Top Select 17 Elite Blake, the No. 1 seed in 17 Open, came within a set of winning an AAU national title before falling to Mintonette Sports m.71 of Ohio 25-17, 19-25, 10-15 at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex on Monday. In 15 Open, second-seeded Orlando Tampa Volleyball Academy (OTVA) 15 Melito team was stunned by MiEite 15 Mizuno (MI) 25-23, 25-23 in a quarterfinal match.
OT 15 Melito joins Top Select 17 Elite Blake, which is 8-0 through three days of competition in the 17 Open division, as Orlando squads going for gold.
Former Montverde Academy star RJ Barrett couldn’t hold back tears minutes after his childhood dream came true. The New York Knicks selected Barrett with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft Thursday night.
Oviedo junior Josh Bozzacco was dominant all spring in the 183-pound weight class and is the Orlando Sentinel boys weightlifter of the year for the 2019 season. The Winter Springs Bears and Apopka Blue Darters sit atop the Sentinel Super Six team rankings.
Oviedo, Windermere, and West Orange run away with the competition in the All-Orlando track and field teams. Oviedo's Angel Vicioso and Windermere's Amayah Ugarte are this year's boys and girls top athletes in track and field.
Oviedo, Winter Park and Lake Mary go 1-2-3 in the FHSAA Sunshine Cup All-Sports championship standings for Class 9A. The Oviedo and Lake Mary showings are part of a big year for state championships in the Seminole Athletic Conference. In other high school news, Freedom boys volleyball coach Gina McFerren is the American Volleyball Coaches Association national coach of the year and a Top Select team has advanced to Thursday's quarterfinal round in the AAU Girls Volleyball Nationals.
Oklahoma State recruit Alana Wolfberg of Timber Creek High School and SMU signee Juan Bianchi of Olympia High School wrapped up record-setting high school tennis careers this spring and are repeat winners of the 2019 Orlando Sentinel player of the year honors.