Why Ocala Couldn’t Get Yankees Minor League Baseball

Dreams of a Yankees minor league stadium in Ocala were all but crushed earlier this year when the team delivered a letter requesting suspension of the project over funding disputes between the city and county. With the cut-off date to agree on funding looming, Tori Petry has more on what went wrong & if there’s any hope for bringing pro sports to Ocala.

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Ben Kennedy: Student and Driver

NASCAR Driver Ben Kennedy made waves last weekend in Daytona when he made the pole position for the Camping World Truck Series as a rookie. But you may not know that in addition to a full-time driver, Kennedy is also a normal college student. WUFT’s Tori Petry has more on this young talent.

Kennedy is finishing his degree with an internship in Connecticut this semester and is set to graduate in May.

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FHSAA and Steroid Testing

Last month, the Florida High School Athletic Association approved a revision to their bylaws on steroid use. Tori Petry reports for WUFT to investigate what exactly this means for high school sports.

Only three states – Texas, New Jersey, & Illinois – currently test students for steroids. The FHSAA estimates it would cost $42 million to test every Florida high school athlete for performance-enhancing drugs.

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February Style TV

Tori hosts the February episode of Style TV, a 30-minute community TV show based on award-winning Lake & Sumter Style Magazine featuring local people, places, and events. The February episode was filmed at beautiful Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages, and also features Tori interviewing residents and visitors in the popular retirement community town square on the local nightlife.

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Tori’s WUFT 2013 Demo Reel

Tori Petry’s demo reel from working for WUFT Sports. Tori covered the 2013 National Championship-winning Gator gymnastics team as well as the 2013 Gator football team, anchored sports for WUFT’s First at Five, and worked as a feature reporter for WUFT Sports.

Her features include Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School where she takes a 143 mph shotgun ride in a drag racing car at Gainesville Raceway, and Gator Swim coach Gemma Spofforth,

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November Style TV

Tori hosts the November episode of Style TV, a 30-minute community TV show based on award-winning Lake & Sumter Style Magazine featuring local people, places, and events. The November episode was filmed at the headquarters of the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence in Ocala, and also features Tori as the host of the Focus on Fitness segment. In this month’s Focus on Fitness, Tori attempts to learn Zumba at Pulse Fitness Gym in Ocala.

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