Stephanos wins 182-pound state title February 19th, 2013
LAKELAND — Jesse Stephanos stood on the podium soaking it all in.
WCI setter Anagnostopoulos wins MVP award December 15th, 2012
Pine Crest’s Chaney wins state diving title again November 12th, 2012
ORLANDO — Pine Crest sophomore Carolyn Chaney won her second consecutive girls diving state championship Saturday at the FHSAA Class 1A state swimming and diving meet, giving the Panthers a head start in their quest for a top-two finish in the team competition.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” Chaney said. “I’m definitely relieved, first of all, because it was 10 times more stressful going in the second time, trying to go back-to-back. It was definitely a battle.”
Chaney, the third seed entering the event, posted 481.35 points, edging out Dakota Toner (475.90) from Pine School in Hobe Sound. Chaney also narrowly beat Toner last season, winning with 490.25 points while Toner had 488.15.
The two are teammates on the same club team and are good friends, Chaney said. On Saturday, both turned in a strong performance.
“I knew it was going to be extremely hard for both of us,” Chaney said. “The entire time, it was so close. I was bouncing from third to first to second — it was all over the place.”
Chaney’s final dive: “A back, one-and-a-half, one-and-a-half,” she said. “It was probably one of the best I’ve ever done.”
While Toner is a senior, Chaney, a sophomore, has her sights set on winning two more titles.
So which is the sweeter of her first two?
“Going the first time [to states], I didn’t expect to win. I was a little freshman and the underdog,” Chaney said. “So it was definitely emotional to see my family cheering me on and all my hard work paying off. And then again this year, it was definitely a huge accomplishment as well because it was two years in a row.”
Chaney’s teammates, Juliette Pozzuoli (339.90) and Carly Ehrlich (338.15) finished 10th and 12, respectively, Saturday.
St. Mary’s forfeits wins for using ineligible player October 17th, 2012
Resurrection wins another District 8 tennis championship October 17th, 2012
WCI wins another tennis championship October 9th, 2012
Allen football standout Oliver Pierce won the 152-pound division at the Junior Nationals Greco-Roman finals in Fargo, N.D., on Tuesday and has a chance to win a USA Wrestling Triple Crown.
Pierce won a Junior Nationals Folkstyle championship earlier this year. He will compete in the third leg of the Triple Crown — the Junior Nationals Freestyle tournament — later this week in Fargo.
Pierce was an all-district wide receiver for Allen last season and is in line to be the Eagles’ quarterback this season, replacing Alabama signee Alec Morris. Pierce also was the UIL state runner-up at 152 pounds in wrestling last season.
When it comes to girls soccer, there’s no doubt Douglas and St. Thomas Aquinas are two of the state’s powerhouse programs.
Last season, St. Thomas won its 11th state championship–a Florida record. But Douglas isn’t far behind. The Eagles have won five titles, good enough for third among all of the state’s programs.
In 2004 and 2005, both the Raiders and Eagles claimed state titles while playing in different classifications.
That won’t happen this year.
Reclassification has put the two powerhouse programs in Class 5A this season and both teams won their regional quarterfinals on Tuesday. That means they’ll meet Friday in a regional semifinal and one will see its season come to an end.
Here, St. Thomas Aquinas junior Jessica Hoyt talks about the Raiders upcoming matchup with the Eagles.