PHOTO COURTESY DIANE SMITH NEEDED DONATIONS — ICI Homes employees collected 282 pairs of shoes and 466 pairs of socks to donate to Food Brings Hope students. Through this donation, KidsZone and TeenZone sponsors were able to choose 15-20 pairs of shoes and a bagful of socks for their students. The sponsors were thrilled with this donation, as their students were able to start the new semester in January with new shoes and socks. At the top, from left, are Elizabeth Ensminger, DeJuan Marquez, Andrew Mace, Deana Warren-Cook, Carolina Martin, ShaKeisha Berry and Kellie Overmier. Kneeling are Lisa Sallese and Lilli Rizzitiello.

The City of Deltona has announced that Deltona Parks and Recreation has added new recreation options for Deltona families, adding a Youth Baseball League, Youth Flag Football, an Adult Softball League, an Adult Basketball League, an Adult Kickball League, and the Daily Mile. Space in all these programs is limited.

Call 386-878-8940 for more information, or visit the Deltona Parks and Recreation office at 2345 Providence Blvd. in Deltona.

The most current programs are listed below; the others will have registration in February, the details of which will be in this column at a later time.

Youth Baseball League opens registration Friday, Jan. 14, with competition taking place in February and March. The cost is $50 per child ages 3-8. Children ages 3-4 will play T-ball, and those ages 5-8 will play coach-pitch baseball.

Games will take place at Wes Crile Park, 1537 Norbert Terrace in Deltona. Coaches are needed.

The Adult Softball League (Polar Bear League) has registration starting Friday, Jan. 21, with a cost of $450 per team. Individuals can join an interest list and be placed on a team.

The league is for those age 18 and older, and its games will be played at Dupont Lakes Park, at 2711 Elkcam Blvd. in Deltona, during February and March.

Online registration for driver’s education opens at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, and closes at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Seats are limited for this program. Go to for an application or more information.

On Monday, Jan. 17, public schools in Volusia County will be closed so that all can observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Classes will resume Tuesday, Jan. 18.

DeLand High School

Bulldog Palooza will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, on the DeLand High School campus. Bulldog Palooza offers tours of the school campus and school programs, and allows students to discover electives and meet the school’s teams and clubs.

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DeLand High School athletics

The DeLand High School Bulldog boys’ basketball team rattled off several victories prior to the holiday break. The team downed Orangewood, 65-48, with senior Trayvon Barbary getting 19 points and six rebounds; junior Nigle Cook adding 17 points, seven rebounds, two blocked shots, four assists and two steals; and senior Welsey Snipes dropping in 16 points and making six rebounds. The team also defeated the Potter’s House Christian Academy, 49-37.

The DeLand boys’ soccer team downed Taylor Middle-High, 3-0, with junior Aurelio Silva scoring a goal, along with two assists. The other two goals were netted by junior Seth Policke and senior Adam Hill.

The DeLand girls’ weightlifting squad competed in the Five Star Championships prior to the Winter Holiday. The squad took fifth place in the snatch-lift competition, with Zachiyah Banton-Dofflemyer, Jendaya Talton and Summer Rank taking third in their individual weight divisions, while Addison Ruocco took fourth and Hollee Brady took fifth.

The Bulldog Wrestling Club will start up again Tuesday, Jan. 11. The club is open to anyone, in grades four through 12, who is interested in participating. Club members practice 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the old gym at DeLand High. All those taking part will need an AAU card. Check with coach Chris Folsom on any Tuesday or Thursday for more information.

The DeLand High sports calendar has the girls’ basketball team hosting Deltona at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, while on Wednesday, Jan. 12, the boys’ soccer program enters the Five Star Conference Tournament, which will be played over several days.

The DeLand Lady Bulldog varsity weightlifters compete at Spruce Creek at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, and the junior-varsity wrestlers compete in the Bulldog gym.

On Thursday, Jan. 13, the DeLand girls’ varsity soccer team travels to Lake Buena Vista for a 7 p.m. match, while the varsity wrestlers host Orange City University in the Bulldog gym.

On Friday, Jan. 14, the varsity wrestlers will be at the Viper Classic at Space Coast High School.

Deltona High School

The School Advisory Council at Deltona High School will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the Learning Commons.

Stetson University Athletics

The College Sports Information Directors of America, in association with The Associated Press and the Fiesta Bowl Organization, has named the three recipients of the 2021 Mayo Clinic Comeback Players of the Year Award. They also named six players for honorable mention; these included Stetson University Hatter football player Avery Samuels.

Samuels, a sophomore offensive lineman for the Hatters, sat out the 2020- 21 season as seven members of his family died from COVID-19. Despite the family tragedy, Samuels returned to the Hatters during the summer of 2021 and worked his way back onto the field each week.

He played in eight of 10 games, starting in three. He was in for 341 snaps on offense and graded out at 95.5 percent for the season. Samuels is a psychology major at Stetson.

The Stetson men’s basketball team defeated the College of Charleston, 67-59, with Christiaan Jones scoring 23 points, along with nine rebounds and three steals. Chase Johnston added 14 points, and Josh Smith made 12 points with 10 rebounds.

The Hatters were stopped by the University of Miami, 82-72, with Johnston scoring 18 points. Rob Perry added 16 points with six rebounds and three assists, while Jones added 12 points with seven more rebounds.

The Hatters topped Piedmont, 97-53, with Perry scoring 21 points with four steals and five assists. Jones added 15 points with 10 rebounds. Johnston contributed 12 points, while Alex Crawford and Giancarlo Valdez each had 10 points.

The Lady Hatter basketball team defeated Virginia Commonwealth University, 64-58, with Mali Morgan-Elliott scoring 12 points, along with five rebounds, four assists and one blocked shot, while Tatiana Streun added 11 points and nine rebounds, and Kiya Turner scored 11 points.

The Lady Hats were stopped by Tennessee State, 60-56, with Streun getting 13 points, and Alyssa Hargrove scoring 13 with eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. Jamiya Turner scored 12 while pulling down seven rebounds.

During the holiday period, Stetson had two athletes honored by the Atlantic Sun Conference: Alyssa Hargrove was named the Freshman of the Week, and Christiaan Jones was named the Player of the Week.

The Stetson athletic calendar has the men’s basketball team traveling to Jacksonville University for a game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, while the women’s team travels to the same school at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12.

On Saturday, Jan. 15, there will be a doubleheader basketball game in the Edmunds Center in DeLand, when the Hatter women host Kennesaw State at 1 p.m. and the Hatter men face the same school at 4 p.m.

College honors

Evan Busby, of Deltona, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2021 semester at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia.

Herber t Race, of DeLand, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2021 semester at University of Maryland Global Campus.

Concetta Johnson, of DeBary, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2021 semester at Columbia College’s Orlando campus.

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