The Bulldogs and Barracudas combined for 12 first- and second-team selections.
Considering they swept nine of the 10 first-place medals at this season’s Five Star Conference girls weightlifting championships, it should come as no surprise that Flagler Palm Coast and New Smyrna Beach control the 2019-20 All-Area teams.
The two teams, both of whom finished inside the top-seven in Class 2A, combined for 12 first- and second-team selections. However, the Volusia/Flagler area was well represented on the whole, with six other programs earning at least one honor.
Here is a list of the strongest girls the area had to offer this winter.
Sofia Cianfarra, 101 pounds, Spruce Creek: The junior nabs the lightweight spot for the second straight year, finishing fourth at the Class 2A meet with a 255 total.
Kacie Stouffer, 110, New Smyrna Beach: The senior was the undisputed top dog in her weight class locally, and posted a huge 305 total to secure a silver medal at states.
Jillian Malphurs, 119, New Smyrna Beach: The champ is here. The senior hit a 170-pound clean-and-jerk on her final high school lift to win the Class 2A title after back-to-back runner-up performances.
Haylee Gamble, 129, New Smyrna Beach: Another senior who shined at states, Stouffer’s 345 total earned her a second-place finish in her division. For perspective, Gamble took 14th just a season ago.
Mia Rhodes, 139, DeLand: The freshman is poised to be a state champ in the very near future. A youth national competitor, Rhodes captured district and regional titles before a runner-up finish at states (350 total).
Daisha Jarvis, 154, New Smyrna Beach: The junior just missed out on the podium, placing seventh in Class 2A with a 345 total — equal to her performances at districts and regionals.
Brianna Roth, 169, Flagler Palm Coast: The first of Flagler’s trio of first-teamers, the senior scored a fourth-place showing at states with a 350 total.
Anniel Buchanan, 199, Flagler Palm Coast: For the second straight winter, the sophomore brought a bronze medal home from Panama City Beach. Buchanan improved her total by 40 pounds (to 400) in taking third this time around.
Aaliyah Battle, 199, Spruce Creek: Signed to compete in track and field at Brown next year, the senior was a regional champion and followed it up with a fifth-place showing at states (365 total).
Lexi Buchanan, Unlimited, Flagler Palm Coast: The senior, a state champion in 2018, placed second again after coasting through the regular season. She topped 500 in all three postseason meets, including a 530 at regionals.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Duane Hagstrom, Flagler Palm Coast: The Bulldogs swept conference, district and region titles and placed three girls on the podium at states, resulting in Hagstrom’s second honor in three years.
Jaden Marsala, 101, Matanzas: The senior cracked the top-10 in Class 2A with a 230 total, a 10-pound improvement from her runner-up regional outing.
Sabryna Barahona-Cortes, 110, University: The senior helped the Titans to their best Five Star finish in program history and placed 16th at states with a 250 total.
Magen Geary, 119, Atlantic: The senior scooped up rare district and regional titles for the Sharks, and rounded out her breakout year by finishing sixth in Class 1A (275 total).
Natalie Hodgins, 129, New Smyrna Beach: The senior improved by 20 pounds from regionals to states, and her 320 total earned a 10th-place finish.
Emily Steinmann, 129, Seabreeze: The junior smashed school records, particularly on the bench press, won a regional title and finished fifth in 1A with a 295 total.
Jasmine Hattani, 139, Flagler Palm Coast: The senior picked up a conference title and posted consecutive 315 totals at regionals and states, good for 10th at the latter meet.
Marr Desvarieux, 154, New Smyrna Beach: The senior’s 360 showing at regionals was the best postseason total of any Volusia/Flagler lifter, but she was unable to complete a clean and jerk at states, ultimately placing 17th.
Lilianna Tarannik, 154, Flagler Palm Coast: The junior will be a crucial returner for the Bulldogs in 2021 after winning a regional title and taking 12th at states with a 325 total.
Nadia Hattani, 183, Flagler Palm Coast: The senior joins her sister on the second team, winning a region title and finishing 12th in the state with 325 totals.
Towana Richards, 199, Seabreeze: The senior rounds out a deep crop of local 199 lifters, placing third in Class 1A with a 330 total.
Atlantic: Anastasia Frangoulis (Unlimited), Maddie Phillo (110)
DeLand: Sarah Munar (Unlimited)
Deltona: Brooke Andrew (169)
Father Lopez: Flynn Baliton (139)
Flagler Palm Coast: Aryonnah Rosa (101), Kelsey Gocking (129)
Matanzas: Lucie Dudley (169), Jacqulyn Medina (154), Juliana Smith (Unlimited), Andie Tice (110)
Pine Ridge: Kharisma Littles (154)
Seabreeze: Andreana Bowen (183)
Spruce Creek: Emma Dominguez (154), Genevieve Frangoulis (119), Laura Kelly (183)
Taylor: Riley LeBlanc (199)
University: Jordan McKendrick (183), Arianna Pearsall (199), Kaylin Sweeney (169)