Grace Community youth soccer camp

Grace Community Church is offering a weekly soccer camp for children entering kindergarten to fifth grade, beginning Aug. 6. The four-week camp will be held Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Wesley Chapel Elementary School, 30243 Wells Road. The recreational program strives to help young athletes to develop soccer skills, sportsmanship and a stronger faith. All sessions will be … [Read more...]

State basketball tournaments to stay in Lakeland

The Florida High School Athletic Association and RP Funding Center (formerly The Lakeland Center) have announced a two-year extension for the 2018 and 2019 Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships. “We are thrilled to return to Lakeland as we continue our goal of providing our student-athletes with a quality championship experience,” FHSAA Executive Director George Tomyn said, in a … [Read more...]

Coors named SSC Woman of the Year

The awards keep piling up for Marie Coors, who graduated from Saint Leo University. Most recently, Coors was named the 2016-17 Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Woman of the Year. She is the first athlete in SSC history to claim all three of the conference's major awards for women: Woman of the Year, Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year. Coors, who is a … [Read more...]

Sunlake standout commits to College of Central Florida

Riley Baxter, a rising senior at Sunlake High School, has verbally committed to play softball at College of Central Florida, a junior college in Ocala. The versatile infielder, a 2017 Sunshine Athletic Conference Second Team All-Conference selection, is coming off a highly productive 2017 season, where she posted a .400 batting average and .519 on-base percentage, with three home runs and 14 … [Read more...]

Track club finishes strong at national event

A trio of athletes from a Tampa-based track club has qualified for the 2017 AAU Junior Olympics, after top-eight finishes in their respective events. Trailblazers Youth Athletic Ministry recently competed at the 21st Annual AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Club National Championships, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. Tre Rivers, a rising junior at Wharton High School, placed … [Read more...]

Softball standout commits to Nova Southeastern

Shortstop Tia Williams, a rising senior at Land O’ Lakes High School, has committed to play softball at Nova Southeastern University, a Division II program in Fort Lauderdale. Williams, a three-year varsity player, has developed into one of the top hitters in Pasco County. She has a career .436 batting average, posting five home runs, 14 doubles, 58 RBIs and 73 runs total. She’s also racked up 27 … [Read more...]

Men’s flag football and adult coed softball leagues

Registration is open for the Idlewild Baptist Church men’s flag football league. The league is open to all men in the community ages 18 and up. Games will be played on Monday evenings from Sept. 18 through Nov. 6. Playoffs will be Nov. 13 and Nov. 20. Cost is $45 per player. Players can register with a team or as an individual. Registration also is now open for Idlewild Baptist Church’s Adult … [Read more...]

Audra Leipold commits to Samford University

Former Academy at the Lakes hoops standout Audra Leipold, now a rising senior at Seffner Christian Academy, has committed to Samford University, a Division I program in Homewood, Alabama. Leipold, a 5-foot-7 combo guard, also held college offers from University of Tampa, Saint Leo University and Furman University in South Carolina. Leipold was a four-year starter at Academy at the Lakes, … [Read more...]

Saint Leo names new women’s lacrosse head coach

Caitlin Hansen is Saint Leo University’s new head women’s lacrosse coach. Most recently, Hansen served as head women’s lacrosse coach at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she posted a 50-23 (.685) overall record in four seasons, including a 16-5 mark in 2017. She replaces Leslie Graham, who resigned in May to “pursue other career opportunities.” During … [Read more...]

Softball pitcher earns national recognition

Callie Turner, a rising junior at Land O’ Lakes High School, was recently selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-South Region First-Team. The NFCA awards honor softball student-athletes from the association’s five regions with first- and second-team recognition; member coaches from each region’s respective committees selected the honorees. Turner, a University … [Read more...]