Dani Barnhill, a senior catcher for the Fort Meade softball team, really started to put things together just before play was suspended due to the spread of Coronavirus. Barnhill went 4-for-8 in her final two games with two doubles and three RBIs.

WINTER HAVEN — A couple early birdies from Janie Jackson (Huntsville, Alabama) — one at No. 2 to take a four-shot lead and another at No. 4 to claim a five-stroke advantage — was all she needed to separate herself from the pack at the Country Club of Winter Haven and win the 12th annual Flor…

The Florida Tropics rallied three times from a one-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Tacoma Stars, 8-7, in overtime Feb. 27, assuring the Tropics of their first ever berth in the Major Arena Soccer League Playoffs.

Bartow High’s Colby Trudeau placed third in the 195-pound weight class at last week’s Class 3A-Region 2 meet hosted by Osceola High School. The top-four finish enabled Trudeau to qualify for the upcoming Florida High School Athletic Association individual state championships (March 6-7) at S…

The Lake Region Thunder baseball team has gotten off to a strong start this spring, opening the season with three wins in its first four games. One of the reasons for the early success is the play of Nick Maze. Against the LaBelle Cowboys, Maze pitched a complete-game shutout and also went 3…

Despite having a relatively late start in the sport, Faith Garza — a junior at Lake Wales High — has quickly established herself as one of the best weightlifters in the state.

Being the first person from a particular program to accomplish something as significant as signing with a college is a great achievement. Lake Region senior cheerleader Cassie Euverand did just that when she officially signed with Saint Leo University on National Signing Day earlier this mon…

With the FHSAA dual team state championships having been completed last month, the time for individual achievement on the mat is approaching. Boys individual bracketed district tournaments get underway this week, with the top four finishers in each weight class advancing to regionals.

Magnus Darrington, 14, is an eighth grader at All Saints Academy in Winter Haven. Despite yet being a freshman, Darrington is a member of the school’s varsity soccer team and recently was chosen to compete for the Florida team in the Regional Olympic Development Program Championship last mon…

The Lake Wales girls varsity soccer team is headed to the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 5A regional quarterfinals as a district champion. The top-seeded Highlanders scored twice in the waning minutes of regulation and then netted the decisive goal during a second-overtime pe…

The Lake Region Thunder had been on a tear, winning eight straight games before nail-biting loss to the Lake Gibson Braves last week. One of the main contributors to the Thunder’s (14-6), stellar season is senior guard B.J. Harris. Harris has played on varsity for four years and is averaging…

After winning a first round match 1-0 in the Judge’s Cup, the Bartow Soccer Club team ran through the rest of the tournament en route to winning the cup. Nicanor Moya, 14, plays midfield for Bartow Soccer Club and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

POLK COUNTY — Winter Haven (14.349 power rating) and Bartow (12.489) lead the way in the Class 6A-District 6 girls basketball playoff rankings and will assuredly be among the top two seeds when the district tournament tips off Feb. 4 at Bartow High. Lake Howell (4.045) was the only other sch…