Flagler Palm Coast finished third in the traditional competition and second in snatch at the District 4-3A boys weightlifting meet on March 30.
The Bulldogs qualified 14 lifters for regionals. FPC will host half of the regional meet (Districts 3 and 4) on April 9 with the competition beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Nick Lilavois (119 pounds), Dom Bennett (139 pounds) and Rigens Andre (219 pounds) won district titles in both the traditional bench press/clean and jerk and snatch competitions.
Lilavois lifted a 390-pound total in bench/clean and jerk and 155 pounds in snatch. Bennett lifted a 505-pound bench/clean and jerk total and 175 pounds in snatch. Andre totaled 660 pounds, the most among all weight classes, in the traditional competition. He won the snatch championship by body weight, tying University's Julio Hernandez with a 165-pound lift.
Wood Registe (183 pounds) also won a traditional title with a 575 total. Ron Proctor (183 pounds) and Kobe Murphy (unlimited) also won snatch titles. Proctor lifted 175 pounds. Murphy lifted 190.
Also advancing to regionals in snatch for the Bulldogs were Richard Beltrami (139 pounds), Jayden Martin (183 pounds), Charley Perry (238 pounds) and Malachi Mitchell (unlimited).
FPC's two 169-pounders, Nick Groth and Elijah Aylesworth, qualified in both events. Groth finished third in traditional and jerk and second in snatch. Aylesworth placed sixth in traditonal and fourth in snatch. Murphy also qualified in both events, adding a fifth-place finish in snatch.
Isaiah Rivers (154) finished second in the traditional competition. Thomas Desantoli (238 pounds) finished third in traditional.
FPC bowling team invited to nationals
FPC's girls bowling team, which finished third in the state in November, has been invited to the U.S. High School Bowling National Championship, June 18-20 in Louisville, Kentucky. The Bulldogs are trying to raise $4,000 to make the trip.
FPC's girls bowling team, which finished third in the state in November, has been invited to the U.S. High School Bowling National Championship, June 18-20 in Louisville, Kentucky. The Bulldogs are trying to raise $4,000 to make the trip through donations and a nine-pin, no tap tournament.
The Bulldogs are led by Maddie Oliva, who signed a women's bowling scholarship with the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
In another signing, Matanzas' Corbin Payne signed a men's bowling scholarship on April 5 with NAIA school Grace College of Indiana.
Javelin thrower breaks record
FPC sophomore Daniel DeFalco continues to improve his own school record in the javelin. DeFalco upped the mark to a 167 feet and a quarter inch at the Tocoi Creek Toro Showdown on April 1.
The new record ranks DeFalco fifth in the state in Class 4A.
Pirates on their home beach
The Matanzas beach volleyball team has had home matches this season, but they have all been at DME Academy in Daytona Beach. On April 13, in their final match of the season, the Pirates will play in Flagler County for the first time.
Matanzas will host DeLand at 3 p.m. at Wadsworth Park. The Pirates will honor their seniors before the match. Matanzas played DeLand twice this season, losing both matches — 4-1 in DeLand and 3-2 at DME.
This is the first season the Florida High School Athletic Association has sanctioned girls beach volleyball.
Matanzas softball rout
Freshman Skylar Ludovici went 4 for 4 and pitched the final inning as Matanzas blanked Atlantic 15-0 in a four-inning softball one-hitter on April 5. The Pirates (7-4) smacked 21 hits in the shortened contest.
Matanzas went 1-2 in the Kissimmee Klassic on March 31 to April 2. Emma Wood was voted to the all-defensive team in the Gold Bracket.
Pirates fall in extra innings
Matanzas' baseball team went into extra innings for the third time this season on April 4, losing to Menendez 8-7 in 10 innings on an unearned run. The Pirates had 13 hits in the game and left 12 on base.
The Pirates (6-5) host Pine Ridge on Thursday, April 7 and then visit FPC on Monday, April 11. The Bulldogs (4-9) won the first meeting between the county rivals, 5-2 on March 4.
District tournament time
FPC's girls lacrosse team will travel to Ocala Forest on April 11 for a first-round District 3-2A tournament game. FPC is the sixth seed, while Forest is seeded third. The winner will meet No. 2 seed Creekside in the semifinals April 12 at Bartram Trail.
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