Also in the Observer: The Bridge Building Program Inc. hosting AAU tryouts; Matanzas soccer stuns Ponte Vedra, loses to Ridgeveiw on PKs.
The Bulldogs won the Five Star Conference Championship on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Deltona High School. The win earned FPC its fifth conference title in a row.
First-Place Finishers: Devonte Williams, Christian Sheppard, Drew Dance, Avery Holder, Mike Martins, Curtis Brock and Wilbur Thomas.
Second-Place Finishers: Trent Burke and Tyler Irigoyen.
Fourth-Place Finishers: Adam Basis and A.J. Cinelli.
The Bulldogs have one more match until district play begins. The district championship is on Feb. 17 at Oakleaf High School in Orange Park.
The Bridge Building Program Inc. hosting AAU tryouts
The Bridge Building Program Inc. will be hosting tryouts for its new AAU basketball program, according to a news release.
The Bridge Building Program Inc. is a nonprofit organization in Flagler County designed to help youth players develop their skills on the court and in life.
The tryouts are for boys in fourth grade through eighth grade. The first tryout is on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Indian Trails Middle School. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and warmups begin at 1:30 p.m. The second tryout is on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Matanzas High School. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. and warmups begin at 1:30 p.m.
Both tryouts are free.
“We’re looking for student-athletes who have strong work ethics and have some fundamental skills,” said Mike Steward, the founder of the program. “We’re also looking for the players’ parents to be involved in the process and program.”
Players will be evaluated on various skills, including court awareness, leadership, ball handling, passing, defense and shooting.
For more information, contact coach Steward at 386-473-2372.
To visit the program’s website, click here.
Matanzas soccer stuns Ponte Vedra, loses to Ridgeveiw on PKs
Seeded No. 6 heading into the district tournament, Matanzas took down No. 3 seed Orange Park 5-1 in the district opener on Jan. 29, setting up a semifinal showdown with No. 2 seed Ponte Vedra on Wednesday, Jan. 31.
At the end of regulation, both teams were tied 1-1, forcing two ten-minute sudden death, golden goal overtime periods. Pirates forward Louis Alvarez missed a shot with 30 seconds left to send the game to penalty kicks.
Senior captains Nathan Hubbs and Zachary Verdi converted their penalty kicks, and goal keeper Brandt Herron denied four Ponte Vedra attempts to give the Pirates the win over the 2016 state champions.
However, the Pirates then faced the undefeated Ridgeview Panthers, the No. 2-ranked team in all of Class 3A soccer, in the district final on Friday, Feb. 2.
The Panthers won on penalty kicks in overtime.