Mount Dora’s boys weightlifting team powered its way to a historic second place finish in Friday’s Class 1A state championship competition.
The Hurricanes totaled 30 points to outscore every team except Keystone Heights (37) in a meet held at Port St. Joe High School. The finish marked the first time a Lake County team has finished in the top two in the FHSAA boys weightlifting finals, which date to 1974.
Mount Dora was led by two weight class winners. Zack Jeckovich totaled 620 pounds with his bench press and clean and jerk lifts to win the 219-pound weight class. And Derek Ortega won the 119-pound weight class with a 360 total.
Evan Shore added a runner-up finish for the Hurricanes at 169. He totaled 565 to tie the total by champion Kade Sanders of Keystone. The tiebreaker was body weight and Sanders was lighter at weigh-ins.
Mount Dora also got a third-place performance by Hunter Arnold, with a 415 total in the 129 weight class. James Goff added a fourth place finish and Eddie Romero and Josh Reyes had fifth place showings.
Trinity Prep’s Liam Swanson placed third with a 590 total in the 183 weight class. Foundation Academy’s Edward Byrd placed sixth in the heavyweight class.
St. Cloud hosts the Class 3A championships Saturday.
The 2A championships are also Saturday pat Port St. Joe.
49-43 in 7 OTs: DeLand and Port Orange Spruce Creek played to a 6-6 standoff in regulation play in their Class 2A District 3 girls flag football semifinal game Thursday night.
Then overtime turned into a scoring circus.
The teams traded touchdowns until Spruce Creek, the tournament host, finally prevailed 49-43 by stopping the Bulldogs on a fourth down play from the 1-yard line in the seventh overtime session.
“I can’t be mad,” DeLand coach Alex Russell said Friday. “The girls were playing their hearts out. Both teams.”
Spruce Creek scored just before halftime and held its 6-0 lead until DeLand answered with a game-tying touchdown in the final minute of regulation. That forced the overtime, where teams alternate possessions starting at the opposing team‘s 10-yard line. The team has four downs to attempt to score.
The game went back and forth with six scores for both sides until Spruce Creek finally stopped DeLand on a fourth-and-goal play. The Hawks took over and won the game on a touchdown pass from Kristiana Cummins to Amber DiQuattro.
“It was just a slugfest until we got to the overtime,” Russell said. “And even then, I would say at least half of the overtime (possessions) went to fourth down plays. It was insane.”
DeLand finished 10-4.
Spruce Creek (14-2) advanced to Friday’s district final against New Smyrna Beach (13-4), which posted a 6-0 win in a single-overtime semifinal against Apopka (10-3).
District champions will play region semifinal games Wednesday.
Here are Orlando area 2A district winners, with their championship game scores:
Class 2A District 4
Timber Creek (13-2) defeated East River 19-0.
Class 2A District 5
Dr. Phillips (10-5) defeated Windermere 21-0.
Class 2A District 9
St. Cloud (8-3) defeated Harmony 7-0.
Shutting the door: Winter Park’s baseball team ran its record to 23-1 with its fifth shutout victory in its past six games on Thursday night, pounding Freedom 12-0 in a regular season finale.
Nick Berger pitched four innings, striking out seven, and Dariell Melendez-Perez closed out the final inning of a game shortened to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The Wildcats have 11 shutouts on the season and a miniscule team earned run average of 1.08. They play a Class 7A District 3 semifinal at Timber Creek on Wednesday against either Hagerty or Colonial.
Senior Shane Cross is 6-0 with a 0.59 ERA.
Berger, also a senior, is 5-0 with a 1.08 ERA. They are backed by juniors Adam Lewis (5-0, 0.40) and Tyler Williams (4-0, ,0.74).
Winter Park has won 18 consecutive games since losing 3-2 to Timber Creek in a 12-inning game on March 5.
State tennis: Seminole County will again host the FHSAA state tennis tournaments next week at three sites.
Play begins Monday with the Class 1A team tournament at Red Bug Lake Park and individual bracket play at Sylvan Lake Park; and the 3A tournament for teams and individuals at Sanlando Park.
Eight region title teams are in the running for championships in each class. The 1A field includes Trinity Prep’s boys team and The First Academy’s girls.
Edgewater’s girls team reached the 3A tournament.
Individual contenders include 1A district No. 1 singles champions Mary Boyce Deatherage of Geneva School and Pete Tran of Cornerstone Charter.
The 4A tournaments will be played at Sanlando and 2A at Red Bug and Sylvan, Wednesday through Friday.
Undefeated Lake Mary is the Orlando area entry in the girls 4A bracket. Winter Park is the 4A boys area qualifier.
Bishop Moore’s girls are the area representative in 2A team competition.
Contenders for individual honors in the upper classifications include Olympia senior Alexey Timokhine, who hasn’t lost a singles match in two years, and Lake Mary’s top line girl, sophomore Jessica Maras.