Academy at the Lakes football eyes state title run

Following last year’s historic eight-man state title run, questions swirled about how the Academy at the Lakes football program would respond in 2018 with the loss a number of impactful seniors, including do-it-all tailback/linebacker Daniel Gonzalez, the 2017 Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools (FCAPPS) Heisman Trophy winner. Fair to say, they’ve handled the adjustment … [Read more...]

Prep football regular season recap

With the 2018 prep football regular season coming to a close — and playoffs set to begin — here’s a look at some of the storylines and highlights from schools in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: Zephyrhills notches perfect campaign The 2018 campaign will be one to remember for the Zephyrhills Bulldogs. They finished 10-0 and captured their second straight Class 5A, District 8 title — … [Read more...]

Local schools receive Special Olympics honor

Land O’ Lakes High School’s Unified Special Olympics program received international attention more than three years ago, when its coed soccer team won the bronze medal at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Now, the school’s Unified program has earned another prestigious honor — 2018 Special Olympics National Banner Unified Champion School. The designation, based on the … [Read more...]

Foundation offers tennis lessons to Pasco youths

Construction has yet to begin on the Sarah Vande Berg Memorial Tennis Center in Zephyrhills — but that hasn’t stopped the community from working to serve up more tennis opportunities to its underserved population. Well before the new $3.5 million, 11-court facility opens off of Simons Road, dozens of underprivileged youth in east Pasco will get opportunities to learn the game through a new … [Read more...]

Records are shattered at conference swim meet

A swimming and diving team — that is not named Land O’ Lakes High School — can finally lay claim as tops in Pasco County. The Land O’ Lakes High School’s boys squad had won every conference meet dating back to 2001, while the girls squad had won the conference meet since 2009. But, this time around, the Gators boys finished behind Mitchell High, and the girls squad was unseated by Sunlake … [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...]

Sunlake High girls swimming primed for another big splash

The Land O’ Lakes High varsity football team upending Sunlake High in the 12th annual Butter Bowl wasn’t the only long-running sports streak broken between the two rival schools. The other came in girls swimming and diving — with Sunlake finally getting the upper hand against its crosstown foe. The Seahawks girls defeated the Gators in a dual meet 108-78, on Sept. 19 at the Land O’ Lakes … [Read more...]

Prep football midseason review

With five weeks of high school football in the books, the midway point of the 2018 season has been reached. Here’s a look at some of the storylines and highlights from schools in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: Boisterous Bulldogs No Charles Harrison III? No problem. The Zephyrhills High Bulldogs have maintained their winning ways, even without the prolific and record-setting … [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...]

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...]