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LOCAL DERBY
The City of Sanford Recreation Services Department and Central Florida Soap Box Derby will be hosting the 29th All-American Soap Box Derby Local Race this Saturday (May 20) that will decide the three individuals that will represent Sanford and the CFSBD at the 80th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby.
Racing begins at 8:30 a.m. and the event will consist of a Double Elimination race for each class.
Once again, the three division winners in Stock, Super Stock and Masters will earn a spot in the First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs in Akron the week of July 16-through-July 22 and capped by the elimination runs on Saturday, July 22. The CFSBD will also be represented in Akron by several drivers in the All-American Rally Derby after earning enough points during the 2016-17 Rally Derby Season to qualify for the nationals.
Following the races, the group will move to Downtown Sanford and the Sanford Civic Center for a banquet and Awards Ceremony.
Soap Box Derby racing is open to children ages 7 to 20.
Everyone, especially interested non-racers, is invited to attend any of the family friendly events, free of charge, at the beautiful Derby Park facility located on the west side of Sanford on Oregon Avenue, north off of CR-46A (25th Street or H. E. Thomas Parkway) or east off of Rinehart Road, just south of the GreeneWay entry. The track is near Bentley Elemen-tary School.
For more information, please check out the websites at www.AASBD.com or www.centralfloridasoapboxderby.com or call the City of Sanford Recreation Services Department (Eric Griffin) at 407-688-5120.
 
ORLANDO SPEEDWORLD
This week at Orlando Speed World Dragway:
* Today (Wednesday) is “Whoop Azz Wednesday”, featuring “All Welcome Test and Tune, Grudge Racing and Fun Runs” with gates opening at 6 p.m. and racing from 6 p.m.-to-11 p.m. General Admission is $12, plus an additional $13 to race.
* “Friday Night Frenzy” will also feature “All Welcome Test and Tune and Grudge Racing” with gates opening at 6 p.m. General Admission is $12, plus an additional $13 to race.
* Saturday is NHRA Professional Drag Racing. Bracket Racing _ Super Pro, Pro, Pro Cycle, Street, Jr. Dragsters & Youth Street. Gates open at 2 p.m. and Time Trials start at 3 p.m., followed by eliminations. General Admission is $12.
* Sunday is “Grudge-Day Sunday”, a day of "All Welcome Test-n-Tune & Grudge Racing”. Free Swap Space with paid admission. Gates open at 10 a.m. Racing from 10:30 a.m.-to-5 p.m. Admission is $12 (kids 10-and-Under free) and race fee is $13.
The Dragway Information Hotline is at (407) 568-5522 and the website is at _ www.raceosw.com/dragway/.
SpeedWorld is located 17 miles east of Orlando in Bithlo at 19164 East Colonial Drive, between Orlando and Titusville on Highway 50 at the 520 Cocoa Cutoff.
 
LMSA
Ahoy!
Here is what is happening this week at LMSA.
* Today _ Wednesday Night Rum Racing sponsored by Gosling’s Rum. All sailors, members and non-members of LMSA, are invited to participate in the Wednesday Night Rum Race. There is a five-minute start window that all boats must be over the start line between 6:25 p.m.–to-6:30 p.m. to be a valid participant. If you are looking for a great group of sailors to sail with on a Wednesday come check out the Lake Monroe Sailing Association. Looking to Crew or Volunteer? Send us a note, we will find you a boat to crew on or an event that you can volunteer for. For racing rules go to the LMSA website _ http://www.flalmsa.org/?page_id=101.
* Tomorrow (Thursday) _ The Lake Monroe Sailing Association will host their monthly Board Meeting. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the LMSA Club House. All are invited.
Here are the results from Wednesday Night Rum Racing on May 10:
1. (Multi-Hull 1) Nacra (John Chamberlin), 0:59:28; 1. (Planing Hull 1) no name (Scott Marriott), 1:02:27; 3. (Planing Hull 2) Laser (Jeff Hayden), 1:06:47; 4. (Displacement 1) Show Me (Andy Forrest), 1:07:03; 5. (Displacement 2) Ole Yeller (Fisk Hayden), 1:07:45; 6. (Planing Hull 3) no name (Jeff Bott), 1:07:48; 7. (Planing Hull 4) Raider16 (Olivier Fleury), 1:08:10; 8. (Multi-Hull 2) Bye Bye (Ron Seamans), 1:08:26; 9. (Displacement 3) Spider Pig (Joe Lobato), 1:08:29; 10. (Planing Hull 5) Tallawah (Kevin Raymond), 1:08:34; 11. (Displacement 4) Wicklow Way (Larry Harrington), 1:09:14; 12. (Multi-Hull 3) Blue Bananas (Jeff Herter), 1:09:20; 13. (Displacement 5) Andiamo (Jason Quick), 1:10:03; 14. (Displacement 6) Arianna (Allister James), 1:10:07; 15. (Displacement 7) Knot Fast (Matt Homan), 1:12:30; 16. (Displacement 8) Black Jack Bill (Bill Holstein), 1:12:55; 17. (Planing Hull 6) Laser (Luis Pawlawski), 1:14:39; 18. (Displacement 9) Svensk Pojke (Don Hoofring), 1:17:05; 19. (Displacement 10) Shade Seeker (Mike Padgett), 1:23:17.
The Rum Race Winners were:
* Multi-Hull: John Chamberlin on a Nacra 5.8.
* Planing Hull: Scott Marriott on a Flying Scot.
* Displacement (Monohull): Andy Forrest on a Precision 23.
* Bill Holstein and the Crew on Blackjack took home the bottle of Gosling’s Rum.
Saturday, the LMSA held their monthly Club race. The good thing is there was rain for the first time on Lake Monroe and the surrounding area. The bad thing is that it happened on the day of the race but did we say there was RAIN!
None of the competitors cared about only having one race and heading back into the club house because of rain.
Congratulations to Paul Strauley on his win at the May Club Race!
Here are the results:
1. (Planing 1) no name (Paul Strauley), 0:33:08; 2. (Planing 2) no name (Mindy Strauley), 0:33:17; 3. (Displacement 1) Wicklow Way (Larry Harrington), 0:34:00; 4. (Multi-Hull 1) no name (Terry Warren), 0:34:18; 5. (Displacement 2) Ole Yeller (Fisk Hayden), 0:34:23; 6. (Planing 3) Aye Yai Yai (Jeff Sawyer), 0:34:29; 7. (Displacemet 3) Red Juan (Willie Blevins), 0:38:40; 8. (Displacement 4) Andiamo (Steve Clifton), Did Not Start; 9. (Multi-Hull 2) no name (Allister James), Did Not Finish.
Mug Race Correction: We reported that Bill Blalock and the crew of Dawn Patrol captured a second place in their divi-sion. We were wrong. The Dawn Patrol Team came home with a 1st place in their division and the Sportsman Trophy for assisting another sailor. Great Job Bill and team!
The 2017 calendar is updated an on the website. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us should you have any questions about any of the events.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or ideas.
For more information about LMSA, please visit our web site _ www.flalmsa.org _ or call (321) 578-8364.
Interested parties can find results from past races of 2016 on the "Race Results" page (www.flalmsa.org/?page_id=623) and results from year’s prior is on the Race Results Archive page (www.flalmsa.org/?p=2229).
So, what are you waiting for? You bought the boat, GO SAILING!
 
RECREATION SOFTBALL
Here is the schedule for the City of Sanford Recreation Services Department Adult Spring Slowpitch Softball League at Pinehurst Park.
The Church League on Monday will have the Church of Jesus Christ of Hope & Glory taking on RiverWalk Church at 6:30 p.m.; Central Baptist Church playing G3 Church at 7:30 p.m. and Safeharbor Christian squaring off with The Rock at 8:30 p.m.
The Semi-Co-Ed/Fun League on Wednesday will have B&B Discount Beverage battling Trinity Tattoo at 6:30 p.m.; Facebook Famous facing The Willow Tree-Sausage Sliders at 7:30 p.m. and Wet Spot tackling The Bailouts at 8:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited to watch the games for free at Pinehurst Park, located on West 24th Street off 17-92.
For more information contact Eric Griffin, City of Sanford Recreation Supervisor, at 407-688-5120; visit the city website _ www.sanfordfl.gov _ or email: eric.griffin@sanfordfl.gov _ the League Information Website, including registration forms, is at _ http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?cmenuid=1&url=sanfordsoftball&si....
 
SENIOR BASEBALL
Here is the upcoming schedule in the Spring 25-and-Over, 35-and-Over and 45-and-Over leagues of the Orlando Senior Baseball Association that plays its games at Zinn Beck Field, Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium, South Orange Youth Complex and Central Winds Park in Winter Springs.
Visit the website _ www.leaguelineup.com/osba _ for more information on the league.
25-AND-OVER LEAGUE
Wednesday, May 17
7 p.m. _ Sanford Orioles @ Orlando Brewers, Central Winds.
Sunday, May 21
10 a.m. _ Sanford Orioles @ Orlando Knights, Zinn Beck.
1 p.m. _ Orlando Lugnuts @ Orlando Brewers, Zinn Beck.
35-AND-OVER LEAGUE
Saturday, May 20
10 a.m. _ Central FL Cardinals @ Orlando Braves, Zinn Beck.
1 p.m. _ Reds @ New Brewers, Zinn Beck.
45-AND-OVER LEAGUE
Saturday, May 20
4 p.m. _ White Sox @ Daytona Beach Rays, SOYC 2.
7 p.m. _ Dr. Phillips Cubs @ Royals, SOYC 2.
 
ORLANDO CITY
In its first match back from a two-game road trip, Orlando City SC (6-3-1, 19 points) erased an early deficit to pick up a point against Sporting Kansas City (5-2-4, 19 points) Saturday at Orlando City Stadium. It is Orlando City’s first draw of 2017.
Center back José Aja started the match alongside Jonathan Spector, Donny Toia and Scott Sutter. Kaká, Cristian Higuita, Will Johnson and Antonio Nocerino lined up at midfield and Cyle Larin and Carlos Rivas were at forward. Joe Bendik started his 44th match as a Lion.
Sporting KC became the first opponent to take a lead against the Lions at Orlando City Stadium in the ninth minute when Latif Blessing tapped in a loose ball.
The deficit didn’t last long, though. After a nice spell of possession orchestrated by Kaká, Toia found Rivas on the left wing and the Colombian lofted a cross to Larin in the box. Larin picked up his seventh goal of the season when he leaped in the air and touched it home, while Rivas recorded his fifth assist, a team-high.
City continued the pressure from there and found the go-ahead goal in the 26th minute when Sutter, who celebrated his 31st birthday today, lofted the ball into the box for Kaká. The captain chested it down, took a touch and curled a smooth shot into the bottom corner. It was Kaká’s third goal in five games this season.
The Lions held on to the lead for nearly 50 minutes but Sporting KC equalized in the 74th minute when Blessing found another tap-in. Bendik, who finished with six saves, stopped Benny Feilhaber’s initial shot from close range but the re-bound bounced straight to Blessing.
It appeared as though City regained the lead just seconds later when Aja headed in Johnson’s cross but it was ruled that the ball crossed the end line.
The draw levels the all-time series between City and Sporting to 1-1-1 after the Lion’s win in 2015 and KC’s win nearly a year ago today.
Orlando City faces a quick turnaround when it heads to San Jose to take on the Earthquakes at 10:30 p.m. kickoff tonight (Wednesday). The Lions return to Orlando City Stadium on Sunday, May 21, when they face New York City FC for the third and final time this season. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Tickets to all City home matches are available at OrlandoCitySC.com or by calling 855-ORL-CITY. Follow the latest Orlando City news and updates via Facebook _ www.facebook.com/OrlandoCitySC _; Twitter _ twit-ter.com/OrlandoCitySC _; Instagram _ www.instagram.com/OrlandoCitySC/ _ and YouTube _ www.youtube.com/user/OrlandoCitySC.
 
UCF BASEBALL
The UCF baseball team fell to Cincinnati 8-5 at Marge Schott Stadium Sunday. Despite dropping the finale, the Knights claimed the series victory 2-1 after wins on Friday and Saturday.
The Bearcats came out determined in the first two innings, posting four runs on five hits with one walk. Cincinnati kept up the pressure, scoring at least one run in five of its eight offensive innings.
UCF got a spark in the fourth, when short stop Brennan Bozeman connected for his first home run of the season. On a 1-0 count, he launched one well over the fence in left field, making the score 4-1.
The Knights got it going again in the sixth, when back-to-back hits with one out. First baseman Rylan Thomas ripped a single to center field allowing a runner to score from second. With two outs and two runners on, second baseman Mat-thew Mika came up big with a double to the gap in left center. Two more runs would come home and a three-spot in the sixth made the score 7-4.
Trailing 8-4, the Knights would get one run back in the ninth before loading the bases with two outs. The Black and Gold were ultimately unable to capitalize on the situation, as a hard line drive found a well-placed Bearcats centerfielder shading to right center.
Following the series, UCF finds itself back in a three-way tie for first place in The American with Houston and South Florida at 13-8. The Knights will finish the regular season next weekend with a three-game home stand against the Bulls, with the winner of the series having a good shot at being crowned the regular-season champion.
First up, UCF traveled to FAU on Tuesday and will then close put the regular season against USF Thursday (6:30 p.m.), Friday (6:30 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m.).
Marc Daniels will have the call on iHeartRadio and FM 96.9 The Game. Fans can also go to _ wwww.ucfknights.com and go to the baseball page _ to follow along via live stats.
The team got off to a slow start in its series opener with Cincinnati Friday. After giving up a two-run home run in the first inning, Knights’ starter Robby Howell battled until his offense came alive around the midway point. Howell dug in and followed up with six scoreless innings. In the end, the senior improved to 9-0 going seven innings, allowing just four hits and 2 runs.
The Knights offense was finally sparked in the top of the sixth, when catcher Anthony George drove the first pitch he saw over the fence in left field. The Round tripper was his first the year.
With one out, a pair of walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases for left fielder Kyle Marsh, who laced one to the gap in right center field for a triple, clearing the bases and putting his team up 4-2.
Two innings later, George got his team going again with a lead-off single. The Knights would tally eight runs on six hits and one error in the frame, including a triple by center fielder Luke Hamblin and an RBI double by George in his second at-bat of the inning.
In the ninth, three pinch hitters would add three more runs as UCF tallied four more in the final frame. Catcher Dallas Beaver stepped up with nobody on and one out, and blasted his first-career home run off the top of the fence in right center field. Infielder Austin Griffin then drew a pinch-hit walk before Infielder Brooks Morgan delivered another pinch-hit homer.
UCF relievers Trent Thompson and Eric Hepple threw one perfect inning each to close out the game.
The team notched another big win Saturday, led by a gutty performance from sophomore right-hander Chris Williams.
Earlier in the week, Williams received word that his Grandfather had passed away. He chose to stay with team in order to start Saturday’s game before flying home to attend the memorial service.
The Bearcats struck first after a leadoff double and back-to-back ground ball outs pushed a run across in the first inning. After the Bearcats leadoff man, Williams faced 19 batters through six innings without giving up another hit.
Marsh then started the second inning with a single up the middle and moved to second on a wild pitch. Thomas drew a walk and then third baseman Kam Gellinger moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt. With one out, Mika was clutch, ripping a two-RBI single to left-center field.
Thomas came up with one out in the seventh and delivered his 12th round tripper of the season, a solo shot off the scoreboard in right, extending the lead to 3-1.
The Bearcats best chance to even things up also came in the seventh. UCF reliever Jason Bahr (Lake Mary) came on in relief and found himself in a jam after a leadoff walk and a one-out single put runners on the corners. Bahr had notched the first out by fanning the second hitter of the inning.
The Knights right-hander rose to the occasion, getting the next hitter to pop foul to third before getting another big strikeout to end the threat. Bahr would also pitch a clean eighth inning, striking out two more.
Finally it was closer Bryce Tucker (Lake Brantley) who came on and earned his ninth save of the year. The left-hander had help though, as The Black and Gold made three spectacular defensive plays to close out the game.
First, right fielder Eli Putnam tracked a fly ball all the way to the fence in right center, making the grab a split-second before crashing into the wall. Next, it was Marsh who made a sliding grab on a line drive to left center, before shortstop Bozeman snared a looping line drive as he ranged into shallow left for the final out of the game.
For more information, including live stats, go to _ www.UCFknights.com _ and look for the link to the Baseball Page.
 
ORLANDO PRIDE
Orlando Pride (1-2-2, 5 points) entered Sunday’s Mother’s Day match ready to battle for its first win of the season and left victorious, taking all three points against the visiting North Carolina Courage (4-1-0, 12 points). The Pride took a two-goal lead in a span of 70 seconds and never let off, seeing through a 3-1 final at Orlando City Stadium.
With the win, the Pride become to the first team to beat the Courage this season and first team to score multiple goals against the relocated side.
The Pride went into the locker room scoreless at half but came out with a renewed energy, taking a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute after Chioma Ubogagu got on the end of a driven cross from Ali Krieger. It was Ubogagu’s first goal of the season and made the Pride the first team to take a lead on North Carolina this year.
Barely over a minute after Ubogagu’s breakthrough, Camila netted her second goal of the season - and second against the Courage - with a transition goal after winning possession in the midfield. The Brazilian won the ball away from North Carolina’s Abby Dahlkemper and played a quick one-two with Jamia Fields, finishing calmly from steps inside the box.
The Pride iced the match late in the game on a goal from second-half substitute Jasmyne Spencer. After entering the match in the 62nd minute, Spencer timed a run into the box, collecting a slipped pass from Marta and burying her 11th career goal into the right side of the net.
North Carolina’s lone goal game in the 51st minute from the foot of Debinha.
Orlando next travels across the country, facing Seattle Reign FC on Sunday evening. The match will kickoff at 9:30 p.m. from Memorial Stadium.
The Pride return to Orlando City Stadium on June 3, hosting the Boston Breakers at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at or-lando-pride.com/tickets or by calling (855) ORL-CITY.
For more information on the Orlando Pride, visit www.Orlando-Pride.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Insta-gram.
 
NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY
The 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-America Series is underway at New Smyrna Speedway.
After a scheduled week off next week, racing will resume at the track on Saturday, May 27.
The track will host an open practice on Thursday, May 25. Pit gates opens at 5 p.m. with practice 6 p.m.-to-10 p.m. Pit admission is $10 per person.
The track is located at the corner of SR. 44 and CR 415, between New Smyrna, DeLand and Daytona.
For information on New Smyrna Speedway, call the track office at 386-427-4129 or visit the website at www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org.
 
HOST FAMILIES NEEDED
We (Florida League) are in need of host families for the 2017 season!
More than 60-percent of our players come from out of the area each year and you can help them along in their quest to play professional baseball.
The host family program is a vital part of every collegiate summer league team across the country. The Florida League is looking for generous families willing to open their homes to our players for the 2017 summer.
Host families take a player(s) into their home over the course of ten weeks during the season. Players arrive during the first week of June and generally stay through the second week of August (at the latest, depending on playoffs). As a host family, it would be your responsibility to provide your player with a stable, clean, and healthy environment for the dura-tion of the summer. Because many of the players will be stretched financially during the summer, host families with the ability, means, and thoughtfulness to provide a few meals each week to their players would be particularly desirable.
About the Host Family program:
* The ideal numbers of players per host family is two, although one is great as well.
* Players arrange their own transportation to and from the ballpark.
* Players need access to a washer, dryer and refrigerator.
* Be aware that players return home from games between 10:30 p.m.-and-Midnight.
* Keep in mind these will be college students between the ages of 18-22.
Each player in the Florida League is pursuing his dream of playing in Major League Baseball. Players are recruited through their college baseball coaches, and all of them have agreed to maintain impeccable moral standards, abide by NCAA guidelines, and be a role model to our fans. If any player’s actions, on or off the field, are not congruent with these standards, we will ask them to pack their bags and return home. We believe that living in a family’s home is a privilege the players should respect and appreciate.
The benefits to committing to the host family program are significant. First and foremost, you would be assisting young men in their pursuit of playing professional baseball. Many players and families form a bond that extends well beyond one summer of baseball in Florida. As a host family, you will become part of the Florida League “family”. Each host is provided with complimentary season passes, so they may travel to both home and away games to see their boys play. You will also have the option of being compensated financially at a rate of $50/week per player in return for your gener-osity.
Becoming a host family for the summer is a big responsibility. Therefore, we will make our players and our host families as compatible as possible to avoid potential problems, and that requires an application process. Before applying to our program please carefully consider the information provided in this letter.
Then, if you are willing to proceed, please complete the form at _ https://docs.google.com/a/mysanfordherald.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeoiDGqu3... _ we truly appreciate your generosity and commitment to these young stu-dent-athletes.
 
JUNIOR GOLF
Sanford junior golfers ages 11-18 are invited to compete in an upcoming Arrowhead Junior Golf Tour event.
The AJGT Averifact Junior Classic at The Bluffs Country Club in St. Francisville, Louisiana, May 27–28.
The tournament entry fee is $195 and includes two days of green fees, tee gifts and Trophies in four age divisions.
Recommended accommodations are available at The Lodge at The Bluffs in St. Francisville, LA. Please call 225-634-5222 for reservations and group rate.
The tournament extended registration deadline is Wednesday, May 24, at Noon.
The 2-day, 36-hole tournaments are ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and hosted by the Arrowhead Junior Golf Tour.
To enter the event, please call Diane Ford at 985-630-3066 or enter online at www.arrowheadjgt.com.
 
SUMMER JOBS AT OCALA CAMP
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is accepting applications for summer camp counselors at its Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp in Marion County. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, pass a mandatory background check, and have a desire to mentor youth ages 9-15 in outdoor skills and conservation education programs. This residential summer camp offers fun, educational and hands-on activities, such as fishing, canoeing, swimming, hik-ing and hunter safety, and inspires campers to become good stewards of fish and wildlife resources.
The camp offers six one-week sessions beginning June 5. Employees must be available for all sessions. The 57-acre facility is on beautiful Lake Eaton in the Ocala National Forest.
For more information about these summer camp job opportunities, call 352-625-2804.
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