BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Spruce Creek, the defending Class 8A state champions, took a big blow to defending its title with the lost of star pitcher Kyle Marsh for the rest of the season.
The junior pitcher broke a kneecap while playing basketball on Monday and is expected to miss 8 to 10 weeks. He was scheduled to pitch against Lake Mary in a district game on March 21.
Marsh is committed to the University of Central Florida. He also is an offensive threat. So far this season he is batting over .400 with a team high 16 RBIs.
Last year, Marsh went 11-0 with a 0.43 ERA on the mound, garnering Central Florida Player of the Year honors. His ERA was the best in all of Central Florida.
Marsh is 1-1 on the season with three saves and a 0.46ERA and is batting over .400 with a team high 16 RBI’s.
Local teams garner spotlight
Spruce Creek and DeLand garnered the local television spotlight on Tuesday when the two teams squared off on Bright House Network’s Channel 47.
Both programs have been successful in recent years. Creek won the Class 8A state title last season and DeLand made the Final Four back in 2006 and 2007.
Seabreeze and Mainland also played that day with Bright House Networks on hand as live updates of their game were scheduled to be given during the Spruce Creek-DeLand matchup.
Both of the games were played after the Daytona Times’ deadline.
Football: Former Bucs standout at B-CU
Former Mainland High School standout defensive back Cortez Davis is now at Bethune-Cookman University.
Davis played two seasons at Clemson. In 2012, he played in 13 games registering 18 tackles. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
A lack of playing time and being away from his children – a 3-year old son and 1-year old daughter – were reasons for Davis to return home.
He also looked at the possibilities of playing for Miami, Florida and Florida State.
As of Tuesday, Davis had yet to enroll at Bethune-Cookman confirmed Assistant Athletic Director for Communications/Sports Information Director Bryan Harvey.
Creek’s Colubiale to UCF
Spruce Creek senior wide receiver Michael Colubiale will accept a walk-on invitation with the University of Central Florida.
The 6’ 3” Colubiale caught 57 passes for 717 yards with eight touchdowns for the Hawks in 2012. He also recorded 29 tackles on defense as a linebacker.
Middle school basketball
The Middle School basketball season tipped off for Volusia County schools on Tuesday. The season will run through May 19. Games are played on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
All 13 of the county’s public middle schools boast boys and girls squads. Each team plays a total of 12 games.
The Eastside division champion will face the Westside division champion in the championship game on May 21 at Mainland in Daytona Beach.
Check with schools and the school district for schedules and times.
Prep Sports Seven Baseball
1. Spruce Creek (11-2); New Smyrna (9-1), 3. University (11-4), 4.Trinity (n/a), 5. Mainland (7-4), 6. Taylor (10-4), 7. Father Lopez (6-3).
Lurking: DeLand (6-7), Seabreeze (5-6), Deltona (6-5-1), Flagler Palm Coast (4-5). Records are as of March 19 at noon.