Lecture Notes: Schools’ extracurricular activities include clubs, performing arts, athletics and more

EXCELLENT YOUNG DELAND GOLFERS — Left to right, DeLandites Savannah Williams, 8; Bentley Williams, 10; and 12-year-old Caleb Williams hold their certificates of achievement after competing in the U.S. Children’s Golf Championships in Pinehurst, North Carolina. To qualify, kids must earn Status Points throughout the year in US Kids Golf Tournaments based on low scores and wins. It is very unusual for three children from the same family to qualify. There were 2,100 participants from 54 countries. The three-day competition included an opening ‘parade of nations’ through the streets of Pinehurst, with every country represented. The golfers featured here are the children of Michelle and Solly Williams. Solly Williams has been their coach since the kids were old enough to run a club.

Now that the first week of school for the 2022-23 school year is over, extra-curricular activities start getting everyone’s attention. There are clubs, performing arts, enrichment activities and athletics.

There are also attention-grabbing activities for parents and community members, including School Advisory Councils (SAC) and the APT. Each school will have a SAC, and if you’re interested, check with your child’s school about possible membership.

As mentioned above, high school athletics play an important role throughout the year. Fall sports include football at the varsity and junior varsity competitive levels, women’s volleyball at both levels, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s bowling, and boys and girls. ‘ swimming.

This column keeps track of football for all West Volusia High School teams and all DeLand High School minor sports.

Football at West Volusia High School

All of these schools have college football teams: DeLand, Deltona, Pine Ridge (in Deltona) and Orange City University High Schools, Taylor Middle-High in Pierson and Trinity Christian Academy in Deltona.

Most college games are played at 7 p.m. on Fridays. The DeLand Bulldogs play their home games at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium, while Deltona, Pine Ridge, University, and Taylor play their home games at their respective campuses. Trinity Christian plays in a park in Deltona. These high school timetables have been made available by the school or by MaxPreps. Always check the status of games as things change due to weather or other circumstances.

On Friday August 19, Classic Pre-Season Games or Fall Classics take place. Those this column knows about have DeLand hosting Orlando Boone, Deltona going to Oviedo, and University going to Timber Creek in Orlando.

The first official matches of the 2022 football season will take place on Friday August 26, with all six West Volusia teams playing. DeLand will be at Mainland in Daytona Beach, Deltona is hosting Winter Springs, Pine Ridge is at Palm Coast Matanzas, Taylor is hosting Winter Park Trinity, University is going to Oviedo Hagerty, and Trinity Christian is going to Halifax Academy in Daytona Beach. All games are at 7 p.m.

DeLand High School Sports Calendar

On Monday August 22, the two DeLand High School Golf Teams (boys and girls) will open the competition for minor sports at DeLand High. The women’s golf team heads to DeBary Country Club at 4 p.m. to compete with University High of Orange City, while the boys will host Pine Ridge of Deltona at 4:30 p.m. on the Victoria Hills course.

On Wednesday, August 24, the DeLand High School Bulldog Men’s Golf Team travels to DeBary Country Club to play the University Titans golfers at 4:30 p.m.

On Thursday, August 25, the DeLand High School Lady Bulldog Volleyball Team begins with a game at Spruce Creek, with the junior varsity team playing at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m.

The DeLand Swim Team also opens its season on August 25 with a game against Matanzas at 4 p.m. at the DeLand Family YMCA.

Stetson University Athletics

The Stetson Hatter University men’s tennis team was honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association to be a Division I All-Academic team. To receive this honor, a team must have a 3.2 GPA or better, while individuals need a 3.5 GPA or better.

The Hatter’s men had eight players who received individual honors: Tim Gennes, Josh Laka, Fabian Penzkofer, Diogo Brands, Clement Hamel, Sven Thiergard, Alexander Hillhouse and Ervin Eminefendic.

The Stetson Lady Hatter Tennis Team earned the same honor, with seven of the players earning individual honors from the same group: Laia Pasini, Laetitia Rizk, Nadezhda Maslova, Elodie Foster, Tess Menten, Daliyah Hammoud and Darley Darley.

The Stetson men’s basketball team added Joey Gruden as director of operations. Gruden is the son of Jay Gruden, former head coach of the Washington, DC professional football team. Joey Gruden was a guest player on the University of Dayton basketball team and served as a graduate assistant at the University of Louisville.

The Stetson Lady Hatter Lacrosse Team was also honored; their honor came from Intercollegiate Association of Women’s Lacrosse Coaches. The Lady Hats were named Division I Honor Squad, which required the same criteria as mentioned above for the men’s tennis program. The Lady Hatters also had seven team members receiving individual honors: Saige-Lyn Gidzinski, kate johnson, Jacklyn Lavoie, Luisa Medina, Kiera McCarthy, Saige Roe and Maria Snee.

University honors

Lauryn D’Amatoof Lake Helen, graduate magna cum laude from University of Central Floridawith a Bachelor of Science and Communication Disorders, and a minor in psychology. She will attend the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions in a master’s program in speech-language pathology.

Hailey Echevarriaof Deltona, was appointed in the spring of 2022 dean’s list at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.. The daughter of Robert Echevarria and Lisa EchevarriaHailey is studying chemistry.

Lauren Bjellaof DeLand, was appointed to the dean’s list for the spring semester 2022 at Emerson College in Boston.

Katarina Blazeticof DeLand, will continue her career in women’s volleyball at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.

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