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Palm Coast Tuesday, May 24, 2016 4 years ago

Sidelines: FPC and Matanzas conclude sports year with athletic banquets; Matanzas football gets work in on the field

Here is the weekly sports news from around Flagler County.
by: Jeff Dawsey Contributing Writer

Pirates top senior athletes

Matanzas conducted its annual Senior Athletics Ceremony Tuesday, May 24, at Matanzas. Among Scholar Athlete of the Year and other awards, Pirate Nation selected Gunner Parson and Bella Benvenuto for Matanzas Male and Female Senior Athlete of the Year. Their resumes are as follows:

Bella Benvenuto- soccer, volleyball and lacrosse

Career soccer statistics:

  • Career Goals Against Average of 0.60
  • 54 Shutouts and 544 Saves
Bella Benvenuto, pictured with Matanzas Athletics Director Rich Weber

Career Overall Team Record: 82­‐15‐8 (Win-Loss-Tie)


  • Four-time St. Johns River Athletic Conference First Team
  • Two-time member of St. John’s River Conference Champion
  • Member of lacrosse district champion team (2013)
  • Led soccer team to State Final Four (First in school history)
  • Soccer back-to-back district champions (2013-14 and 2014-15)
  • Soccer region champions 2013-14 and selected game MVP by FHSN Broadcasting after a 1­‐0 victory and 12 saves
  • Soccer region runner-up 2014‐15
  • Team Rookie of the Year Award in Soccer
  • Defensive MVP award in soccer
  • MHS Rotary Student Athlete Award Winner for December
  • Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-State Team in Class 3A
  • First Coast (North Florida) All­‐Star Team/Game
  • Magna Cum Laude graduate with honors

Gunner Parson-lacrosse

Career Statistics:

  • 156 goals
  • 168 assist

Career Overall Team Record: 37-28

Gunner Parson


  • U.S. Lacrosse All American 2016
  • Rotary Athlete of the Month 2016
  • District Championships in 2015 and 2016 (firsts in program history)

Pirates get test against defending champs

Matanzas went up north for its spring football game to play Class 2A State Champion University Christian (Jax) on Friday, May 21, in Jacksonville.

Trent Stuart goes back to try and pull down the ball, but he just misses. Photo by Jacqueline Rogelio

University outscored the Pirates 12-7 in three quarters, and their JV team also added six points against Matanzas. Pirates

freshman William Cowles provided the only Matanzas score, a 52-yard run before halftime.

FPC top athletes

Tamara Henshaw, pictured with coach Javier Bevacqua and DeAugustino

It is no surprise that senior Justin Pacifico, after his historic season in both track and cross country, was selected as the Male Outstanding Athlete of the Year, and Tamara Henshaw, after taking the Lady Bulldogs back to the postseason, with a 24-2 record, was selected as the Female Outstanding Athlete of the Year, at Flagler Palm Coast’s annual Outstanding Athlete Banquet Thursday, May 12, at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Justin Pacifico, pictured with Athletics Director Stephen DeAugustino and coach David Halliday

To read of their many accomplishments, see recent publications.




SynchroBelles top nationals

The Flagler County Synchro Belles’ Junior Team returned from last month’s USA Synchro Nationals Competition with a fifth-place team finish in Mesa, Arizona.

Junior Duet Breanna Malone and Samile Daiha earned 10th place overall, and the 13-15 team took 11th.

Malone and Liz Basan placed 15th and 24th, respectively, in the solo swim division.

The SynchroBelles are currently preparing for their annual Water Show Fundraiser, which will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2016, at its location at the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club.

Top row left to right: Samile Daiha, Paula De La Regata, Lisa Basan, Elyse Hinman; Bottom row left to right: Megan Lake, Breanna Malone, Yasmin Daiha, Lexi McMillin (not pictured)


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