Pasco High gets new football coach

Pasco High School will have a new head football coach roaming the sidelines, for the first time in more than a decade. The school recently announced its next head coach is Jason Stokes — a coaching mainstay in the Tampa Bay area, most notably at Gaither High School. Stokes, 43, replaces longtime Pasco coach Tom McHugh, who was relieved of his coaching duties following four consecutive … [Read more...]

All-Pasco County fall awards announced

High school coaches from the Pasco County School District recently announced Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC) All-Conference Teams, Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year, for the 2018-2019 fall sports season. Selections were made for both the East and West division. The following high schools from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area were represented in the East: Cypress Creek, Land O’ … [Read more...]

SAC All-Conference football teams announced

The Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC) All-Conference football teams recently were announced for the 2018 season. Selections were made by high school coaches for both the East and West division, reflecting Pasco County’s 14 public high schools. The following schools from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area were represented in the East: Cypress Creek, Land O’ Lakes, Pasco, Sunlake, Wesley … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills economic summit puts focus on education

Fostering educational opportunities in Pasco County was the primary focus of the second annual Zephyrhills Economic Summit. Doing that begins with beefing up the Pasco County school district’s career and technical education programs, said Kurt Browning, superintendent of Pasco County Schools. “We need to put our career academies on steroids,” said Browning, one of several guest speakers at the … [Read more...]

Dade City Mayor provides ‘state of the city’ talk at chamber breakfast

Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez is bullish on the future of the community she governs. During a recent Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting, Hernandez told the audience about newly proposed planned residential developments, to projects aimed at improving the city’s infrastructure and recreational projects, “I am enthusiastic about Dade City,” Hernandez said, addressing the … [Read more...]

Prep football midseason review

With five weeks of high school football in the books, the midway point of the 2018 season has been reached. Here’s a look at some of the storylines and highlights from schools in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: Boisterous Bulldogs No Charles Harrison III? No problem. The Zephyrhills High Bulldogs have maintained their winning ways, even without the prolific and record-setting … [Read more...]

Locals make 2018 NFL rosters

The NFL season is underway and a handful of athletes from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area wound up making rosters, proving themselves worthy throughout training camp and preseason action. Here is a look at the locals now playing at football’s highest level: Janarion Grant, receiver—Baltimore Ravens College: Rutgers University (Piscataway, New Jersey) High School: Pasco High School; … [Read more...]

Keep an eye on these locals in college football

The college football season is just underway, and dozens of players from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area can be seen showcasing their skills on Saturdays in the fall. Well over 100 players from the area are a part of various programs at the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Series (FCS) levels, as well as Division II, Division III and the National Association … [Read more...]

‘My job is to care for everybody,’ local pastor says

Sometimes Jordan Kassabaum does a double-take when someone calls him “pastor.” “I’m just not used to it,” said the 27-year-old pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Land O’ Lakes. “It seems surreal when I’m standing in front of a congregation.” Kassabaum, a native of Dade City, was named pastor of the Land O’ Lakes church on July 1. He is gradually getting to know his new … [Read more...]

High school football kickoff week

Jonesing for the return of high school football? Here’s a look at all the Friday night matchups for teams in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. All Week 1 games are at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 24, unless otherwise noted. Hillsborough County St. Petersburg Catholic Barons at Carrollwood Day Patriots (7 p.m.) — Both teams come off losing seasons, but the Patriots feature a large senior class and one … [Read more...]