State champion gymnast has bigger dreams in sight

Zachary Myers’ gymnastics talent became apparent early on. When he was just 3, he was doing flips on the couch and performing perfect cartwheels throughout the family’s Lutz home, his parents said. He’d even tumble around the fields at Oscar Cooler Sports Complex during his Lutz Little League baseball days. “We could see the natural ability in him,” said his father, Andy Myers. “He’s just got … [Read more...]

Lutz Chiefs at 40: It’s time to celebrate!

For decades, it’s been the place to be on Saturdays — for hundreds of players, cheerleaders, coaches and spectators. The Lutz Chiefs, celebrating the league’s 40th year this season, has offered boys and girls a chance to play and an opportunity to develop their athletic skills, whether it be as football players or as cheerleaders. The league’s cheer squads and teams are open to children … [Read more...]

Burglars can’t steal softball league’s spirit

Lutz Softball Inc., formerly known as the Lutz Leaguerettes, isn’t going to let a recent burglary ruin its season. While still picking up the pieces from a March 8 break-in, the league is moving forward with practices and games, as usual. “We are not going to have the girls suffer,” said Mike Cook, president of Lutz Softball. “We’re still going to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off, … [Read more...]

No more slow-pitch softball for Lutz Leaguerettes

After 37 years, the Lutz Leaguerettes girls’ softball organization has discontinued its slow-pitch leagues. The decision was made due to dwindling registration figures, and an overwhelming preference for fast-pitch, which was first introduced in the spring. A survey and questionnaire by players and parents showed a 92-to-4 vote in favor of fast-pitch over slow-pitch, said Mike Cook, … [Read more...]

Girls fast-pitch coming to Lutz

Dwindling registration in recent years has prompted the Lutz Leaguerettes girls’ softball organization to add a recreational fast-pitch league for the first time in its 37-year history. The league expects 15 teams, across four age groups, and the deadline for registrations is Feb. 1. The Lutz Leaguerettes, a nonprofit organization, has provided slow-pitch softball to girls ages 5 to 18, … [Read more...]

Lutz Lake Fern Road gets a smoother feel

Motorists driving over the portion of Lutz Lake Fern Road from North Dale Mabry to near Oscar Cooler Sports Complex, had the sensation of driving on a washboard. But the section heading east from that point to U.S. 41, rolled over a new, smooth road. That’s because the road was open to through traffic over the weekend, before crews went back to work this week to finish the resurfacing … [Read more...]

Putting the ‘cool’ back in Oscar Cooler Sports Complex

When it comes to baseball, a level playing field is crucial. That’s one of the reasons a fundraising effort is under way to buy a better grade of clay for the baseball diamonds at the Oscar Cooler Sports Complex. Warming up properly is important, as well, to improve form and prevent injuries. And that explains the goal of building additional batting cages for the baseball teams that … [Read more...]