Lutz shows off its Fourth of July spirit

It may be three-quarters of a century old, but the Lutz Fourth of July Parade showed no signs of slowing down last week. Scores of people came out to this community, north of Tampa, to celebrate the nation’s birthday. Runners endured the morning’s humidity, as they completed the 5K and 1-mile races while being cheered by onlookers. By 8 a.m., pop music blared from the speakers as … [Read more...]

Lutz Chiefs at 40: It’s time to celebrate!

For decades, it’s been the place to be on Saturdays — for hundreds of players, cheerleaders, coaches and spectators. The Lutz Chiefs, celebrating the league’s 40th year this season, has offered boys and girls a chance to play and an opportunity to develop their athletic skills, whether it be as football players or as cheerleaders. The league’s cheer squads and teams are open to children … [Read more...]

Building the community, one check at a time

After the race for the Lutz Guv’na wraps up every year, the money raised is doled out to local groups and causes. This year the race drew candidates Greg Gilbert of Beef O' Brady's Lutz, Jessica Sherman with Pinch A Penny, and Kori Rankin, of Kori Rankin Photography. Ultimately, Rankin won the Guv’na’s sash. Her stepmother, Jennifer Rankin, won the sash in 2015. The 2017 campaign for the … [Read more...]

Chiefs wrap up Super Bowl season

Through 38 years of organized youth tackle football, the 2016 fall varsity season will go down as one of the Lutz Chiefs’ most dominant ever. They went 14-1. They were crowned Tampa Bay Youth Football League (TBYFL) Super Bowl champs. And, they won “The Battle of the Bay,” toppling the best Pinellas County had to offer. All told, it was a remarkable year for the Chiefs … [Read more...]

Teen coach is all business on football gridiron

On a rather hot day earlier this month, Zachary Cooper attended a football camp at Lutz Chiefs Stadium. The 16-year-old did some conditioning, went through drills, and even participated in a scrimmage. Later, Cooper said it was a worthwhile event and the participants had a good time. But he wasn’t there to learn. He was there to teach. It was his camp, and he was the coach. “I felt it … [Read more...]

Butash among local gridders competing in Orlando next month

Christopher Butash’s life is filled with football, from his time on his squad with Academy at the Lakes, to his extra playing time recreationally with the Lutz Chiefs. And he loves it. In fact, as long as the 13-year-old is not cooped up inside doing something, he’s happy. “I love being outside,” Butash said after a recent practice. “I love going to my friend’s house who has an outside … [Read more...]