A closer look at coronavirus statistics in Pasco County

Pasco County’s percentage of positive coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases compares favorably to the state’s percentage of positive cases, according to Mike Napier, health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County. Napier’s comments came on April 24, during a town hall virtual meeting hosted by Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey. Napier said the health … [Read more...]

Pasco County all-star football rosters announced

High school football in December? It’s becoming a tradition in Pasco County. Some of the county’s top senior high football players will get to experience Friday night lights one final time, at the 2019 Pasco County East-West Classic. The fifth annual all-star showcase is slated for Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., at Sunlake Field, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The game, organized by the … [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...]

Pasco all-star football game on tap for Dec. 7

It’s back. Football fans again will be able to see Pasco County’s top senior football players face off on one field, at the 2017 Pasco County East-West Classic. The third annual all-star showcase is slated for Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., at Sunlake Field, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The game, organized by the Pasco County Fellowship of Christian Athletes, features the top senior players … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek football coach earns weekly honor

Elsewhere in the Pasco County prep football scene, Cypress Creek head football coach Mike Johnson recently earned Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach of the Week honors for his team’s Week 1 win over Gulf High on Aug. 25 — the school’s inaugural regular season football game. The honor means Johnson will receive a $2,000 grant to help maintain and upgrade the Cypress Creek football program. At the … [Read more...]

Pasco Pirates off to solid start

Just a few weeks into the regular season, the Pasco High football team already has surpassed its win total from all of last season. In fact, they’ve doubled it. The 2016 season was unpleasant for the Pirates, losing nine straight games until they beat Gulf High — a struggling program that’s now lost 22 straight regular season games — in the season finale. The 1-9 record was its worst … [Read more...]

Students vie in entrepreneurial competition

Timothy Hernandez noticed a problem, and he set about to solve it. Not too long ago, the 17-year-old Zephyrhills High School senior was undergoing safety training as a YMCA pool lifeguard. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) masks kept falling off during tutorials. “It was a real inconvenience,” he said. Strap-based CPR masks didn’t fare much better, said Hernandez, who currently … [Read more...]

Gary Joiner takes on new role as property appraiser

Gary Joiner will be sworn in as Pasco County’s property appraiser in the new year. But, he started laying the groundwork for his first day soon after winning the Nov. 8 election. Joiner’s starting point is customer service. He has met with some of the office staff members to discuss ways, for instance, of modernizing the website. He wants ideas on how to make it more … [Read more...]

Harvey’s Hardware fills a niche in Land O’ Lakes

Christmas is upon us again, and with history as our guide, an appreciable number of your neighbors are about to be grateful for the existence of a locally owned hardware store in their midst. “The saddest time of the year,” says Emma Lou Harvey, “is when somebody is trying to put something together on Christmas Eve and they don’t have all the parts, or the parts don’t fit. “And then, … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills routs Pasco in 9-Mile War

Different year, same result. For the second straight year, the Zephyrhills Bulldogs romped the Pasco Pirates in the historic 9-Mile War, winning in a 46-0 road shutout. Zephyrhills (8-2) dominated on both sides of the ball, racking up 369 yards of total offense, while holding Pasco (0-9) to just 92 yards. The Bulldogs, taking advantage of positive field position and several explosive … [Read more...]