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Despite being at Winter Haven Christian for just two months, Elissa MacDonald has already made an immediate impact, setting the girls record in cross country at the school and winning four medals so far this season.

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The FHSAA released girls volleyball district tournament brackets last Wednesday, Sept. 30. Member schools had until Sept. 18 to opt out of the state series, while a blind draw was utilized to determine the initial matchups.

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The All Saints Academy girls volleyball has started the season 5-4 and a big part of their success has been the play of Jenna Johnson. Johnson, who is a junior, leads the team in kills with 109 and has the highest percentage of kills on the team with 42.9%.

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True freshman Josh Celiscar (Winter Haven) made a significant impact in his first collegiate game with the UCF Knights. Celiscar recovered a first-quarter fumble, registered his first career interception during the second quarter and had one pass reception for 11 yards in the fourth quarter …

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For the first time in nearly 18 months, the Florida Tropics took to the outdoor pitch to defend their United Premier Soccer League national championship. The Tropics had a road game Sept. 19, after the time of publication, at the PSE Conquistadors.

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Josh Celiscar a true freshman for the UCF football team and a Winter Haven High School alum, made a significant impact in his first collegiate game.

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Zay Mathis turned in a career-best performance for All Saints Academy against City of Life Christian Academy, as he rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns in a 64-6 win on Sept. 4.

Heading into his final year on the gridiron at Winter Haven High School, Jakobe Lane is set to lead a relatively young team this season. Lane is one of four siblings to play football at Winter Haven High.

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Justin Stewart turned in a solid summer on the mound for the Leesburg Lightning, a team in the Florida Collegiate Summer League — a showcase and development league for college baseball players.

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Coming off of a solid summer for the Winter Garden Squeeze, Auburndale High alum Nicholas Shower is looking to continue that momentum into next spring in his final season at Ohio Valley University. For the Squeeze, Shower went 3-1 on the mound.

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A partnership between local disc golfers and Polk County’s Parks and Natural Resources planning staff was recently awarded for its collaboration in creating a new disc golf course at Loyce E. Harpe Park, in Mulberry.

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Heading into her senior year at George Jenkins High School, Alicia Ruiz’s accomplishments separate as one of the top track and cross country runners in the state.

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The Florida Collegiate Summer League’s 2020 baseball season concluded last Friday with the Sanford River Rats defeating the host Leesburg Lightning 6-3 at Pat Thomas Stadium. Sanford swept the League Championship Series (two games to none) for the fifth title in franchise history.

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Ashton Griffin turned in a stellar performance on the mound for the Winter Haven Elite in their fournament from July 27-28, pitching four innings and giving up no runs while striking out four batters. Griffin primarily pitches and plays first base and third base. He will be heading into his …

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JoJo Debree hit a grand slam in the semifinal of a travel baseball tournament earlier this summer, helping to lift the Winter Haven Elite travel ball team to the finals, where they would also win 11-9.

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In a season that was shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, Camille Carnes went 6-2 in both singles and doubles tennis for Winter Haven High School. Her performance earned her first team all-county honors and she was recognized for being the most improved player.

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In a season that was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nicole Parker went 5-0 in singles and 4-1 in doubles for Lake Wales High School’s girls tennis team.

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The NBA G League announced June 26 that Orlando Magic Two-Way player BJ Johnson and Lakeland Magic player Josh Magette have been named to the All-NBA G League Second Team and Orlando Magic Two-Way player Vic Law has been named to the All-NBA G League Third Team.

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After joining the boys weightlifting team his freshman year of high school, Joshua Jones made huge strides in the sport. In his senior year, which was shortened due to the pandemic, Jones went 4-1 with a max of 330 pounds on the bench press and a max of 250 pounds in the clean-and-jerk.

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