Stallings returns from injury, wins title
Matanzas wrestler Toryion Stallings dislocated his elbow at the Knockout Christmas Classic on Dec. 21 and thought this season was over. Exactly one month later, Stallings won the 126-pound title at the Jerry Brisco Challenge on Jan. 21 in Tampa.
"Beyond proud of Toryion Stallings," Matanzas coach T.J. Gillin tweeted after the tourney. Stallings replied: "I’m thankful for my coaching staff, and they just keep my love for wrestling going everyday."
Stallings was one of five Pirates to win titles at the Brisco Challenge. Timothy McLean (106 pounds), Kaden Golder (113), Landon Wright (160) and Jordan Mills (170) also took home first-place medals as Matanzas (204.5 points) finished second behind Lithia Newsome (210.5 points) for the team title.
Sword surpasses 1,000 points
Mason Sword of Palm Coast surpassed 1,000 points in his basketball career at St. Joseph Academy Catholic High School in St. Augustine and received a commemorative basketball from Flashes head coach Marcus Perez on Jan. 13. Sword, a senior, is the son of Raven and Sam Sword.
BTES joins kids4reel
The Flagler Sportfishing Club and "kids4reel" has made a "substantial" donation to Belle Terry Elementary School to help support the school's new fishing club, according to a club news release.
This is the the second elementary school to join the club's kids4reel program with three more schools planned in Flagler County, according to the release.
“Teaching clinics, scholarships, tournaments and ad hoc school fishing activities have always been a part of the club,” said Captain Adam Morley, FSC's president. "But creation of the ‘kids4reel’ brand in 2022 helped us to galvanize our club members and the community around initiatives to educate our youth in the sport of fishing.”
According to the release, BTES will use the funds from the club to help pay for bait, tackle, rods/reels and gear and expenses.
Science, safety, conservation, and fishing regulations will be emphasized to the students. If you would like to help support the kids4reel program, go to https://flaglersportfishing.com/product/kids4reel.
FPC lifters close regular season
FPC's girls weightlifting team closed out its regular season with a home quad meet on Jan. 17. In both the traditional and Olympic competitions, the Bulldogs finished second to Oakleaf, while Spruce Creek was third and Bartram Trail fourth. FPC's Aryannah Rosa (119 pounds) and Brianna Tucker (129 pounds) won both events in their weight classes.
Midlyne Thomas won the traditional title at 183 pounds with a 310-pound total. Rosa totaled 290 in traditional and 255 in Olympic, while Tucker totaled 290 in traditional and 275 in Olympic.