Sports News – April 21, 2016

compiled by Lauren Salinero

042116sports01Morgan DeLattre (left) and Carissa Ruiz of Windermere Preparatory School hold their team’s runner-up trophy from the Greater Orlando Athletic Conference tennis finals.

News from Windermere Preparatory School: The tennis team performed well at the Greater Orlando Athletic Conference finals. The boys placed third for the entire event. Erik Hartker and Aedan Feene each made it to the finals of the singles. Hartker and Feene also made it to the semifinals as doubles along with Rayyan Shaik and Krishen Atwal.

The girls won runner-up for the event, with Carissa Ruiz making it to the finals of the singles. Ruiz also made it to the doubles finals with Morgan DeLattre. Joining them in the doubles finals were teammates Libby Allen and Shailee Shroff.

042116sports02Winter Garden resident Luca Rappa (front, right), 6, walks onto the field holding the hand of Orlando City Soccer goalie Joe Bendik.

Six-year-old Luca Rappa, along with his parents Tony and Nikki of Foxcrest at Stone Crest in Winter Garden, attended the Portland Timbers vs. Orlando City Lions soccer game at the Citrus Bowl. Luca had the honor of escorting Orlando City goalie Joe Bendik onto the field at the beginning of the game. The Lions won the game handily with a 4-1 victory.

042116sports03Westfield resident Wyatt Tobyansen of Orlando Metro Gymnastics wins second place all-around at the Florida Men’s Gymnastics State Championships.

Wyatt Tobyansen of Westfield competed at the Florida Men’s Gymnastics State Championships. He placed first on floor, vault and high bar; second on parallel bars and pommel horse; fourth on rings; and second all-around. His Level 4 boys team from Orlando Metro Gymnastics also won second place in the men’s Level 4 team competition. Congratulations to Tobyansen and his teammates.

042116sports04Southwest resident and golfing legend Arnold Palmer (left) congratulates Davis Hingtgen, overall winner of the 2016 Bay Hill Club Men’s Stroke Play Championship.

For the second time in five weeks, 16-year-old Davis Hingtgen won a men’s annual golf tournament at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Hingtgen shot 72, 34 to finish -2 and won by one stroke in the rain-shortened two-day event. He won championship flight and was crowned overall champion of the 2016 Bay Hill Club Men’s Stroke Play Championship out of a field of 55 players.

When asked how it felt to win back-to-back tournaments on his home course, Hingtgen said, “I felt I had a chance at the start of the tournament and played pretty solid for the first day. But I trailed by three strokes after the first round, and when I found out we were only playing nine holes for the second round, I was a little concerned. Fortunately, I was able to keep my focus and made some key par putt saves at 1, 3, 4, and 8.”

Davis’ father, Steve Hingtgen, also competed in the event but would not disclose his scores.

“I looked forward to the day when my son would beat me badly, and that day is here all too often now,” he said.

The Jewish Pavilion will hold its Pavilion Golf Society Tournament, in honor of past president and golfing aficionado Carol Feuerman, on May 15 at the Alaqua Country Club. The event will benefit the Orlando Senior Help Desk, an invaluable resource the Pavilion provides at no cost to older adults and their families of all faiths.

The tournament will include breakfast, lunch and prizes. Non-golfers also have an option of registering to attend lunch. To register, make a donation or for more information, call 407-678-9363 or visit on the web.


(L. to r.) Coxswain Regan Siemienas, Jessica Meena, Jessica Beasom, Maddie Sabis, Chloe Goodyear, Nicole Abruzzo, Jaelin Figueroa, Payton Grazziotti and Mallory Brown of Orlando Area Rowing Society women’s lightweight 8 team earn a silver medal at the 2016 OARS Invitational.

Orlando Area Rowing Society women’s lightweight 8 and lightweight 4 rowing teams performed outstandingly at the 2016 OARS Invitational. The OARS family is especially proud of its hard work, dedication and determination. The teams won two silver medals by less than a second.

The lightweight 8 team includes Nicole Abruzzo, Jessica Beasom, Mallory Brown, Jaelin Figueroa, Chloe Goodyear, Payton Grazziotti, Jessica Meena, Maddie Sabis and coxswain Regan Siemienas. The lightweight 4 team is composed of Abruzzo, Figueroa, Goodyear, Sabis and coxswain Samantha Sizelove.

Dr. Phillips High School’s Baseball Facilities Foundation officials are asking for the community’s support to reach their goal of building a locker room at the DPHS baseball complex. The cost of the project is $165,000, and the foundation is $8,500 short. An extra $5,000 was added to the original fundraising efforts because of Orange County’s requirement of a 3 percent sinking fund for future repairs.

Engraved brick pavers that will be placed at the complex are available for purchase at on the web, as well as signage opportunities for corporate sponsors.

For more information, call Teressa Haymaker at 407-873-8893 or email

042116sports06(L. to r.) Coaches Stephen Raymond (far left) and Tyler Aycock (far right) of Stick It Gymnastics congratulate Madison Marshall (second from left) and Nina Vicker on becoming state trampoline and tumbling champions.

Stick It Gymnastics sent 10-year-old Madison Marshall and 14-year-old Nina Vicker to the trampoline and tumbling state championship meet in Estero. Marshall, who attends Sand Lake Elementary School, made a clean sweep, earning the 11-12 age group state champion title in both the double-mini and trampoline events. Vicker, a resident of Windermere Wylde and student at Olympia High School, brought home the gold on the trampoline in the 15-older age division. The girls are coached by Tyler Aycock and Stephen Raymond of Stick It Gymnastics.

042116sports07Members of the Girls on the Run Orlando team at Southwest Middle School spend time with former Orlando Police Chief and congressional candidate Val Demings (middle row, third from left) of Southwest.

Southwest Middle School hosted Girls on the Run Orlando and special guest former Orlando Police Chief and congressional candidate Val Demings for a run and an encouraging talk to the girls. Demings, a Southwest resident, spent two hours with the girls, eagerly participating in all of the warmups, stretches and even running laps. She also attended the day’s lesson, “Asking for and Giving Help.”

SWMS’s coaches are Barbara Giles, head coach, and Sheila White, assistant coach. Both women are former SWMS parents who are giving back as volunteers in Dr. Phillips. GOTR coach Beverly Powers from the Bay Meadows Elementary School team also joined the group for the day as she is a fan of Demings, and her granddaughter is also a member of the SWMS team.

GOTR Orlando is a nonprofit organization that empowers young girls to be confident, joyful and healthy through running and physical activity. Fall registration opens May 1. For more information, visit on the web.

Olympia High School alumnus and kicker Aleem Sunanon is thriving at the University of South Alabama. The school released an article about how Sunanon has emerged as a national leader both on and off the football field.

Sunanon received his undergraduate degree in professional health sciences this past December and is now working toward a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on health care. His academic work ethic comes from his parents’ example and high standards. He also believes that as a student-athlete, he is a student first. He has taken on a leadership role with the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is currently vice president of the organization. He also was selected to represent the Sun Belt Conference at the annual NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Arizona.

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