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Now that mathematicians have had their say – and Ridge Community is certainly disappointed although not surprised how the numbers have worked out – it's time for a little football primer for the handful of local high school football teams that have earned spots in the post-season.

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TIME TO GET LAX – Lacrosse is a sport growing in popularity, for both boys and girls, and Auburndale will become a showcase for the sport Nov. 16-18 when the 2018 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Presidents Cup will take to the fields of the Lake Myrtle Sports Park. Games…

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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…

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GRAND FINALE – The curtain comes down on the regular season for high school football teams this weekend, a traditional rivalry weekend for some schools. Lake Wales, for example, will welcome Bartow to Legion Field. The two teams have had opposite seasons with Bartow struggling, and Lake Wale…

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GETTING ROWDY – Rowdy Gaines Pool will be the site for regional swim action at the end of this week. A number of local swimmers will be there after impressive efforts in the Class 3A, District 6 championships last week. The Winter Haven boy's team won the district title. Matthew Long won the…

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Now that mathematicians have had their say – and Ridge Community is certainly disappointed although not surprised how the numbers have worked out – it's time for a little football primer for the handful of local high school football teams that have earned spots in the post-season.

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TIME TO GET LAX – Lacrosse is a sport growing in popularity, for both boys and girls, and Auburndale will become a showcase for the sport Nov. 16-18 when the 2018 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Presidents Cup will take to the fields of the Lake Myrtle Sports Park. Games…

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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…

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GRAND FINALE – The curtain comes down on the regular season for high school football teams this weekend, a traditional rivalry weekend for some schools. Lake Wales, for example, will welcome Bartow to Legion Field. The two teams have had opposite seasons with Bartow struggling, and Lake Wale…

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GETTING ROWDY – Rowdy Gaines Pool will be the site for regional swim action at the end of this week. A number of local swimmers will be there after impressive efforts in the Class 3A, District 6 championships last week. The Winter Haven boy's team won the district title. Matthew Long won the…

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JUST SHORT – Bartow may not have won a district volleyball title, but it will move on to regional playoff action this week. The Yellow Jackets fell to Lakeland, losing the first two games 25-18 and 25-23 as the Dreadnaughts claimed the Class 8A, District 7 crown. It was still a fine year for…

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There's been plenty in the news lately about a possible merger between Bok Academy, the Lake Wales Charter system middle school, and McLaughlin Middle School, the Polk County middle school also located in Lake Wales.

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THE BRYCE IS RIGHT – Bartow's young golfing star Bryce Walker added another impressive line to his resume Monday by easily outdistancing the field at the Class 3A-District 9 tournament. It didn't hurt that the event was held at Walker's home course in Bartow. The junior fired a 71, seven str…

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DOWN TO THREE – It's definitively the home stretch with only three weeks to go in the regular season. Some teams can't wait for it to end, while others are hoping to prolong their fall with a big playoff push. Key games this Friday include by far the juiciest matchup in East Polk is at Legio…

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DENISON DOOZIES – We suggested if you were a football fan that Denison Stadium was the place to be last weekend. Lake Wales and the Blue Devils had a dandy hookup Friday night, a game full of emotional ebbs and flows. In the end, the Highlanders got a big win, 20-14. The usual stars were the…

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THROWDOWN, OR …. – Let's be honest, if we were to enter a CrossFit competition, it would be more apt to call it the throw up and the throwdown. Fortunately, only those who truly qualify will be part of the Central Florida Throwdown Oct. 13 and 14, a CrossFit event at Sun 'N Fun. All the comp…

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BURNED LATE – Well, that didn't last long. Webber International, which cracked the NAIA's Top 25 football poll, the same week that Southeastern fell out of it, lost to the Fire last Saturday at Denison Stadium, 20-17. A 35-yard field goal as the gun sounded was the difference for Southeaster…

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It wasn't all that long ago that local fans didn't have a lot of options for their entertainment dollar when it came to local sports, especially in the winter months.

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REAL WARRIORS – Of late, it's been Southeastern University that's captured most of the local college football headlines. So don't look now, but the only undefeated local program belongs to Webber International in Babson Park. Which makes this Saturday a “Showdown Saturday” for the Warriors a…

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SUN 'N FUN FOR WALKER – Bartow's Bryce Walker, only a junior, is one of the area's best high school golfers, and he reaffirmed that earlier this week by rolling past the field in the Crutchfield-Hawkins Turtle Run tournament at Sun 'N Lake golf course. He fashioned a very nice 71 – one under…

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