- October 30, 2022
Mainland’s flag football team has relied on its passing game all season. In its Class 1A regional quarterfinal at Orlando Jones on April 26, the Bucs shifted to a ground game.
They rushed for 130 yards including a game-clinching 18-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ava Colubiale in the closing minutes as Mainland defeated Jones 13-6 to advance to the regional semifinals.
The third-seeded Bucs (13-5) went on to defeat No. 2 seed Fort Pierce Lincoln Park Academy (13-3) 35-14 on the road May 3 to advance to the regional final where they will host Somerset Academy on Monday, May 8, at 7 p.m.
After losing in the regional quarterfinals in 2021 and 2022, the Bucs are now one win way from reaching the final four.
They were able to get past the first round with a stout defense against the athletic Tigers.
Colubiale hit Kassie Stoner with an 18-yard touchdown pass early, and the duo connected again for an extra point. The Bucs protected their 7-6 lead by keeping the ball on the ground. Colubiale and Kamryn Williamson intercepted passes to help the cause.
Through 17 games, Colubiale is ranked ninth in the state in passing with 3,205 yards with 37 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Stoner is ranked 14th in receiving yards with 1,025.
Colubiale, a senior, is in her first year as the Bucs' starting QB. She replaced Alexa Wilson, who is now a quarterback for the flag football team at Thomas University of Thomasville, Georgia.
FPC advanced to the final of the District 1-7A baseball tournament with a 15-5 victory over tournament host Jacksonville Atlantic Coast on May 1 and a 5-3 win over Sandalwood on May 2.
The Bulldogs (15-12) will meet Creekside at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at Atlantic Coast High School for the district championship and an automatic berth in the playoffs.
Matanzas advanced to the District 5-5A baseball semifinals with an 11-1 victory over Mainland on May 1 but managed only two hits in a 4-0 loss to Pine Ridge on May 2 to end its season.
Pine Ridge will face Seabreeze in the district title game on May 4 at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex. Seabreeze defeated Deltona 4-2 on May 2.
In softball, Mainland defeated Matanzas 7-0 in the District 4-5A semifinals at Daytona State College. Mainland pitcher Bella DeJulio struck out 11 and allowed just two hits. The Bucs will play top seed Deltona at 6 p.m. May 4. FPC lost to West Port 1-0 on May 2 at Spruce Creek in a District 2-7A semifinal.
Mainland High School grad Tank Dell was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft on April 28 by the Houston Texans. The Texans traded up to pick the University of Houston receiver with the 69th pick.
Mainland athletic director Terry Anthony, who coached Dell in high school, posted on Facebook: “To say I’m proud would be an understatement. Congratulations Tank Dell. You’ve earned everything coming your way. Go do what you do best.”
Dell, who is 5-foot-8, 165 pounds, caught 109 passes for 1,398 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Cougars last season.
Former Flagler Palm Coast wrestler Michael DeAugustino transferred to the University of Michigan for his final season of college eligibility.
DeAugustino was an All-American at Northwestern in 2022, finishing fourth in the 125-pound weight class at the NCAA championships. He advanced to the NCAAs again in 2023.
He replaces Michigan’s 125-pounder who graduates this year. DeAugustino is ranked 12th in the nation at 125 pounds in FloWrestling’s early 2023-24 rankings.
FPC girls lacrosse player Cristina Calidonio signed a letter of intent to play college lacrosse at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina.
Calidonio scored 38 goals and added seven assists for the Bulldogs this season.
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