Ormond Beach Sandcrabs Pop Warner
The Ormond Beach Sandcrabs Pop Warner teams will return an abundance of talent on all teams and look forward to adding new Ormond Beach families for both football and cheer teams.
The cheerleaders, coaches and staffs had a very successful 2014 season, having all competitive teams place in the Top 3 of the ECC Conference and qualify for regional competition. From the regional competition, the Midget cheer squad qualified to compete at Disney’s Wide World of Sports where they earned a 6th place finish. The Tiny Mites, Mitey Mites and Stars cheer programs were all also invited to perform at the Disney Wide World of Sports and all had a great time.
The football teams, according to Greg Schwartz, the league’s president, also had great seasons. Some of the players he mentioned, who performed will for the junior midgets were returning running backs Trea Martin and Colt Brown, who also anchored their best defense in years.
The Sandcrabs are also looking to return players that played offense and defense, who improved the play on the field from previous years. Those players are Joe Justice, Jacob Moore, Luci DaSilva, Peyton Dicken, David Jones, Jacob Beach, Dylan Anderson, Braedan Glzae and Jadyn Nirschl.
The Junior Midget team will be bringing up a talented group of Pee Wee players, led by quarterback Kelsey Albert, Nathan Harris, Nathan Boyd, CJ Timmerman, Daniel Brennaman, Skylar Gonzalez and Cameron Coates, as well as David Albertson, an all-around talented player, Johnny Williams and kickers/athletes Tyler Hardy and Kyle Bowman.
The Pee Wee team will be led by returning athletes Jonathon Campbell, Garrick Schwartz and Corbin Hanks as well as Grant Schwartz.
“Junior Pee Wee players moving up will make a substantial contribution with Dylan Allison, Sam Rizzo, Daniel Defeo, Sean Baughman and Ty Moak,” Schwartz said. “The JPW program will also send a talented group of players to the PW team, led by Jacob Labonte and Adam Canfield.”
The loaded Junior Pee Wee team will be led by returning athletes Mike Jones, Cole Bowman, Cayden Hooper, Tyson Mills and Dale Semler, to name a few. The team will be joined by Mitey Mite move-ups Connor Barie, Kage Barton, Chandler Edwards, Luke Raymond, Dante Cirone and James Lyons.
“Our Mitey Mite team will have an abundance of talent remaining, who will include Hayden Fabulich, Hayden Heilman, Dontae Kennedy, Jaylon Owens and Jordan Mills,” Schwartz added. “They will get the Tiny Mite players moving up, which will be led by Amare Campbell, Riley Baughman, Quinn Daly, Troy Kiel, Patrick Kulzer, John Loach, Colby Moody, Rehett Opalewski and Dalton Seibert.”
The Tiny Mite team will be returning 10 players from the 2014 roster, which are: Jack Barron, Holden Beer, Nick Boehm, Jacob Imhoff, Jordan Lloyd, Jacob McKinnon, Parker Ryan, and Hayden and Wyatt Windfelder.
Mainland’s Denzel Houston
After a historic sophomore football season, where Houston accounted for over 40 touchdowns and 3,000 yards, according to Maxpreps.com, to lead the Mainland Buccaneers to a 13-1 record, there is little doubt that he will be the sports main attraction for the upcoming year.
In his freshman year, Houston played wide receiver for the Buccaneers, so very little expectations were placed on him, when he took the starting role for Mainland. Nevertheless, Houston knew he had talent, and he set goals for himself that he achieved.
“This offseason I will work hard and be a great leader for the team,” Houston said. “We have to work harder than we did last year, and we have to finish.”
Seabreeze’s Javier Sylvester
Javier Sylvester was a threat on the football for the Sandcrabs in many different ways this past season.
On defense against Flagler Palm Coast, he intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. On offense, he ran for over 125 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground, and caught a score against Deltona in a Seabreeze 24-15 win.
Whenever Sylvester gets out on the field on offense or defense, his opponents have to pay close attention to his whereabouts, because he has shown that at any time, he can make plays that will alter games. With team captain and top offensive player Raushod Floyd graduating, Sylvester will become the focus of the offense, which will make for some exciting Seabreeze football in the 2015-16 season.
Mainland’s Tyra Boyd
From the beginning of the cross country season to its conclusion, Mainland’s Tyra Boyd proved that not only was she amongst the area’s top runners, but she was also one of the state’s.
Boyd seemed to chop seconds off her runs every time she stepped on a course. Earlier in the season, Boyd won the DeLand Invitational, by running a 20:54 5K. She saved her best time for last, which was at the state finals in Tallahassee, where she finished in 14th place with a personal best 19:05.
Other than Byrd’s Top 15th place at states, she finished in the Top 10 in nearly all of her events this past season. Boyd has also been invited to run for the USA team in Australia’s Down Under Invitational, which will be held in July, on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Father Lopez’s Brant Williams
There were certain games, last season, when Brant Williams just took over for Father Lopez and nearly won games by his playmaking abilities One, in particular, was the Green Wave’s homecoming game, where Williams ran for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to erase a 17-point deficit.
Williams finished the season with over 1,000 all-purpose yards and multiple touchdown runs, catches and kick returns. Williams often showed off his ability to catch ball down the field, averaging 20.9 yards per reception, one of the area’s top averages.
“Every year our goal is to win a state championship, and next year we’ll have the team to reach that goal,” Williams said. “Personally, I want to work on becoming one of the state’s best wide receivers and all-around players.”
Mainland’s Joey Goodwin
Joey Goodwin and the Mainland bowling team dedicated this past season to family members who meant a lot to them. They began the season winning over 10 straight matches, finishing with a 14-2 record, won their district championship finished seventh in the state tournament.
Goodwin, individually, averaged the seventh highest score (205) in the area, won the individual district championship and placed 13th at the state finals. He was also voted on the All-Area’s bowling first team.
Looking forward to next year, the, the freshman only expects more from his team and himself.
“My goals for next season are for us to repeat as district champs and win the state title,” Goodwin said. “I also want to be the Bowler of the Year and win district and state in the individual category.”