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Isaac Babcock

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Oviedo, Hagerty both in hot seat

Playoffs on the line

With at loss apiece in their respective districts, Oviedo and Hagerty are on the hot seat for the playoffs.

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Winless Knights now face AAC's best

UCF faces nightmare gantlet

Shocked at home by a listless team, winless in six games, now they face a set of teams that are the stuff of nightmares.

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Can the Knights win a game?

Knights face UConn

The winless season so far has plummeted the Knights to No. 126 on SB Nation’s ranking of 128 FBS teams.

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Lions, Huskies claw their way back

Can they win districts?

Two straight losses started Oviedo’s football season. Now three straight wins have brought them to the middle of it.

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Knights fall to 0-4 after South Carolina loss

Blown halftime lead

Picked as almost certain losers against South Carolina, the UCF Knights nearly pulled off the improbable.

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Knights look to recover from disastrous start

Historic loss for UCF

In the wake of a historic disaster loss at the Bright House, UCF now must try to recover with a first-ever Power 5 win on the road.

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Oviedo recovers from disastrous start

Hagerty falls

A historically disastrous start to the Oviedo Lions football season finally turned around on Friday with a comeback win.

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Curling club comes to Orlando

Winter sport finds CFL home

Want to get started in an obscure sport that's cool as ice? The Orlando Curling Club is taking recruits at an event this Saturday!

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Knightmare start: UCF looks for first win

Second loss for UCF

It's been a very long time since UCF lost two games to start a season: dating back to the most notorious season of all time.

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Can UCF beat Stanford?

Battling injured Stanford

The Stanford Cardinal are riddled with injuries on their defensive line that could be a key to the Knights having a shot at a win.

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Oviedo Lions, Hagerty Huskies ready for battle


Last year's wild game featured a blowout, a comeback, and a blowout, all in the span of four quarters. Can the Lions win again? Can the Huskies get even?

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UCF Knights fall to badly ranked FIU

FIU in upset

The Knights left their first game of 2015 in the hands of a rookie kicker 47 yards from the uprights.

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Lions ready to defend championship

Defending a championship

The last time Oviedo met Timber Creek, it took a dramatic fourth quarter touchdown to win a game and a championship at once.

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Knights ready for kickoff

Building year?

The Knights have a choice of quarterbacks, but all eyes are on Justin Holman as UCF readies for the season kickoff.

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UCF football season approaches

UCF foootball returns

Fans looking to get a glimpse under the shroud that wraps the UCF football team’s practice fields can take a look at the 2015 Knights at FanFest this Friday.

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Sanford River Rats take FCSL championship

Sanford takes FCSL title

The Rats won 1-0 over the Leesburg Lightning in a dramatic pitchers’ duel under the Tropicana Field dome.

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Alex House pitches FCSL playoff masterpiece

Rats win, Dawgs strike back

Sanford River Rats starter Alex House torched the Diamond Dawgs with a 2-hit shutout, then Winter Park came roaring back.

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Winter Park Diamond Dawgs playoff bound after comeback win

Dawgs escape pound

The Dawgs had struggled to break free from a traumatically bad start to the season until a one-game playoff against the Deland Suns forced them into a must-win.

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Veteran astronaut comes to Altamonte for talk

A life of flight

On Aug. 14, Bob Springer, fighter/bomber pilot, Top Gun aviator and NASA astronaut will speak at a special event for veterans at One Senior Place in Altamonte Springs.

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Seminole County Student Museum closes doors

Student Museum closes

Seminole County's Student Museum, housed inside the original Sanford Grammar School building from 1902, closed its doors this week.

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Papers win Florida Press Association awards

Papers take top honors

The Winter Park-Maitland Observer and its sister newspaper the Seminole Voice won four awards at the Florida Press Association’s annual convention on July 24.

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Sanford River Rats leap to top of FCSL standings

Dawgs hopes dashed

With less than a week left in the season, Winter Park has just crossed a threshold that last year’s team never could have imagined: no shot at the regular season title.

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Florida league smashes Korean All Stars

League takes down Korean team

A four-game series against the best South Korea has to offer made for an All-Star quality international battle on the Florida Collegiate Summer League diamonds last week.

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Winter Park Diamond Dawgs look for way back up ladder

Dawgs look to climb

A three-way tie has ratcheted up tension in the Florida Collegiate Summer League as it’s just a couple weeks away from the postseason, and the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs aren’t in it.

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Voices beyond the horizon

Finding disaster on the air

At this station, it’s all they’ll have to try to bounce a radio signal past the curve of the Earth searching for somebody, anybody.

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South smashes North in FSCL All Star Game

FSCL All Star battle

What started out as a nearly hitless pitchers’ duel exploded into a slugfest for the South team in the Florida Collegiate Summer League’s All Star Game on Tuesday.

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Robber caught as he tries to escape Seminole County bank

Suspect walks into cops

A fake-bearded bank robbery suspect walked right into a horde of police as he tried to escape Tuesday.

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Video: Winter Springs Celebration of Freedom

July 4th video/gallery

Thousands of spectators came out to see Ennis Pruitt and the Breakers and then watch one of the largest fireworks displays in Seminole County on July 4.

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Wild swings in Florida Collegiate Summer League as Dawgs collapse

Lose six straight

In a freakish recent loss, the Dawgs managed to score five runs on three hits and still fell to Sanford 9-5.

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Alert teen thwarts possible Seminole County serial burglar

Teen stops burglary

When the strange woman who had been looking for a key under the doormat came back, she pushed open the door with a teenage girl just on the other side.

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Winter Park Diamond Dawgs’ streak snaps in Sanford

Dawgs dig out

Winter Park was on a four-game roll before they rolled into Sanford on Tuesday. They left with a 10-0 blowout loss that was cut short on a mercy rule.

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Double attemped murder suspect caught

100 miles from home

A man wanted as the suspect in an attempted double murder was captured more than 100 miles from where a shooting occurred in Winter Springs the day before.

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Murder suspect sought in Winter Springs

Murder suspect sought

A shooting that's being called an attempted double murder has already claimed the life of one Winter Springs resident, and the suspect is on the loose.

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Oviedo's Ed Kershner named Coach of the Year

Oviedo's Ed Kershner

Half a century after he first called a play on a basketball court, Ed Kershner was named the National Coach of the Year.

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Winter Park Diamond Dawgs digging out of their hole

Dawgs look to right season

In one inning, the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs may have changed their whole season. After a promising start, the Dawgs were in the depths of one of the worst slumps in team history and trying to claw their way out.

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Bomb threat caller still sought in Seminole County

Sheriff needs leads

“Listen very carefully,” the male voice on the other end of the line said. “We placed three bombs, [at] Winter Springs Elementary, Casselberry Elementary, Oviedo Elementary…”

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Oviedo water bills will see 7 percent rise

"Whoops" oversight

A clerical error caused Oviedo residents to be undercharged on their water bills for three of the past five years, and now the city is raising rates.

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Dawgs, Rats top league in fiery start

Dawgs, Rats lead

A week into the season, the Florida Collegiate Summer League is looking to be hyper-competitive, with all but one team within a game and a half of the league lead.

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Video: Man wanted for assaulting sleeping woman

Assault suspect wanted

Seminole County Sheriff’s Office investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted for burglary and assaulting a woman asleep in her bed.

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Seminole County neighbor helps foil burglary

Neighbor helps jail suspect

Residents who see strange people in their neighbors driveways take note: It may help solve a burglary. It did this week.

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Baseball is back in Seminole County

Beer and hotdogs too

Dust off your glove and get ready to change your diet over to hotdogs and beer: Starting this week, it’s baseball season in Seminole County.

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Knights head to AAC tournament

Knights look to rebound

It’s championship time for the UCF baseball team as they enter the American Athletic Conference’s postseason tournament.

UCF Knights baseball dropped by North Florida

Face I-4 rival this weekend

A three-RBI barrage by Erik Barber wasn’t enough to give the Knights a win in their final game against the University of North Florida this season, as they fell 10-5 Tuesday.

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Sushi Pop gets big reopening — bar included

Sake, anyone?

What does chef/owner Chau Trinh have in store for lovers of interesting Japanese food with an artistic twist? A lot more whiskey than before — rising sun style.

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George Zimmerman injured in shooting

Apparent violent incident

George Zimmerman has been shot in a violent incident in Lake Mary this afternoon.

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UCF baseball dominates USF

UCF takes the series

Continuing their tradition of losing to bad teams and beating good teams, the UCF baseball team took a three-game series against USF last weekend.

UCF Knights lose three-straight heartbreakers

Fall in three straight

When the ball landed, the Knights were 26-19 overall, 5-10 in the American Athletic Conference, and deep into the AAC’s longest active losing streak.

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Knights trounced in back-to-back blowouts

Knights record slips

The UCF Knights dropped to No. 24 this week following a blowout loss to the University of North Florida.

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Knights rally behind Zach Rodgers

Rodgers pitches CG win

Thankfully for the Knights, they had Zach Rodgers on the mound Sunday.

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Knights nip Jacksonville with walk-off win

UCF gets walk-off win

Another bout of last-inning heroics by James Vasquez sent the Knights off the field with a 6-5 walk-off win over Jacksonville on Tuesday night.