Father Lopez goes undefeated at Kiwanis Shootout
The Green Wave (5-2) defeated Georgia Glynn Academy 52-41 on Friday, Nov. 28, and Kissimmee Gateway 55-48 Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Matanzas Kiwanis Shootout.
Malik Maitland led Father Lopez in both games, scoring 20 points against Glynn Academy and 18 against Gateway, along with six rebounds and six assists. Josh Spencer poured in 13 points in Lopez’s win against Glynn Academy.
Richard Perez had a big fourth quarter in Lopez’s win over Gateway, scoring 12 of his 17 points, along with 12 rebounds, while forcing three crucial turnovers.
Father Lopez will have a few days off before opening district play against Lake Mary Prep on Dec. 5, in Lake Mary.
Ormond Beach Pride: championship bound
The Ormond Beach Pride Football 12U team won the Southeast Regional Three-day Championship Tournament on Nov. 23, defeating the Copeland Saints of Tampa, 30-13, in Oviedo.
With this victory the Pride won a national entry spot in the American Youth Football National Tournament, they and will be playing seven other qualifying teams from all over the nation. The tournament will be held Dec. 6-14, in Kissimmee.
Ja'Corey Benjamin was awarded the 2014 AYF Southeast Player of the Year Award, and coach Brian Colubiale also won 2014 AYF Southeast Coach of the Year award.
This team not only had great success on the field, but the players boosted their grade point averages over 60% with honor rolls, including two kids with straight A's.
The Pride is currently accepting donations through gofund.me/pridenationals to help them get to the nationals.