Detroit Free Press sportswriter Anthony Fenech recounts his week of outside-the-zone pitching and bonding with fellow baseball fanatics at Tigertown during Detroit Tigers fantasy camp.
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MLB writer Jason Beck provides a fan’s-eye preview of Detroit Tigers spring training in Lakeland (it starts next week, although some pitchers and catchers are already here warming up), including a look at new faces and top prospects to know.
As he prepared for the 1,167-mile trek of equipment from Comerica Park in Detroit to Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium for Spring Training, Tigers Clubhouse ManagerJim Schmakel reflects on the changes he’s seen over 41 years with the team. The first of two trucks arrives in Lakeland on Wednesday. Pitchers and catchers work out for the first time Feb. 13, and the full team joins them Feb. 18.
Reddit user snij_jon540 has launched a Lakeland sports roundup and plans to update it weekly. It includes results of pro arena sports and college teams and may expand to high school sports. In the first edition, snij_jon540 notes that injuries have plagued the Florida Tropics, the Lakeland Magic performed well on the west coast, and Florida Southern’s women’s basketball team remains undefeated.
The president of Lakeland’s NBA G-League team talked about work-home balance, boosting the careers of others and navigating a male-dominated industry.
The public parking lot on Lake Hollingsworth next to the Lakeland Yacht and Country Club will be closed next Tuesday and Wednesday while city crews resurface it. Parking is available near Common Ground Park, the city says in a blog post.
Lakeland High School’s football team proved the naysayers wrong Friday night when they ended a 15-0 season by rolling over nationally seventh-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas 33-20 for their seventh state championship, all under the tutelage of 43-year coach Bill Castle.
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In advance of tonight’s 8 p.m. Dreadnaughts-Raiders 7A state championship game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, longtime preps writer Roy Fuoco examines the long rivalry between Lakeland and St. Thomas Aquinas.