Category: Sports

DPHS alumni make gold … and more southwest sports news!

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.

SunRidge Boys Basketball Team Wins First Championship … and more news

SunRidge Middle School Athletic Director Tony Williams (second from right) and Dean Russell Williams (far right) join coach Alex Miranda (far left) and the boys basketball team in celebrating its first county championship.

The SunRidge Middle School’s boys basketball team won its first county championship and finished a perfect 10-0 season. The Eagles were led to victory by coach Alex Miranda. They played against Carver Middle School, with the game ending in a score of 45-37.

Jay Welsh Repeats as Head Coach and more sports news …

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Jay Welsh kicks off another season as head coach of the Winter Garden Squeeze.

Florida League officials announced head coaches for the 2017 baseball season. The mission of Florida League is to help college athletes hone their skills on the diamond and gain valuable exposure to professional scouts before heading back to school in the fall. A key component to player growth is the leadership and ability of the head coach. The Winter Garden Squeeze will welcome back head coach Jay Welsh to his third year coaching the team, second year as head coach.

DPHS Cheerleaders Win Again … and more sports news

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Dr. Phillips High School cheerleaders (front, l. to r.) Leah Humphreys, Morgan McKnight, Laura Wallace, Ayanis Young, Maddi Forte, Tatyana Washington, DKayla Cooper, (back, l. to r.) Bianca Tverberg, Jena Fite, Janeesa Clue, Natajah Williams and Ella Morrow win the small varsity division at the Universal Cheerleaders Association Central Florida Regional Competition.

SunRidge Middle School Soccer and more sports …

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The SunRidge Middle School boys soccer team goes undefeated to win its division title.

The SunRidge Middle School boys soccer team started its season with the goal of defending its championship run of two consecutive years. It went undefeated to win the division title and made it to the semifinals. Before its loss in the semifinals, the team went an unprecedented 25-0.

The SRMS girls soccer team defended its 2015 district title, closing the season with second place in the district.

Bishop Moore Catholic School Men’s Golf Team Brakes School Record

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110316sports01(L. to r.) Ryan Hull, Nick Brown, Ignacio Arcaya, Nicholas Diebel, Davis Hingtgen, Brad Hull and coach Marvin Snyder of Bishop Moore Catholic School’s men’s golf team win the Class 2A District 10 Championship.

The Bishop Moore Catholic School men’s golf team broke its own school record (290) by shooting 284 to win the Class 2A District 10 Championship at Dubsdread Golf Club, a par 70 course. Thirty-three golfers from eight Central Florida high schools competed in the match. Co-medalists were Ignacio Arcaya and Davis Hingtgen with scores of 68. Ignacio won the playoff for first place with a birdie on the first hole. Nicholas Diebel took third place with a score of 71.

SW Orlando Sports News

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Sports NewsThe 8-under Red Ball team, composed of Southwest residents, plays at a Team Up event hosted by Lake Cane Tennis Center.

Lake Cane Tennis Center hosted a Team Up event for the United States Tennis Association Junior Team Tennis, a program for boys and girls ages 6-18 that allows youth to play on compatible teams of similar ages and skill levels. The organizers coordinate seasons of play with flexible league, team and scoring formats.

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Luke Rosser of Oakland becomes to national champion for the 14-year-old age group at the USA Triathlon 2016 Youth and Junior Championship.

Oakland resident Luke Rosser, a Type 1 diabetic swimmer and triathlete, completed the USA Triathlon 2016 Youth and Junior Championship held in Ohio. Rosser won first place, becoming the national champion for the 14-year-old age group. The event saw …

SW Orlando Sports News – August 18, 2016

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Ruben Saldana, Jeremy Nunez, (back, l. to r.) Matt Clapp, Noah Sullivan, Austin Snyder and JJ Rogers of the Dip Brother Hood ultimate dodgeball team win Sky Zone Orlando’s first Ultimate Dodgeball Qualifier.

Sky Zone Orlando hosted its first Ultimate Dodgeball Qualifier. The winning team, Dip Brother Hood from the Dr. Phillips area, had the opportunity to compete in the fifth annual Ultimate Dodgeball Championship in Las Vegas for a shot at $50,000.

Team members included Matt Clapp, Jeremy Nunez, JJ Rogers, Ruben Saldana, Austin Snyder and Noah Sullivan.

Gladiators Score at Sunshine State Games

by Charity Thalacker

The YMCA of Central Florida coed Gladiators, a youth water polo team competing out of the YMCA Aquatic Center on International Drive, completed the 2016 Sunshine State Games in Coral Springs. The 12- and 14-under teams received the silver and bronze medal, respectively.

The young athletes are led by coach Randy Walters, who teaches both water polo and character-building skills. His team fosters respect for …

SW Orlando Sports News – Aug. 4, 2016

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Madison Taberham, a rising fifth-grader at Holy Family Catholic School, travels to New York for a summer program at American Ballet Theatre.

Holy Family Catholic School rising fifth-grader Madison Taberham was accepted to summer programs at American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet School and Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. She chose to attend the program at American Ballet Theatre in New York, where she received unparalleled professional dance training.

Taberham began ballet training at age 3 at …

SW Orlando Sports News – June 2, 2016

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Gymnast Hailey Clark, 12, of Windermere displays her talent on bars.

Hailey Clark, a sixth-grader and Windermere resident, achieved a high victory in gymnastics. The 12-year-old earned the titles of 2016 Florida USA Gymnastics Level 7 Bars State Champion and 2016 Region 8 USA Gymnastics Level 7 Bars Regional Champion. Aside from one second-place finish, Clark has consistently won first place in bars throughout the season. She is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society, …

Sports News – April 21, 2016

Winter 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 …