Local softball stars soak in national exposure

It’s a rare feat when any local athlete — or any athlete for that matter — makes a national team. More uncommon is when two athletes from the same hometown earn such prestigious designation together. But, that’s what recently happened to Academy at the Lakes product Lexi Kilfoyl and Land O’ Lakes High School product Callie Turner. Both pitchers earned state champions for their … [Read more...]

Marilyn Wannamaker leaves a legacy of service

She was a fixture for years at Independence Day celebrations in Lutz, overseeing the annual Cake Bake Contest. She was a regular, too,  at the Christmas House at the Old Lutz School, serving up hot chocolate and doling out cookies. But, those are just a couple of the many, many ways that Marilyn Wannamaker served the community of Lutz. She was deeply involved in the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ … [Read more...]

Local softball sensations make junior national team

They’ve bewildered hundreds of batters. They’ve won state titles. They’ve earned state player of the year honors. They’ve signed with powerhouse Southeastern Conference (SEC) schools. Academy at the Lakes’ Lexi Kilfoyl and Land O’ Lakes High School’s Callie Turner have raked in their fair share of achievements across their prep fastpitch softball careers. And, the latest, places the … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes native screening TV pilot

Ryan Paul James’ first brush with fame came at the age of 6, when his name was listed in The Laker/Lutz News. “I was playing Little League there, with the Red Sox. All of the players were mentioned there in an article,” said James, a former Land O’ Lakes resident, now an actor and writer who lives in Los Angeles. Since moving to L.A., he’s performed in two dozen plays, has written 10 plays … [Read more...]

Goodbye Lutz Little League, Hello Lutz Baseball

Last month, the national Little League organization released new rules for the 2014 baseball season that adjusted eligibility requirements and compensation for traveling expenses. What was missing from the list is what irked Lutz baseball organizers the most — changes in Little League playing style that could help better develop young players, and give them the skills they need to advance in … [Read more...]