WHS cheerleading places first in division … and more Southwest Sports!

compiled by Lauren Salinero

Windermere High School’s varsity competition cheerleading team earns first place in its division at the Master’s Cheer Classic.

Windermere High School’s varsity competition cheerleading team placed first in its division at the Master’s Cheer Classic last month. The girls also took third place overall. As a new team at the school, which opened this academic year, the squad is excited and proud of its achievement.

Girls on the Run held its biannual 5K last month at the University of Central Florida, celebrating the culmination of the fall 2017 season and the limitless potential of the girls in the program. It was the first time GOTR Orlando sponsored its own 5K fun run, which signifies the council’s growth and impact since its
inception in 2008.

The fall season included nearly 1,000 girls in third through eighth grades and more than 200 volunteer coaches, many of whom teach at the schools that offer the program. More than 60 schools in Orange, Lake, Seminole and Osceola counties offer the 10-week character development program that brings girls from different walks of life together, empowering and encouraging them to respect each other and, most importantly, respect themselves.

More than 100 marathon officials from across the country gathered at Rosen Shingle Creek for the annual Marathon Security Summit to share ideas and explore new methods for safety and security. The goal of the summit is to implement best practices by addressing major safety and security issues through input from marathon event administrators; governmental officials; city, state and federal law enforcement personnel; city planners; emergency managers; first responders; health services; and fire and hazardous materials services. The event resulted from NCS4 Advisory Board feedback about current safety and security issues facing marathon events in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Westminster Landing resident Maya Srikantan of Windy Ridge School is the girls 10 Singles Champion for Lake Cane Tennis Center’s annual Winter Level 7 Tournament.

Winter Garden resident Casey Accola, along with partner Juan Bianchi, swept both the doubles and the mixed titles in the 18s division at the 69th United States Tennis Association Florida “Bobby Curtis” Junior State Doubles Championships. Former “Bobby Curtis” Florida state doubles winners include two-time NCAA champion Danielle Collins, former Women’s Tennis Association doubles world No. 1-ranked and Wimbledon winner Corina Morariu, and former Association of Tennis Professionals player Wayne Odesnik.

As the baseball world held its annual Winter Meetings in Orlando, USA Baseball and Major League Baseball co-hosted a special Fun At Bat event for young students at Bay Meadows Elementary School. Approximately 100 third-graders participated in a series of fun bat-and-ball activities that focused on fundamentals and character development, which was run by Orange County Public Schools physical educators.

The effort was part of Fun At Bat, a program by MLB and USA Baseball designed to offer introductory, modified and in-school bat-and-ball activities for younger students. Each child also received a USA Baseball championship principals book; Fun At Bat T-shirt; USA Baseball hat, bat and ball set; and a signed certificate of achievement to take home.

OCPS adopted the Fun At Bat program to implement in school as part of the physical education curriculum. Approximately 87,000 students in the district will engage in the program as part of their in-school physical education curriculum, which is the largest participation of any market in this initial Fun At Bat year. The program will be available nationwide to school districts beginning with the 2018 school year.

The Orlando Magic organization unveiled the name and logo for its NBA 2K League team — Magic Gaming. As the organization continues to grow its business, it ventures into the ever-growing e-sports landscape, tapping into an estimated 385 million fans.

Magic Gaming, one of 17 NBA 2K League teams, will begin play in the league’s inaugural season, which tips off May 2018. Each of the 17 teams will draft five players to participate in their inaugural season. These five players will play the game using unique characters. NBA 2K League tryouts will take place early this year with the draft in March, followed by the league’s tip-off in May.

Fans can follow and interact with the team through Twitter and Instagram @MagicGaming and Facebook — Magic Gaming.

Florida League will hold base-ball tryouts for its high school division Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. The early registration fee is $99 per player, $49 for pitcher only; and the registration fee after Jan. 5 is $129 per player, $79 for pitcher only. Florida League is the nationally recognized leader in baseball development. It boasts dedicated coaches with professional and college experience, and is dedicated to helping players find their college “fit.”

For more information, visit flhsbaseball.com.

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