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Lakeland Flying Tigers
The Lakeland Flying Tigers are based in Lakeland, Florida and play at Joker Marchant Stadium, which opened in 1966 and was renovated in 2003. The park, which also doubles as the Detroit Tigers Spring Training home, seats 8,500 fans. Lakeland plays in the Florida State League and has been the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Tigers since 1967, one of the longest unbroken affiliate relationships currently existing. The team was known as the Lakeland Tigers until November 2006. The team's name and colors pay homage to the Lakeland School of Aeronautics, later the Lodwick School of Aeronautics, which trained over 8,000 pilots between 1940 and 1945, some of whom later flew with the Flying Tigers in China during World War II. The school was actually located at the current site of Joker Marchant Stadium. 

TIGERS Training  
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Pair up Miguel Cabrera with Prince Fielder, add some buzz to Brennan Boesch's spring, and throw in some intrigue on Austin Jackson and Alex Avila, and Delmon Young easily gets overlooked in the Tigers' star-studded lineup.Delmon Young wouldn't mind keeping it that way. "I want to keep flying under the radar," he said Thursday. The more he hits like this, the more balls fly like his home run onto the left-field boardwalk at Charlotte Sports Park on Thursday, the tougher that's going to be. For someone entering a contract year at age 26 with the chance at a long-term deal on the free-agent market next winter, Young isn't building up a dramatic storyline. He isn't up for a biography. He isn't making much of anything out of his two home runs in four big league games so far this spring, or the other shots he barely missed.  He isn't going to pretend he's locked in at the plate, not a week into Spring Training games. "You can get hits in Spring Training, especially early," Young said. "You could see with [David] Price and [Jeremy] Hellickson, they're just working on fastball location right now. They weren't mixing in breaking balls or anything. Spring stats can be misleading when you have guys that can come up in the first week against a lot of fastballs and hit the cover off the ball. Then when the season comes around, when they mix it up and the lights come on, then you see the real hitters." 
       





 

The Polk County Flame

THE POLK COUNTY FLAME ABA PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM IS NOW COMING TO THE POLK COUNTY AREA , WE WILL BE BRINGING FAST PACE NBA CALIBER BASKETBALL AT AN ECONOMICAL PRICE  FOR ALL TO INCLUDED COMMUNITY EVENTS, FUN AND EXCITMENT FOR YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY . WEBSITE COMING SOON  PLEASE VISIT (abalive.com) FOR GREAT INFORMATION .
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ABA ADDS POLK COUNTY FLAME TO NEXT SEASON’S EXPANSION TEAMS
Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) www.abalive.com today announced that it has added Polk County, FL to its growing list of expansion teams for next season. “The new Polk County Flame will be a great addition to our Southeast Division,” stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. “One of our priorities has been to expand the division with more teams in Florida. With the addition of Tampa and Polk County, plus several others in the works, we should easily accomplish that goal – and in Aaron and Toynette Camon, we have a great young ownership group that really understands both the game of basketball and the business of basketball.” Aaron T. Camon Sr. is the owner of Coast to Coast Cleaning Service, Inc., a Tampa Fl-based company. He and Toynette are life long residents of Tampa. Aaron has a passion for basketball (a big LA Lakers fan), and has been coaching AAU basketball for several years. “Owning a professional basketball team has been a dream of Toynette and me for many years,” stated Aaron. “The opportunity to become a part of the ABA family was simply too good to pass. While we’ve lived in Tampa, since there was already a team there for next season, we selected Polk County Florida, an area that we know very well – and we intend to make the Polk County Flame one of the best organizations in the entire league. We will make Polk County and the ABA proud and give the fans there exciting professional basketball at affordable prices.” For more information, email polkcounty.flame@yahoo.com; call
813 928 0786 or visit www.abalive.com


 

  


Lakeland Raiders

The Raiders were founded by Michael Mink and owned by Michael Mink and Robert Tannenbaum. The Raiders are a Professional Indoor/Arena Football Team in the Ultimate Indoor Football League (www.theuifl.com).  The Raiders organization is a community based team that supports affordable family fun and entertainment. The Raiders will be playing home games at The Lakeland Center. The original Marine Raiders were honored a group of warriors and sons from America. The lost Marine Raider Battalions completed their mission in real war and were the pride of World War II. One Team. One Mission. The Invasion begins in 2012!

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The Lakeland Derby Dames is a skater-owned and
skater-operated women’s flat track roller derby league founded
in March 2010.  Our goal is to provide amateur athletic
entertainment and promote the advancement of athleticism
and empowerment for women in a fun and inclusive atmosphere.  Additionally, your Lakeland Derby Dames are committed to
raising funds for local charities to make our community a better
place.
The women involved in this league are teachers, nurses, restaurant employees, business administrators and so on.  Our
unique variety of women enables us to reach out to all areas of
our community.
The Lakeland Derby Dames currently have over
20 skaters on the master roster as well as 10 volunteers that meet
every Monday and Wednesday to practice at Skate World on
North Lake Parker Avenue.

In September 2010 our travel team, the Rockabilly Rebels, were
formed and began terrorizing the state of Florida.


April 2012. The Lakeland Raiders fell into a deep hole early against cross-state rivals the Florida Tarpons on Saturday night. The Raiders fought hard to come back, despite injuries that left the roster thin, and came up just short in a 59-51 loss. The  Raiders won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. That left the Tarpons with the opportunity to come out strong on offense. After a quick score on the first drive, the Tarpons fooled the Raiders with an onside kick, which led to another touchdown. Raiders QB Tavares Woodley was clearly feeling the pressure to catch up quickly and threw an ill-advised deep pass that was intercepted on the Raiders first drive. The Tarpons converted yet another touchdown and with 13 minutes left in the first half it looked like a route was on. After the Tarpons tried another onside kick, which was successful but negated by a penalty, the Raiders offense finally got down to business. A short pass to a diving and rolling Octavius “Gator” Day put the good guys on the board with just under 10 minutes to play in the first half. All told, the Raiders outscored the visiting team 51-38 in the final 40 minutes of the game, but it just wasn’t enough to overcome the early deficit. “We have to get out of the gate faster. We are a better second half team,” according to DeAngelo Woodie. “If we adjust and come out harder in the first half we’ll be a better team.” Assistant Coach J.J. Fayed agrees. “We’ve got to stop giving up plays we shouldn’t,” he says. “The onside kicks, the peripheral plays. That’s twice that we’ve beaten ourselves.” No one could have known that onside kicks – attempted by both teams – would have been so pivotal in this game. Certainly not Raiders Kicker Joshua Smith, who just rejoined the team on Tuesday. “We did maybe 10 minutes worth of practice on onside kicks,” says Smith, who attempted two onside kicks in the late stages of the game. Neither kick went the requisite 10 yards before being touched by a Lakeland player. “I did a lot of it last season in Richmond. I think it’s something that I’ve got pretty well. We’ve just got to work on it as a team.” There were some bright spots for the Raiders in defeat. Smith was perfect on extra points and field goals. Athlete DeAngelo Woodie played like a man possessed in all three phases of the game, contributing two touchdown receptions – including a spectacular one handed catch on a ball thrown behind him, an interception, and several good kickoff returns. Despite an excellent night individually, Woodie took no solace in his personal accomplishments. “We know we have to execute harder in our preparation, in practicing hard, and stay together as a team,” Woodie explained. “Our main thing is staying focused.”  The Raiders were forced to play their most vaunted rivals without the services of Fullback Travis Anderson, who leads the UIFL with 10 rushing touchdowns through 3 games. When Anderson went down with an Achilles injury in practice on Thursday, the second Fullback the Raiders have lost already this season, the team was left extremely short-handed with little time to prepare for Saturday night. That’s when Head Coach Michael Mink turned Assistant Coach Myquall Spann. A year ago, Spann was playing Defensive End for the AFL’s Orlando Predators. Three days ago he was the Raiders’ interior line coach. At game time Saturday night, he was back in uniform as the Raiders’ starting Fullback. By the second quarter, he was playing both ways filling in for injury on the defensive line as well. In the 3rd quarter, he took a desperation pass from a scrambling Tavares Woodley – who did an amazing job keeping the play alive long enough to find Spann – and rumbled 7 yards into the end zone for his first UIFL score. “It’s all heart,” Spann said after the game. “I’m not in the greatest shape anymore, but I gave up no sacks, no pressure. I had those guys.” Now that Spann has tasted life on both sides of the wall, where would he rather be when the Raiders resume play in two weeks? “If they allow me, I’ll be back on the coach’s side, but I’m always willing to battle. I always give 120%.”s

 



  

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