Celebrating diversity through literature

As Kaila McAlpine spoke, her passionate tone filled the gymnasium, captivating the audience. She was among a host of students and faculty members taking part in the Wiregrass Ranch High School’s Poetry Slam on Feb. 22. With “Diversity Rules” as the theme, participants could share a poet’s work, or deliver their own literary creation, on stage. The school’s Black History Club … [Read more...]

Locals named to All-State football teams

Athletes within The Laker/Lutz News coverage were well-represented on the FloridaHSFootball.com’s All-State teams for the 2018 season. In total, 24 players from nine local schools in Hillsborough and Pasco counties were named first-team, second-team, third-team or honorable mention for their respective classifications. The All-State teams were compiled by FloridaHSFootball.com, along … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek girls soccer finds success in year two

They went from one of Pasco’s worst, to one of the firsts. That’s one way to describe the turnaround the Cypress Creek varsity girls’ soccer team experienced this season. After winning just three games in its inaugural campaign during the 2017-18 season, the Coyotes this year emerged as one of the county’s top programs. They finished the season with an 11-4 mark — quite the contrast to … [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...]

Child care center coming to Wiregrass Ranch

The Wiregrass Ranch community will soon have its own full-fledged child care center. Kiddie Academy of Wiregrass Ranch is set to open this fall — serving children from 6 weeks to 12 years old. The 10,000-square-foot facility is being built at 2900 Hueland Pond Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, right across the street from Wiregrass Ranch High School and Pasco-Hernando State College Porter Campus on … [Read more...]

John Gant settles into major leagues

At least one Major League Baseball player calls Wesley Chapel home during the offseason. With pleasant weather and local ties, it’s a no-brainer for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Gant. After all, the 26-year-old Gant spent half his childhood being raised in the area — moving there with his family from Savannah, Georgia, when he was 11 years old. The major leaguer has been back in town … [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...]

Locals make impact in college football ranks

The college football regular season has come to a close, and dozens of players with ties to The Laker/Lutz News coverage area showcased their skills on Saturdays in the fall. More than 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 … [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...]

Prep football regular season recap

With the 2018 prep football regular season coming to a close — and playoffs set to begin — here’s a look at some of the storylines and highlights from schools in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: Zephyrhills notches perfect campaign The 2018 campaign will be one to remember for the Zephyrhills Bulldogs. They finished 10-0 and captured their second straight Class 5A, District 8 title — … [Read more...]