Baltimore Orioles star and Winter Haven native Trey Mancini has completed his prescribed course of chemotherapy treatment for Stage 3 Colon Cancer.
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 …
The girls varsity volleyball season is progressing faster than a quick set.
DAVENPORT — A late rally for the Ridge Community Bolts fell short as the Lake Wales Highlanders, playing in their first game of the season, held on for a 36-28 victory Sept. 18.
Being thankful for the opportunity to play a high school football game outweighed the importance of wins and losses.
Warner University and Southeastern University picked up season-opening victories last Saturday.
HAINES CITY – The Ridge Community High School girls’ basketball program is teaming with the Haines City Police Department’s COPS unit for a fundraiser called “Hoops & Heroes.”
LAKELAND — The Winter Haven High School football team's first game of the COVID-19 era was spoiled by host Victory Christian Academy Sept. 11 on the campus of Southeastern University.
Auburndale High School graduate Artavis Pierce was among 18 players waived last Saturday by the Chicago Bears, as National Football League teams reached the mandatory 53-player limit in preparation for the start of the 2020 regular season.
Sept. 18 has emerged as a significant date when the Florida High School Athletic Association released its plan for the fall sports season.
What will a fall season of local collegiate athletics look like during the COVID-19 pandemic?
WINTER HAVEN — High school football programs within Polk County Public Schools, including the Winter Haven High School Blue Devils, were given the green light to begin practicing on Aug. 26.
Howie Judson, a former Major League Baseball player for the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Redlegs, died Aug. 18 in Winter Haven.
The Florida High School Athletic Association released the pause button last Friday and finalized a start date for the upcoming fall sports season.
The All Saints Academy Saints are set to participate in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference’s new developmental football league this fall.
When the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors holds a much-anticipated meeting later this week at a hotel in Gainesville, a total of five months will have passed without sanctioned athletic competition.
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.
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 …
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.
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).
WINTER HAVEN — Kris Dehnert’s colleagues affectionately call him “Promo.”
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.
For the second time in four years, Lake Region High School has been recognized for achievement in sportsmanship.
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.
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…
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.
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.