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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, Apr. 2, 2015 4 years ago

Sidelines: Seabreeze: new football coach, Lopez Lax: four in a row, Sandcrabs blank Matanzas

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by: Jeff Dawsey Sports Editor

Coach “Skip” Saunier takes over at Seabreeze

The Seabreeze High Athletic Department has announced Gerald “Skip” Saunier as the new head varsity football coach.

“Saunier is a veteran on the Seabreeze staff with former head coaching experience and is highly qualified to take over the reins of the Sandcrab football program,” said Stephen Gold, the athletic director. “We enthusiastically support coach Saunier’s efforts to continue the winning tradition of Seabreeze football.”

Before taking the assistant position at Seabreeze, Saunier, who also coaches the weightlifting team, was head coach at Port Orange Atlantic from 2002-2006.

“I think coach Saunier will do a great job as the coach at Seabreeze,” said former Seabreeze head coach Marc Beach. “He has been a big part of the program for many years and understands the kids and the community. I wish him and the rest of the Sandcrab family nothing but the best.”

The athletic department also announced that Blake Hillman will be elevated to the position of assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.

Lopez lacrosse wins of last six

After a slow 1-3 start to the season, Father Lopez lacrosse looked like its typical self, which had only won five games in its existence until this year. Refusing to be a part of losing history, coach Andrew Hock and the Green Wave have pulled off four straight wins and five of its last six, including two overtime wins and three runaway victories, its last being a 16-8 win over Jacksonville Lee.

Lopez scored a pair of goals in the first minute of the game and never looked back. Junior midfielder Connor Nyborg had his third straight six-goal game to lead all scorers, while sophomore attackman Keldon Mort added a hat-trick. Daniel Zamora dominated the face-off battles, as well as adding a pair of goals.

“I think Coach Hock has been exactly what this team needed,” said Connor Nyborg, who currently ranks sixth in the nation with 41 goals, according to Maxpreps.com. “We had the talent and the athleticism, but we didn't know how to put it together to come up with a win. His coaching has helped push us the extra mile and come up with a couple of great wins. His knowledge of the sport is helping all of us improve, even some of the freshman.”

Nyborg credits a great deal of his team’s success to Joe Lambert, a parent of a former Lopez player who has helped kids learn the rules and knowledge of the game.

“Although his son isn’t on the team because he is going into the marines, Mr. Lambert stayed working with kids on basics and giving them great instruction on basics, like how the game is played. It has helped Coach Hock a lot.

Lopez’ district tournament will begin Tuesday, April 7, at Lake Mary High School. With every win, Lopez lacrosse blazes another trail in the school’s history.

Seabreeze shuts out Matanzas baseball

The Sandcrabs shut out district rivals, Matanzas, 1-0, in the rescheduled baseball game Monday, March 30, at Jackie Robinson Park.

In a battle of pitching, Seabreeze’s Adam Orfinger got the win for the Crabs, pitching a complete game shutout with seven strikeouts. Austin Nipper went 1-2, scoring the winning run, and Sam Marlatt also went 1-2, driving Nipper home with an RBI. Cameron Coale had the Sandcrabs’ other hit.

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