Also in the Observer: Patton plays for U19 team; FPC boys and girls basketball; and USTA tennis tournament.
The Matanzas girls weightlifting team captured its district title on Jan. 10, defeating Pedro Menendez, Atlantic, Palatka, Crescent City, Pierson Taylor and Father Lopez with a total score of 71. It was the Pirates' third district championship in a row, making the girls weightlifting team the first Matanzas female sports team to win back-to-back-to-back district titles.
110: K. Welker 120-95, 215
154: A. Brandt 120-135, 255
199: J. Smith 135-150, 285
UNL: C. Longo 165-145, 310
In addition, crosstown rival Flagler Palm Coast also captured its district title. The Bulldogs, who also won their conference title, defeated second place finisher New Smyrna Beach 69-60, and 17 lifters advanced to the regional. At the start of the season, the Bulldogs set a team goal of winning their conference, district and regional titles, while aiming to place in the top three at states.
101: Keilee Gocking 110-115, 225
169: Anisa Zwolinski 170-175, 345
183: Jillian Dixon 145-150, 295
199: Taliyah Lloyd 155-145, 300
Matanzas football player represents the Red, White and Blue
Pirates defensive end Jarrett Patton was recently selected to play for Team USA's U19 Select Team in the International Bowl IX at AT&T Stadium — the home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys — on Jan. 10 in Arlington Texas. Patton, who was one of the area's sacks leaders in 2017, registered four tackles, three tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks against Nordic.
FPC boys and girls basketball each get wins
After dropping a game to Deltona on Jan. 10, the Bulldogs' boys basketball team is on a hot streak, winning its last three games in a row. The Bulldogs defeated Mandarin, Forest and Lyman, all in close-scoring games.
The Lady Bulldogs, who are still without head coach Javier Bevacqua due to suspension, toppled Paxon 51-39 on Jan. 11. FPC's Dyman Howard scored a game-high 17 points.
USTA Pro Circuit Men’s Futures Tournament
When: Jan. 26- Feb. 4
Where: Palm Coast Tennis Center, 1290 Belle Terre Parkway
Cost: Free for spectators. Kids Day is free. Events Feb. 2-4 require tickets at $5 non-member adult, $3 Tennis Center member, $3 children ages 10-18, and free for kids 10 and under. $40 per player for Wild Card Men’s Open tournament for local players’ entry. Tickets to participate in the Pro-Am Event on Jan. 29 are $35.
Details: For Palm Coast’s ninth year of hosting the tournament, up to 128 touring professionals will compete at the city’s court. Deadline to register for Wild Card Men’s Open tournament is noon Monday, Jan. 22. Contact Tournament Director Brandon Washington at 986-2550 or by email at [email protected] to register. The winner gets a wildcard entry into the Main Draw, and the runner-up gets a wildcard into qualifying. Advance registration for Kids Day is recommended at the Palm Coast Tennis Center or palmcoastgov.com/register. A ladies event will also be offered, so check the website for developing information palmcoastgov.com/tennisfutures. Tickets are valid for the whole day and are available for purchase daily at the front desk or in advance at palmcoastgov.com/register.