ObserverWINDERMEREYOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018 More than half of the 24 tenants at Westside Shoppes are now open for business. SEE 4. WINDERMERE HIGH WINS AWARDWindermere High School won rst place in the Architectural Showcase (high school category) at the Florida Educational Facilities Planners Associations winter conference. The conference and awards showcase was held Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast. The school was designed by SchenkelShultz Architecture and built by WhartonSmith Inc.YOUR TOWN PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOR WINDERMERE Following bank ruptcy and a halt on construction, the residential project known as Rosser Reserve on Conroy-Windermere Road is set to move forward again. Greentree Development Group CEO Timothy Green and Sue Prosser settled a legal dispute regarding ownership of the property following a 13-hour mediation session on Feb. 2. As the established major -Rosser Reserve to be renamed Green ReserveRosser Reserve,located just north of ConroyWindermere Road, will be developed with 10 homes.ITS ALL HAPPENING!OBSERVER STAFFA 15-year-old Windermere teen died from injuries sustained in a Feb. 11jet-ski accident on Lake Whitney. According to Orange County Sheriffs Office reports, Nicolas Lott and another teen were riding on jet skis at about 3:09 p.m. on the lake behind the home at 1420 Lake Whitney Drive, when Lott crashed into a nearby dock. However, Sheriffs Office reports state the other teen recounted two versions of the incident. Officer Stephen Legers report stated the teen said the two boys were on separate jet skis, and he saw Lott riding too close to a dock and crash. Deputy Sheriff Daniel Carpinello stated the teen told him they were on the same jet ski when it sudden-Windermere teen dies in jet-ski crashNicolas Lott, a Windermere High student, was riding the vehicle on Lake Whitney when it crashed into a dock.Harry SayerMore than 100 VIPs enjoyed an evening of fun and dancing Feb. 9 at First Baptist Windermeres 2018 Night to Shine event. The event a prom for people with special needs, is a major component of the Tim Tebow Foundation. In addition to the guests of honor, the Windermere event included more than 350 volunteers. For more, see Black Tie, page 7. SEE TEEN PAGE 2 SEE WORK PAGE 4 Star light, star bright VOLUME 3, NO. 19 NO PLACE LIKE HOMEDr. Phillips High Schools baseball team celebrated the completion of its new locker room. PAGE 11. Windermere students party at annual carnival. SEE 3.
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Advanced sales only at americanghostadventures.com. LENTEN FISH FRY 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in the Parish Hall of Resur rection Catholic Church, 1211 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Winter Garden. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The menu includes baked or fried cod, french fries, vegetables, cole slaw, hush puppies, drink and dessert. Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for children. (407) 656-3113. LITTLE CHEF: STRAWBERRY YOGURT PARFAIT 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Take your little one to learn cooking skills such as kitchen safety, layering, measuring, smearing, tast ing and presentation as you interact with a delicious recipe. This class is a Mommy or Daddy and Me event. Ages 3 to 5. Space limited. Registration required at (407) 835-7323.SATURDAY, FEB. 17NUTRITION AND THE GOLDEN YEARS 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Mamta Rao, associate professor at Valencia College, shares tips on nutrition and related health issues for seniors. Learn about important nutritional recommendations and supplements that are vital for a seniors wellbeing. Also learn about issues with food intake that might prevent good nutritional absorption, especially relating to dysphagia, skin care and the importance of massage and uid intake. (407) 835-7323.MONDAY, FEB. 19PRINCESS TEA PARTY 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Dress in your fanciest clothes and get ready for fun with princess stories, activities and a special treat. Each guest will be treated like royalty and receive a princess hat. Ages 2 to 5. Food will be served at this event. See sta about specic needs concerning food allergies. Registration highly recommended at (407) 835-7323.WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21SOUTHWEST NATURE WALK AND BOOK TALK 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Dr. Phillips Community Park, Longhorn Steakhouse Loop, 8249 Buenavista Woods Blvd., Orlando. Do you enjoy taking a walk and love to discuss books? Join the Southwest Library for a casual nature walk followed by a lively book discussion of Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Light refreshments provided. Registration preferred at firstname.lastname@example.org or (407) 835-7323. For ages 18 and up.THURSDAY, FEB. 22SPARKLE LIKE A UNICORN 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Fantastical fun awaits with stories and crafts. Celebrate the unique, magical and mystical unicorn. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323. SQUARE FOOT GARDENING 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. Join Ed Thralls, residential horticulture and Master coordinator for the Orange County Master Gardener Program, as he provides expertise in general education classes on urban hor ticulture. Cost is $5 per family. Advanced registration is required by calling (407) 254-9200. VAN GOGH LECTURE 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Winter Garden Art Associations SoBo Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. This lecture will discuss Vincent Van Goghs life and paintings and will delve into the legacy of this impactful artist. Practically unknown during his lifetime and having sold only one paint ing during his brief career, Van Gogh is now admired as a master of Modern Art. Tickets are $10 for WGAA members and $15 for others. Reservations can be made at wgart.org or by calling (407) 347-7996.FRIDAY, FEB. 23LENTEN FISH FRY 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in the Parish Hall of Resur rection Catholic Church, 1211 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Winter Garden. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The menu includes baked or fried cod, french fries, vegetables, cole slaw, hush puppies, drink and dessert. Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for children. (407) 656-3113.SATURDAY, FEB. 24UNBOUND: ALTERED BOOKS WORKSHOP 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Unleash your inner artist by deconstructing and rebuilding a used/discarded book to create a memory book or art journal. The library will provide the materials, but feel free to bring any pictures, mementos or found objects to include in your work of art. Taught by artist JJ Dennis. Ages 15 and up. Visit theparlourobscura.etsy.com.ly turned off and lost steering power. The teen jumped off the vehicle, but Lott was still on it when it crashed into a nearby dock. Lott sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash and was transported by Orange County Fire Rescue via helicopter to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, where he died a few hours later. Lott was a student at Windermere High. Principal Douglas Guthrie reached out to parents via social media to share the news. I want to let you know how deeply saddened we are to learn about the death of one of our students as a result of an accident over the weekend, Guthrie wrote. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they go through this difficult time. Students can have varied reactions to the death of a peer. Any reaction is normal in the grief process and I encourage you to openly discuss with your child their feelings and reaction. Additionally, Guthrie said, there are grief counselors available on campus for students and staff if they need support or would like to talk to someone. Parents who have concerns may contact Guthrie. The investigation is ongoing.Teen dies in crashCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 YOUR CALENDAR
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4 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018 ity owner under the new agreement, Greentree Development Group, which owns 60% of Rosser Reserve LLC, has 100% control of the site, said Thomas Bonds, COO of Greentree Development Group. All the details have been worked out in the new agreement with Sue Prosser, Bonds said. We have full control of the property. And we still have our ownership at 60%, but it doesnt become full ownership until we fulfill our part of the agreement. There are some stipulations in the new agreement that Greentree has to meet in order for that to happen, which we are confident we will meet. One of those stipulations is to pay the debt owed to Sue Prosser, who owns 40% of Rosser Reserve LLC, Bonds said. Bonds added the project is being backed by a hedge fund group called Security Capital Venture based in Naples, which is giving Greentree between $7 to $10 million as financial support to build homes on all 10 lots. The property sat vacant for a while, and the lots were just not selling, Bonds said. So now, we have a totally different approach to how we want to do things this time around. We feel that consumers and customers want the actual home on the lot itself as one package. Nine lots remain available of the total, five of which are lakefront lots and five of which are interior lots. The price of an individual luxury home will start at $2.5 million. Greentree is still in the process of choosing a home builder and is working with a sales team headed by Lisa Reed, a broker at Engel and Volkers. As part of the projects future changes and rebranding initiative, Greentree also will be changing the name of the subdivision to Green Reserve and the street name to Green Isle Way. Were just glad that we were able to come to a resolution, Bonds said. Now we can keep the project moving forward and soon have a nice, high-end exclusive product for residents in the Windermere area.DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITOR HORIZON WEST If you live near Lakeside Village, youll soon have a multitude of restaurants, retailers and more within walking distance. More than half of the tenants at Westside Shoppes located adjacent to Lakeside Village off Winter Garden Vineland Road already are open for business, with the rest coming within the next two months. The 117-acre site, owned by Unicorp National Developments Inc., comprises 70,000 square feet and 24 tenants. Unicorp bought the site in October 2015 with plans to turn it into a mixeduse development, and after two years of construction, the shopping plaza is ready to go. Retailers range from restaurants, cellphone shops and salons to dance and fitness studios, dry cleaners and a dental office. Planning for Westside Shoppes began in 2014, and the goal was for it to be more than a strip center rather, it would be a place to come for an experience, said Unicorp Senior Vice President Amy Schuemann. I think the local community will really appreciate the atmosphere we are creating with the architecture and common areas, Schuemann said. We tried to get a good mix of neighborhood eateries and services, making a convenient shopping destination for the local residents. Aside from the restaurants and shops, the site also will host a middle school, the 44-unit Venetian Isle townhome community and the 302-unit Venetian Isle apartment complex. Eventually, 170 single-family homes will follow.THREE TO TRYLAGREE FITNESS The Lagree Fitness training method is taught on exclusive technology developed by tness visionary Sebastien Lagree, and focuses on total body stimulation. 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Now we can keep the project moving forward and soon have a nice, high-end exclusive product for residents in the Windermere area. Thomas Bonds, Greentree Development GroupCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COM ALSO INSIDE: American Advertising Federation: 2018 ADDY Awards. 8 CFA Society Orlando: Annual Forecast Dinner. ONLINE ONLINESee more photos at OrangeObserver.com Royalty walked the red car pet and danced the night away at the Tim Tebow Foundations Night to Shine celebration, a prom for special-needs individuals, Friday, Feb. 9, at First Baptist Church Windermere. More than 100 VIP guests, crowned kings and queens for the night, arrived in style to the church for a night of dancing and fun. The churchs third annual event had 365 volunteers pairing up with the the prom kings and queens as their buddies. HARRY SAYER RISE & SHINE Volunteer Carsten and Alec Nachtsheim rocked out. Aaron Hoefs gave high-ves to as many people as he could. Honored guests were able to share dances with volunteers. Max Moss spent time with Joanne and Joey Houwers. Nickayla Bennett, left, looked fabulous for the night. Kelsi Borrelli and Jim Currie had a blast. Isamari Morales danced with Joshua Morales.
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WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018 9 256487 with single coupon from 7:00pm 12:00am Expires 4/30/18 One Free Glass of Wine Bobcat pride Daniel Axtell shared words about his experiences of being the principal of Palm Lake Elementary. Axtell was the schools principal from 2012 to 2014. Left: Former Palm Lake Principal Wayne Shear, left, poured sand into a glass vessel as part of a sand ceremony and stood with Principal Jim Weis. Shear was the schools principal from 1994 to 2005. Palm Lake Elementary School students surrounded school mascot, Billy the Bobcat, to give him a hug during the schools 30th anniversary celebration Friday afternoon. Students and faculty of Palm Lake Elementary School celebrated the schools 30th anniversary Friday, Feb. 2, at Palm Lake Elementary School. Attendees heard short speeches from past principals and a musical performance by the Palm Lake Chorus. ERIC GUTIERREZDads, daughters embark on Evening Around the WorldDads and daughters packed the halls of Keenes Crossing Elementary School Friday, Feb. 9, for the schools Father-Daughter Dance. Flags and dcor representing dier ent countries showcased the theme of the dance: An Evening Around the World. Dads and daughters enjoyed food, photo booths, games, rae prizes and making memories. ERIC GUTIERREZ Je Southerland and his daughter, Sophia, stopped for a photo before entering the dance. Chris Couch lifted his daughter, Cora, in the air as they danced the night away. Kyra Mason and her dad, Jake, rocked prop hats and glasses in a photo booth.
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Marie, as she was known by most, was born in Gardner, West Virginia, and in 1958 moved to what was then the pristine shores of Lake Apopka with her second husband Haven (deceased). Although Florida became her home, she loved going back to visit the mountains of West Virginia whenever possible. She was the eldest girl in a family of 10 siblings and began working at age 14 for Lisagors Department Store in Princeton, West Virginia, as a counter hostess. She had an eye for fashion and a natural way with people that led to her becoming a clothes buyer. This gave her the opportunity to travel to fashion houses and clothing shows in places such as New York and St. Louis. Marie was an avid reader and believed education was a gift to be savored. While raising her two girls, she completed her GED through Mid Florida Tech and started an associates degree at Valencia Community College. The majority of her career was spent in various clerical roles for Florida Gas Co. and Florida Power Corporation (now Duke Energy), where she developed a wander lust for travel that took her to all but two of the seven continents. Her real passions though, were her faith, her family and her community. She loved people, particularly the elderly, and she dedicated the majority of her retirement years as an elder advo cate through AARP. Holding vari ous leadership roles with AARP at both the district and state levels, she traveled throughout the state of Florida and made regular trips to Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., to help craft elder-care legislation. Her advocacy and passion for her beloved West Orange County led her to the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, where she became a Lifetime Ambassador. She was also an active member of VFW Post No. 2093. She loved gardening, cooking, playing washboard in the AARP band, bowling (Orlando Champion for Mixed Doubles in 1963 and 1964), and college football especially the UCF Knights (gooooo KNIGHTS!). Widowed twice and a cancer survivor, her faith in the Lord knew few, if any, limits. She was a lifelong Methodist who under stood fully her calling to reflect the light of Christ into the world. She loved volunteering over the years at Pine Hills UMC in various roles as youth chaperone, choir member and Vacation Bible School assistant. As the effects of aging made it difficult for her to attend worship services, she transferred her membership to St. Lukes UMC, where she volunteered by writing greeting cards to those who were shutins or going through illness. She would often say, They may not know me, but it doesnt matter. God knows them, and I can pray for them. She is preceded in death by husbands William Wesley Smith and Haven J. Williams and is survived by: daughters, Karen Wesley Williams and Alice Marie Williams, along with her adopted daughters, Pammie OBannon and Debby Zutter; sister Lillie Mae White (West Virginia); brother, James H. Johnson (Tennessee); and dozens of nieces, nephews and greats all of whom she dearly loved. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 17, at St. Lukes UMC, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32819. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Lukes UMC designating either Shepherds Hope or the East Winter Garden (EWG) Initiative. WEST ORANGE OBITUARIES TINA MARIE IRWIN DIED JAN. 12, 2018.Tina Marie Irwin (Ping/Peters) was born on Feb. 20, 1959, in Indiana. She lived in Winter Gar den for 45 years and just recently moved to Arizona with her husband of 35 years, David Irwin, to enjoy retirement. She passed away suddenly from the flu on Jan. 12, 2018. She is survived by her husband, David; mother, Sara Ping Robbins; son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Amy Peters; stepchildren, Jason Irwin, Greg Irwin and Jill Irwin; and three grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Patsy and Ronnie Starling; sister, Glenda and the late Ray Glass; brother, Ralph; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Harold Ping; brothers, Junior, Jim Bob, Greg, William (Bezo), Ronnie, and sister, Penny, the late Joe Kline; and niece, Samantha Glass. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Temple Freewill Baptist Church, 1208 E. Story Road, Winter Gar den, Florida.
the line of duty in 2014, houses the stadium for Windermere High. That makes it the new home to the first-year schools football, soccer, lacrosse, flag football and track-and-field programs. Although there are still plenty of details to work out regarding day-to-day and game-night operations, there is a sense of pride that is pervading Winder mere athletic programs, thanks to the facilitys state-of-the-art synthetic-turf playing surface and rubberized track. Theres no doubt its top of the line, Windermere football coach and former athletic direc-1 The Foundation Academy boys soccer team earned its rst playo victories last week. First, the Lions defeated Orangewood Christian 2-1 in overtime Feb. 7 in the Class 1 Regional Quarternals. Next, at The Masters Academy Feb. 10 in the regional seminals, it took penalty kicks for Foundation to earn the 1-0 victory. The Lions (15-3) played in the regional nal Feb. 14, after press time. The result can be found at ObserverPreps.com.2 The Olympia boys soccer team hosted and defeated Hagerty 3-2 in overtime of the FHSAA Class 5A, Region 2 Quarternals Feb. 7. Jonathan Masesa scored the golden goal ve minutes into overtime. The Titans were defeated 3-1 by Seminole Feb. 10 in the regional seminals.3 Dr. Phillips senior guard Daniel Love scored 21 points in the Panthers regular-season nale Feb. 10 against Lake Gibson. The 21 points moved Love up one spot in the programs alltime scoring list to fourth entering this weeks district tournament, Love has scored 1,407 points.4 The Windermere High boys hoops team had a break out inaugural season, but it ended a little earlier than it had hoped. The Wolverines, the No. 3 seed in the Class 8A, District 5 Tournament, were upset 57-52 by No. 6 seed Ocoee in the opening round of the tournament. Windermere nished its rst season at 16-10.5 A wieball tournament held at Windermere High Feb. 11 to benet former West Orange baseball standout Gunnar Bradshaw raised more than $3,000. Bradshaw is battling bone cancer. HIGH5 SPORTSFEBRUARY 15, 2018 Olympia High senior wrestler Muib Akinyele makes splash at Metros. Page 12.SEE STADIUM PAGE 12Stadium opening gives Wolverines a home Theres no place like home. Now, after last weekends opening and dedication of Deputy Scott Pine Community Park, several programs for Windermere High have one. The park, named for the Orange County Sheriffs Officer killed in Deputy Scott Pine Community Park home of the Windermere High o-campus stadium opened last weekend.STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Steven RyzewskiWindermere High track athletes Jade Blake, left, Amaya Ugarte, Noah Ellenback and Onix Ortiz are proud to have a stadium to call home. A PLACE OF THEIR OWN Dr. Phillips baseball raised funds for more than two years to get its brand-new locker room. The Panthers celebrated the project Feb. 10 with a ribbon cutting.Mike Bradleys connection to the Dr. Phillips High baseball program of which he has been the head coach since 2009 goes back even further than his freshman season as a player for the Panthers in 1995. Before he arrived on campus, Bradley attended Panthers games. Now, more than two decades later, the alum-turned-coach has continued to build the program literally, in some cases. Dr. Phillips held a ribbon-cutting cer emony Feb. 10 for its new locker room attached to the third-base dugout. The project is the latest in a string of improvements all intended to make John Barbati Field the premiere high-school baseball destination in Central Florida. The three things I wanted to accomplish, being an alumni coming back, were adding a hitting facility, a locker room and hopefully potentially lights, Bradley said. The big three. After lasts weekends ribbon-cutting, the Panthers have Steven RyzewskiDr. Phillips seniors August Haymaker, left, Cort Roedig and Sebastian Oetterer are excited that they will get to use the programs new locker room during their nal season as high-school baseball players. SEE BASEBALL PAGE 12 STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITOR
12 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018 The Olympia and Dr. Phillips girls hoops teams met twice this season with two very differ ent results. On Dec. 14, early in the regular season, Dr. Phillips coasted to a 49-36 victory. But when it mattered most and a playoff berth was on the line in the FHSAA Class 9A, District 5 semifinals, it was Olympia that scored the 48-27 victory Feb. 7. Chenoa Johnson scored a game-high 18 points. Two nights later, Olympia faced Oak Ridge in the district final but came out on the losing end, 67-43. That means the Titans (8-20) now hope to bounce back Feb. 15, when they go on the road to take on the Tampa's Alonso High Ravens (21-2) in the FHSAA Class 9A, Region 2 Quarterfinals. The record doesnt show how talented this group is, head coach Thomas Passafarro said. They put in the work every day, they come to games every day ready to play. STEVEN RYZEWSKI AND NATE MARRERO State Farm, Bloomington, IL Family. Friends. Community. 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Shannon Till, AgentFowler Groves 3279 Daniels Road Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 www.shannontill.com Hablamos EspaolAthlete of the Week Sponsored by...263951 266293 Trane Comfort Specialists. Quality Work & Customer Satisfaction is our #1 PriorityCall us and catch a great deal!407-470-7014 Get hooked on great Service!www.DuncansACOrlando.comSALES SERVICE INSTALLATION MAINTENANCE 1319 Green Forest Ct, Suite 412 Winter Garden, FL 34787 ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY!Call us at 407-656-2121Email us at AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.comor Subscribe@OrangeObserver.com How did you get started in wrestling? One day when I was talking to my friend at lunch, he said, Hey Muib, do you do a sport? I said, No, I hate running. He said, Wrestling is the laziest sport in school, and I said, Oh snap, really? So I tried it. The first day we ran two or three miles, and I was dying. He tricked me. That was sophomore year. Why did you stick with wrestling? I honestly dont know. I hated coming to practice for a very long time, but I didnt want to be that one guy that quits, even though many people quit. Do you still think wrestling is one of the laziest sports? No, its possibly one of the hardest sports in school. How did it feel to place second at Metros last weekend? I was honestly really excited, because thats the highest Ive ever placed a tournament. I went to Metros last year, and I didnt even place at that one, so the comparison between those two was like, Wow. But I didnt think I was going to win the last match, Apopka (guys) are like monsters. How do you prep for a match? I spend five to 10 minutes warming up, jogging in place and going through drills. I start clearing my mind of all doubts and get into the mindset of nothing can stop me or take me down. I just watch the matches that are going on. It clears my head, because I focus on that instead of my next match. Whats the best advice youve been given? Your mind quits before your body does. If you just get in the mindset where youre OK, even though your body might signal otherwise, youll still be able to succeed and keep going past your limits. Whos your funniest teammate? Wellingston Ortega or Alex Aguilera. Alex is just really weird the things he does are unorthodox and awkward, and he makes jokes about it. Wellingston, one SPORTS SPOTLIGHTWhen Olympia High senior Muib Akinyele rst started wrestling his sophomore year, he never imagined that just two seasons later, hed place second in his weight class at the Metro Conference Tournament. The tournament was held last weekend at Windermere High.SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILLSTATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVESMuib Akinyele time he was singing to his opponent as he was pinning him. Do you have a favorite quote? Theres one my coach started saying recently: If your head hits your knee, you get Muibed. I cradle a lot. He says that dur ing my matches, and it makes me laugh every time. What do you do in your free time? If Im not sleeping, I usually play games or talk to friends, or do homework. What are your plans for after high school? Im going to UCF to study mechanical or software engineering. I havent decided which yet. What are you most looking forward to about the rest of senior year? Hopefully going to states and passing all my classes. And graduation. Disney or Universal? I think Universal, because theres more stuff to do, and I went to Disney once, and it was kind of lame. DANIELLE HENDRIX THE BASICSAge: 18 School: Olympia High Class: Senior Height: 6-foot-1 Weight Class: 160 Hometown: Lagos, Nigeriator Fred Priest said. That facility is as good as youre going to find. You cant ask for anything better. Mike Grenci, who took over as the Wolverines athletic director when Priest became the football coach, said the turf field is second to none locally and beyond. The turf is the best money can buy right now, Grenci said. Its the exact same turf that is in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta (where the Super Bowl was played). The synthetic playing sur face is so advanced that athletes will have to be conscious of not compensating the way they normally would on turf, Priest said. The injuries you used to see on turf, youre not going to see on this, he said. It reacts just like grass. With spring sports getting underway Feb. 12 marks the first day of the regular season for track and field Winder mere track coach Jason Greer has had plenty of athletes seek ing him out in the hallway ask ing when they can go break in their new facility. Everyday they ask me, When are we getting down to the track? Greer said. Its an amazing training facility for our kids. Its going to be a great attribute to our program. Greer said the rubberized track is lined to be able to host any level of competition. But Greer, who was present along with several of his athletes for the dedication ceremony Feb. 10, said it is also important that current and future Wolverines understand the legacy of the man for whom the park was named. First and foremost, we need to honor Deputy Scott Pine, Greer said. Our children need to be aware. The first home game at the new stadium will be a boys lacrosse game Feb. 20. The spring season will feature home games and meets for boys and girls lacrosse, flag football and track at the facility. And on May 24, the Wind ermere football program will host Melbournes Holy Trinity Academy for its spring football game the first home football game for the Wolverines after an inaugural season that featured all road games. Its going to be awesome, Priest said. I think our whole community is going to come. No matter the sport, Windermere athletes such as Amaya Ugarte are ready and raring to go now that they have a home. We are very excited, Ugarte said. Were ready to make a legacy here. ONLINEFor a photo gallery of the grand opening of Deputy Scott Pine Community Park Feb. 10, visit OrangeObserver.com.checked off two of those boxes. The programs hitting facility predates the locker room and can be found just past the thirdbase dugout, along the left-field line. Bradley identified the locker room as a need, referencing his own days of changing into his baseball uniform before games either in the bathroom or in his car. And as he told the crowd assembled Saturday, that much hadnt changed in two decades. Panthers players still a lacked proper dressing area. The completed project has individual lockers, bathrooms and shower stalls a facility that could be mistaken for any collegiate or professional peer. Its a place to call our own and a place to bond as a team, Bradley said. It just feels right and kind of completes every thing. Fundraising for the project began in 2015. Fundraising had to be completely private, and to even begin construction, the program had to show it already had $165,000 in cash and assets. So far, the money raised and spent has exceeded $200,000. Players raised funds individually, and a DPHS Baseball Facilities Foundation with an elected board also played a significant role. Donations came from many families and business, including those of some of the programs more famous alumni. The names Johnny Damon and A.J. Pierzynski may ring a bell to many baseball fans, and those names also appeared in the program as significant donors. They werent alone, either. We have (more than) 50 individual families that really contributed big-time, Bradley said. Our alumni stepped up right away and Im talk ing about alumni from the early 1990s. Its really been a community effort. Damon was one of a group of alumni who attended the ribbon-cutting. Former coaches such as Mike Barefoot and John Barbati, the fields namesake, were there, as well. The group wanted to drive home the idea that investing in Dr. Phillips baseball is more than brick and mortar its an investment in tradition. This is a special place, Bradley said. It has a rich tradition. The Dr. Phillips baseball team opens the 2018 regular season with a home game Feb. 21 against Georgias Kennesaw Mountain High. Stadium BaseballCONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Olympia girls hoops tops DP, advances out of district
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