Thanks to podium finishes from seniors Samantha Gayton and Claire McDonnell, Father Lopez's girls cross country team took sixth place in Saturday morning's Class 1A championship at Apalachicola Regional Park in Tallahassee.

Gayton placed 11th individually with a team-best time of 19:46.78. McDonnell was not far behind, finishing 14th in 19:52.81.

Mary Peck (20:36.45), Victoria Woods (21:11.98) and Allison Peck (22:29.38) also scored for the Green Wave.

Flagler Palm Coast's Jada Williams posted the top time of all Volusia/Flagler girls, taking 26th in the Class 4A race at 19:19.10. Freshman Olivia Niewald anchored Spruce Creek in the team competition with a 19:36.30, good for 38th overall.

The Hawks finished 25th in the standings. Matanzas' girls ended 18th in Class 3A, led by senior Kelly Steffens (20:41.50).

As for the boys, Father Lopez was the only local team among the four classifications. The Green Wave scored a 12th-place showing as senior Jimmy Major (17:24.35) was 33rd individually in Class 1A.

Matanzas' Dalton Hawley crossed the line 33rd in the Class 3A boys race (16:42.83).


Visscher shines in 2A finals

Atlantic junior Emily Visscher's third trip to the Class 2A swimming championship proved to be her best to date.

Visscher finished third in the girls 200-yard freestyle (1:52.10) and fourth in the girls 500 free (5:02.13) in Friday night's state finals. She has placed in the top-10 in both events in all three of her varsity seasons.


Chalbaud's late score lifts Stetson men

Stetson's Sebastian Chalbaud scored the game-winning goal with three seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Hatters to a 2-1 win over Lipscomb in the ASUN Tournament quarterfinals Friday in Newark, N.J.

No. 4 seed Stetson next faces top seed and home-standing NJIT at 3 p.m., Sunday for a trip to the championship game. Lipscomb was the two-time defending tournament champion.

The Hatters are 8-9-2. The Bisons finished the season 5-9-2.

Stetson's Chris DeGance gave the Hatters a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute with his fourth goal of the season.



ERAU men 4th in cross country regional

The Embry-Riddle men’s cross country team finished fourth at the NCAA II South Region Championship on Saturday morning at the 10K course at Holloway Park in Lakeland.

Shaun Bullock was the top finisher for ERAU, ninth with a time of 32:33.84.

The Embry-Riddle women’s cross country team was sixth in the regionals.

Sarah Edens was the top finisher for ERAU as she finished 16th with a time of 22:45.69.

The Eagles will now await the results of the rest of the regionals to find out if they will be selected as an at-large team, or if any individuals receive at-large bids to the national meet.


ERAU men open with basketball victory

The Embry-Riddle men's basketball team enjoyed its largest season-opening road win since 1995 on Friday night, beating West Georgia, 85-60, at The Coliseum in Carrollton, Georgia, in the Gulf South-Sunshine State Conference Classic.

The Eagles (1-0) earned program win No. 700.

ERAU newcomer Romeo Crouch led the Eagles with 17 points to go along with four assists and four steals. Luka Majstorovic began his senior season with 14 points, eight rebounds and three rejections in just 14 minutes of play. David Park was the other Eagle in double figures with 12 points, all coming on three-pointers.


B-CU tops FAMU in volleyball

Faith Landreneaux had 13 kills and Jordan Jefferson 10 as Bethune-Cookman downed arch-rival Florida A&M, 3-1, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference volleyball match Friday night in Tallahassee.

The Lady Wildcats are 8-20 overall, 5-7 MEAC. FAMU is 9-19, 6-6.

Alleah Dallas finished with nine kills, while Sterling Williamson had seven. Shayla Eugene had 20 digs while Ryleigh Taylor posted 21 assists.



ERAU volleyball falls at Barry

The Embry-Riddle volleyball team fell to host Barry, 3-0, on Friday night in Miami Shores.

The loss moves ERAU to 18-4, 11-4 in the Sunshine State Conference. Barry is 16-10, 9-6.

Jordan Schumacher led the Eagles with nine kills and picked up 13 digs, while Melanie Canfield chipped in with eight kills and three blocks. Alyssa Rudd had a team-high 23 assists and Olivia Roa collected a team-leading 21 digs.