National stage ahead

A pair of local youth softball players will showcase their skills on the national stage this summer. Wesley Chapel’s Lilly Bridges, left, and Land O’ Lakes’ Madison Callaghan will participate in the USA Softball All-American Games in June in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Bridges and Callaghan will be members of the 12-under Florida region team, becoming two of only 360 girls nationwide selected to … [Read more...]

Pasco all-star game

The 2019 Pasco County Baseball/Softball All-Star Game, presented by Pasco Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is set for May 25 at noon, at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 3651 Hays Road in Spring Hill. The annual showcase features many of the top high school senior baseball and softball players in Pasco County. Tickets are $10; parking is free. For information, visit … [Read more...]

Local signings and commitments

Several local high school senior athletes from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area recently announced commitments or signings to various colleges and universities: Baseball Jalenn Mead, Wiregrass Ranch — Greensboro College (Greensboro, North Carolina) Basketball Malcolm Whitlow, Carrollwood Day — Eckerd College Football Brandon Lemke, Academy at the Lakes — Central Methodist … [Read more...]

Baseball players recognized

The 2019 Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American and All-Region selections were recently released and The Laker/Lutz News coverage area is well-represented. Led by Steinbrenner’s Daniel Bautista and Gaither’s Derek Crum and Roy Peguero — who were named All-Florida second teamers — several other local players earned Florida region honorable mention. Bautista, Crum and Peguero were … [Read more...]

Local athlete signing

Wharton High School senior Tre Rivers signed to run track and cross-country at NCAA Division I University of Illinois at Chicago. In the fall, Rivers finished third overall in the 2018 FHSAA Class 4A state cross-country championship meet, clocking a 15:52.17. He holds the school’s 5K cross-country record, with time of 15:45. In track, Rivers holds the school record in the 3200 meter run (9:17.22) … [Read more...]

Local commitments

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Solid hauls

Matt Norris, shown here, teamed with Tim Grimes to win first place at the South Pasco Bassmasters’ (SPBM) March tournament, hauling in five fish for a total weight of 11.74 pounds on East Lake Tohopekaliga, in Osceola County. The duo caught their fish flipping assorted plastic baits in lily pads and isolated grass in 3 feet of water. The next SPBM tournament is April 20 at Crooked Lake in Polk … [Read more...]

Locals shine in state wrestling tournament

Several area wrestlers put together top-notch performances at the 2019 Florida High School Athletic Association Wrestling State Championships earlier this month at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, including multiple first place individual finishes in Class 1A. Here’s a look at how top results from local teams and individual wrestlers: 2019 FHSAA State Wrestling … [Read more...]

Local signing

Sunlake High School senior multi-sport athlete Solomon Davis has signed to play college football at NAIA Ave Maria University. Davis, a 6-foot-1 safety, tallied 39 tackles and an interception last season. In addition to football, Davis competes in basketball, weightlifting, and track and field. … [Read more...]

Local commitment

Zephyrhills High senior athlete Cartrell Strong recently committed to play collegiate football at Division II Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia). The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Strong — a 2018 Class 5A first-team All-State selection — last season posted 1,709 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns, along with 98 tackles, two interceptions, nine passes defensed and three forced fumbles on defense. Strong … [Read more...]