SIDELINES 4.20.2013

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Matanzas track-and-field takes second at districts
Matanzas track-and-field finished as the runners-up in both the boys and girls District 4-3A championships on Tuesday at Forest High School, in Ocala.

Randy Pires took first place in the 3,200 meters, finishing in 10 minutes, 17 seconds.

Alexis Wells took first in the triple jump, with a leap of 10.64 meters.

In total, Matanzas had 18 athletes qualify for the regional championships, which will be Thursday, April 25, in Tallahassee. Qualifiers are as follows:

Alexis Wells (long jump, triple jump, 4x100-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay); Kaylyn Pitts (400 meters, 4x400); Paige Jennings (triple jump, 4x100-meter relay); Gabi Paiz (4x100-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay); Dina Knight (4x800-meter relay, 800 meters, 4x400-meter relay); Hannah Loder (4x800-meter relay, 1,600 meters, 3,200 meters); Morayna Thorpe (4x800-meter relay); Payton Tucker (4x800-meter relay); Maura Stuckey (pole vault); Theresa Whalen (4x100-meter relay); Cameron Allen (4x800-meter relay, 1,600 meters, 3,200 meters); Randy Pires (4x800-meter relay, 1,600 meters, 3,200 meters); Chris Sousa (4x800-meter relay, 400 meters, 4x400-meter relay); River Marti (4x800-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay); Drake Goodman (1,600 meters); Liam Conville (3,200 meters); Madison Mlinac (high jump); Jon Guilbe (pole vault)

FPC track-and-field takes second, third at districts
The Flagler Palm Coast boys track-and-field team took second place at the District 1-4A meet on Wednesday. The girls team finished third.

FPC had seven district champions: Colton Boyd, pole vault; Dustin Bowens, shot put; Thomas Carroll, 1,600 meters; Kadeem Williams, 300-meter hurdles; Andrew Folk , 400 meters; the 4x400-meter relay team of Williams, Folk, Eric Mejias and Eddie Mutungu; and Devonne Friday, 300-meter hurdles.

FPC will host the regional championships Thursday, April 25. Qualifiers are as follows:

Ladeijah Williams (200 meters, 4x400-meter relay); Sarah Diloreto (400 meters, 4x400-meter relay); Paige Way (800 meters, 4x400-meter relay); Josie Davis (300-meter hurdles, 4x800-meter relay); Devonne Friday (300-meter hurdles, 4x400-meter relay); Sophia Clark (4x800-meter relay); Darien Halliday (4x800-meter relay); Brittany Marino (4x800-meter relay); Armani Walker (triple jump, long jump, high jump); Aquila Davis (shot put, discus); Turrel Mathews (100 meters, 200 meters, 4x100-meter relay); Eric Mejias (800 meters, 4x400-meter relay, 4x800-meter relay); Kadeem Williams (300-meter hurdles, 4x400-meter relay, 4x800-meter relay); Andrew Folk (400 meters, 4x400-meter relay); Thomas Carroll (1,600 meters, 3,200 meters); Justin Pacifico (4x100-meter relay); Marcel Williams (4x100-meter relay); Alex Evans (4x100-meter relay); Jimmy Robinson (alternate, 4x100-meter relay); Eddie Mutungu (4x400-meter relay); Kadeem Wynn (4x800-meter relay); Colton Boyd (pole vault); Chance Crain (pole vault); Andrew Bertrand (pole vault); Dustin Bowens (shot put, discus)

Matanzas tennis falls at states
The Matanzas boys tennis team ran into some stiff competition at the Class 3A tennis tournament on Monday and Tuesday.

No. 1 singles player Davey Roberts, a freshman, made it the farthest, losing in the semifinals. All of the other players lost in the quarterfinals.

Quarterfinals: Roberts (Mat) def. Lorido (Belan Jesuit), 6-3, 6-1; Seminfinals: Vargas (Barren Collier) def. Roberts, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5; Quarterfinals: Epting (Tallahassee Leon) def. Petrillo (Mat), 4-6, 6-0, 6-0; Quarterfinals: Bhethanabotia (Tampa King) def. Lao (Mat), 6-1, 6-1; Quarterfinals: Derrick (Melbourne) def. Harrington (Mat), 6-1, 6-1; Quarterfinals: Stone (Tallahassee Leon) def. Cadre (Mat), 6-0, 6-0

Quarterfinals: Lorido/Lorenzo (Belen Jesuit) def. Roberts/Petrillo, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4; Quarterfinals: Krishnaswamy/Fong (Venice) def. Lao/Harrington , 7-6 (8-6), 6-4

“After an 11-hour day, a pair of close defeats at the doubles position brought an end to the season,” coach Rich Cottingham said. “It was an accomplishment to qualify for the state tournament in itself, and we are satisfied with being Top 8 in the state.”

St. Augustine clips FPC in heartbreaker 
In a back-and-forth dogfight, St. Augustine knocked off Flagler Palm Coast, 9-8, in a semifinal thriller on Wednesday in the District 6 boys lacrosse tournament. 

FPC led took an early 3-1 lead before St. Augustine went on a four-goal run to take a 5-3 lead at halftime.
The Bulldogs led 7-6 with about 8:43 to go in the game, but St. Augustine scored three straight goals to take a 9-7 lead. FPC scored with less than a minute to go but couldn’t net the equalizer.

The loss ended a tough Bulldogs season. FPC won the district championship last season.

Michael Forte, Adison Felton and Alec Noble each scored two goals for the Bulldogs.

“It’s very disappointing,” FPC coach Ryan Andrews said after the game. “I feel like every game was exactly the same: We couldn’t put it together for all four quarters, and that’s really the negative.”

As many as 15 juniors who contribute a lot of minutes on the field are expected to return next season.

“I have a lot of promise (in next year’s team), and I think (the players) now understand what’s expected of them,” Andrews said.

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