Area softball players among best in state

The high school softball season has come and gone, but local athletes are still picking up accolades from their 2019 campaigns. The 2019 Miracle Sports All-State teams were released last month honoring the top players in Florida — and area players were well-represented. Sixteen athletes from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area were recognized, either as first-team, second-team or honorable … [Read more...]

Local athlete relishes national team experience

Alexis Kilfoyl has had a busy summer, as a member of the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Training Team. The Academy at the Lakes pitching sensation is one of just 24 athletes on the prestigious roster, which features some of the nation’s top players under 19 years old. After a weeklong training camp in mid-June, Kilfoyl and her Team USA comrades participated in a round of … [Read more...]

More girls pumping iron at Academy at the Lakes

When Academy at the Lakes began its girls weightlifting program, there was just one girl on the team. That was in 2014, and the sole lifter was senior Kennedy Van Zandt Lachiotte. Since then, the program has grown steadily. Participation (and expectations) is up under second-year coach Marla Oliver, who took over in 2015 after John Castelmare’s retirement. And, despite the exit of … [Read more...]