Also: Local LPGA Amateurs chapter is thriving; Matanzas Pirates hold run-a-thon through the night.
The Inter-United Palm Coast Freestylers 3-on-3 soccer team advanced to the final in Girls Under 15 Division 2 at the Challenge Sports 3v3 National Championship on July 29-31 at Disney's Wide World of Sports.
The Freestylers went 2-2 in pool play and advanced to the semifinals on goal differential. Kaylin Henthorn scored with a minute left before stoppage time to give the Freestylers a 5-4 win over 2008 SCFC to advance to the championship game.
The Net Rippers, who went undefeated in the tournament, defeated the Freestylers 5-2 in the final.
“It was good for the girls to play on a big stage. I think that will further along their soccer development.”
“It was good for the girls to play on a big stage,” said their coach, Beto Aguilar. “I think that will further along their soccer development.”
The six girls on the team — Aniyah Graham, Hailey Sammons, Henthorn, Sofia Picozzi, Ivy Chen and Kinsley Hahn — will also play on Inter-United's 2008 girls travel team, Aguilar said. The soccer club is also sponsoring a 2012 (U10) boys travel team.
“It's our first year having travel teams,” Aguilar said of the Inter-United Palm Coast Soccer Club. “We're creating the right culture for them to strive and be successful. They're a good group of girls to work with. They all love playing soccer.”
Winning year for LPGA Amateur chapter
The Daytona chapter of LPGA Amateur Golf Association has had a winning year so far. The chapter has grown to 178 members from Palm Coast to Edgewater.
Daytona defeated Jacksonville in the sixth annual First Coast Challenge on June 25 at the King & Bear Golf Course at World Golf Village. On July 30, Daytona defeated Orlando in a two-person, best-ball match at the Jones Course at LPGA International.
Daytona played in the Highway Series on April 24 at Eagle Creek in Orlando and placed. The Daytona chapter championship was held on May 1 at the Prestwick Course at Plantation Bay. The winners were: Laurie Chatey (low gross) and Molly Moon (low net).
The Daytona chapter offers 9-hole league play on Tuesdays at Halifax Plantation and Thursdays at Palm Harbor. An 18-hole Friday league is played at different courses throughout the area. For more information, visit https://chapters.lpgaamateurs.com/home/chapter/FLDB. All handicaps are welcome.
The Matanzas cross country teams held a run-a-thon Aug. 5-6 on the school track to raise funds for the program. The event was supposed to go 24 hours with a runner on the track at all times, but because of the heat, the Pirates avoided the day and ran through the night from 7 p.m. on Friday to 7 a.m. on Saturday with two runners on the track at all times.
“It was still hot at 1 a.m.,” coach Tim Kane said. “They ran 176 miles. We had tents, food, music. It was a great time.”