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Campbell girls, Southwestern boys win middle school hoops titles

Campbell girls, Southwestern boys win middle school hoops titles

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The Volusia County Middle School basketball season ended with a bang. Two well-hyped championship games were played in front of good and boisterous crowds at Mainland High on Tuesday evening. In the girls’ game, the Eastern Division Champion Campbell (12-1) handled Western Division champ River Springs Middle School of Orange […]

Country 500 festival returns to Speedway

Country 500 festival returns to Speedway

The second Country 500 festival is scheduled over the Memorial Day weekend (May 26-28) at the Daytona International Speedway. Some of the biggest stars in country music will perform over the three-day, three-night event. Performers will include Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dun, Thomas Rhett, Hank Williams Jr. and Martina […]

NASCAR plans ‘600 Miles of Remembrance’ tribute

NASCAR plans ‘600 Miles of Remembrance’ tribute

BY GEORGE DIAZ ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS In honor of Memorial Day weekend, NASCAR will honor those who served during the “600 Miles of Remembrance” tribute at Charlotte Motor Speedway. For the third consecutive year, windshield headers on all 40 Cup cars will be replaced with the names of fallen military service members during Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. […]

National Lifeguard Championships to be held in Daytona

National Lifeguard Championships to be held in Daytona

The Volusia Surf Lifesaving Association (VSLA) and Volusia County will host the 2017 United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) National Lifeguard Championships, which will take place in Daytona Beach Aug. 9-12. The four-day event, which is expected to draw nearly 3,000 competitors along with their families, will be held on the beach behind the Ocean Walk […]

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 […]