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Daytona hopes T-ball reboots local youth baseball program

Daytona hopes T-ball reboots local youth baseball program

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES For the first time in about three years, kids are playing T-ball in Daytona Beach. The City of Daytona Beach Leisure Services has started a T-ball program. Opening Day took place on May 9 at Derbyshire Park & Sports Complex at 849 Derbyshire Road. “The reception in the community has […]

Ricky Williams now spokesperson for cannibis use

Ricky Williams now spokesperson for cannibis use

BY MICHELLE KAUFMAN MIAMI HERALD/TNS Ricky Williams, the former Miami Dolphins running back whose career and reputation were tarnished by marijuana use, is now a national spokesman for cannabis use. After spending years as the punchline for pothead jokes, Williams will be a keynote speaker at the Southeast Cannabis Conference and Expo, June 9-11 at […]

Dougherty begins rebuilding Halifax Academy football team

Dougherty begins rebuilding Halifax Academy football team

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Halifax Academy in Daytona Beach is another local football team with a new head coach. Shamus Dougherty, the longtime athletic director and boys basketball coach, takes over the team from Dahryll Brown. The Knights went 3-6 last season. Halifax has only been playing 11-man tackle football since 2014; they played […]

Daytona State Soccer program, stadium taking off

Daytona State Soccer program, stadium taking off

The Daytona State Soccer Stadium Complex is slated to open in August. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Daytona State College (DSC) is building an on-campus soccer stadium that’s scheduled to open in August. Construction on the Daytona State Soccer Stadium Complex started in December. The cost of construction is $3 million. “Soccer is another enhancement […]

Some Marlins players say they have been on receiving end of racial insults too

Some Marlins players say they have been on receiving end of racial insults too

BY CLARK SPENCER MIAMI HERALD/TNS Taunts and jeers they can take. Racial and ethnic slurs are a different story. One day after Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said he was subjected to racial epithets by fans at Fenway Park in Boston, some players on the Marlins said they’ve endured the same, but just kept quiet […]

Allen ready to bring DeLand back to football glory

Allen ready to bring DeLand back to football glory

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Florida High school spring football practice began on Monday and some local teams have new head coaches. Steve Allen begins his quest to turn around the DeLand Bulldogs. “I like the mix of kids and the demographics here. I spent two years as an assistant here. There is a challenge […]

Earnhardt Jr. to retire at end of 2017 season

Earnhardt Jr. to retire at end of 2017 season

BY MARK PRICE AND ADAM BELL CHARLOTTE OBSERVER/TNS CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s most popular driver, will retire after the end of the 2017 season. “After 18 seasons and more than 600 races behind the wheel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will bring his NASCAR Cup Series driving career to a close at the conclusion […]

Decision shows Earnhardt sees future beyond NASCAR

Decision shows Earnhardt sees future beyond NASCAR

BY GEORGE DIAZ ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS Dale Earnhardt Sr. died chasing his passion for racing. His son will walk away chasing his passion for life. Dale Jr.’s decision to retire from NASCAR’s highest circuit at the end of this season isn’t surprising, given the concussion-related symptoms that left him in no shape to drive for half […]

Ronni Williams makes history

Ronni Williams makes history

Basketball standout becomes the first local woman drafted into the WNBA BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Ronni Williams is heading to the WNBA, making her the first Volusia County woman to be drafted by the professional basketball league. The former Atlantic High School and University of Florida (UF) basketball standout was drafted April 13 by […]

Rowland ready to build FPC’s football program

Rowland ready to build FPC’s football program

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Spring practice for Florida’s high school football teams begins on April 24. Travis Roland, a first year and rookie head coach, will begin his quest to turn the Flagler Palm Coast (FPC) Bulldogs into a powerhouse. “I’ve always looked at FPC as a hidden gem. I just thought it was […]

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