Spring sports action continues
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Warner Christian Academy’s Bentlee Critcher placed fourth in the 110m hurdles at the Class 1A state championships to pace all medalists.
Father Lopez’ Chanel Coco finished sixth in the shot put and Peter Thorp sixth in the 100m hurdles.
Spruce Creeks’ boys finished fourth and girls sixth in team standings at the Region 1-4A meet.
State qualifiers were led by Creek’s Allison Lambert, who won the high jump and Rodney Mack, who finished second in the shot put and third in the discuss.
Creek’s Tori Ehrhart was second in the 800m dash, Austin Bubb fourth in the pole vault, Jade McCrary fourth in the 300 hurdles, Ryan Patton fourth in the triple jump, and Miranda Checkwick fourth in the discus.
University’s Mikeala Palelis was fourth in the 800. Flagler Palm Coast’s Kadeem Williams placed second in the 300 hurdles while their girls’ 4×100 relay team (Devonne Friday, Paige Way, Christen Barney, Sarah Diloreto) was fourth.
Seabreeze’s Charles Nelson won the long jump and finished third in the 100m dash at the 1-3A Regional meet.
New Smyrna’s James Clark was second in the 100m and 200m dash and Quenton Washington took third in the long jump.
Matanzas’ boy’s 4×400-meter relay team of Isaiah Haines, Christopher Sousa, Eric Laverne and Nikko Bembry took third.
Softball playoffs: Early exist for area teams
Danielle Sarcletti, Evelyn Arguelles and Lauren Holmes each had hits for Deltona in their 5-0 loss to Melbourne Eau Gallie in the Class 6A Regional semifinals. Eau Gallie is ranked No. 28 by ESPN.
First round scores: 8A: Lake Mary-4, Flagler Palm Coast-0. Samantha Mittel and Destiny Kelly went 2-for-4 while Breanna Blackledge was 2-for-2 for Flagler Palm Coast.
7A: Winter Springs-6, New Smyrna-0; Ashley Hovell and Kierst Coffman had singles for NSB.
6A: Deltona-10, Melbourne-9; Melbourne Eau Gallie 8, Seabreeze 8-0.
4A: Satellite-15, Atlantic-0.
2A: Quincy Monroe Day-8, Calvary-0; Abigail Clark went 2-for-3 and Rachel Titus 1-for-2 for the Lions.
Brooksville Hernando Christian-4, Deltona Trinity-2; CheyAnne Compton and Katherine Brunning had RBI singles for Trinity.
1A: Baldwin-6, Taylor-0.
Baseball district tournaments
Griffin Fuller pitched a complete game, giving up one run and five hits while Zack Spivey went 3-for-3 to lead Spruce Creek past Oviedo Hagarty 4-1 for the district 2-8A title. Chandler Rodriguez had two hits with two RBI’s and Charlie Sala two hits for the Hawks.
Kyle Marsh pitched a perfect game in Creek’s 4-0 win over Sanford Seminole in the semifinal. Zack Spivey went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Darrell Whaley 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Hawks.
Ian Ferrell went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and struck out nine on the mound as Father Lopez topped Oviedo Master’s Academy 6-3 for the district 4-3A title. Nick Restucci was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Lopez.
Lopez beat Lake Mary Prep 3-0 in the semifinal. Tommy Roache pitched a complete game shutout with seven strikeouts while Larenzo Bolden went 3-for-5 and Brendan Nolan had two RBIs.
Steven Rodgers hit an RBI double while Dakota Todd and Tyler Christian combined for a shutout as New Smyrna beat Viera 1-0 for the district 3-7A crown.
The Barracudas edged University 3-2 in the semifinal. Joey McKee hit a bases loaded two-run single for New Smyrna Beach.
Shane Silvernail had two RBIs, Tanner Rachel went 2-for-3 and Anthony Campenella 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a stolen base for Seabreeze in their 4-3 loss to Orlando Edgewater in the district 8-6A championship.
Seabreeze beat Mainland 3-0 in the semifinal. Campenella pitched a complete game shutout, Josh Apicella had two hits and Eddie McGarity scored three runs for Seabreeze. Josh Duhaime went 2-for-3 for Mainland.
2-8A semifinal: Oviedo Hagarty-9, DeLand-6.
1-8A championship: Jacksonville Sandalwood-5, Flagler Palm Coast-3; semifinal: Flagler Palm Coast-9, Jacksonville Mandarin-0.
6-4A: Bishop Moore-8, Atlantic-0.
2-2A championship: Trinity-5, Jacksonville Cedar Creek-2.
8-1A: Wildwood-4, Taylor-3.
Opening round playoff matchups
8A: Flagler Palm Coast (13-13) at Spruce Creek (22-4)
7A: Oviedo (13-13) at New Smyrna (15-11)
6A: Seabreeze (12-13) at Melbourne (23-4)
3A: Gainesville St Francis (14-12) at Father Lopez (13-9)
2A: Montecillo Aucilla Christian at Trinity Christian (12-13)
Note: All games took place on May 2 and 3, after the Daytona Times’ deadline.
Football: DeLand names coach
Al Manning was named DeLand’s head football coach on April 24 after serving as interim coach since April 12. He replaces Ryan Smith.
Manning was head coach at Pierson Taylor for seven seasons (1998-2004) going 35-47. He was an assistant at DeLand (96-97, 06) and New Smyrna (05). He is also DeLand’s weightlifting coach.
Controversial bill passes
On April 27, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law House Bill 1403 that will change high school transfer rules.
The law allows students to transfer during an academic year without having to wait until the following year. It also relaxes recruiting penalties especially on students.
Students no longer will be punished if they are found to be recruited by schools. They will only be punished if they or their parents are found to have falsified documents.
The law will be effective on July 1.
FHSAA webcasting championships
The Florida High School Athletic Association is streaming live the championships of baseball, softball, track and field and boys and girls www.fhsaa.org.
Prep Sports Seven Baseball (final)
1. Spruce Creek (23-4), 2. Trinity (12-13) DeLand (20-4), 3. New Smryna (15-11), 4. Father Lopez (13-9), 5. Trinity (12-13). 6. Mainland (13-12), Taylor (14-10), tie 7. Flagler Palm Coast (13-13), Seabreeze (12-13).
Others: Pine Ridge (11-14), Warner (12-12).