Academy at the Lakes football aims for third state crown

The Academy at the Lakes (AATL) Wildcats varsity football team undoubtedly feels it has a target on its back in 2019. And, why not, when you consider the team has won 20 consecutive games en route to back-to-back eight-man state titles in 2017 and 2018. But, it’s something the team is used to of late, players insist, even back to when the program was mired through three straight losing … [Read more...]

Fall football preview: Pasco County

With the 2019 high school football season almost here — preseason classics begin Aug. 16 and regular season kicks off Aug. 23 — we take a look at how Pasco County teams in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area stack up. Pasco County Schools in Laker/Lutz News coverage area (and their 2018 records) Academy at the Lakes Wildcats (eight-man): (10-0 overall, 7-0 district) Bishop McLaughlin … [Read more...]

Spring football preview for area teams

High school football is back in session, as spring football practices are now underway statewide. And, while the 2019 prep season remains months away, Florida high school football fans still will get a taste of how their teams are shaping up with a series of exhibition games and jamborees in late May. Florida high schools are allowed a maximum of 20 practice sessions from April 22 through … [Read more...]

AATL football earns awards

Accolades keep piling up for the back-to-back eight-man football state championship-winning Academy at the Lakes Wildcats. Team members were well-represented on the 2018 Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools (FCAPPS) all-state, all-conference and miscellaneous award selections, which were recently announced. A total of eight Academy players were recognized, … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills High names ‘Alan Reed Court’

A little more than a year after naming its football field after legendary coach Tom Fisher, Zephyrhills High School has named the school’s gymnasium floor after longtime varsity boys’ basketball coach Alan Reed. From now on, anyone stepping on the gym floor will be walking on “Alan Reed Court” — which has been visibly stenciled along the sidelines. A formal dedication ceremony for Reed … [Read more...]

Academy at the Lakes wins second straight football title

They did it again. The Academy at the Lakes Wildcats notched its second straight eight-man football title, downing Miami Citi Christian Academy Fire 36-18 in the Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools (FCAPPS) state championship on Dec. 8, at Southeastern University in Lakeland. Academy at the Lakes (10-0) never trailed against the Fire (7-3) in a game marked by … [Read more...]

Academy at the Lakes football eyes state title run

Following last year’s historic eight-man state title run, questions swirled about how the Academy at the Lakes football program would respond in 2018 with the loss a number of impactful seniors, including do-it-all tailback/linebacker Daniel Gonzalez, the 2017 Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools (FCAPPS) Heisman Trophy winner. Fair to say, they’ve handled the adjustment … [Read more...]

AATL softball captures first state title

A pitcher’s duel, extra innings and weathering wet, muddy conditions were all needed before Academy at the Lakes softball could finally claim its first-ever state championship. Overcoming hurdles, they wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. The Wildcats (26-4) defeated Monticello Aucilla Christian 1-0 in 11 innings on May 22 in the FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association) Class 2A … [Read more...]

Spring football preview for area teams

Spring football practices are underway at high schools across the state — though the first games of the 2018 season remain several months away. Florida high schools are allowed a maximum of 20 practice sessions from April 23 to May 31, according to Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) guidelines. Here are five points to consider as spring practices ramp up: How does Academy at … [Read more...]

Academy at the Lakes wins state football title

They reached their goal. Academy at the Lakes weathered chilly conditions and an undefeated opponent from Jacksonville to capture the school’s first-ever eight-man state football championship. An unwavering defensive performance — along with four combined touchdowns from freshman quarterback Jalen Brown and senior running back/linebacker Daniel Gonzalez — propelled the Wildcats to a 30-9 … [Read more...]