Sunshine Athletic Conference East spring awards announced

On May 8, high school coaches from the Pasco County School District announced SAC (Sunshine Athletic Conference) All-Conference Teams, Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year, for the 2016-2017 spring sports season. Selections were made for both the East and West Division. The following high schools from our coverage area were represented in the East Division: Land O’ Lakes, Pasco, … [Read more...]

Carrollwood Day names new boys basketball coach

Teddy Owens, director of basketball operations at the University of Nebraska, has been named the new boys basketball coach at Carrollwood Day School. Owens, who has been with Nebraska for the past four seasons, including the past three as the university’s director of ops, replaces Mario Lovett, who went a combined 26-53 in four seasons at Carrollwood Day. Besides coaching, Owens, 35, … [Read more...]

PHSC Student-Athletes of the Year

Pasco-Hernando State College men’s baseball player Bailey Partlow and women’s cross-country runner Marffee Simbulan each were each honored with the college’s Dr. Debra J. Hay Outstanding Student Athlete Award, during an April 17 awards banquet. Each year, one female and one male PHSC student-athlete who “demonstrate excellence in the classroom, on the fields and courts, in leadership on … [Read more...]

Saint Leo adds three during spring signing

The Saint Leo women’s basketball team has announced the addition of three more players to the 2017-2018 roster: Alani Gallagher, of Vestal, New York; Savannah Scott, of South Bend, Indiana; and Dashaun Jackson, of Miramar, Florida. Gallagher,a 6-foot-1 center from Vestal High School, was named the BCANY (Basketball Coaches Association of New York) Class A Player of the Year following her … [Read more...]

2017 Hillsborough County All-Western Conference Baseball

The 2017 All-Western Conference baseball teams are selected solely by Hillsborough County’s public school head baseball coaches. Only players from public school programs are eligible for the teams. Athletes from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area were represented in both the American and National divisions. American Division First Team Catcher — Danny Gutcher, Jr., Gaither High Infielder — … [Read more...]

Local commits and signees

Wharton High senior Ryan Russell has signed a letter of intent to run track for Boston College, a Division I school in Boston, Massachusetts. Russell is expected to compete in both the 200-meter dash (PR 22.06) and 400-meter dash (PR 50.01). Freedom High product Taylor Emery has verbally committed to play women’s basketball at Virginia Polytechnic University, a Division I school in Blacksburg, … [Read more...]

Saint Leo softball claims conference title

The 14th-ranked Saint Leo softball team won its second consecutive Sunshine State Conference title, and third in five years, after posting a 17-7 record in conference. Saint Leo (37-13) won their final series over Rollins College on April 28 to push to the top of the SSC standings. The Lions, who are currently ranked No. 1 in the South Region, will receive the conference's automatic … [Read more...]

Area athletes join National Football League

Pasco High product Joey Ivie (University of Florida) was picked by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round with the 228th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 301-pound defensive tackle, who was one of eight Florida Gators selected in the draft, registered 26 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 11 games last season. Ivie graduated from Pasco High in 2013.   Freedom High product … [Read more...]

Adult soccer league registration

The NewAPSL (Adult Premier Soccer League) is accepting teams and individual players its Wednesday night and Sunday afternoon spring leagues. Games are played at Benito Middle School, 10101 Cross Creek Blvd., in New Tampa. For information, visit, or call Colin Eke at (813) 610-2278. … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch boys tennis finish state runner-up

The Wiregrass Ranch High varsity boys tennis team finished state runner-up at the 2017 FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association) Class 4A State Finals, at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs on April 27. The Bulls defeated Fleming Island High (4-1) and Steinbrenner High (4-1), before falling to Douglas High (1-4) in the championship match. The tournament marked Wiregrass Ranch’s fifth … [Read more...]