DPHS alumni make gold … and more southwest sports news!

Garrett Milchin, a 2016 graduate of The Classical School of The First Academy, hits his first home run and earns his first save for the University of Florida Gators baseball team.







The inaugural Give Kids The World Hope in One Celebrity Golf Classic, presented by Holiday Inn Club Vacations, raised more than $236,000 to help create the happiness that inspires hope for thousands of children with life-threatening illnesses each year. Nearly 160 golfers teed up at The Golden Bear Club, a Jack Nicklaus signature course, in Keenes Pointe for a fun-filled day of golf, food and games with sports and music celebrities.

Lake Cane Tennis Center closes its last tournament of the season for Spring Junior Team Tennis.

Forty-one rowing teams from around the state of Florida hit the water to compete in the 2017 Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sweep Championships held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. Orlando Area Rowing Society made an excellent showing with several teams bringing home medals.

The women’s 3V team took gold as the state champions with Channon Brooks, Naomi Brooks, Gabriela Burgos, Lyndsay Chandler, Morgan Cunningham, Sara Madison Elsberry, Emily Gibbs, Emily Goldsmith and coxswain Kylee Miner. The OARS women’s lightweight 8, women’s 2V8, women’s 1st F8, men’s 2V, men’s 3V and men’s 4V teams won silver medals. The women’s 4V, men’s 1V and men’s 5V teams earned bronzes.

Dr. Phillips High School alumni Kelly Gomez (left) and Amanda “Mandy” Mannarino win gold in the All Girl Premier Division of the International Cheer Union World Cheerleading Championships with the USA National All Girl Team.

Dr. Phillips High School alumni Kelly Gomez, daughter of former Bay Hill resident Linda Gomez, and Amanda “Mandy” Mannarino, daughter of Sand Lake Point residents Bob and JoAnn Mannarino, made the USA National All Girl Team for cheerleading.

Gomez cheers for Indiana University and has won two Universal Cheerleaders Association national championships with the college during her two years there. She recently made the team for the third year. Mannarino just finished her fourth year of cheering for the University of Louisville. She won four National Cheerleaders Association national championships during her four years with the team.

The USA National All Girl Team is made up of collegiate cheerleaders from around the nation. They competed at the International Cheer Union World Cheerleading Championships in April, where 70 countries were represented, and won gold in the All Girl Premier Division. The USA Coed National team also won gold in the coed premier division. The premier division is the top-tier division in the entire competition.

Golden Goal Sports Soccer Academy partnered with Ocoee Youth Soccer League to enhance the community program and focus on teaching young athletes to have fun playing soccer and learning the fundamentals of the game. The goal is to embrace, promote and foster a positive culture where youth athletes can succeed and continue to grow their skills and love for the game, as well as keep developing better people in the community.

For more information, visit www.goldengoalsports.com.

  • For the second year in a row and the seventh time in the past eight years, Dr. Phillips High School’s flag football team won the District Championship. The Panthers overcame a sluggish start offensively in a scoreless first half to win the game in a 19-0 victory over Timber Creek High School.
  • DPHS men’s water polo goalie Tyler Haugh and football defensive end Robert Porcher attended the Spectrum Sports Breakfast of Champions. Haugh was named Orange County Water Polo Player of the Year, and Porcher was honored as Orange County Defensive Player of the Year.
  • DPHS also placed fifth in the state in the Florida High School Athletic Association Academic Team Championship for the 2016-17 school year. Twenty-seven of the 31 varsity teams finished with unweighted grade point averages higher than 3.0. Leading the way for the spring teams were women’s water polo with a cumulative GPA of 3.661, third in the state; and men’s water polo at 3.590, fourth in the state.

The IdeaSport Soccer Program, co-presented by LaLiga and Walt Disney World Resort, launches June 3-4 with a festival-style open house at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The program will provide a holistic approach to soccer education with proven, year-round training and development for youth soccer athletes, developing them on and off the field, as well as professional training for coaches and officials.

The open house for the new soccer experience, geared toward boys and girls ages 4-18, will be the first opportunity for youth to sign up for the program. The event, which runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., will involve on-field play sessions within a family-friendly environment with Disney character meet and greets, photo opportunities with the LaLiga trophy, food and beverages, and appearances by LaLiga players and coaches.

Anyone interested in attending the open house must register in advance at www.idea-sports.com.

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