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ObserverWINDERMEREYOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer Hats on for 2018 Derby Day AMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORMost teachers never find out what happens to their students after they leave the classroom and the school. But several teachers at Windermere Elementary School received the gift of an update from former students who are set to graduate from West Orange High School on May 29.Windermere Elementary alum pen letters to teachersTeachers were surprised with letters from former students who are about to graduate from high school. OARS TO HOST OPEN HOUSEMiddleand highschool students are invited to check out the Orlando Area Rowing Society at its open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the OARS Boathouse, 2457 Maguire Road, Windermere. The program has multiple high-school boats that have earned rst-, secondand thirdplace awards in state and regionals. OARS is one of the top three rowing clubs in Florida based on points earned in competitions and has nationally ranked boats. For more information, visit TOWNSEE LASTING PAGE 5Dellas roses ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERConcerns about traffic and density topped discussions at a community meeting held May 1 regarding a large-scale futureland-use map amendment for a 30-acre property that is subjected to a potential residential development. Orange County leaders held the meeting at Bridgewater Middle School to explain what is being requested for the property, located at 14950 and 14908 Tilden Proposed development raises traffic, density concernsCounty ocials hosted a meeting May 1 to discuss a future land-use amendment pertaining to a 30-acre property o Tilden Road near the Horizon West village of Bridgewater.Danielle HendrixDr. Phillips Charities President and CEO Ken Robinson, Director of Grants Wendy Oliver and Construction Manager Shane Taylor are proud to present the Phillips familys legacy in the organizations new book. SEE COULD PAGE 4 SEE COUNTY PAGE 4 VOLUME 3, NO. 31 Two Dr. Phillips Charities employees have compiled the most comprehensive account of the Phillips family legacy to date in the book Dellas Roses The Dr. Phillips Legacy. SEE STORY ON PAGE 4. TITANS ON TOPOlympias boys water polo earns state title. SEE PAGE 15. The West Orange Junior Service League ran wild for the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. PAGE 7.


2 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 Everything we serve is thoughtfully sourced, earth friendly, and tastefully adventurous. We provide everything from sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, soups, and salads that are made with love.New Location Inside Dr. P Phillips YMCA7000 Dr. P Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 407-730-3212 | | BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER CATERING 272161 THURSDAY, MAY 10LANDSCAPE PEST MANAGEMENT 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. Weeds, insects, fungus and other pest problems will be covered in this class. Identify the pest before selecting a pesticide. Cost is $5 per household. (407) 254-9200 or to register. MOTHERS DAY TEA 4 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St., Windermere. Enjoy a fun afternoon celebrating mothers with tea, snacks and a craft. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 538-3124. WEST ORANGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEETING 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the West Orange Country Club, 3300 West Orange Country Club Drive, Winter Garden. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Email worw.federated@ for information. RSVP to or (407) 230-5968., MAY 1113TH ANNUAL SOUTHWEST AUTHOR SERIES 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. The author series is presented in partner ship with The Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips. Author Anne Perry has written 75 books, exploring the lives of people from various eras and backgrounds. In this lecture, Perry discusses the value, power and universality of storytelling as an art and how to tell endur ing tales. Visit prhspeakers. com. Book sale and signing to follow the lecture. The event is free, and light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6 p.m. Seating is limited. Registration recommended at (407) 835-7323.SATURDAY, MAY 12NIGHT AT THE PRESERVE 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. The elegant evening at the preserve includes gourmet food, music, chance drawings and a sunset toast. Tickets are $50 and are available at, MAY 14CENTRAL FLORIDA RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING 7 p.m. Monday, May 14, at the Central Florida Railroad Museum, 101 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Phil Piet will present A Day in the Life of a Steam Locomotive on the Grand Canyon Railway. Free. (407) 656-0559. PLEIN AIR OUTDOORS 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 14, and Tuesday, May 15, at the Winter Garden Art Associations SoBo Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Artist Noreen Coup will teach participants how to paint using nature as an inspiration. Cost is $130 for WGAA members, $150 for others. (407) 347-7996WEDNESDAY, MAY 16WIRE JEWELRY 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Winter Garden Art Associations SoBo Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Learn the art of jewelry making with Keith Stephens and Jan Jowers-Stephens. Cost is $75 for WGAA members, $95 for others, plus a $35 kit cost. (407) 347-7996.THURSDAY, MAY 17PALM LAKE ELEMENTARY SENIOR RECEPTION 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Palm Lake Elementary School, 8000 Pin Oak Drive, Orlando. High-school seniors who at tended PLES are invited to celebrate their graduation with their classmates and former teachers. (407) 354-2610.FRIDAY, MAY 18MAGIC AND MAYHEM AT THE GROVE 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Windermeres The Grove, 47504757 The Grove Drive. Have fun at Magic and Mayhem, an inter active family-oriented comedy and variety show featuring ChaiChing the bunny. After the show, Keith Tusing with Big Idea Balloons will oer balloon creations. Take a lawn chair or blanket., MAY 21LAKE WHITNEY ELEMENTARY SENIOR RECEPTION 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the Lake Whitney Elementary media center, 1351 Windermere Road, Winter Garden. All 2010-11 Dolphins and their parents are invited to catch up with old friends and teachers and enjoy old photographs. (407) 877-8888.WEDNESDAY, MAY 23CHAMBER MAYORAL UPDATE LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Tanner Hall, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. The West Orange Chamber of Commerce oers the oppor tunity for residents to get to know local leaders from Orange County, the cities of Ocoee and Winter Garden and the towns of Oakland and Windermere. Cost is $41 per person and $328 for tables of eight for Chamber members; and $51 or $408 for others. All tickets must be paid in advance. For tickets, call (407) 656-1304. 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WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 3 AMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORSamara Marli Watson is a seasoned traveler, and shes about to add even more stamps to her passport when she participates in a 10-month foreign exchange program in Europe in the fall. She is one of 250 students from the United States selected for the U.S. State Department scholarship through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange. She was chosen based on her grade-point aver age and several essays she wrote on topics such as handling conflict, participating in competitive swimming and taking a family road trip around the country. Its basically to give them an idea of who you are and your back ground, she said. Marli, who is home-schooled, will live with a host family in Ger many for her senior year of high school. As soon as she learned of the scholarship, she delved into learning German. When she arrives in Germany in August, she will stay in a castle near Frankfurt and participate in language-immersion classes before moving in with her host family. There is also the getting-toknow-you period. The Watsons have written letters for the German family, which has not yet been selected, so the hosts will know important infor mation, such as sports, religious affiliations and food allergies. The more details that are shared, the better the host family match, Mar lis mother, Shannon Watson, said. She will attend school and absorb the German culture with her temporary family. Once shes in Germany, Marli wont see her parents until after the new year. Christmas is a very important holiday in Germany, so they want to make sure you spend the holiday with your host family, Shannon Watson said.FAMILIAR EXPERIENCEMarli is familiar with the foreignexchange program since she has grown up with students in her home. Her parents, Rob and Shannon Watson, hosted students for sev eral years. Shannon Watson also was a foreign-exchange student through the program years ago. Traveling will always be at the top of Marlis bucket list. In 2014, she saw much of Europe in the People to People program. This upcoming excursion to Germany was ignited by a seven-month road trip her family took a few years ago. Ive always known I wanted to do something with travel in my life, Marli said. I love travel. I love meeting new people and hav ing new experiences. Ive always joked that it would be nice to get paid to go on vacation, she said. I thought about being a flight attendant. In addition to traveling, Marli enjoys art and has sold a few poly mer clay Harry Potter figurines she made. She is taking a mythology class. She has been a member of the varsity swim team at Ocoee High School for two years. She will work as a lifeguard this summer so she can purchase a camera and laptop. She intends to blog while shes in Europe. My goal is to immerse myself in the German culture, learn the language and build a relationship with my host family and the people I meet, Marli said. Everything else I get to do will be a bonus. She will return home next June.Winter Garden teen to study in GermanyMarli Watson has earned a scholarship to study in Germany. She leaves for her 10-month experience in August.Courtesy Marli Watson will spent her senior year studying in Germany. Runners and walkers enjoyed a morning of fellowship as they participated in the third annual David Stephens 5K on May 5, at First Baptist Church of Windermere. The running/walking event was hosted by St. Lukes United Methodist Church and held in honor of pastor David Stephens, who retired from St. Lukes after serving for 28 years. The event helps benet families and children in need. ERIC GUTIERREZFaith, family and nishers Dozens of runners and walkers took o as the annual David Stephens 5K began. Above: Arctic Brother hood members Dave Farwick, Don Lake, Davis Lake, George DuBois and Gregg Anderson caught up before the 5K began. Right: From left: St. Lukes Pastor Jad Denmark, his wife, Shelly, and their children, Lilly, Lleyton and Hayden, had fun running the 5K. From left: Doug Pickell, Lleyton Denmark and Andrew Hamner were the rst three runners to nish the 5K. Denmark nished rst, Pickell nished second, and Hamner nished third.


4 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 WINDERMERE OBSERVER The Windermere Observer (USPS 687-120) is published weekly for $40 per year ($50 outside of Orange County) by the Observer Media Group, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Gar den, Florida 34787. Periodical postage paid at Winter Garden, Florida. POSTMASTER send address changes to the Windermere Observer, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden, Florida 34787.OrangeObserver.comObserver Media Group Inc.1970 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-3468Editor and CEO / Matt Walsh Vice President / Lisa Walsh Chairman / David BelilesPublishers of the Longboat Observer, East County Observer, Sarasota Observer, Siesta Key Observer, Palm Coast Observer, Plant City Times & Observer, Ormond Beach Observer, West Orange Times & Observer, Windermere Observer, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Business Observer, Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record, Jacksonville Realty-Builder Connection, LWR Life, Season Magazine and Baldwin Park Living If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy. Friedrich Hayek Road to Serfdom, 1944CONTACT USThe Windermere Observer is published once weekly, on Thursdays. It provides subscription home delivery. 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All Rights ReservedDANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORThe first successful canner of orange juice. The innovator of aerial crop dusting. The producer of citrus films. What you might not know is that the man behind all of these accomplishments and many more is also the one who is credited with the master-planned community we know as Dr. Phillips. The Phillips family was instrumental in innovation, business and philanthropy, and even today its legacy lives on through Dr. Phillips Charities. How well many Central Florida residents know the extent of the familys history and lasting impact on the region today, though, could be debated. Thanks to Dr. Phillips Charities, there is now a tangible account of many aspects of the Phillips family legacy.HISTORY IN HARDCOVERDellas Roses The Dr. Phillips Legacy is one of Dr. Phillips Charities more recent projects, spearheaded by Director of Grants Wendy Oliver and Construction Manager Shane Taylor. The book contains information on Della Phillips passion for and care of her roses and history of the Phillips familys settling in Florida. It features myriad photographs and explains how the family legacy and impact on Central Florida lives on today. It started last summer, with the full intent to be about Dellas roses, Oliver said. (Then we had) the idea of creating a legacy book, a memoir or something (where) we could compile the history of Dr. P. Phillips and also showcase the organizations we support through our grant making. It helps us when were telling the Phillips family story. Reading through the book, it kind of opens peoples minds up to why the Phillips family supported these things. We thought this would be a beautiful coffee table book for our community, she said. In growing that idea, we thought, There really is no place that has the Phillips family history all in one place. This was really just a starting point for collecting that information and was really a labor of love. To this day, Dr. Phillips Charities maintains Dellas Garden. The rose garden is located in the Dr. Phillips Cemetery and continues to produce dozens of rose blooms. There are more than 40 rose plants at Dr. Phillips Chari ties headquarters today. We grew the story (from the roses) into the Phillips family legacy, Oliver said. We dont feel like its a complete book; we still feel theres things that need to be added to it. It was mostly a labor of love and dedication to the family. Shane and I would get together and stay for several hours and piece together as much information as we could find. We did this book in-house and used our (Dr. Phillips Charities) own pictures. Its a homegrown book to tell a big story of a very, very instrumental family in Central Florida. Flipping through the book, the reader is treated to historical accounts and flashbacks to Dr. Phillips properties as far back as the 1930s. Dr. Philip Doc Phillips not only was a successful businessman and major influence on the Florida citrus industry but also an early patron of the arts in Orlando and a philanthropic enthusiast. He was really innovative, Oliver said. He did so many things, and so to have a lot of the things he did expressed into one book (is incredible). Its just interesting to think about all the things he did from a business perspective but also from a philanthropic per spective. Looking at the impact Dr. Phillips made on our community, people dont realize how much the past influences the future. We really hope that this book shows the substantial past of Dr. Phillips to the exciting present, she said. We want this book to really showcase the history of a name like Dr. Phillips that is synonymous with philanthropy in Central Florida. This is a tangible way, not only to share the history, but also share with the community some of the good things other people in the community are doing, something we are proud to support.PIECING TOGETHER COMMUNITYAccording to the book, Doc and Della were avid patrons of the arts and made it their mission to share the arts with others. The family committed their efforts and monetary donations to enhancing the arts in Central Florida; one of the most well-known pillars of the Phillips legacy in Orlando today is the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. In the 1920s, Dr. Phillips Inc. began the business of building and leasing commercial and industrial buildings on its properties. By the 1960s, the fam ily company owned and operated more than 2 million square feet of commercial and industrial real estate. The Phillips family properties now include an investment portfolio of rental proper ties managed by Dr. Phillips Inc., and the rental income funds the needs of the community through the contributions of Dr. Phillips Charities. Perhaps one of the most wellknown fruits of the Phillips familys labor is the Dr. Phillips community. In the 1950s, Doc initiated the creation of a master plan for the community, during a time when the concept of zoning or long-term planning was almost nonexistent in Central Florida. One of the first developments in Dr. Phillips was the Bay Hill community, with the Village Center following closely behind. Other developments with Docs influ ence weaved in include Dr. Phillips Elementary, the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA, Southwest Middle, Dr. Phillips High, the Orange County Librarys Southwest Branch and Dr. P. Phillips Hospital. Theres so much more history that we dont have it all in the first edition of this book, Oliver said. Well have more information about how we became a nonprofit and some of the leaders that brought us to the point of becoming what we are today. Its just a brief glimpse, because so much happened, when you think about this little book and talking about the impact the Phillips family had. This is the most comprehensive account we have to date over 100 years of history that has helped define Central Florida, she said. Starting with innovations and business to land development, community service and then works of charity, all of that encompasses the Phillips history. Were always amazed at the foresight Dr. Phillips had for the future of this town. The book cov ers some of that and talks about starting the town of Dr. Phillips and the vision he had for this community. EXTRAS: FUN FACT: Howard Phillips, the son of Dr. Philip and Della Phillips, started a tradition with the roses his mother grew at their home on Lake Lucerne. He would take roses to women in the oce and people in the community he felt deserved a rose and they were always delivered in a milk jug. Its a tradition that the Dr. Phillips Charities presidents have maintained throughout the years, even today. DR. PHILLIPS CHARITIES7400 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando PHONE: (407) 422-6105 WEBSITE: EMAIL: info@drphillips.orgRoad near the Horizon West Village of Bridgewater. The applicant is requesting a future-land-use map amendment to change the propertys designation from Village (V) to Village (V)/Bridgewater SPA (Garden Home District). That change would expand the village by incorporating the property to allow the addition of up to 161 single-family homes. Applicant Kathy Hattaway, of Poulos & Bennett LLC, said the property consists of about 20 acres of developable land and about 10 acres of wetlands. We do have wetlands on this site that will not be impacted they will be preserved, Hattaway said. The number of dwelling units in the proposal was a cause of concern for many individuals who attended the meeting including Winter Garden city officials. They ought to keep it down to the two-and-one-half (or) three units per acre or fix the road, Winter Garden planning consultant Ed Williams said. Tilden Road is a two-lane rural road. Its not a modern, wide two-lane road with curbs and gutters. It has very bad curves in it, which make it very unsafe. When you approve a development, there has to be road capacity for the project. Winter Garden City Commissioner Colin Sharman and City Manager Mike Bollhoefer also spoke against the project. The city knows that you cannot deny (a development) based on traffic, but you can limit to the appropriate size (density), Shar man said. What were asking for is that you develop this at a rea sonable density of 2.5 homes per acre. Our serious concern in the city is density, Bollhoefer said. As we build out the rest of this county, we have to look at every single subdivision and look at this density were squeezing in there. Anyone (who) thinks they can build their way out of a traffic problems by adding more lanes, I say go drive on 535 and see what more lanes does. Orange County Planner Nicolas Thalmueller said the countys Transfer Development Rights ordinance in place for the Horizon West villages allows for the development of up to 161 residential units within the subject property. However, he also said the number is an absolute maximum and subject to change. The (Transfer Development Rights) ordinance works to preserve natural wetlands and upward areas by generating development credits for them, Thalmueller said. Those credits can be acquired by other proper ties within the village and then that wetland, greenbelt developable area is no longer developable. Hattaway said it is required to use the maximum density allowed to conduct the traffic study required by a future-landuse amendment request. She said they would not actually building 161 units. The 161 units that is (part) of the traffic study, that is a requirement that we have to look (at) for the future-land-use amendment. Hattaway said. One of the requirements of that study is that you have to analyze the maximum density possible under a proposed future-land-use (designation), so we had to do that. Were not going to build 161 units on this property. It will be something significantly less than that. Were asking for the lowest density in a Horizon West Village Area, which is four (dwelling) units to an acre. Hattaway added she would have more details regarding an exact number of dwelling units for the proposed project at a later community meeting. The only development that is proposed for this property is single-family, detached residential homes, Hattaway said. Moreover, we can also add that these lots will be over 50 feet in width. This is intended to be a more traditional neighborhood, so the lots will be larger. The next opportunity for public comment regarding this project will be on June 21 at the Local Planning Agency Transmittal Hearing. A time for the meeting has yet to be determined.The Dr. Phillips legacyCould Bridgewater village expand? The city knows that you cannot deny (a development) based on trac, but you can limit to the appropriate size (density). What were asking for is that you develop this at a reasonable density of 2.5 homes per acre. Winter Garden City Commissioner Colin SharmanCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 5 The WOHS students wrote the letters to their favorite teachers in English class. They were assured the letters would be delivered, no matter where the teachers are now. Diana Greer, Windermere Elementary principal, handed the handwritten notes to the surprised teachers. Kindergarten teacher Sheila Roberts received four from former students, including one from Dylan Guerrero, who signed it, the student who still likes dinosaurs. Marcy Gibbs, who teachers the English Language Learners class, received a letter from her own daughter, Emily. Michelle Schultes didnt have letter-writer Michelle McKenna in her third-grade class, but the two shared a special connection nonetheless. She came to my room many mornings to help out before school, Schultes said. I ran into her at the soccer fields, when my son was playing and always stayed to watch her play. (She thought I was there just to see her!) Schultes said she remembers McKennas love and passion for helping other people. Even after leaving Windermere Elementary, McKenna continued to volunteer in her classroom after school dur ing her middleand high-school years. (I am)blessed beyond belief to have such an impact on an 8-year-old, Schultes said. I know I will always have the privilege of watching McKenna grow and continue to accomplish many amazing things in her lifetime. She will always have a special place in my heart. Third-grade teacher Marysa Sobral taught her letter-writer, Ava Cassatta, twice in kinder garten and in second grade. Ava was a funny, spunky little girl and a wonderful student, Sobral said. I was honored to receive her letter and so grateful she still thought of me after all these years. I was very proud to hear that Ava is majoring in education at UCF. Marcy Gibbs and her daughter rode to school together each day, so the two had plenty of time for one-on-one conversations. When the letter was read aloud, it brought me to tears, Gibbs said. She thanked me for the impact I have had on her life and thanked me for everything Ive done.The time has gone by in a blink of an eye she is a young adult heading to college, and I am still in the classroom often wondering where the time has gone. Kindergarten teacher Sharon Chandler received a letter from Kiersten Sadlier, who was in her first class at Windermere. Kiersten was a beautiful, kindhearted and hard-working student who was well-liked by all who met her, Chandler said. Chandler said she feels blessed Sadlier chose her but stressed that all educators deserve a similar letter. We all are prideful, loving, dedicated teachers who (do) our very best by each and every student every single day, she said. 273323 but our gratitude is endless. WOODLAWN MEMORIAL PARK CEREMONYMemorial Day Is Only Once A Yearbut our gratitude is endlessVeteran organizations, Monday, May 28, 2018 10 front of theMosaic at Woodlawn Memorial Park400 Woodlawn Cemetery Rd., Gotha, 34734 (southwest Orange County.) 68th Annual Memorial Day Celebration IN THEIR WORDSSHARON CHANDLERThank you for making school so much fun. To this day I remember all the crafts we did and how much you made me enjoy school. I hope you are doing well! Sincerely, Kiersten SadlierMARCY GIBBSI am writing this to tell you how much I appreciate having you as a teacher (not really). Fourth grade was a blast, and Im thankful that you drove me to school every day. You really went out of your way to make an impact on my life. Thank you so much for everything. Love, Emily Gibbs (Marcy Gibbs daughter)SUSIE OTTGraduating this upcoming May, I have been reminiscing about the days where I could run out to recess and be so carefree. Thinking about elementary school, you and Mrs. Setaram come to mind; always keeping my peers and me happy and excited to learn. I am so grateful to have met you and be one of your students in the third grade! Your love for teaching and energy always made me feel so welcomed and kept pushing me to do my best. I am still deciding on where to go to college, UCF or USF! And guess what, maybe youll see me on the sidelines at one of those universities! I am so excited for what life has in store for me and I wanted to thank you for the impact you gave me in my elementary days. Miss and love you! Brooke PenkalSHEILA ROBERTSThank you for teaching me in kindergarten in 2006. I am a senior at West Orange now. Thank you for starting off my learning experience. You are my favorite teacher still to this day. I miss you making us color in all the white spots and all stations you created for us to play in. Thank you again for making my first year of school my favorite year. Haley FountainSHEILA ROBERTSIts been (more than) a decade since I last (spent) enjoy ing your wonderful class. My greatest memories of life (are) when you taught me during kindergarten year. This is why youre my favorite teacher of all time. Since then, Im already a senior in high school and about to face graduation. Im currently focusing on a career around aviation. Im planning to become a pilot. Id made this letter to give my thanks and gratitude for such a great teacher you were to me and also to my younger sister, Dya. You are and always will be the best teacher I ever had. Sincerely, your student who still likes dinosaurs, Dylan GuerreroSHEILA ROBERTSDear Mrs. Roberts, My kindergarten teacher from Windermere, I (remember) the life teachings you taught me and how you truly cared for your students, especially being attentive to my asthma and doing what you could to help me through my asthma attacks whenever they happened. I hope you have been doing well and will continue to do well. I have been doing fine and graduate from high school in the fall. Your guidance has helped me so far and navigate through life successfully and for that I thank you. Sincerely, Janna WilliamsMICHELLE SCHULTESTo my namesake, you are one of my favorite teachers (even though I never had you). I loved helping you all throughout middle school (it was my favor ite part of my day). You never fail to put a smile on my face and the rest of your students! I wish I could go back and relive all of the good carefree days with you! I hope to see you a lot more (even in airports). I cant believe Im graduating this year and I want to thank you for all that you have done for me, shaping me into the young lady I am today! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Love you long time, Michelle McKennaMARYSA SOBRALThanks for being such an amazing teacher. To this day, you are still one of my favorite teachers. I am so very thankful that you were able to teach me for two years. I am actually very interested in the field of education and am going to UCF to major in elementary education. Once again, thank you for being a memorable teacher whom I looked up to very much. Much love, Ava CassattaLasting impressionCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


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Learn more now by emailing Preschool Director Ginger Allen at 407.905.9500740 9th St., Winter Garden, FL 34787 come out and meet our staff and take a tour of the facility. PRE-SCHOOL AGES 3-6 NOW ENROLLING! This week, my wife and I celebrate our 13th anniversary. In that time, we have become parents to three children, owned five cars and moved three times. Weve celebrated milestones, endured loss and even renovated a kitchen that one time. Plus, we have worked together for longer than we have been married, so yeah were pretty awesome at this whole Til death do us part thing. Truly, my wife is my best friend. And thats why she knows she can send texts like the ones she did a few weeks ago. I was on my way to the store, and she had a few more items to add to the list: Birthday party plates, Chapstick and lets just call them napkins. That list was followed by an image of the exact package of napkins I was to procure. Before I go any further, I should mention this was written and published with my wifes blessing. Im no dummy. Much like our 18-monthold daughter, I make use of my knowledge of colors and shapes when shopping for napkins. Blue package with yellow wrappers. Oval napkins with no silly wingie things hanging off the sides. Weve been married for 13 years. This aint my first rodeo. I cruise to special napkin aisle with my head high. There are, by my count, six million different types, brands, shapes and variations of napkins. There are small napkins. Big napkins. Napkins with silly wingie things. Napkins for heavy-duty use. The napkin aisle takes the same amount of space as every toiletry a man could ever need from the tops of our receding-hairline heads to the bottoms of our athletes feet. But Im armed with knowledge and a photo. My eyes first find the correct blue pack aging and then start zeroing in. OK, found the yellow napkins. I squat down to get a closer look. All the yellow ones have silly wingie things. All of them. I stand up, put one hand on my head and grab a handful of hair. Just then, a wonderful older couple strolls up next to me. Uh oh, the woman says. You look like you need help. Yep, the man agrees. I explain the situation and tell them I need the yellow ones with no silly wingie things. The woman starts searching with me. I start rifling through the rows of napkins and finally thankfully find what I need hidden behind a package of silly wingies. The man smiles. You can go home now, he says, knowingly. To the couple who helped me: Thank you for your kindness and for taking pity on a stranger that day. Someday, I hope my wife and I are able to pay it forward to another poor soul we happen upon in the napkin aisle. To my wife: Ill always be ready and willing to go napkin shopping for you. Happy 13th. MICHAEL ENGShopping and the secret to a successful marriage OBSERVEDGABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOR If you glance outside your window and catch someone rifling through your recycling bin, do not panic. Faced with a volatile recycling market, Orange County is planning to double its efforts to reduce the contamination of non-recy clables in residents recycling carts. To do that, the countys Solid Waste Division will launch an education initiative that will provide direct feedback to residents on what they should or should not place in recycling bins. The education initiative and outreach program will involve using field crews tasked with sorting through the contents of recycling bins. They will identify what is or isnt recy clable material and explain it to residents. The renewed effort and pilot program is in response to a new China policy that has deeply impacted the global market for recyclable material, forcing many states and countries to scramble to adapt. Were facing a number of challenges with recycling, said David Gregory, section manager of the Orange County Utilities Department. The first being that the value of the commodities is very low and is being driven down by such things as Chinas National Sword policy, which is requir ing that we improve the contamination level in our recyclables and at the same time, lowering the value of those materials. ... This is a national issue thats affecting the entire country. Actually, even Europe is experiencing significant headwinds associated with its recycling program because of Chinas activities. Chinas new recycling import restrictions, which it started stared enforcing in January 2017, bans 24 types of solid waste, including various plastics and unsorted mixed papers, and sets a much tougher standard for contamination levels. Because China is a large importer of recyclable materials from all over the world, the stricter policy has had wideranging effects in the global recycling market. The changes are even felt at the local level, forcing local governments which typically ship their waste to China for a profit to think of other ways to get rid of its trash. But the first and most critical step, Gregory said, begins by ensuring residents are aware of what constitutes as a recyclable and what doesnt because one residents innocent mistake can contaminate a whole truckload worth of recyclables. It only takes a few residents on your collection route to turn a whole truckload of recyclables into contaminated material that gets rejected, he said. The countys solid waste division also will try to identify the most problematic collection routes and pay particular attention to those areas, while also conducting research on more long-term solutions that have seen success in other counties and states.County aims to curb recycling contamination via educationLeaders hope to better inform residents about what is and isnt recyclable through a pilot outreach program. PROBLEMATIC PLASTICAmong the biggest issues stems from plastic bags. No plastic bags belong in the blue lid recycling cart. County ocials ask residents to avoid bagging recyclables and to return retail bags to the store or reuse them for garbage destined for the green-lid cart. Dry-cleaning bags, food-storage bags and newspaper-delivery bags also must go in the gar bage cart.


THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 BLACK TIE ORANGEOBSERVER.COM ALSO INSIDE: Orange County Public Schools: Hall of Fame. 9. Ivy Tea Roses Kentucky Derby Soiree 10. Randy and Jamie June, Angelica Ortiz, Janet Beres, Cheryl and Steve Miller and Ryan and Laura Beck were a good-looking group. Becky Klouse donned a true Run for the Roses-themed outt. Amy and Dave Vanz, Sharlene Dewitz and Scott Billue enjoyed their evening out. Melanie Winslow, Dennis and Samantha Robinson and Diane King looked fabulous for Derby Day. O ver-the-top hats, bright patterns and roses lled the event hall Saturday, May 5, at The Pines at Wind ermere during the West Orange Junior Service Leagues annual Run for the Roses event. The Kentucky Derbythemed evening includ ed an open bar, games, live disc jockey, dancing, silent auction, derby hat and best-dressed con tests and a live showing of the Kentucky Derby. Proceeds, as always, will benet various West Orange-area charities. DANIELLE HENDRIX JUSTIFIABLE CAUSE Right: Jackie Ann, Brad Hester and Karen Roper walked the red carpet, with Roper representing Pilars Martini. ONLINE See more photos at


8 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 274067 274979 1801 E. Colonial Dr., Suite 112 Westgate Resorts Military Weekend Reception Todd VanderLey and Orange County District 1 Commissioner Betsy VanderLey were honored to be attending the reception. Left: Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel chatted with retired U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger. U.S. Air Force Maj. Robert Apodaca and wife Christy were pleased to attend the reception. Right: Terri and Sean Turner and Pieter and Dorothea Knot chatted over refreshments. Nef Rodriguez and Anna Tanzilla, representing the Camaraderie Foundation, and retired U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Dee Espeut-Jones enjoyed chatting with one another. Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger was one of the special guests.REAL BLACK TIE Each year, Westgate Resorts hosts its Westgate Military Weekend, a celebration that recognizes and honors more than 1,200 U.S. military families, veterans and Gold Star families from across the nation. Families are gifted a weekend vacation at Westgate Vacation Villas & Town Center Resort to allow our nations heroes to spend quality time with their families. The weekend kicked o with a private reception Friday, May 4. Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger, elected ocials and others were in at tendance. DANIELLE HENDRIX


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The piece represents the symbiosis between humans and nature, but in kind of an unexpected way, Collison said. Although the museum did not take in 3D artwork, the 17-yearold West Orange High School senior still entered a photo of her piece when ceramics teacher Mar co Newland invited art students to submit their work. I didnt know the Dali thing was going on while I was making this (piece), so it wasnt really inspired by Dali or anything, Collison said. Mr. Newland just came over and he was like, The Dali Museum is having an exhibit, so send in your pieces, and I was actually the only one (who) did it. I had one of my photography friends help me position it and take the actual picture because it is judged based on the photography quality. Collison didnt expect her piece would get into the exhibit. When she found it was accepted, she couldnt believe it. I was like, Theres no way, Collison said. I was really sur prised. I was really happy too, because I try really hard in this class staying after school and everything and I think its just kind of like a sign that my hard work has paid off. The photo of Collisons piece will be on display beginning May 19. THE CHILLSAlthough Collison has been an artist her entire life, she only started working with ceramics last year. Originally, I just really liked making faces, because of the expression and the emotion you could see, Collison said. I thought making faces would be a lot easier than it actually is. The mouth is a lot harder than I thought it would be and so is the nose because theres so many little, tiny muscles and crevices that you dont really notice when you look at a person. Collison said sculpting faces got easier with practice and said studying different emotional facial expressions helped, as well. She enjoys creating surrealist art pieces because of the emotion they can evoke. (My) favorite art style is definitely surrealism, and thats cool because Im in the Dali Museum now, Collison said. A lot of my pieces are definitely grotesque and surrealist. I like that when people saw this piece specifically, they were like, Oh that gives me chills. Thats disgusting. I was like, Yeah, thats the kind of reaction youre supposed to have. I want to get an actual reaction out of my work instead of (people) being like, Oh, thats pretty. I want it to mean something. With an art piece already in display at a renowned museum, Collison looks to the near future as shes not far from graduating high school. She plans on majoring in art history and ceramics in college and plans on attending either the University of Florida or New York University. I dont know where Im going to go yet, Collison said. I dont know if I want to go all the way to New York, but I just visited (NYU) and it was amazing.Surreal experienceWest Orange High senior Chanel Collison will be featured at the 2018 Student Surrealist Art Exhibit at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. Eric GutierrezChanel Collison has been an artist all her life but only has worked with ceramics for about a year. A photo of one of her ceramic art pieces will be on display at the 2018 Student Sur realist Art Exhibit at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg.I want to get an actual reaction out of my work instead of (people) being like, Oh, thats pretty. I want it to mean something. Chanel Collison


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Its not that the Olympia boys water polo team wasnt happy for the girls team when it won their its championship in 2017. If anything, being present and cheering on their peers a year ago served as added motivation for the Olympia boys in 2018 wanting to experience that feeling of reaching the mountaintop for themselves. They did just that, too. Having advanced to the single-classification Final Four for boys water polo for the first time, Olympia (29-2) went the distance down in Miami last weekend, defeating Lake Nona in the state semifinal, 19-6, and South Broward in the state championship, 18-15. And so, nearly 13 months after watching the girls team celebrate a state championship in the pool at Ransom Everglades School, the Titans boys were doing the same as the 2018 FHSAA Boys Water Polo State Champions. All season long, we set up a goal of getting to this game (the state championship), head coach Stephanie Johnson Possell said. This group of boys watched the girls win last year, and they got really hungry it sparked a fire in them. It let them know that it was possible for a team from Central left-center field, driving in both runners who had been on base to tie the game at 3-3. That season-saving hit eventually led to extra innings in which, after a scoreless eighth inning, senior Hamzah Nobles doubled down the third-base line to drive in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth. After Brandon Fields drove in one more run for Dr. Phillips on an infield single, relief 1 The boys track team at The First Academy won the 2018 FHSAA Track & Field State Championship in Class 1A. TFAs boys nished as state runner s-up for the past four seasons, from 2013 through 2016, but the Royals team score of 64 easily topped Northside Christians 45 points to win the state title.2 Leading the way for the Royals boys track team was Alex Shields. Shields, a three-sport standout for TFA, won individuals state championships in the long jump, and the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. He also was part of the Royals championship 4x400-meter relay team.3 Olympia High alum Jesse Winker has reached base safely in each of his last 21 games for the Cincinnati Reds, the second-longest streak in Major League Baseball. Over that time, Winker is hitting .313.4 The Olympia Titans softball team defeated Lake Nona in its regional quarter nal game May 2 and advanced to the regional seminals against West Orange May 8, after press time. The result of that game can be found at Olympia High freshman Hannah Douglas placed third in the state in the girls 100-meter dash at the FHSAA 2018 Track & Field Championships. Douglas ran a time of 0:11.90, nishing just behind two runners from St. Thomas Aquinas. The winning time was 0:11.62. HIGH5 SPORTSMAY 10, 2017 SEE BASEBALL PAGE 17 SEE TITANS PAGE 16Memorable games highlight wild week of district tourneys With his team trailing Cypress Creek by two runs and down to its last out in the district semifinals and its season May 2, Dr. Phillips baseball coach Mike Bradley wondered aloud whether his boys had a little magic in them. Did they ever. First, Raymond Negron deliv ered the hit of the season when he smashed a triple to the gap in Steven RyzewskiDr. Phillips pitcher Logan Bryan celebrates after striking out the nal bat ter during the Panthers 4-3 win against Cypress Creek May 2.Four local baseball teams advanced out of their respective district tournaments last week and into this weeks regional playos.STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORSTEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORTheres no way around it: The Olympia High water polo program has done something pretty special. For a sport that typically favors private schools with on-campus pool facilities, the Titans winning a girls championship in 2017 and THEIR TURNOlympia boys water polo team wins state title SIDELINE SCENEBoys title caps remarkable two-year run for programSEE SIDELINE PAGE 16 STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORPhoto by Julia GardinerThe Olympia High boys water polo team celebrates in the pool at Ransom Everglades School in Miami moments after winning the FHSAA 2018 Boys Water Polo State Championship May 5. Alena Kusok helped lead Windermere girls tennis to state in first season. Page 16.


16 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 Florida to do this and that we can do this here at Olympia. Johnson Possell, who also coaches the girls program, rode a youthful roster to her second state title in as many years. Olympias boys team regularly started one senior, two juniors and four sophomores. Despite their youth, the veteran coach said the Titans were effective thanks to a mix of pure talent and enthusiasm for the nuances of the game. Theyre my AP (Advanced Placement) water polo group I say were playing AP water polo, because theyre so flexible with what we do, and they have learned a lot, Johnson Possell said. This group of young men is willing to work hard, learn and listen. They are really fun to coach. In the state semifinal, three early goals from Danny Cruz jump-started a 17-0 run that left little doubt as the Titans cruised past their Metro Conference rivals from southeast Orange County. Then in the state final, Olympia embraced the challenge of facing a team it had never seen before in South Broward. It was a true state championship we were two teams that had never played each other, and thats unusual, Johnson Possell said. We knew they (South Broward) were fast. We were really lucky that we went up early in the game, and we were able to hang on in the end. In the state final, Luke Carey and Alec Johnson led the way, scoring five goals apiece. Carey, who Johnson Possell believes is one of the best players in the state, led the Titans in goals, assists and steals during the regular season and anchored a dynamic roster that was deep in talent. We have, I believe, the top player in the state and we have several players who are among the top players in the state, Johnson Possell said. When you have that and you can still put in your eighth, ninth, 10th players and not miss a beat thats what brings home championships. State Farm, Bloomington, IL Family. Friends. 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ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY!Call us at 407-656-2121Email us at AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.comor MEET THE TITANSZeyad Abdelmaged Chad Berryane Yash Bhat Luke Carey Danny Cruz Kyle Dunlap Grin Ewoldt Ryan Hopegill Alec Johnson Abe Lopez Carlos Lopez Touma Mack Aiden McConkey Saahil Naik Ben Phillips Thomas Russo Eli Schweitzer Jet Zhang Head coach: Stephanie Johnson Possell Assistant coaches: Linn Possell, Rachel Bednarek, Billy WhiddenHow valuable was the experience of making it to state? It was a really good experience for the first year were a brand-new team. I think we all came together, and it was a really big deal that we won regionals. So, I think it was pretty fun to go to state and experience that in our first year. What was the most memorable match of the season? We went against (Edgewater) in the season, and we lost to them, and I won my match (against their No. 2). Then during dis tricts, I lost to her in a very close match. Then during regionals, I played against her again, and I won (7-5, 7-5), and the match took two hours and 45 minutes. Thats a memory thats probably going to stick for a while. What did you like about playing for coach Kevin Brandt? I think he was a good coach he led us through the season. He taught us a lot of tactics, which is very important. Tennis is like a chess game; its a mental game. He brought that to light for doubles, especially. Our ath letic director (Mike Grenci) also helped us at states and regionals. SPORTS SPOTLIGHTWindermere High freshman Alena Kusok was dominant for the Wolverines as the No. 2 this season for the girls tennis team. She helped Windermere win a regional championship and advance to state in Class 3A in its rst season. In the regional nal April 27 against Edgewater, the doubles match involving Kusok and her partner, Isabella Antonetti, was the deciding match and put the Wolverines over the top.SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILL STATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVESAlena Kusok Which elements of your game are strongest, and what are you working to improve? I like my serve a lot, and I think my forehand, and my forehand approach, are probably the best strokes of mine. I want to improve my serve and improve the miles per hour. Other things are just working my backhand. Is there a professional tennis player who you admire or try to emulate? No, I dont think so I look up to my dad (Sergey Kusok). Hes not a tennis player, but he wrestles and does other stuff, and hes a really good athlete. Hes very strong, and Ive always wanted to be as strong as him mentally and physically. What is your favorite class at Windermere High? I think it would be (Advanced Placement) Biology I like Mr. (Brian) Boylan a lot. He makes the class fun and not like a college class where you feel intimidated. The tests are hard, but I think Im going in prepared for the AP exam and it was a fun year. Do you know where you would like to go to college and what you hope to study? For college, I want to do under graduate somewhere in Florida, because theres Bright Futures here and theres more scholarship opportunities. Probably the University of Florida sounds good. I really want to go to New York for (grad school). I like the cold weather. I want to become either a biomedical science engineer or a software engineer. Whether its swimming or tennis, what is your go-to meal after practice? Chipotle. I get carnitas tacos those are my favorite. Another go-to meal would be sushi. Do you have any hobbies? I like to bike and spend time with my younger brother. I like biking more in the city I really want to go bike in New York City or some big city. STEVEN RYZEWSKI THE BASICSYear: Freshman Age: 15 Height: 5-foot-10 Handedness: Right GPA: 4.0 Hometown: Edina, Minnesota Other varsity sport: Swimminga boys championship in 2018 is nothing short of remarkable. It says something about the athletes at Olympia and their dedication to the sport. It also speaks to the program, itself meaning head coach Stephanie Johnson Possell and her staff. This season, that staff included longtime assistant Linn Possell, as well as alumni who have returned as coaches in Rachel Bednarek and Billy Whidden. I have an amazing coaching staff, Johnson Possell said. Linn and myself, we are a really good team we see the game differently, and we work really, really well together. Rachel and Billy were a gift to have around. They were so much fun to coach with. The teams for Olympia that won titles in consecutive years were different in identity, too. The girls team in 2017 was a senior-heavy, veteran squad. The boys team that won the title skews young, learning the game on the fly thanks in part to an enthusiastic passion for the Xs and Os. The youth of this years boys team the Titans started one senior suggests Olympia will once again be a force to be reck oned with in 2019. But, for now, the program should simply be proud of what it has accomplished these past two years. It is rather incredible. It really is pretty amazing, Johnson Possell said. It was a fun year on so many levels.Sideline TitansCONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 Wilson resigns from WPSWindermere Prep boys bas ketball coach Ben Wilson announced his resignation April 25, ending a nine-year run dur ing which the program won its first state championship in the spring of 2016. Wilson said he has accepted an opportunity outside of coaching, noting he felt it was time for a break from the profession. Im stepping away from coaching for a little while, Wilson said. I had an opportunity presented thats not in coaching but still related to sports. It gets me away from the grind and everything that comes with coaching. ... It just became a lot, so I just started feeling a little overwhelmed. Wilson went 144-94 in nine seasons at Windermere Prep (according to and had two seasons with 20 or more wins (2013-14 and 201516) and three 19-win seasons. He inherited an upstart program in 2009 that had played just one season and had to start three seventh-graders at the varsity level, and he turned it into a state championship program by 2016. Windermere Prep first made the playoffs in 2013. Three years later, the Lakers defeated Westminster Academy 62-58 Feb. 25, 2016, in the FHSAA Class 3A State Championship Game. When we got there (in 2009), we were nobody, Wilson said. That was what drew me here the fact that I was going to get all the support I needed to be able to build a program from scratch. Along the way, people liked what we were doing, and people jumped on board. We got a little bit better each year. The state championship is icing on the cake. Wilson said he is most proud to have built the Lakers into a reputable program and said he is glad to leave it in a good place. STEVEN RYZEWSKI


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 17 r rfnttfhappinessbbbfexcellence. rffntrbfr trftnfft ff ft ffrrrrf ffffftf rfr ftrtntrb pitcher Logan Bryan retired the Bears on nine consecutive strikes in the bottom-half of the inning to seal a remarkable, improbable 5-3 victory that launched the Panthers into the district final and this weeks regional playoffs. The sequence of events was, perhaps, the most memorable in a week full of exciting baseball district tournaments in Southwest Orange a week during which Windermere High earned its first district title in its first season and Olympia returned to the playoffs. Afterward, Bradley chalked up the turn of events to a little home-field advantage (although the Panthers were visitors on the scoreboard, the tournament was hosted at Dr. Phillips). Theres just something special about playing on this field there is so much tradition and so many games that have gone Dr. Phillips way, Bradley said. This is just another one to add to the legacy of John Barbati Field. ... We needed a little magic there. Dr. Phillips was involved in another exciting finish in the district final May 4, though this one did not go the Panthers way. This time, it was Boone that rallied for an 8-7 win and the district title. Accordingly, Dr. Phillips was on the road at Lake Brantley for the FHSAA Class 9A, Region 1 Quarterfinals Tuesday after press time. The result of that and other regional playoff games can be found at Here are some other notable results from last weeks district tournament action.WOLVERINES EARN DISTRICT TITLE IN YEAR ONEWindermere High junior Noah Janney pitched his first seveninning, complete game of the season for the Wolverines May 4 picking a pretty good day to have done so. Janneys performance allow ing one run and just three hits against the visiting St. Cloud Bulldogs came in the FHSAA Class 8A, District 10 Final. That performance, paired with two runs, was enough for the Wolverines (19-8) to earn a 2-1 victory and a district title in the programs first year. Our principal and our administration (at Windermere High) said, The legacy begins, and this is a great way to get it started, with a district championship, Wolver ines coach Eric Lassiter said. Windermere scored its runs in the second inning on a basesloaded walk to Joe Cobb and a misplayed hit by Jason Grant, giving them all the offense they would need for the day. As district champion, Windermere hosted a regional playoff game May 8, after press time. The result of that game is online at SIXTH INNING ELEVATES OLYMPIA PAST WEST ORANGEThe Olympia Titans and West Orange Warriors met for a third and final time this season in the FHSAA Class 9A, District 3 Semifinals May 2 at Apopka High. A game that had been scoreless through five inning first saw the Warriors, visitors on the scoreboard as the lower seed in the tournament, push across three runs in the top of the sixth inning. The Titans battled back, though, and pushed across four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning capped by a suicide squeeze perfectly executed by Davis Hawks. The 4-3 win for Olympia (16-11) returns the Titans to regionals for the first time since 2015. (Im) very proud of them, Olympia head coach Chuck Schall said. They didnt lay down. I told them, The only way were getting back into this game is we gotta swing (the bat), because (West Orange pitcher Doug Nikhazy) aint walking anybody. Then we stepped it up, started putting some hits together. We havent done that very much this year. When we got behind, we havent been able to bounce back, but they didnt want to quit. Jeslyn Whitehead, Olympias go-to pitcher all season, earned the win on the mound. The Titans traveled to Boone High for a regional quarterfinal game May 8.TFA ADVANCES OUT OF 4A3The First Academy Royals had scored three runs before the Trinity Prep Saints could register what had happened in the first two innings of a Class 4A, District 3 Semifinal May 1, paving the way to an eventual 9-3 win. As a team, the Royals racked up 11 hits and seven different batters were credited for an RBI during the one-sided affair. TFA (19-10) lost the district final to Trinity Catholic, meaning it traveled for its Class 4A Regional Semifinal game to Calvary Christian May 9 after press time. Calvary Christian is the No. 1 team in the nation according to MaxPreps Xcellent 25 poll. Earlier in the week in the Class 4A, District 3 Tournament, which was hosted at Trinity Prep, Windermere Prep was also defeated by Trinity Catholic, 3-0, ending the Lakers season with a 14-11 record. Correspondent Nate Marrero contributed to this report.BaseballCONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 ONLINEFor more coverage of district tournament games involving Dr. Phillips, Olympia and Windermere as well as results from regional games that took place after the time of press this week visit Steven RyzewskiThe Windermere Wolverines celebrate in the moments after they defeated St. Cloud 2-1 in the FHSAA Class 8A, District 10 Championship May 4. Noah Janney pitched a complete game for the Wolverines.


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