Top 2019 sports moments

Teams captured state titles and local athletes turned in outstanding performances, during a year that brought shining moments and countless lasting memories. Here is a look at some of the top moments in sports, from across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: Zephyrhills High names ‘Alan Reed Court’ Little more than a year after naming its football field after legendary coach Tom Fisher, … [Read more...]

Women’s sports museum opens in Wesley Chapel

Wesley Chapel’s AdventHealth Center Ice is widely known as the training grounds of the gold-medal winning 2018 U.S. Olympic women’s ice hockey team. Now, the 150,500-square-foot ice sports complex houses what is believed to be the first virtual museum dedicated to women’s hockey trailblazers. The museum, called the Women’s Sports Herstory Museum, is the brainchild of female hockey … [Read more...]

This Girl Scout project could save lives

When most people think of Girl Scouts, they tend to picture little girls selling cookies in front of the local store or singing in a camp sing-along. It’s unlikely they envision a young woman working on a project to improve traffic safety. But that’s exactly what Wesley Chapel High School student Samantha Politano is doing. She’s launched a three-year project aimed at making life … [Read more...]

Ice rink skates into Pasco County

The traditional gear of hard hats and shovels gave way to hockey sticks and the whack of slap shots at the groundbreaking ceremony for the largest ice and sports complex in the southeastern United States. The 150,000-square-foot sports facility in Wesley Chapel is expected to become a major tourism draw. Roughly 100 people attended the Feb. 24 groundbreaking festivities to celebrate the $20 … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel chamber honors businesses, leaders

The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce honored its top businesses and leaders during its annual banquet last week at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel. The awards, according to chamber officials, acknowledge the accomplishments of small businesses, large businesses, volunteers, civic organizations, and business leaders, for the contributions they make to the regional economy. The … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel welcomes ice in new $20M sports complex

By the end of next year, State Road 56 will be more crowded than ever. A new Mercedes dealership. A long-awaited outlet mall and the different stores it will bring. Yet another hotel, this time 120 rooms. Not bad for a road that, just a little more than a decade ago, didn’t even exist. Joining all that, however, is an ice and sports complex so big, it might make existing facilities in … [Read more...]

Developers, Andreychuk set to unveil new ice sports facility

As the ink dries on sales documents conveying key land to its new owners near Interstate 75 and State Road 56, hockey great Dave Andreychuk and other dignitaries will gather Thursday to unveil plans for a new 150,000-square-foot, four-pad ice and multi-sport facility. Andreychuk, who won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004, is one of several special guests expected to attend the … [Read more...]

Mayoral candidates take bribes, give back to charity

By Sherri Lonon It’s not every day that politicians give kickbacks from their campaign coffers rather than get them from shady types hoping to get a favor or two during a victor’s time in office. That was exactly the case, however, Nov. 20 when the two candidates in the Wesley Chapel Honorary Mayor’s Race doled out donations to three local charities. While the candidates did, in fact, … [Read more...]