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Jenkins High School JROTC Drill Team runs through the drills

Jenkins High School JROTC Drill Team runs through the drills

 

On Saturday, April 14, George Jenkins High School played host to the 2012 Florida State JROTC Drill Competition.

Ninety-six schools from across the state were represented as they competed at the Lakeland high school. This equated to about 2,000 cadets from various school districts. 

The cadets competed in 18 events in which judges rated cadets based on precision and technique displayed during routines. The competition was fierce and very tough throughout the day as teams battled it out to place first through fifth place.

Cadet Josh Daily wows the judges during the Male Solo Exhibition

Cadet Josh Daily wows the judges during the Male Solo Exhibition

Bartow, Florida -- Everybody wants to be a winner. But winning isn’t just about being the first one to cross the finish line, it’s about having a winning attitude.  Cadet Josh Daily lives by this philosophy. He believes that if you wake up in the morning and tell yourself you are going to fail, that’s what you will do. But say you will succeed and success will come your way. 

During the 2012 Florida State High School Drill Competition, he proved this way of thinking works well.

Summerlin Academy places first in the 2012 Florida State High School Drill Competition

Summerlin Academy places first in the 2012 Florida State High School Drill Competition

Bartow, Florida -- Students from Summerlin Academy were big winners this year when they competed in the 2012 Florida State High School Drill Competition. The competitions which took place on Saturday, April 7 were held at George Jenkins High School in Lakeland.  

Florida State Drill Meet winners included the following teams and individuals:

1st place- Male Armed Squad Exhibition

1st place- Male Armed Individual Exhibition (Cadet Josh Daily)

3rd place- Female Armed Dual Exhibition (Cadets Hagood and Wodecki)

Lake Wales claims 5A State Championship

Lakeland, FL -- In the 5A State Basketball championship on Saturday, Lake Wales faced off against Terry Parker out of Jacksonville and came up with a huge win.

Lake Wake just stormed out of the gate. The Highlanders would open up the game with a 10-0 run.

Lake Whales made it an 18-point lead in the 1st quarter with a Russell Wilson steal and layup. It was 19-1 with time winding down in the 1st quarter.

Scarpa sisters lead undefeated George Jenkins

Lakeland, Fla. -- Kacy Scarpa is used to winning at George Jenkins.  Her coach describes her as the leader of the top-ranked, 23-0 Eagles.

But the senior defender has yet to win a state championship.

"I remember my freshman year being devastated, losing in the finals," Kacy said. "I think this year is our time to prove it that we deserve it."

George Jenkins last won a state title in girls' soccer in 2008.  That was the year before Kacy's team lost in the championship game.  Each year since, they've lost one round earlier.

Late fumble costs Lakeland

Jacksonville, Fla. -- Lakeland was a few yards away from taking the lead late in the fourth quarter against Jacksonville First Coast.

Then Sayvon Lowery forced a Lakeland fumble.  Reggie Northrup scooped it up and returned it for the game-sealing touchdown in First Coast's 24-14 win in the 7A state semfinal.

Lakeland quarterback Raheeme Dumas did his part for the Dreadnaughts.  He ran for a score and connected with Ian Bacon in the second quarter to tie the game at 14.

Lake Wales stings Bartow 40-0

Bartow, Fla. - The Bartow Yellow Jackets (3-7) were looking to end the season on a positive note, while the Lake Wales Highlanders (9-1), with a home postseason game next Friday night, were looking for a win without suffering any injuries.

Lake Wales got on the board early in the first quarter when Jonte' Sergeant scored on a 5-yard run.

The Highlanders, leading 13-0 at the half, opened things up a bit, when Ladaran Wilson returned a punt 70 yards for a score.

Lake Wales goes on for the 40-0 win.