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BATTLE FOR THE CRATE Marvin Washington Panthers
Woody Barrett Warriors
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West Orange Football a Force to be Reckoned With Jason Negron
# 29 Darian Williams # 72 Bryce Commer #52 Branden Garman
WINTER GARDEN – West Orange football (2-0) looks as powerful as ever in 2015. The Warriors are hoping to make a third consecutive appearance in the state playoffs, but are equipped to win it all. Auburn-bound quarterback Woody Barrett is one of the top five players in the country in his position. University of Florida-bound blindside tackle Stone Forsythe makes Barrett’s job easier. To add salt to the wound of opposing defenses, Eddie McDoom is lined up on the outside waiting to catch passes from Barrett. The trio on offense is quick, explosive, and may very well lead West Orange to the best season in school history. West Orange kicked off the season with fellow Winter Garden High School, Foundation Academy. A 75-yard touchdown connection from Barrett to McDoom capped off a 21-point first quarter and West Orange would cruise to a 45-0 victory.One of Central Florida’s top pocket passers, Nick Sproles, and the Winter Park Wildcats (1-1) would then take a trip to West Orange for a week two battle. West Orange was victorious in a 4214 rout over Winter Park. By halftime, Woody Barrett had already amassed over 100 yards on the ground with two rushing scores. He connected with his favorite target, McDoom, for a 29-yard score.The Warriors’ defense, led by Antonio Owens, Jeremy Samuels and Nolan DeFranco, limited Winter Park’s Sproles to just 103 yards passing and three turnovers.
The performance resulted in a West Orange 42-14 rout over Winter Park. West Orange’s matchups will continue to get increasingly challenging. Their next game with archrival Dr. Phillips will be one of the top matchups of the season. Both squads are undefeated and will battle for the Old Orange Crate on Friday, September 11.
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Sproles, Ingram Leading Winter Park Jason Negron WINTER PARK – The combination of quarterback Nick Sproles and running back Tyshaun Ingram on Winter Park’s (1-1) offense has teams in Class 8A District 3 trembling. In Sproles’ first full year as quarterback, he’s dealt with the tough task of winning a district title for the Wildcats. Handing the ball off to Ingram makes that task much less stressful. This proved to be the case in Winter Park’s season-opening 21-9 against Lake Nona (0-2).Ingram started the season strong in the opener, rushing for 76 yards in the win. His performance kept the Lake Nona defense honest and took pressure off of Nick Sproles. Sproles responded by scoring all three Winter Park touchdowns, connecting with three different receivers on the scores; including a 35-yarder to wide out Wilson Jean-Baptiste. Sproles had 256 yards through the air.The momentum built off the week one victory was put to an immediate halt in week two when Winter Park took a trip west to take on powerhouse West Orange (2-0). Woody Barrett and company were far too much for Winter Park to handle that Friday night, West Orange won 42-14.
Winter Park #11 Nick Sproles #4 Ingram
The West Orange defense forced Sproles to commit three turnovers on the night. Ingram, Sproles and Winter Park will look to get above .500 in week three where they host winless Freedom HS (0-2) on Friday, September 11.
Last Week Local Scores Apopka 46, Edgewater 25 West Orange 42, Winter Park 14 Dr. Phillips 27, Lake Mary 17 Windermere Prep 48, All Saints 8 Wekiva 23, Boone 10 Bishop Moore 24, Lyman 7 Celebration 56, Poinciana 0 Central Florida Christian 32, St. John Lutheran 0 Christ's Church 26, International Community 14 Cypress Creek 21, Liberty 14 OT
First Academy-Orlando 28, Foundation Academy 14 Charter 29, First Academy-Leesburg 12 Oak Ridge 32, Timber Creek 7 Olympia 35, East River 0 Orlando Christian 52, Faith Christian 0 Orlando University 23, Evans 7 South Sumter 41, Orlando Freedom 6 Ocoee 20, Lake Nona 7 Lake Highland 55, Marco Island 13 Seven Rivers Christian 56, Orangewood Christian 12
Top 6 High School Football Teams (Orange County) 1. Apopka (2-0): Reigning 8A champs rushed for 254 yards in rout of Ocoee. Demetri Burch and Deshawn Massey each scored twice. Edgewater who has a decent team did score 25 points against the powerhouse program that scored 46 points. It wasn't until early in the fourth quarter when Apopka shook off pesky Edgewater. 2. West Orange (2-0): State-ranked Warriors made easy work of outmanned Foundation Academy in 45-0 win. They were very impressive over number 6 Winter park. Woody Barrett had a great game controlling the line of scrimmage. As the Warriors won 42-14. 3. Dr. Phillips (2-0): Tanner Ingle intercepted two passes and then Panthers tallied 404 yards of offense in 27-0 win over then-No. 13 Wekiva. Their more impressive win over Lake Mary 27-17 has them in the hunt. Marvin Washington has been a great leader as QB. 4. Bishop Moore (2-0): Hornets dominated College Park rivals, holding then-No. 7 Edgewater to minus-13 yards rushing. Moore dominated Lyman 5. Oak Ridge (2-0): Opened Tyrone Sapp era with 45-24 win at Jones, led by two touchdowns from D'Andre Weaver. An impressive win over Timber Creek. 6. Winter Park (1-1): QB Nick Sproles threw for three touchdowns but turned the ball over three times in 21-9 win over Lake Nona. Sproles had Battled number 2 West Orange but fell short.
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Olympia Looking to Excel in New District Jason Negron ORLANDO – Olympia High School football (1-1) finds itself with a new coach in a new district in 2015. So far they have fared well in the new setting. After going down 32-14 in week one to Seminole High School (1-0), the Olympia Titans blanked East River (0-2), 35-0. First-year head coach Kyle Hayes has this Olympia team playing hard and through the whistle. In his first two games manning the helm, he’s already matched the Titans win total from all of last season. Last year was an uncanny 1-10 season for Olympia, a season spectators aren’t used to seeing. Hayes will definitely face a challenge in the schools first year in the Class 8A, District 5. Defense was clearly the story in Olympia’s 35-0 demolishing of East River. Olympia took a first-quarter 14-0 lead without even converting a first down offensively. Defensive back Douglas Howard returned a blocked punt for the game’s first score.
Olympia Defense Held East River
Defensive tackle Gage Velin fell on a fumble by East River who was pinned against their end zone to put Olympia up 14-0. East River never got a flow going offensively. In East River’s defense, Olympia was nearly impossible to drive on. Matchups this season with Apopka (2-0), Dr. Phillips (2-0) and Oak Ridge (2-0) are uncommon opponents for Olympia. It’s one of the most strenuous schedules Olympia will have gone through in its program’s history. Such a schedule will battle-test a team and subsequently make it a better team. For now, Olympia has to deal with the Colonial Grenadiers (1-1) on Friday, September 11.
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APOPKA LOOKING DOMINANT IN EARLY TITLE DEFENSE JASON NEGRON APOPKA Being repeat champions tops off the list of most challenging feats to accomplish in sports. The Blue Darters’ 2-0 start has everyone in Apopka on the optimistic side of completing such a daunting task. Dual-threat quarterback Demetri Burch and stout running back Deshawn Massey have athletic ability that has thus far led the reigning Class 8A State champions. Apopka has cruised to two early victories over Ocoee and rival Edgewater. Burch and Massey each produced two rushing touchdowns in the opening week 40-6 rout over the Ocoee Knights. Apopka handled business the same in a 46-25 handling of their rival Edgewater.
#8 Demetri Burch #6 Jordan Thompson
The high-octane Apopka offense proved to be no match for Edgewater. The battle between Apopka and Edgewater is not as one-sided as it may seem. Since 2004, the head-to-head series is tied 6-6 after Apopka’s win on September 4. The running threat of both Demetri Burch and Deshawn Massey will continue to bulldoze through defenses as Apopka looks to get ahold of their third state championship in four years. Apopka is currently tied atop the Class 8A District 4 standings with fellow powerhouse West Orange. They’ll look to improve to 3-0 on the season on Friday, September 11 when they travel north to face DeLand (1-1)
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City Left Deflated at Gillette Stadium Greyson Everidge Orlando City Soccer was once again beaten in the North East this past weekend, when they failed to record a single goal in their 3-0 loss to the New England Revolution. The loss is one in a series of recent losses by large margins for the Lions in the City Beautiful. The Lions, missing top goal scorers Cyle Larin and Kaka, were less than impressive across the pitch the entire match in a game many will be quick to forget. Despite having more than half of the possessions during the first half, the Revolution spent most of that time in search of the winning goal. At the 42nd minute mark, Diego Fagundez beat Tally Hall at his far post with a sweet, left footed finish. City keeper Tally Hall was kept busy the whole game. He came up with a big save in the 56th minute when he denied Chris Tierney a goal that would have certainly put the game beyond the reach of the Lions who were still looking for the tying goal. City’s efforts were to no avail, and in the 84th minute a pass across the face of the goal found New England’s Juan Agudelo, who picked his spot as the lead was extended to two. The third and final goal came in stoppage time as an excellent backheel pass from Lee Nguyen found Tierney who slotted past Hall to end City’s misery on the night.The Lions will look to bounce back against Sporting Kansas City at the Citrus Bowl on September 13, 2015.
AAU MEMBERS NAMED TO AVCA ALL-AMERICA TEAM AAU Volleyball Staff West Coast AAU Junior Olympic Games champions Abril Bustamante and Skylar Caputo are two of the four elite high school beach volleyball players from across the country who were recently announced as members of the second annual American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) High School Beach All-America Team last week. The tandem came out on top of the 52-team field at the West Coast AAU Junior Olympic Games which weighed heavily on the committee’s decision. Bustamante and Caputo earned their spot in the Games by claiming the top spot in the Winter Classic Open at Dockweiler State Beach in California. Caputo also earned the title of AAU Player of the Year 2015 and the girls finished first in the NVL RIZE (Port St. Lucie, Fl.), Dig the Beach: Siesta (Siesta Key, Fl.) and the Florida Tour Series #4 & #5 (Pompano Beach, Fl. & Siesta Key, Fl.) this season. Joining Bustamante and Caputo on the All-America team are Ashley Allmer and Macy Jerger, who are the reigning AAU National champions. The duo also won the Dig the Beach: Siesta (Siesta Key, Fl.), the Florida Tour Series #5 (Siesta Key, Fl.) and finished fifth in the West Coast AAU Junior Olympic Games. Allmer finished in the top 10 in every tournament she played in during the 2015 season and notched 10 first place finishes in 18U junior tournaments. Jerger placed first in five tournaments in Florida’s U18 Division this year.
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Bishop Moore Volleyball Beats Lake Highland Prep Andrea Lerner
The Lake Highland Prep girls Varsity volleyball team lost to Bishop Moore last month in a non-conference match. Bishop Moore won by a score of 3-0 to the rival school. The game was played at Bishop Moore’s home, with fans excited to start off the high school volleyball season. Following that game they prepared to take on Trinity Catholic. The team consists of strong attackers and blockers who helped them win the game. Lake Highland has followed this game with preparation for the Master’s Academy. This will be a 4A District challenge. After losing in the start of the season, the Lake Highland team is ready to move on in a more positive way towards wins. Attacking strongly for Lake Highland during the Bishop Moore game was Leah Green, a senior. As a returning player, Green and other seniors were committed to giving everything they had into the kickoff of the season. Three servers for the Lake Highland team were up with percentages of 100. These fellow players were Alexis Brindley, sophomore, Kelly Markowski, freshman, and Tristen Wilson, junior. Without the key servers, the team would have been out of balance. Even with a loss, these players still gained a leap in their percentages. While Bishop Moore has no available stats from the match, they are excited to take their win and add it to their record. Starting off the season winning is a factor any team would take, and the Bishop Moore girls have grabbed it without a second thought. Both teams played a good game, and although it only ended in one groups’ favor, they both kept their heads held high and their reactions professional. The girls played a fair game and were all excited to get on the court and start the season. This fall, we can see both teams fighting strongly for some wins but also enjoying the game at the same time.
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West Orange vs. Dr Phillips: A Rivalry Renewed Jason Negron WINTER GARDEN – After five long years, the Old Orange Crate Rivalry has made its return. The West Orange Warriors (2-0) and the Dr. Phillips Panthers (2-0) will meet on West Orange’s new turf Friday, September 11. It’s arguably the most anticipated high school matchup in Central Florida this fall, due in large part to the rivalry’s absence since 2010. The most recent matchup in the near-30-year-old rivalry took place in 2010 when Dr. Phillips handed a 49-6 blowout to West Orange. Dr. Phillips took a competitive advantage over West Orange, improving their record in the rivalry to 15-9 dating back to 1987. It was then evident that the Dr. Phillips football program was the dominator in the Old Orange Crate battle. The consensus feeling on the rivalry began to shift quickly when Bob Head took over the head-coaching helm at West Orange in 2013. Head’s first season amounted to a 10-2 regular season mark with a long awaited appearance in the Class 8A State Regionals.
#10 M. Washington, CFOA, Mitch Fazzio, #1 W. Barrett
Last year’s 11-1 mark was the best in school history; it landed the Warriors back-to-back trips to State Regionals. Coach Rodney Wells has his young Dr. Phillips team continuing to dominate. The Panthers haven’t lost a regular season game since 2011, a 35-game winning streak on the line. DP finished 11-0 before losing at States last season. Finally in 2015, we not only see one of the top football rivalries in the region return, but it’s about as evenly matched as it’s ever been. West Orange might even have the advantage for the first time. Quarterbacks Woody Barrett (West Orange) and Marvin Washington (Dr. Phillips) will battle for West Orange County supremacy. Wide receiver Eddie McDoom and Barrett combine for one of the top QB-WR tandems in the state. Dr. Phillips not only has Washington but they puts forth a lethal wide receiver duo in Jaquarius Bargnarand Emare Hogan to give opposing secondary units a matchup nightmare.The 25th chapter of the Old Orange Crate Bowl will be action-packed and could very well see its winner in the State Championship.
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“It Takes a Village” The Warrior and Panther Rivalry Mike Attardi Once in awhile, you cross paths with some very special people. They all have a story. In my world, I mostly cross paths with athletes; high school, college and pro. During my journey as a former NFL player, I’ve been very fortunate to have mentors in my life, people who reached out and helped me understand what my options were and how to achieve them with humility and respect. Ever since my last down in the NFL, I made it my goal to give back to the younger generations of athletes who have the desire to take their God given talents to the next level. I share this with you because of the positive experience I had this weekend with two top college prospects. I recently had the honor to create a photo shoot with two star high school athletes. The theme was the “Battle for the Crate.” These two teams have not played since 2010 after a rumored falling out between the two schools.From Dr. Phillip’s birth as a program in 1987 through that last game in 2010, a 49-6 victory for the Panthers, Dr. Phillip’s holds a 15-9 series advantage. Without a regular season game the past four years, the only way the two teams could have met would have been in the Class 8A State Semifinals — something that seemed like a possibility during the 2014 season but did not manifest. Dr. Phillip’s birth as a program in 1987 through that last game in 2010, a 49-6 victory for the Panthers, Dr. Phillip’s holds a 15-9 series advantage. Without a regular season game the past four years, the only way the two teams could have met would have been in the Class 8A State Semifinals — something that seemed like a possibility during the 2014 season but did not manifest. understand that football is a team sport and that one player can’t win the game. We know that West Orange has a strong defense and fast moving offense. We also know that Dr. Phillips is super-fast and also possesses a strong defense. Both teams have superior Head coaches and assistant coaches that can rival any college football program. That is how good these two teams are. The Florida Sporting News wanted to highlight the biggest game of the year. West Orange Warriors vs. the Panthers of Dr. Phillips. For us, it was not because of the history of these two schools or the media hoopla that is surrounding the game. It’s also not about the ten thousand fans who will show up this Friday. It was about two superior athletes who are gentlemen on and off the playing field. Two humbled athletes that have worked their position together during many training football camps. Two athletes who are leaders and who are very competitive. Most of all, two athletes who highly respect each other and their football programs. You may ask, who are these athletes? Quarterbacks, Woody Barrett and Marvin Washington. From the moment we started the FSN photo shoot, there was an electrified aura that surrounded these athletes. This was not the first, nor the last time will these two stars grace the cover of a publication. Their humble demeanor and appreciation for the recognition was sincere. They were serious but also playful at times. Both of them knew the importance of this game, not only for their programs, but for the towns they represent. They understand the significance of this game and what it means for their season. Yet they still took the time to ask after each other’s welfare. This was true sportsmanship at its finest. It was almost like watching Payton Manning and Tom Brady having a conversation before a big AFC championship game. After the photo shoot, I took Woody, Marvin and their parents out for lunch. One would have never known that these two athletes were getting ready to play one of the biggest games in their career this Friday night. People at the restaurant were curious and wishing them both the best of luck. They were humbled and respectful to the fans. We need to see more football programs like West Orange and Dr. Phillips. Not because they have a tradition to win or some of the best talent here in Florida. It’s because these two teams have local support. Have you ever heard the saying “It takes a village?” These two villages have come together and made a difference in these student-athletes lives. Oh, by the way, don’t forget the other village called Apopka. They too, are waiting for the Warriors and the Panthers to show up. Wow! This is great football!!
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Dr. Phillips Extends Record Streak Jason Negron ORLANDO – It goes without saying, Dr. Phillips (2-0) is one of the best high school football teams in Central Florida. They haven’t gotten a whiff of regular season defeat since 2011, which amounts to the current 35-game winning streak. Part of being a top team is having a schedule filled with challenging schools and teams eager to knock you off. Coach Rodney Wells was well aware of this and wanted to battle-test his young team. Dr. Phillips schedule from weeks three through five is by far the toughest in Central Florida. Matchups with undefeated West Orange (2-0), Apopka (2-0) and Mainland (2-0) could make or break the Panthers’ season. Continuing that unbeaten streak will be one of the most impressive feats by any team in Central Florida. The best scenario is to enter the three-week stretch with an undefeated mark; two road wins over Wekiva (1-1) and Lake Mary (0-2).
#10 Marvin Washington Dr. Phillips shut Wekiva out 27-0 in the week one meeting. Standout quarterback Marvin Washington connected with top receiving target Jaquarius Bargnare eight times for 184 yards and two touchdowns; both touchdowns were more than 70 yards. Running back Alvin Bryant contributed a 70-yard play of his own when he ran the ball 70 yards into the end zone in the fourth quarter to stamp the first win on the season. With one victory under the belt, Dr. Phillips hit the road to face Lake Mary (2-0) amidst a very hostile and energetic crowd. The intense setting at Lake Mary would add immense pressure for Dr. Phillips to continue their four-year-long win streak. In a close game throughout, it was a goal line blunder by Lake Mary that set Dr. Phillips up for a 35th consecutive win, 27-17. Lake Mary fumbled the ball over to Dr. Phillips at the one-yard line, thus backing the Panthers up into their end zone. Dr. Phillips fullback D.J. Charles then took it the distance of the field for a Dr. Phillips game-stamping touchdown. Dr. Phillips is preparing for a matchup with their Orange Crate rivals West Orange on Friday, September 11. There is a tough road ahead for Dr. Phillips.
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Protect your local Football Game Official Mike Attardi After the horrible display of un-sportsmanship like conduct at a high school football game last week in San Antonio, we need to be more respectful towards our football game officials. (You Tube) has made it viral and it’s disturbing to watch. Two players from San Antonio’s John Jay High School could face federal criminal charges after targeting a football official in last Friday’s night game. That’s right, I said FEDERAL. It is a federal offense to attack any game official, on or off the playing field while they’re in uniform. This should be taught and understood, not only by the players but by the fans as well. We are all fans at some time in our lives. We all have emotions that sometimes gets the better of us. We also have to understand that it’s “Just a game!” There is no life or death situations and no one is a winner if they cheat! Both of these San Antonio high school players were immediately ejected from the game and suspended from the team and school. I doubt any college team will take a chance on these two delinquents. According to Austin Football Officials Association secretary Wayne Elliott, the referee was "very upset" and "wanted to press charges." The hit came toward the end of John Jay's 15-9 loss at Marble Falls, located about 90 miles north of San Antonio. "The first thing we want is that those two kids never play football again," Elliott said. Here in Central Florida, the local officials at CFOA have had to eject a half-dozen players this season for fighting on the field of play. Not only were these athletes ejected, but suspended for several games. One of these players will most likely get a 6 game suspension for his un-sportsmanship behavior. That’s not good if you’re a senior and hoping to get a scholarship offer someday. The men and women who choose to officiate at the high school level are community servants, who likely spend more than they make to be subjected to verbal – and occasionally physical – abuse. No one in this avocation is doing what they do to get rich. They are doing it because they love sports, they want to give back to their communities and they care about kids. They sacrifice time away from their own families, from their real jobs and from their lives to be a part of something bigger and to provide kids with the opportunity to participate. Without officials, there can be no games, but that truth seems to be forgotten all too often in the high school setting, where perfection from officials is expected at the start of the game and improvement is likewise expected throughout.
The Central Florida Officials Association was formed in 1947 to provide officials for the interscholastic football and basketball programs of Central Florida. There are more than 350 officials in the CFOA that are certified by the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) and who will be scheduled for games at various schools during this year's football and basketball season. The classification of the schools within the CFOA service area range from 1A to 6A, and the majority of the schools have full varsity, junior varsity and freshman programs in football and both boys and girls basketball. Girls Flag Football began in 2005 with 12 schools and has grown each year. The CFOA services schools located in the Orlando metropolitan area and within a geographic area surrounded by Volusia, Osceola, Seminole, and Lake Counties. The CFOA is proud of its members and alumni whose officiating accomplishments include the National Football League, six college football conferences and numerous college and junior college basketball conferences. PLEASE! Protect your local football game official. They are out to promote sportsmanship and the integrity of the game. They are fair, trained well, respectful and have a passion for the game. Some are doctors, managers, policemen, cooks, attorneys, salesmen and even a local newspaper publisher. That’s right, I’m a proud member of the CFOA and FHSAA. I love football!
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Windermere Prep Rebounds from First Loss since 2013 Andrea Lerner WINDERMERE – Repeating as champions is no easy task. The Windermere Prep Lakers (1-1) is by no means eliminated from a title defense, but a week one loss to St. Stephen’s Episcopal (2-0) makes the quest much more difficult. The Lakers went 10-0 in the SSAC last year and topped Orlando Christian Prep in the 2014 SSAC Championship game to cap off a miraculous undefeated stretch. Another undefeated season won’t be the result in 2015, but a championship is still on the horizon. Led by quarterback Parker Davis and tight end Brett DioGaurdi, the week one matchup with St. Stephen’s Episcopal was a tough offensive shootout that saw St. Stephen’s come out on top 53-41. Windermere Prep was without their best defender, linebacker Mitchell Darrow, for the final three quarters of the game after he suffered a shoulder injury. St. Stephen’s built a 46-28 lead by the fourth quarter before Windermere Prep cut the lead to 46-41. St. Stephen’s scored a late touchdown to put the game in the basket.
#7 Parker Davis The Lakers regained some champion swagger in week two against All Saints Academy (0-2) in a 48-8 blowout. Windermere Prep improved to 1-1 over All Saints. Their dominant first win of the season has given Windermere Prep, plenty of momentum heading into their week three matchup with Canterbury School (0-2) down in St. Petersburg on Friday, September 11. The Lakers hope to get a second consecutive victory in their second straight matchup with a winless team.
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West Orange Volleyball Kicks Off Season Right Andrea Lerner Entering the new year has started off strong for the West Orange Varsity girls volleyball team. Winning their first game 15-10 after 5 sets against St. John's last month has the group hopeful for a strong season. “In the second set we weren’t playing for each other, but for ourselves,” said Makala Heidelberg, sophomore. As a team, the girls are aware that it is crucial to play together. Fortunately, the team realized their mistake in enough time to change the game. The girls were able to fix their problem by doing their jobs and forming back into unity. “We just need to stay confident in ourselves and we can win,” explained Stephanie Garner, senior. As the captain and setter for the team, Garner knows her way around the courts. Adjusting to all the new players hasn’t been easy, but the girls have faith in each other to come together and gain some wins.The West Orange team has learned that they can compete with high level teams, and they are ready to take on every challenge that arises. “Girls need to get used to high school and the high school volleyball season,” said Garner. Being a very young team, an important value is making sure the focus and drive exists in the players. The senior girls know that balancing school and the volleyball season is a struggle and can get difficult at times, so they are ready to help the new players get comfortable adjusting. “Volleyball has shown me that nothing comes easily,” stated Heidelberg. Playing for almost eight years has definitely affected Heidelberg, who says she has come so far as an athlete and a person due to this sport. Learning how to work together with your teammates and practice hard every time is an important lesson she has learned and hopes to teach new players. As the season starts off, the West Orange team is setting up strong. Winning their first game gave them the push they needed to gain the drive to win continuously. With the seniors finishing their last year and the freshman just beginning, the girls have a big team that will only benefit them in the long run. Struggles will come, but they are ready to use every strength they’ve got. Returning all-area players: FIRST TEAM — Payton Caffrey, Winter Springs, Sr., OH; Jenna Smith, Winter Springs, Sr., S; Nicole Dominguez, Sr., OH, Apopka. HONORABLE MENTION — Mikayla Shields, Sr., RS, Lake Nona; Bailey Johnson, Sr., M, Winter Springs; Marlie Monserez, Soph., S, Bishop Moore; Makala Heidelberg, Soph., RS, West Orange; Bridgette Holland, Soph., OH, Oviedo; Brynna DeLuzio, Jr., OH, First Academy. Playoff picture: District tournaments, Oct. 19-23; region quarterfinals, Oct. 27 (3A, 5A, 7A) and Oct. 28 ( 2A, 4A, 6A, 8A); region semifinals, Oct. 27 (1A) and Oct. 31 (2A-8A); region finals, Oct. 31 (1A) and Nov. 3 (2A-8A); FHSAA state semifinals, Nov. 7, site TBD; FHSAA state championships, Nov. 13-14, site TBD.Take note: Bishop Moore’s Monserez, an early UF commit, was gaining national attention as a freshman and led the Hornets to the playoffs in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year. … Winter Springs has been a strong team the past few years with offensive stars like Caffrey and Johnson, but now those young players are seniors and they’re looking for a state title. … Winter Park coach Stephanie Gibson is closing in on her 700th career victory, which would make her the fourth in state history to hit that plateau. She has a record of 684-152 over 26 years coaching. … The annual “Swing for the Cure” tournament hosted by Winter Park and Bishop Moore will be held Oct. 9-10 at the Orlando Sports Center.
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Edgewater Winless Against Two Powerhouses Jason Negron COLLEGE PARK – Edgewater (0-2) is a better football team than their current record shows. When the first two games on your schedule are against two of top five Super 16 teams (#5 Bishop Moore, #2 Apopka), you’ll also have a tough time finding success. Quarterback Cortez Pembleton and the wide receiver duo that includes Craig Rucker and Buck Watkins highlight the Edgewater offense. The College Park section of Orlando was buzzing all week along as the Battle for College Park approached them. A series Edgewater once dominated now sees Bishop Moore (2-0) taking over. Bishop Moore won the Battle of College Park 35-7, three straight wins in the series. Pembleton left the game in the fourth quarter due to what looked like a lingering knee injury. He had 62 yards passing prior to his exit. Watkins hauled in a 52-yard pass to give the Fightin’ Eagles their only score. Traveling to Apopka to take on the defending state champions would only add salt to the wound of losing the College Park battle, going down 46-25. But that’s not how Edgewater viewed the matchup with the reigning champs. Rewind to about a year ago, Edgewater remembers very well knocking off the eventual state-champion Apopka 46-42 in a late-October meeting.Rucker took it to the house 50 yards on pass play in the loss to Apopka. Edgewater looks ahead to a week-three battle with Jones (1-1) on Friday, September 11. The Fightin’ Eagles will look to regain some momentum and gain their first win on the season.
#14 Cortez, Pembleton hands off to #20 Ter Kendick
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Lake Highland Prep Football a Complete Turnaround from last season Jason Negron ORLANDO – The Lake Highland Highlanders (2-0) have already doubled their win total from last year in just the first two weeks of the season. “We are a very young team,” Head Coach Cameron Duke said. “But we have a group of players that are committed to building back the reputation of the Lake Highland Prep football program.” Lake Highland finished 1-8 last year in Duke’s first season as coach. He knew it would be a rebuilding season, and the way things look this season; that rebuilding stage is complete. Two dominating wins over Trinity Christian Academy (0-2) and Marco Island Academy (0-2) have the Highlanders looking poised for a competitive season. The season kicked off with an overpowering 59-25 win over Trinity Christian. The game wasn’t a blowout throughout, it was settled in the final two quarters. With a 26-19 lead late in the third quarter, running back Devyn Castor and company erupted for 33 points in the final stretch of the game in dominant showing. Lake Highland took their 1-0 record to Marco Island in week two where they outmatched Marco Island Academy 55-13 in an offensive showcase.
Lake Highland Offense Takes Off
Devyn Castor and quarterback Elijah Lucas led a rushing attack offensively that resulted four first-half touchdowns. Clifton Askew continued showing his leadership on the field as the senior outside linebacker led a Lake Highland defensive unit that recorded 10plus sacks in the game. The 114 points scored in two games this season surpassed Lake Highland’s entire 2014 scoring total (94). The scenery has definitely made a drastic change from last year to now. The Highlander’s are sitting red-hot atop the Class 4A District 5 standings along with undefeated Cocoa (2-0), whom they play week four on September 18. Before an intense battle of the top Class 4A squads, Lake Highland will head up to Deltona for a week three matchup against Pine Ridge (1-1).
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