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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 […]

NFL draft boards missing quarterbacks at top

NFL draft boards missing quarterbacks at top

BY ZACH BERMAN PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/TNS For the last two years, there was no debate at this point in April about the first two picks in the NFL draft. They would be quarterbacks. The marquee players in both drafts played the league’s marquee position. With the draft in Philadelphia this year, that’s not the case. This […]

Mainland girls’ flag football team off to a good start

Mainland girls’ flag football team off to a good start

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Mainland High School is a state powerhouse in boys tackle football. The girls flag football team isn’t too shabby either. The Buccaneers (7-0) were undefeated and ranked seventh in Class 1A in the state heading into their April 12 contest against New Smyrna Beach, which was after the Daytona Times’ […]