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Isaac Babcock

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Oviedo, Winter Springs prep for Small Business Saturday

Skip the mall, shop small

Oviedo and Winter Springs retailers are hoping the community will come out and support small, local businesses on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30.

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After Rutgers rout, UCF readies for grudge match

Face USF on Black Friday

At 8 p.m. Friday the Knights will have a shot at a second Thanksgiving celebration, hosting a languid University of South Florida team.

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Knights trounce Rutgers

Take command of AAC

The same night the UCF mens basketball upset Miami, the football team made an early Thanksgiving dinner out of Rutgers.

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UCF Knights look toward rivalry games

Face USF on Nov. 29

The Knights will reignite a rivalry against the University of South Florida when the Bulls come to town Nov. 29 to play at 8 p.m. the night after Thanksgiving.

Winter Springs Bears bow out of postseason

Postseason shot over

For the Bears, the loss ends a season that saw an improbable turnaround from just a season before when they went 1-9 – the worst season in program history.

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UCF Knights reload to face Rutgers

After close call, face harder foe

The Knights will have to shake off their near-nightmare against Temple as they face a tougher team in Rutgers this week.

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Knights narrowly escape heart-stopper at Temple

Knights narrowly win

Only through acrobatic plays and a last second split of the uprights did the Knights escape a nail-biter against a team that was expected to lose by 17 points.

Winter Springs barrels into the playoffs

Face Fletcher on Friday

It’s playoff time for the Winter Springs Bears, though a shocker loss to Lyman sends them into the postseason with momentum stalled.

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UCF Knights continue hunt for top AAC spot

UCF heads to Temple

This could be the game that UCF quarterback Blake Bortles racks up some air miles, as Temple has allowed an average of 322 yards passing per game.

Oviedo out, Winter Springs playoff bound

Host Lyman this week

The Bears rumbled past Wekiva on the Mustangs’ home field to clinch their first district championship while ending Wekiva’s shot at the same time.

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UCF Knights face Houston in AAC battle

UCF fights to stay ranked

History is in the Knights’ favor. They’ve won three of their four games against Houston, and 23 of 33 homecoming games.

Oviedo, Winter Springs in for big district fights

Making it to districts

The unlikely win by the Lions puts a seemingly locked-out season into disarray, with a potential three-way Class 8A District 3 tie on the horizon.

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Knight rise in rankings

Prepare for Houston

The UCF Knights are the highest they’ve ever been ranked in national polling after destroying UConn in a 62-17 rout Oct. 26 at home.

Hagerty Huskies still hanging on

Face must-win this week

Hagerty will need to shake off the ghosts of past district games to have a shot at postseason play.

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Newly ranked UCF will face UConn this week

UCF faces 0-6 UConn

The Knights may be all over the Top 25 standings, but face one of their biggest challenges this Saturday: the opponent with the bad record.

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UCF beats Louisville for biggest win ever

Improbable comeback

In what may be the biggest win in the team's history, the Knights shocked Louisville on the road in a 38-35 thriller.

Hagerty to face undefeated Winter Park

'Cats are 6-0

The Hagerty Huskies have done it again, winning their second straight after starting the season on a long losing streak.

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UCF Knights face Louisville's No. 1 defense

Cards allow 7.3 ppg

It’s been 28 years since the UCF Knights faced Louisville on the gridiron. The last time, the Cardinals won 42-21. This season they're undefeated.

Oviedo Lions in first losing streak of the season

Can they come back?

Now with their first losing streak of the year, the Lions have a perennial contender in their sights and a comeback on their minds.

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UCF Knights tested luck at Memphis

Face No. 8 Louisville

The Knights will have their work cut out for themselves against undefeated Louisville on Oct. 18.

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Oviedo Lions hope to recover after injuries, big loss

Lions look to recover

For the first time this season the Oviedo Lions are looking for a rebound after losing 21-3 to Merritt Island.

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UCF heads to Memphis

Hoping for rebound

Down 28-10 against South Carolina, the UCF Knights came thundering back on the gridiron but came up short.

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Can UCF beat South Carolina?

Sunday's game is already sold out

The Knights have only beaten one ranked team on their home field ever. They're about to face what may be their toughest battle.

Lions blast Huskies, prep for Merritt Island

Hagerty season in trouble

The Lions snagged their fourth straight gridiron win and their first in the district with a 42-14 blasting of Hagerty.

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UCF awaits South Carolina after trouncing Penn

Best start in 25 years

Off to one of their best season starts in a quarter of a century, the Knights are facing possibly the best team they’ve played in just as long.

Oviedo crushes Lake Howell on gridiron

Hagerty struggling with season start

Oviedo steamrolled Lake Howell 29-14 on Sept. 12.

Lions trounce Bears

Oviedo defeated Winter Springs 36-12

Oviedo (2-0) walked over Winter Springs on the gridiron en route to a 36-12 win.

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Knights face biggest challenge yet

Knights hope for upset

The Knights will be looking for an upset at undefeated Penn State this Saturday. In two previous meetings the Knights have never beaten the Lions.

No one steps up to challenge Oviedo mayor

Oviedo election again unopposed

Oviedo once again had an unopposed election for its mayor and its longest-serving councilman.

Lions thrash Greyhounds

Oviedo faces Bears Friday

A dominating performance by the Lions led to a 27-13 win over Lyman Friday.

Another uncontested election in Oviedo

Two unopposed

Two incumbents in Oviedo will not face a re-election campaign, in an escalating trend in the city.

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UCF destroys Akron, heads to FIU

Knights win 38-7

The Knights decimated Akron in a win that at times looked uncertain for a struggling Knights offense.

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Oviedo football gets serious

Kickoffs were blowouts

Oviedo didn’t take long to take control of Kissimmee Osceola’s game plan.

Knights take the field

UCF faces Akron Thursday

The game starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bright House Networks Stadium.

Get pumped for UCF football this Friday

Meet the players at UCF Football FanFest

It’s time to meet the players at UCF Football FanFest, which returns to Knight country this Friday.

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Fire destroys diner

Family may rebuild

The flames had consumed much of what was The Oviedo Diner by the time firefighters arrived.

High school football kicks off Friday

Chance for stand out performances as teams take field

Oviedo’s offensive juggernaut will take the field for the first time this season Friday night.

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Winter Park wins third title game in team history

Shut out Leesburg

The Winter Park Diamond Dawgs claimed victory in their 3-0 Florida Collegiate Summer League championship win.

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Playoffs promising for Dawgs

FCSL championship still up for grabs

It’s playoff time for Central Florida’s league of major league baseball prospects.

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FCSL baseball in wild final week

Dawgs, Lightning streaking

Just as Winter Park’s massive winning streak was collapsing, Leesburg continued its surge.

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Winter Park Dawgs on big winning streak

Ten straight wins

The Winter Park Diamond Dawgs have streaked to ten straight wins while trying to run away with the league.

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Defining history in the aftermath of Zimmerman case

Zimmerman trial's confusion

Three jurors originally sought acquittal, two wanted a manslaughter conviction, and one wanted to convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder.

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Dawgs top the league

Winter Park finally on top

The Winter Park Diamond Dawgs have charged back to the top of the Florida Collegiate Summer League standings.

Dawgs back on track, Rats up and down

Wild games on the diamond

Daniel Sweet’s double put the Diamond Dawgs in the lead.

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Celebration of Freedom flourishes

Five years after it died

Five years after the Winter Springs Celebration of Freedom was shut down due to a funding panic, it’s projected to net a profit.

Oviedo grapples with vet memorial

Veterans memorial is closer to becoming a reality

A memorial to Oviedo-area veterans is moving closer, albeit slowly, to becoming a reality.

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Florida League standings flip in one week

FCSL swings wildly

It’s been a wild rollercoaster of a week for the Florida Collegiate Summer League.

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Florida league standings flip in one week

Standings swing wildly

The Florida Collegiate Summer League's standings swung upside down in just five games.

Rats, Dawgs rebound

Sanford, Winter Park mount comebacks

After briefly leading the league in the first week of the season, the College Park Freedom's standings have plummeted.

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Josh Garrick's ageless ambition

Local artist makes history

Josh Garrick will be the first American to have his art exhibited at what’s been called the greatest archaeological museum in the world.