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Exhibit highlights creative gifts of Lake students  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — An overflow crowd came out to support students from six area schools Friday evening during the Student Art Exhibit Awards Ceremony at Lake ...



19-year-old Leesburg student behind bars after admitting to sex with 14-year-old girl at school  Villages-News

A 19-year-old Leesburg High School student was arrested Tuesday after a 14-year-girl claimed the two engaged in sexual relations in a wooded area behind ...



Lake Schools to welcome Hall of Fame inductees  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — The Educational Foundation of Lake County will welcome four new Alumni Hall of Fame inductees at the annual Night of Stars on Wednesday at 6 ...



Leesburg weightlifter wins Class 2A region title  Daily Commercial

Leesburg High junior Tim Rodriguez compiled a 455-pound total to win the 139-pound weight class in the Class 2A-Region 3 meet on Friday at Leesburg High ...



Tavares showcases young pitching, powerful offense  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — The future of Tavares High School baseball was on display on Monday against Leesburg.Sophomore pitchers Tyquan Wiggins and Lock ...



Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell, Leesburg Mayor John Christian named to district Alumni Hall of Fame  Orlando Sentinel

Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell is among the 2019 inductees in the Lake County schools Alumni Hall of Fame. Other new inductees are Leesburg Mayor ...



Photos: Leesburg High School Homecoming parade and rally  Daily Commercial

Homecoming court nominees wave to the crowd at the Leesburg Homecoming parade on Wednesday. [Cindy Sharp/Correspondent]. [2/23]. The drum corp from ...



Principal Randolph turning Leesburg High around  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The list of problems facing Leesburg High School was seemingly endless.Low test scores.Poor attendance.And perhaps worst of all, a declining ...



Leesburg High Construction Academy builds careers  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Leesburg High School put life back into its Construction Academy this year, offering students a place to learn about the trade and even make ...



Deputies: Nothing found after report of armed person at Leesburg High School  WESH 2 Orlando

Leesburg High School was placed on lockdown Wednesday while police and deputies searched the campus and surrounding area for a possible armed person.



Leesburg High students hold prom dress drive, get results  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — It's almost prom season for high schoolers, and for some students the expense may keep them home on prom night. But one student's idea may ...



Eustis beats Leesburg 8-0 behind pair of hat tricks  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Eustis High School girls soccer coach Benito Baca believes that solid passing leads to scoring.Against Leesburg on Thursday night, he saw a lot ...



Leesburg High School goes on lockdown after shooting leaves man fatally wounded  Villages-News

Leesburg Police officers were called to a shooting Monday morning that left one man dead and temporarily put Leesburg High School and nearby daycare ...



H.S. Notebook: Leesburg to play game in Washington, D.C.  Daily Commercial

When the Leesburg High School football players gathered Wednesday to get a look at the team's 2019 schedule, they learned next season will be unlike any ...



Leesburg student arrested at school with knife, BB gun  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — A school resource sheriff's deputy arrested a 16-year-old Leesburg High School student and charged him with possession of a weapon after ...



High school facilitators improving Lakes graduation rates  Daily Commercial

TAVARES – Lake County Schools saw a 6.4 percent increase in its graduation rate last year, according to numbers released Wednesday by the state.



Leesburg gets 27 from Erving, blasts Wildwood 77-47  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Those who expected the demise of the Leesburg High School boys basketball team this season might end up disappointed.The Yellow Jackets ...



Leesburg gets ahead early to beat Tavares  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — The days of the Leesburg High School boys basketball team running teams off the floor night in and night out might be over.But, that doesn't mean ...



Leesburg outlasts Eustis in battle of 6A-13 rivals  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Don't underestimate the heart of a champion.Especially a two-time state champion like the Leesburg High School boys basketball team.The Yellow ...



Ex-Leesburg High star Keshawn Johnson dies in crash  Daily Commercial

A smile that would light up any room she walked into and a willingness to help anyone she met. That was the way people remembered former Leesburg High ...



Leesburg girls win championship at Liftsgiving Invitational  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The Leesburg High School girls weightlifting team has become one of the area's top programs in recent years.Under coach Josh Boyer, the ...



Leesburg has 2 state champs and places 2nd as team  Daily Commercial

The Leesburg High girls weightlifting team made plenty of history at the Class 1A state championships on Saturday afternoon at Arnold High School in Panama ...



Eustis snaps Leesburgs run as state champs with 63-50 win  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The Eustis High School boys basketball team got 23 points from Jemarious Maple and an electric team defensive effort, ending Leesburg's ...



Leesburg High School put on lockdown after report of armed person on or near campus  Villages-News

Leesburg High School was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning after an anonymous tip was received about someone being armed on or near the campus.



Leesburg students asked to wear school colors for Johnson  Daily Commercial

Keshawn Johnson was one of the best girls basketball players ever to graduate from Leesburg High School. But she was much more than just a standout on the ...



Belleviews Collett a strong contender  Ocala

Belleview freshman Hannah Collett is off to a fast start to her high school athletic career as a flag football player, cheerleader and competitive weightlifter.



Miguel Avalos hat trick lifts Leesburg past Tavares  Daily Commercial

TAVARES – Records rarely matter with rivals meet.That certainly was the case on Thursday when Leesburg and Tavares squared off in a Class 3A-District 6 ...



H.S. Notebook: Leesburg girls lifters dominate at meet  Daily Commercial

Leesburg High School's girls weightlifting team recorded nine first-place finishes out of 10 weight classifications on Wednesday and cruised to victories over ...



Roundup: Leesburg takes runner-up at girls weightlifting  Daily Commercial

Leesburg won four weight classes to earn second-place at the Class 1A-Region 5 girls weightlifting championships on Saturday at Leesburg High School.



Leesburg honors Keshawn Johnson in season opener  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — It's not often when the game itself is not the most important aspect of a season opener.However, that was the case Monday when the Leesburg ...



New leadership hopes to turn Leesburg High School around  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — For too long Leesburg High School struggled.The historic school became known for fighting, absenteeism and students roaming the halls instead ...



Interact Club will lead anti-bullying effort at Leesburg High  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – A new movement will begin sweeping through Florida high schools, including Leesburg High, when the new school year begins next month.



Eustis beats rival Leesburg in Panthers season opener  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — A season-opening win for a baseball team is a big deal.It's a positive note for coaches, players and fans to build on after nearly a month of tryouts ...



Lake County offers sessions to recruit teachers  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — Amid a shortage of teachers nationwide, the Lake County School District is doubling down on its recruitment efforts.This year, the district will offer ...



Leesburg High senior Jenna Croft crowned Miss Leesburg  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – Judges crowned a new Miss Leesburg Saturday night during the 32nd annual Miss Leesburg Scholarship Pageant.Jenna Croft, a 17-year-old ...



Making beautiful music: Area high schoolers compete in Solo Ensemble  Daily Commercial

Tavares High School was the place to be for band students this weekend as the District 19 of the Florida Bandmasters Association held the D19 Solo Ensemble ...



Leesburg Yellow Jackets play annual scrimmage game  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Mark Oates took a routine afternoon practice in the suffocating Florida heat and transformed it into something enjoyable for his players and their ...



Leesburg High launching Cambridge AICE program next year  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — One hundred eighth-grade students will be chosen this month as the first to enroll in Leesburg High School's new Cambridge Advanced ...



Eustis baseball coach David Lee passes at 55  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Longtime Eustis High School baseball coach David Lee died late Thursday night at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, ...



Student arrested in threat against Leesburg High had 'mental list,' deputies say  Orlando Sentinel

A student has been arrested after a threat of violence was made against Leesburg High School and authorities are looking for a second suspect Thursday, Feb.



Marriott developer to buy Dabney school site in Leesburg  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – The developer who plans to build a Marriott hotel and other facilities on east Dixie Avenue wants to also buy the former Dabney Elementary ...



A look at some Lake County leaders who left us in 2018  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Perhaps they left us too early, but when some of Lake County's best and most inspirational leaders passed away in 2018, they at least left us and ...



Eustis Panthers maul Leesburg, 62-26  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS – In the previous 74 meetings between Eustis and Leesburg there may have been games that got more ugly and one-sided. It's just hard to imagine.



Poor Leesburg High graduation rate overshadows gains countywide  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – It was a mixed bag for Lake County Schools after the state released high school graduation rates for Florida last week.While seven of the nine ...



Leesburg student selected for Macys Parade  Daily Commercial

There will be a familiar face in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year – at least one familiar to those in the tight-knit Leesburg High School band ...



Lake students play role in solving discipline problems  Daily Commercial

CLERMONT — A number of Lake schools have adopted a new policy for classroom management and discipline this year called restorative practices.Windy Hill ...



H.S. Notebook: Eustis ends Leesburgs weightlifting run  Daily Commercial

The Eustis High School girls weightlifting team ended Leesburg's four-year reign as district champions Saturday, topping 10 other schools in the Class ...



Graham shows his potential as Leesburgs new QB  Daily Commercial

A.J. Graham is well versed in LAW. Life after Wyatt. The Leesburg High School quarterback got his first taste of leading the Yellow Jackets in 2016 when starting ...



Man arrested after leading deputy on chase a former Leesburg basketball standout  Villages-News

The man who is accused of striking a Marion County sheriff's deputy with his car early Sunday morning and then fleeing from him is a former standout basketball ...



Eustis baseball coach Lee too sick for heart transplant  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Longtime Eustis High School baseball coach David Lee underwent the first of two surgeries on Friday that family members hope will improve his ...



National runner-up finish fuels Leesburgs Taylor Woods  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Taylor Woods came close to winning a national championship.One kilogram.Two pounds — 2.2 pounds, to be exact.Close enough to be ...



South Sumter serves notice with 43-7 win over Leesburg  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The word around Bushnell last year as South Sumter struggled through a winless season was that the Raiders were a couple of years away from ...



Leesburg, Wildwood girls coping with graduations  Daily Commercial

An unwritten rule in high school sports states nearly every school that enjoys success will eventually struggle through a few lean years.For the Leesburg High ...



Leesburg girls weightlifters gunning for state title  Daily Commercial

Before the season even started, Leesburg girls weightlifting coach Josh Boyer believed the Yellow Jackets could do something special.Nothing over the course ...



Leesburg Mighty Mites win Mid-Florida championship  Daily Commercial

A little bit of Leesburg history was made on Saturday evening at Bishop Moore High School.Leesburg's Mighty Mites Pop Warner football team, made up of ...



The Next Level: Rector says he is transferring to FSU  Daily Commercial

Wyatt Rector is coming back to his home state.Less than two months after announcing he was leaving Western Michigan, the former Leesburg High School ...



Eustis coach David Lee shows signs of improvement  Daily Commercial

GAINESVILLE — Eustis High School baseball coach David Lee showed signs of improvement over the weekend, but remains too sick to be placed on a heart ...



H.S. Notebook: Eustis to honor Lee on Tuesday  Daily Commercial

Officials at Eustis High School have announced the long-awaited dedication of its new scoreboard and renaming of Stuart Cottrell Field will take place at 6:30 ...



Grief counselors at Leesburg High after student killed in Sumter crash  Orlando Sentinel

A Leesburg teenager was killed and three of her passengers were injured in a car accident in Sumter County Sunday morning, according to the Florida Highway ...



Ex-Leesburg High student busted after relaying plan to 'shoot it up,' cops say  Orlando Sentinel

A 16-year-old former Leesburg High School student told authorities he was joking after his arrest Friday for posting on social media that he was going to “shoot it ...



Leesburg High hopes to offer advanced diploma program  Daily Commercial

Leesburg High School hopes to be the first school in Lake County to offer a University of Cambridge-affiliated advanced diploma program to area students.



Leesburg High baseball coach arrested with meth, said it belonged to a player, cops say  Orlando Sentinel

The head coach of Leesburg High School baseball was arrested Friday night — hours after his team defeated Umatilla High School — when officers saw him ...



The Next Level: Rodebaugh enjoys solid debut with JU  Daily Commercial

By all accounts, Tori Rodebaugh's debut at the next level was a rousing success.Rodebaugh, a former softball standout at Eustis High School, hit .333 in her first ...



Leesburg construction academy gets $866K in state funding  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – Nestled inside the $88.7 billion Florida budget this year is money which local school officials hope will help revitalize Leesburg High School's ...



On Tap: Boats and begonias headline weekends offerings  Daily Commercial

Find your favorite with some of the many activities this weekend.The Lakeridge Wine and Seafood Festival Friday through Sunday in Clermont celebrates wine, ...



Michael Shawn Wood  Daily Commercial

Michael Shawn Wood, 49, of Oxford passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019. Born in Leesburg, he graduated from Leesburg High School where he excelled ...



Leesburg Highs head baseball coach arrested on drug charges  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Leesburg High School's head baseball coach struck out Friday when he was arrested on drug charges and said the drugs were not his — he ...



Lake County history: Did you know?  Daily Commercial

Margaret McCormack, better known as Mrs. Maggie, must have been quite a woman.She was described as “one of the most active and successful business ...



Back2back: Leesburg wins second straight state title  Daily Commercial

LAKELAND — History!In their final games at Leesburg High School, Keon Ellis scored 25 points and Dray Graham added 23 to lead the Yellow Jackets to a ...



Rabid feral cat attacks police officer, residents in Leesburg  WFTV Orlando

Investigators said three people, including a police officer, were attacked by a rabid, feral cat after it got into a Leesburg home.



Shop With A Cop brings high-schoolers together with Leesburg police officers  Villages-News

They filed into the Leesburg Wal-Mart one by one early Saturday morning, some appearing quite shy and timid as they rounded the corner to find a sea of ...



Roger A. Graves  Daily Commercial

Roger A. Graves, age 67, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16th, 2019, at Promise Hospital in Oxford, FL. He was born May 9th, 1951, in Leesburg, ...



Six local players to keep an eye on this season  Daily Commercial

Editor's Note: Previews of all 13 area high school football team will be appearing on www.dailycommercial.com throughout the week.Despite having far fewer ...



Mammoth Oak Brewing opening soon in Leesburg  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Craft beer lovers, raise your glasses.A new brewery is coming to Leesburg.Mammoth Oak Brewing Company, whose head brewer is a Leesburg ...



Leesburg teen killed in weekend crash  WESH Orlando

A Leesburg mother is having to do something that no parent should have to do: bury her child. Jakeila Young, 17, was killed in a single-car crash over the ...



Police: Man with knife, drugs nabbed on LHS campus  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – Police Monday captured a man at Leesburg High School who was running from officers and who allegedly ditched his drug stash on the school ...



New baseball coach looks to restore luster to Leesburg High program  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Rusty McLain is a baseball lifer who has been involved with the game since he was 7 years old.And many hope he can use the lessons he has ...



Community concerned over violence at Leesburg High School  WESH Orlando

Violence on and near a local high school campus has prompted an emergency meeting. Nearly a dozen Leesburg High School students are suspended, most of ...



Kornegay names new principals at Eustis Middle, Leesburg High  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — Superintendent Diane Kornegay proposed adding two principals to the Lake County roster for the upcoming school year. Former Chief Academic ...



Mark Oates era gets underway for Leesburg High football  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The Mark Oates era is officially underway.The Leesburg High School football coach offered the handful of fans that turned out on Monday an ...



Lockdown Lifted At Lake County High School  News 13 Orlando

Authorities received a complaint about a possible gunman on the campus.



Leesburg girls soccer improves to 4-0-1 with win against Tavares  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – Girls soccer is fun again at Leesburg High School.After struggling through a two-win season in 2016-17, the Yellow Jackets came out with a new ...



17-year-old Leesburg High School senior dies in crash, officials say  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

The FHP says a 17-year-old girl was killed in a Sumter County crash.



Girls brawl at Leesburg High School  WKMG Orlando

LEESBURG, Fla. - Authorities said two female students got into a brawl on the track at Leesburg High School this past Thursday. The fight began around 1 p.m. ...



Tavares topples Leesburg in volleyball battle of rivals  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The Tavares and Leesburg volleyball teams will be works in progress for most of the regular season.As the year wears on, both likely will show ...



Leesburg High student killed, another charged in shooting, police say  Orlando Sentinel

A Leesburg High School student was killed and another is facing homicide charges after a shooting Thursday afternoon, Leesburg Police say.



3 outstanding Lake County students honored by Disney  Daily Commercial

LAKE BUENA VISTA — As one fifth grader was walking to lunch, she noticed her school's cafeteria helpers sitting on a curb to eat their own lunches, so she ...



High School Notebook: The Villages Tre Mann is one of nations top recruits  Daily Commercial

The offers are piling up for Tre Mann. According to Rivals.com's Corey Evans, the high-scoring senior guard at The Villages has received more than 20 official ...



Killers resentencing in Lake County comes at high price  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — No one is saying it out loud, and nobody would even begin to guess what's on jurors' minds, but is the slaying of an inmate in prison the kind of ...



Shooting rumor sends police to Leesburg High; third scare in a week  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – Police descended on Leesburg High School Thursday morning after a parent reported a shooting threat at the school. In a post on Facebook, the ...



Leesburg outlasts Eustis 10-9 in season opener between rivals  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Trey DeJarlais had four hits, including a two-run double in the fifth inning Tuesday to lead the Leesburg High School baseball team to a 10-9 win ...



Leesburg honors 1977, 2017 state basketball champions  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The past and present came together on Thursday to celebrate Leesburg High School's growing legacy of basketball excellence.And what ...



On Tap: Holiday celebrations abound in Lake and Sumter  Daily Commercial

Even Scrooge would have a hard time remaining grumpy in Lake County with all the holiday events this weekend making the season bright.Leesburg has a ...



Tasing incident at Leesburg High lands Lake deputies in hot water  Daily Commercial

LEESURG — A deputy who accidentally tased a Leesburg High School employee in January has resigned and another deputy accused of helping cover up the ...



$10M hangs in balance at Lake schools after state audit's warning over impact-fee spending  Orlando Sentinel

The Lake County School District could be on the hook for $10.3 million if the state determines that it spent local taxpayer money improperly several years ago to ...



Gary Edward Purdum  Daily Commercial

Gary Edward Purdum, 69, passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Tallahassee. He was born October 12, 1949 in Leesburg and was a Presbyterian by ...



Leesburg boys basketball defeats Tavares 66-12  Daily Commercial

TAVARES – A machine.That's probably how many described the Leesburg High School boys basketball team after watching the Yellow Jackets blast Tavares ...



Leesburg Highs Tammy Jerkins is Floridas best teacher  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – Tammy Jerkins is going to have to build a trophy case.The Leesburg High School math teacher, who in February was named Lake County ...



Leesburgs Sean Campbell named Florida Coach of the Year  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Sean Campbell has coached the Leesburg High School boys basketball team to, arguably, its most productive era in school history.In the past ...



A third of Lake County schools struggle with absences  Daily Commercial

TAVARES – Absentee rates are troubling at a third of Lake County Schools, school administrators say.For the first half of the school year, the number of students ...



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