tara vicente administrative assistant at futures foundation
Tara Vicente of Deltona is the new administrative assistant at FUTURES Foundation

On Saturday, Oct. 29, Stetson University Athletics will induct six new members into the Athletics Hall of Fame. The Class of 2022 will include baseball player Robert Crews, Class of 2011; women’s tennis player Julie Johnson Lepre ’94; softball player Amanda Lindsey ’10; indoor and beach volleyball player Kaley Melville ’14, ’17; football player Donald Payne ’16; and women’s basketball player Jama Sharp ’15.

The group will be honored at the Homecoming football game against Drake, and on that evening, a formal induction will be at the Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center, 815 S. Alabama Ave. in DeLand.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties celebrated the opening Aug. 31 of its first-ever Teen Center at T. DeWitt Taylor Middle-High School in Pierson.

Upcoming events for the Boys & Girls Clubs include Linda Paul’s Wine and Cheese Kickoff Tuesday, Sept. 20; Tijuana Flats’ “Run and Walk for Success 5K” Saturday, Oct. 1; Foundation Risk Partners’ “Deal for Success” Sunday, Oct. 2; a VIP event at Daytona International Speedway Tuesday, Oct. 4; the Epson Tour Championship Pro-Am Tournament Wednesday, Oct. 5; LPGA’s Epson Tour Championship Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 6-9; and Michelob Ultra’s “A Swing for Success” Monday, Oct. 10. All of these are fundraisers for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties. Call 386-734-0555 for information about participating.

Volusia County public high schools will be having their open houses on either Tuesday, Sept. 27, or Wednesday, Sept. 28. Here is the list for West Volusia high schools: DeLand High 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27; Deltona High 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, with a Title I parent meeting 5-5:30 p.m.; Pine Ridge High in Deltona 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27; Taylor Middle-High in Pierson 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28; and University High in Orange City 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.

FUTURES Foundation

for Volusia County Schools has hired Tara Vicente of Deltona as its new administrative assistant. She will be responsible for administrative support to FUTURES and Take Stock in Children.

Vicente has extensive clerical and accounting experience, and has worked with various boards in the community. She also has served as a substitute teacher within the school district, operated a notary business, and coordinated an international program through World Wide Cultural Exchange.

The Little Ballers Sports Clinic presented by DeBary Parks and Recreation will take place Sept. 27-Nov. 8. This program is for 3- to 5-year-olds.

For information about any of the programs presented by DeBary Parks and Recreation, visit https://debaryrecreation.org.

The first of nine programs offered by Lyonia Environmental Center in Deltona for home-schooled children will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Lake Ashby Park in New Smyrna Beach This program is titled “Turbidity and Tannins,” and is for grades three through nine.

The fee is $8 per child, and registration is required.

Call 386-789-7207, ext. 21026, for more information.

Deltona High School

The School Advisory Council (SAC) at Deltona High School will have its first meeting of the new school year at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Learning Center.

Visit DHSWolves.com for more information.

DeLand High School Invitational Cross-Country

On Sept. 3, the cross-country teams of DeLand High School had their annual DeLand Invitational Cross-Country Meet, which attracted more than 15 schools.

The girls’ championship school was Jacksonville Mandarin with 71 points, while New Smyrna Beach was the runner-up with 104 points, closely followed by Spruce Creek with 110 points. The West Volusia teams included DeLand in seventh place, Orange City University in eighth, and Pierson Taylor in 12th.

The boys’ title was earned by Oviedo Hagerty with 48 points, while Lake Mary was second with 77 points, and Oviedo took third with 90 points. Orange City University was fifth overall, with DeLand finishing eighth, Deltona 11th and Pine Ridge of Deltona 13th.

The DeLand Lady Bulldog girls were led by junior Sydney Neira, who was seventh overall out of 93 runners, with a clocking of 21:24.3, while the DeLand Bulldog boys were led by Riley Garrison, 22nd out of 127 runners, with an 18:18.0 time.

The Orange City University Titan boys were led to the finish by Corey Johnson, who was 14th with a 17:45.1 run for the 5K course, while Hannah Judge led the way for the Orange City University Lady Titans in 10th place, with a 31:46.0 time.

The Pierson Taylor girls were led by Ashley Fuentes in 46th with a time of 24:31.3, and the Deltona boys were led by junior Carlos Cerrud, who finished 15th with a 17:45.6 clocking. The top runner for the Pine Ridge of Deltona boys was Hunter Kemp, with a 19:27.5 time in 43rd place.

West Volusia high-school football

After week two of high-school football, Deltona High remained undefeated, while DeLand High, Pierson Taylor and Deltona Trinity moved to 1-1, and Pine Ridge of Deltona and Orange City University were still looking for their first win.

Deltona downed Mount Dora, 45-7, while DeLand stopped Port St. Lucie Centennial, 40-22, and Deltona Trinity Christan Academy stopped First Academy of Leesburg, 27-18.

Pine Ridge of Deltona lost to St. Cloud, 47-7, Pierson Taylor was topped by Ocoee Legacy Charter, 40-0, and Oviedo defeated Orange City University, 35-7. All scores were found on MaxPreps.

On Friday, Sept. 16, only five of the West Volusia teams are active: Deltona plays host to Port Orange Atlantic, Pine Ridge of Deltona greets Orange City University, Pierson Taylor plays host to Bell, and Deltona Trinity welcomes Lecanto Seven Rivers Christian. All games are at 7 p.m.

On Friday, Sept. 23, DeLand heads to Seabreeze, Deltona Trinity goes to St. Petersburg Keswick Christian, and Orange City University goes to Flagler Palm Coast. Deltona greets Kissimmee Liberty, and Pine Ridge of Deltona hosts Lake Howell. All games are at 7 p.m.

DeLand High School Athletics

The DeLand High School Lady Bulldog volleyball team is off to a good start. The ladies topped Spruce Creek, 3-0, with match scores of 26-24, 25-17 and 25-20. Then they stopped Winter Springs, 3-0, with games of 25-19, 25-16 and 25-14.

Their next adventure was to the Tampa area to participate in the Nike Tournament of Champions, where the DeLand Lady Bulldogs stopped West Boca Raton, 2-0, (25-23, 25-19), and Jacksonville Bishop Kenny, 2-0, (25-16, 25-17). They were stopped by Fort Myers Canterbury, 2-0, (23-25, 19-25), Gainesville, 2-0, (12-25, 22-25) and Jackson Academy from Jackson, Mississippi, 2-0, (22-25, 14-25).

The DeLand High bowling squads have competed with Mainland and Flagler Palm Coast. The Bulldog boys stopped Mainland, 7-0, and Flagler Palm Coast, 6-1, while the five-man crew turned in a 1,061 score. The Lady Bulldogs beat Mainland, 7-0, but lost to Flagler by the same score.

The DHS sports schedule has the cross-country team at the Hagerty Invitational at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, and the Bulldog swimmers compete at the Record Breaker Invitational at the Port Orange Family YMCA at 7 a.m.

On Monday, Sept. 19, the DeLand volleyball team opens in the Five Star Tournament at Taylor Middle-High in Pierson; the tournament’s other playing dates are Sept. 20 and Sept. 22. The boys’ golf team will be at the Winter Springs Invitational at 9 a.m.; the invitational is played on the Tuscawilla Country Club course.

Tuesday, Sept. 20, sees the Bulldog bowlers hosting Pine Ridge at 3:45 p.m. and the Lady Bulldogs golf team playing Seabreeze at 4 p.m. on the Riviera course.

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the Bulldog bowling team plays at Mainland at 3:45 p.m., the Lady Bulldog golfers host Orange City University at 4 p.m., and the DeLand swimmers greet Spruce Creek at 4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 22, has the boys’ golf team competing at Atlantic on the Cypress Head Golf Course at 4:30 p.m. That same day, the DeLand junior-varsity football team plays host to Seabreeze at 6 p.m.

Stetson University Athletics

The Stetson University Hatter football team opened its 2022 season with a win over Concordia of Michigan in Spec Martin Memorial Stadium, 24-14. The Hats came from three down in the first quarter to a halftime lead of 14-3. The Hatters host Princeton at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Spec Martin Stadium.

The Stetson men’s soccer team took an early lead

against Florida Atlantic, only to be stopped 2-1, with Connor Bates getting the Stetson goal. However, later in the week, the squad stopped Queens University, 2-0, with Luis Lara Delgado and Lewis Scatterfield scoring goals.

The Lady Hatter soccer squad lost to the University of Texas – San Antonio, 3-0.

The Stetson cross-country team competed in the UCF Invitational, which saw nine schools taking part. The Stetson men were fourth behind Florida, Miami and Florida Gulf Coast, with Parker Hines placing 10th out of 55 runners with a time of 16:00.3. The Stetson women were also fourth, behind Florida, UCF and Miami, with Cheyenne Durda placing fifth out of 85 runners with a time of 18:39.4.

The volleyball team competed in the Florida Atlantic Owl Paradise Classic in Boca Raton. The Hatters stopped Akron and Arkansas – Pine Bluff, 3-0, but lost to FAU, 3-1, with match scores of 18- 25, 28-26, 21-25 and 15-25. Both schools now have 5-1 season records.

The home-scheduled contests for the week of Sept. 19 have the Stetson women’s soccer team hosting Jacksonville at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, and the Stetson men’s soccer team greeting Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

DeLand Quarterback Club

Capt. Becky McDonald has announced the speakers and dates for the 63rd year of the DeLand Quarterback Club. The first speaker for the 2022 season will be coach Brian Young, the head coach for Stetson University, on Monday, Sept. 19, at Venue 142 in Downtown DeLand. The cocktail hour starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the guest speaker at 7 p.m. This will be the normal format for meetings.

Membership dues are $300. Dues can be paid at the meeting or by mail to McDonald at 201 S. Florida Ave., DeLand, FL 32720. Wing sponsorship costs $150, and checks can be made to Capt. McDonald as well. Any questions can be addressed by calling or texting to 386-717-0259.

The remainder of the slate of quest speakers is as follows: Sept. 26, DeLand High coach Rick Darlington; Oct. 4 (a Tuesday night), CBS Sports personality Houston Nutt; Oct. 10, Pat Dooley of The Gainesville Sun; Oct. 17, Marc Daniels, the Voice of UCF; and Oct. 24, Chris Harry, the senior writer for UF Athletics. There is no meeting on Oct. 31.

Orlando Sentinel sports columnist Mike Bianchi will speak to the club Nov. 7, followed Nov. 14 by Ken Willis of The Daytona Beach News-Journal. There will be no meeting Nov. 21.

The last meeting of the season will be on Monday, Nov. 28, with Ben Troupe as guest speaker. Troupe is a former Gator tight end (2000-03), who then played for the Titans (2004-07) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008.

College honors

Jonathan Medina, Tiffany Sadler and Judith Arnold, all of DeLand; Devin Pandoff, Kevin Vega Torres, Bradley Zebrowski , Sharnel l Clarke and Airyonna Parry, all of Deltona; and Jamie Cason, of Orange City, have been named to the summer 2022 dean’s list at Southern New Hampshire University.

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


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