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Softball packs Polk County fields

Softball packs Polk County fields

Dry weather came just in time for softball this weekend. The Florida Half Century Amateur Softball Association 60s Division brought 66 teams to Polk County this weekend, filling fields at the Diamondplex in Winter Haven, Loyce Harpe in Mulberry and the Auburndale...

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Lake Myrtle’s busy summer

More than 140 baseball teams rotated through Auburndale’s Lake Myrtle Sports Park by the middle of July, thanks to Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing’s relationship building with and tenacious recruiting of the Wilson Premier Championship West event. “This...

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Ugandan teams visit Polk County

Ugandan teams visit Polk County

Two baseball teams from the African nation of Uganda – one U15, the other U18 – as well as a softball team, traveled to Polk County to take part in the Wilson Premier Tournament. The Ugandan players were from the Allen VR Stanley Secondary School for Math and Science...

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Dewey’s dream comes true

More than 4,500 bowlers have descended on Polk County between May 5 and June 25, participating in the Florida State Bowling Association’s 2018 Florida State Open Tournament. Multiple disciplines, including team, doubles and singles, will compete at both Lakeland AMF...

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Homeschool World Series another hit

It was another successful Homeschool World Series, which took place at the Lake Myrtle Sports Park in Auburndale. This year, the event drew 26 teams – six more than last year. In total, nearly 2,000 people came to town to cheer on their team for a $1.5 million...

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YBOA Inaugural Winter Nationals coming

If Youth Basketball of America (YBOA) has their way, Santa will be bringing Polk County businesses some extra presents after Christmas. The inaugural YBOA Winter Nationals will call Polk County home from Dec. 27 to 30, utilizing at least 10 different basketball courts...

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The art of the deal – PCTSM Style

Long before the hotel rooms are filled, the venues booked or the games scheduled, there comes the classic deal sealer – the handshake. Sometimes, it takes a long time to get there. When PCTSM recently extended the contract with Tough Mudder, Inc., to host their...

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Run 863 enjoys first year success

The first Run 863 race series is in the books. PCTSM’s four race series, which mixed two existing events, the Carillon Classic 5K on March 10 and the Tiger Trot 5K on March 31, with one returning race, the Brick Dash 5K presented by Publix on April 14, and a new...

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Lake Eva ground zero for IRONMAN

The rain clouds cleared away from Haines City just in time for the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Florida to go off without a hitch for the more than 2,100 athletes from around the world, including the more than 80 Brazilian athletes who participated. While 39-year-old Brazilian...

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