Lakeland Sports Roundup: Tropics, Magic, FSC, SEU

Tropics keeper Hugo Silva organizes his defense. Photo by Nigel Worrall

The Florida Tropics seem to be on the comeback. After an enthralling away game in St. Louis that ended in defeat after overtime despite a Andre Braithwaite hat trick, the Tropics triumphed over Orlando in the fourth edition of the “Indoor War on I-4.”

The Tropics began the game Saturday night with a dismal 0-8 record on the road. After a quick goal from Ricardo Diegues in the first few minutes, the Tropics took control and never let up. The series between the Tropics and the Orlando Seawolves now stands tied at 2-2.

The Southeastern University Fire baseball team continues to show why it is ranked No. 1 in the country after a sweep of the RV Madonna Crusaders.

Two SEU athletes placed third in major tournaments this week: Ethan Owen finished in third at the NAIA wrestling nationals and Julia Rohm took home the bronze and All-American honors at the NAIA track and field nationals for the 3,000-meter run.

The men’s basketball team has also qualified for their second straight NAIA division II championship.

The Lakeland Magic have let their lead get away from them. After two more losses last week, the Lakeland Magic have dropped to second in the east. They will have to regain their form if they want to finish on top.

Sinjon Wilkerson  Sinjon Wilkerson is a local sports advocate who currently works as a game-day statistician for the Florida Tropics, majors in sports management at Polk State College, and coaches youth soccer in Winter Haven.