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Isaac Babcock

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Orlando artist's globe-traveling work comes home

World travels end in Orlando

Josh Garrick had to travel around the world to arrive in College Park, but the journey was a lot longer than that.

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Knights nearly take down South Carolina, Winter Park loses late

Conference play kicks off

The Knights face Tulane on the road to start American Athletic Conference play this week. The Green Wave have a 1-2 record.

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Knights fall to 0-4 after South Carolina loss

Blown halftime lead

Picked as almost certain losers against South Carolina, the UCF Knights nearly pulled off the improbable.

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Wildcats blast Colonial, Knights in trouble

UCF falls to 0-3

That the Knights (0-3) just lost to their first FCS opponent in nearly two decades only added to the pain of the worst start since the infamous winless 2004 season.

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Knights look to recover from disastrous start

Historic loss for UCF

In the wake of a historic disaster loss at the Bright House, UCF now must try to recover with a first-ever Power 5 win on the road.

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Wildcats, Eagles win, Knights destroyed

Taken down by Sanford

A nightmare loss that built over two and a half quarters on the field in Stanford is now a part of the worst start UCF has had in a decade.

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Curling club comes to Orlando

Winter sport finds CFL home

Want to get started in an obscure sport that's cool as ice? The Orlando Curling Club is taking recruits at an event this Saturday!

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Knightmare start: UCF looks for first win

Second loss for UCF

It's been a very long time since UCF lost two games to start a season: dating back to the most notorious season of all time.

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Winter Park Wildcats thrashed, UCF Knights shocked

Fall to FIU

The Knights carried a 14-3 lead and let it fall apart in the second half, fizzling out for good on a weak drive that ended in a blocked field goal.

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UCF Knights fall to badly ranked FIU

FIU in upset

The Knights left their first game of 2015 in the hands of a rookie kicker 47 yards from the uprights.

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Knights kick off season against Panthers

Knights face Panthers

The Knights are ready for an unusual 6 p.m. Thursday start against Florida International as they look to leap out to a win in their defense of back-to-back American Athletic Conference championships.

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Wildcats edge Edgewater in comeback

Season starts next week

The Knights have less than a week to get their quarterback slot confirmed, though last year’s starter for all but the opening game, Justin Holman, has seen the most action in preseason practice.

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Winter Park Wildcats football team roars back onto the field

Football season is back

Will the Winter Park Wildcats be able to recover from last year’s 5-6 record and last place finish in the district?

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Sanford River Rats take FCSL championship

Sanford takes FCSL title

The Rats won 1-0 over the Leesburg Lightning in a dramatic pitchers’ duel under the Tropicana Field dome.

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Alex House pitches FCSL playoff masterpiece

Rats win, Dawgs strike back

Sanford River Rats starter Alex House torched the Diamond Dawgs with a 2-hit shutout, then Winter Park came roaring back.

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Winter Park Diamond Dawgs playoff bound after comeback win

Dawgs escape pound

The Dawgs had struggled to break free from a traumatically bad start to the season until a one-game playoff against the Deland Suns forced them into a must-win.

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Veteran astronaut comes to Altamonte for talk

A life of flight

On Aug. 14, Bob Springer, fighter/bomber pilot, Top Gun aviator and NASA astronaut will speak at a special event for veterans at One Senior Place in Altamonte Springs.

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Papers win Florida Press Association awards

Papers take top honors

The Winter Park-Maitland Observer and its sister newspaper the Seminole Voice won four awards at the Florida Press Association’s annual convention on July 24.

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Sanford River Rats leap to top of FCSL standings

Dawgs hopes dashed

With less than a week left in the season, Winter Park has just crossed a threshold that last year’s team never could have imagined: no shot at the regular season title.

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Florida league smashes Korean All Stars

League takes down Korean team

A four-game series against the best South Korea has to offer made for an All-Star quality international battle on the Florida Collegiate Summer League diamonds last week.

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Winter Park Diamond Dawgs look for way back up ladder

Dawgs look to climb

A three-way tie has ratcheted up tension in the Florida Collegiate Summer League as it’s just a couple weeks away from the postseason, and the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs aren’t in it.

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Voices beyond the horizon

Finding disaster on the air

At this station, it’s all they’ll have to try to bounce a radio signal past the curve of the Earth searching for somebody, anybody.

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South smashes North in FSCL All Star Game

FSCL All Star battle

What started out as a nearly hitless pitchers’ duel exploded into a slugfest for the South team in the Florida Collegiate Summer League’s All Star Game on Tuesday.

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Wild swings in Florida Collegiate Summer League as Dawgs collapse

Lose six straight

In a freakish recent loss, the Dawgs managed to score five runs on three hits and still fell to Sanford 9-5.

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Winter Park Diamond Dawgs’ streak snaps in Sanford

Dawgs dig out

Winter Park was on a four-game roll before they rolled into Sanford on Tuesday. They left with a 10-0 blowout loss that was cut short on a mercy rule.

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Winter Park Diamond Dawgs digging out of their hole

Dawgs look to right season

In one inning, the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs may have changed their whole season. After a promising start, the Dawgs were in the depths of one of the worst slumps in team history and trying to claw their way out.

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Bomb threat caller still sought in Seminole County

Sheriff needs leads

“Listen very carefully,” the male voice on the other end of the line said. “We placed three bombs, [at] Winter Springs Elementary, Casselberry Elementary, Oviedo Elementary…”

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Dawgs, Rats top league in fiery start

Dawgs, Rats lead

A week into the season, the Florida Collegiate Summer League is looking to be hyper-competitive, with all but one team within a game and a half of the league lead.

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Baseball is back in Winter Park

Baseball is back

Dust off your glove and get ready to change your diet over to hotdogs and beer: Starting today, it’s baseball season in Winter Park.

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Back-to-back walk-offs fell Knights

Season ends for UCF

The UCF baseball team’s season ended with a pair of last-inning heartbreakers when they battled two nail-biters late then gave them both away.

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Knights head to AAC tournament

Knights look to rebound

It’s championship time for the UCF baseball team as they enter the American Athletic Conference’s postseason tournament.

UCF Knights baseball dropped by North Florida

Face I-4 rival this weekend

A three-RBI barrage by Erik Barber wasn’t enough to give the Knights a win in their final game against the University of North Florida this season, as they fell 10-5 Tuesday.

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George Zimmerman injured in shooting

Apparent violent incident

George Zimmerman has been shot in a violent incident in Lake Mary this afternoon.

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UCF baseball dominates USF

UCF takes the series

Continuing their tradition of losing to bad teams and beating good teams, the UCF baseball team took a three-game series against USF last weekend.

Gibbons, girls 2-mile relay win state championships

WPHS wins big

Gibbons would rip off a final lap six seconds faster than the one before, her last 400 meters disappearing in 75.050 seconds.

UCF Knights lose three-straight heartbreakers

Fall in three straight

When the ball landed, the Knights were 26-19 overall, 5-10 in the American Athletic Conference, and deep into the AAC’s longest active losing streak.

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Knights trounced in back-to-back blowouts

Knights record slips

The UCF Knights dropped to No. 24 this week following a blowout loss to the University of North Florida.

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Knights nip Jacksonville with walk-off win

UCF gets walk-off win

Another bout of last-inning heroics by James Vasquez sent the Knights off the field with a 6-5 walk-off win over Jacksonville on Tuesday night.

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Video: Winter Park Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Egg Hunt video

Here's just how quickly kids get rid of 10,000 Easter eggs in Winter Park.

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UCF baseball tops AAC conference

Wild win raises record

A wild bottom of the ninth comeback win helped the Knights take their three game series over Houston last weekend, vaulting them to near the top of the American Athletic Conference baseball standings.

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Locally filmed ‘Hidden Agenda’ premiers in Maitland

Watch 'Hidden Agenda'

It’s dramatic, it’s dark, and it’s all the culmination of a dream to make a detective drama in Central Florida.

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Knights light up Presbyterian

Blows out Presbyterian

A six-inning no-hitter combined with an 18-run batting practice round to turn the Knights’ most recent win into the biggest blowout of the season so far, 18-4 over Presbyterian.

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George Zimmerman releases reaction video

Feels 'persecuted'

"I believe that the American judicial system failed in the sense that I should not have even gone to trial."

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UCF Knights lose last-second OT heartbreaker

Postseason cut short

A difficult bracket in the American Athletic Conference men’s basketball championship tournament proved insurmountable for the UCF Knights, who fell in a first round overtime thriller.

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UCF stumbles into the AAC tournament

It's tournament time

A difficult bracket in the American Athletic Conference Championship tournament proved insurmountable for the Knights.

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Knights looking to save face in losing season

Can UCF pull through?

The Knights needed to win all three of their final regular season games to sneak their way into a winning overall record this season. So far they’ve lost two of them.

Edgewater nipped in wild finish to 18-game run

Eagles out of finals

Edgewater’s dramatic run through the postseason took them all the way to within an overtime period of their first appearance in the state championship game in 11 years.

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Knights look to save face on basketball season

With a season-ending win, they could finally exorcise a ghost that’s haunted them since after the 2004-05 season:

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Knights enter home stretch of the season

Can the Knights win out?

The Knights’ dream of avoiding a losing conference season ended on their home court in overtime on Sunday, when the Memphis Tigers took them down 75-65.

Edgewater heads to state final four

Can the Eagles soar to the top?

Edgewater’s boys basketball team is on a tear ripping through the regional playoffs, and the Eagles have arrived in the Lakeland Center with hopes of sinking their talons into Gainesville.