With each passing day last week, the probability that the Florida High School Athletic Association’s fall season would start in July faded. Eventually those hopes disappeared.
Sports change quickly and unpredictably during a health crisis, but so far the summer is allowing some baseball players like Jakob Runnels to resume their career.
WINTER HAVEN — Kris Dehnert’s colleagues affectionately call him “Promo.”
Nick Collins, who appeared in 11 games as a freshman during Polk State College’s shortened 2020 baseball season, was named the Florida Collegiate Summer League Week 2 Player of the Week (July 6-11).
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.
Polk County Public Schools Senior Coordinator of Athletics Dan Talbot said that some details about the start of high school football season were still unknown during a PCPS Reopening Task Force meeting held July 8.
Winter Haven Elite Baseball High School Division traveled to Vero Beach the weekend of June 27-28 to play its first tournament of the season.
To say there was a big surprise waiting for Dawson Davis in the program he received on June 22 would be an understatement.
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.
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.
For area athletes, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic go beyond not being able to play a full season of sports in the spring.
Despite the rain interrupting every game on June 7 at the Gator Crawl travel baseball showcase in Gainesville, it didn’t stop Kooper Coconato from tearing it up in his limited appearances at the plate. In two games, Coconato went 2-for-2 and drove in five RBIs in both games.
For the second time in four years, Lake Region High School has been recognized for achievement in sportsmanship.
Ken Riley, one of Polk County’s greatest and most well-known athletes, died in his home in Bartow on Sunday, June 7, at the age of 72.
Two weeks before the high school spring sports season was cancelled in April, the Florida High School Athletic Association announced the members of the 26th Annual Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team. And the honor was not lost on officials trying to further recognize a 2020 gradua…
LAKE WALES – On May 18, the Lake Wales City Commission voted to spend around $42,000, in part, to study the cost and economic impact of building a new athletic facility at Warner University.
Dawson Davis, a graduating senior at Lake Region High, is set to play baseball at Piedmont International University in Roxboro, North Carolina. He officially signed to play on May 30. Through eight games, Davis tallied three RBIs and hit one double before the COVID-19 pandemic cut the season short.
The Florida High School Athletic Association released the 2019-20 Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup All-Sports Awards standings last week. Lists reflected results from the fall and winter seasons.
Jona Goolsby, a senior at Lake Wales high school, got off to a tremendous start at the plate this season, batting .514 with a .564 on-base percentage and 14 runs scored. Goolsby committed to Florida National University on a visit in November and will be competing to start at second base.
In a shortened baseball season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lake Region High’s Zach Calcutt hit .280 while going 1-1 as a pitcher with a 1.56 earned run average. Calcutt recently committed to play baseball at Webber International University. He’ll likely be a pitcher for Webber.
Earlier this month, the Florida High School Athletic Association released the Academic Team Champions for the abbreviated 2020 spring season, as well as the overall class winners for the 2019-20 year. The spring high school sports season was stopped March 14 and then cancelled April 20 due t…
The Sunshine State Athletic Conference will look different next season when it comes to football.
The 2020 National Football League Draft had been over for less than one hour when the post appeared on former Auburndale High School standout Artavis Pierce’s Twitter account.
The headline for Baltimore Orioles star Trey Mancini’s article for The Players’ Tribune — a digital media platform with content written by professional athletes — reads “I Am So Lucky.”
Alycia Celia is a freshman outfielder for the Webber International University softball team, hitting .286 in 14 games in her debut season before it was cut short by the pandemic. As a junior and senior in high school, Celia made first team in her district and was the Criminal Justice Academy…
Last week, Polk County shined a light on the high school spring sports season that went quiet over a month ago.
BARTOW — Even while dealing with a massive effort to combat the spread of coronavirus, the Polk County Board of County Commissioners has additional business to tend to, including the recent decision to okay the construction of a new stadium at the Lake Myrtle Sports Park in Auburndale.
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…
LAKELAND — Throughout the playoff run for the Bartow Yellow Jackets, veteran coach Terrence McGriff has reminded people of his team’s depth beyond its standout players.
LAKELAND — Walter Clayton scored 21 points to help lead the Bartow High boys basketball team to a 68-57 victory over East Lake in the FHSAA Class 6A State Semifinals Thursday night at the RP Funding Center.
WINTER HAVEN — Mike Nichols still recalls an interaction with one of the players on the Symetra Tour in 2012.
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…
Winter Haven had one of the state’s most challenging schedules during the recently completed 2019-20 girls varsity basketball season.
BARTOW — The Bartow boys basketball team delivered in front of a packed home crowd, holding on for an exciting 68-65 victory over Hillsborough to win the FHSAA Class 6A, Region 2 Championship Feb. 28.
WINTER HAVEN — The start to the 40th anniversary season for the Symetra Tour is right around the corner, as the 2020 “Road to the LPGA” begins with the 12th Annual Florida’s Natural Charity Classic at the Country Club of Winter Haven from March 6-8.
The Winter Haven girls varsity basketball team is within two victories of the program’s sixth Florida High School Athletic Association state championship.