Battle for Daytona
Mainland's boys wrestling team went 3-0 at the inaugural Battle for Daytona duals tournament on Feb. 7 at the Bucs' gym.
Mainland defeated Florida School for the Deaf and Blind 40-39, Seabreeze 42-36 and Atlantic 66-0.
Seabreeze went 2-1 with wins over Atlantic, 75-0, and FSDB, 42-36.
Mainland and Seabreeze each had three wrestlers win all three of their matches. Brian Harris (132 pounds), Josh Stubbs (170) and Josh Newman (182 and 195) all went 3-0 for the Bucs. Newman had three pins.
For Seabreeze, River Gray (126), Carson Frasier (138), Jackson Pruett (195) and Pedro Sierra Bonilla (220) won all three matches. Pruett had three pins.
Mainland qualified five wrestlers to the Region 1 girls wrestling tournament Feb. 18 at Matanzas, while two Seabreeze wrestlers qualified.
Mainland's Cheyene Wigley, ranked fourth in the state at 235 pounds, won the District 4 title. Katherine Meza Perez (190) and Jah'Mya Hill (155) were runners-up and Jazlynn Golder (115) took third. Ariel Workman (130) also qualified for the Bucs.
Islene Gonzalez placed third at 190 pounds for Seabreeze. Caitlyn Cavalluzzo (125) also qualified for the Sandcrabs.
Bucs' season ends at 14-4
Mainland's outstanding girls soccer season came to an end with a 4-0 loss to Winter Gardens Horizon in the regional quarterfinals. The Bucs finished with a 14-4 record with two of the losses coming to Seabreeze, the sixth-ranked team in Class 5A.
This was the Bucs' best season since they went 16-4-1 and won district in 2005. Mainland will return top goal scorer Lauren Abrahams, a sophomore who netted 25 goals this season. But they will have to replace senior Annabelle Dougherty who had 15 goals and 14 assists.
Horizon knocks off Pirates, 'Crabs
Horizon not only ended the Mainland's girls soccer season, the Horizon boys soccer team also booted Matanzas and Seabreeze from the playoffs.
The Hawks defeated Matanzas 2-0 on Feb. 8 in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals. The Pirates finished with an 8-6-2 record. Horizon (14-3-4) then beat Seabreeze (13-4-3) on penalty kicks in the regional semifinals. Neither team was able to score through regulation and two overtime periods.
Matanzas lifters prevail
Matanzas defeated Tocoi Creek 46-40 in a home boys weightlifting match on Feb. 7.
Cole Hash, lifting at 199 pounds, totaled 600 pounds in traditional competition (clean and jerk and bench press), the highest total of the night. Aiden Schissler totaled 465 pounds in the 139-pound class. Maison Leonard (119) and Aiden Try (129) also won titles for the Pirates, who improved to 3-0.