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Hurricanes ready for big meet

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 -

The summer swimming season is quickly coming to a close, but the Highlands Hurricanes aren’t quite finished yet. The team will head to Fort Myers on Friday for the start of the Area 5 Championships, which will run...

SYS ready for new season

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 -

While high school football teams are still about a week away from being able to hold official practices, their younger counterparts have got an early start. After practicing...

Mall becomes training ground for SWAT team

Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 -

SEBRING — As the sun was slowly rising over Sebring on Sunday morning, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was preparing for its second simulated exercise of the day. Beginning at 6 a.m., the S...

Gowan hitting his stride

Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 -

— While the official start of the new high school cross-county season is still a little more than a week away, Sebring sophomore Chandler Gowan is already in midseason for...

Running for a good cause

Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 -

LAKE PLACID — Sebring High School’s Chandler Gowan may have crossed the finish line first in Saturday’s Dr. Tom McDonald Caladium Festival 5K, but the big winner of the day was Samaritan’s Tou...

Schult puts coaching on hold

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 -

— When Matthew Schult purchased The Bike Shop nearly two years ago he knew it probably marked the end of his high school coaching days. But he returned last year to lead the S...

Sertoma races tighten up

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 -

The Sertoma Junior Golf Tour will have a slightly different look this week, as the always-popular Bill Jarrett Ford Match Play Championships take place at River Greens Golf Course. The two-day event is worth 75 points, w...

LP Dixie Boys take 2nd

Friday, Jul 17, 2015 -

— The big story wasn’t necessarily that the Lake Placid Dixie Boys team fell in the championship game of the state tournament in Marianna on Wednesday. The big story i...

Sebring wins state title

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 -

MULBERRY — The Sebring Dixie Youth Baseball T-Ball team captured the state title with a 12-10 victory over Bushnell on Wednesday at Mulberry. As has the been the story all tournament long, Sebring received contrib...

Sebring splits in bracket play

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 -

— After playing with the lead virtually the entire tournament, the Sebring T-Ball team showed it has plenty of character Tuesday, battling back late against Bushnell in both ...

Hitting their stride

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 -

Local runners have plenty to look forward to the rest of the year, as there are 15 events on the calendar between now and the end of the year. Not to mention there could be others added to the schedule.

Sebring perfect in pool play

Monday, Jul 13, 2015 -

MULBERRY — The only thing that has slowed the Sebring T-Ball team at the Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournament has been the weather. Sunday’s late game was moved to Monday morning, but it made no difference...

Sebring rolls at T-Ball tourney

Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 -

MULBERRY — Every team at the Dixie Youth Baseball T-Ball State Tournament can hit the ball. That’s why you get games such as Wildwood’s 43-32 victory over Ft. Meade, but Sebring has one big thing in ...

Golfing for good

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 -

SEBRING — There are few callings more noble than serving one’s country. Unfortunately, many of those who have answered that calling have been injured in the process and it was for them that the Wounded Warr...

Sizzling scores in Sertoma

Friday, Jul 10, 2015 -

ZOLFO SPRINGS — A solid field of 58 golfers made the trip to Bluffs Golf Course in Zolfo Springs for Thursday’s Sertoma Junior Golf Tour event.

Dixie AA state tournament begins today

Friday, Jul 10, 2015 -

SEBRING — Youth baseball players from all over the state of Florida will converge on Sebring today, as the Dixie Youth Baseball AA state tournament begins today. The tournament is for players 7 and 8 years old and...

Different schools, same team

Friday, Jul 10, 2015 -

Under most circumstances there’s no love lost when Avon Park, Lake Placid or Sebring teams square off against each other. Regardless if the game’s played on the gridiron, on the diamond or on the hardwood, ...

Red Devils on the road

Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 -

Long bus trips are a part of high school football. But Avon Park players Montrae Braswell and Warren Buckner took it to the extreme recently, as the two took the Unsigned Preps Bus Tour to camps at some of the biggest sc...

Khara returns to roots

Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 -

SEBRING — Rocky Khara may not be back in Sebring on a full-time basis, but he’s definitely spening a lot more time in the area than he previously had.

Summer football league begins

Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 -

— The Sebring Blue Streaks and Avon Park Red Devils were among the teams that took to the Blue Streaks practice field on Tuesday, as the Heartland 7-on-7 league got underway. ...

Close battles throughout Sertoma age groups

Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 -

Sertoma Junior Golf Tour Director Andy Kesling has frequently said that there are going to be plenty of closely contested age group battles throughout the year. A quick look at the standings confirms that, as a number of...

Driven to succeed

Tuesday, Jul 7, 2015 -

LAKE PLACID — When Lake Placid’s Andrew Brown entered high school, he brought with him a long list of excellent youth swimming accomplishments. If Green Dragons coach Tom Creel was impressed, he certainly d...

Many happy returns

Monday, Jul 6, 2015 -

SEBRING — When people talk about great returns at the Thakkar Tennis Center, they’re not necessarily talking about a tennis shot. They might just be refering to the return of Horace Watkis, who is back as t...

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