A sweet send-off for Sunlake band seniors

When it became clear that the Sunlake High School music program wouldn’t be able to have its traditional end-of-the-year banquet — Miriam’s Cakes stepped up to do something special for the seniors who would be graduating. “We’ve been a band family for 10 years. That’s a very special group for us,” said Ed DelValle, who owns the Land O’ Lakes bakery along with his wife, Miriam Ruiz. “Every … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek receives FHSAA sportsmanship award

The Cypress Creek High School athletics department has made numerous strides in on-field performance since the school first opened in 2017. But, it’s the way the school’s student-athletes, coaches and fans conduct themselves before and after athletic events that has garnered statewide attention. Cypress Creek earned the Florida High School Athletic Association’s (FHSAA) Fred E. Rozelle … [Read more...]

Locals among top MLB draft prospects

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Baseball (MLB)’s 2020 first-year player draft has been shortened to five rounds, from the usual 40 rounds in previous years. The draft, scheduled for June 10 and June 11, assigns amateur baseball players to MLB teams. Even with the new consolidated format, however, several locals from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area have a solid chance at being … [Read more...]

School remains in session, online

Students aren’t returning to campus, but leaders in the Pasco County school district are encouraged by the progress students are making online. The district went to online learning on March 31, after Gov. Ron DeSantis closed school campuses until at least April 15, due to concerns about the threat of the spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). DeSantis has since announced that school … [Read more...]

Lifting spirits in all sorts of ways

Spreading joy through bubbles Blaise Ryndes, of Land O’ Lakes, attracted national attention when he took his bubble-making skills to America’s Got Talent. Now, during a time of a global pandemic, the performer decided to take to his neighborhood streets, to help spread joy during a time of social isolation. He recently put on a one-car bubble parade for his neighbors. “To abide by social … [Read more...]

Cancellation of spring sports leaves many dejected

There was at least a glimmer of hope the 2020 Florida high school spring sports season would resume, even amid concerns about coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). But, optimism vanished when the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) on April 20 announced it would cancel all FHSAA-affiliated events. The cancellations include the state series and championships events, for spring … [Read more...]

New Land O’ Lakes coach enjoys the gridiron

When Ronald “Trac” Baughn moved to Florida a couple years ago, his sights were set on enjoying retirement. He pictured himself fishing every day and visiting nearby family members on a regular basis. But, it wasn’t long before he fantasized about stepping back on the gridiron again. And that’s after three long decades of coaching high school and college football — mostly throughout … [Read more...]

All-Pasco County winter awards announced

High school coaches from the Pasco County School District recently announced the Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC) All-Conference Teams, Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year, for the 2019-2020 winter sports season, which included basketball, competitive cheerleading, soccer, weightlifting and wrestling. Selections were made for both the East and West division. The following high … [Read more...]

Sunlake girls weightlifting state champs — again

Since taking its first-ever state title last year, Sunlake High School’s varsity girls weightlifting had a newfound target on their back — as hungry competition looked to dethrone the team all season long. Some opponents went so far to say it to their face. “We knew there were going to be people trying to take the title and trying to overcome us in general,” Sunlake senior Antoinette … [Read more...]

Sunlake distance runners leave lasting mark

For this group of distance runners, the thousands of miles of foot to pavement have finally paid off — in the form of college athletic scholarships. The past few years, Sunlake High School’s boys and girls cross-country and long distance track programs have established themselves as among the best in the area, and the state. This year’s National Signing Day festivities underscored that fact: … [Read more...]