning 2018 U.S. Olympic women’s ice hockey team. Now, the 150,500-square-foot ice sports complex houses what is believed to be the first virtual museum dedicated to women’s hockey trailblazers. The museum, called the Women’s Sports Herstory Museum, is the brainchild of female hockey … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek celebrates inaugural signing day

Unlike just about every other high school in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, Cypress Creek Middle/High School last year didn’t have a National Signing Day event for student-athletes moving on to the college ranks. That’s because, the then first-year school on Old Pasco Road had no seniors, as it pulled strictly underclassman from Wesley Chapel and Wiregrass Ranch high schools. Cypress … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek girls soccer finds success in year two

They went from one of Pasco’s worst, to one of the firsts. That’s one way to describe the turnaround the Cypress Creek varsity girls’ soccer team experienced this season. After winning just three games in its inaugural campaign during the 2017-18 season, the Coyotes this year emerged as one of the county’s top programs. They finished the season with an 11-4 mark — quite the contrast to … [Read more...]

John Gant settles into major leagues

At least one Major League Baseball player calls Wesley Chapel home during the offseason. With pleasant weather and local ties, it’s a no-brainer for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Gant. After all, the 26-year-old Gant spent half his childhood being raised in the area — moving there with his family from Savannah, Georgia, when he was 11 years old. The major leaguer has been back in town … [Read more...]

Hoops coach surpasses 500 career wins

Achieving another coaching milestone was all but inevitable this season for Wesley Chapel High School varsity boys basketball coach Doug Greseth. After all, Greseth ended last year sitting on 499 career wins as a high school hoops coach in Florida. He didn’t have wait very long into the 2018-2019 campaign to celebrate win No. 500. It came in the Wildcats very first game of this season — a … [Read more...]

Local golfer headed to regional championships

He’s only been golfing competitively for about two years, but Fab Laude has picked up the sport with relative ease. He made the Wiregrass Ranch boys varsity golf team as a freshman last year, developing into one of the Bulls’ top players — and is now one of the better players in the county. But, before the 15-year-old gets too deep into his sophomore campaign, there’s another golf … [Read more...]

Ian Flores receives state, national honors

His high school soccer career is over, but Ian Flores is still picking up accolades for his contributions at Wiregrass Ranch High School. Last month, Flores was named the 2018 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Florida State High School Player of the Year. That followed another prestigious designation he earned recently: 2017-2018 United Soccer Coaches Winter-Spring Boys … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel boxer has big goals in sight

From the likes of Jeff Lacey and Keith Thurman, to Winky Wright and Antonio Tarver, the list of world boxing champions with ties to Tampa Bay runs deep. Wesley Chapel’s Evander Lamourt wants to be next. Since turning pro in 2016, the 26-year-old super featherweight has compiled a 4-1 record and actively ranks among the top 100 boxers in the United States for his weight class. Lamourt, who … [Read more...]

Distance runner receives Academic All-State honors

As he was busy shattering school records in cross country and track, Freedom High School’s Alejandro Michel was also leading the pack in the classroom — posting a weighted 8.8285 grade-point average and earning salutatorian honors for the Class of 2018. Those accomplishments resulted in a rare statewide designation for student-athletes: Alejandro Michel was one of 24 athletes named to the … [Read more...]