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+ FPC weightlifter recognized nationally
Justin Laporta, of Flagler Palm Coast High School, won his 105-kilogram weight class Saturday, Jan. 8, at Spruce Creek High School, in the first in the first Olympic weightlifting meet of 2011.

The FPC senior snatched 95 kilos (210 pounds) and clean-and-jerked 130 kilos (286 pounds). Laporta’s total of 225 kilos qualified him for the USA Weightlifting Junior National Championships, which will be held Feb. 18 through Feb. 20, in Houston.

+ FPC girls basketball players make history
Flagler Palm Coast senior guard Desirea Hurley has set the FPC single-season record for 3-pointers.
Hurley drained four second-half 3-pointers in the Jan. 7 game against DeLand.

Though the Lady Bulldogs lost 69-67 in overtime, Hurley upped her 3-pointer season total to 52 for the season. Then, on Saturday, she nailed another five, bringing her to 58 on the season. The previous record (52) was held by Courtney Norberg.

Hurley also owns the single-game record of seven 3-pointers made.

And senior point guard Ty’Neka Addison eclipsed the 1,500-point plateau, after dropping 25 points in the same game against DeLand. Addison, FPC’s career scoring leader, needed 14 points coming into the game, and surpassed the mark in the third quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs will be the No. 1 seed in the district tournament in February.

+ FPC wrestling takes third at Clay Rotary
Despite bringing only nine wrestlers Jan. 7 and Jan. 8 to the Clay Rotary Invitational, the Bulldogs managed to take third-place overall and had three individual champions. FPC placed seven of its nine wrestlers in the tournament.

Placed wrestlers include: Zach Ford (sixth place, 119 pounds), J.Z. Williams (first, 135), Nick Michael (second, 140), Jimmy Gomes (third, 160), Johnny Barrett (first, 189), Nick Shaw (first, 215) and Derron Green (fifth, heavyweight).



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