Traditions on the Green attracts hundreds

A crowd estimated at about 400 enjoyed pleasant weather for Traditions on the Green, a concert featuring local music and dance groups. The free family event was presented by the Heritage Park Foundation and the Wesley Chapel Noon Rotary Club Land O’ Lakes Satellite. It was the first time the annual Traditions on the Green was held on the newly built Heritage Stage, a project that was … [Read more...]

Local high schools shine at state swim meets

The 2017 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Swimming & Diving Championships wrapped up its meets across all four classes on Nov. 11. Among local schools, Land O’ Lakes and Sunlake displayed the strongest showings at the state event, held at Sailfish Splash Water Park in Stuart. The Sunlake High School girls team placed fourth (out of 48 schools) in the Class 3A meet, … [Read more...]

‘Stocking Stuffers’ spread holiday cheer

They don’t look like elves, but a quartet of International Baccalaureate students from Land O’ Lakes High School has set off on a mission to make the holidays merrier for preschoolers in foster care. The IB students — Deah Bhojani, Geanna Alamares, Ariana Rao and Angelina Rodriguez — dreamed up the idea for an operation they’ve dubbed “Stocking Stuffers.” It’s a simple concept, but the … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes High head football coach resigns

Land O’ Lakes High School’s varsity football program will have a new leader in 2018. Brian Wachtel, the Gators head coach since 2011, stepped down following the team’s final regular season game on Nov. 3 — a 36-6 win over Fivay High School. Wachtel, 39, announced his decision to principal Ric Mellin prior to the game. Land O’ Lakes athletic director Michael Frump said the school will … [Read more...]

2017 FHSAA Cross Country Championships results

Class 4A Boys Teams Steinbrenner High School (2nd place) Davis Bly, junior (17th—16:16.02) Jackson Miller, senior (45th—16:51.98) Zachary Whitmer, senior (47th—16:52.57) Daniel Weller, senior (55th—16:56.86) Ryan Gorman, junior(59th—16:59.44)             Wharton High School (15th place) Tre Rivers, junior … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes SwampFest looks to take center stage

When the dumpster arrives at Land O’ Lakes Community Park, that’s a sure sign that the carnival equipment to set up the Midway is soon to follow, according to Doug Hutchinson, coordinator for the Land O’ Lakes SwampFest. SwampFest 2017 will feature a few new twists, according to Hutchinson, the longtime coordinator of the community fair. First off, the event will be using Heritage Stage, the … [Read more...]

Prep football mid-season review

With the midway point of the 2017 prep football season recently passing by, here’s a look at some noteworthy teams and players in The Laker/Lutz News coverage. Best team: Zephyrhills High Bulldogs (6-1 overall, 5-0 district) Aside from an early season hiccup to Wiregrass Ranch (31-to-29 loss), the Bulldogs have planted themselves as one of the top — and most electrifying— teams in the … [Read more...]

Creating an outdoor place to pray the rosary

When Gabe Vega was a little boy, he was not the slightest bit interested in joining the Cub Scouts. However, once he did it didn’t take long to overcome that initial resistance. And now, the 16-year-old can’t wait to earn the rank of Eagle Scout — the highest honor a member of the Boy Scouts of America can achieve. The completion of an Eagle project is one of the requirements … [Read more...]

Sunlake keeps ‘Butter Bowl’ streak alive

It wasn’t easy, but the Sunlake Seahawks secured its first win of the season — and maintained its dominance over the Land O’ Lakes Gators in the 11th annual “Butter Bowl” rivalry game, with a 37-20 victory. The Sept. 22 road win marks the Seahawks’ (1-3) eighth straight victory over the Gators (1-2) since the series began in 2007. Trailing 14-3 midway through the third quarter, the … [Read more...]

Locals shining in college football

With the college football season in full swing, dozens of players from Pasco County can be seen showcasing their skills on Saturdays throughout the fall. Nearly 50 players from east Pasco are a part of various programs at the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Series (FCS) levels, Division II, Division III National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), … [Read more...]