Conference champs

The Pine View Middle School boys soccer team was recently crowned Eastside Athletic Conference champions after going a perfect 8-0 during the 2018-2019 regular season. It marked the program’s first championship since 2006. The team is coached by Robert Craven. … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch football product named All-American

Former Wiregrass Ranch football star Chris Faddoul, now a sophomore punter at Florida A&M University, recently picked up first-team AP FCS All-American honors for the 2018-2019 season. Faddoul led the nation (Division I FCS) — and set a school record — in punting average at 46.8 yards per kick. Of his 41 punts, 16 were 50 yards or longer (including a long of 67 yards) and 17 were pinned inside … [Read more...]

Local football signings

A handful of athletes from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area participated in early national signing day for Division I football for the class of 2019: Carrollwood Day School senior quarterback Chris Butash signed with Division I FCS Holy Cross. Pasco High School/Auburn University transfer wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers signed with Division I Colorado State University. Sunlake High … [Read more...]

Saint Leo softball winter camp

The Saint Leo University softball program will host a one-day winter camp Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at University Softball Stadium, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo. The camp is open to all softball players in eighth grade through junior college. It will include skill instruction— offense, defense, base running and pitching — in the morning session, followed by a Saint Leo University Campus … [Read more...]

Run for Life 5K set

The sixth annual Run for Life 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run is scheduled for Jan. 26 at the Main Street stage, 38500 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. Start time for the 5K is 8:30 a.m., and 9:15 a.m., for the 1-Mile Fun Run. Trophies, medals and ribbons will be given to the overall male and female winners, top male and female age group finishers in the 5K, and the top … [Read more...]

Light Up the Night 5K run

Registration is ongoing for the 2019 Light Up the Night Tampa Bay 5K Run/1-Mile Walk, slated for Jan. 19 at 8 a.m., at Pasco-Hernando State College Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Cost for the 5K run is $35; the 1-mile walk is $20. Runners will receive a water bottle, T-shirt and medal. An awards ceremony will follow the race. The event, presented … [Read more...]

Shining at states

Wesley Chapel Martial Arts Academy had a strong showing at last month’s Florida Tae Kwon Do Open Championships in Sarasota, with several youth members collecting individual medals. From left: Habib Fayiz, owner of Wesley Chapel Martial Arts Academy; Mathew McMahon, silver medals in sparring and forms; Jeremy McMahon, silver medals in sparring and forms; Zachary Cannon, gold medal in sparring, … [Read more...]

Local commitments and signings

Jesuit High senior catcher Jimmy Clifford, a Lutz resident, has signed to play collegiate baseball at Division III Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut). Clifford posted a .200 batting average and .429 on-base percentage; he also registered a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 11 games. Clifford grew up playing many years in Lutz Little League, and attended Lutz Elementary and Most Holy … [Read more...]

Volleyball standout earns collegiate honor

Former Land O’ Lakes High School volleyball standout Sydney Hiner, now a freshman outside hitter at Division II Chowan University (Murfreesboro, North Carolina), recently earned Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s All-Rookie and All-Second team honors. Hiner finished the season with 149 kills and 301 digs. She also finished 21st in Division II in aces per set (0.47), also the highest … [Read more...]

Local athletes sign with colleges

More than two dozen local high school athletes ceremoniously signed their letters of intent to play college athletics on Nov. 14 — the beginning of the fall national signing period for every sport with the exception of football. Here is a roundup of known high school athlete signings in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: Academy at the Lakes Softball Lexi Kilfoyl —University of Alabama Land … [Read more...]