Spruce Creek wins state weightlifting title
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Spruce Creek High School won the Class 2A boys weightlifting state title at the Kissimmee Civic Center on April 19.
The Hawks tallied 28 points to win the team title. Kissimmee St. Cloud and Longwood Lyman both tied for second place with 12 points.
It was the first state title since 2008 and 25th overall for Spruce Creek.
George Hanna (169 pounds) and Luis Verdiales (154) each won individual state titles for the Hawks.
Zack Johnson (266) and Matt Roos (219) finished second in their respective classifications while teammate Keith Trotter (238) placed sixth for Creek.
Others around county take home honors
Flagler Palm Coast’s Devon McIntire (119 pounds) also took home an individual state title.
DeLand’s Patrick Bell (238) finished third, JoJo Kemp (183) fifth and Lincoln Steward (219) sixth in their weight classifications. New Smyrna Beach’s Cody Wilson (154) was fifth.
At the Class 1A state weightlifting championships on April 20, Palm Coast’s Matanzas’ Chris Santana (129) paced the local field by finishing in second place.
Other local performances included Warner Christian Academy’s Khalil Hicks (154), who finished sixth and Atlantic’s Travis Rothwell (119) who was 15th.
Basketball: More locals make All-State
Father Lopez’ sophomore guard Malik Maitland was named to the Class 3A All-State third team by the Florida Basketball Coaches Association and Source Hoops.com. Maitland averaged 14 points, 5.6 assists and 4.9 steals for the Green Wave this season.
Both organizations also tabbed Atlantic junior forward/center Anderson Vellejo to the Class 4A All-State third team. Vallejo posted averages of 17.7 and 9.3 rebounds per game for the Sharks.
Football: Spring practice set to begin
High schools around the state can officially begin spring football practices and drills on May 1. Here is the spring games schedule for local schools.
May 18: Lake Mary Prep at Father Lopez
May 22: Seabreeze at Titusville Astronaut, 7 p.m., Harvest Community at Trinity
May 23: Atlantic at Warner, 7 p.m., DeLand at Orlando Boone, New Smyrna Beach at Palm Beach Central, Spruce Creek at Orlando Colonial, Taylor at Deltona
May 25: University at Mainland
Baseball: Creek and DeLand ousted early
Longwood Lyman upset defending Class 8A state champion Spruce Creek 2-1 in district 2-8A tournament quarterfinals at Melching Field in DeLand on Monday.
The loss ended the Hawks’ season. Jordan Brown had a sacrifice fly to score Chandler Rodriguez for Creek.
DeLand’s season also came to an end with an 11-1 loss to Sanford Seminole. Caleb White went 1-for-2 for DeLand.
Baseball district tournaments began Monday and will run through April 27. The goal is to make it to the district championship game to make the postseason since the champ and runner-up are awarded playoff berths.
Teams most likely to make postseason: Deltona Trinity (2A), Taylor (1A), Father Lopez (3A). Contenders are University (7A), New Smyrna (7A), Seabreeze (6A), Spruce Creek (8A). Dark horses Mainland (6A), Deltona (6A), Pine Ridge (6A), DeLand (8A).
Mainland’s Rosenberg signs; locals make All-Star Classic
Mainland Outfielder Adam Rosenberg signed to play college ball with Ave Maria University next season. The announcement and signing took place during a ceremony on the school’s campus on April 19.
Rosenberg has a .491 batting average with a homerun, 19 RBIs and 16 stolen bases for the Buccaneers this season.
Seabreeze pitcher/outfielder Anthony Campanella and DeLand Pitcher Scott Moss will play in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Classic in Sebring May 23-25.
Prep Sports Seven Baseball
1. University (19-6), 2. Seabreeze (16-8), 3. New Smyrna (15-6), 4. Spruce Creek (16-10), 5. Taylor (19-5), 6. Father Lopez (12-8), 7. Trinity (12-10-1). Others: DeLand (13-15), Mainland (10-10).