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Windy Hill Middle teacher is Rookie of the Year  Daily Commercial

CLERMONT — Ashley Lantes, a seventh grade science teacher at Windy Hill Middle School in Clermont, was named the Lake County Schools Rookie Teacher ...



Deputies: Georgia woman brings gun to Eustis High School  WFTV Orlando

A 20-year-old Georgia woman was arrested Monday afternoon for bringing a gun to Eustis High School in response to a fight between two male students during ...



Woman with gun at Eustis High is convicted felon  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — The woman who was charged Monday with trying to take a gun into Eustis High School had just minutes before attacked a student and threatened to ...



Eustis High baseball coach David Lee dies at 55 — 'He touched so many lives'  Orlando Sentinel

Eustis High School baseball coach David Lee died Thursday. He was 55.



Eustis baseball coach David Lee passes at 55  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Longtime Eustis High School baseball coach David Lee died late Thursday night at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, ...



Nancy Velezs 34-year career begins, ends at Eustis High  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — What started as a way for Nancy Velez to make vacation money ended up as a 34-year career in education. It all came full circle this year when she ...



Eustis baseball coach Lee too sick for heart transplant  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Longtime Eustis High School baseball coach David Lee underwent the first of two surgeries on Friday that family members hope will improve his ...



Eustis snaps Leesburgs run as state champs with 63-50 win  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — The Eustis High School boys basketball team got 23 points from Jemarious Maple and an electric team defensive effort, ending Leesburg's ...



Instagram post invokes KKK, appears to threaten Eustis high school basketball players  WFTV Orlando

Deputies are investigating an Instagram post with KKK imagery that claimed to hate “all black people” from the school basketball team.



Wildwood wins 59-48 against Eustis  Daily Commercial

WILDWOOD – It wasn't a complete game.But, it was good enough.The Wildwood girls basketball team got two solid quarters, struggled through the other two ...



Eustis beats Leesburg 8-0 behind pair of hat tricks  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Eustis High School girls soccer coach Benito Baca believes that solid passing leads to scoring.Against Leesburg on Thursday night, he saw a lot ...



Eustis community wants city to bar unsafe student drop-offs  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — A Eustis subdivision is appealing to the City Commission for help with an unusual dumping problem — parents using their community's entrance to ...



Eustis Heaberlin strikes out 14 in no-hitter against Tavares  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — Delaney Heaberlin was in the zone.Heaberlin tossed a no-hitter and struck out 14 on Tuesday to lead the Eustis High School softball team to a ...



Eustis out to show 2018s early exit was a fluke  Daily Commercial

Eustis High School's softball team was on top of the world entering the 2018 season.The Panthers were coming off a memorable 2017 season in which they ...



Eustis rallies in 2nd half but falls in district final  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — A high school basketball game consists of 32 minutes.Eustis High School boys basketball coach Coy Patterson has spent much of the season ...



Eustis girls overcomes double-digit deficit to beat Wildwood  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS – A win is a win … especially when it comes against a defending state champion.That was the way Eustis High School girls basketball coach Miranda ...



H.S. Notebook: Service for Lee moves to bigger venue  Daily Commercial

Longtime Eustis High School baseball coach David Lee will be remembered at 11 a.m. Saturday with a memorial *service* at the First Baptist Church of Leesburg.



Eustis Panthers maul Leesburg, 62-26  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS – In the previous 74 meetings between Eustis and Leesburg there may have been games that got more ugly and one-sided. It's just hard to imagine.



Friday Night Lights: Eustis works to take program to next level  Daily Commercial

Mike Hay has made quite an impact in seven seasons as head coach of the Eustis High School football team.A rigorous off-season weightlifting program has ...



Eustis beats rival Leesburg in Panthers season opener  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — A season-opening win for a baseball team is a big deal.It's a positive note for coaches, players and fans to build on after nearly a month of tryouts ...



Former Eustis coach lives the dream with marked humility  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Coach Clark Blake, decorated Marine, championship football coach and both a Citizen and Teacher of the Year, wears it well.Yet, he does not "wear ...



Eustis coach David Lee shows signs of improvement  Daily Commercial

GAINESVILLE — Eustis High School baseball coach David Lee showed signs of improvement over the weekend, but remains too sick to be placed on a heart ...



Total domination: Eustis overpowers Tavares in 8-0 win  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Eustis High School girls soccer coach Benito Baca wanted to see how his team would respond after its first loss of the season.It's hard to imagine he ...



Eustis vampire cult case to be featured on Oxygen channel  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — A documentary on the teen vampire cult that killed the parents of one of its members in Lake County is being aired on the Oxygen channel at 8 p.m. ...



Leesburg outlasts Eustis in battle of 6A-13 rivals  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Don't underestimate the heart of a champion.Especially a two-time state champion like the Leesburg High School boys basketball team.The Yellow ...



Seabreeze beats Eustis in battle for district title  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — The girls soccer teams from Eustis and Daytona Beach Seabreeze high schools knew heading into Thursday's Class 3A-District 6 championship ...



Brotherly bond pays off for young Eustis quarterback  Daily Commercial

Blayne Romano's first start at quarterback for Eustis High School accomplished a number of things.He showed the Panther Nation they are set under center for ...



LZ Lakehawk: Eustis High models strong service ties  Daily Commercial

The Eustis Panthers' Air Force Junior ROTC unit has been setting the standard for military awareness and cooperation vis-à-vis patriotic *service* and personal ...



Eustis Commissioner Gnann-Thompson dead at 64  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — City Commissioner Carla Dale Gnann-Thompson, 64, died suddenly at her home Wednesday morning.Eustis Mayor Michael Holland, a cousin of ...



Eustis cruises to 74-36 win against Tavares  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — Eustis had four players score in double figures on Tuesday, including a game-high 19 by Ricardo Wright, and the Panthers cruised to a 74-36 win ...



Eustis teens face long, costly recovery after accident  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — A month after two Eustis teens were badly injured in a car accident, one is up and moving while the other is still bedridden but steadily improving.



Eustis coach Mike Hay ready for another football season  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS – Mike Hay has spring practice down to a science.The dean of head coaches in Lake County, Hay is beginning his seventh season with the Panthers ...



Lake County Schools pick 10 new principals for 2018-19  Daily Commercial

TAVARES – New principals have been named at 10 Lake County schools, in preparation for the return of students on Aug. 13.Appointed recently by ...



H.S. Notebook: Eustis ends Leesburgs weightlifting run  Daily Commercial

The Eustis High School girls weightlifting team ended Leesburg's four-year reign as district champions Saturday, topping 10 other schools in the Class ...



Eustis softball suffers shocking loss in regional quarterfinals  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — It's never easy to say goodbye.And thanks to the fickle nature of sports, that can happen almost on a whim.The Eustis High School softball team was ...



USAFA grad Rex Rogers is all about the team  Daily Commercial

MOUNT DORA — An unabashed hometown boy, retired Air Force Maj. Rex Rogers, 63, grew up in Eustis, putting in six years at Eustis Heights Elementary and ...



Heuser, Pendarvis lead South Lake to big win over Eustis  Daily Commercial

GROVELAND – Football coaches might be the only people who aren't fans of homecoming.The annual week-long ritual of welcoming back past graduates and ...



Eustis dominates late to beat Tavares 33-20  Daily Commercial

TAVARES – Rivalry football games are supposed to be memorable.And Friday's annual clash between Eustis and Tavares lived up to the billing.Eustis scored ...



Eustis Marine vet credits Corps, teachers for success  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Marine Sgt. Jerry Cobb, Eustis High School class of 1968, was drawn to hands-on work from a young age and, blessed with a knack for getting along ...



The Next Level: Musselwhite hits .533 in debut at Rhode Island  Daily Commercial

Faith Musselwhite makes playing softball look so easy.The former standout at Mount Dora Christian Academy did just that during her career with the Bulldogs, ...



The Next Level: Rodebaugh enjoys solid debut with JU  Daily Commercial

By all accounts, Tori Rodebaugh's debut at the next level was a rousing success.Rodebaugh, a former softball standout at Eustis High School, hit .333 in her first ...



Leesburg keeps calm to pull off 43-35 win over Eustis  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Even when it looked like the game was turning, Leesburg coach Sean Campbell never panicked.And his calm demeanor on the Yellow Jackets ...



Student stabbed at Eustis High School  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — A Eustis High School student was arrested Thursday after he reportedly stabbed another student.



Woman Arrested With Stolen, Loaded Gun At Florida School: Police  Douglasville, GA Patch

Woman Arrested With Loaded Gun At FL School: Cops - Douglasville, GA - A Douglasville woman has been arrested at a Florida high school for trying to enter ...



Vampire cult killer to have sentence reduced  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — Vampire cult murder codefendant Howard Scott Anderson is scheduled Monday to have his sentence reduced from life in prison to 40 years.



David Lee  Villages-News

David Lee, 55, of Leesburg, FL, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019 in Gainesville, FL. David was born in Leesburg and was a life long resident of ...



High School Notebook: Area teams make coaching changes  Daily Commercial

With area schools set to resume in about a month, officials at several schools have spent time over the summer break rounding out the coaching staffs.Eustis ...



Eustis High graduate wants to correct segregation record  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Gessner Harris is looking to rectify local historical records as they pertain to the desegregation of Eustis High School.



Sabatini wont resign amid second photo scandal  Daily Commercial

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS — State Rep. Anthony Sabatini is refusing to resign after another controversial photo of him from high school has emerged.It is a photo of ...



Lady Lake police detective facing DUI charge after traffic stop in Eustis  WFTV Orlando

A detective with the Lady Lake Police Department is facing a charge of driving under the influence, according to the Lake County jail.



LZ Lakehawk: Strong area ties to USAF Academy  Daily Commercial

Last week in the Rex Rogers profile, I mentioned that the former Mount Dora High coach and teacher had been the third-in-row Eustis Panther to attend the U.S. ...



Eustis offense steals the show against Umatilla  Daily Commercial

For the Eustis High School football team, Friday's Kickoff Classic against Umatilla was a showcase for a potentially explosive offense.Umatilla, however, might ...



School resource officers find relationships are the best defense  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — Eustis High students, parents and teachers heaved a collective sigh of relief Monday when a sheriff's deputy stopped a woman with a gun who had ...



Florida pol rejects calls to resign over high school blackface photo  New York Post

A Florida politician is rejecting calls to resign after a high school photo showing him in blackface surfaced — claiming the image was merely a prank with a black ...



Scott Armatti steps down as Tavares football coach  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — Scott Armatti stepped down Monday as Tavares football coach, midway through his third season with the Bulldogs.Longtime Tavares athletic ...



H.S. Notebook: MDCAs Nichols resigns as AD  Daily Commercial

Jim Nichols, who oversaw a resurgence in the athletic programs at Mount Dora Christian Academy that included the construction of a new football and track ...



Holland, LeHeup-Smith elected mayor, vice mayor in Eustis  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — At the annual organizational meeting on Thursday, the Eustis City Commission elected Commissioner Michael Holland to serve as mayor and ...



Eustis Brady Singer agrees to terms with Royals  Daily Commercial

Brady Singer is officially a professional baseball player.The former Eustis High and University of Florida standout pitcher agreed to terms with the Kansas City ...



County makes it easier for residents to remove trees  Daily Commercial

At its Tuesday morning meeting, the Lake County Commission nixed a permitting requirement for tree removal on some residential properties and approved a ...



Eustis Highs Special Olympics team gets MLS experience  Daily Commercial

ORLANDO — When the Orlando City Soccer Club approached Eustis High School's unified Special Olympics soccer team earlier this year and asked if they ...



Eustis hires Patterson as boys basketball coach  Daily Commercial

Coy Patterson Sr. was a go-to player for the Eustis High School boys basketball team in the 1990s.He lit up the scoreboard for the Panthers, once totaling 59 ...



Real Life Christian earns spring break win over Eustis  Daily Commercial

CLERMONT — Spring break is a chance for students to relax and gear up for the stretch run of the school year.But for many student athletes, particularly ...



H.S. Notebook: Leesburg girls lifters dominate at meet  Daily Commercial

Leesburg High School's girls weightlifting team recorded nine first-place finishes out of 10 weight classifications on Wednesday and cruised to victories over ...



Eustis Brady Singer ready to embark on pro career  Daily Commercial

The next time Brady Singer throws a baseball with a purpose, it will be his full-time job.A professional baseball player … a childhood dream he nurtured over the ...



Pridgens 2-run double in seventh lifts Eustis past Mount Dora  Daily Commercial

MOUNT DORA — Baseball is not always aesthetically pleasing.A win, however, doesn't have to be a work of art.Taylor Pridgen had six RBIs, including two on a ...



The Next Level: Todd building powerhouse at Florida College  Daily Commercial

Pat Todd has seen many of the best basketball players from Lake and Sumter counties over the past 30 years.He's also coached many of them.Now, Todd is ...



State Rep. Anthony Sabatini dismisses Florida Democratic chair's call for his resignation over high school 'blackface' photo  Orlando Sentinel

A high school photo of state Rep. Anthony Sabatini that circulated before his election became a source of controversy again Tuesday after Florida Democratic ...



Eustis has high expectations for state softball playoffs  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Brittany Beall knows she has a roster loaded with talent.But that doesn't mean she allows them to coast through practice.The Eustis High School ...



Eustis football trending up coming off a playoff season  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Spring football puts Mike Hay in a happy place.For starters, it gives the Eustis High School football coach an opportunity to get back on the field and ...



Eustis Panthers maul Mount Dora Hurricanes  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS – Crooked innings – when softball and baseball teams score multiple runs in a frame – are a blessing for batters and the bane of pitchers.And the Eustis ...



Kornegay names new principals at Eustis Middle, Leesburg High  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — Superintendent Diane Kornegay proposed adding two principals to the Lake County roster for the upcoming school year. Former Chief Academic ...



Photo appears to show Florida Rep. Anthony Sabatini, who's still dealing with a blackface scandal, wearing brownface  Orlando Weekly

A new photo of Florida Rep. Anthony Sabatini, who refuses to resign after photos surfaced of him in blackface, appears to show him in brownface,...



Graduation ceremony announcements from around Lake County  Daily Commercial

Lake Technical College graduation announcement. EUSTIS — On Tuesday, June 13, approximately 800 Lake Technical College students will graduate from ...



Eustis turns up the effort in win over East Ridge  Daily Commercial

CLERMONT — Coy Patterson was all smiles.The first-year Eustis High School boys basketball coach had just watched his team outshoot, outrun and outhustle ...



Eight deputies honored for heroism, saving lives  Daily Commercial

TAVARES — Eight officers from the Lake County Sheriff's Office were recognized on Tuesday for their courage while facing dangerous situations, one of whom ...



Lake County schools jump from a C to a B on state scorecard  Daily Commercial

TAVARES – Lake County Schools won't have to hide its report card this year or pretend the dog ate its homework. It improved from "C" to a "B" when the annual ...



Eustis cruises to 86-75 win against The Villages  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Coy Patterson understands the pride Eustis High School has in its boys basketball program.A Panthers standout on the hardwood in the 1990s, ...



Anthony Sabatini 'blackface' picture from high school surfaces  orlando-rising.com

A photograph of Republican state House candidate Anthony Sabatini in blackface made its way to media inboxes around the state, the week before voters ...



Eustis routs The Villages 10-0 in battle of 5A-6 rivals  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — The keys to success for the Eustis High School softball team is no different from nearly every other team.Good pitching, timely hitting and solid ...



High School Notebook: Area baseball teams play for district titles  Daily Commercial

Three Lake County high school baseball teams have the opportunity to claim district championships Thursday.By reaching the title games, Tavares, Mount Dora ...



Eustis Julia Towne excelling with boys golf team  Daily Commercial

Julia Towne is not an average girls golfer.By any stretch.Average golfers don't finish second in the 2016 Florida High School Athletic Association Class 2A state ...



A third of Lake County schools struggle with absences  Daily Commercial

TAVARES – Absentee rates are troubling at a third of Lake County Schools, school administrators say.For the first half of the school year, the number of students ...



Boys soccer teams have high hopes for current season  Daily Commercial

While American football is the king in the local area, what is known as football in the rest of the world is beginning to take a foothold in the local high schools.



UFs Brady Singer named top player by Baseball America  Daily Commercial

GAINESVILLE — Former Eustis High School baseball standout and current Florida Gator star Brady Singer was named 2018 National Player of the Year on ...



Leesburg hosts Eustis in clash of rivals  Daily Commercial

Leesburg versus Eustis.Regardless of the sport, a game between the two longtime Lake County high schools is the latest installment in a big cross-county rivalry ...



Lake County’s high school bands hit the right note in competition  Daily Commercial

Lake County's high school bands excelled earlier this month at the annual Marching Band Music Performance Assessment (MPA) held by the Florida ...



Eustis Heaberlin, Johnson best friends on and off softball field  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Delaney Heaberlin and Katie Johnson have been the primary battery for the Eustis High School softball team for the past two seasons.But they are ...



Eustis takes early lead, tops Mount Dora with big second half  Daily Commercial

MOUNT DORA – Whenever Mount Dora and Eustis high schools meet up on the basketball court, it is often a spirited game.The cities are only miles apart and ...



Leesburg topples Eustis in district contest  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — Like many successful coaches, Sean Campbell is rarely satisfied.The Leesburg High School boys basketball coach had led the Yellow Jackets to a ...



Leesburg outlasts Eustis 10-9 in season opener between rivals  Daily Commercial

LEESBURG — Trey DeJarlais had four hits, including a two-run double in the fifth inning Tuesday to lead the Leesburg High School baseball team to a 10-9 win ...



Country star Michael Ray apologizes for DUI, promises to rebuild trust  Orlando Sentinel

Country star singer Michael Ray Roach, who had a No.1 Billboard country hit in 2015, was arrested early Wednesday outside a McDonald's in Eustis for driving ...



Your complete guide to area Veterans Day events  Daily Commercial

Veterans Day is a time to honor the millions of men and women who risked so much to preserve our way of life, and Lake and Sumter counties have no shortage ...



Eustis native on front lines of information warfare for Navy  Daily Commercial

PENSACOLA — A 2017 Eustis High School graduate is stationed with a command responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to ...



Area high school volleyball making big strides  Daily Commercial

Volleyball in area high schools has improved steadily in the 13 years Teresa Spilliard has coached in Lake County.The longtime Eustis High School coach said ...



Few challengers for Commission, School Board incumbents  Daily Commercial

Three seats on the Lake County School Board and two on the County Commission are up for election this year, with at least three incumbents drawing ...



Eustis shows its one of areas best in win over Umatilla  Daily Commercial

UMATILLA — Eustis High School expected to field one of the area's top softball teams this season.And it hasn't disappointed.The Panthers entered Tuesday's ...



Longtime Eustis residents named Georgefest king, queen  Daily Commercial

EUSTIS — George Warren Jr. recalls walking in the city's George Washington Birthday Parade as a child. After all, his mother Jill Warren was the parade's youth ...



Eustis girls soccer trio honored by coaches  Daily Commercial

After compiling a 16-5-3 record this season and earning a spot in the regional playoffs, Eustis girls soccer team dominated the top awards voted on by Lake ...



New Tavares coach Derrick Campbell in it for the kids  Daily Commercial

Derrick Campbell has wanted an opportunity to run a basketball program.A member of Eustis High School's record-setting team in 2003-04, Campbell learned ...



Deputies: Student brings loaded gun to Volusia County high school  WFTV Orlando

A 17-year-old Daytona Beach boy was arrested Wednesday after bringing a loaded gun to Atlantic High School in Port Orange, the Volusia County Sheriff's ...



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