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Apopka's biggest headlines of 2021
The first set of stories were three of the most read of 2021: The purchase of Camp Wewa, the raid of an Apopka gambling house, and the Apopka Blue Darters incredible football season that made it all the way to the state championship.
The Christmas truce football match – a picture of a Greek kickabout is misappropriated yearly
The Christmas truce took place on December 25th, 1914. At certain points along the line in France and Flanders, British and German soldiers met between their trenches, shaking hands, sharing stories, and posing for photographs.
Blue Darters fall short of state title
The Venice Indians amassed 414 yards of total offense to defeat the Blue Darters 35-7 in front of over 3,800 fans at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

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Blue Darters one win away from fourth state championship
One step away. The Apopka Blue Darters will again take to the road in Ft. Lauderdale to face the Venice Indians for the Class 8-A State Championship Saturday at 1 pm. It would be the fourth state …
Blue Darters returning to state finals!
The Apopka Blue Darters won their fourth straight playoff game Friday night in Port St. Lucie, blanking the Treasure Coast Titans 21-0 in the Class 8-A state semifinals.
The Final Four: Blue Darters take on Treasure Coast in state semifinals
The Apopka Blue Darters won the Class 8-A Region 1 championship with a thrilling 28-27 victory. Tonight, they face the #3-ranked Treasure Coast Titans in Port St. Lucie.
Apopka avenges 2020; defeats Seminoles 28-27 in regional final
Andrew Kennedy, Apopka's senior placekicker, hit an extra point in overtime to give the Blue Darters a 28-27 victory over the defending state champion Sanford Seminole High Seminoles.
Redemption: Blue Darters head to Sanford for unfinished business
Apopka will take the familiar path down Interstate 4 to Sanford to face the Seminoles, 11-1 on the season, the #1 seed in Region 1, and defending state champions of Class 8A.
Apopka heading to regional finals for the second straight season
The Apopka Blue Darters continued their late-season surge with a one-sided 34-3 bludgeoning of the Bartram Trail Bears.
Can Apopka muzzle the Bears?
The Apopka Blue Darters take to the road Friday night to face a familiar playoff foe in the Bartram Trail Bears. It was in 2019 that Apopka defeated the Bears 34-13 on the road to advance in the postseason.
Blue Darters keep rolling; advance to regional semifinals
The Blue Darters took the first step in capturing their fourth state championship with a 42-0 shutout of St. John's Creekside at Roger Williams Field Friday night in the 8A-Region 1 quarterfinals.
Blue Darters heading to postseason for the 22nd straight year
For the 22nd straight season, the Apopka Blue Darters head into the 8A high school football playoffs hoping to win their fourth state championship after several near-misses in the last few years.
Blue Darters slip to #7 in MaxPreps poll after loss to Edgewater
From Staff Reports Despite a 16-7 loss to the Edgewater Eagles last Friday night, the Apopka Blue Darters only fell one spot in the MaxPreps statewide poll of Class 8A schools. Apopka is 3-1 on …
Back Tom Brady to Lead Tampa Bay to Big Win Over Former Employers New England
By Josh Mishin Tom Brady goes face to face against his former side for the first time as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to bounce back from their recent loss to the Los Angeles Rams. It’s sure to …
Blue Darters #6 in MaxPreps poll despite canceled game with Ocoee
From Staff Reports Despite a cancelled game with the Ocoee Knights last Friday night, the Apopka Blue Darters only fell one spot in the MaxPreps statewide poll of Class 8A schools. Apopka remains …
Blue Darters rise to #5 in MaxPreps poll with win over Dr. Phillips
From Staff Reports The Apopka Blue Darters are on a roll. With a 28-14 win over the Dr. Phillips Panthers, Apopka stands at 3-0 heading into district play this Friday. The victory launched the …
Harvey Caldwell: Apopka's first great athlete, and so much more
From Staff Reports and the City of Apopka Apopka may be the Indoor Foliage Capital of the World, but it also has a history of growing premier athletes. Apopka is home to superstars in professional …
Week Three Summary: Apopka remains unbeaten; Wekiva routed by West Orange
High School Football From Staff Reports The Apopka Blue Darters continued their defensive dominance and winning ways with an impressive 28-14 victory over the Dr. Phillips Panthers. The Blue …