Noah Sims scored twice to lead Auburndale to the FHSAA Class 4A, District 7 boys soccer championship last week. Dante Lavigne and Ben Pigg also found the back of the net for the Bloodhounds.
Lake Wales notched its fifth-straight girls soccer district championship with a 7-0 win over Poinciana, paced by a five-goal effort from Chanley Pfingston. In six district regular season games, and two playoff games, the Highlanders did not allow a single goal.
Auburndale nipped Lake Region for the FHSAA Class 4A, District 7 girls title in a heavyweight slugfest. The two teams tied in regulation, 1-1, and each scored in the 20 minutes of overtimes, meaning the game went to penalty kicks, where Auburndale prevailed.
Frostproof fantastic at finish
The Frostproof Bulldogs have been known for a lot of things through the years in the sports realm. Now, cheerleading can be added to the list.
Frostproof earned a spot in the FHSAA Class 1A Finals in Gainesville last week, where the team finished fifth overall — its best ever showing.
The area's most dominant cheer squad, Bartow, finished in second place in its classification by less than a point — snapping five straight years winning a state title. Still, the Yellow Jackets qualified for the national championships, coming up at ESPN's Wide World of Sports.
Several local girls basketball teams are in position to claim district titles this week.
Winter Haven (17-7), of course, is a prohibitive favorite in FHSAA Class 8A, District 7, with the championship game for that tournament set for Thursday night at Kathleen High. Bartow (10-10) is the No. 2 seed. Haines City (21-2) is the No. 1 seed in FHSAA Class 9A, District 7 tournament. Auburndale (10-8) is the second seed in Class 7A, District 6. Should the Bloodhounds handle South Lake in the opening round, the district final would be Friday at the site of the higher seed, which could very well be Lake Gibson (19-7).
Lake Wales (12-8) is the No. 2 seed in Class 6A, District 10, and will host Hardee (12-11) Thursday. A win there would put the Lady Highlanders in the title tilt Friday, either at home or Sarasota Booker (17-6), the No. 1 seed. Frostproof (13-4) is the top seed in Class 1A, District 8, and would host a title game Friday with a win over rival Fort Meade (4-8) in the opening round.
The Haines City Youth Futbol Club is accepting applications for its inaugural season. The program is open to youngsters ages 5 to 14, and signups run through March 1.
The season will start March 11, with games played on Saturdays through June 1. Games will be at Cook Field, and coaches are still being sought. For information, call Lake Wales’ Parks and Rec folks at 863-421-3700, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.