andreas schulz track
ALL-AMERICAN — Andreas Schulz of DeBary, a student at University High School in Orange City, was recently named to the 2022 High School All-American roster by U.S. Paralympics Track & Field. The list recognizes the top high-school track-and-field athletes, based on their performances in the 2022 season, who have a Paralympic-eligible impairment. Schulz also earned the honor of 2022 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Athletes of the Year. A senior, Schulz is the 2022 Male Track Athlete of the Year after winning silver medals in the men’s 100-meter and 400-meter T46 races at national championships. The 18-year-old is a multi-time state champion in Florida in the Florida High School Athletic Association’s ambulatory division. The recent USA Today Courageous Athlete Award winner holds school and state records in Florida in the 200-meter and 800-meter events. PHOTO COURTESY KELLY JOYCE

At the Volusia County School Board’s Nov. 28 meeting, re-elected School Board Members Jamie Haynes and Ruben Colón and newly elected member Jessie Thompson took the oath of office, which was administered by Volusia County Judge A. Christian Miller.

After the swearing-in ceremonies, the School Board selected Jamie Haynes as the chair and Anita Burnette as the vice chair.

The ninth-12th grade a cappella ensemble of Pine Ridge High School of Deltona, led by David Peralta, sang the national anthem, and the DeLand High School ROTC presented the colors.

The Deltona Parks & Recreation Department is currently having registration for the 2023 Wes Crile Winter Basketball League. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. This program is made up of coed teams ages 6-14.

You can sign up by visiting

For further information, contact Sebastian Singletary at or call 386-878-8940.

Registration includes team uniform. Practices are one hour per week 6-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, with game days 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, playing seven games plus playoffs.

The City of Deltona is offering financial assistance to residents who want to further their education with a degree from one of Florida’s institutions of higher learning. Applications for the 2023 William S. Harvey Scholarship are available on the city’s website and in the guidance offices of Deltona, Pine Ridge and University high schools.

Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office at Deltona City Hall, 2345 Providence Blvd., by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, or postmarked by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6.

An applicant must have been a Deltona resident for at least six months, maintain a minimum of 2.0 GPA, applied or been accepted to an accredited college or university within the state of Florida, and be able to submit standardized test scores with an application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Scholarships are awarded based on the applicant’s financial needs, scholastic achievements, and participation in academic and community organizations and programs. An essay is required.

DeLand High School

DeLand High School student Diana Delgado has been named the winner of the VCS Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Competition.

DeLand High School Athletics

The DeLand High School Lady Bulldog weightlifting team won the Olympic-style competition at Matanzas High School, while taking third in the traditional style. Those taking firsts in the Olympic-style lifting were Alicia Robinson, Addison Ruocco, Kaia Horn and Jaliyah Powell, while those with firsts in traditional style were Ruocco and Horn.

Those earning second in either style were Rian Anderson (2), Leah Jensen (2), Katyah Ross (2), Hollee Brady, Robinson and Powell.

Those lifting third-place honors were Velocity Ritchey (2), Cheyenne Cartwright (2) and Diana Delgado. Four th-place finishers were Sophia Riley, Alexis Berriozabal (2) and Brady, with Charity Rank and Delgado claiming fifth place.

The Bulldog basketball team was stopped by Lake Brantley, 60-24, and Rockledge, 70-34. The Lady Bulldogs lost to University, 32-23.

The boys’ soccer team defeated Orange City University, 4-0, and lost to Seabreeze, 1-0. In the University game, Michael Soto and Aurelio Silva each scored two goals, and Sal Deluca and Andreas Tate did the duties as goalie for the shutout.

The girls’ soccer team stopped Deltona, 3-2, while in the early game with New Smyrna Beach, the DeLand squad lost, 5-1, and in the late game they also lost, 2-1. In the early game, Lairen Ramirez scored the goal; in the late game, Savannah Bruno found the nets.

In the Deltona match, Alina Evans got one goal and Bruno got two, with Maci Cowart earning an assist.

For those following the Osceola football team, which knocked the DeLand team out of the playoffs, Osceola lost to nationally ranked Lakeland, 14-7, to end their run in the final four. The other semifinal game found Venice stopping Gainesville Buchholz, 42-35, to move into the final game with Lakeland.

On Friday, Dec. 16, the Bulldog wrestling team competes in the Hagerty Invitational, while the girls’ basketball team goes to Rockledge in New Smyrna Beach to play at 4 p.m.

The boys’ basketball team competes in the CFCF Tournament Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 19 and 20, with times to be determined.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 20 and 21, the girls’ basketball team competes in the Florida Classic Tournament facing North Marion at 9 a.m. on the 20th and Ransom Everglades at 10:30 a.m. on the 21st.

Stetson University

On Giving Tuesday, Stetson University raised more than $54,000 for the university and its students. This includes meeting the entire $25,000 match from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. The matching dollars will go to support Stetson’s duPont-Ball Library.

Stetson University Athletics

The Stetson University Hatter men’s basketball team first lost in overtime to Campbell, 87-85, after knotting the score at the end of regulation at 78. Jalen Blackmon scored 21 points for the Hats, and Stephan Swenson added 16 points and had four steals and six assists. Cyncier Harrison added 15 points, while Josh Smith scored 14 points with seven rebounds.

The men then handed Johnson University a 125-51 loss. The Hats saw Blackmon score 18 points, while Smith had 17 points, Harrison had 15 points with 11 assists, Giancarlo Valdez added 14 points, Alec Oglesby made 12 points, Aubin Gateretse finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots, Mahamadou Diawara had 10 points with seven rebounds, and Alvin Tumblin finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

In the Johnson game, the Hats shot 59.1 percent from the floor, 47.8 percent from the 3-point arc and 76.9 percent from the free-throw line. The team scored 74 points within the paint, while the bench produced 76 points.

The Stetson Lady Hatters basketball team picked up a win in the last game of the Thanksgiving Tournament in Las Vegas by downing Albany, 61-40. Kiya Turner scored 13 points and had nine rebounds and four assists, Jaelyn Talley added 12 points, and Khamya McNeal got 10 points.

They then greeted Denver in the Edmunds Center, losing in the last minute, 62- 59. Talley scored 17 points while pulling down seven rebounds, and Dejaan Schuler got 11 points.

The Stetson baseball team has published its schedule for 2023. Some of the schools Stetson will face are Manhattan, Miami, Delaware, Siena, Pittsburgh, Wichita State, Central Florida and Florida International. The Hats open their 2023 season at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, playing host to Manhattan.

The Lady Hatter softball team has also submitted its 2023 schedule, with Providence, Dayton, Fairleigh Dickinson, Florida International , Mercer, Central Florida, Cornell, Presbyterian, Georgia, Samford, Ball State and Holy Cross among the teams they will face. They open their season at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, when they face Fairleigh Dickinson.

The Stetson athletic calendar has the men’s basketball team playing at Ohio University on Saturday, Dec. 17. The women’s basketball team hosts Akron Sunday, Dec. 18, and Winthrop Monday, Dec. 19, as part of the Lady Hatter Classic Basketball Tournament. Both games are at 11 a.m.

The men’s basketball team will play at UCF on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

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