New Land O’ Lakes coach enjoys the gridiron

When Ronald “Trac” Baughn moved to Florida a couple years ago, his sights were set on enjoying retirement. He pictured himself fishing every day and visiting nearby family members on a regular basis. But, it wasn’t long before he fantasized about stepping back on the gridiron again. And that’s after three long decades of coaching high school and college football — mostly throughout … [Read more...]

All-Pasco County winter awards announced

High school coaches from the Pasco County School District recently announced the Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC) All-Conference Teams, Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year, for the 2019-2020 winter sports season, which included basketball, competitive cheerleading, soccer, weightlifting and wrestling. Selections were made for both the East and West division. The following high … [Read more...]

Sunlake girls weightlifting state champs — again

Since taking its first-ever state title last year, Sunlake High School’s varsity girls weightlifting had a newfound target on their back — as hungry competition looked to dethrone the team all season long. Some opponents went so far to say it to their face. “We knew there were going to be people trying to take the title and trying to overcome us in general,” Sunlake senior Antoinette … [Read more...]

Sunlake distance runners leave lasting mark

For this group of distance runners, the thousands of miles of foot to pavement have finally paid off — in the form of college athletic scholarships. The past few years, Sunlake High School’s boys and girls cross-country and long distance track programs have established themselves as among the best in the area, and the state. This year’s National Signing Day festivities underscored that fact: … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes seeks new football coach

Land O’ Lakes High School athletics department underwent a search for a new head football coach in 2018. The school again is heading back to the drawing board to find the next leader of its varsity football program, a mere two years later. Chad Walker, who coached the Gators in 2018 and 2019, resigned from his post to become the head football coach at Cambridge Christian School in Tampa; the … [Read more...]

Top 2019 sports moments

Teams captured state titles and local athletes turned in outstanding performances, during a year that brought shining moments and countless lasting memories. Here is a look at some of the top moments in sports, from across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: Zephyrhills High names ‘Alan Reed Court’ Little more than a year after naming its football field after legendary coach Tom Fisher, … [Read more...]

All-Pasco County fall awards announced

High school coaches from Pasco County Schools recently announced Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC) All-Conference Teams, Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year, for the 2019-2020 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’ Lakes, … [Read more...]

All-Pasco County fall awards announced

High school coaches from Pasco County Schools recently announced Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC) All-Conference Teams, Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year, for the 2019-2020 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’ Lakes, … [Read more...]

Sunlake student wins ‘Outstanding Senior’ honor

Whether its focusing on rigorous academics or taking part in extracurriculars and church activities, Sunlake High’s Alexis Paredes enjoys being busy. Actually, “having so much to do” is how the 17-year-old senior thrives best. “I like to keep moving. I know if I don’t, I’ll get bored,” she said. It’s that self-starter mindset that earned Paredes the Pasco County School District’s … [Read more...]

New donation drive set to help foster families

George Agovino and Josh Gaulden have launched a new initiative aimed at helping foster children. The pair has established the Fostering Change Foster Closet, in what was formerly a vacant house, at 10207 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The 501 (c)(3) nonprofit is a hub for foster families to pick out free necessities that they otherwise could not afford. It also will serve … [Read more...]