Recreation / Sports
When a bus carrying the Nova High School girls basketball team pulled up for the state championship game at the RP Funding Center Saturday night, head coach Jason Hively said he was stunned when he saw somebody carrying a “big rifle” in the parking lot. A gun show was being held at the venue at the same time as the FHSAA finals. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Whatever your feeling is on the Second Amendment, I don’t think the two mesh here,” said Hively, whose school sits in the same county as the Parkland high school where a gunman killed 17 people last month.
Jen Pawol, 41, called balls and strikes behind home plate at Joker Marchant Stadium on Thursday as the Detroit Tigers defeated Florida Southern College 6-1. She hopes to be the first woman to ump a regular-season MLB game.
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Major League Baseball is relaxing a rule that requires teams to send all players on the road during Spring Training for the next week or so, but MLive reports that managers sometimes keep veteran players home during out-of-town games.
Lakeland City Manager Tony Delgado gave updates on projects such as the soon-to-open Dog Leg Park along the Cleveland Heights Golf Course and the Se7en Wetlands nature area, as well as the Mirrorton development north of Lake Mirror this morning at his third quarterly “Tony Talks.” He also answered citizen questions.
The team planning a 180-acre private park west of downtown Lakeland today unveiled their design for the site combining recreation, trails, nature appreciation and culture (including an amphitheater seating 7,500) as they embark on efforts to attract donors. Keep scrolling to see a slideshow about the master plan and a video of this morning’s “reveal” meeting. A second public meeting is being held at 4 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church. More