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 By Robert Connros    Sports
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Lake Wales Soccer Club Serves Hundreds of Area Youth

Persistence and patience paid off for one dedicated Lake Wales man, and today a request for a sports field for his children benefits hundreds of area youngsters who participate in... — Updated 10/26/2021

 By News Staff    Sports

Highlanders Fall Short in Important District Game

Hopes for a District 6A-7 championship faded Friday night for the Lake Wales Highlanders football squad lost a defensive battle, falling to the undefeated Auburndale Bloodhounds by... — Updated 10/16/2021

 By Robert Connors    Sports

District Title Showdown Happens Friday Night in Lake Wales

In what is likely to be the deciding contest of the 2021 football regular season, the Lake Wales Highlanders will face off against the undefeated Auburndale Bloodhounds Friday... — Updated 10/16/2021

 By Robert Connors    Sports

Highlanders Strike Early To Top Hardee, Move to 5-1

Returning to the form that marked the early games of the season, the Lake Wales Highlanders struck early and often against the Hardee Wildcats, running up a score of 21-0 barely... — Updated 10/13/2021

 By Florida FWC    Sports

Bass Fishing? Try the Classic Plastic Worm

The more things change, the more they stay the same! One result from the TrophyCatch Hall of Fame 100 survey not shown above is that the plastic worm caught more HOF bass than any o... — Updated 10/10/2021

 By Robert Connors    Sports
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Highlanders Win First District Game

With their District 7 title hopes still riding high, the Lake Wales Highlanders notched their first important win against a conference rival by defeating Melbourne Eau Gallie 43-27... — Updated 10/8/2021

 By Robert Connors    Sports
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New Lighted Football Field May Serve Youth Football Leagues

A lighted football field proposed for Washington Park near US 27 is expected to make a big difference to hundreds of young people involved in two Lake Wales youth football leagues.... — Updated 10/6/2021


You Can Help Improve Sports Fishing

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants your help improving data on catch-and-release fishing, especially for redfish, snook and spotted seatrout caught... — Updated 10/4/2021

 By Robert Connors    Sports

Lake Wales Highlanders Open Their Title Campaign

Riding on their 3-1 season record and seeking to repeat as district champs in their new higher classification, the Lake Wales Highlanders football squad will face the Melbourne Eau... — Updated 10/2/2021

 By Robert Connors    Sports

Highlanders Drop Naples, Win Homecoming Game

After being stymied by the stout defense of the Naples Trojans for most of the first half, the Lake Wales Highlander eleven found the winning formula in the second half, opening... — Updated 9/29/2021

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After Loss to Non-Conference Foe Lakeland, Highlanders Prep for Naples Lely

After losing a rain-soaked tilt against the 7-A regional powerhouse Lakeland Dreadnaughts the Lake Wales High School Highlander 11 are focusing on righting the ship when they host... — Updated 9/12/2021


Highlanders Face Lakeland Dreadnaughts Tonight

In a much-anticipated showdown between two top Polk County football squads, the Lake Wales Highlanders will host the Lakeland Dreadnaughts this Friday at Legion Field. The big game... — Updated 9/11/2021


Fall Fishing Report and Tips

Florida Freshwater Angler Our Purpose: To identify excellent Florida freshwater fishing opportunities and to provide anglers with relevant information that will enhance the quality... — Updated 9/10/2021


Highlanders Go 2-0 After Thumping of Davenport Ridge Bolts

With a convincing victory at their home opener at Legion Field the Lake Wales Highlander varsity football squad improved their regular season record to 2-0. Both offense and... — Updated 9/10/2021

Lake Wales High School

Lake Wales Highlanders Off to Hot Start, Face Big Challenges

Highlander Football is back, and local fans are anticipating a return to the playoffs following an impressive regular season opener, After raising the stakes with a solid 26-0 win... — Updated 9/2/2021


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 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


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


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