randy brown memorial
FALLEN TEAMMATE HONORED — Members of the DeLand High School Class of 1981 men’s basketball team, along with coach John Zeoli, pay tribute to teammate Randy Brown, who passed away suddenly in June 2021. His teammates, Darrell DeShazier, Dana Thyhsen and Ben Flowers, and coach Zeoli, were on hand to honor Randy’s memory with a plaque that includes messages from seniors on the team and from Zeoli. Zeoli was assistant head coach for this team, as it was head coach Art Parissi’s last year as coach. Randy’s wife, Tiffany, and two of his four daughters, Taylor Brown and Alexis Brown, along with one of Randy’s brothers, Gary Brown and his wife, Harri, attended the casual presentation in DeLand. While a somber moment, it was a positive gathering as teammates, coach and family laughed and cried as they shared stories and memories of Randy. A special thanks to DeShazier, who was instrumental in creating the plaque and arranging the presentation. From left are Zeoli, Thyhsen, Flowers, DeShazier, and Tiffany Brown, Alexis Brown, Taylor Brown, Gary Brown and Harri Brown. PHOTO COURTESY BEN FLOWERS

Lyonia Environmental Center in Deltona has announced that home-schooled children can boost their environmental IQ by taking part in nature walks and classroom-learning experiences hosted by the center.

The fee per child per program is $8. Registration is required by calling Shari Smith at 386-789-7207, ext. 21026.

Programs will be presented for two groups, grades three through nine and grades one through nine. The programs will be on Wednesdays, and they begin Sept. 21.

Lyonia Environmental Center is at 2150 Eustace Ave.

The programs for grades three through nine include “Turbidity and Tannins” on Sept. 21; “A Walk-Through History” on Nov. 16; “Art in the Park” on Feb. 8; and “Thanks, Plankton” on May 10.

The programs for grades one through nine start with “Be the Ancient Sea” on Oct. 12; followed by “A Tree’s Story” on Dec. 14; “Florida Scrub Eco-Buggy Ride” on Jan. 11; “Time Travelers” on March 8; and “Composting” on April 12.

Public schools in Volusia County will be hosting open houses, with the middle schools having theirs during the week of Sept. 5, elementary schools during the week of Sept. 19, and high schools during the week of Sept. 26.

The following are the times and dates for the middle schools in West Volusia: DeLand Middle 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7; Deltona Middle 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8; Galaxy Middle in Deltona 5:45-7:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8; Heritage Middle in Deltona 6- 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7; River Springs Middle in Orange City 6-8 p.m Tuesday, Sept. 6, for sixth grade, and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, for seventh and eighth grades; and Southwestern Middle in DeLand 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8.

Registration for the fall driver’s education program began Aug. 23 on a first-come, first-served basis. The course is offered after school and on Saturday.

For the requirements and to sign up, a student should see their guidance director at their school.

Earlier this summer, this column mentioned that the City of DeBary was offering several programs through its Recreation Department.

Youth soccer begins Sept. 8, and adult kickball begins Sept. 9, but registration for these two programs closed in August. Two programs are still having registration: youth tumbling and the Little Ballers Sports Clinic.

For more information and to register, visit https://debaryrecreation.org, or go by the Recreation Office at DeBary City Hall, 16 Colomba Road.

The Volusia County School Board has recognized the following West Volusia schools that increased their state school grade: Blue Lake Elementary in DeLand, Deltona Lakes Elementary, Discovery Elementary in Deltona, Timbercrest Elementary in Deltona, Volusia Pines Elementary in Lake Helen, DeLand Middle School and DeLand High School.

At the same meeting, the School Board recognized Steve Simoneau, the owner of Simoneau Photography, for being a servant to our community and for his continued support of Volusia County schools.

Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, is a school holiday. Classes resume Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Early-release Wednesdays in September are the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.

West Volusia high-school football

On Friday, Sept. 2, the DeLand High School Bulldog football team plays host to Port St. Lucie Centennial High School in Spec Martin Memorial Stadium; Deltona High greets Mount Dora; Pine Ridge (of Deltona) brings St. Cloud to their campus stadium; Orange City University hosts Oviedo; and Deltona Trinity Christian Academy greets First Academy of Leesburg. All these games are at 7 p.m.

Pierson Taylor Middle-High is on the road to Ocoee Legacy Charter at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2.

The following week, on Friday, Sept. 9, DeLand travels to Lake City Columbia, Deltona goes to Palm Coast Matanzas, Orange City University plays at home against Seabreeze, and Pierson Taylor travels to Cocoa Beach.

DeLand High School

Members of the DeLand High School Class of 1981 men’s basketball team recently paid tribute to teammate Randy Brown, who passed away suddenly in June 2021. His teammates Darrell DeShazier, Dana Thyhsen and Ben Flowers and assistant coach John Zeoli were on hand to honor Randy’s memory with a plaque that includes messages from those involved.

Other teammates who contributed messages but were unable to attend were Fred Hinson, James McGee and Felix Boother.

The head coach was Art Parissi, who was in his last year as head coach before Zeoli took over the program.

Randy’s wife, Tiffany, and two of his four daughters, Taylor and Alexis, were in attendance at the casual presentation, along with Randy’s brother Gary, and Gary’s wife, Harri.

While a somber moment, it was a positive gathering, as teammates, coaches and family laughed and cried as they shared stories and memories of Randy. A special thanks to Darrell DeShazier, who was instrumental in creating and arranging the presentations.

DeLand High School athletic calendar

The DeLand High School Lady Bulldog varsity volleyball team will be participating in the Nike Tournament of Champions Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2 and 3.

On Saturday, Sept. 3, the Bulldog cross-country squads play host at the DeLand Invitational at 7:30 a.m. at Sperling Sports Complex. Spectators will need to purchase a ticket to enter the complex.

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Lady Bulldog golf team meets Mainland for a 4:15 p.m. match at the Daytona Beach Municipal Course. That same day, the Bulldog golfers play host to Eustis at 4:30 p.m. on the course at Victoria Hills.

The DeLand bowling teams play at Atlantic High School in Port Orange at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Wednesday, Sept. 7, also has the Bulldog swimmers greeting Flagler Palm Coast at the DeLand Family YMCA at 4 p.m., and the Bulldog volleyball teams host the same school at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7.

Thursday, Sept. 8, has the DeLand boys’ golf team, along with the Flagler Palm Coast team, playing at 4:30 p.m. on the Venetian Bay course in New Smyrna Beach.

Also Thursday, Sept. 8, the DeLand volleyball teams will have matches at Seabreeze at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and the junior-varsity Bulldog football team will play at 6 p.m. at Atlantic High.

Stetson University Athletics

The Stetson University Hatter football team opens its 2022 season at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, playing against Concordia of Michigan in Spec Martin Memorial Stadium in DeLand.

At 6 p.m. the following week, Saturday, Sept. 10, Stetson hosts Louisiana Christian.

The Lady Hatter soccer team opened its 2022 season with a win over South Carolina State, 5-0. Arianna Lombardi, Alexis Smith, Gaby Padilla and Georgia Place scored single goals for Stetson, while South Carolina State scored the fifth goal.

The Hatter men’s soccer team hosts Queens University on the Stetson field at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, the Lady Hatters soccer team greets The Citadel at 7 p.m.

The Stetson volleyball team will play against SIUE at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9.

College honors

Aiden Trapani, of Deltona, was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2022 semester at Northern Vermont University.

— Send school news to Tony Tussing via email: at flacoach43@hotmail.com.

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