BY ANDREAS BUTLER
David Howard was named the head coach of Atlantic High School’s boys basketball program on Monday.
Howard takes over the program after Kyle Lefebvre stepped down on April 4. In one season Lefebvre, led the Sharks to a 9-13 record.
In Howard’s mind, Atlantic is the perfect fit.
“I saw a great opportunity to get back into the high school coaching ranks. Atlantic has a good program with some young men who can be successful. I want to go and help make that happen,” said Howard.
Another reason Howard took the job was because his son D.J. Howard is graduating from Bethune-Cookman University this month. The younger Howard plays football and runs track at the school as well.
“I told him that I wouldn’t take another job until he finished school and now he is,” said Howard.
Teaches at Campbell
The elder Howard is also an alumnus of Bethune-Cookman where he played basketball for a season and a half. He graduated in 1988.
Coach Howard currently teaches at Campbell Middle School in Daytona Beach where he is also the head coach of the boys basketball team. He will remain at Campbell until the end of the academic year.
Currently the Spartans are undefeated headed into a matchup with Ormond Beach (Tuesday after deadline) and are on a 21-game win streak.
Howard has headed the program the past three years and led the team to the Volusia County championship last season.
Before Campbell, Howard spent 11 seasons heading the Spruce Creek boys program where he compiled a 160-142 overall record, which included two playoff appearances.
During his time in middle school hoops, Howard has seen a progression in high school basketball, which helped attract him back.
“I think that high school basketball has gotten more competitive due to the seasoned players coming out of the middle schools. Many of the middle school kids play AAU and USAAA basketball. The hunger and desire of basketball has grown,” commented Howard.
DeLand’s Hamilton named All-State
DeLand senior guard Monolito Hamilton was named to the Florida Coaches Association and TrueHoops.com All-State Second Team this past week.
Hamilton averaged 15.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game for the Bulldogs this season.
Spring football game schedule
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, 10 a.m.
May 22: Seabreeze at Titusville Astronaut, Pine Ridge at Eau Gallie (both games at 7 p.m.)
May 23: Atlantic at Warner, Harvest Community at Trinity (both games at 7 p.m.)
May 24: DeLand at Orlando Boone, New Smyrna Beach at Palm Beach Central, Spruce Creek at Orlando Colonial (7:30 p.m.), Taylor at Deltona, Jacksonville Bartram Trail at Flagler Palm Coast (all games except Creek/Colonia at 7 p.m.)
May 25: University at Mainland, 10 a.m.
Baseball: Lopez, Trinity win titles
Ian Farrell pitched a complete game while Evan Miranda hit a homerun and Brandon Loener went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lift Father Lopez past Oviedo Master’s Academy 6-1 for the district 4-3A title on April 26.
Lopez also defeated Lake Mary Prep 8-0 in the tournament. The Green Wave hosts Ocala St John’s Country Day in the first round of the playoffs on May 3.
A five-run fifth inning propelled Deltona Trinity Christian past Jacksonville Cedar Creek Christian 8-2 for the district 2-2A title. Dusty Miller and Bobby Rodriguez each hit two-run homeruns. Trinity hosted Tallahassee St Paul II on Wednesday to open the playoffs.
New Smyrna Beach fell to Melbourne Viera 5-1 in the district 3-7A championship game.
The Barracudas left 11 men on base. Connor Prater was 2-for-2 with an RBI, Brandon Amendolare 2-for-2 and Brandon Goff 2-for-3 for NSB.
NSB beat University 1-0 in the semifinals. The ‘Cudas play at Oviedo on May 2 in the first round of the playoffs.
Also Seabreeze lost to Orlando Edgewater 7-5 in the district 2-6A championship game. The Sandcrabs beat Deltona 10-1 in the semi-finals. They opened the playoffs at Melbourne on Wednesday.
Taylor lost to the Villages 5-3 in the district 8-1A title game after beating Wildwood 4-0 in the semifinals. The Wildcats play at Chiefland on May 7 in the first round of the playoffs.
Prep Sports Seven Baseball
1. *Seabreeze (16-8), 2. *New Smyrna (17-6), 3. University (19-6), 4. Spruce Creek (16-10), 5. *Taylor (20-6), 6. *Father Lopez (13-10), 7.*Trinity (13-10-1). *-denotes playoff team.