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SEMINOLE — As the Seminole High School Warhawks soccer program gears up for its 2019-2020 season, the program will host a fundraiser at Mickey Quinn’s Pub, 13071 Park Blvd. N., Friday, Nov. 22.

After years of planning, the Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch in Pinellas Park is poised to enter its final phase of construction next year. The WWAR is designed to help rehabilitate veterans wounded during military service.

Local fans of the Toronto Blue Jays and visitors from Canada have a lot to look forward to this spring. The team will be playing in a stadium and training facility that have been renovated to the tune of $102 million, a project that has the team’s director of Florida operations “extremely excited” about the team’s future here.

Mother Nature may not be ready to cooperate, but football is back whether she likes it or not. Annual Fall Classic preseason high school games had a tough time getting completed last Friday night. Some were able to push through the dreary, wet weather while others were suspended or outright canceled. But that was then and this is now. Week 1 is here and these games count.

CLEARWATER — Of the 43,316 attendees to Phillies spring training games this spring, 16,946 stayed at a hotel or condo. That’s not counting the players and team staff, 183 of whom stayed overnight in hotels, usually for lengthy stays.

BELLEAIR — A world-class sporting event is about to come to Belleair. The LPGA has announced that in 2020 a new tournament will be added to the tour and will be held at the newly refurbished Pelican Golf Club.

EAST LAKE — Former LPGA star Jan Stephenson, who now owns a golf course in Palm Harbor, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame during a ceremony in California that took place during the week of the 119th U.S. Open, at the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Before he could even walk, Logan Hofstetter was in the water.

The Largo native grew up just a short drive from Indian Rocks Beach, where his family, avid beachgoers, spent much of their time.

His father and uncle, professional triathletes, were both surfers as well. So Logan’s natural affinity for the water is in his blood, he said.

It’s been a phenomenal few weeks for the Calvary Christian baseball program. The Warriors captured their second state championship in three years May 25, and this past week two of the team's senior stars — shortstop Christian Cairo, son of 17-year MLB veteran Miguel, and pitcher Braden Halladay, son of the late MLB star Roy Halladay — were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. 

In the ninja world, Jason and Kathy Bergstrom and their family – nine kids, five of them adopted – are known as the Bergstrom Bunch. The Seminole family operates the Jungle Gym, an obstacle-based facility in Pinellas Park, but three members of the family have taken their passion for competition to another level, excelling on the NBC show "American Ninja Warrior."

After 92 days, and 29 regular and post season games, the Seminole High School Warhawks baseball team finished their 2019 season with a 14-15 record.

With the team’s .248 batting average, 86 RBIs, 26 stolen bases and 169 strikeouts, the Warhawks defied the odds and won the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 8A District 7 championship and became the Class 8A Region 2 championship runner-up.

Jayion McCluster has plenty to look forward to in the coming years. The soon-to-be Largo senior is one of the most highly rated inside linebackers in the entire country and announced his commitment to continue his football and academic careers at Florida State University on May 1.

The Seminole Warhawks varsity baseball team is this season’s underdog that no one expected to make a playoff run.

The Warhawks, with a 14-14 record, defied the odds and even defeated their district rival, the East Lake Eagles, in the Florida High School Athletic Association district and regional playoffs.

CLEARWATER — Juan Antonio “Chi Chi” Rodriguez is one of the greatest professional golfers of all time, an eight-time PGA Tour winner with 22 additional victories on the senior circuit renowned for his flamboyant style both on and off the course.

Less than a week after top PGA Tour players depart Innisbrook, the resort will play host to professionals from another sport. The inaugural Innisbrook Tennis Open starting Sunday will feature several top-100 players as well an Invesco Series senior match play event featuring tennis legends Jim Courier, James Blake, Mardy Fish and one of the greatest players of all time, John McEnroe.

CLEARWATER — Spectrum Field is typically awash in red, but during the Philadelphia Phillies’ annual Spring Training St. Patrick’s Day game, green is always the predominant color at the stadium.

CLEARWATER — Newly minted outfielder Bryce Harper made his much-anticipated Grapefruit League debut for the Phillies when they hosted the Toronto Blue Jays on March 9, and judging by the sellout crowd, the sea of red and white No. 3 shirts in the stadium and the throng of national and intern…

The day after the news broke that free agent outfielder Bryce Harper had agreed to a record-breaking 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, there was a palpable buzz in the air at Spectrum Field, the team’s spring training home.

The optimism that accompanies spring training was on full display when the Philadelphia Phillies kicked off their campaign in Clearwater on Feb. 23.

Blue skies, white, puffy clouds and unseasonably warm temperatures greeted the 7,279 fans that steadily streamed through the Spectrum Field turnstiles for the Philadelphia Phillies 2019 spring training home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Feb. 23. While the Phillies organization and its fanbase anxiously await word on whether 2015 NL MVP Bryce Harper will sign a mega free-agent contract with the team, the anticipation took a backseat on Opening Day.

EAST LAKE — If Jan Stephenson was at the peak of her fame today, the professional golfer, recognized as much for her exploits off the course as her prolific career on the links, would most likely be a social media star with millions of followers.

Sandy Hartmann, owner of the real estate firm Sandy Hartmann & Associates, won gold in the 5K race at the 2018 Florida Senior Games in her age group, 60-65, qualifying her for the national competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in June. Not only that, but every member of the race walking team from Specific Sports Training qualified to compete in the National Senior Games.

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