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...]

Pasco all-star football game on tap for Dec. 8

The rosters have been set. The coaches are named. Now, event organizers are looking to build off the success of last year’s inaugural Pasco County all-star football game. The 2016 Pasco County East-West Classic is slated for Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., at Sunlake Field, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. A total of 80 players — all seniors— representing each of Pasco’s 15 high schools … [Read more...]

Pasco prepping to ring in a new school year

Teachers headed back to Pasco County Schools this week to prepare for the first day of school on Aug. 15. Opening day is a big deal on every campus every year, but it will be especially meaningful at Wiregrass Elementary School, at 29732 Wiregrass School Road in Wesley Chapel because that school is having its “first” first day. The mood across campus during a teacher move-in day last … [Read more...]

Grades slip at numerous local schools

The Florida Department of Education has released its annual school grades, and the news was not good for numerous Pasco County schools in The Laker/Lutz News’ coverage area. “As soon as I saw the information, I was pretty distraught,” said Pasco County School Board member Alison Crumbley. “This has to really be broken down,” she said, noting she has requested a school board workshop to … [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...]

Pasco County debuts all-star football game Dec. 10

Sunlake head football coach Bill Browning has one more game on the sidelines this year. It's not a playoff game. It doesn't count in the standings. He's not even coaching his Seahawks this time. Still, it's an important game. "It's something that a lot of the coaches have wanted here for years. I've been pushing for it for a long time," Browning said. "It will be the very first … [Read more...]

Enrollment growth in Pasco highest since recession

Drive through Pasco County and it’s easy to see the signs of growth. New houses are popping up in subdivisions. New apartment complexes are being built, and land is being cleared for more development. And now that school is back in session, some of that growth is beginning to show up in classrooms, too. For the first time since 2007, the enrollment figures for the first day of school … [Read more...]