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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, ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Another Opinion: Leesburg swim team rises above adversity  Daily Commercial

Imagine a football team practicing on a soccer field, without goal posts. Imagine a basketball team practicing in a parking lot, without a backboard, rim and ...



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.



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 ...



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 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 culinary student to address Congress  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – Lane Davis, a 17-year-old student in the Leesburg High School culinary program, will travel to Washington, D.C., in November to speak before ...



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 ...



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 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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Baseball coach at Leesburg High arrested on drug charges, police say  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

A Leesburg High School baseball coach told officers the drugs and paraphernalia in his possession during a recent arrest had been confiscated from a player, ...



Leesburg High names building after top teacher Jerkins  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The honors for Tammy Jerkins keep on coming.On Tuesday, the Lake County School Board voted to change the rules banning the naming of ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



$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 ...



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 ...



Johnson, Bridges first girls from LHS to have jerseys retired  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The basketball accomplishments of Pearl Johnson and Baylie Bridges are considerable.Between them, the former Leesburg High School ...



Teen accused of fatally shooting Leesburg High student  WKMG Orlando

LEESBURG, Fla. - A Leesburg teenager who was found shot and taken to a hospital on Thursday night has died, Leesburg police said. The shooting happened ...



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 ...



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 ...



All-Area: Leesburg’s Graham is Player of the Year  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — There is so much more to basketball than scoring points.Teams that are successful often have at least one player who realizes that and is the ...



Lake County school attendance takes hit after Broward shooting  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – School attendance is down at Lake County schools in the two weeks since the deadly South Florida school shooting, and not surprisingly the ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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. ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Leesburg Commission sends message with cut to Boys and Girls Club funding  Villages-News

Leesburg commissioners voted to dole out more than $68,000 in civic grants Tuesday night – but not before a long discussion ensued about cutting a portion of ...



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 ...



Wildcats dominate in 49-13 win over Yellow Jackets  Ocala

The Forest Wildcats (3-1) came into Friday's game against the Leesburg Yellow Jackets (0-4) hoping to build on their win over Mount Dora last week, and get ...



Lake County graduation rate down slightly, with just under a quarter not graduating  Orlando Sentinel

The 2016-17 graduation rate for Lake County's roughly 43000 students dropped by less than one-half of a percentage point – 78.1 percent to 77.8 percent ...



Leesburg cruises past Stranahan in Class 6A region final  Daily Commercial

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Leesburg High School boys basketball team is heading back to the dance.The Yellow Jackets turned in a solid effort on the ...



Zacherey Andy Anderson  Villages-News

Zacherey Andy Anderson, 17, of Lady Lake, Florida, was born April 14, 2001, passed away the 13th of July, 2018. He was a kind soul who will always be ...



Watkins, Rector highlight Lake Countys signing day  Daily Commercial

North and south Lake County could play in a role in shaping the college football landscape over the next several seasons.At least, that's what the coaching staffs ...



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 ...



Leesburg FFA chapter looking for success at national event  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The Leesburg FFA chapter won the state championship in the Farm Business Management Contest for the second time in three years.The group ...



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 ...



Classic barbecue keeps the smoker fired up at Sully’s in Leesburg  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Sully's Smokehouse is one of those little barbecue joints that thrive on local patrons. With the smoker outside around the corner, red checked ...



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 ...



Leesburg QB Rector commits to Western Michigan  Daily Commercial

Wyatt Rector, arguably the most productive quarterback in Leesburg High School history, said Thursday he will sign a national letter of intent with Western ...



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 ...



At Lake schools: locked doors, cameras, armed officers  Daily Commercial

This week's deadly school shooting in South Florida has left parents and students across the nation on edge, including many in Lake County.Fears of copycat ...



Villager who serves as high school coach arrested in truck at Shamrock Lounge  Villages-News

A Village of Pine Hills man was arrested in a pickup parked near the Shamrock Lounge in Leesburg. Turner Russell McLain, 50, who lives on Becerril Court, was ...



High School Notebook: Leesburg keeps quest for title alive  Daily Commercial

The Leesburg High School boys basketball team's quest to win back-to-back state championships is alive and well.And the Yellow Jackets' biggest game of the ...



Jolley: Halftime ceremony will honor deserving Leesburg players  Daily Commercial

Every successful coach is surrounded by immensely talented players.And those worth their weight are the first to point that out and credit the rank-and-file for the ...



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 ...



Few challengers for Commission, School Board incumbents  Daily Commercial

Three seats on the Lake County School Board and two on the County Commission are up for election this year, with at least three incumbents drawing ...



Lake County’s high school bands hit the right note in competition  Daily Commercial

Lake County's high school bands excelled earlier this month at the annual Marching Band Music Performance Assessment (MPA) held by the Florida ...



Bands from Lake, Sumter and Marion show their stuff  Ocala

Four bands from Marion County earned superiors in the FBA District 19 event.



The Next Level: Leesburgs Brown set for big year at Stetson  Daily Commercial

Arkee Brown has set the stage for a memorable senior season at Stetson University.The former Leesburg High School running back gave fans a glimpse of the ...



William Jarvis  Villages-News

William “Bill” T. Jarvis, 62, of Leesburg passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018. He was a lifelong resident of Leesburg and graduated from Leesburg High ...



Nonprofit helps Lake County foster kids reach their full potential  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

Forward Paths Foundation Executive Director Denise Burry is this week's Getting Results Award winner.



Jolley: Leesburgs 1977 state champs finally get their due  Daily Commercial

When Leesburg High School's 1977 boys basketball team returned from the Lakeland Civic Center after winning the Class 3A state championship, there was ...



Student arrested at Leesburg High on sexual battery charges  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG – A 15-year-old student was arrested at Leesburg High School on Wednesday after he was accused of molesting a young child.



Inverness Citrus Scores with 43 seconds to defeat Leesburg  Lake County Florida News

LEESBURG – Visiting Inverness Citrus overcame a 14-7 deficit with a 1-yard touchdown run with 43 seconds left in the 4th quarter to defeat Leesburg 15-14 in ...



Lake County School Board District 1: Where the candidates stand  Orlando Sentinel

Incumbent Bill Mathias faces a challenge from educator Mike Sykes, a Marine Corps veteran, for the District 1 seat on the Lake County School Board.



Leesburg event honors vets with Wreaths Across America  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — An overflow crowd turned out Saturday to remember fallen soldiers at Lone Oak Cemetery for the Wreaths Across America ceremony.The day ...



Leesburg junior named Majorette Queen of America 2019  Daily Commercial

Hide caption. Kamryn Reynolds, a junior at Leesburg High School, competed in the Drum Majorettes of America national competition in Fairmont, West Virginia ...



Leesburg topples Eustis in district contest  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Like many successful coaches, Sean Campbell is rarely satisfied.The Leesburg High School boys basketball coach had led the Yellow Jackets to a ...



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 ...



Leesburgs Lee School to be converted to 152-unit living facility  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Built a little more than a century ago, Lee School was where thousands of Leesburg residents went to school, and now a developer wants to ...



Villages snags Lake County economic director as thousands of homes to be built in Leesburg  Villages-News

As The Villages prepares to make a major push into Leesburg, a Lake County governmental official is leaving his post and joining the team at Florida's ...



Leesburg names Mark Oates as new football coach  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Mark Oates is returning to his second home.The former girls basketball coach with the Yellow Jackets realized a longtime dream on Wednesday ...



Lake names 6 Rookie Teacher, Employee of The Year finalists  Daily Commercial

It was all about surprises at Lake County Schools Tuesday as an entourage of community leaders from throughout the county stopped in at six schools to ...



Leesburg girls win regional weightlifting title  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Crystal Howison, Alexandria Mitchell and Yasmine Heflin all posted wins in their weight class to lead Leesburg to its first girls weightlifting ...



Student accused of shooting threat to East Ridge Middle School  Daily Commercial

A 13-year-old boy upset after someone took his seat on the school bus Thursday afternoon, reportedly threatened to shoot up East Ridge Middle School.The boy ...



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