Sports & Recreation

Trinity Christian Academy Hires Championship Baseball Coach

Trinity Christian Academy Hires Championship Baseball Coach

Trinity Christian Academy has named Gil Morales as the new head baseball coach for next season. He comes to Trinity from Windermere Prep in the Orlando area where he has coached for the last three years.

Garrard Reacts to Addition of Gabbert

Garrard Reacts to Addition of Gabbert

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's only a matter of time before first round pick Blaine Gabbert replaces David Garrard as the Jaguars' starting quarterback. 

The 9-year veteran vows to fight to keep his job as long as possible, but he also promises to help the rookie along.

To hear some comments from Garrard about Gabbert, be sure to watch the video clip attached to this story.

First Coast News spoke with Garrard at a Take Steps for Chron's & Colitis event at the Jacksonville Landing on Sunday. 

On May 21, David will be hosting a charity fishing tournament in St. Augustine to raise money for local families who are impacted by Chron's and breast cancer.  For more information about this event, click on this link: to host 2011 Draft Challenge to host 2011 Draft Challenge

Fans will have the opportunity to test their knowledge of the top players in the 2011 Draft by participating in the 2011 Draft Challenge. 

Jacksonville RollerGirls “Roller Riot” Saturday, April 16

Jacksonville RollerGirls “Roller Riot” Saturday, April 16

The Jacksonville RollerGirls (JRG) presents Jacksoville’s first professional WFTDA roller derby bout.  JRG home team River City Rat Pack will battle Hard Knox Rollergirls “B” Team, following with JRG’s all-star New Jax City Rollers skating against Hard Knox Rollergirls “A” team. With the UNF Arena able to hold thousands of fans, this will undoubtedly be JRG’s biggest and most exciting bout to date. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first bout will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the second at 7:30. Tickets are $10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Skate Bomb in Jacksonville Beach,, or from one of your local roller derby girls.

Half-time entertainment: Hoop dancing and aerial silks performer Kayla Dyches of

Calling All Seniors for Mayor's Annual Fish-A-Thon

Duval County residents 60 years of age and over are invited to join in the fun of the Mayor’s Fish-a-Thon.  The highly anticipated annual event will feature fishing, games, lunch and an awards ceremony with trophies for most fish, largest fish, smallest fish, ugliest fish and prettiest fish.

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."

So tell us what you think, you can comment on this story at the bottom of the page or you can click here and tell us on our Facebook page.

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.