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Home in Palm Coast, Wimbledon Champ Reilly Opelka Is Celebrated, With Craned Necks

| September 18, 2015

Reilly Opelka, who won Wimbledon’s junior crown earlier this summer and starts a 20-tournament professional tour next year, accepted a congratulatory sign at the Palm Coast Tennis Center this morning.

Golf as Wrestling Match: Only in Flagler Beach as 2 of 3 Proposals for Old Course Bogey

| September 18, 2015

A split Flagler Beach City Commission is leaning toward Flagler Golf Management to take over the old 9-hole course at the south end of town as obstacles remain and few alternatives exist. The next round is scheduled for Oct. 22.

Three Companies Tee Up Proposals to Run Flagler Beach’s Fallow 9-Hole Golf Course

| September 17, 2015

The 34 acres of the old Ocean Palm Golf Club will be in play this evening at 5:30 p.m. as a committee hears proposals to rejuvenate the grounds profitably through a lease.

Wimbledon Champ Reilly Opelka Coming Home to Palm Coast Tennis Center Friday

| September 14, 2015

The public is invited to the Palm Coast Tennis Center this Friday (Sept. 18), from 11 a.m. to noon, to welcome home 2015 Wimbledon Junior tennis champion Reilly Opelka. The Tennis Center is located at 1290 Belle Terre Pkwy.

Opelka’s Pro Career Begins as Junior Circuit Days End With Loss in 3rd Round of U.S. Open

| September 9, 2015

For Opelka, the Wimbledon boys champion, it was a disappointing end to his junior tennis career, but he now starts on the pro tour full time.

Opelka Adds to 94-Degree Heat With Scorching Serves as He Moves to 3rd Round at U.S. Open

| September 8, 2015

Opelka fired a 141-mph serve, second-fastest recorded by anyone at the Open this year, as he decisively beat Japan’s Yosuke Watanuki, 6-4, 6-1 today.

Palm Coast’s Opelka Loses 1st-Round Doubles Match at U.S. Open, Heads for Juniors

| September 4, 2015

Former Palm Coast resident Reilly Opelka got his first taste of the U.S. Open men’s doubles action on Thursday, as he and partner Taylor Fritz fell in a close three-setter to Marcus Daniell and Jonathan Marray, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

The New World of Wimbledon Junior Champ Reilly Opelka: Autographs, Pressure and a Rising Ranking

| August 28, 2015

Palm Coast’s Reilly Opelka turned 18 today as he prepared for the U.S. Open, where he qualified for the doubles draw and will play in the Juniors tournament next week, but fell in qualifiers for the men’s draw.

Rich Weber Replaces Bob Nocella as Matanzas High School’s Athletic Director

| July 17, 2015

Weber was one of some 75 applicants for the $44,757 position, which oversees 36 athletic teams, 22 of them at the varsity level, and involves 500 students.

Reilly Opelka Is Wimbledon Boys Champion; Roger Federer Congratulates Him in Person

| July 12, 2015

Reilly Opelka, raised on the courts of Flagler County, used a powerful serve and aggressive groundstrokes to realize a dream that seemed so farfetched even a few weeks ago, defeating Sweden’s Mikael Ymer, 7-6 (5), 6-4 to win his first Wimbledon championship.

Palm Coast Takes Pride as Surging Opelka Plays in Two Wimbledon Finals Sunday

| July 11, 2015

Winning his doubles semifinal match Saturday at Wimbledon, Reilly Opelka will be playing in two straight finals Sunday as Palm Coast gears up congratulations and possibly a watching party.

Palm Coast’s Opelka Stuns World’s No. 1 and Advances to Wimbledon Boys Final Sunday

| July 10, 2015

The 17-year-old continued his dream run at Wimbledon Friday, defeating No.1 seed Taylor Fritz, 6-3. 7-6 (13) to reach his first-ever Slam final.

Opelka Doubles Down on Wins as He Cruises Into Wimbledon Juniors Quarterfinals

| July 8, 2015

After dramatic three-set wins the past two days, Opelka needed only 72 minutes to advance to his second consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal, then on his first-round doubles match at Wimbledon.

Palm Coast’s Opelka Fires 17 Aces to Upset 3rd Seed, Advancing Again at Wimbledon

| July 7, 2015

Once again swinging on drama, the 17-year-old Opelka played his best in the big points and narrowly upset No. 3 seed Corentin Denolly of France, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the third round in his first trip to Wimbledon.

Palm Coast’s Opelka Wins Come-From-Behind Thriller in Wimbledon Debut

| July 6, 2015

The former Palm Coast resident made his Wimbledon debut Monday in epic fashion, capturing a marathon win in the first round of the Boys Tournament Monday, defeating Australia’s Alex De Minaur, 4-6, 6-3, 13-11.

Opelka’s Fabulous Run in Paris Ends in Quarterfinal Defeat, But He’s Warming Up for Wimbledon

| June 4, 2015

The 17-year-old Palm Coaster lost to fellow-American and friend Michael Mmoh, but he will be climbing the world’s junior rankings as he heads for two grass-court tournaments in England.

Palm Coast’s Opelka Continues Stunning Run in Paris, Upsetting World’s No. 1 Junior For Quarterfinals Spot

| June 3, 2015

The 17-year-old Opelka erased a 5-3 third-set deficit to win the final four games of the match Wednesday against No.1-ranked junior Orlando Luz of Brazil at the French Open Juniors tournament.

The Soccer Mafia

| June 3, 2015

FIFA’s secrecy, its intimidation of the rivals to those who run it, and its reliance on favors, bribes, and called debts do show disturbing parallels to the world of organized crime, writes Ian Buruma.

Lawmakers Preparing A Disastrous Overhaul of Florida High School Athletics Ahead

| May 18, 2015

Not a high school in the state of Florida sees anything but disaster in proposed legislation that would overhaul the Florida High School Athletic Association, for good reason, argues Nancy Smith.

Palm Coast’s Tennis Phenom Reilly Opelka, 17, Goes Pro After Catching Agent’s Eye

| May 4, 2015

Reilly Opelka, 17, caught the eye of an agent at Palm Coast’s Men’s Futures Tournament in January, and got an offer. He turned pro a week ago, skipping college for the tour.

Not What Visiting Soccer Players Want to See: Man Threatens Teens With a Gun at Motel

| May 4, 2015

Four teens visiting Palm Coast as part of the weekend’s State Cup soccer tournament were threatened with a gun when a Red Roof Inn guest, Samuel Foy, 35, screamed at the teens to be quiet.

Upon Further Review: Inside the Police Failure to Stop Darren Sharper’s Rape Spree

| April 11, 2015

Nine women reported being raped or drugged by Sharper to four different agencies before NFL safety Darren Sharper’s capture. His Sharper’s rampage of druggings and rapes could have been prevented, according to a two-month investigation by ProPublica and The New Orleans Advocate.

Obama Proposals Would End Tax-Subsidized Loans For Sports Stadiums

| March 22, 2015

The proposal comes as many team owners, including Florida, are pressing cities and states for new facilities, with some threatening to move elsewhere if they don’t get them.

From His Flagler Beach Home Base: Ray Black Jr.’s Road to NASCAR’s Truck Series

| February 20, 2015

Ray Black Jr., competing tonight in NASCAR’s Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway, tells of his joujrney from Alabama to Flagler Beach, and the wisdom in not wrecking.

Lawmakers Punt to Full Legislature on Millions in Tax Subsidies for Speedway and Jaguars

| February 20, 2015

A process intended to reducing lobbying may do the opposite now that the Joint Legislative Budget Commission moved any funding decisions regarding the stadiums to the full Legislature.

No Surprise: Florida’s Economic Development Agency Wants Tax Subsidies for Daytona Speedway, Jaguars and 2 Other Sports Venues

| January 25, 2015

Daytona International Speedway is seeking $3 million a year for 30 years to subsidize its operations, the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars have asked for $1 million a year for three decades.

Palm Coast’s Reilly Opelka, 17, Picked as Wild Card For Main Draw of Men’s Futures Tourney

| January 21, 2015

Reilly Opelka’s pick marks the first time in at least four years that a Palm Coast resident was selected by USTA as the Main Draw Wild Card for the tournament played in the city.

Daytona Speedway Seeking $3 Million A Year in Tax Gifts, Jaguars Close Behind

| November 1, 2014

The Jacksonville Jaguars are following closely behind the Daytona Speedway in requests of up to $90 million in sales tax dollars over 30 years, tax revenue that would be subtracted from public needs.

Sanford, Ferguson, Tallahassee: When Cops Act Like Vigilantes

| October 28, 2014

When police from Sanford to Tallahassee protect themselves or FSU football players and sit on information that should be disclosed and vigorously pursued, they invite mistrust and charges of a cover-up.

Pop Warner Football Smackdown: Games Over, Fights Erupt at FPC—Between “Adults”

| October 13, 2014

Tensions escalated into fights and brawls that sent three people to the hospital after a Pop Warner football game between Flagler and Daytona Beach Saturday at FPC, even though the game involved children ages 5 to 7, and was not scored.



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