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With school going back in session after the holidays, that means local high-school girls basketball teams will jump back into the heart of their district games this month, making it a good time to get a gauge on where some of the East Polk teams stand.

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LAKE WALES — The Lake Wales boys basketball team continued its strong start to the 2018-19 season Dec. 20, holding off a late rally from Winter Haven for 65-53 victory.

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LAKE WALES — The Kegel Training Center, located just off of U.S. 27 in Lake Wales, played host to a showcase event for the Professional Bowlers Association earlier this month.

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Has anyone in the country – any level, any conference – played a more difficult schedule than the Warner University men's basketball team? So far this season, the Royals have played the No. 2, No. 4, No. 9, No. 11 and No. 19 ranked teams in the NAIA.

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BARTOW – The Bartow varsity cheerleaders came away with their fifth straight competition win this year Dec. 15 — and they seem to have more on the way.

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Auburndale was expected to be one of the top boys soccer teams in the area, and so far the Bloodhounds haven't disappointed, especially on defense.

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The Florida High School Athletic Association released its updated classifications and districts for football Friday morning, with implications for programs throughout Winter Haven, Bartow, Lake Wales and other surrounding areas.

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Those big mounds of dirt near Cypress Garden Boulevard and U.S Highway 27 are a bit unsightly at the moment.

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CAN'T WIN 'EM ALL – It's actually not a shock when the Winter Haven girl's basketball team loses a game or two in the regular season. They play an intentionally difficult slate of games outside their district, all in an effort to toughen up for the post-season. So when you see that the Blue …

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AND THEN CAME MAUDE – City of Winter Haven officials will officially cut the ribbon on the grand re-opening of Lake Maude Park. Festivities start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Upgrades and improvements to the tune of over $4 million began in January and include new fields, concession area, …

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WINTER HAVEN – Zee Zamora Jr. is a 12-year-old Winter Haven athlete who recently won his fourth straight state amateur boxing championship and third national Sugar Bert Boxing championship in his age and weight class.

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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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