Zephyrhills gets ready for Pigz in Z’Hills

The ninth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival is set for Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Community Venue, 5200 Airport Road, in Zephyrhills. About 60 teams are expected to vie for bragging rights and prizes during the barbecue competition at the event. The cooking showdown will determine who advances to the World Food Championship, with competitors testing … [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...]

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...]

Tennis center plans are progressing

The approved renderings for the exterior design of the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis Center include brick elements and flat awnings that blend the features of some of the City of Zephyrhills’ newer buildings, such as the library and City Hall, and the city’s older downtown historic buildings. The Zephyrhills City Council came to a consensus on the design for the much-awaited facility during the … [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...]

Foundation offers tennis lessons to Pasco youths

Construction has yet to begin on the Sarah Vande Berg Memorial Tennis Center in Zephyrhills — but that hasn’t stopped the community from working to serve up more tennis opportunities to its underserved population. Well before the new $3.5 million, 11-court facility opens off of Simons Road, dozens of underprivileged youth in east Pasco will get opportunities to learn the game through a new … [Read more...]

Pasco County Fairgrounds gears up for Rattlesnake Festival

The Rattlesnake Festival, a community tradition for more than a half-century, has moved to a new locale — the Pasco County Fairgrounds. The move from San Antonio City Park — its venue for 51 years — comes as the event’s host, The Thomas Promise Foundation, decided it was time for a roomier setting. While shifting to the fairgrounds, many of the event’s traditions will continue. For instance, … [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...]