DeLand and Deltona high schools square off at a football game.

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools has announced that its annual Caribbean Party has been postponed to Thursday, Nov. 11. Sponsorship and tickets are still available at

Questions about the event can be directed to

FUTURES also had an event at Burntwood Tavern in Ormond Beach in which $1,860 was donated to support all FUTURES programs impacting Volusia County schools, teachers and students.

If interested in becoming a charity partner with FUTURES, send an email to

Four Volusia County public schools have received the Florida PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) Resilience Award and been named 2020-21 PBIS Model Schools: Forest Lake Elementary School, Timbercrest Elementary School and Heritage Middle School, all in Deltona, and Osceola Elementary School in Ormond Beach, now called Beachside Elementary School.

Twenty-one schools in Volusia County participate in this program.

West Volusia high-school football

Games played Sept. 10 found DeLand High School being topped by Clearwater Academy International, 44-7, while Deltona High defeated Matanzas, 27-6. Pine Ridge of Deltona ran over Palm Beach Christian Prep, 50-6, with Orange City University just getting by Seabreeze, 27-23. Pierson Taylor was stopped Sept. 9 by Windermere Prep, 41-7.

Games on Friday, Sept. 24, have Seabreeze coming to face DeLand in Spec Martin Memorial Stadium, while Deltona greets Winter Springs and Pine Ridge of Deltona meets Taylor. Orange City University will host Lake Brantley, while Deltona Trinity Christian plays host to Keswick Christian. All games are at 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 1, places DeLand on the road to Lake Mary. Deltona will be headed to Port Orange

Atlantic, and Deltona Trinity Christian will greet Eagle’s View. Pine Ridge of Deltona, Orange City University and Pierson Taylor have an open date Oct. 1.

McInnis Elementary School

McInnis Elementary School in DeLeon Springs has already determined how much field-study trips will cost for the upcoming school year. The school offers a couple of ways to pay, and there is a payment deadline for each trip. Flyers containing information should have come home, but if not, contact the school. Always check on these, as things can change.

The kindergarten will visit Harvest Fields Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze Friday, Oct. 22, go to the DeLeon Springs Fire Station on a date not yet settled, visit Blue Spring State Park Jan. 6, and go to DeLeon Springs State Park and take a boat ride March 3. All four trips cost a total of $18.

The first-grade trips include the DeLand Regional Library Friday, Oct. 8, Barberville Pioneer Settlement Dec. 14, DeLeon Springs State Park (including a boat ride) March 3, and a trip to the Reptile Discovery Center May 19. The cost for these totals $35.

Second-graders will make field-study adventures to the Athens Theatre in DeLand to see Shrek, visit the Volusia County Courthouse Jan. 31, go to DeLeon Springs State Park (including a boat ride) Feb. 4, and Barberville Pioneer Settlement March 10. The Marine Discovery Center makes a presentation at McInnis May 20. The cost for the trips is $36.

Field-study trips for third-graders will be to YMCA Camp Winona Monday, Nov. 8, to the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach Feb. 9, off to Sanford and the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens Feb. 24, and to Select Growers May 20. Total cost: $53.

Fourth-grade students will have a visit with Diamond Dell Tuesday, Oct. 12, and go to YMCA Camp Winona Friday, Nov. 5, to St. Augustine Jan. 28, and to Publix March 23. Total cost: $96.06.

The fifth-graders will have Diamond Dell visiting Dec. 3, and they will travel to YMCA Camp Winona Dec. 10, to Kennedy Space Center Feb. 4, and to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens March 25. Total cost: $127.84.

DeLand High School athletics

The DeLand High School volleyball team has been successful. The match scores were 1-2 with Hagerty; 2-0 over Spain Park of Alabama; 0-2 to Clearwater Central Catholic; 2-1 over Vanguard; 2-0 over Riverdale; 0-2 to Westminster Christian; 2-0 over Bishop Moore; 3-0 over Seabreeze; and 1-2 by Lake Brantley.

The DeLand High bowling team has been competing twice weekly. The boys defeated Atlantic, 7-0, with Mial Baldwin rolling a 212, while the girls lost, 0-7, with Alisyn Sprague getting a 195.

The boys then defeated Seabreeze, 5-2, while the girls lost, 0-7. In the Seabreeze match, Sean Gaudreault rolled a 221; Sam Martin, 226; Joshua Barger, 210; and Jesse Barger, 201. Sprague had 196 and 189, with Aaliyah Alexander rolling 179, and Timmera Lewis rolling a career-high 115.

The DeLand swim team split with Flagler Palm Coast, with the boys winning, 139-31, while the girls were stopped, 91-79. Maddox Mules won the 200 free and the 100 fly, while Kai Vedder, Ryan Fantone and Massimo Mules won one event each. Anna Monette won the 100 fly and the 100 backstroke for the girls, while Emmy Miles and Isabella Brunacci won one event each.

The DeLand cross-country teams were at the Titusville Astronaut Invitational, where the girls took 15th and the boys 11th out of 32 teams competing. Junior Magdalena Schricker was 17th overall with a time of 21:08.90, while senior Ethan Myrick placed 21st with a time of 18:00.60.

The DeLand Century Club helps support DeLand High Bulldog football programs. A simple membership costs $25. Go to for more information, or call 386-804-0881.

The DeLand High baseball team is putting together an Alumni Game to be played at noon Saturday, Nov. 6, on the DeLand High baseball field. The alumni player fee to participate is $30, while a $5 donation is suggested for game entry. More info on this as the date draws nearer.

The upcoming sports calendar, which may change due to weather, finds the Bulldogs cross-country runners at the Hagerty Invitational Saturday, Sept. 25.

Monday, Sept. 27, has the male golfers competing in the Great Halifax Invitational on the Riviera Country Club course at 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 28, has the Lady Bulldog volleyball squads hosting New Smyrna Beach at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 29, has the female golfers at Seabreeze on the Oceanside course at 4 p.m.

The bowlers greet Flagler Palm Coast at 3:45 p.m. Sept. 29 at Sunshine Bowling Center in DeLand, and the boys’ golf team hosts University at 4 p.m. that day on the Victoria Hills course.

Thursday, Sept. 30, brings Spruce Creek to face the DeLand High volleyball team in the DeLand gym at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Deltona High School

Deltona High School Homecoming is Friday, Sept. 24, when the Wolves play host to the football team from Winter Springs High School at 7 p.m. The Homecoming Dance will be 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

Stetson University Athletics

The Stetson University Hatters football team stopped Ave Maria, 49-16. The Hats on offense gained 313 yards in the air and 267 on the ground. The next game is Saturday, Sept. 25, when they travel to Princeton, followed on Saturday, Oct. 2, with a home game against Davidson at 1 p.m.

The Stetson men’s soccer team knotted up the score at 2 against Campbell. Oliver Bryneus and Gabriel Toro scored the Stetson goals.

Upcoming home events for the Hatters have the women’s soccer team hosting Eastern Kentucky at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, and the men’s soccer team hosting Jacksonville University at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.

College honors

Nakiah Warner and Scott Attardi, both of Deltona, and Kelsey Hansbrough, of DeLand, have been named to the summer 2021 dean’s list at Southern New Hampshire University.

Jefferson Holder, of DeLand, Lauren Hoover, of DeBary, and George Boyles, of Deltona, have been named to the summer 2021 President’s List at Southern New Hampshire University.

Eryn Elizabeth Streeter, of Deltona, has earned a Bachelor of Science in radiologic sciences from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Avry Aviles, of DeLand, has received a Coast Guard Foundation scholarship. Her father, Michael Aviles, is a retired Coast Guard veteran. Avry is attending Stetson University in DeLand.

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