Hometown kids shine in 2019 college football season

The college football season has come to a close, and it was one in which many players with ties to The Laker/Lutz News coverage area showcased their skills. Dozens of area athletes are a part of programs at the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Series (FCS) levels, as well as Division II, Division III, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek girls soccer finds success in year two

They went from one of Pasco’s worst, to one of the firsts. That’s one way to describe the turnaround the Cypress Creek varsity girls’ soccer team experienced this season. After winning just three games in its inaugural campaign during the 2017-18 season, the Coyotes this year emerged as one of the county’s top programs. They finished the season with an 11-4 mark — quite the contrast to … [Read more...]

McGough, other local athletes get NFL shots

The 2018 NFL Draft has come and gone, and one athlete from The Laker/Lutz News Coverage area had the privilege of hearing his name called during the three-day event from April 26 to April 28 — Gaither High School product Alex McGough. McGough was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round (220th overall) as a quarterback out of Florida International University. A four-year … [Read more...]

Carrollwood soccer beefs up talent, schedule

Jim Harte has seen a massive turnaround of Carrollwood Day School’s boys soccer program since he became head coach four seasons ago. The Patriots varsity soccer program was just four years old when Harte arrived, and the team had been struggling mightily. The team was winless in its first three seasons and had just won five games the year before Harte arrived. Under Harte’s tutelage, … [Read more...]

New Wesley Chapel football coach settling in

It’s been a while since the Wesley Chapel High School football team has celebrated a winning season—since 2011 to be exact. Anthony Egan, the new head coach, hopes to change that. Egan coached both the offensive and defensive line at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey for the past three seasons. He was named the Wildcats’ head coach in early January. He officially begins working … [Read more...]

Imani Thomas scores 1,000 points

When it comes to scoring points, Academy at the Lakes’ Imani Thomas is in rare company. The Wildcats’ junior post player became the fifth player in school history to surpass the career 1,000-point mark when she scored 17 points in a 79-45 victory over Cornerstone Orlando on Dec. 2. “It was great,” said Thomas who is coached by Karim Nohra. “When I got to 1,000 points, coach called a … [Read more...]

LOL girls soccer works hard, aims high and consistently wins

When a team lets the opponent score 11 goals in soccer, it sounds like the defense is struggling. But, when those goals occur over a 17-game span, it sounds like a championship defense. The Land O' Lakes Gators girls soccer team is seeking a championship, and the defending Class 3A-8 champions are off to a 15-2 start. Earlier this year, the Gators closed out its previous season in a 2-1 … [Read more...]