Flagler Palm Coast 59, DeLand 18: The Bulldogs wrapped up the regular season Thursday night with five pins to get preparation for the upcoming state series.

Trent Burke (106), Devonte Williams (113), John Johnson (120), Drew Dance (132 and Michael Martins (145) all stuck their opponents with all but one of the pinfalls, the 2:20 win for Dance, coming in the first period. FPC also picked up 18 team points winning three of five forfeited matches including victories by Christian Sheppard (126), Tyler Irigogen (220) and Anthony Cinelli (285).

State title winner Avery Holder continued his dominance in the 138-pound class by winning a 21-2 technical fall (worth five team points). Curtis Brock won an 8-3 decision in the 160-pound bout and Wilber Thomas triumphed at 182 with a 10-6 decision.

DeLand won forfeit in two matches and the 152-pound bout by pinfall.

FPC will compete Feb. 12 in the District 1-3A tournament at Orange Park Oakleaf. The top four places in each weight category advance to the Region 1-3A tournament at Oviedo Hagerty Feb. 23 and 24.

Meanwhile, Matanzas is the host school for the Feb. 15 District 4-2A tournament. Placers from that event go to the Region 1-2A tournament, also Feb. 23 and 24, at Tallahassee Lincoln. The FHSAA state tournament is March 2 and 3 at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee.


Region 1-3A Playoffs

Matanzas won its opening game with a 2-1 victory in the quarterfinals against Jacksonville Paxon Wednesday but was eliminated in the next round by a 1-0 score by Ridgeview.

The victory over Paxon came late in the match when Nathan Hubbs got his second goal of the match for the District 4-3A runner-up Pirates. Hubbs scored in the first half as did Paxon to up his team leading season total to 16.

But for Matanzas, which rode a late season surge into the district playoffs with an upset win over Ponte Vedra, the magic ran out Saturday in the defensive match with Ridgeview. The Pirates had lost in penalty kicks in the District 4-3A championship game to Ridgeview a week earlier, but could not solve the Ridgeview backfield. Ridgeview advances to the Region 1 final this week, one game away from the FHSAA Class 3A state championship boys soccer finals at DeLand.

Matanzas finished with a 14-8-0 season.


lagler Palm Coast went to two overtimes Friday night in Gainesville before succumbing 3-2 to Gainesville Buchholz in the Region 1-5A semi-finals. The Lady Bulldogs fell behind 2-0 in the second half after a scoreless first 40 minutes, but rallied to tie the match in regulation. The goal by the Bobcats in the second overtime came on a free kick from 30 out with under a minute left to play.

The loss was only the third of the season for FPC and snapped a 12-game winning streak. The Lady Bulldogs finished at 20-3-2.

-- Andy Mikula