MAKE THE SHOT — DeLand High School basketball player sophomore Jameil Patrick, No. 12, takes an elevated shot at the basket against Leesburg during the Gus Gibbs Memorial Basketball Tournament Dec. 28-30 in DeLand. Check out those colorful shoes. DeLand was downed by Leesburg, 53-37, giving Leesburg third place in the tournament. The winner was Orange Park Oakleaf High School. PHOTO BY CASSIE THOMAS

The DeLeon Springs Community Association Inc. is accepting applications for the 2023 DSCA Inc. Merit Scholarship. The scholarship is in the amount of $1,000. The purpose of this scholarship is to grant funds to a deserving high-school student currently attending a secondary school in the DeLeon Springs area, in order that they may further their postsecondary school education.

An applicant must be a resident of DeLeon Springs and a high-school senior enrolled in a DeLeon Springs-area home, private or public high school who has been accepted into an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational school.

The scholarship criteria and application can be found at under the “Info” tab. The completed application must be postmarked by March 31.

The School Choice application is now open for Volusia County schools. Parents should go to the Parent Portal to apply.

Additional information can be found at on the School Choice Department website.

Public-school choice is the practice of allowing families to make meaningful decisions about how and where their children will receive a primary and secondary education from a variety of public schools and programs.

In Florida, public-school-choice options may include, but not be limited to, controlled open enrollments, charter schools, alternative schools, special programs, advanced placement, dual enrollment, International Baccalaureate, virtual school, home school and CTF Academies.

McInnis Elementary School

It has been reported that Principal Paul Struska is leaving McInnis Elementary School in DeLeon Springs to take a position as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s director of philanthropy for athletics. His last day at McInnis was Jan. 13.

DeLand Middle School

The School Advisory Council at DeLand Middle School will meet 5:15-6:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23.

DeLand High School

One of DeLand High School’s foreign-language teachers, Jeanne Jendrzejewski, has been awarded the Irving Wershow Award for Excellence in Leadership in the profession, which includes lifetime achievement. The award was presented to her by the Florida Foreign Language Association.

BulldogPalooza for incoming ninth-graders in the fall of 2023 will take place 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23.

DeLand High School Athletics

The DeLand High School Lady Bulldog basketball team was stopped by Lake Howell, 47-18, and by Seabreeze, 24-27.

DeLand High volleyball player Ella Pringle is one of the finalists for Volusia/Flagler/St. Johns Volleyball Player of the Year, sponsored by The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The DeLand High girls’ soccer team was stopped by Eustis, 6-2, and Mainland, 5-1. Savannah Bruno scored the two goals against Eustis.

The DeLand High boys’ soccer team was downed by Seabreeze, 4-3, and by New Smyrna Beach, 1-0.

Pine Ridge High School’s boys’ basketball team ran by the Bulldog team, 76-44.

Two former DeLand High baseball players played in the majors last summer. Nick Fortes played for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, before being called up by the Miami Marlins. He had a .230 batting average with nine runs and 24 RBIs. The other player is Luke Weaver, who saw action with the Diamondbacks and Royals and is currently a free agent. He went 1-1 as a pitcher with a 6.56 ERA, while pitching 35.2 innings and striking out 38.

The sports calendar says the DeLand girls’ junior-varsity wrestling team will be at Lyman Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21, while the varsity team will be competing in the State Duals at Celebration High School.

On Saturday, Jan. 21, the boys’ basketball team will be competing in the Five Star Tournament.

On Monday, Jan. 23, the girls’ basketball squads play host to Matanzas at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the boys’ basketball squad plays at DME in Daytona Beach at 6:30 p.m., and the girls compete at Winter Springs at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, has the Lady Bulldog weightlifting team at their District Tournament at Orange City University High School at 3:30 p.m. That same day, the wrestlers go to New Smyrna Beach for a dual match at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The boys’ soccer team is entering district competition Thursday, Jan. 26.

Thursday and Friday, Jan. 26 and 27, has the wrestling team at Flagler Palm Coast for a two-day tournament.

Stetson University

Chaudoin Hall dormitory on the Stetson University campus is currently undergoing an $8.7 million renovation to add modern upgrades. The dorm was built in 1892. The all-female residence hall is also getting washers and dryers on every floor, and an elevator. The renovation project is expected to be completed for the fall semester of 2023.

Stetson University Athletics

The Stetson University Hatter men’s basketball team has rattled off three strong victories in ASUN competition. At the game against North Florida, which Stetson won 68-62, Josh Smith scored 22 points, while pulling down 12 rebounds for the double-double, and Jalen Blackmon collected 17 points.

The Hats then topped Jacksonville University, 73-61, with Wheza Panzo getting 15 points; Smith gained 14 points and eight rebounds; Luke Brown made 13 points; and Sam Peek had 12 points.

Finally, on the road, the Hatters topped North Alabama, 95-83, in overtime, after the score was knotted at 73. Blackmon scored 29 points with three assists and three steals, Brown scored 26 points, Peek added 12, and Smith had 13 rebounds and one blocked shot.

During the time of the three wins, Blackmon was named the ASUN Newcomer of the Week.

The Stetson Lady Hatter women’s basketball team stopped North Florida, 70-47, with Anabel Ellison scoring 14 points, with five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Jordan Peete added 13 points, three assists and three steals.

The Lady Hats then lost to Eastern Kentucky, 80-69, with Ellison scoring 15 points, Jaelyn Talley tallying 13 points, and Jamiya Turner getting 12 points and two blocked shots.

The newcomer to the ASUN, Austin Peay topped the Stetson women, 50-46, with Ellison getting 10 points and eight steals, with Turner adding 10 points as well.

The Stetson men’s tennis team has added Marc Saura, who hails from Barcelona, where he was ranked in the top 100 in the Spain Open rankings.

The Stetson athletic calendar places the men’s basketball team at home against Jacksonville State at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, while the women travel to Queens at 2 p.m.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, the Lady Hatter basketball team plays host to Bellarmine at 7 p.m., while the men are at Liberty at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, the women greet Eastern Kentucky, while the men are at Queens. Both games are at 1 p.m.

College honors

Madilynn Dees, of Deltona, has been named to the 2022 fall semester dean’s list at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.

Tyler Harrison, of DeBary, has been named to the President’s Honor Roll with a 4.00 GPA for the 2022 fall semester at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Eric Hartless, of DeLand, has been named to the 2022 fall semester dean’s list at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. Hartless is majoring in finance/accounting, and is a graduate of University High School in Orange City.

Josiah Hilton, of Orange City, has been named to the 2022 fall semester dean’s honor list at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. Hilton is majoring in psychology.

Briana Jordan Eads and Baylee J. Eads, both of Orange City, have been named to the 2022 fall semester dean’s list at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.

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