The PC Royals' Kinsley Hahn and Isabella Kummernes. Courtesy photo
Ormond Beach Observer
ROYAL TITLE FOR 3-ON-3 SOCCER TEAM
The PC Royals won the Challenge Sports 3v3 U15 Girls Soccer National Championship last weekend at Austin Tindall Sports Complex in Kissimmee.
The PC Royals are led by coach Beto Aguilar. The six girls on the team represent both Flagler and Volusia counties: Kinsley Hahn with Riverbend Academy's varsity soccer team and Inter United Soccer Club; Sofia Picozzi of Inter United Soccer Club; Riley Doran of DME Soccer Academy and Ormond Beach Soccer Club; Maddy Byrd of DME Soccer Academy and Ormond Beach Soccer Club; Bailey Wilson of DME Soccer Academy and Ormond Beach Soccer Club; and Isabella Kummernes with Flagler Palm Coast High School's varsity soccer team and Ormond Beach Soccer Club.
10U TEAM FLAGS DOWN A TITLE
A co-ed flag football team representing Winnerz Circle of Flagler County won the 10U NFL Southeast Regional in St. Augustine and is headed to the nationals at the Pro Bowl in Orlando.
The Flagler team, coached by Eric Thompson, went 5-0 at the regional tourney.
O'REILLY SETS PR AT JUNIOR OLYMPICS
Jack O'Reilly, 9, a Winnerz Circle of Flagler County track athlete, competed in the AAU Junior Olympics at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Jack ran a personal-best 6:22 in the 9U 1,500 meters to finish 10th in his heat and had the sixth-fastest split overall. This was his first season running track.
MATANZAS GIRLS THIRD IN SUNSHINE CUP STANDINGS
Matanzas High School's girls sports program finished third in Class 5A in the Florida High School Athletic Association's Sunshine Cup All-Sports Awards.
Points are based on FHSAA playoff results. The Pirates were boosted by the girls wrestling team's state championship.
Seabreeze placed 12th and Mainland was 13th in the Class 5A girls standings. The Sandcrabs were 13th in the boys Class 5A standings.
Matanzas was ninth overall in Class 5A, while Seabreeze was 13th and Mainland was 16th. Spruce Creek won the Class 7A boys Sunshine Cup award and finished seventh overall.
DSC ADDS FLAG FOOTBALL PROGRAM
Daytona State College will launch a flag football program in 2024-25. The Falcons received a $10,000 grant from the NJCAA Foundation, NFL Flag and Reigning Champs Experiences.
“There are 17 girls flag football programs in Volusia and Flagler counties, and 273 Florida high schools are currently offering girls flag football,” Daytona State College President Tom LoBasso said. “There is incredible interest at the collegiate level for women’s flag football, and adding this program allows us to offer our students a valuable opportunity.”
According to NFL Flag, participation in flag football by 6- to 12-year-olds has increased 38% since 2015. Approximately 474,000 girls played flag football last year.
“We are excited to see the sport of women’s flag football continue to grow at the two-year level. The NJCAA Foundation looks forward to supporting this growth in partnership with NFL Flag and Reigning Champs Experiences,” said Brian Luckett, the NJCAA Foundation executive director.
SUNDOWN SHOWDOWN AT PICTONA
Pictona at Holly Hill has partnered with Orlando’s Major League Pickleball team, the Orlando Squeeze, to host The Orlando Squeeze Sundown Showdown Tournament on Aug. 19 from 7 to 11 p.m.
“This is a first of a kind evening tournament for us at Pictona,” said Bob Panzak, Pictona’s tournament manager. “It’s a great way to celebrate the end of summer and kick off our robust fall tournament season. This is a fun MLP-style team competition with teams of four (two men and two women) competing in a round robin. With 50 teams registered, there will be plenty of fun competition at one of top pickleball facilities in the U.S.”
Pictona was recently named one of the top 25 great places to play pickleball in the U.S. by Pickleball Magazine.