New year in sports offers plenty to enjoy, experience

As we embark on a new year, the sports world within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area promises to deliver plenty to watch and experience. Here is a sampling of what’s ahead in 2020: Sports and recreation in East Pasco The year 2020 may become widely known as ‘the year’ of new sports and recreational facilities in East Pasco. Three significant sporting venues are expected to open: The Sarah … [Read more...]

Outdoor Activity Area Opens At Lakeshore Preserve

Lakeshore Preserve is a new community of 102 townhomes in Lutz being built by Mattamy Homes. Earlier this month, Mattamy hosted a celebration for the completion of its 13,672 square-foot outdoor activity area, which will be ready for the community’s first homeowners when they begin moving into their new homes at the end of November. This outdoor area comes equipped with a 780 square-foot … [Read more...]

Area spring football preview: Hillsborough County

Spring football practices are underway for Hillsborough County schools in our coverage area. Programs such as Gaither High and Freedom High are hoping for turnarounds, while Steinbrenner and Wharton high schools are trying to build off last season’s successes. Carrollwood Day School fits the bill as a possible team on the rise for 2016.   Carrollwood Day School Coach: Lane McLaughlin … [Read more...]

Danny Fernandez in familiar territory at Florida Tech

Danny Fernandez arrived at Steinbrenner High as a sophomore in 2009 without knowing what to expect from the brand new school. The field had never been played on. The weights had never been lifted. To him, it was a clean slate, the chance to prove his value to a budding program. Fast forward five years later and Fernandez is at it again — building a program from scratch. This time, … [Read more...]

Steinbrenner working to keep team chemistry intact

For the first time ever, Steinbrenner High girls basketball coach J.R. Allen is faced with the task of rebuilding going into the team’s fifth season. For the past two seasons, Steinbrenner has been one of the most successful programs in the county, from their first Class 7A-District 9 title in 2011, to its first playoff win against St. Petersburg last year, with back-to-back 20-plus win … [Read more...]

LaPace signs with Eastern Michigan

Former Steinbrenner High baseball player Logan LaPace has signed with Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, coach John Crumbley announced on July 25. LaPace, a right-handed pitcher and 2013 graduate, went 7-2 as a senior last season with a 1.67 ERA, two saves and three complete games for the Warriors. He told The Laker/Lutz News in a text message that he felt good after making an … [Read more...]