Jack Cormier

Not forgotten, Banana George lives on this weekend

WINTER HAVEN – Gone – but surely not forgotten – the spirit of longtime Polk County fixture Banana George will be on display as the 2022 Banana George Blairfoot Bananza will hit the waters of Winter Haven’s Lake Silver this weekend. Funds raised from the weekend go to...

One of nation’s largest fastpitch events coming to Polk

AUBURNDALE – One of the largest events in fastpitch softball, the USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Cup, is coming to Polk County. The DiamondPlex Softball Complex in Winter Haven and the Auburndale Softball Complex will host a week-long competition July 6-12, 2023,...

Lightning to host Ball Hockey Clinic at Lakeland Ice Arena

The Tampa Bay Lightning professional hockey organization and the Lakeland Ice Arena will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on April 30 at the Lakeland Ice Arena, 3395 W. Memorial Blvd in Lakeland, to celebrate the new outdoor ball hockey rink at the...
History on-deck at Flying Tigers’ opening day

History on-deck at Flying Tigers’ opening day

LAKELAND – Just like Jackie Robinson, history will be made when Rachel Balkovec steps on to the field. Opening night at the Lakeland Flying Tigers, April 8, will be Balkovec’s first game as manager of the visiting Tampa Tarpons, making her the first full-time female...

2022 Polk County Sports Hall of Fame Class Announced

A legend on the gridiron as both a player and a coach, the man at the helm of the nation’s hottest wrestling program and a broadcaster who has dedicated his life to local sports and information on the airways are just three of this year’s five inductees into the Polk...