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Tuesday, Jul 07, 2015

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Highlands Today

12 Hours voted 7th-best race

Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 -

The racing community is usually the first to tell people what an incredible spectacle the 12 Hours of Sebring.

A holiday tradition

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 -

SEBRING — For many people the Fourth of July conjures up images of fireworks and backyard barbecues. In Sebring, the Fourth of July also means the annual Firecracker 5K at Highlands Hammock State Park.

12 Hour tickets on sale

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 -

How fast one is able to react can be the difference between winning or losing the 12 Hours of Sebring. For fans of the race, reacting quickly is the best way to save a little bit of money, as well as get early dibs on th...

Hurricane season all year

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 -

SEBRING — The Highlands Hurricanes swim team is getting ready for a busy week, which will begin Friday with the team’s traditional Swim-a-thon fundraiser at the Highlands County Family YMCA.

Heartland Football Camp a hit

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 -

SEBRING — The Heartland Football Camp reached new heights this year, as roughly 180 football players turned out for the free camp which featured some top-notch instruction from a number of area high school and col...

Good scores in Sertoma

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 -

SEBRING — With the fourth stop of the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour occurring during a holiday week, the number of participants was down slightly, but there was still plenty of exciting golf action on the links. Monday...

Bagwell Invitational comes to an end

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 -

AVON PARK — Over the years, the Bagwell Junior Invitational welcomed some big names in the world of golf. Players like Paul Azinger, Lexi Thompson and two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen all competed in the pre...

Stephenson stepping down at Sebring Raceway

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 -

SEBRING — Throughout the years there have been numerous changes in the 12 Hours of Sebring. The race has been run under the banner of several different sanctioning bodies, the track has been altered and Sebring In...

Lake Placid wins Ozone title

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 -

LAKE PLACID — In a tournament full of comebacks, Lake Placid came up with the biggest of them all. Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the second inning, Lake Placid scored 14 unanswered runs to capture the Dixie Youth ...

Summer Sunrise Series going strong

Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 -

SEBRING — The second event on the Summer Sunrise Series calendar this year drew 93 runners on Saturday morning and bodes quite well for the future of running in Highlands County. Four of the top six runners were 1...

Lake Placid blanks Avon Park

Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 -

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid opened the Dixie District 8 Ozone tournament in fine fashion on Friday night, coming away with a 9-0 victory over Avon Park at Lake June Ball Fields. Lake Placid played a well-rounded gam...

Close calls in Sertoma

Friday, Jun 26, 2015 -

SEBRING — The older boys races were the talk of the EMCI Wireless Championship, stop No. 3 of the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour. Both battles were decided by one stroke in the two-day event that was played at Sebring G...

Cool in the pool

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 -

Now that the dog days of summer are here, there’s nothing quite like a dip in the pool to help cool off and Sebring High School is making it easy to do just that, offering open swimming seven days a week.

Football camp on tap

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 -

SEBRING — Six years ago, Sebring football coach LaVaar Scott had a goal of bringing quality football instruction to the Heartland in the summer. It didn’t matter if the kids went to Sebring, Avon Park, Lake...

Hometown triathlon

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015 -

SEBRING — The Heartland Triathlon draws hundreds of people from all over the state, and beyond. While a large majority of competitors are from outside of the area, the efforts of the local contingent have helped m...

Heartland Triathlon packs ‘em in

Monday, Jun 22, 2015 -

SEBRING — Race officials were expecting a massive turnout for Sunday’s Heartland Triathlon and they weren’t disappointed, as nearly 1,000 competitors crossed the finish line.

Kids give their best

Saturday, Jun 20, 2015 -

SEBRING — The Kids took to the streets of Sebring Saturday morning, as the Heartland Kids Triathlon was held under beautiful conditions, which led to a number of excellent times. The kids triathlon has definitely ...

Sertoma packs them in

Friday, Jun 19, 2015 -

— A good-sized field of 62 players braved the warm weather on Thursday, as the second stop on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour was at Harder Hall Country Club.

Dean ready for 2nd half of season

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015 -

— The Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup series is at the midway point and it’s been a good one so far for Sebring’s Sick Sideways team. John Dean II is the points le...

Birdies rule the day

Monday, Jun 15, 2015 -

— A field off 88 golfers teed it up at Sun ‘n Lake Golf Club’s Turle Run course on Saturday for the 26th annual Sebring Sunrise Rotary Charity Golf Tournament. T...

Bridges heading to Sioux city

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 -

— Sebring standout Jarvis Bridges will be the latest Blue Streak to make the journey to the Midwest, as he signed to play football for Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa....

Sertoma has strong start

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 -

SEBRING — If Thursday’s Sertoma Junior Golf Tour results are any indication the 2015 season looks to be one of the most entertaining yet.

Game of a lifetime

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 -

— If golf is a game that lasts a lifetime, those participating in Sun ‘n Lake’s first junior golf clinic this week have decades of enjoyment to look forward to. ...

Red Devils having fun

Monday, Jun 8, 2015 -

AVON PARK — The Avon Park Touchdown Club Football Camp got started on Monday and while Avon Park coaches and players are teaching the young guys a few things, the primary goal of the week-long camp is to have a go...

MAZDASPEED lends helping hand

Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 -

SEBRING — Those attending Friday’s Highlands Today All-Highlands Parade of Athletes Banquet no doubt noticed a definite Mazda presence to the evening. Not only was

Raising the bar

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 -

Avon Park senior Josnel Soto has been a key member of the Red Devils boys weightlifting team for the past three years and what he does with the weights is almost as helpful as what he does without them.

Red Devils heading to Warner

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 -

AVON PARK — For a high school football coach the only thing better than seeing one of your players go on to play college football is seeing two of your players move to the next level. That’s what Avon Park ...

Setting the pace

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 -

Sebring’s Eric Foster was the model of consistency for the Blue Streaks this track and field season and could always be counted on to pick up plenty of points. He was fast enough to run the 800 meters, but also ha...

Reaching new heights

Monday, May 25, 2015 -

Getting to the state track and field championships is tough. Getting there two years in a row is that much more difficult, but Lake Placid’s Quiahja Williams made the long journey to Jacksonville for the second st...

Streaks stopped by lightning

Saturday, May 23, 2015 -

BARTOW — The Sebring Blue Streaks completed the trifecta Friday night in non-counting football games. Beginning with last year’s weather-canceled Kick-Off Classic at Mulberry, Sebring has seen its Blue-Whit...

FACA Classic on tap

Thursday, May 21, 2015 -

— Sebring’s Matt Portis has found himself in pretty good company this season. From playing on one of the top teams in the state in the Blue Streaks to playing with some...

Stanley soars with Screaming Eagles

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 -

At a time when a number of college baseball players have hung up their cleats for the season, Lake Placid graduate Nathan Stanley and the Toccoa Falls College Screaming Eagles are gearing up for their biggest games of th...

YMCA has new additions

Saturday, May 16, 2015 -

— There’s always something going on at the Highlands County Family YMCA and now there are two choices for the public to consider; a fitness course and a disc golf cours...

Baker shines in senior season

Friday, May 15, 2015 -

Sebring graduate Jesse Baker just wrapped-up his fourth year of college baseball and it was quite impressive by any measure. Playing for Edward Waters College, Baker finished in the top 10 of the NAIA statistics in numer...

Streaks gear up for Blue/White

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 -

— Sebring football coach LaVaar Scott had liked what he saw from his team during the first two weeks of spring practice. Then Monday came around.

Sebring falls in finals

Saturday, May 9, 2015 -

— Nobody at Firemen’s Memorial Field expected to see Sebring struggle defensively in Friday’s Class 5A-Region 3 finals, but struggle they did. The Blue Streaks ...