All four of the local high-school track-and-field teams competed April 1 with some strong individual and relay finishes. The DeLand Bulldog tracksters traveled to participate in the very-tough Florida Relays, sponsored by the University of Florida. Orange City University, Deltona and Pine Ridge traveled to Daytona Beach to partake in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Spikes Classic.
The DeLand squad, while in Gainesville, had its boys' 4x200 relay finish ninth out of about 45 spuads with a time of 1:29.63. Tyler Rollins made the best individual showing with a 11th-place finish in the 800 at 1:57.32, while Amberleigh Sauer placed 17th in the shot put with a 10.4-meter shove.
Yasmin Perez, No. 12, goes after the ball during a recent baksetball game. She has been named the 2017 Florida Association of Basketball Coaches women's basketball Florida Class 2A Player of the Year. Perez is a guard for Calvary Christian Academy in Ormond Beach. She lives in Deltona.
Calvary Christian Academy (Ormond Beach) guard Yasmin Perez has been announced as the 2017 Florida Association of Basketball Coaches women's basketball Florida Class 2A Player of the Year. Perez, a Deltona resident, is the first player in the Volusia-Flagler area to receive this award since 2013, when it was awarded to Shannon Crenshaw (Father Lopez) and Ronni Williams (Atlantic HIgh School).
Perez won the award after guiding Calvary to their first FHSAA Final Four in school history. Calvary advanced to the state-title game, before falling to Grandview Prep. During the season, Perez eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her Calvary varsity basketball career. She
also earned a rare double-double this season in points (16.6) and steals (11).
The 72nd rendition of the Key Club Junior Olympics will be Saturday, April 22, on the DeLand High School track, 800 N. HIll Ave. This annual event starts promptly at 9 a.m., and is usually finished by 11:30 a.m.
Athletes in fourth and fifth grade are entered through their invited elementary schools.
The Junior Olympics are sponsored by Mainstreet Community Bank, the Kiwanis Club of DeLand, and the Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand.
Also offering support are the Key Clubs of DeLand and University high schools, and the Circle K club and the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, both at Stetson University.
Participating schools are divided into large-school and small-school divisions. Each division has separate contests for fourth grade and fifth grade, with the boys and girls competing against their own gender.
Here are members of the DeLand City Eagles, who took the championship in the 10-12 year old C-Group. From left, are Nigel Cook, Jabari Gill, Kaylee Kelsey, Ezequiel Principe, Jaheem Curry, coach Marc Fisher, Mariah Fisher, Christian Moller, Trace Kopka, Zues Hernandez and Gabriel Garcia. Not in the photo is teammate Devon Henderson.
The boys of the 10-12 year old C-Group DeLand City Jaguars take runner-up honors. Not in any particular order areAnsen Rollins, Skyler Ries, Preston Partin, Brady Van Der Burat, Chris Sepe,
Jacob Kaidor, Evan Reed, Riley Garrison, Graham Gorman, Andrew Gazzoli and head coach Steven Georges.
Teammates on the 7-9 year old B-Group DeLand City Ravens are all smiles and holding their trophies as runners-up. They are Ezra Garrison, David Trann, Andre Morgan, Rex Murray, Jada Edwards, Ella Rollins, Shannon Minger, Adrian Revelo, Aiden Dawber, Kane Kaidor and coach Joe Kaidor.
Members of the DeLand City Grizziles celebrate their victory as champions of the 7-9 year old B-Group. From left, are James Cummings, Jada Rawls, Edward Wiggins, Ryan Rolle, Eduardo Azpiri, assistant coach Bernard Rome, head coach Edward Wiggins, Maki Vargas, Layla Hanson and Stephone Ross.
Below are the results and team photos of youth who participated in the City of DeLand Parks and Recreation Department's Winter Youth Basketball League.