SW Orlando Sports News

compiled by Lauren Salinero

090116sports01(Front, l. to r.) RJ Ruiz, Justin Salvati, Ben Rothfield, Evan Neville, Blayke Rabens, Josh Lore, Max Engstrom, Ethan Orlaff, Sam Anish, (middle, l. to r.) Mason Mojica, Alex Ames, Ryan Ghea, Nathan Cramer, Mac Colavecchio, Parker Hohnstock, Arnaldo Gonzalez, Christian Borberly, Alexis Martinex, (back, l. to r.) coaches Rich Mojica, Paul Anish and Eric Cooper of the 9-under Warriors baseball team sweep the Disney International Salute to Baseball tournament.

The 9-under Warriors baseball team scored an undefeated first place at the Disney International Salute to Baseball tournament, a weeklong event that included players from around the U.S. as well as Panama and Puerto Rico. Typically there are two teams that play separately, but they joined as a single team for this tournament.

The children, who are advancing to the 10-under level this fall, are coached by Paul Anish, Eric Cooper and Rich Mojica. Team members include Alex Ames, Sam Anish, Christian Borberly, Mac Colavecchio, Nathan Cramer, Max Engstrom, Ryan Ghea, Arnaldo Gonzalez, Parker Hohnstock, Josh Lore, Alexis Martinex, Mason Mojica, Evan Neville, Ethan Orlaff, Blayke Rabens, Ben Rothfield, RJ Ruiz and Justin Salvati.

Sons of the American Legion Memorial Post 19 will hold its 10th annual Golfing for Charity event Oct. 9. Proceeds will benefit the Fisher House Foundation Lake Nona Project. Entry is $45 per player on four-player teams. At least one player on each team must be a member of Post 19. The deadline to register is Oct. 2.

For more information, call 407-622-1807 or visit salmemorialpost19.org on the web.

The National Basketball Association released its 2016-17 game schedule, and announced the Orlando Magic will open its season Oct. 26 at the Amway Center vs. the Miami Heat. Training camp opens Sept. 27.

The Magic’s complete schedule is available at orlandomagic.com on the web.

090116sports02Luke 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 600-plus youth and junior competitors in attendance between the ages of 7 and 19, including athletes from Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Since his diagnosis less than two years ago, Rosser has become a champion for raising awareness about Type 1 diabetes and influencing other children to not let the disease limit their lifestyle.

“We’re an active family, and Luke’s diagnosis at first felt like an end to a lifestyle we love,” said Meredith Rosser, Luke Rosser’s mom. “Luke has shown determination and commitment to his health. These are really good days, and there are days where we struggle to regulate his blood sugar level. Luke shared his medal with his younger brother, who also competed in Nationals, realizing that as a family, we’re all winning the fight against diabetes.”

090116sports03(Front, l. to r.) Carmine DeMonaco, Grant Hughes, Junior Fernandez, Otto Fernandez, Ava Page, (back, l. to r.) Brady Sorensen, Adara Adewale, Alex Marino and Skyler Gonzalez spend a week playing football, soccer, basketball and baseball at Premier Academy’s sports camp.

Registration is open for the Runners Classic 8K, 5K, 100-400 yard dash. The Classic, which will be held Nov. 13 at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, isn’t just another run/walk. Participants have the opportunity to make the holidays brighter for those less fortunate by bringing one nonperishable food item the morning of the event. Last year, the Classic donated more than 10,000 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank. Attendees can also honor veterans and active duty military personnel by wearing clothes with military insignia to identify their branches of service.

To register, visit www.racersignup.com/runners-classic-orlando-florida/register/ on the web.

The Florida League closed out another season of family-friendly entertainment for baseball fans. Jarred Neal of Winter Garden received the Cy Young Award. He appeared in 13 games for the Winter Garden Squeeze and led the league in innings pitched. He posted a 6-2 record. Neal also won the team award for pitcher. Cody Burgess won the team award for player, and Matt Sullivan for sportsmanship.

090116sports04Stoneybrook West resident Shawn Coultoff takes second place at the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships.

Shawn Coultoff
, a Whispering Oak Elementary School fourth-grader and resident of Stoneybrook West, competed in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships in Pinehurst, North Carolina. He played against 145 of the world’s best 9-year-old golfers.

Shooting rounds of 69, 70 and 69, Coultoff finished 8-under-par for the week and in second place against a field of players from dozens of countries. His junior career so far includes 58 total victories throughout Florida and the southeast U.S. Coultoff is trained by Jason Voigts, the director of instruction for Foundation Golf Academy. He also works on fitness, flexibility and strength with David Herman, founder of Superflex Fitness in Winter Garden.

Officials at The First Academy named Regan Denham as the Lady Royals lacrosse varsity head coach for the 2017 season. Coach Denham brings 10 years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently as head coach at Gordon College just outside of Boston. During her two years at Gordon, she coached seven all-conference players, 20 all-academic players, and had a cumulative team GPA of 3.31.

Prior to Gordon College, coach Denham started the Division 1 Women’s Lacrosse Program at Liberty University and spent six years as head coach of the Flames. She played at Messiah College, where she was a two-time captain and four-time all-conference player, and set school records for career goals, career assists, career ground balls, goals per game, assists per game and points per game.

The First Academy family extends a whole-hearted welcome to coach Denham.

Representatives of The First Tee of Central Florida, a nonprofit organization, announced registration details for the youth development program’s Fall Life Skills Experience Clinics. Participants ages 7-17 are encouraged to register for clinics, which will be offered at MetroWest Golf Club.

The nine-week Life Skills Experience series of clinics will being the week of Sept. 5. Registration cost is $75, which includes a $25 annual membership fee. Returning players who have already participated in the program this year do not have the pay the annual membership fee again. Financial assistance is also available.

The First Tee of Central Florida provides educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy habits through the game of golf. For more information and to register, visit www.thefirstteecfl.org/register on the web. To apply for financial assistance, email clake@thefirstteecfl.org.

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