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NFL Draft is One Week Away

NFL Draft is One Week Away

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The NFL Draft begins with the first round taking place on Thursday, April 28th.  Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio, general manager Gene Smith and director of player personnel Terry McDonough met with the media today to discuss the upcoming draft.

The Jaguars will have a total of seven picks in the NFL Draft including the 16th overall pick in the first round which will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28th.  Rounds two and three will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29th, and the fourth through seventh rounds will take place on Saturday, April 30th beginning at noon.

There are two events during the draft that fans can get involved in.  The first is the Bud Light Draft Party at the Markets at Town Center.  More specifically, this event will be held on Thursday, April 28th between SUITE and Whisky River at the St. Johns Town Center.

Local High School Student Honored for Academics and Athletics

Local High School Student Honored for Academics and Athletics

Ponte Vedra High School diver Monica Rice was honored as an Academic All American by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America.

PVHS Lacrosse Coach Suspended

A Ponte Vedra High School girls lacrosse coach was suspended this week after he was charged with battery following an altercation with a neighbor Monday.

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No NFL Season, Would AFL Be Enough Football?

No NFL Season, Would AFL Be Enough Football?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wearing face paint and giving the news a fake name is a good way to remain incognito.

And that's probably the best course of action one Jacksonville Sharks fan could have taken after his strong words about the Jaguars.

"There are so many more fans at the Sharks games because the Jaguars suck, let's put it that way," said the fan, who only said his name is Tag.

Tempering his emotion a bit was another rabid Sharks fan who says while the games are fun, this can't match the Jags.

"For the time being this will take care of my need for football," said Tom O'Donnell. "But in the long term no, the Jags are the bomb, but the Sharks are a good fun game."

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Bob Hayes Invitational Draws Thousands

Bob Hayes Invitational Draws Thousands

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the past four decades, the Bob Hayes Invitational has been the premier expo for young athletes in Florida.

It's T'Nayah Mitchelles second year in the competition. "Last year I did hurdles, and I came in 5th place. This year I came in first," she said.

With 5,000 competitors at the meet, Mitchelle says the environment at the Hayes Invitational pushes her to succeed.

"Usually we just go against teams from Orange Park, and now it's teams from Jacksonville, Miami. It's real competitive," she said.

Head Northwestern Track Coach Carter Williams agrees. "It's the bread and butter of this entire community," he said of the meet.

Watching his students get so excited about this meet, Williams says he's also nervous this could be the last year it's around.

N. Florida Spotted Seatrout Season Reopens March 1

The recreational harvest season for spotted seatrout in northern Florida reopens on March 1.  This means all Florida waters will be open to the sport harvest of spotted seatrout beginning in March.

Spotted seatrout harvest is prohibited in February in Atlantic Ocean waters north of the Flagler-Volusia county line to the Florida-Georgia border and in Gulf of Mexico waters north of a line running due west from the westernmost point of Fred Howard Park Causeway, which is about 1.17 miles south of the Pinellas/Pasco county line, to the Florida-Alabama border.  This one-month closure helps maintain spotted seatrout abundance.

FWC Proposes Catch-and-Release Only for Bonefish

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) proposed draft rules on Wednesday that would allow only catch-and-release fishing for bonefish, a premier saltwater game fish in Florida.  The proposed rules would also establish new provisions regarding the possession of bonefish by anglers and the possession and transport of bonefish during bonefish fishing tournaments.