Stardust Memories, Pickleball Dreams

A Former Navy Rear Admiral Is Behind Plans for the Nation’s Largest Pickleball Academy

Pickleball is having its moment, and Brian and Valerie McCarthy intend to seize it.

04/01/2020 By David Hackett

The IMG Effect

Every Year, Elite National College Football Players Descend on IMG Academy to Land a Spot in the NFL

Bradenton’s prestigious sports academy draws the best in young football players as they prepare for the pros.

04/01/2020 By David Hackett

Baseball

Major League Baseball Suspends Spring Training, Delays Season Opening

The Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves voiced their support of the league's decision.

03/12/2020 By Megan McDonald

Going pro

Café Evergreen Wants You to Eat Like a Superstar Athlete

With its new Food Is Fuel program, the Nokomis restaurant is offering discounts to students to help them boost their athletic and academic performance.

03/09/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Ballpark Food Hall of Fame

What to Eat at Ed Smith Stadium, LECOM Park and CoolToday Park

These days, going to a spring training game means indulging in gourmet cuisine.

03/04/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Play Ball!

For Baseball Fans, Spring Training is the Happiest Time of the Year

Take us out to the ball game.

03/04/2020 By Ilene Denton

Scouting Report

Eight Players to Watch This Spring Training Season

These players are going places.

03/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

Fielder's Choice

It’s All About the Green for Matt Taylor, CoolToday Park’s Head Groundskeeper

Taylor has been named the best groundskeeper in the Southern League five times.

03/01/2020 By David Hackett

Play Ball!

CoolToday Park, Florida's Newest Spring Training Facility, Is Generating Plenty of Buzz

The only MLB spring training park in the nation to be open year-round, CoolToday is already hosting public events throughout the year.

03/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

Fan-Tastic

For the Feduccia Family, There’s No Team Like the Orioles

"It’s peace and harmony; the ball park is the one place where everybody gets along."

03/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

Play Ball!

Ed Smith Stadium Is the Friendliest Park in Florida's Grapefruit League

It’s a banner year for the Baltimore Orioles as they celebrate 10 years of spring training at the stadium.

03/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

The Booster

Baseball Is a Religion for Pirates Bradenton Booster Club Prez Mike Roteman

The Pirates Bradenton Booster Club is the only one in Major League Baseball that uses an all-volunteer group to serve as ushers, greeters and program hawkers.

03/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

Play Ball!

LECOM Park Has Plenty of Old-School Charm

“LECOM Park is unique in terms of the history,” says Bradenton Marauders general manager Craig Warzecha. “It really has the perfect blend of old-school baseball charm with modern amenities.”

03/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

Let's Read

Sarasota County Libraries Team Up with Baltimore Orioles

The program encourages children to read three or more books during February and March to earn a free reserved grandstand ticket to an Orioles spring training game.

02/20/2020 By Staff

Baseball

Orioles' Economic Impact in Sarasota Tops $436 Million Since 2015

The Orioles organization celebrates its 10th anniversary in Sarasota this year.

02/14/2020 By Staff

Pardon my take

Mote Otters Make Super Bowl Picks

Huck, Pippi and Jane offer their takes on who's going to win Super Bowl LIV this Sunday.

01/28/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Rowing for Life

Sarasota Breast Cancer Survivors Will Paddle in the 2020 International Dragon Boat Championship

The team is one of seven U.S. squads participating.

01/17/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Baseball

Orioles Spring Training Tickets Go On Sale Jan. 11

It's the team's 10th anniversary in Sarasota.

01/08/2020 By Staff

Football

Billy Huthman Named Head Football Coach at North Port High School

Huthman was the North Port Bobcats; assistant football coach during the 2019-20 season and was responsible for quarterbacks and special teams.

12/27/2019 By Staff

Chukka, Chukka

You Can Watch the Ponies and Stomp the Divots at the Sarasota Polo Club

James Wrigley Miller has put more than $2 million in improvements into the club so far.

12/02/2019 By Susan Burns