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Stories by Brian Lester

Stories by Brian Lester

Chloe Lowrey thrived in final season as Central weightlifter

February 21, 2024
Central’s Chloe Lowery walked into the RP Funding Center in Lakeland Saturday morning and was a little overwhelmed for a moment ahead of the 1A state weightlifting meet.
The competition floor in the arena is huge and there’s a certain level of pressure that comes with competing at state.

Future of Milton girls weightlifting program looking bright

February 20, 2024
Dana Tolleson was among the four lifters who represented Milton at the 3A state weightlifting meet Saturday at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.
She finished as a state runner-up in her weight class (199) in Olympic, recording a 360-pound total, only five pounds off the winning lift.

Bennett and Bryan cherish opportunity to go out as state champs

February 20, 2024
Lani Bennett and Shannon Bryan went into the 3A state weightlifting meet Saturday confident they would emerge as individual weight class champions.
The Pace lifters accomplished their mission at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, with Bennett winning 110-pound Olympic crown while Bryan swept the Olympic and traditional titles in the 139-pound weight class.

Brian Out Loud

February 19, 2024
Nothing against the American Flag, but Santa Rosa County needs to throw the idea of the largest flag in the state idea as some kind of tourist attraction right out the window and forget that the thought even entered its brain in the first place.

Still No. 1! Pace sweeps 3A state weightlifting titles

February 17, 2024
Emotion consumed Pace’s girls weightlifting team in the moments leading up to the presentation of the state championship trophies Friday night.
Inside the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, there were tears of joy from the Patriot lifters knowing they were set to officially make it a clean sweep of the titles, including a repeat as traditional champs.

Jay Royals ready for more softball success

February 16, 2024
Jay’s softball team reached the state final four in 1A for the third consecutive season in 2023.
The Royals are hoping to make another run this year and take aim at their second championship in three years.

Royals rally past Paxton in regional semifinal

February 16, 2024
Less than a week after falling to Paxton in the boys District 1-1A championship game the Jay Royals were back in Walton County for a rematch with the Bobcats on Thursday in the Region 1-1A semi-final.
The winner would move on to the region finals and the loser would see their season end.

Fight of Milton Panthers not enough in regional tourney loss

February 16, 2024
Shortly after Milton’s season ended in Wesley Chapel Thursday night, Jordan Roque of Wiregrass Ranch, approached Milton’s Treymar Jones and congratulated him.
It was one of those ‘game recognizes game’ kind of moments as both players stood out, particularly Jones, who did everything he could to try to will the Panthers to a victory in a Region 1-6A quarterfinal on the road.

Royals roll over Bobcats in regional opener

February 15, 2024
Jay’s girls basketball team didn’t just win its Region 1-1A semifinal against Paxton last Wednesday night. Instead, the Royals dominated in a 57-35 win that earned them a trip to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive year.

Pace’s girls soccer season ends in regional tourney

February 15, 2024
Even when the odds were stacked against Pace, the Patriots trailing Chiles by four goals in a Region 1-6A quarterfinal in Tallahassee, there were no signs of quit.
Sixth-seeded Pace fought right up until the end in a 5-1 loss to No. 3 seed Chiles as its season ended last Tuesday night.
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