BY ANDREW O'BRIEN | SPORTS EDITOR
History-makers: Seabreeze girls cross-country wins districts
For the first time in school history, members of the Seabreeze girls cross-country team can call themselves district champs.
The Lady Sandcrabs cruised to the District 5-3A title on Saturday, edging out Ocala Vanguard, who has won six of the last seven district championships. Five Seabreeze runners finished in the top 15.
Kianna Bonnet led the way, finishing third overall in 19 minutes, 30 seconds. Alyssa Bayliff finished fourth in 19:48, Josie Gray finished fifth in 20:03 and Elizabeth Murray finished sixth in 20:11. The rest of the team finished as follows: Lea Gray (12th, 20:53), Forever Young (19th, 21:38) and Ashley Beers (38th, 23:41).
Seabreeze advances to the Region 2-3A meet, which will be held Nov. 2, at Lake Nona High School in Orlando. There, 29 teams will compete for the regional championship and for a spot in the state meet.
The boys team finished seventh. No individuals advanced.
Father Lopez girls, boys finish second at districts, advance
Both Father Lopez cross-country teams are etching their collective names into the record books after finishing second at the District 6-1A meet and advancing to regionals.
The girls team had its best finish in two decades, finishing second behind Circle Christian. All seven runners finished in the top 25.
Paige Ward led the way, finishing fifth overall in 21 minutes, 41 seconds. The rest of the team finished as follows: Adrienne Yargan (seventh, 22:14), Valerie Villafane (eighth, 22:15), Annie Morejon (13th, 23:39), Megan Wilson (16th, 23:57), Lauren Fox (23rd, 24:40) and Emma McAskill (25th, 24:50).
The boys team had its best finish ever. Led by three runners in the top 10, the Green Wave finished second to Geneva.
Nick Theriault led the charge, finishing eighth overall in 18:39. Connor Nyborg (ninth, 18:40) and Kevin Scheiber (10th, 10:40) were right behind. The rest of the team finished as follows: Adam Farmer (12th, 18:44), Matthew Roof (20th, 19:49), Chase Massi (21st, 19:50) and Sebatian Siliva (22nd, 19:58).
Just like the girls team, all seven boys runners finished in the top 25.
Former Seabreeze star makes SportsCenter’s Top 10
Being one of the top players on a competitive high school football team is pretty cool. Playing college football is even cooler. But being seen on national television as part of SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays on ESPN? That’s, like, the ultimate.
And John Christopher, a sophomore at Temple University and former Seabreeze football player, knows all about it. Christopher snagged an 18-yard touchdown catch — his second of the season — for the Owls on Saturday, in their game against Southern Methodist University.
The play was No. 8 on the list. To see the video, go to the Ormond Beach Observer’s Facebook page by searching “Ormond Beach Observer” on Facebook or click here.