New year in sports offers plenty to enjoy, experience

As we embark on a new year, the sports world within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area promises to deliver plenty to watch and experience. Here is a sampling of what’s ahead in 2020: Sports and recreation in East Pasco The year 2020 may become widely known as ‘the year’ of new sports and recreational facilities in East Pasco. Three significant sporting venues are expected to open: The Sarah … [Read more...]

Top 2019 sports moments

Teams captured state titles and local athletes turned in outstanding performances, during a year that brought shining moments and countless lasting memories. Here is a look at some of the top moments in sports, from across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: Zephyrhills High names ‘Alan Reed Court’ Little more than a year after naming its football field after legendary coach Tom Fisher, … [Read more...]

Pasco surpasses one million visitors in 2019

Pasco County has hit the million-visitor mark, establishing a new record for tourism in a single fiscal year. The county’s tourism department, which brands the county as Florida’s Sports Coast, reported that 1,038,700 million visitors generated 1,217,021 room nights in paid accommodations between October 2018 and September 2019. By comparison, the number of visitors in fiscal year 2018 … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch grad leads by example

At Wiregrass Ranch High School, Carly Norman was a senior team captain and standout defender on the varsity girls lacrosse team — helping the program to a 14-2 mark during the 2019 season. She also graduated in the top 10% of her class, with a 4.0-plus GPA. But, it’s her contributions off the field and outside the classroom that proved to be most rewarding. Carly was involved in as … [Read more...]

New sports complex expected to attract national events

With concrete footers poured and steel beams heading vertical, the Wiregrass Ranch Sports Complex is a step closer to its much-anticipated opening. The $44 million sports complex is targeted for a mid-July 2020 soft opening — more than two years after a celebrated groundbreaking ceremony that marked the beginning of construction at 3211 Lajuana Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Once completed, the … [Read more...]

Area responds to Hurricane Dorian victims

As the death toll grows and residents of the Bahamas continue to grapple with the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian — local groups are stepping up to find ways to help those who are suffering. Dorian made landfall on Sept. 1 as a Category 5 Hurricane, flattening homes and causing massive flooding, according to national news reports. The official death toll stood at 50, with an … [Read more...]

Hockey team formed for Land O’ Lakes High

It all started as an idea between two dads who just wanted the best for their hockey-playing sons: What if we started our own hockey team at Land O’ Lakes High School? After long months of conversations, fundraising and coordination, Joshua Whitman and Bill O’ Connor’s theoretical question became a reality. This coming fall, the Land O’ Lakes High School hockey club will begin its first … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel plays host to disabled hockey festival

More than 1,000 athletes representing more than 100 teams from dozens of states recently converged on Wesley Chapel, testing their mettle in the world’s largest indoor disabled ice sporting event. AdventHealth Center Ice played host to the 15th annual USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival, marking the second straight year the event has called home the multi-rink Wesley Chapel hockey … [Read more...]

Easter events offer religious observances and family fun

Whether they want to celebrate their faith, take the kids for an egg hunt, or just enjoy some fellowship with church friends — there are plenty of seasonal options throughout The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Check out the listings below. LUTZ What: While We Wait Where: Keystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54, Lutz When: April 19 at 7 p.m. Cost: Free Details: The musical and … [Read more...]

Pasco’s tourism boosts county’s economy

An analysis by Downs & St. Germain Research Inc., consultants to Pasco County, reveals that 965,000 tourists visited Pasco County during 2018, with a $615 million impact on the county’s economy. Downs & St. Germain Research conducted the county’s first-ever visitor tracking study. They completed face-to-face, phone and online surveys with Pasco County visitors. As a result, the … [Read more...]