Tony Tussing
Tony Tussing

Monday, Sept. 20, marks a day off for students since it is a Professional Development Day.

Midterm for the first semester was Sept. 15.

It is reported by Volusia County Schools that the School Way Cafe is offering the Afterschool Meals Program at 42 elementary schools, five middle schools and five high schools during the 2021-22 school year. This program provides free, nutritious meals to students at select schools that have after-school programs with supervised enrichment programs or activities.

The program, which is scheduled to run through the end of the school year, is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered in Florida by the Department of Health, Bureau of Child Care Food Programs.

Students must be enrolled in an enrichment program, such as Extended Day, tutoring, school clubs or athletic programs at an eligible school to receive a supper meal. Two types of meals are offered: a traditional hot meal, or a grab-and-go meal, called a Power Pack. The type of meal at each school offering the program depends on the type of school program and the available staff.

DeBary Elementary School

Picture Day at DeBary Elementary School will be Friday, Sept. 24.

Discovery Elementary School

The School Advisory Council at Discovery Elementary School in Deltona will meet at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the media center.

Discovery Elementary’s Book Fair will take place Oct. 1-8 in the media center.

Freedom Elementary School

Freedom Elementary School in DeLand announced in September in its Freedom Falcon Flyer newsletter that new officers for the PTA have been selected: President Angie Vogelzang, Vice President Amy Bridges, Secretary Erika Ward, Treasurer Erin Fabish, and Teacher Liaison Melissa Flesch.

West Volusia high-school football

The second week of the season found the DeLandOrange City University game not played due to COVID-19, while the Pierson Taylor-Winter Park Trinity Prep game was postponed. Deltona stopped Mount Dora, 34-17, and Pine Ridge in Deltona was topped by Father Lopez, 20-0. Deltona Trinity Christian lost to Leesburg First Academy, 22-6.

The games on Friday, Sept. 17, have DeLand hosting Oviedo in Spec Martin Memorial Stadium, Deltona greeting Seabreeze, Pine Ridge at Port Orange Atlantic, Orange City University traveling to Lyman, Pierson Taylor at Bell, and Deltona Trinity Christian hosting St. Joseph Academy. All games are at 7 p.m.

Next week, Friday, Sept. 24, has DeLand hosting Seabreeze, Deltona hosting Winter Springs, Pine Ridge hosting Pierson Taylor, Orange City University greeting Lake Brantley, and Deltona Trinity Christian hosting Keswick Christian.

DeLand High School athletics

The DeLand High School Lady Bulldog golf team defeated Mainland 192-236, with Sydney Knight being low medalist for DeLand with a 42, and teammate Sydney Fosnow carding a 43.

The DeLand Bulldog swimmers stopped Orange City University, 131-34, while the DeLand Lady Bulldogs won with 119-34. Two-event winners for the girls were Anna Monette, winning the 100 back and the 100 fly, and Isabella Brunacci, winning the 50 and 100 free. Kayla Detter, Alana Epple, Emmy Miles and Lilla Dexheimer won single events.

Two-event winners for the boys were Kai Vedder in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke, and Maddox Mules in the 200 and 100 free, while Carlos Mize, Ryker Mules, Massimo Mules and Maverick Mules won single events for the Bulldogs.

The DeLand cross-country team recently hosted its annual invitational. Fifteen schools, with 127 boys and 98 girls, competed. The boys’ and girls’ divisions were won by Olympia High School. The DeLand Bulldogs were seventh, while the Lady Bulldogs were 10th. Leading the DeLand girls was Magdalena Schricker in eighth place with a time of 20:50.60, while the boys were led by junior Riley Garrison in 15th place with a time of 18:10.90.

The DeLand bowlers have been busy; the boys and girls lost to Mainland 4-3 and 7-0, respectively. Alisyn Sprague bowled a 243 for the Lady Bulldogs. The Bulldog boys defeated Flagler Palm Coast, 7-0, while the Bulldog girls lost by the same score. Mial Baldwin had a 653 series for the boys, and Aaliyah Alexander had a 149 for the girls. Orange City University stopped the DeLand boys, 4-3, while the girls lost, 7-0, with Sprague rolling 178.

It is reported that Jim Lowenstein will be the new head soccer coach for the DeLand boys’ program.

On Saturday, Sept. 18, the Bulldog swimmers go to the Lake Brantley Invitational at 7 a.m., while the DeLand cross-country teams go to the Spruce Creek Invitational at 7:15 a.m.

On Monday, Sept. 20, the DeLand volleyball team competes in the quarterfinals of the Five Star Tournament, while Tuesday, Sept. 21, the semifinals take place. The championships will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. The locations and times of these matches are to be determined depending on ranking and who wins the lower rounds.

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, the DeLand bowlers host Pine Ridge at 3:45 p.m., while the boys’ golf team goes to Deltona Trinity at 4 p.m. on the Deltona country club course.

Wednesday, Sept. 22, has the Bulldog golfers hosting Lyman at 4:30 p.m., the DeLand swimmers going to Seabreeze at 4 p.m., and the DeLand bowlers greeting Mainland at 3:45 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 25, sends the DeLand cross-country runners to the Hagerty Invitational in Oviedo at 7:15 a.m.

Deltona High School

The Deltona High School boys’ cross-country team placed 12th at the DeLand Invitational, with the Wolves being led by sophomore Carlos Cerrud, who was 27th overall with a time of 18:29.20. The Deltona girls didn’t have a full team, but the leading runner was Diana Pineda with a time of 25:56.80.

Pine Ridge High School

The Pine Ridge High School (in Deltona) boys’ cross-country team earned an 11th-place finish at the DeLand Invitational. Junior William Steinebach came in 36th with a 18:46.10 time.

Taylor Middle-High School

Taylor Middle-High School in Pierson competed in the DeLand Invitational, with the Taylor boys placing 13th and the Taylor girls not having a full team. The boys were led by Arnulfo Cabrera Lopez at 19:33.89, while the girls were led by Linda Aviles at 24:43.30.

Stetson University Athletics

The Stetson University Hatters football team opened its 2021 fall season with a win over Warner, 54-14. The Hatters had a total of 479 yards, with passing producing 274 of those yards. Their next game will be on the road at Princeton Sunday, Sept. 26, with game time not determined yet.

The Lady Hatter cross-country team placed third in its season-opener at the Florida Atlantic Invitational. The Lady Hatters were third behind the University of Miami and the University of Central Florida, with another five teams behind them. Freshman Cheyenne Durda placed sixth overall with a time of 18:43.91.

The Stetson Department of Athletics has named Melissa Knepshield as the head cheerleading coach.

On Friday, Sept. 17, and Saturday, Sept. 18, the Lady Hatter volleyball team plays host at its annual invitational in the Edmunds Center. Stetson plays at 6 p.m. on the 17th and at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the 18th.

Saturday, Sept. 18, finds the Hatter men’s soccer team hosting Liberty at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Sept. 23, the Hatter women’s soccer team hosts Bellarmine at 7 p.m.

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