When center Mike Giuliano isn’t bulldozing opponents’ defensive linemen, the senior Flagler Palm Coast High School football player is clearing out every other distraction to focus on school.
Giuliano was recognized as Flagler County School District’s Athlete of the Month for October by the Rotary Club of Flagler County.
Guiliano is a student in the International Baccalaureate program at FPC, is treasurer of the National Honor Society, part of the student government and is a senator for Boy’s State.
In addition to being the Bulldogs’ starting center, he also competes in shot-put and discus on FPC’s track-and-field team. He also is involved in beach clean-ups and the Flagler Habitat store.
Bulldogs coach Caesar Campana said Guiliano is the type of athlete that all coaches enjoy.
“The greatest attribute I can describe Mike with is that he is a hard worker,” Campana said. “In practice every day, he handles about 100 snaps and then collides with a defensive player. ... He has been our most consistent offensive lineman.”
In college, Giuliano wants to study government and law and hopes to attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Added Campana: “Mike is a senior, and I wish that I could bring him back for one more year.”
+ FPC runners honored
The Flagler Palm Coast boys cross-country team took second place at the 5-Star Conference meet Wednesday, Oct. 27, in DeLand.
The Bulldogs were led by a runner-up finish by Ali Sayed, who made First-Team All-Conference along with Alex Giorganni. Brad Walbert and Kevin Duffy made Second-Team; Joseph Alter and Roger Romero made Third-Team.
On the girls side, Danielle Hagins took second place in the conference meet. Julia Schorner took Second-Team All-Conference ,and Megan Walbert earned Third-Team honors.
+ Swimmers to regionals
The Flagler Palm Coast girls swimming team ended the season 7-1. The boys team went 5-3. Carolyne Vasconcellos and Joey Concannon will compete in their individual events, as will several relay teams Thursday, Nov. 4, at the regional meet.
+ MHS girls swim to eighth
The Matanzas Pirates girls swim team ended the season 7-3, finishing eighth in the district. The boys team were 4-5, finishing 10th. At the district meet, Thomas Tarantola placed second in the 500-meter freestyle with a time of 5:13. The girls 400-meter freestyle relay team of Jackie Orengo, Victoria Richards, Sara D’Esposito and Emily Petkovsek placed sixth with a time of 4:19.
+ MHS boys, girls runners-up
The boys and girls Matanzas Pirates cross-country teams took second place Saturday, Oct. 23, in the St. Johns River Conference Championship.
On the girls team, Christine Marcano took second place with a time of 19:14. Hannah Loder finished in 19:37, which was a 31-second personal record and good enough for a fifth-place overall finish. The girls team average was 20:34, which coach James Wolfe said is the best in the school’s history.
The boys team was led by David Drumm, who turned in a personal record of 16:23, finishing seventh overall. Cameron Allen also set a personal record of 16:44, and 10th overall. The boys team average was 16:56, making it the first time all season the average was below the 17-minute mark.
+ Pirates volleyball tops .500
The Matanzas High School volleyball team ended the season with a record of 14 wins and 13 losses. In the past three seasons, the volleyball team accumulated a total of four wins.
“This year was a big turn-around for our program, and hopefully we can build on it in the coming years,” said coach Robert Roe.