NIGHT TO SHINE — King Jason Oyola takes a knee as he proclaims Cecilia Desmond his queen at the 2023 Night to Shine event Feb. 10, hosted by Stetson Baptist Church. Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, the unforgettable prom-night experience celebrates people with special needs. Every guest entered the event on a red carpet. Once inside, they received the royal treatment, including hair and makeup stations, shoe-shining areas, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, karaoke, prom favors, and a dance floor. To crown the evening, each guest was crowned king or queen of the prom. PHOTO COURTESY DAN GLENN

DeLand Football Inc. is presenting a golf tournament in support of the DeLand High School football program. The tournament will take place Saturday, April 15, on the course at LPGA in Daytona Beach.

Those putting the tournament on are currently looking for sponsors, with opportunities running all the way from being a hole sponsor to the level of Diamond Sponsorship. The tournament will also have hole-in-one, closest-to-the-pin and longest-drive contests.

For more details and to register for the tournament, go to

Volusia County Schools will host a Spring Instructional Job Fair Wednesday, April 26, with in-person and virtual interview opportunities.

Interested candidates must currently hold or be eligible for Florida Department of Education certification. All certifications are welcome to apply.

To be considered for an invitation to the job fair, an individual needs to complete the VCS online employment application and complete a Job Fair survey, which can be found at

Now that students and teachers have observed Presidents Day, the next holiday from school for students will be Friday, March 10, which will be a Teacher Duty Day.

DeLand High School

DeLand High School has announced a date and theme for the 2023 prom. The dance will take place Saturday, May 6, and the theme will be “Enchanted Evening.” The location will be the Hilton Resort in Daytona Beach.

Ticket sales begin at the end of February; the cost is $65 per person.

Deltona High School

Jeff Smothers, the head football coach at Deltona High School, is stepping down.

Taylor Middle-High School

Taylor Middle-High School in Pierson has two weightlifters making the trip to the FHSAA state competition. They are Amya Ramos, who qualified in Olympic-style and traditional-style lifting, and Ava Ramos, who qualified in traditional lifting.

University High School

University High School in Orange City downed the DeLand Bulldogs in FHSAA district basketball play, 47-45. Danye Guerrido scored 21 points, and Royce Eggert added 11. The University Titans then faced Sanford in the second round, with the Seminoles winning, 72-34.

DeLand High School Athletics

The DeLand High School Bulldog wrestling team will host the FHSAA regional tournament Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25, in the new Bulldog gym. Matches will begin daily at 9 a.m.

The Five Star Conference wrestling championship belongs to the DeLand Bulldogs, who scored 182 points, with New Smyrna Beach taking the runner-up honors with 171 points. Flagler Palm Coast was third, followed by Deltona, Seabreeze, Mainland, University and Atlantic.

DeLand High had four division champions, with Phoenix Krauth, Mathias Franz, Mason Perkins and MJ Smokes earning these crowns. Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro claimed second, and Hunter Owens, David Birdsey, Kellen Chapman and Josh Folsom grabbed third-place finishes. Peyton Senez and Garrett Perkins each earned a fourth-place finish.

The DeLand High cheerleading squad scored 75.80 points at the state championships to claim the FHSAA Medium Division – Coed Championship. They defeated Monarch High School from Coconut Creek and Winter Haven for the title.

In the regional match, DeLand outscored Dr. Phillips High School by more than 20 points to earn the right to compete for the state title.

The DeLand boys’ basketball team found their season ending with a loss to University in FHSAA district play, 47-45. Sophomore Jameil Patrick scored 10 points in the game, which is the same total that senior Gabe Snyder dropped in, while grabbing seven rebounds and creating one blocked shot. The Bulldogs’ season ended with a 7-15 mark.

Former DeLand High sprinter Avian Edwards- Pla, who is now a student and athlete at IMG Academy, recently participated in the Florida Indoor Championships on the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Complex track in Gainesville. He was third in the prelims with a 6.89 time for the 60 meters, and placed fourth in the finals with a 6.92 timing.

The Bulldog track teams travel north to Bunnell to compete in the East Coast Classic at Flagler Palm Coast High School at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.

The Lady Bulldog beach volleyball team, a new sport at DeLand High, opens its season at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, with a tri-match with Spruce Creek and Seabreeze at the DME Academy.

The DHS flag-football program for girls opens at home Monday, March 27, on the field at the Sperling Sports Complex at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. against Mainland.

Stetson University Athletics

The Stetson University Hatter men’s basketball team split games with the two ASUN schools in Jacksonville. The Hats topped Jacksonville University, 70- 67, with Stephan Swenson scoring 16 points with seven assists. Jalen Blackmon made 13 points, and Luke Brown added 10 points with five assists.

The Hats then were stopped by North Florida, 92-81, with Blackmon scoring 18 points. Swenson dropped in 15 points with five assists, and Sam Peek added 13 points.

The Lady Hatter basketball team played Florida Gulf Coast back to back, losing the first, 100-58, and scraping back in the second appearance, but losing, 67-57.

In the first game, Khamya McNeal had 16 points, with Jamiya Turner getting 13 points with one blocked shot. In the second matchup, Kiya Turner scored 18 points and blocked a shot, and Jordan Peete added 13 points.

The Stetson softball team opened its 2023 season with three wins and two losses. The Lady Hatters stopped Providence, 13-1 and 4-3, and downed Dayton, 2-1. They lost to Fairleigh Dickinson, 2-1, and Dayton, 3-0. Juls Schumacher had three doubles during these games, and Evette Morgan had two.

On Friday, Feb. 24, the Stetson men’s basketball team takes on Lipscomb at 7 p.m. in the Edmunds Center.

The women’s basketball team travels to Kennesaw State on Saturday, Feb. 25, to play at 2 p.m.

On Monday, Feb. 27, the first round of the ASUN tournament gets underway, with the quarterfinals taking place Tuesday, Feb. 28.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Stetson softball team plays Presbyterian at 3 p.m. and Cornell at 5:30 p.m., and the baseball team hosts Delaware at 6:30 p.m. That same day, the beach volleyball team faces Florida Gulf Coast at 10 a.m. and North Florida at 4 p.m. on Stetson’s home courts.

Sunday, Feb. 26, has the softball team hosting Presbyterian at 12:30 p.m., and the baseball team meeting Delaware at 1 p.m.

On Monday, Feb. 27, the Lady Hatter lacrosse team greets Duquesne at noon.

The basebal l team meets Siena at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, and again Wednesday, March 1.

College honors

Hailey Echevarria, Robert Echevarria and Lisa Echevarria, all of Deltona, have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2022 semester at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Isaiah Santana, of Deltona, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2022 semester at York University in York, Nebraska.

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