Also in the Observer: Paul receives two offers; Martial arts master moves to Palm Coast; FPC, Matanzas baseball celebrate opening-day wins.
After two years, Matanzas’ boys wrestling team is finally back on top of the district. The Pirates held on against Creekside to bring home the 2A-District 4 championship on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 16.
First-Place Finishers: Shaun Culbreth (106), Stone White (126), Lawrence Russo (132), Tyrone Jones (145).
Second-Place Finishers: Ethan Goodman (113), Ian Eckert (138), Quenteen Robinson (160), Sam Russo (170), Cecil Bermudez (285).
Flagler Palm Coast placed second in the 3A-District 1 championship on Friday, Feb. 17, at Oakleaf High School, falling short to Fleming Island.
First-Place Finishers: Avery Holder (132), Curtis Brock (152).
Second-Place Finishers: Trent Burke (106), John Johnson (113), Michael Martins (138), Wilbur Thomas (182), Tyler Irigoyen (220).
Bulldogs defensive end receives two offers in one day
After a successful 2017 season that saw FPC defensive end Nelson Paul lead the area in sacks, Paul is starting to rapidly pick up college interests. Most recently, the junior received an offer for the University of South Florida early in the day on Monday, Feb. 19, announcing the offer via his Twitter account. A few hours later, Paul picked up his second offer, this time from the University of South Alabama. Paul, who figures to be the Bulldogs' top defender once against next season, already holds offers from Florida Atlantic and Valdosta State.
Martial arts master moves to Palm Coast
Martial arts Grand Master George W. Alexander, a 10th-degree black belt and World Karate Champion, has moved to Palm Coast, according to a press release. Alexander has teamed up with Fitness One at 2500 Moody Blvd to offer traditional martial arts instruction to the public. Alexander has lived in Japan and studied a wide range of martial arts.
He received his master certificate and teaching credentials in Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo in 1983 from the All Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo Association. He holds the rank of 10th Dan Hanshi in Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo. Alexander also holds the rank of 10th Dan Hanshi in Shorinji Ryu Jujitsu, eighth Dan in Kendo, the Japanese form of swordsmanship and third Dan in Judo.
Visitors are always welcome and Alexander extends an invitation to anyone who would like to learn traditional martial arts and improve their health and physical fitness.
FPC, Matanzas celebrate wins on opening day
The Bulldogs and Pirates' baseball teams each opened their 2018 seasons with wins. FPC defeated knocked off Father Lopez 9-3 on Feb. 14 at Mainland High School, and the Pirates defeated Menendez 12-2 on Feb. 15 at Matanzas High School.