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  • State Champion Lake Wales Highlanders Eye Start of New Season

    Rachel Negrete, News Correspondent|Updated Aug 18, 2023

    A new school year means many things: getting used to new schedules, making new friends, and for fans of the defending state championship Lake Wales Highlanders, a new season of football. For players the 2023 football season provides an exciting new opportunity and a fresh start. Players Grady Turner, a defensive lineman and linebacker, wide receiver Carldayle "CJ" Brantley, along with athletic trainer head manager Abagail Ruble spoke with Lake Wales News.net on what they...

  • Lake Wales Chrysler Dealership Celebrates Highlander Graduate Hannah Battles

    Special to the News|Updated Aug 4, 2023

    A Lake Wales High School graduate bound for college will be honored at a special celebration hosted by a local auto dealership Friday. Hannah Battles, a 2023 graduate, will be celebrating her scholarship signing at Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram on Friday at 4:00 pm. Battles was part of the Highlanders softball team that won the 2023 state championship. "Hannah Battles is a shining example of what dedication, hard work, and perseverance can achieve," said Mark Graham,...

  • Highlanders Win State Championship Game

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    The women of the Lake Wales High School softball team were all smiles in Clermont Thursday afternoon after winning the state softball class with 7-2 a victory over Wakulla. The Crawfordville school came into the playoffs with a better overall record, but the Highlanders had played a tougher schedule, and it showed. The Highlanders earned their way to the title game by defeating Lemon Bay by a 5-0 score on Wednesday. The day started well for the Highlanders as shortstop Zamya...

  • Highlander Softball Team Advances to State Championship Game Thursday

    News Staff Reports|Updated May 25, 2023

    The Lake Wales High School Softball team is angling to bring back a second state championship in a single scholastic year after defeating Lemon Bay (Englewood) 5-0 in a semifinal game played in Clermont. The game was scheduled to start at 11:00 am, but was moved an hour earlier to avoid anticipated heavy rains in the afternoon. The Highlanders will face the winner of the other semifinal game between Key West and Wakulla. The Highlanders are the top seed in the tournament. The...

  • Lake Wales High School Weightlifters Win County Olympics Title

    Special to the News|Updated Mar 16, 2023

    Lake Wales weightlifters won the Olympics-style county title while placing second to Lakeland in the traditional competition. In the Olympic competition, Lake Wales won with 53 points, while Lakeland was second with 48. Ridge Community (30 points), Lake Gibson (27) and Haines City (28) trailed. Individual lifters who played major roles in the team victory for the Highlanders included Sean Major (219) Trent Grotjan (199), Noah Wise (unlimited), Harrison Thrift (129), and...

  • Highlanders To Celebrate State Championship Season With Community Celebration at Kiwanis Park

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Feb 25, 2023

    The entire Lake Wales community is invited to come out and share some Highlander Pride to celebrate the Lake Wales High School Highlanders first state football championship. The event will take place Saturday morning, February 25 in Kiwanis Park on North Lakeshore Boulevard, less than a mile east of Legion Field, where the majority of their 15 season victories took place. The Highlander's unprecedented season saw them dominate district rivals, smash their way past regional opp...

  • Lake Wales Wins State Title in Heart-stopping Finish

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Dec 29, 2022

    The Lake Wales Highlanders have completed a perfect 15-0 season with a 32-30 win over Daytona Mainland to win their first state championship. After falling behind early by a 10-0 score, the Highlanders battled back to open a 32-23 lead late, before the Daytona Buccaneers scored to pull within two. The Highlanders defense played a major role in the game with three interceptions, including two by Phillip Davis that ended a Buccaneer drives on the Highlanders' one and two yard...

  • Highlanders Advance to State Championship Game With 37-7 Win

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Dec 21, 2022

    The Lake Wales Highlanders won their semi-final football game Friday night and will face the Mainland Buccaneers of Daytona Beach in the state Class 3S Championship game, which will be held in a neutral stadium on December 16. Game time, tentatively set for 11:00 am, has yet to be confirmed by the Florida High School Athletic Association. The Lake Wales Highlanders moved to 14-0 after defeating the Columbia High School Tigers by a score of 37-7 under the lights of Legion...

  • Amar'e Stoudemire Arrested in Miami Only Two Days After Lake Wales Visit

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Dec 18, 2022

    Former Lake Wales resident and NBA great Amar'e Stoudemire was arrested in Miami Saturday, only two days after speaking to students and faculty at McLaughlin Middle/High school in Lake Wales. Stoudemire is alleged to have entered the room of his teenage daughter and punched her after believing that she had been disrespectful to her grandmother. His unidentified daughter was reportedly left with a bloody nose. According to a police report, one of the responding officers "observ...

  • Lake Wales Highlanders Top Daytona Mainland to Win Championship

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Dec 17, 2022

    The Lake Wales Highlanders have completed a perfect 15-0 season with a 32-30 win over Daytona Mainland to win their first state championship. After falling behind early by a 10-0 score, the Highlanders battled back to open a 32-23 lead late, before the Daytona Buccaneers scored to pull within two. The Highlanders defense played a major role in the game with three interceptions, including two by Phillip Davis that ended a Buccaneer drives on the Highlanders' one and two yard...

  • Televised Highlanders Championship Game or Take the Fan Bus

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Dec 15, 2022

    As the Lake Wales Highlanders take on Daytona Beach Mainland in the Class 3S Football Championship, fans have some options for viewing the game, which will be live-streamed on the internet. Those wishing to attend in person also have the opportunity to reserve a seat on a chartered bus. The 14-0 Highlanders will face the Mainland Buccaneers in a 1:00 pm start on Friday, December 16. The game is being held in the neutral grounds of DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, which seat...

  • UPDATE: Highlanders Win, Advance

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Dec 5, 2022

    The Lake Wales Highlanders defeated Columbia Friday night, and will advance to the state championship game next week. Details of the Highlanders' win can be found in our Sports Section....

  • Highlanders Defeat All Saints by 3-0 Score, Advance to Semi-final Match

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Dec 3, 2022

    Lake Wales High School's athletics programs continue to find success, as the men's soccer program advanced to the Polk County Champion's League semi-final game with a 3-1 victory over All Saints Friday. The semi-final game will take place Tuesday night at 8:00 in Lakeland. The win over All Saints came on the strength of goals by Luke Weaver, Carson Pike and, and Martin Aguilar. The Highlanders are now 3-2-1 on the season, their wins coming as LW 6-0 Haines City, and LW 2-0...

  • Highlanders Advance to Final Four in State Football Title Hunt

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Dec 1, 2022

    UPDATE: GAME TIME CHANGED TO 7:00 BY FSHAA See new story in NEWS section The Lake Wales Highlanders captured the Regional Championship and advanced to the final four in the state Class 3S football playoffs Friday night with an exciting 26-9 victory over the Zephyrhills Bulldogs. The undefeated Highlanders will host the semi-final game next Friday against Columbia, winners over Choctawhatchee Friday night. Carlos Mitchell provided much of the excitement for Highlander fans...

  • Highlanders Face Title Game Against Tough Zephyrhills Team

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Nov 26, 2022
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    UPDATE: Highlanders Advance. See the story here A Friday night Regional Championship game will be the first hosted at Lake Wales' Legion Field in memory, according to long-time area football fans, and the undefeated and top-seeded Highlanders are hoping for a big turnout of support as they take on the number three seed Zephyrhills Bulldogs. When the two squads met earlier this season the Lake Wales Highlanders won the day with a 33-0 score, but such games have a way of...

  • Highlanders Vanquish Vanguard, Will Host Regional Title Game at Legion Field

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Nov 24, 2022

    The Lake Wales Highlanders took another step forward toward their long-denied state football title Friday night as they defeated the Ocala Vanguard Knights 40-0. The Knights had ended the Highlanders' last two title runs, making the victory particularly sweet. The win advances the top-seeded and undefeated Highlanders to the Regional Championship Game, which will take place Friday evening at Legion Field when they host the number three seed Zephyrhills Bulldogs. Game time is s...

  • Lake Wales Highlanders Open State Title Campaign Against Auburndale Friday

    Robert Connors|Updated Nov 17, 2022

    The undefeated and top-seeded Lake Wales High School Highlanders football team has drawn a rematch with the eight-seeded Auburndale Bloodhounds in the first round of the Regional playoffs, state football officials have announced. Due to their seed they will host at least through the Regional games. The Highlanders are 10-0 on the season, and have outscored their opponents 429 to 41 in games that were rarely in doubt after the the first quarter. The Highlanders defeated...

  • Highlanders Advance in Football Playoffs Despite Sloppy Play

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Nov 12, 2022

    The top-seeded Lake Wales Highlander football team advanced their 2022 playoff hopes Friday night at Legion Field with a decisive 34-10 victory over the eighth-seed Auburndale Bloodhounds, making a small step forward to their season-long goal of a state title that has proved elusive. The Highlanders have advanced as far as the championship game in past seasons, but never brought home the trophy. Their hopes are riding high this year on the strength of their undefeated season,...

  • Undefeated Lake Wales Highlanders Eye District Title

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Oct 21, 2022

    After tearing through a schedule that was expected to present challenges, the Lake wales Highlanders take on their district foes, the Liberty High School Chargers, tonight in Kissimmee. At 0-7 on the season the Osceola County team is not expected to present a a serious obstacle. Now ranked in the top slot among in 3-S District 8 teams, and 5th statewide in the re-shuffled state classification system, the Highlanders have been led through their remarkable season by senior...

  • Highlander Girls Hope to Bring Home a Basketball Title

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Feb 11, 2022

    Lake Wales High School's girls' basketball team advanced in their effort to win a state title at home Thursday night as the top seed Highlanders defeated 8th seed Zephyrhills in the Class 5-A District playoffs by a convincing 66-33 score. The Lake Wales squad is now 19-4 overall this season. The Lady Highlanders will face a stiffer challenge at 7:00 on Tuesday, February 15 as they face the Bishop Moore Hornets, who devastated their first-round opponent Tampa Robinson by a 59-1...

  • Thousands Turn Out to Herald Holidays, Welcome Santa

    News Staff|Updated Dec 16, 2021

    A dazzling display of lights greeted local residents Saturday evening for a mile of Central Avenue as a column of colorful floats, bands, and more than a thousand participants marked the approach of Christmas holidays. Christmas music filled the air as scores of walkers passed out candy treats to the thousands of spectators who lined the length of the broad street between Lakeshore Boulevard and the City Administration building. The Lake Wales Marching Highlanders and the...

  • Lake Wales Defeats Port St. Lucie to Advance to Regional Semifinals

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated Nov 20, 2021

    The Lake Wales Highlanders advanced to the Class 6-A Regional semifinals after a solid game against the Port St. Lucie Jaguars Friday night, emerging victorious by a 35-0 score. Quarterback Trent Grotjan, a Junior, tossed two TDs in the first half to put the Highlanders in command of the game. The first score came on the squad's first offensive play when a toss to Carlos Mitchell covered 52 yards. Xavier Marlow carried the ball across the finish line in both the second and...

  • Highlanders Fall in Regional Semi-finals

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated Nov 20, 2021

    After a strong showing this season, the Lake Wales Highlanders season came to a close in Ocala Friday night as they fell short 24-13 in a defensive battle with traditional powerhouse Vanguard. The game was locked at seven-all at halftime after each team posted quick opening touchdown drives. The game was determined on the strength of defenses as four interceptions, three by Vanguard, made the difference. The Vanguard Trojans also blocked a Lake Wales field goal attempt....

  • Highlanders Face Port St. Lucie in Playoff Opener

    News Staff|Updated Nov 20, 2021

    After concluding their regular season play with an 8-2 wining record, the Lake Wales Highlanders advance as 6-A District 7 runners-up to the Florida High School Athletic Association playoffs, meeting the PSL Jaguars in Port St. Lucie Friday night. Their single loss to Auburndale by a 14-8 score left them with a 3-1 record in District play. The Jaguars finished their season with a 7-2 record, but remained undefeated with a 3-0 record in their Division play, giving them a home-f...

  • Highlanders Defeat Rival Bartow, Prepare for Playoffs

    Sports Staff, LakeWalesNews.Net|Updated Nov 6, 2021

    A four-interception defense led the Lake Wales Highlanders to a 24-13 football victory over the Bartow Yellowjackets Friday night on a rain-soaked field in Bartow, leaving the local squad with an 8-2 record over all, and 3-1 in the essential district 6A-7 play. Three of those interceptions came into the hands of the game MVP, Courtney Brown. Lake Wales built an 18-0 lead early in the second quarter as Lake Wales' offense showed its promise for next year when Junior...

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