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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Sep. 21, 2015 4 years ago

sidelines: Father Lopez cross country No. 1

by: Jeff Dawsey Sports Editor

The Father Lopez cross country boys, ranked first in the 1A state division, finished another meet amid the top competition, placing second, a fourth consecutive Top 10 finish, at the University of Florida Mountain Dew Invitational Saturday, Sept. 19.

Nick Theriault led the Green Wave with a 17th-place finish, and Matthew Roof followed in 20th; Noah van der Burgt, 21st; Tanner Rosolino, 27th; Chase Massi, 45th.

This was the best finish for the boys in an invitational meet, which had 41 schools compete.

“Since I took over as the boy's head coach four years ago, it has truly been a Cinderella story for us,” Coach Sue O’Malley said. “From going to regions, finishing 22nd two years ago, to 10th last year and now possible podium position is unbelievable. Most of these young men have been so motivated since their freshman year. They have believed in themselves and me. They are focused and determined now more than ever. They give a lot of their talent and gifts to our Lord, knowing that He is their ultimate coach not me.”

In the girls’ race, the Lady Green Wave placed eighth out of 41 teams. Bryanna Pado placed 10th with a personal record time, and Annie Morejon took 41st.

The Green Wave will next run in the Bales & Trails Invitational Saturday, Sept. 26, at Bartram Trail High School.

Lady Bucs, record breakers

It was a great evening for the Mainland Lady Buccaneers, who swept Deltona, for the second time this season, 25-10, 25-15 and 25-17 Thursday, Sept. 17, at Mainland.

Tori Huffman, who had 27 assists, broke the school’s career assists record (read more about her in the column), and Kate Litke had eight aces, 26 points on her serve and 19 digs, which helped her break the school’s digs record. As the libero, Litke now has 589 digs and counting.

“Well, with such a great team this year, it has been a lot easier to get more digs because I know I can count on them to help me out and back me up,” she said. “I'm really happy, and I feel much honored to have reached my goal.”

Kick it clinic

Chevrolet is hosting a free youth soccer instructional clinic at the Ormond Beach Soccer Club for boys and girls ages 6-14 Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex at 700 Hull Road.

Instruction will be provided by the staff. Players will break out into age groups and rotate through stations to learn the essentials of dribbling, passing, shooting and more. Special Needs participants of all ages are also welcome to attend. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Registration is available at Select “Orlando” in the drop-down menu and click “Go,” enter the password “kickit” (all lowercase, no spaces) and click “Submit”

Click “Register Now” for desired session and enter registration information in each of the fields provided. Click “Add Participant” on the next screen to add players.

Each child must have a completed waiver to participate. For more information, call 527-0611.

The “Greatest” Weekend

The Greatest Save benefit weekend will be making its way to Volusia County and will include multiple activities, beginning with a celebrity softball game that will feature former Major League Baseball players including Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers and local celebrities at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

The Greatest Save Hall of Fame banquet, where law enforcement from the surrounding areas and the teen PSA winners are set to be recognized for their work to protect children and teens from those who would harm them, will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at Hammock Beach Resort.

All attendees will be given a baseball for autographs and can participate in the meet and greet at 5 p.m. The banquet will include auction items and concluding with a Hall of Fame Q&A.

On the event’s final day, there will be a TGS Celebrity Golf Tournament beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at the Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort. For more information, call 872-2371.

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