MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – Mission Inn and Resort was the destination for both the boy's and girl's golf teams from Lake Wales High School last week for the Florida state championships. For the guys, it was a second straight trip to the states, where this year they finished 12th. Clint Lerch led the way with rounds of 92 and 83. The girls were 10th overall, with Reeya Patel leading the Highlander effort with rounds of 86 and 88.
ON THE RUN – The Highlanders had a pretty good week, with their boy's cross-country team taking the Class 2A, Region 3 championship, thanks to the efforts of Andy Denton and Mac Updike who came across the line third and fourth overall. Frostproof's Cristal Gomez finished sixth overall to help the Lady Bulldogs earn a team berth to the state meet this Saturday.
SHAFER FAREWELL– The Warner Royals are on a two-game football winning streak, which is notable because they hadn't won a game all season until their rivalry-game win Oct. 27 over Webber, 19-7. More notable than that win was the news that Rod Shafer, legendary Lake Wales High School coach who also helped start the program at Webber, will be retiring at the end of the season. “ I just believe that after 43 years I need some time away from the grind to spend time with my grandchildren. I want to do more in the next 15 years of my life than I have done with the last 40 years for Christ. I have put off Fellowship of Christian Athletes missions trips to Brazil to help in their football outreach and working with Haiti missions that my brother started for too long, and I will be helping out with that. I believe it is time,” he noted. The Royals followed that win with a second upset, on the road taking a one point win last Saturday in Alabama against Faulkner University. Defensive coordinator Kirk Talley will be the new head man.