The Laker/Lutz News claims 18 awards in state contest

The Laker/Lutz News brought home 18 awards from the Community Papers of Florida 2018 Awards for Excellence competition. The annual statewide contest recognizes outstanding work in advertising, writing and photography. On the advertising side, The Laker/Lutz News design staff garnered 11 awards in these categories: Advertising campaign: First place, Stefanie Burlingame and Matthew … [Read more...]

Prep football midseason review

With five weeks of high school football in the books, the midway point of the 2018 season has been reached. Here’s a look at some of the storylines and highlights from schools in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: Boisterous Bulldogs No Charles Harrison III? No problem. The Zephyrhills High Bulldogs have maintained their winning ways, even without the prolific and record-setting … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel Girl Scouts empower other youths

Ask members of Girl Scout Troop 473 what they’ve been up to this past year, and they’ll tell you — they’ve been putting smiles on other kids’ faces. The Wesley Chapel troop, comprised of eight girls, has been working toward getting its Silver Project Award since August of 2017. The award requires 50 community service hours, and the young ladies decided to focus on charitable work that was … [Read more...]

Local golfer headed to regional championships

He’s only been golfing competitively for about two years, but Fab Laude has picked up the sport with relative ease. He made the Wiregrass Ranch boys varsity golf team as a freshman last year, developing into one of the Bulls’ top players — and is now one of the better players in the county. But, before the 15-year-old gets too deep into his sophomore campaign, there’s another golf … [Read more...]

Keep an eye on these locals in college football

The college football season is just underway, and dozens of players from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area can be seen showcasing their skills on Saturdays in the fall. Well over 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 Association … [Read more...]

Ian Flores receives state, national honors

His high school soccer career is over, but Ian Flores is still picking up accolades for his contributions at Wiregrass Ranch High School. Last month, Flores was named the 2018 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Florida State High School Player of the Year. That followed another prestigious designation he earned recently: 2017-2018 United Soccer Coaches Winter-Spring Boys … [Read more...]

High school football kickoff week

Jonesing for the return of high school football? Here’s a look at all the Friday night matchups for teams in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. All Week 1 games are at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 24, unless otherwise noted. Hillsborough County St. Petersburg Catholic Barons at Carrollwood Day Patriots (7 p.m.) — Both teams come off losing seasons, but the Patriots feature a large senior class and one … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel native proudly serves country

Kaelyn Cardona, a graduate of the Class of 2013 at Wiregrass Ranch High, is now known as Seaman Cardona and she works as a cryptologic technician in Pensacola. The Wesley Chapel native is stationed with a command that’s responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world. She operates out of the Information Warfare Training Command … [Read more...]

Prep football primer

With high school football practices in full swing and games beginning Aug. 24, here’s a look at teams, players and games to watch as the 2018 season unfolds, for programs in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Teams to watch: Academy at the Lakes Wildcats The defending Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ (FCAPPs) eight-man champions — who also went 11-1 — … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel dojo heads to karate nationals

The 2018 AAU/USA Karate National Championships kick off this week in Fort Lauderdale — and one local dojo will be well-represented. Wesley Chapel’s Keiko Shin Karate Academy (KSKA) is sending 22 athletes, ranging in ages 6 to 18, to square up against more than 3,000 elite, top karate competitors from the United States and beyond. The event runs from June 27 to June 30 at the Broward County … [Read more...]