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Saints Sports League Launches in Polk County

Saints Sports League is now open to the public for registration. This community sports league is for boys and girls ages 5-12, and dedicated to developing self-esteem, fundamentals... — Updated 4/29/2021


FWC: Manatees are on the Move! Go Slow, Look out Below

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding anyone on the water to slow down and look out for manatees while boating in Florida this spring. As water te... — Updated 4/15/2021

 By Eric Draper    Sports

Florida State Parks: The Real Florida Connection

One of the joys of being Director of Florida State Parks is getting to know the many places within parks where visitors can learn about our state's remarkable natural and cultural... — Updated 1/10/2021

 By Drew Truitt    Sports

Highlanders' Johnson Named 2019 Buccaneers High School Coach of the Year

Lake Wales Highlanders head coach Tavaris Johnson was voted the 2019 Buccaneers High School Coach of the Year contest from an elite field of weekly winners representing seven... — Updated 1/9/2020 Full story


Register by Jan. 11 for Lake Wales Little League

Registration closes Saturday, Jan. 11 for participation in the 2020 Lake Wales Little League. Parents may register in-person from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Jan. 6-10, or fro... — Updated 1/8/2020

 By Drew Truitt    Sports

Highlanders Close Out Post-Season With 12-1 Record

With 10 players out with the flu the week of their Regional Final against Tampa Jesuit including star quarterback, Eric Williams, the Lake Wales Highlanders gave it their best... — Updated 11/27/2019


TrophyCatch Partner Bartow Ford Drives Conservation Forward

Honk if you love bass fishing! Bartow Ford is investing in Florida bass conservation by partnering with FWC's TrophyCatch angler recognition program. The company has provided a... — Updated 11/27/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Sports

Undefeated Highlanders Take On Tampa Jesuit in 5A Regional Final Friday at Legion Field

And then there were eight. Of the eight teams remaining with the prospect of being crowned the FHSAA 5A State High School Football champion our own Lake Wales team is very much in... — Updated 11/21/2019


Charles Joseph Fanz, 1951-2019

Charles Joseph Fanz, 68, of Lake Wales passed away Nov. 9, 2019 at Advent Healthcare in Lake Wales. He was born April 2, 1951 in Camden, NJ to the late George Henry and Claire... — Updated 11/14/2019


State Seeking Input on Fishing Tournament Economic Impact

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking angler input for an economic study of fishing tournaments. The information provided will be used to better... — Updated 10/22/2019


State Commission Awards Prizes for Bass Catch and Release

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) TrophyCatch program, now in Season 7, has awarded prizes for the catch and release of more than 9,000 largemouth bass... — Updated 10/9/2019


Chamber to Host Golf Scramble Oct. 4

Spots are still available for teams wanting to play in the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Scramble Friday, Oct. 4. The tournament at Lake Wales Country Club will start... — Updated 10/2/2019


Former Pro Offers Elite Baseball/Softball Training for Young People

Jonathan White says his baseball career was cut short because he put his career in the hands of others his entire life. He accepted that coaches told him he wasn't a starting... — Updated 7/24/2019


LW Little League Junior Boys Named District Champs

Congratulations to Lake Wales Little League Junior boys baseball (age 13-14) for becoming District IV Champs after winning over Plant City Saturday. Next stop is Sectionals July... — Updated 6/28/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Sports

Highlanders Close Out Baseball Season with 21-7 Record

Lake Wales High School's boys baseball team can take it to the bank that closing out Spring 2019 with a won-loss record of 21-7 reflects a season well done. Imagine. Three quarters... — Updated 5/22/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Sports

Highlanders Take on Dunedin in Regional Playoff After Defeating Boca Ciega

Our Lake Wales Highlander baseball team, 21-6, is riding a 15-game winning streak into an FHSAA Regional Semifinal test against the Dunedin Falcons this weekend after besting the Bo... — Updated 5/18/2019


Invasive Fish Roundup Set April 26-28

If you like to fish and are willing to drive a couple of hours, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species... — Updated 4/23/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Sports

Pickleball is Not a Pickle, But it is a Ball to Play!

What is Pickleball? "It was started in 1965, in Bainbridge (Island), WA," Ambassador Helene "Pookie" DeCocq states emphatically. "It's just getting to (Florida and) the Midwest.... — Updated 4/16/2019


Five Chosen for Highlander Hall of Fame

Three former professional athletes, a coach who won two state titles, and one of the program's most ardent supporters make up the inaugural class for the newly-created Highlander... — Updated 4/16/2019


Deer Hunting Rules Change

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved in February rule changes for 2019-2020 regarding FWC-managed public hunting areas and statewide hunting, including... — Updated 4/5/2019


Run Like You Care April 6

On the shores of Lake Wailes, runners are invited to "Run Like You CARE" on Saturday, April 6. This race is put on by Lake Wales Care Center to benefit Meals on Wheels, one of the... — Updated 4/2/2019


Fishing for Farmers Bass Tournament April 13

Lake Wales High School Future Farmers of America will hold their first annual Fishing for Farmers Bass Tournament on Saturday, April 13. The event goes from safe light until 2 p.m.... — Updated 4/1/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Sports

FNG Charity Classic at Class Act

Anyone who has ever said watching golf is boring has never attended a Symetra Tour event. From start to finish everyone present gave their all to make this professional and... — Updated 3/26/2019

 By Trey Heath    Sports

Celebrating 3 Vanguard Players

On a beautiful March afternoon, we were asked to join in the celebration being held at The Vanguard School in Lake Wales. The sprawling 77-acre campus was hosting a special guest an... — Updated 3/26/2019

 By Drew Truitt    Sports

Highlanders Crush Bloodhounds 10-1

Often it is momentum that dictates success and when, in the top of the first Highlander center fielder Ben Gilbert made a diving catch off a Bloodhound line drive, it set the stage... — Updated 3/20/2019


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