CBS Sports traces Steve Pearce’s route from a Lakeland-raised son of a Red Sox diehard from Massachusetts through seven MLB teams to Boston’s World Series MVP.
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The article gives a quick rundown of Friday night prep football action.
Apopka, ranked No. 4 in Class 8A (Lakeland is ranked fourth in class 7A) is coached by Rick Darlington, who formerly played for Lakeland coach Bill Castle. Said Castle: “I’d rather beat Rick than anyone because it means something. He is definitely the best coach in the state of Florida.” More coverage: Orlando Sentinel | WESH
- Kathleen 19, Ridge Community 7
- George Jenkins 44, Lake Region 13
- All Saints 14, Florida Christian 12
- Zephyrhills 28, Lake Gibson 13
- Tenoroc 26, Discovery 6
- Bishop Verot 17, Lakeland Christian 10
- Out of Door Academy 33, Santa Fe 0
In addition to an opening game against Southeastern University on Feb. 22, The Tigers will play 16 home games in Lakeland, according to a 2019 Spring Training schedule released today.
Lakeland native Chris Sale, just the third MLB pitcher to start three consecutive All Star games, didn’t seem destined for greatness, his JV coach from Lakeland High School says. He was “a good pitcher, nothing great, didn’t stand out,” Ron Nipper said. “What did you see in him that made you think he’d be a major leaguer? I said, ‘Nothing.’ ” But Nipper said Sale showed intensity and was fearless as a sophomore when pitching against Andrew McCutchen, then a Fort Meade player and now an MLB hitting star | Check the WFLA video
Plans to develop a massive urban park west of downtown Lakeland could get a boost from city commissioners Monday. City staff is recommending the City Commission sell 2.3 acres of land and some right of way to the private developers of the Bonnet Springs Park. The appraised value and asking price: $424,601. But commissioners have the option of reducing that amount, a memo from the city attorney notes.
The triangle-shaped, city-owned property is south of the intersection of George Jenkins Boulevard and Kathleen Road and just north of the abandoned Florida Tile site. Lake Wire Development Co. plans to offer both parcels to an outside developer for a commercial/residential/office complex. Proceeds would complement the multi-million-dollar fund-raising being undertaken to build the 180-acre park.
Realtor David Bunch, who is joined by retired city Parks Director Bill Tinsley in spearheading Bonnet Springs, told The Ledger (“only half joking,” the paper said) that while the city is fair in asking $424.6k, “A fair price to us would’ve been a donation.”
Lakeland resident Sydney Devore, a former track athlete at the University of Florida and a fourth-grade teacher at Spessard Holland Elementary School, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials by winning a marathon in Pittsburgh, the first one she attempted.