October 2018

Due to hurricane, Lake Eva Hosts IRONMAN Nov. 4

HAINES CITY – Due to the devastation caused by the fiercest hurricane to ever strike the Florida Panhandle, the Florida IRONMAN event previously scheduled to take place in Panama City Beach will instead take place in Haines City at Lake Eva Park. PCTSM and the City of...

Gasparilla Invitational will test gymnasts’ skills Oct. 20-21

Twenty two years ago – with barely 300 competitors – Tim Keckler started the Gasparilla Invitational as a chance for less advanced gymnasts to test their skills. From Oct. 20-21, the 22nd Annual Gasparilla Invite at the RP Funding Center will have 915 athletes compete...

Miniature military aircraft of yesteryear return

These aren’t your kids radio controlled models. Some cost as much as $30,000 LAKELAND – Just as they did during World War II, the military aircraft of yesterday will return to the skies over Lakeland once again… …kind of. For years now, Frank Tiano Enterprises...

Thanks to Netflix, crossfit competition goes international

Netflix. Lakeland. Crossfit. Not normally three words you think of together. However, a Netflix documentary, filmed years earlier, has had an unintended effect on the Central Florida Throwdown, Lakeland’s signature crossfit competition – more competitors. “We’ve had...

Bats keep the business of sports hot in Polk County

Whether it’s the JUCO Twin Classic, the NSA Iron Women, the Corbeil Classic or the Save Second Base Tournament, baseball and softball are keeping Polk County Sports Marketing jumping. “More than 30 teams came in for the Corbeil Classic alone,” said Josh Hicks, the...

Michigan Golf Live video hits the airways, internet

What happens when a film crew visits just a sliver of what Central Florida’s Polk County has to offer? Folks in the Upper Midwest found out on Sept. 22 thanks to a Michigan Golf Live. Filming at the Club at Eaglebrooke, Streamsong Resort, Peebles Barbecue, Publix...

Holloway Park event largest of its kind in the state

Nearly 5,000 runners – from elementary school aged through college – took to the rough and ready terrain of Holloway Park to test their mettle against the best the state could muster. This is the second year the flrunners.com Invitational was held at Holloway Park,...

Tarpons, Arena Football to return to RP Funding Center

Arena Football will return to the RP Funding Center next spring, with the Lakeland Tarpons hosting the inaugural A-League game on May 11. This will be the eighth straight season of arena football for the Tarpons, who will be joined by the Gulf Coast Fire of Fort...

Tournament hopes to help strikeout childhood leukemia

A baseball tournament this weekend hopes to do more than showcase young talent, it hopes to help strikeout childhood leukemia as well. Named after Samson Corbeil, the son of Polk State College’s head baseball coach Al Corbeil, proceeds from the tournament will help...