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Preakness to feature Kentucky Derby winner trained in Marion County

The Kentucky Derby champion, who previously trained in Marion County, is the favorite to win this weekend's Preakness Stakes and claim a second leg of the Triple Crown.

Five Marion high schools in quarterfinals of state baseball tourney

Five high school baseball teams from Marion County are competing in their respective quarterfinals in pursuit of state championships across multiple divisions this week.

Kentucky Derby winner previously trained in Marion County

The horse that claimed victory in the 2024 Kentucky Derby on Saturday was previously trained in Marion County.

Ocala dogs competing in world’s most prestigious dog show

Desmond, a Chihuahua, and Nolan, a Labrador, will journey from Ocala to New York next week with their trainer to compete in this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Ocala jockey who won 100 races in first season honored with international award

An Ocala jockey who won 100 races during her first full season as a rider was recently awarded Outstanding Apprentice Jockey by the Jockey Club of Canada.

Williston native drafted in first round of NFL draft

Quinyon Mitchell, who played high school football in Williston, was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles during last week's NFL draft.

‘Battle of the Paddles’ Pickleball Tournament in Ocala this weekend

A pickleball tournament for intermediate players and mixed double enthusiasts is being held in Ocala this weekend, and there is still time to sign up.

Senior softball league in Marion County seeks players for upcoming season

The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department is looking for men and women to take part in its senior softball league.

Ocala’s Erin Jackson continues dominant season with another gold

The fastest female ice skater in the world recently claimed another gold medal as part of a dominant year in which she's won multiple World Cup titles. 

Marion County hosting mixed doubles pickleball tournament at Coehadjoe Park

The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department will host a Mixed Doubles Pickleball Tournament at Coehadjoe Park next month.

Marion County to host weekly ‘King of the Court’ pickleball events

A new event combining pickleball and a popular kids’ game is set to kick off next week in Ocala.

Ocala’s Adult Basketball League tips off in January, registration still open

The Ocala Recreation and Parks Department's basketball league for adults is returning next month, and there is still time for players and established teams to sign up.

Ocala woman wins national horsemanship quiz challenge

A 20-year-old woman from Ocala claimed victory in a national horsemanship quiz that tests knowledge of horse anatomy, conditioning, health, nutrition, management, and other areas of equestrianism.

A woman from Ocala just won gold at the Pan American Games.

An Olympic gold medalist from Ocala just earned another gold medal in a different style of sport at this year's Pan American Games on Sunday morning.

Horse sold at OBS wins Breeders’ Cup race with $6 million purse

A horse that was purchased for $40,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company claimed top honors at one of the most lucrative horse races in the world this weekend.

Ocala teen sets world record as youngest autistic female to complete IRONMAN World Championship

An Ocala teen became the youngest autistic female to complete the IRONMAN World Championship last weekend, finishing the race in under 13 hours. 

Ocala teen chasing world record as youngest autistic female to complete IRONMAN World Championship

An Ocala teen is hoping to set a world record and become the youngest autistic female to compete in the IRONMAN World Championship this weekend.

Indoor batting cages now open in Ocala

A new hitting academy with indoor batting cages and multiple high-tech bays is now open in Ocala.

Over $22,000 raised at Boys and Girls Club of Marion County golf event

The 6th annual Grip It-N-Rip It for Kids Golf Tournament was held this week to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County.

Flag Football League returning for second season, registration now open

The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department's weekly Lit Flag Football League is returning next month for a second season, and registration is now open.

Recreational courts at two city parks to temporarily close for maintenance

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will temporarily close multiple recreational courts later this month to perform scheduled maintenance.

Recreational courts at two Ocala parks to temporarily close

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will temporarily close multiple recreational courts next week to perform scheduled maintenance.

Track and field team makes Ocala proud at Junior Olympics

A new track and field team that was started by a former University of Florida track star made Ocala proud with a slew of accomplishments at this year's Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games.

7-year-old Ocala boy is best javelin thrower in the nation

A 7-year-old boy from Ocala threw his way into the record books and was crowned the best javelin thrower in the nation earlier this month.