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Monday, Aug 31, 2015

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Blue Streaks batter Bulldogs

Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 -

SEBRING — The Sebring Blue Streaks put on another impressive performance Friday night, taking care of business in a 41-0 victory over the DeSoto Bulldogs at Fireman’s Field. As impressive as the final score...

Blue Streaks hosting Bulldogs

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 -

— For the second straight week the Sebring Blue Streaks will be rekindling an old rivalry. After playing Lake Placid for the first time since 2010 a week ago, the Blue Streaks...

Matching hole-in-ones

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 -

— When O.H. Foster and John Harrison teed off Monday afternoon in the Jim Travis Sun ‘n Lake Golf Club Men’s Golf Association group, they didn’t have any ...

Blue Streaks set to swim

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 -

SEBRING — The Sebring Blue Streaks are one team definitely looking forward to the new high school swimming season. Coming off a solid season that saw the Sebring boys claim the Class 2A-District 9 title and the gi...

Streaks power past Dragons

Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 -

— The scoreboard at Roger Scarborough Memorial Field may have read “Sebring 46, Lake Placid 0” when Friday’s Kickoff Classic was over, but both teams ...

Leonard set for Homestead

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 -

Lake Placid’s Randy Leonard knows a bit about cars, which isn’t surprising considering he’s the operations manager for Alan Jay Automotive Network. Being a pickup guy at heart, which is what he drive...

Streaks eager to start season

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 -

SEBRING — The Sebring Blue Streaks spent much of the summer lifting weights together and playing in 7 on 7 leagues together. They’ve spent the past week-and-a-half hitting each other, so they’re defi...

Sertoma season winds up

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 - SEBRING — The 2015 Sertoma Junior Golf Tour came to a close on Saturday at Sun ‘n Lake Golf Club’s Island View Lakefront Restaurant with the traditional awards banquet. Season-long awards were ...

Close calls in Tour Championship

Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 -

SEBRING — Thirty-six holes wasn’t enough to decide the winner of the Sertoma Junior Golf tour’s Tour Championship 16 to 18 boys division, so Sam Rogers and Andrew Wally went to a playoff. Rogers won ...

Titles up for grabs

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 -

SEBRING — The Sertoma Junior Golf Tour will wrap-up its 2015 season on Saturday, as the two-day Tour Championship takes place at Sun ‘n Lake Golf Club. The event will be worth 75 points to the winners, whic...

Estes named president, general manager at SIR

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 -

— The International Motor Sports Association announced Wayne Estes as president and general manager of Sebring International Raceway on Wednesday. His first day will be Monday...

Rock’n Heartland triathlon Saturday

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 -

AVON PARK — The second and final Rock’n Heartland Youth Triathlon takes place Saturday at South Florida State College. The first event of the year was held in May.

A model of consistency

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 -

LAKE PLACID — High school sports teams tend to have peaks and valleys, but the Lake Placid swimming and diving team isn’t your typical squad. The Green Dragons have become the standard of excellence in High...

Training for water emergencies

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 -

— Conventional wisdom suggests that fire and water don’t mix, but for the Sebring Fire Department, the ability to handle emergencies involving fire or water is a necess...

Red Devils ready for season

Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015 -

AVON PARK — The Avon Park Red Devils are looking forward to the upcoming swimming season and it’s hard to blame them. Following a season in which both the boys and girls teams placed in the top 10 at region...

Firemen Golf Classic upcoming

Monday, Aug 3, 2015 -

— The 16th annual Sebring Firemen Memorial Golf Classic presented by AXA Advisors, Home Depot and Yarbrough Tire & Auto Service will take place on Saturday at Sun ‘...

Golfing for good

Monday, Aug 3, 2015 -

SEBRING — A field of 224 golfers took part in Monday’s World’s Largest Golf Outing at Sun ‘n Lake Golf Club to help out a worth cause. All Billy Casper Golf courses took part in the event to r...

Gowan, Wortinger win series titles

Sunday, Aug 2, 2015 -

— Saturday’s Summer Sunrise Series run brought an end to the second season, which was highly successful, with nearly a 35-percent increase in participation over last ye...

Carr coming off banner season

Sunday, Aug 2, 2015 -

Tyler Carr went through the whole recruiting process when he signed with St. Johns River State College coming out of Lake Placid High School. After an exceptional freshman year with the Vikings, Carr is gearing up for an...

Summer Sunrise Series concludes

Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 -

SEBRING — The second Summer Sunrise Series came to a close on Saturday, as 94 runners cross the finish line in the fourth and final race of the season. Throughout the four-race series, nearly 160 different runners...

Highlands County Amateur returning

Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 -

SEBRING — The Highlands County Amateur Tournament is returning after a brief absence and the two-day event will be held at Sun ‘n Lake Golf Club on Sept. 19 and 20. The tournament was last held in 2011.

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...