LEESBURG — The Every day Commercial’s longtime sporting activities reporter and columnist Frank Jolley is retiring these days.
And on Wednesday night, the Leesburg Lightning honored Jolley, who has worked for the Professional for 19 many years. The team praised Jolley for his motivation to area sports activities, particularly the Lightning — he’s been at just about every home opener considering that the team’s inception in 2006.
Then, they performed his favored track — and in accordance to Jolley, the best tune ever written — “A Working day in the Daily life” by The Beatles.
He took the mound with his son, Trey, and his granddaughter, Makena Dorelus, and 1 of his grandsons, Maukai Dorelus, who threw the 1st pitch.
Jolley will never just be skipped at the Lightning game titles, but in press bins and on the sidelines at fields and on courts all across Lake and Sumter Counties.
We reached out to his longtime sources, who also applauded Jolley’s operate above the several years. This is what they had to say:
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“Frank has been with us given that day a single above 15 decades in the past and has never missed a beat. The Lightning has benefitted significantly from his coverage, but extra importantly, our local community has gained even much more. Frank is the gold normal in sports journalism, and his legacy will live on for good by way of the athlete’s tales he is shared. I are not able to consider of anybody much more deserving.”
— Tyler Brandeburg, Leesburg Lightning president
“Frank has generally been professional in all that he protected. He truly represented his career all through Lake and Sumter Counties. His enjoy for athletics creating, Lake and Sumter county sporting activities, and specifically all of the athletes confirmed in his protection of each party. We will overlook Frank Jolley. We really like you Frank!”
— Steven Hayes, Mount Dora Christian Academy head varsity boys basketball coach
“I’ve regarded Frank for in excess of 15 yrs but it was a enjoyment performing with him. And to be straightforward I loathe to see him go away for the reason that he’s an ally when it comes to the media. He was a single of those fellas who understood what I wished to say and how I required to say it. Occasionally I would just give him a tidbit of it and he would operate with it and would know exactly what I need to have. I would like him effectively and I simply cannot wait around until I get to my retirement age so I can take pleasure in myself too.”
— Walter Banking institutions, Lake Minneola Superior College football coach
“Frank Jolley is quite particular to Mount Dora Christian Academy and in particular to myself and Coach Hayes. We will miss waking up the early morning following our massive video games to read through what he experienced to say. Thank you Frank Jolley for almost everything you have carried out for the athletic local community. Your legacy will go away an enduring impact on sports activities journalism and the athletic group in Lake and Sumter counties. There will normally be a table on our sidelines for you!”
— Megan Ziegelhofer, Mount Dora Christian Academy Director of Athletics
“He’s likely to be missed enormously. His dedication and his dedication to Lake County is very obvious in all the sporting activities that he addresses. Particularly for me, he’s constantly demonstrated respect, compassion, and the enjoy for sports and for my activity, softball. And also just the appreciate and compassion he has for the athletes and coaches. I’m pretty, extremely, really unhappy and I’m pretty very pleased. He’s a great particular person and all round a great athletics writer and he’s going to be missed tremendously,”
— Brittany Beall, Eustis Substantial Faculty softball and girls weightlifting mentor
“Well first of all I’d like to say that he’s the GOAT (finest of all time) in sporting activities producing market. Over the many years he’s been excellent to me and my system that I have coached. I take into account Frank a genuine pal and our marriage goes past the newspaper. I’m heading to pass up him but I want him and his spouse and children nicely,”
— Mark Oakes, Leesburg Higher School football coach
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