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...]

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...]

Locals shine at boys weightlifting

A handful of locals turned in top-notch performances at the 2019 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) boys weightlifting state championships, held last month in Panama City. Standouts included Sunlake High School seniors Caleb Huff and Victor Velez, who each won a gold medal in Class 2A. Huff won in the 119-pound division and Velez won in the 129-pound division. Huff … [Read more...]

Pasco all-star baseball and softball rosters named

Baseball and softball rosters have been announced for the 2019 Pasco County East-West Classic. The third annual all-star showcase, organized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, features many of the top high school seniors in Pasco County. Players on the East teams will represent Academy at the Lakes, Cypress Creek, Pasco, Sunlake, Wesley Chapel, Wiregrass Ranch and Zephyrhills high … [Read more...]

Spring football preview for area teams

High school football is back in session, as spring football practices are now underway statewide. And, while the 2019 prep season remains months away, Florida high school football fans still will get a taste of how their teams are shaping up with a series of exhibition games and jamborees in late May. Florida high schools are allowed a maximum of 20 practice sessions from April 22 through … [Read more...]

Imagine School captures girls soccer title

Caidee Sumner and Bella Wood were determined to end their middle school soccer careers on a high note. The eighth-grade team co-captains did just that — leading the Imagine School of Land O’ Lakes Dragons to the 2019 Tampa Charter Athletic League (TCAL) girls soccer championship title. “It’s our last year here and we wanted to go out as a champion,” Wood said. The Dragons (9-2) entered … [Read more...]

Sunlake sweeps conference track championships

For the second straight year, the Sunlake High track and field program reigned supreme at the Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC) Eastside championship meet, as its boys and girls teams earned first-place overall finishes to best six other east Pasco high schools. The Sunlake boys team tallied 189 points, comfortably ahead of second place Wiregrass Ranch (101) and third place Land O’ Lakes … [Read more...]

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...]