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The Stetson University men’s basketball schedule has been released, and the Hatters have 13 home games, including two exhibition games, and also have 18 road games.

The exhibition season opens for the Stetson team at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, when they play host to the University of Tampa, followed on Tuesday, Nov. 1, by an exhibition match with Saint Leo College at 7 p.m.

The regular-season home-opener is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, when the Hats greet Johnson University. The regular-season opener for Stetson is Monday, Nov. 7, when they travel to Tallahassee to face FSU, with game time yet to be determined.

One of the highlights of the 2022-23 season is when the Hats go to Dublin, Ireland, for two games. They play Rider University on Nov. 18, and the next day, they face Niagara University. There is a travel package available for those wishing to make the trip with the Stetson men.

Some of the Hatters’ road opponents are Campbell, Florida, Charleston, Ohio University and UCF, along with ASUN competition.

The home schedule for the Stetson squad, besides the games listed above, includes Webber International on Dec. 10, North Florida on Jan. 2, Jacksonville on Jan. 5, Kennesaw State on Jan 19, Jacksonville State on Jan. 21, North Alabama on Feb. 2, Central Arkansas on Feb. 4, Florida Gulf Coast on Feb. 15, Austin Peay on Feb. 22, and Lipscomb on Feb. 24.

The ASUN Tournament will be Feb. 27 and 28 and March 2 and 5 on campus sites.

For several years, Volusia County Schools has sponsored FACT (Families and Community Together) Fairs. This year, FACT Fairs will be offered at DeLand High School on Thursday, Oct. 13, Campbell Middle School in Daytona Beach on Thursday, Nov. 17, Heritage Middle School in Deltona on Thursday, Feb. 16, and New Smyrna Beach High School on Thursday, April 20.

The hours for the fairs are 5:30-7 p.m. A multitude of local agencies and school-related groups will be represented, along with entertainment, pizza and giveaways.

In last week’s column, the Wes Berner Homecoming Classic Golf Tournament was listed. This event has been canceled.

Enterprise Elementary School

Enterprise Elementary School will host its annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. There will be live music, student performances and other activities.

Deltona Middle School

Leontyne Mason has been appointed as an assistant principal at Deltona Middle School.

Heritage Middle School

Heritage Middle School in Deltona will have Family Fun Night 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27.

The many activities will include a SpookTacular House, games and prizes, a live DJ, jousting, an obstacle course, a moon walk, a cakewalk, rock climbing, a petting zoo and more.

Unlimited game bracelets can be purchased for $5, and there will be food and drink concessions.

Southwestern Middle School

The staff at Southwestern Middle School in DeLand has selected Victoria Langston as the school’s nominee for Teacher of the Year. Langston is an ESE teacher.

Taylor Middle-High School

The Taylor Middle-High School Homecoming parade in Pierson will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, followed by the Fall Festival on the school campus.

West Volusia high-school football

The high-school football season is halfway completed for 2022, and Deltona High School continues to be the only undefeated team in West Volusia, with a 5-0 mark. The Deltona High Wolves defeated Kissimmee Liberty, 44-6. The Wolves have scored 216 points to date, and only given up 33 points, which is a 41-point average per game, while only giving up an average of six points.

DeLand improved to 2-2 on the season with a win over Seabreeze, 44-20, and Orange City University improved to 3-2, with a 21-19 win over Flagler Palm Coast.

Pine Ridge of Deltona lost to Lake Howell, 14-12, and Keswick Christian topped Deltona Trinity Christian, 28-8. All scores were found on MaxPreps.

The Friday, Oct. 7, schedule has DeLand hosting Deltona, Pine Ridge greeting Mount Dora, and Orange City University traveling to Mainland. Pierson Taylor faces Interlachen at home for Senior Night, and Deltona Trinity Christian plays host to Bronson. All these games are at 7 p.m.

The Friday, Oct. 14, schedule has DeLand hosting Sanford Seminole, while Deltona greets Mainland, Pine Ridge travels to Seabreeze, Orange City University goes to Spruce Creek, Pierson Taylor greets Lake Weir for Homecoming, and Deltona Trinity Christian travels to Winter Park Trinity Prep.

West Volusia high-school cross-country

Orange City University traveled to the West Orange Invitational, where the Titan boys took third out of 27 teams competing, and the Titan girls were 17th.

Corey Johnson led the way for the University boys with a 12th-place finish out of 191 runners, with a time of 16:54.2. Hannah Judge led the Lady Titans with a 20th-place finish out of 154, with a 20:52.7 clocking.

DeLand, Deltona, Pine Ridge and Pierson Taylor traveled to Port Orange to compete in the Savannah & David Mohney Memorial Invitational sponsored by Spruce Creek High School. The DeLand boys’ squad won the meet with 34 points, while Deltona was sixth, and Pine Ridge didn’t have a team score. The DeLand girls were fourth, while Pierson Taylor didn’t have a team score.

The DeLand Bulldog boys were led by James Gannon, who took first with an 18:04.20 time, and Diego De La Vega took third with a 18:22.0 clocking. They were followed by Riley Garrison in seventh, Jesse Peck in 11th, and Ayden Burns in 12th. Gannon and Garrison are seniors, while the others are juniors.

Pine Ridge’s William Steinebach, a senior, took fifth overall with an 18:25.20 run, while Deltona’s Lincoln Davis, a senior, was 10th at 19:05.90.

The top runner for the DeLand girls was senior Magdalena Schricker at 21:21.20, and Pierson Taylor’s Ashley Fuentes, a sophomore, ran the course in a 23:57.50 time.

West Volusia middle-school cross-country

The DeLand Middle School cross-country teams traveled to the same meet mentioned above in Port Orange. The Terrier boys placed sixth, and the Lady Terrier girls didn’t have a complete team.

The Lady Terrier girls found Samantha Mott winning the race with a clocking of 18:02.9, and Ella Bridges taking second at 18:20.7. Kaitlyn Hanson finished fifth, and Kaydence Bell was ninth.

Of the Terrier boys, Michael Tramuta was the leader at 19:45.1.

DeLand High School Athletics

The DeLand High School swim teams picked up two strong finishes as they defeated Spruce Creek. The Bulldog boys’ score was 136-30, and the Lady Bulldogs won, 105-65.

The Lady Bulldog volleyball team picked up two more wins and was stopped once. The team defeated Taylor, 2-0 (25-11, 25-6), stopped Pine Ridge, 3-0 (25-16, 25-8, 25-17), and lost to New Smyrna Beach, 3-0 (15-25, 20-25, 16-25).

The Bulldog sports calendar has the swimmers at the Five Star Conference meet at the Port Orange Family YMCA at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.

Monday, Oct. 10, has the Lady Bulldogs golf team at the Five Star Tournament at 9 a.m. , the Bulldog golf team playing in the Volusia/Flagler Tournament beginning at 9:30 a.m., and the DeLand High bowling teams hosting Seabreeze at 3:45 p.m.

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the volleyball team has Senior Night at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. while hosting Hagerty.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the bowlers compete at Spruce Creek at 3:45 p.m.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, the swim teams host Seabreeze at 4 p.m., the volleyball teams play at Seminole at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the junior-varsity football team plays against Deltona at 6 p.m.

Stetson University

The keynote speaker for Stetson University’s Values Day Tuesday, Oct. 18, is R. Edward Freeman, Ph.D., a global leader, educator and consultant. The theme for the day is “Engaged Citizenship.”

Stetson University Athletics

The Stetson University Lady Hatters soccer team stopped Jacksonville, 4-3. Peyton Massie scored one goal, Hanna Arvay had two, and the Hatter team is credited with the fourth goal.

The Hatter men’s soccer team was stopped by Central Arkansas, 3-1, with Charles Ahl getting the lone Stetson goal.

The Lady Hatter volleyball team split the weekend with a win and a loss. The team first was downed by Jacksonville, 3-0 (23-25, 23-25, 20-25), but turned things around with a win over North Florida, 3-1 (20-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-23).

The Stetson football team defeated Morehead State, 38-26. The Hatters had 368 total yardage, with 264 of these yards coming from the passing game. On Saturday, Oct. 8, the Hatters host Marist at 1 p.m.

The home sports calendar for Stetson has the volleyball team greeting Lipscomb at noon Saturday, Oct. 8.

The Stetson baseball program will open its fall schedule with full team practices on Monday, Oct. 10. The players’ first intrasquad scrimmage will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Scrimmages after the 15th will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and at 11 a.m. Saturdays. These scrimmages will take place at the Sperling Sports Complex due to renovations taking place at Melching Field at Conrad Park.

The Lady Hatters soccer team plays host to Austin Peay at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.

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

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