deland high school track team
CHAMPIONS — The DeLand High School Bulldog boys’ track team won the George Janan Memorial Track Meet recently at Spruce Creek. Seen holding the championship trophy are Riley Garrison, Ethan Myrick, Justin McGonigle and Elijah Morrow, all seniors. The Bulldogs outscored 12 other schools to win the championship. Myrick won the 800, while Kevar Williams, not pictured, won two events. They are coached by Jim Lowenstein, Chris Madzik and Tim Shea. PHOTO BY JIM LOWENSTEIN

The Orange City Sorosis Club is offering three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from the following schools: University High School in Orange City, Deltona High, Pine Ridge High in Deltona, DeLand High, and Sunrise Academy, as well as Volusia County home-schoolers.

Applications can be picked up at your high school’s guidance office, by calling the Sorosis Club at 386-775- 6814, or by visiting Applications must be postmarked on or before Monday, April 4.

Volusia County Schools has announced that Maureen Mack, who is an engineering teacher at University High School in Orange City, is the 2022 CTE Teacher of the Year. The CTE award is presented each year during CTE Month.

Mack will collaborate and teach with a Peruvian teacher in an upcoming project in Peru for Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms. She is currently working with the University of Florida on a global project with a classroom at the PrepaTec school in Santa Catarina, Mexico. Students from University High and PrepaTec will have synchronous and asynchronous learning sessions and have opportunities to team up on the aeronautical engineering project.

Mack was one of 12 finalists for the CTE award. The other finalists were Kelley Lemon of Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach; Heather Cobb, Spruce Creek High in Port Orange; Matthew Milazzo, Deltona High; Jordan Gawel, Deltona Middle; Dana Luff, New Smyrna Beach High; Natalie Knutson, Atlantic High in Port Orange; Tara Gardner,

Mainland High in Daytona Beach; Nancy Parris, Ormond Beach Middle; Mike Hackley, Silver Sands Middle in Port Orange; Tammi Collins, Taylor Middle-High in Pierson; and Sandy Ryder, DeLand High.

READY TO SKYDIVE — St. Barnabas Episcopal School teacher Julie Kaidor, coach Kelly Bergmann and teacher Tamara Parker are all smiles as they prepare to skydive March 11. When the St. Barnabas School Student Government Association came up with the Fun Run challenge, the teachers enthusiastically accepted it, agreeing to skydive if $30,000 was raised by the community. That challenge was surpassed, with the Fun Run raising a record-breaking $32,700!

Local high-school track competition

DeLand High, Pine Ridge High of Deltona, and Orange City University High participated in the George Janan Memorial Invitational Track Meet March 12 at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange. The DeLand High Bulldog boys’ squad took first place out of the 12 schools that scored points.

The meet started out with rain and lightning, followed by sunny skies and the temperature dropping 15 degrees.

The Bulldogs had a total of 100 points, followed by Mainland with 97, and Sanford Seminole with 96.5. Orange City University was seventh with 38 points, and Pine Ridge of Deltona, with 18 points, was in 10th place.

The Spruce Creek girls won the meet with 136 points, followed by Lake Mary with 133, and Seminole with 132. The DeLand girls took fourth with 60 points, while Orange City University was fifth with 41, and Pine Ridge of Deltona was in 12th place with 16 points.

The Bulldog boys had three first-place finishes supplied by Kevar Williams with two wins and Ethan Myrick with one. Williams claimed first in the 100 at 10.85, running into a headwind, and the 200 at 21.51, while Myrick claimed his win in the 800 meters at 2:05.24.

Riley Garrison took second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:55.23, while grabbing sixth in the 1,500. Third-place finishes were earned by Avian Edwards-Pla in the 200, Noah Ennabili in the 800, Fabian McKnight in the 110 and 300 hurdles, Ian York in the triple jump, and Owen York in the javelin.

Two of the Lady Bulldog girls had firsts: Shamia Allen in the long jump with a 16-foot-5-inch leap, and Emily Lamb in the discus with a toss of 95 feet, 11 inches, while placing third in the javelin and the high jump. Sydney Neira placed third in the 800.

The Orange City University Titan boys took first in the 4×800 relay with a time of 8:38.60. Royce Eggert took second in the 1,500 with a 4:30.66 clocking, and Nyrania Barr-Miller tied for third in the girls’ high jump.

The Pine Ridge boys were led by Marc Dessources gaining third place in the boys’ high jump with a 5-foot-7.75-inch leap.

DeLand High School Athletics

The DeLand High School Bulldog baseball team was stopped by Apopka, 8-3, with Chris Caruso hitting a home run for DeLand. The Bulldogs then went into extra innings to top Spruce Creek, 3-2, in the bottom of the eighth, with Elliot Sande getting a double.

The DeLand squad also defeated Winter Garden Horizon, 18-0, with Bryson Treichel going four for five at the plate, hitting a double and a triple, and stealing a base.

The DeLand High Lady Bulldog softball team was topped by Spruce Creek, 10-0, but bounced back with a 7-5 win over New Smyrna Beach, during which Brianne Yocum and Hailee Nelson each hit a double.

Now that Spring Holiday is over, the DHS athletic calendar gets very busy. On Friday, March 25, the softball team faces Deltona at 4:30 p.m., and the junior-varsity baseball team plays host to Apopka on the Bulldog field, also at 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 29, has the softball team at Mainland at 4:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., the baseball team at Orange City University at 4:30 p.m., and the junior-varsity baseball team hosting Orange City University at 4:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 30, the girls’ tennis team will be in Orange City to face University at 4 p.m.

On Thursday, March 31, the softball team will play at home against Spruce Creek at 4 p.m., and the baseball team will play at Merritt Island at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, March 31, and Friday, April 1, the DeLand track team will compete in the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville on the University of Florida track.

Stetson University

Dr. Steven T. Katz, Slater Professor in Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Boston University, will give Stetson University’s annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture, speaking on “Reconsidering Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust.” His talk will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Stetson Room in the Carlton Union Building.

Stetson University Athletics

The Stetson University Lady Hatters women’s basketball team defeated Northern Alabama in the ASUN tournament, 64-53, with Ayanna Dublin scoring 18 points, while pulling down 11 rebounds, and Yazz Wazeerud-Din scoring 14 points.

In the semifinals, the Lady Hatters faced Florida Gulf Coast, who are currently ranked No. 20 in the nation. FGCU ended the Stetson season with an 82- 67 victory, after the Lady Hats led at halftime 34-28. Alyssa Hargrove had 18 points for Stetson, while Jamiya Turner added 17 points. Tatiana Streun made 12 points with seven rebounds, and Dublin scored 10 points. FGCU lost only two games during the season, as of this writing; they lost to Princeton and Stetson, both by the score of 58-55. FGCU went on to win the ASUN Championship Tournament by defeating Jacksonville State, 69-54, to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

The Stetson baseball team defeated Sacred Heart, 13-4, and Florida A&M University, 11-0 and 2-0. In the first FAMU game, Anthony DeFabbia went three-for-three with two RBIs, and in the second game, Andrew Estrella went two-for-three while scoring a run.

The Lady Hatter softball team had a rough week: The team was downed by Bethune-Cookman, 4-1; Iona, 5-4; the University of South Florida, 8-0 and 1-0; and Mercer, 6-4.

On Saturday, March 26, the beach-volleyball team faces Florida Atlantic at 8 a.m. and Coastal Carolina at 9 a.m., and the softball team plays host to Bellarmine at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

On Sunday, March 27, the women’s tennis team greets Kennesaw State at 10 a.m., and the men’s team competes against the same school at 2 p.m. The softball team faces Bellarmine at noon, and the beach-volleyball team hosts Georgia State at noon and Florida International at 4 p.m. The women’s golf team competes in the Babs Steffens Invitational on the LPGA course in Daytona Beach.

The baseball team will travel to the east to face Bethune-Cookman at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30.

On Friday, April 1, the baseball team will play North Florida at 6:30 p.m., and will play them again at the same time Saturday, April 2. The lacrosse team will face Kennesaw State at noon April 2.

Stetson’s graduate forward on the women’s basketball team, Ayanna Dublin, was named to the ASUN Championship All-Tournament Team. She averaged 12.7 points and 4.7 rebounds during the tourney.

Stetson golfer Truman Keppy placed second overall in the Sacred Heart Spring Invite played on the LPGA course in Daytona Beach. He scored 71-72 over the two-day tourney for a total of 143. On the second day, he was the only player to reach par.

The Stetson men’s golf team placed second in the tournament, behind winner Sacred Heart’s total of 591. Other schools that Stetson topped included Purdue Fort Wayne, Iona, Bryant, Fairfield, Evansville, Eastern Illinois and Manhattan.

GENEROUS DONATION — Food Brings Hope recently received a generous donation from the Earl W. and Patricia B. Colvard Charitable Foundation Inc. Earl Colvard, owner of 39 Boulevard Tire locations in Florida and two in Georgia, presented FBH Executive Director Judi Winch with a $10,000 check. The foundation has annually supported FBH’s mission by partnering with FBH since 2017 to assist underprivileged children reach their
full potential. One hundred percent of the donation will support FBH’s programs. “Their
longtime commitment to the students and families in our community is greatly appreciated,”
said Winch.

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