Dr. Phillips Little League Takes District Championship … and more Southwest Sports!

compiled by Lauren Salinero

The 2017 Florida League All-Star Game, presented by Central Florida McDonald’s, brought a record-setting Home Run Derby, followed by an exciting baseball game between the North and the South. The North prevailed, winning the game 6-4. Winter Garden resident Chase Smartt provided the highlight of the night early on when he hit 12 home runs in the first round of the Home Run Derby.

Alex Martins, CEO of the Orlando Magic, tops Orlando magazine’s Most Powerful People list in the entertainment category.

Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins was named to Orlando magazine’s Most Powerful People list for the 10th consecutive year, ranking first on this year’s list in the entertainment category. Martins has remained a fixture in the rankings of the most dynamic leaders in Central Florida for much of the past decade. He was a Hall of Power member after ranking in Orlando magazine’s Top 5 for five years in a row for their Most Powerful People rankings and sat atop that list in 2012.

Martins, who has spent 30 years in professional sports management, has been a fixture and leader in the Orlando community, receiving many accolades and community roles throughout the years. He has led the charge with the future $200 million sports and entertainment complex across from the Amway Center and the Magic’s recent acquisition of the Orlando Solar Bears franchise.


The Dr. Phillips 9-10-11 All Star Little League baseball team wins the District 14 Championship.

The Dr. Phillips 9-10-11 All Star Little League baseball team set a 5-0 record on its way to winning the District 14 Championship this summer. All 12 players were invaluable to the team’s success. Their hard work, desire and cohesion as a team led to their victory.
Team members include Madden Bourst, Christian Cantwell, TD Cross, Palmer Haynes, Owen Jacobs, Connor Koivu, Brandon Lohr, Garrett Lorfano, Blake Hidalgo, Matthew Masten, Austin Pierzynski and Jack Waddingham. Coaches are Joe Haynes, Jamie Jacobs and Bob Lohr, along with the help of many others.


Southwest Aquatics swimmer Madeleine “Maddie” Reynolds makes an impressive showing at the Florida Age Group Championships.

Madeleine “Maddie” Reynolds recently competed in swim-ming at the Florida Age Group Championships in Sarasota. Maddie, who is a rising fifth-grader at Keene’s Crossing Elementary School, swims for Southwest Aquatics in Winter Garden. She finished the meet with three golds (200 individual medley, 50 backstroke and 100 back); two silvers (200 freestyle and 400 free); and a fourth-place finish (50 free) as well as the High Point Award for the most points for a 10-year-old female at the state championships.

All swimmers, parents and coaches were very supportive, and it took a great deal of effort and hard work to pull off this commendable achievement.




Windermere High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders volunteer at Clean the World.

Varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders at Windermere High School spent their time after practice volunteering at Clean the World. The organization is a worldwide nonprofit that provides soap and hygiene supplies to developing countries battling cholera and other diseases.

Coaches for the squads are Maddy Jaime, Annie Macclellan and Jordan Melton. The Wolverines will start their first season this year at the newly opened WHS.


Orlando City Soccer Club, Special Olympics Florida, Major League Soccer Works, and ESPN collaborated to leverage the power of sports to promote social inclusion and acceptance by uniting people with and without intellectual disabilities through the power and joy of Special Olympics Unified Sports and soccer. A Special Olympics Unified Sports soccer match between Special Olympics Florida and Special Olympics Georgia took place before the Major League Soccer match between Eastern Conference sides Orlando City and Atlanta United. This was the first in a two-match series between the two teams, with one match hosted by each respective MLS club.

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