The Laker

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The Laker
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Laker (Land O'Lakes, Fla.)
Diane Kortus ( publisher )
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Land O'Lakes, FL
Community News Publications, Inc.
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Began in 1982.
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Janet Gillis, publisher.
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"It's not Wednesday til you read The Laker."

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Must present coupon. cannot be per visit. exp 6/30/18.WINNER 2012-2017 Air Conditioning € Plumbing € Electrical LAKERLUTZNEWS.COMThe LAKER LAND O’ LAKES EDITION The LAKERFreeMAY 30, 2018 CHRISTINE HOLTZMAN Survivors take a victory lap at Relay for Life Survivors and their support teams kicked off the first lap at Relay for Life of East Pasco held earlier this month at Cypress C reek Middle High School, in Wesley Chapel. The event raised more than $46,000 for the American Cancer Society. Survivors of cancer and their sup port teams kick off the relay by walking the first lap, known as the Survivors Victory Lap. It celebrates those who have overcome cancer and shows others that victory is possible. B INSIDE, PAGE 1B By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comThe afternoon was hot and sizzling — and so was the 2018 Lutz Guv’na Debate at the Old Lutz School. So much so that the May 19 event ended in a tie, a first in the debate’s long history. Kandy Sinquefield of American BellyDance Studio and returning candidate Jessica Sherman of Pinch a Penny each earned the same number of “votes” (most guests in the audience)— earning a split ofLutz Guv’na hopefuls face offSee GUV’NA, page11A By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comThere is no disagreement that Old Pasco Road should be widened to four lanes. But, the timing and funding for such a project got mixed reactions from Pasco County commissioners who approved a new business park on the mostly two-lane roadway. Approximately 90 acres on Old Pasco will be the site for the county-initiated project, known as Overpass Business Park. Commissioners did include a condition to require developers to widen the road from the park’s entrance, north to Overpass Road. The park is less than a half mile southeast of the intersection of Overpass and Old Pasco. Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore pushed to widen the entire length – nearly two miles – of Old Pasco. Or, at least, he said it should be widened as far as Oakley Boulevard. “I’m by no means against the project,” Moore said. But, Old Pasco “needs to widened all the way through before we move forward with any actual project.” The vote to approve was 3 to 1, with Moore the dissenting voter. Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Wells Jr., was absent from the May 22 meeting in New Port Richey. Other county commissioners worried that a requirement to widen the entire road would be too limiting. “I just don’t see why we would force ourselves onto a condition when we don’t See ROAD, page11A KEVIN WEISSBesides the Guvna debate, candidates displayed their skills in other competitions, like curling„ concocting the best hairstyle on a wig using a curling iron. Returning candidate Jessica Sherman, left, shows off her masterpiece. FILEIntersection improvements will be made at State Road 52 and Old Pasco Road. County commissioners in the future want to see Old Pasco widened to four lanes. After the Survivors Victory Lap, 18-year-old Kobie Doerr, left, and his 14-yearold brother, Kory, both of Land O Lakes, enjoy a slice of pizza. Paul Bartell, the event chairman, crowned Kobie as the honorary king of the Relay for Life because the young man won his battle with the disease nine years ago. Kobie, a member of the Class of 2018 at Sunlake High, plans to begin attending Tallahassee Community College in August. Eight-year-old Cailyn Aceituno, left, walks hand in hand with her friend, 7-year-old Carissa Meade, both of Wesley Chapel, during the first lap of the relay that is reserved for survivors and their support teams. The girls were invited to walk in the victory lap for raising more than $500 for the American Cancer Society with fundraising efforts that included operating a lemonade stand. Business park spurs talks on widening Old Pasco RoadLutz girl making TV show debut in ‘Kid Stew’By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comTwelve-year-old Madison Maxwell has done hundreds of commercials, beginning when she was just 4. But, the sixth-grader at Academy at the Lakes in Land O’ Lakes has never been involved in a television show. Until now. She’s one of nine cast members in a new series called “Kid Stew.” The show was created by James Patterson, an internationally known author of books written for young readers. Four episodes of “Kid Stew” have been filmed and four more episodes are slated for production this summer. Madison Maxwell See TV SHOW, page11A


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3A SUBSCRIPTIONS: The Laker/Lutz News is a free newspaper distributed to 44,800 homes and businesses in Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Mail subscriptions are sold to cover postage cost: $40/3 months, $80/6 months, $160/12 months. DELIVERY PROBLEMS:If you do not receive your paper, or want to stop home delivery, email Or, to stop delivery, go to, select About tab and complete Opt Out form. ADDITIONAL COPIES: A listing of boxes and business locations is on our home page at EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS: Suggestions for stories and news coverage are welcome. Please send ideas to, or call our newsroom at 813-909-2800. ADVERTISING ERRORS: Publisher is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the space cost for the first insertion, or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. MEMBER: Central Pasco Chamber, Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber, Greater Zephyrhills Chamber, Greater Dade City Chamber, Florida Press Association, Free Community Papers of Florida, Southeast Advertising Publishers Association, Association of Free Community Newspapers, Independent Free Newspapers of America.Advertising and editorial content by Manatee Media Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden without prior written permission from the publisher. The LAKER/ Lutz NEWS ADVERTISINGTERRI WILLIAMSONSenior Account Managertwilliamson@lakerlutznews.comRACHEL THOMPSONClassified & Directory Salesrthompson@lakerlutznews.comDESIGN ACCOUNTINGMATTHEW MISTRETTAArt Directormmistretta@lakerlutznews.comSTEFANIE BURLINGAMEGraphic Designersburlingame@lakerlutznews.comMARY EBERHARDmeberhard@lakerlutznews.comLOCATION: 3632 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Suite 102 Land O Lakes, FL 34639 MAIL: P O. Box 479 Lutz, FL 33548 PHONE/FAX: ph: 813.909.2800 fax: 813.909.2802 IT SUPPORT: STEVE MISTRETTA WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: TWITTER: EMAIL: sales@lakerlutznews.comPUBLISHER & OWNER: DIANE KORTUS, LUTZ, ODESSA, LAND O LAKES, WESLEY CHAPEL, NEW TAMPA, ZEPHYRHILLS, DADE CITY Serving Pasco since 1981 / Serving Lutz since 1964 KATHY STEELEStaff Writer ksteele@lakerlutznews.comB.C. MANIONEditor bcmanion@lakerlutznews.comKEVIN WEISSStaff Writer kweiss@lakerlutznews.comMARY RATHMANEditorial Assistantmrathman@lakerlutznews.comEDITORIALDISTRIBUTION: Florida Circ, LLC ANNE KIBBEAccount Managerakibbe@lakerlutznews.comCUSTOMER SERVICE CAROLYN Baked Chicken, Stuffed Pepper & Tomato, Gyro, Briam, Mousaka, Dolmades, Spanakopita, Souvlaki, Large Greek Salad w/Potato SaladANY GREEKENTREE DINE IN TAKE OUT DRIVE THRU CATERINGKIDS EAT FREE ALL DAY MONDAYDine in only. One child per adult.SPRING SAVINGSWITH THE UBER EATS AND SLICE APPS!$2.00 OFF* *Cannot be combined with other offers. One coupon per ticket/table. 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D o metown doctor for 40 years opractic Clinic C raven Chir Michael Craven r. 3 -996-9800 # 105 C LINIC Dr H o 81 3 .cravenchir www 5420 Land O Lakes Blvd. # V EN C HIR O PRA C TI C C AV C R A C Modernof Warm, family environment we truly appreciate our patents ff fice with latest technology Timely care on each visit Reasonable fees; cash discount program offers up to 50% savings Phones answered after hours by staff, not an answering service If youve ever wondered how Bundt cakes came about, this column will satisfy that curiosity.A Bundt cake is baked in a pan that gives the cake a distinctive ring shape. The shape was inspired by a traditional European yeasted cake known as a Gugelhupf (also called bund cake) that was often prepared to serve at a gathering of people. Many recipes have been developed over time for cakes made in Bundt pans. You could say that the Bundt cakes history in North America began back in 1950, when David Dalquist created the pan, added the t to trademark the name, and started producing the unique cast aluminum pans in Minnesota. The popularity of the pans took off in 1966 when there was a cook-off and an ooeygoey chocolate cake made by Ella Helfrich from Texas won second place in the contest, inspiring other cooks across the country to give the pan a try. Sales sored throughout the s and s, and the pans evolved taking on different shapes and sizes. Theres the traditional pan, as well as the rose, jubilee, pine forest, vintage star, blossom, mini-Bundt and so on. They come in 1-cup, 6-cup, 10-cup and 12-cup sizes. With each new design, the Bundt cakes seem to surge again in popularity. Despite its ebbs and flows, the Bundt cake has staying power. It truly is one of the great American cooking traditions. There are six or more different pan designs to delight todays cooks, and its estimated that more than 60 million of the pans can be found in kitchens across the United States. I have collected several of these pan designs over the years and still manage to impress people when I take them to meetings and family gatherings. Of course, I have my all-time favorite pound cake recipe that has been used to bribe/reward many family, friends, and coworkers into doing favors for me, but I still love to experiment, as new recipes keep coming out in magazines and cookbooks. The recipe included today is an adaptation of the original 1966 contest winner Enjoy! (Note: One of the original ingredients a frosting mix was discontinued in the s, so it had to be replaced with cocoa powder and confectioners sugar.Betsy Crisp, MS, LD/N is a professor emeritus for the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Sharing the history of the Bundt cake, and a recipe, too1966 Bake-Off 2nd-Place Winner: Tunnel of Fudge Bundt Cake(Adapted from the original recipe) INGREDIENTSCake 1 3/4 cups sugar 1 3/4 cups unsalted butter (or margarine), softened 6 large eggs, at room temperature 2 cups powdered sugar 2 1/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa 2 cups walnuts, chopped Glaze 3/4 cup 10x powdered sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa 4 teaspoons to 6 teaspoons milk INSTRUCTIONS Cake Heat oven to 350F. Grease and flour 12-cup fluted tube Bundt cake pan (or 10-inch standard tube pan). In large bowl, combine sugar and butter; beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add 2 cups 10x powdered sugar; blend well. By hand, stir in flour and remaining cake ingredients until well-blended. Spoon batter into greased and floured pan; spread evenly. Bake at 350F. for 45 to 50 minutes, or until top is set and edges are beginning to pull away from sides of pan. (Be very careful not to over-bake) Cool upright in pan on wire rack 1 1/2 hours. Invert onto serving plate; cool at least 2 hours. Glaze In small bowl, combine all glaze ingredients, adding enough milk for desired drizzling consistency. Spoon over top of cake, allowing some to run down sides. Store tightly covered. BETSY CRISP


4A GUVNA FUNDRAISERLutz Guvna candidate Domenic Difante will host a fundraiser May 31 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Paninis Bar and Grill, 3973 Van Dyke Road in Lutz. There will be music and karaoke, corn hole, jumbo Jenga, jumbo Connect Four, beer pong and more. Wristbands for Kill the Keg are $15. For information, call (813) 962-3479.TECHHIRE INFOCareerSource will present TechHire May 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, for anyone that wants to learn about careers in technology, including free training and paid internships. For information, call (352) 567-3476.CLASSIC & CARD GAMESThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer classic board games, card games or challenging video games, for adults, May 31 from 10 a.m. to noon. Refreshments will be provided by Friends of the Land O Lakes Library. For information, call (813) 929-1214.SUMMER READING CLUBSThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host Summer Reading Club kickoff parties. There will be a Kickoff Beach Party June 1 at 2 p.m., for grades four to seven. The annual party for everyone will take place June 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with crafts, a bounce house, face painting, vendors and more. For information, call (813) 929-1214.VIOLIN CLASSESThe Florida Orchestra will offer free group violin classes and other musical experiences to eligible at-risk children and teens, ages 6 to 19, in Hillsborough County, in partnership with the University Area Community Development Corporations Prodigy Cultural Arts Program. The free lessons will be offered June through September at select locations. The orchestra also will offer the Instrument Petting Zoo, which gives students the opportunity to see, touch and play instruments. Participants may attend orchestra performances, also free. For information, visit MAHJONG CLUBThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a Mahjong Club June 1 from 10 a.m. to noon, for all skill levels. Bring your own set, or use a library set. For information, call (352) 567-3576.Z BOOK CLUBThe Z Book Club will meet at the Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., June 1 at 3 p.m., to discuss The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. For information, call (813) 780-0064.TEEN SUMMITThe Hillsborough County Youth Leadership Council Teen Summit will be June 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Northdale Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive in Tampa. The summit will offer workshops designed to teach teens, ages 13 to 18, how to function in the business world, and become active members and leaders in their communities. Topics will range from leadership to finances to resume building, with a break for kickball and ultimate Frisbee in-between. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Registration is free and available online at HARVEST WORKSHOPUF/IFAS Pasco Extension will offer a rain harvesting workshop June 2 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Stallings Building, 15029 14th St., in Dade City. Participants can learn how a rain barrel collects and stores water that runs off a roof, and prevents it from running across land, picking up pollutants and washing them into Pascos creeks and streams. The session costs $40 and is for Pasco County residents only. One rain barrel per family. Registration is required by visiting SING-ALONGThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a family movie sing-along June 2 at 2 p.m., for ages 12 and younger, with an adult. A popular musical movie will be shown. For information, call (352) 567-3576.CARROLLWOOD WINDSThe Carrollwood Winds will perform at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, June 3 at 4 p.m. The concert is titled Soloists and will showcase musical pieces ranging from jazz to Mozart. Tickets start at $10. For information, call (813) 922-8167, or visit MOVIETampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa, will show the movie Top Gun June 3 at 3 p.m., as part of its 27th annual Summer Classics Movie Series. General admission tickets are $10. Theater members pay $7. For information, visit OILS BINGODeanna Jacobs will host a free Essential Oils bingo event June 5 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Living Food Bakery, 38201 10th Ave., in Zephyrhills. Participants can win prizes and learn about essential oils. Seating is limited. For information and to reserve a spot, call (813) 479-7724.PHOTOGRAPHY CLUBThe Land O Lakes Photography Club will meet June 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Land O Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd., in Land O Lakes. There will be a presentation on lenses. All levels of photographers can attend. For information, call or text (813) 838-1473, or email CLUB FUNDRAISERThe GFWC Pasco Junior Womans Club will host its annual Quarter Auction fundraiser June 5, at Lexington Oaks community center, 26304 Lexington Oaks Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, to benefit the clubs scholarship fund. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bidding starts at 6:30 p.m. Light hors doeuvres will be served. Entry fee is $10 per person, which includes one bidding paddle. Additional paddles can be purchased for $5 each. For information, email Sharon Grace at GRANTSHunter Brooks Watson Memorial Fund is accepting grant applications for any young person, ages 16 to 25. The applicant must have an enthusiasm and passion for an innovative idea or project, and must be working and developing new ideas in areas such as music, the performing arts, technology and entrepreneurship. The grants, up to $5,000 each, are not scholarships for academic studies, but financial support for assist innovative young people in bringing ideas and projects to fruition. The current application deadline is June 15. For information, visit RUST & DUST YARD SALEThe Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City, will host its first Recycle, Repurpose, Rummage & Yard Sale, filled with rust, dust and unnecessary stuff, June 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clean out those closets, garages and sheds. Bring your own table, trailer or something to display items on. There are a limited number of tables to rent for $7 each (first-come, first-served). Concessions will be open. To participate, email, or call (352) 5670265. The deadline to sign up is June 4.EMPOWERMENT SEMINARMoore-Mickens Education & Vocational Center, 38301 Martin Luther King Blvd., in Dade City, will host Empowering Our Future Generations June 9 at 5:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Bishop Larry Perkins. The honoree will be Latoya Jordan. Musical entertainment will be provided by FearingStar. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and younger. For information, call (352) 4573568 or (352) 518-8008.VETERANS ART EXHIBITIn 2015, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts launched a series of community art projects. Its current exhibit, Power to the People: The Bill of Rights, is on display until Sept. 3 along the Straz Centers portion of the Riverwalk. The showcase features 10 pieces by Tampa Bay veterans, who were each assigned one article of the Bill of Rights to inspire an original work of art. The artworks are deeply artistic meditations on the first 10 amendments to the Constitution by women and men who served in the armed forces to protect these rights. The exhibit is free.BASIC RIFLE SAFETY CAMPDade City Rod & Gun will offer the NRAs First Step (Firearm Instruction, Responsibility and Safety Training) Rifle Program for area youth and those interested in learning how to properly handle a rifle. The 4 -hour session will be offered during the summer, subject to availability. The cost is $40 per participant and includes the use of a rifle, ammunition, training materials, refreshments, professional instruction and a safe shooting environment. For dates and times, email Larry Shrewsbury at www.bernierdental.comPLEASE CALL FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY!813-601-1122Evening and weekend appointments available.MOST INSURANCES ACCEPTED The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for a payment for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for free, discounted fee, or the reduced fee, service, examination or treatment. 5420 Land O Lakes Blvd, Suite 103 813-601-1122 Let us give you something toSmileaboutCleaning, exam, consultation and all necessary x-raysADA D1110, D0210, D0150 $9900 *New patients only. Not valid with any other offers or insurance. Does not include periodontal therapy. Limited time only. *EXPIRES 6/30/18 Kids bee programThe Dade City Garden Club, in coordination with the Hugh Embry Library, will offer its Nature Detectives workshop June 6 at 1 p.m., at the library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City. There also will be a repeat program June 16 at 10:30 a.m. The program is geared for ages 6 to 12. Participants can learn about bees as pollinators, with hands-on activities, a free scholastic book, and a composition notebook with fun bee facts and related activities to take home. There also will be honey tasting. The workshop, developed by the St. Augustine Garden Club, has won state-level garden club awards and has been recognized by the American Library Association. This year, Pasco participants ages 9 to 12 will be eligible to apply for a scholarship to Camp Wekiva, near Orlando, for a week in 2019. Space and materials are limited for workshops. Registration is required. To reserve a spot, stop by the library, call (352) 567-3576, or visit or


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DENTAL STUDIO 4 KIDS OPENSDental Studio 4 Kids and Oral Surgery and Implant Specialists will partner to celebrate a grand opening of a newly constructed building at 4675 Van Dyke Road in Lutz on May 31 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The first 25 children younger than age 6 will receive a free ticket to the Glazer Childrens Museum. The first 25 kids older than age 6 will receive a ticket to Xtreme Adventures Laser Tag. There also will be food, refreshments and a strolling magician. For information about the grand opening, which includes a ribbon cutting by the Carrollwood Area Business Association, call (813) 591-2200, visit, or email GIVEAWAYThe Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida will have a hearing aid battery giveaway June 1 from 10 a.m. to noon, at its offices at 6333 River Road, New Port Richey. Free hearing aid batteries will be offered in the most common sizes of 10, 13, 312 and 675, while supplies last. Sertoma also coordinates a Hearing Aid Recycling Program, with recycling containers located in area Publix grocery stores. Hearing aids in any condition are accepted to be recycled and refurbished, and made available to clients who need them. For information, call (727) 312-3881, or visit FOR SENIORSThe Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave., N.W., will offer a Matter of Balance class June 1 at 10 a.m. Participants can learn practical strategies to manage falls and reduce falls at home. For information, call (813) 264-3804.OBSTETRICS EVENTSThe Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will offer these obstetrics community events: Tour of Obstetrics: June 4 at 5 p.m. Breast-feeding Course: June 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Newborn Care Class: June 20 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Infant CPR: June 27 at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. For information, call (727) 834-5630, or visit REPLACEMENTSt. Josephs Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will present a lecture on total joint replacement June 4 at 10 a.m., in the Nursing Administration classroom. Participants can learn how to prepare for surgery and become familiar with the recovery process. Based on the requirements of your physician and availability, participants could get pre-op testing done the same day. The lecture is free. To register, call (813) 443-2046.SLEEP DISORDERSMorton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., in New Port Richey, will offer a CPAP/BI PAP Clinic June 4, and every Monday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the Medical Arts Building, Sleep Disorders Center. Classes are free. For information, call (727) 953-6877, or visit SUPPORTMorton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., in New Port Richey, will host a free Ostomy Support Group June 5, and the first Tuesday of every month, at 10 a.m., in Meeting Rooms 2 and 3. For information, call (727) 953-6877, or visit DISEASE SUPPORTMorton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., in New Port Richey, will host a free Chronic Lung Disease Support Group June 6 at 4 p.m., in Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Medical Arts Building, Suite 304. For information, call (727) 953-6877, or visit EVENTSThe Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will offer these community events: Breast Cancer Support Group: June 6 and June 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Compassionate Friends Support Group: June 20 from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lymphedema Support Group: June 21 at 3 p.m. Huntingtons Disease Support Group: June 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. JDRF Cups of Hope-Type 1 Diabetes Support Group: June 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. For information, call (727) 834-5630.NAMI FAMILY SUPPORTNAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Pasco offer a NAMI Family Support Group the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. The group is open to family members and caregivers of someone with a mental illness diagnosis.For information, call (727) 992-9653, or visit BENEFITSAmerican House, 38130 Pretty Pond Road in Zephyrhills, will present a free seminar on navigating veterans benefits June 7 at 1 p.m. The guest speaker will be attorney Michelangelo Mortellaro on the topics of the types of benefits available, how to quality, how to apply, and more. To RSVP by June 6, call (813) 400-2262.3-D MAMMOGRAMSOak Hill Hospital is now offering 3-D mammograms at its Womens Imaging Center. The 3-D mammography uses advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, which helps significantly increase the detection of breast cancers while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing. The mammography offers less radiation exposure, less time in compression and a comfort panel system to reduce discomfort. For information or to schedule an appointment, call (800) 921-9158.NEW VICE PRESIDENTRegional Medical Center Bayonet Point has promoted Carol Corder as vice president of neuroscience, where she will lead the strategic planning business growth and programmatic development of neurosciences at the hospital. Corder has worked for HCA for 30 years and has served as a director for 21 years. She has been promoted from her position as director of imaging & non-invasive cardiology, where she has been since 2002. Corder has a bachelors degree from Ottawa University and is currently completing her masters degree in leadership and management. 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SUMMER FOOD SERVICEHillsborough County will again participate in the Summer Food Service Program, which provides free nutritious lunches and afternoon snacks to children when school meals are not available. This years program runs from May 29 to Aug. 3, at more than 50 sites in the county. The meals and snacks will be offered at local parks and other convenient locations for children younger than age 18. Applications are not required. Nearby sites can be found online at For information, email, or call (813) 276-8625.STUDENT BUS PASSESThe Pasco County Public Transportation Department will offer Student Summer Haul Passes for $20. Pasco County students can ride the fixed-route bus system all summer. The special rate will be effective June 1 through Aug. 31. Haul passes can be picked up at all Pasco County libraries; the Pasco County Clerk & Comptrollers office at the West and East Pasco Government Centers; the Pasco-Hernando State College bookstores in Wesley Chapel, Dade City and New Port Richey; and the PCPT Administrative Offices at 8620 Galen Wilson Blvd., in Port Richey. For information, call (727) 834-3322, or visit For bus routes and schedules, visit OVERCOME ADVERSITYPasco-Hernando State College hosted spring commencement May 2 with two ceremonies to honor graduates earning bachelor and associate degrees, certificates and diplomas. Several students have encountered adversity in pursuit of higher education. Rachel Watson, 19, of Dade City, received an Associate of Arts degree. At PHSC, Watson was a full-time student, worked part-time as an English tutor, and completed a Professor-Student internship while traveling nearly every weekend to North Carolina where her fianc was preparing for deployment with the Marines. She will pursue a bachelors degree in advanced literary studies at Saint Leo University. Kathryn McCarthy, 25, of Land O Lakes, earned an Associate of Science in nursing. McCarthy was a sixth-grade world history teacher for Pasco County Schools when, in 2012, an illness left her paralyzed and on a ventilator for four months. McCarthy left teaching to pay it forward as a caregiver and entered the PHSC nursing program. She also is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Andrew Moses, 28, of Spring Hill, received an Associate of Arts. Moses withdrew from high school to complete an auto mechanic program in New York. He moved back to Florida to work with his mothers business. A client, Matic, encouraged Moses to apply for an engineering internship within the company, which now employs him. In 2015, he decided to go back to school to earn a college degree. Moses will seek a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering. Jonathan McCurnin, 22, of Dade City, earned his Associate of Arts. 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Said Robertson, Hes a great man, and I think he will give the community a great service by being your next Guvna. The annual affair isnt your typical political debate. The candidates were required to ring a bell before answering a series of satirical questions from a few dozen Lutz residents and family members in the crowd. Other games and fun activities were mixed in throughout the fun-filled afternoon, which was emceed by Paul Vahue of First Baptist Church in Lutz. Among the most intense hot button debate questions: Are you a liberal or conservative when it comes to pizza toppings, and should there be punishment for ordering pineapple on pizza? Sherman advocated for pizza freedom. Sinquefield supported the right to choose any pizza topping, but added, just dont ask me to clean up for you when you get sick from eating it. Robertson, on behalf of DiFante, took a more hardline approach to the pizza topping issue. Theres just a few things in life that just dont go together, he said, and pineapple on pizza is one of them. Another controversial topic dear to Lutz residents was also broached: Should Lutz secede from the state of Florida? In true political fashion, Robertson avoided the topic entirely, redirecting the conversation to Difantes tax plan and campaign promise of chicken wings, overstuffed sandwiches and cold beer at every corner of the city. To quell other voters concerns, Sherman and Sinquefield both said the unincorporated town should remain a part of the Sunshine State. Said Sherman, I think Lutz is just fine the way it is. If I win Guvna, Im not going to do anything. Everythings just fine. Added Sinquefield: I dont think Lutz should secede from the union. If people dont like what we do in Lutz, then they need to move to Carrollwood Another Lutz-centric debate question that drew wonderment from many Which object should be dropped in Lutz on New Years Eve? Sinquefield mentioned a rhinestone-covered replica of the Lutz Train Depot. Sherman liked the idea of dropping a giant alligator. Robertson trying to appeal to the crowds appetites proposed unloading a 75-foot tall, 1,500-pound overstuffed sandwich a Paninis staple. Everybody bring a fork, he quipped. In between the many colorful debate questions were a series of Olympic-type activities. Except, they were just slightly different from the real thing. The curling competition required the trio to use a curling iron on a synthetic wig concocting the best hairstyle possible. Sinquefield reigned supreme in that. Meantime, the makeshift synchronized swimming event required candidates to shake and wave swim noodles attached to tennis shoes, to mimic the symbiotic motion of legs and feet behind the veil of a blue tarp that served as water. The routines drew more cackles than points for grace, but each earned a participation prize. Guvna candidates also used the debate platform to show off their special talents. Sherman displayed the same epic dance moves from last year, comically resembling those popularized by Seinfeld TV series character Elaine Benes, portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Sinquefield, unsurprisingly, shared a belly dance routine. Robertson conceded the talent show entirely, bowing to Sinquefields performance. Theres nothing I can do that can follow that, he said modestly. At the end of the debate, each candidate revealed their official campaign slogan. Sherman stayed true to last years Keep Lutz Local slogan. She explained: Lutz is a very special community. Ninety percent of our business owners are local, Lutz owned and operated businesses, and its super important we keep that family vibe that we dont have in a lot of places, like Carrollwood. Sinquefields slogan was more brash: I dont want your voteI want your money! she said. Difantes slogan was Lets get overstuffed! The meaning was explained in a statement read by Robertson: Ive mastered the overstuffed sandwich. Now I want to overstuff your wallets, bank accounts and bellies! The whimsical debate was all done in an effort for candidates to drum up as much support as they could, hoping to raise as much money as possible for their campaigns, which ultimately go to benefitting several nonprofits and local organizations in Lutz. The annual Guvna Race fundraiser continues through the Fourth of July weekend, where the winner is announced, and earns the coveted sash and honorary title from the prior years winner. The race started in 1991 and is sponsored by the Lutz Civic Association. It typically raises several thousand dollars for about 20 beneficiaries. Dignitaries at the event included a handful of former Guvna winners and candidates, the GFWC Lutz-Land O Lakes Womans Club, and representatives from the Old Lutz School and the Lutz Civic Association, among others. know what (project) will come before us, said Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey. Were tying our hands. Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano agreed. He said the county would lose flexibility in attracting projects. We want to be able to move quickly when opportunities come forward, he said. The park is part of a county-driven effort to diversify the types of businesses and industries that are attracted to Pasco. The land will be made site-ready, and marketed to prospective developers who will pitch their proposals to the county. Starkey had a suggestion on funding for the road widening. She cited an article in the magazine, Florida Trend, about a federal grant to Alachua County for a road project, aimed at boosting economic growth. County officials said they already were working on an application to submit for a state grant. Two other road projects are on tap to enhance Old Pasco at its intersection with State Road 52, and with Quail Hollow Boulevard. County commissioners recently approved about $2.2 million for pavement reconstruction starting about 1,450 feet south of State Road 52, a sidewalk, stormwater, pond construction, signage and turn lanes. The Florida Department of Transportation is in the midst of a major road widening project at State Road 52 and the Interstate 75 interchange. In 2019, the county plans to begin intersection improvements for Old Pasco and Quail Hollow Boulevard. Each episode, which lasts 30 minutes, features humor, skits and a fast-paced delivery to provide an engaging approach to learning. Its been described as sort of a combination between a kid-friendly Saturday Night Live and the old PBS television show Zoom, said Sue Maxwell, who is Madisons mom. The cast members wear funny wigs, crazy facial hair and dress up like French waiters, sleazy record promoters, stuffy British TV hosts and famous historical characters, according to a news release. The show will air locally, in a marathon scheduled for June 24 beginning at 9 a.m., on WEDU. It is being carried by more than 200 stations across the country. Madison is involved in a recurring sketch, in which she and Blake McCall, another cast member, use a phone booth to travel back in time. During those sketches, they visited Leonardo da Vinci, Cleopatra, Thomas Edison and Shakespeare, Madison said. That was very fun, except for the mosquitoes. I had 37 mosquito bites, she said, noting the filming was done outdoors near a monastery, to give the time travel a historic feel. Madison said its been fun to be in the show, and she was pleased to be selected for the cast. She found out about the auditions from her agent in Miami. She said the show doesnt require her to adopt an entirely new persona. Its your name, and you get to act like yourself and you are your own character, she said. You can just be free. The episodes are shot in Miami, Boca Raton and Ft. Lauderdale area, with seven of the nine cast members coming from South Florida and the other two, including Madison, from the Tampa Bay area. A news release describes the show this way: Kid Stew celebrates imagination, and encourages childrens interest in reading, music, art and creative expression. Featuring comedic sketches, music videos, fun facts, virtual visits around the globe, and guest appearances from creative adults and kids alike, the series offers four, half-hour episodes packed with fun in a for kids, by kids format that appeals to elementary school age viewers. The creator, Patterson, is known for his tween-targeted franchises, which include Jacky Ha-Ha, about a 12-year-old girl who loves to make people laugh. Kid Stew is co-produced by South Florida PBS and Patterson, and presented nationally by South Florida PBS via American Public Television. Madison is excited about filming the rest of Season 1 and hopes there will be a Season 2. Shes not sure what she wants to do in the future. At one point, she wanted to be a dolphin trainer. More recently, shes been thinking about being an orthodontist, or perhaps a neurosurgeon. At this point, its too soon to tell. Madison lives in Lutz with her mom, Sue; her dad, Mike; and, her grandfather, Ki Kim. COURTESY OF SUE MAXWELL Lutz Guvna candidate upcoming fundraisersCANDIDATE DOMENIC DIFANTE Kill the Keg: May 31 from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., at Paninis Bar and Grill, 3973 Van Dyke Road in Lutz. There will be music and karaoke, corn hole, jumbo Jenga, jumbo Connect Four, beer pong and more. Wristbands for Kill the Keg are $15. For information, call (813) 962-3479.CANDIDATE JESSICA SHERMAN Spaghetti dinner and silent auction:June 9 from 5 to 7 p.m., at Crystal Lake Manor Pavilion, 502 Crystal Grove Blvd., Lutz. Adult tickets are $7; child tickets are $4. Please RSVP by email to KANDY SINQUEFIELD BellyDance 4 A Cause:June 10 at 2 p.m., at the Sydney Center, 102 Whitaker Road, Lutz. A belly dance show to benefit the Lutz Guvna race that will feature many styles of belly dance, colorful costumes and uplifting music. Tickets are $15 and available at or at the door, if available. For information, visit and Belly Dancing: June 17 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at UNION72 Barbecue, 2000 Piazza Ave., Suite 150, in Wesley Chapel. Bring the whole family out to eat at UNION72 and help support Kandy. A portion of the bill will be donated to the Guvnas race by the restaurant. For information, visit Lutz Pageant: June 23 at 7 p.m., at the Sydney Center, 102 Whitaker Road, Lutz. Contestants are still needed to show off their talent and an evening gown. Participants must be older than age 18, live in Lutz and be available for the Lutz 4th of July Parade. Tickets are $15. For information, visit Todays foster parents provide temporary care for children, but leave lifelong impressions on their lives. Be a Champion for a Tampa Bay Foster Child. Become a Foster Parent. (866) 233-0790 | Trying to locate your favorite community newspaper?Visit for a list of pick up locations!


Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community Sports Community Sports By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comApitcher’s duel, extra innings and weathering wet, muddy conditions were all needed before Academy at the Lakes softball could finally claim its first-ever state championship. Overcoming hurdles, they wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. The Wildcats (26-4) defeated Monticello Aucilla Christian 1-0 in 11 innings on May 22 in the FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association) Class 2A state finals at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. Academy at the Lakes (AATL) junior pitcher and Alabama commit Alexis Kilfoyl outdueled Aucilla Christian senior and Florida signee Elizabeth Hightower in the team’s most difficult test of the season. In addition to unleashing a 13-strikeout, four-hit shutout, Kilfoyl was responsible for the game-winning single that allowed freshman shortstop Brooke Blankenship to score on a two-out single in the 11th inning. “The 11 innings really pushed us to our max. It was definitely a tough pitcher battle,” Kilfoyl, one of the nation’s top pitching prospects, said afterwards. What made the triumph even sweeter was knowing they unseated an Aucilla Christian program that’s won state crowns two of the last three years. “Probably one of the greatest (feelings) I’ve ever had. Just all the hard work we put into it, it feels good to finally pay off,” Kilfoyl said. A post-season celebration was held at the school on May 24 to honor the softball team’s achievements. Players, their families and friends, and school administration all gathered to soak in the momentous achievement. “It’s finally setting in a little bit,” Blankenship said with an ear-to-ear smile at the celebration. “We’re just kind of looking back on all our hard next season we’ll know what it takes.” In 2017, the Wildcats ended a 20-win season with a disappointing 5-3 loss to St. Petersburg Canterbury in the Class 2A regional final. Coming up short motivated the team to improve under the watch of second-year head coach Diane Stephenson, a longtime Division I softball coach for Indiana, Purdue and Iowa universities. To better prepare for the 2018 playoffs, Stephenson and her staff ventured to compile a challenging regular season. Matchups were scheduled against larger public schools like Freedom, Land O’ Lakes, Mitchell and River Ridge high schools, among many others. Said Stephenson, “It was great for our kids because they learned a lot of resilience and they learned to play from behind. They learned so much. They learned mental toughness.” It proved fruitful in the grind-it-out state title game. “When we got into that game and it was 0-0, they flexed a couple times, but they weren’t worried, and that’s what mental toughness does for you. It prepares you for the battle, and we were prepared for the battle for sure,” Stephenson said. With a varsity roster of no seniors and mostly underclassmen and some middleschoolers, the Wildcats figure to be a staying power for the foreseeable future. It also could mean a state title repeat in 2019. “It’ll definitely be fun,” Kilfoyl said of next season’s possibilities. “I’m really looking forward to it because I know we can definitely do it again, if we do what we did this time.” Having Stephenson back as a coach will serve well, too. The highly regarded coach was inducted into Indiana University’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. She won 402 games in 15 seasons, and led the Hoosiers to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1994 and 1996.“She’s definitely someone we all look up to. Her energy helps us, and she knows the game,” said Blankenship, a Florida State commit.In addition to its feats on the softball field this season, Academy at the Lakes likewise dominated in the classroom. Their combined cumulative grade-point average of 3.85 was the highest of any softball-playing team in the state. Meantime, it’s been quite a year athleticswise for the private school, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary in existence. In December, the AATL football team went 11-1 and won its first-ever eight-man state championship, under head coach Shawn Brown. “It’s been a great year,” said Wildcats athletics director Tom Haslam. “It’s big for the community, it’s big for our program and, best of all, it’s big for the kids because that just builds confidence, and now they’re excited more and they want to do it again.” SPRING SPORTS (BOYS)BaseballTeam Champion: Pasco High School Coach of the Year: Ricky Giles, Pasco Player of the Year: Colton Bierly, Wesley ChapelFirst-Team All-ConferencePitcher: Garrett Hester, junior, Pasco Catcher: Liam Wynne, senior, Pasco Infielder: Ethan Fransca, junior, Land O’ Lakes Infielder: Matt Snyder, sophomore, Cypress Creek Infielder: Dariel Fregio, senior, Wesley Chapel Infielder: Nick Plaisted, sophomore, Sunlake Outfielder: Colton Bierly, senior, Wesley Chapel Outfielder: Luby Fields, senior, Pasco Outfielder: Edgar Vazquez, senior, Land O’ Lakes Utility/DH: Kolbe Lupinek, senior, ZephyrhillsSecond-Team All-ConferencePitcher: Ryan Ricardo, senior, Land O’ Lakes Catcher: Cam Douglas, senior, Wiregrass Ranch Infielder: Ryan Rodriguez, junior, Sunlake Infielder: Malik Melvin, senior, Wesley Chapel Infielder: Zach Schneidmiller, junior, Zephyrhills Infielder: Dakota Harris, sophomore, Land O’ Lakes Outfielder: Jacob Hill, senior, Wiregrass Ranch Outfielder: Zachary Murphy, senior, Pasco Outfielder: Stone Mesa, sophomore, Sunlake Utility/DH: Nick Jennings, junior, Land O’ LakesTennisTeam Champion: Wiregrass Ranch High School Coach of the Year: Dave Wilson, Wiregrass Ranch Player of the Year: Jonathan Judy-Hansen, ZephyrhillsFirst-Team All-ConferenceJonathan Judy-Hansen, junior, Zephyrhills Kanishkh Ramesh, sophomore, Wiregrass Ranch Destiny Okvngbowa, junior, Wiregrass Ranch Logan Haga, freshman, Pasco Caelen Arreola, sophomore, Land O’ LakesSecond-Team All-ConferenceAdam Mansour, freshman, Wiregrass Ranch Josh Abrams, sophomore, Wiregrass Ranch Kenta Xu, senior, Land O’ Lakes Jeffrey Liu, senior, Land O’ Lakes Wesley Perns, senior, ZephyrhillsHonorable MentionZachary Bauer, senior, Wesley Chapel Ryan Cantor, sophomore, SunlakeTrack & FieldTeam Champion: Sunlake High School Coach of the Year: Brett Hodros, Sunlake Track Athlete of the Year: Isaiah Bolden, Wesley Chapel Field Athlete of the Year: Tucker Brace, Land O’ LakesFirst-Team All-Conference4x800-meter relay: Giovanni Duran, sophomore, Wiregrass Ranch; Kevin Jaquez, senior, Wiregrass Ranch; Carlos Cruz, senior, Wiregrass Ranch; Alex Medina, junior, Wiregrass Ranch 110-meter hurdles: Brian Parker, sophomore, Wiregrass Ranch 100-meter dash: Isaiah Bolden, senior, Wesley Chapel 1600-meter run: Dominic Burleson, junior, Sunlake 4x100-meter relay: Ja’varrius Wilson, sophomore, Zephyrhills; DaShawn Waldon, sophomore, Zephyrhills; Charles Harrison, senior, Zephyrhills; Cartrell Strong, junior, Zephyrhills 400-meter dash: Mario Watson, senior, Pasco 300-meter hurdles: Brian Parker, sophomore, Wesley Chapel 800-meter run: Dominic Burleson, junior, Sunlake 200-meter dash: Isaiah Bolden, senior, Wesley Chapel 3200-meter run: Dominic Burleson, junior, Sunlake 4x400-meter relay: Alex Dunn, sophomore, Sunlake; Ludcheel Colas, sophomore, Sunlake; Anthony Daher, sophomore, Sunlake; Bryant Beacham, senior, Sunlake Shot Put: Greg Zellers, sophomore, Sunlake Pole Vault: Tucker Brace, senior, Land O’ Lakes High Jump: Justin Rush, senior, Wiregrass Ranch Long Jump: Cartrell Strong, junior, Zephyrhills Triple Jump: Cartrell Strong, junior, Zephyrhills Discus: Joey Perez, junior, SunlakeSecond-Team All-Conference4x800-meter relay: Adam Hahn, junior, Land O’ Lakes, Alex Normandia, senior, Land O’ Lakes; Brendon Castillo, freshman, Land O’ Lakes; Braden Mitchell, freshman, Land O’ Lakes 110-meter hurdles: Jack Nelson, senior, Land O’ Lakes 100-meter dash: Cartrell Strong, junior, Zephyrhills 1600-meter run: Alex Normandia, senior, Land O’ Lakes 4x100-meter relay: Aaron Wilson, junior, Sunlake; Anthony Daher, sophomore, Sunlake; Chris Reiss, sophomore, Sunlake; Dylan Bradley, senior, Sunlake 400-meter dash: Talik Jeffers, freshman, Wiregrass Ranch 300-meter hurdles: Bryant Beacham, senior, Sunlake 800-meter run: Anthony Dimarco, sophomore, Wiregrass Ranch 200-meter dash: Johnasay Grant, junior, Pasco 3200-meter run: Alex Normandia, senior, Land O’ Lakes 4x400-meter relay: Alex Morales, sophomore, Wiregrass Ranch; John Pizzuto, senior, Wiregrass Ranch; Alex Medina, junior, Wiregrass Ranch; Talik Jeffers, freshman, Wiregrass Ranch Shot Put: KaSean Ridgel, junior, Wiregrass Ranch Pole Vault: Ben Glass, sophomore, Sunlake High Jump: Tre’ Pavis Mobley, junior, Zephyrhills Long Jump: Dylan Bradley, senior, Sunlake Triple Jump: Dylan Bradley, senior, Sunlake Discus: Thomas Calta, senior, Land O’ LakesHonorable MentionDevin Santana, junior, Cypress CreekWeightliftingTeam Champion: Sunlake High School Coach of the Year: Matt Smith, Sunlake Athlete of the Year: Caleb Huff, Sunlake First-Team All-Conference119 pounds: Caleb Huff, junior, Sunlake 129 pounds: Victor Velez, junior, Sunlake 139 pounds: Alex Hall, junior, Sunlake 154 pounds: Dylan Hitchner, junior, Zephyrhills 169 pounds: Kevin Sacco, junior, Land O’ Lakes 183 pounds: Jaden Trotter, junior, Sunlake 199 pounds: Zac Masci, senior, Zephyrhills 219 pounds: Caleb Keeling, junior, Zephyrhills 238 pounds: Jamie Mareno, senior, Zephyrhills Heavyweight/Unlimited: Ethan Best, junior, ZephyrhillsSecond-Team All-Conference119 pounds: John First, senior, Zephyrhills 129 pounds: Alex Alvarez, junior, Wiregrass Ranch 139 pounds: Charles Lupton, junior, Sunlake 154 pounds: Elton Harrison, senior, Sunlake 169 pounds: Ludcheel Colas, sophomore, Sunlake 183 pounds: Jeremiah Baker, senior, Sunlake 199 pounds: Bryant Beacham, senior, Sunlake 219 pounds: Adam Jarvis, senior, Sunlake 238 pounds: Cameron Helms, junior, Zephyrhills Heavyweight/Unlimited: Kasean Ridgel, junior, Wiregrass RanchSPRING SPORTS (GIRLS) SoftballTeam Champion: Land O’ Lakes High School Coach of the Year: Nelson Garcia, Sunlake Player of the Year: Kendra Falby, SunlakeFirst-Team All-ConferencePitcher: Callie Turner, junior, Land O’ Lakes Catcher: Neely Peterson, junior, Cypress Creek Infielder: Ashley Smith, senior, Land O’ Lakes Infielder: Tia Williams, senior, Land O’ Lakes Infielder: Jenna Lord, freshman, Sunlake Infielder: April Lorton, junior, Zephyrhills Outfielder: Kendra Falby, freshman, Sunlake Outfielder: Paige Maseda, junior, Sunlake Outfielder: Kacie Huber, senior, Pasco Utility: Riley Baxter, senior, SunlakeSecond-Team All-ConferencePitcher: Jordan Almasy, sophomore, Wesley Chapel Catcher: Emma Sica, senior, Sunlake Infielder: Chase Booker, senior, Zephyrhills Infielder: Mariah Melendez, senior, Sunlake Infielder: Jasmine Jackson, junior, Cypress Creek Infielder: Payton Hudson, junior, Cypress Creek Outfielder: Shelby Westbrook, junior, Land O’ Lakes Outfielder: Brooke Stanley, sophomore, Land O’ Lakes Outfielder: Kaleigh Rhoden, senior, Zephyrhills Utility: Anna Margetis, sophomore, Cypress CreekHonorable MentionMiranda Perez, junior, Wiregrass Ranch Ashtin Jordan, junior, Wiregrass RanchTennisTeam Champion: Pasco High School Coach of the Year: Donald Charlick, Pasco Player of the Year: Courtney Piltaver, Land O’ LakesFirst-Team All-ConferenceCourtney Piltaver, sophomore, Land O’ Lakes Madison Jender, senior, Pasco Nathalie Sawczuk, senior, Pasco Phoebe Teo, sophomore, Wiregrass Ranch Paige Johnson, junior, ZephyrhillsSecond-Team All-ConferenceLeah Buch, senior, Land O’ Lakes Alexandra Barath, freshman, Pasco Lisy Gonzales, sophomore, Wiregrass Ranch Lia Gonzales, junior, Wiregrass Ranch Hope Johnson, junior, ZephyrhillsHonorable MentionValeria Burbano, senior, Wesley Chapel Taylor Lopez, junior, SunlakeTrack & FieldTeam Champion: Sunlake High School Coach of the Year: Troy Burdick, Sunlake Track Athlete of the Year: Natalie Abernathy, Land O’ Lakes Field Athlete of the Year: Keyvyn Stinyard, PascoFirst-Team All-Conference4x800-meter relay: Natalie Abernathy, junior, Land O’ Lakes; Estefania Acosta, junior, Land O’ Lakes; Elise Noll, senior, Land O’ Lakes; Emily Flaherty, senior, Land O’ Lakes 110-meter hurdles: Aliison Fleming, sophomore, Wiregrass Ranch 100-meter dash: Sydney Rouser, senior, Pasco 1600-meter run: Natalie Abernathy, junior, Land O’ Lakes High 4x100-meter relay: Nia Johnson, sophomore, Sunlake; Jaymonda Calmes, junior, Sunlake; Gianna Levy, sophomore, Sunlake; Arielle Boone, senior, Sunlake 400-meter dash: Gianna Levy, sophomore, Sunlake 300-meter hurdles: Allison Fleming, sophomore, Wiregrass Ranch 800-meter run: Shannon Gordy, freshman, Sunlake 200-meter dash: Nia Johnson, sophomore, Sunlake 3200-meter run: Natalie Abernathy, junior, Land O’ Lakes 4x400-meter relay: Vyctoria Boger, senior, Wesley Chapel; Savannah Lee, sophomore, Wesley Chapel; Zharia Wilson, sophomore, Wesley Chapel; Ashley Navarrette, sophomore, Wesley Chapel Shot Put: Keyvyn Stinyard, senior, Pasco Pole Vault: Natalie Huchro, junior, Sunlake High Jump: Kasia Ramirez, senior, Sunlake Long Jump: Arielle Boone, senior, Sunlake Triple Jump: Arielle Boone, senior, Sunlake Discus: Janiya Buchannon, junior, Wiregrass RanchSecond-Team All-Conference4x800-meter relay: Shannon Gordy, freshman, Sunlake; Liina Winborn, sophomore, Sunlake; Ashley Spires, freshman, Sunlake; Grace Newport, freshman, Sunlake 110-meter hurdles: Emily Beasley, junior, Wiregrass Ranch 100-meter dash: Nia Johnson, sophomore, Sunlake 1600-meter run: Estefania Acosta, junior, Land O’ Lakes 4x100-meter relay: Sydney Rouser, junior, Pasco; Ashleigh Jackson, junior, Pasco; Chelsea Kennard, junior, Pasco; Regan Pickett, junior; Pasco 400-meter dash: Vyctoria Boger, senior, Wesley Chapel 300-meter hurdles: Hannah Kilner, sophomore, Sunlake 800-meter run: Isabelle Geiger, sophomore, Wiregrass Ranch 200-meter dash: Sydney Rouser, senior, Pasco 3200-meter run: Estefania Acosta, junior, Land O’ Lakes 4x400-meter relay: Destiny Saltzman, sophomore, Sunlake; Grace Newport, freshman, Sunlake; Jaymonda Calmes, junior, Sunlake; Gianna Levy, sophomore, Sunlake Shot Put: Lauryn Beacham, junior, Sunlake Pole Vault: Morgan Oswald, senior, Sunlake High Jump: Emiliano Sorrell, sophomore, Sunlake Long Jump: Zharia Wilson, sophomore, Wesley Chapel Triple Jump: Jaydan Forrester, sophomore, Sunlake Discus: Keyvyn Stinyard, senior, PascoSunshine Athletic Conference East spring awards announced Earlier this month, high school coaches from the Pasco County School District announced SAC (Sunshine Athletic Conference) All-Conference Teams, Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year, for the 2017-2018 spring sports season. Selections were made for both the East and West Division.The following high schools from our coverage area were represented in the East Division: Cypress Creek, Land O’ Lakes, Pasco, Sunlake, Wesley Chapel, Wiregrass Ranch and Zephyrhills. KEVIN WEISSAcademy at the Lakes varsity softball won the FHSAA Class 2A state title on May 22 after defeating Monticello Aucilla Christian 1-0 in 11 innings. The Wildcats finished the season 26-4. Academy at the Lakes 2018 varsity softballRoster Alexis Kilfoyl, junior  Allie Glatfelter, seventh grade  Amber Nadeau, sophomore  Aubrey McLeod, sophomore  Brooke Blankenship, freshman  Caitlin Blankenship, seventh grade  Devyne Davis, freshman  Elisabeth Robichaux, eighth grade  Hannah Church, eighth grade  Hayley Reed, eighth grade  Jessica Mott, sophomore  Mia Fields, sixth grade  Nicole Gilleland, freshman  Tristen Gittens, junior  Vanessa Alexander, freshmanCoaching Staff Diane Stephenson, head coach  John Counts, assistant coach  Robbie Blankenship, assistant coach  Kennedy Lachicotte, assistant coachAATL softball captures first state title 12A May 30, 2018


MAY 30, 2018The LAKER/ INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & MoreThe LAKER/ Lutz NEWSLutz NEWS B RANDY UNDERHILLCanine trainer Lisa Morrisey assisted Brody, a 10-year-old Border Collie, in dunking a basketball at the fourth annual Woofstock festival. Land O Lakes residents Devin Reyes, 10, left, and Nick Mascola, 15, pampered Bagel, a 1-year-old male Pit Bull. Bagel was up for adoption at the Woofstock festival. By Randy UnderhillSpecial to The Laker/Lutz NewsDogs and their human friends celebrated the fourth annual “Woofstock” festival at the Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park on May 19. It was the first time for the park to host the event, which raises funds to aid sick dogs and cats at Pasco County Animal Services. Animal services brought dogs that were available for adoption. Vendors set up displays of doggy wares, including designer collars, boarding services, toys, pet food, health care, and offers to microchip Fido or Spot. Three local bands entertained, including Crossing the Tangent and Chaotic. There were also performers from the Milano Twirling Academy and belly dancers from Troup Sahirnee. Brody, a 10-year-old border collie, dunked a basketball with an assist from canine trainer Lisa Morrissey. It was part of a demonstration of dog tricks. Brody has about 260 tricks in his repertoire. One unexpected pet at the festival was a skunk brought by Florida Skunk Rescue. Florida is one of 17 states that allows skunks to be bred domestically. Typically, the animals are “de-fumed” at age one month.Festival raises money for animal care Sylar, a 7-year-old Cockapoo, posed with Tampa resident Derriann Hope, an employee of All Creatures Hospital. Sylar suffers from a disk disease that affects the dogs hind legs. New Port Richey resident Linda Reardon picked out a pink cup holder to buy at the Wet N Firehose tent at the Woofstock festival at Land O Lakes Heritage Park. Emma, an 8-year-old mixed breed, learns how to sit on command, and in return gets rewarded with a treat from Erica Manack, a volunteer with Pasco County Animal Services. Baily plants a kiss on one of his owners, Nancy Berry, left, as he snuggles in the arms of his other owner, Don Riges, under a tent for the English Springer Rescue group.


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