Also in the Observer: Pirates girls weightlifting wins conference championship; FPC-Seabreeze girls soccer game canceled; Bulldogs boys weightlifting finishes second in Tallahassee; Matanzas girls soccer sweeps Orange Park; Pirates basketball struggling.
The boys team, which lost to DeLand 66-50 on Dec. 5 at DeLand High School, bounced back with a physical 49-39 win over Spruce Creek on Dec. 8 at Spruce Creek High School. FPC (3-2) led by just two points after the first half, but led by guard Dennis Shorter and forward Dmahgio Warren, the Bulldogs stormed back in the final half. During a 1 minute, 35 second stretch in the third quarter, FPC made three 3-pointers in a row. However, the Bulldogs fell to rival Seabreeze 53-45 on Dec. 11. FPC beat the Sandcrabs earlier in the season.
The girls team beat Terry Parker 50-32 on Dec. 8 at FPC High School. The Bulldogs (6-1) were led by Skye Green, who totaled 22 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks. In addition, FPC edged out Corner Stone 49-38 on Dec. 9 at home and Mainland 56-44 on Dec. 11 at Mainland High School. Green posted consecutive double-doubles, with 18 points and 11 rebounds against Corner Stone and 20 points and 23 rebounds against the Buccaneers.
Pirates girls weightlifting wins conference championship
The Pirates were named the 2017 St. Johns River Conference Champions on Dec. 6 at Pedro Menendez High School. Matanzas tied with Pedro Menendez for first place, but there are no tiebreakers for team results.
It was the Pirates' first conference championship in school history. Previously, the Pirates finished second two years in a row.
- 119 Weight Class Champion: Danielle Thompson
- 119 Third Place: Katie Welker
- 129 Third Place: Bianca Secor
- 199 Second Place: Juliana Smith
- Unlimited Second Place: Chiara Longo
FPC-Seabreeze girls soccer game canceled
Two of the best girls soccer teams in the area, Flagler Palm Coast and Seabreeze, were set to square off in the first of their two meetings on Dec. 9. However, nearly an hour before game time, referees declared the field unsafe to play on because of excess rain the night before. As a result, the game was canceled.
According to FPC Athletics Director Steve DeAugustino, no makeup date has been scheduled yet. In addition, because the contest is a conference matchup, the game will have to be played some time this season.
In other news, the Bulldogs (7-1-2) played Creekside to a 1-1 draw on Dec. 6, at FPC High School. FPC senior Saba Amiri scored the Bulldogs' lone goal in the first half.
Bulldogs boys weightlifting finishes second in Tallahassee
FPC placed second out of 25 teams in the Capital City Classic on Dec. 8-9 at Chiles High School in Tallahassee. The Bulldogs' Michael DeAugustino was named the tournament's "Most Outstanding Wrestler."
- First Place: John Johnson (113), Michael DeAugustino (132), Avery Holder (138) and Tyler Irigoyen (220).
- Third Place: Michael Martins (145), Wilbur Thomas (182)
In addition, the Bulldogs defeated Palatka 63-12 on Dec. 7, at FPC High School.
106. Trent Burke pin, 0:55
120. Christian Sheppard pin, 0:58
126. Drew Dance pin, 1:26
145. Michael Martins pin, 1:15
182. Wilbur Thomas pin, 1:18
Matanzas girls soccer sweeps Orange Park
The boys team (3-4) was defeated by Ponte Vedra 2-1 on Dec. 8 at Ponte Vedra High School, and the girls team (4-5) blanked Orange Park 8-0 on Dec. 6.
Junior Alissia Paiz led the girls with four goals, and freshman Emily Hatten chipped in two goals and five assists.
Pirates basketball struggling
The Pirates' boys basketball team lost to Palatka 50-40 on Dec. 8 at Palatka High School. Matanzas (2-1) is now 0-1 in district play. Logan Stover led the Pirates with 13 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
And after routing Stanton 40-10 on Dec. 5 at Stanton High School, the girls team (3-3) lost to Pedro Menendez 43-14 on Dec. 7 at Pedro Menendez High School. In addition, Matanzas also lost to Interlachen 45-33 in overtime on Dec. 8 at Matanzas High School.