The football teams at Olympia, Dr. Phillips and Windermere high schools are ready to begin anew. PAGE 11. AMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORMore boating accidents and deaths occur in Floridas waters than in any other state, according to the United States Coast Guard. Most of them reported in the state, as well as the country, could have been avoided with safe boating practices, said Alice Williams, public affairs officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 17-11. In 2016, drowning was reported as the cause of death in 80% of all fatalities in the United States; and about 83% of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. To raise public awareness of ObserverWINDERMEREYOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer ARTIST WINS TOP AWARD IN NYCWindermere resident Kim Minichiello won a top award, the Winsor & Newton Award, in the recent 151st American Watercolor Society Exhibition at the famed Salmagundi Club in New York. The international organization has more than 1,000 members from all over the world. Only 146 paintings are selected by a panel of ve jurors for the exhibition. An artist can only submit one painting for consideration. A dierent panel selects 32 paintings to receive awards. YOUR TOWNSEE COUNCIL PAGE 4 Journey to JuilliardDr. Phillips High School senior Ellexis Hatch is one of only 12 female dancers worldwide to be accepted into Juilliards incoming freshman class. SEE PAGE 4. HEALTH MATTERS Hospitals utilize art as a tool for healing.SECTION INSIDEERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERTown leaders approved amended contract plans for the Sixth Avenue sidewalk project at the Windermere Town Council meeting May 8. Councilman Chris Sapp motioned to move forward with the project with the condition the plans be amended to move the sidewalk three feet closer to the roadway wher ever applicable. Town staff will work with Kimley-Horn Town Council OKs sidewalk plans on SixthThe approval includes the condition that the plans be amended to move the path closer to the roadway. Coast Guard Auxiliary to host boating safety eventBoaters also can get a free inspection and check out watercraft used by the Orange County Sheris Oce. SPORTSRESET BUTTON SPOTLIGHTStudents shine at Windermere Elementary Schools talent show. SEE PAGE 3.SEE SAFETY PAGE 6Courtesy photoDr. Phillips High School senior Ellexis Hatch is thrilled to be attending Juilliard this fall.VOLUME 3, NO. 32
2 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 Join us as Matt Hurbanis, MD, discusses minimally invasive treatments for hip and knee joint pain including new Mako robotic-assisted surgery. Choose relief from Joint Pain Matt Hurbanis, MD Joint Pain Management and Treatment OptionsThursday, May 29, 2018 | 6:30 pm 7:30 pm Orlando Health Health Central Hospital 10000 West Colonial Dr., Ocoee, FL 34761 To Register, email: Marketing@HealthCentral.org 273902 Same day Appointments available for new and 274055 Pediatricians Erika Diogene, D.O. Phone: 407-770-1414 1583 E. Silver Star Rd. Ocoee, FL 34761 www.GrowingTogetherPeds.comOpen: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm 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 18GENTLE YOGA CLASS 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Fridays in the gymnasium at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. Classes are $2; drop-ins welcome. Gentle yoga is slower-paced, designed for all bodies and suitable for people with medical issues or chronic conditions. Visit st.lukes. org/sports, email sports@ st.lukes.org or call (407) 8764991, Ext. 290, for details. MAGIC 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 interactive family-oriented comedy and variety show featuring ChaChing the bunny. After the show, Keith Tusing with Big Idea Balloons will oer balloon creations. Take a lawn chair or blanket. For more information, visit TheGrove.com.SUNDAY, MAY 20GARDEN TO TABLE FUNDRAISER 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Winter Garden Community Garden, 455 Ninth St., Winter Garden. Help the garden board and Grow Orlando celebrate a new program, FarmRaiser, which hires east Winter Garden youth to tend to the garden, growing fresh produce for low-income residents. Sample products from the gar den in gourmet dishes prepared by Natez Catering, bid on auction items and learn more about the program. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children 2 to 12 and free for children younger than 2. For more infor mation or to purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/2jsFgRT.MONDAY, 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. For more information, call (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 opportunity for residents to get to know local leaders from Orange County, the cities of Ocoee and Winter Gar den 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. One dollar from each ticket sold will be contributed to the West Orange Foundation. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (407) 656-1304. HUNCHBACK SHOW ADDED 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Due to the shows popularity, another evening performance of The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been added. Tickets can be purchased at (407) 877-4736 or gardentheatre.org. Various other show times remain through May 27.SATURDAY, JUNE 2SECOND CHANCE PROM 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at The Breakroom, 13105 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden. The theme of the 21-and-older party is A Night in Paris. Guests can bring their own libations. Tickets are $25 each or $40 per couple and includes dinner, dancing and a prom photo. For tickets, email email@example.com.SATURDAY, JUNE 9BOOK CLUB FOR ART LOVERS Noon Saturday, June 9, at the SoBo Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Hosted by the Winter Garden Art Association, this months book discussion is Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier. Participants will discuss the work of Johannes Vermeer and explore life during the Dutch Baroque period. Tickets are $10 for WGAA members, $15 for others. Call (407) 347-7996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. WINDERMERE ROTARY CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT 8 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando. All proceeds go to the USO and other local veterans projects. Single-player entry fee is $125; foursomes are $450. Information and registration at windermererotary.org or (407) 421-0548.THURSDAY, JUNE 14SELECTING, PLANTING AND PRUNING TREES AND SHRUBS 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. Learn when its the best time to plant trees and shrubs and how to get them established in the landscape. Cost is $5 per household. Preregister at gardenorida.eventbrite. com. (407) 254-9200. YOUR CALENDAR
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 3 DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORIn the wake of the rising water levels of Big Sand Lake, the owner of about 52 gross acres east of the lake is seeking to develop up to 424 apartment units on his property. At a community meeting held at Bay Meadows Elementary Thursday, May 10, representatives for Macomb Oakland Sand Lake LLC presented a request for a future-land-use amendment to the property. The property, currently known under the project name Turkey Lake Condos, is located at 10900 Turkey Lake Road, east of Big Sand Lake and west of Turkey Lake Road. The proposal seeks to change the Future Land Use Map designation of the 52.04 gross acres about 16.82 net acres to allow for a greater density of residential units. This would change the official FLUM designation from Planned Development Timeshare/Medium-Density Residential/Hotel/ Office to Planned Development Timeshare/Medium-High Density Residential/Hotel/Office, and would allow for development of up to 424 multi-family dwelling units. Jonathan Huels, a shareholder with Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, P.A., represented the property owner at the meeting and explained the request for a higher density level is because of ecological fluctuations around the property. The story lies in between when the current owner who bought the property in 2005, and the (water) levels for Big Sand Lake then and today, Huels said. There was a marked difference between where the wetlands were in 2005 and where they are today. Now from my understanding, theres just been changes in the hydraulics of Big Sand Lake that causes the water to rise. The owner had a decision to make, he said. Do we pursue trying to recapture two acres (lost to rising water levels) or is there another means to try to regain back that density that was lost? The owner decided to preserve the wetlands and increase the density. Currently, the property owner can build up to 20 dwelling units per acre for a total of 330 but is seeking to increase that to 25, making for a total of about 420. Rather than build 1,100 time share units, Huels said, the owner wants to build the 420 apartment units. There is a caveat here: This is (zoned) Planned Development, so whats actually being changed is its being changed from medium-density residential to medium/high-density residential, which allows up to 35 units (per acre), Huels said. We are not seeking to build 35; we will cap it at 25 units per acre. Its pretty straightforward to me. Theyre not trying to increase the entitlements this project was approved for in the 90s. But some nearby Dr. Phillips residents and those living on Big Sand Lake were uneasy about the request. A few expressed concerns about the rising water levels, private access to the lake and increasing number of apartments being built in the area. It just seems like were getting inundated with apartments, apartments, apartments in Dr. Phillips, and I wanted to get some understanding of where the mar ket study tells you theres a need for all of this, said Roy Messinger, of the Dr. Phillips Homeowners Coalition. Theres a lot of people in the Dr. Phillips community that feel very strongly that were getting more toward the tipping point than we ever have. Orange County District 1 Commissioner Betsy VanderLey said Orlando remains a high-growth area and correlated demand for housing isnt stopping anytime soon. In the MetroPlan (Orlando) area, this area is growing by the tune of about 1,000 people a week, all looking for some place to live, VanderLey said. It is absolutely market driven at this point in time. He (the applicant) already has multifamily (landuse rights) on there, so this is a change-in-density conversation, not a change-in-use conversation. Kurt Kotzin, president of the Venezia Homeowners Association, said that asking for increased density isnt fair to the community because of its impact on local infrastructure. When a developer buys these things, thats it, he said. That should be it. To come in and say, I need more density, thats only fair to him (the developer). Our infrastructure is supposed to take on the added density so he feels whole? This is a developer thats had a chance for 12 years to take that parcel and do what he was entitled to do with it. We thought it would be best for everyone, instead of proposing to impact the wetlands, to simply incrementally increase the density, Huels said. The request is scheduled to go for Local Planning Agency and Board of County Commissioners transmittal hearings June 21 and July 10, respectively. If approved it would then go to the LPA Oct. 18 and to the County Commission in November. Developer seeks to build 420 apartmentsTo make up for land lost to rising water levels in Big Sand Lake, the owner is requesting a future-land-use amendment to build up to 420 apartment homes.In the MetroPlan (Orlando) area, this area is growing by the tune of about 1,000 people a week, all looking for some place to live. He (the applicant) already has multifamily (land-use rights) on there, so this is a changein-density conversation, not a change-in-use conversation. Orange County District 1 Commissioner Betsy VanderLeyTomorrows superstarsWindermere Elementary students sang, danced and inspired laughs as they showcased their talents at the schools Mustangs Got Talent event May 4. The talent show was held the Windermere High School auditorium and featured more than 30 performances. ERIC GUTIERREZ Fourth-grader Dylan Reichbart performed a drum solo. Above: Fourth-grader Adam Townsend performed Alla Turcka on piano. Left: Third-grader Shea Naddeo wore a costume as she sang Castle on a Cloud. Alexander Powell, second grade, dressed as Tamatoa from Disneys Moana as he sang Shiny. Left: Second-grader Violet Elizondo sang Think of Me. ONLINESee more photos at OrangeObserver.com
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All Rights Reservedand Associates the engineer ing firm that came up with the design plans to come up with a final design. The sidewalk will run along Sixth Avenue from Main Street to Lake Street and is part of a larger, multimodal network plan to make Windermere more pedestrianfriendly. The original plans for the project proposed placing a five-footwide sidewalk about 12 feet from the edge of the roadway and would impact about 20 trees along Sixth Avenue. Two large oak trees in the area would be saved, KimleyHorn and Associates Engineer Hao Chau said. We put the sidewalk approximately one foot from the rightof-way, which provides a 12-foot separation from the (edge of) the roadway for pedestrian and vehicular safety, Chau said. It is true that were impacting approximately 20 trees along that area with the placement of the sidewalk, but those trees are smaller trees and a couple of palm trees. Theyre not the mature oaks that were trying to save, and we are saving two mature oaks. Prior to approving the contract plans, council members heard from town residents who were concerned about the trees. Brandi Haines said she agrees safety is important in regard to the project. However, she believes the town should do more to minimize impacting trees. A lot of other towns in Flor ida do go to great lengths to try and minimize impacts to trees, Haines said. (With) Windermere being designated Tree City, USA, I think the town needs to do as much as we can to avoid impacts to the trees when we are doing projects like this. Councilman Bob McKinley also spoke about minimizing impacts to the trees. If the sidewalk were closer to the road, then we would save a bunch of trees, McKinley said. Haines shared her thoughts about the councils decision regarding the project. In terms of what happened today, Councilman Sapps recommendation I think is good because I feel its a bit of a compromise (to) try and save some trees that we can, Haines said. Hopefully, the towns discretion will be in an effort to save those trees.DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORAlthough Dr. Phillips High senior Ellexis Hatch has an excellent pedigree in dance, its her passion for and hard work at the art form that got her accepted into The Juilliard School. The 18-year-olds commitment to dance over the years paid off in March, when she became one of only 12 female dancers worldwide to be accepted into Juilliards incoming freshman class. She also was only one of 24 in the entire class, which includes 12 male dancers.A FAMILY AFFAIREllexis has been dancing for as long as she can remember, since she was about 3 years old. Her inter est was piqued as she watched her mother, Gina Hatch, rehearse and perform as a professional dancer herself. Id always tag along and watch her perform and rehearse, and then I started taking classes, probably starting with ballet, jazz and tap, Ellexis said. Eventually when I got older, I moved into other styles like modern, hip-hop and basically everything. I just loved it. I just love moving and still do. Ginas side of the family is peppered with a passion for dance, starting with her late mother, who began dancing with Willam F. Christensen, one of the founders of ballet. He was the first director to ever do Nutcracker in the U.S., and she got to be in that very first production, Gina said of her mother. My mom with that affiliation went to New York and danced with George Balanchine and the Ballet Society. Then she went and saw the Rockettes and was like, Wow, I want to do the Rockettes, even though she was dancing with George Balanchine. As Gina watched her mother dance and heard her stories of being part of the Rockettes, she worked hard at dance herself and performed many prestigious roles in the world of ballet. Gina was a Rockette herself for four full seasons and also got to perform in Ballet West with Christensen in The Nutcracker growing up. That was a lot of our history, and my mom did choreography for movies, too, Gina said. It was just a part of our lives. It was a lifestyle, and him (husband Greg Hatch) coming in got to meet some of those people. He has a great music background; his father actually performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Hes always been very supportive of us. Today, Gina continues to dance and is also an instructor at Movement Arts Studio, where Ellexis trains. Additionally, Ginas nephews Ellexis cousins are all dancers and have danced with Ellexis. Ginas sister took over their mothers dance company, and Ellexis brothers dance, too. Its neat to get to watch her every day, Gina said. As a mom, its fantastic, but Im also a big part of her training and getting to choreograph for her. Her cousins are all dancers, and shes gotten to dance with them. Its a family affair.PASSION PAYS OFFEllexis has been dancing as part of Dr. Phillips Highs dance magnet program and also takes classes at Movement Arts Studio and with the Central Florida Ballet. Its not unusual to see her come home most weeknights at 10 p.m., said Greg Hatch, her dad. Her day starts with 7:15 a.m. at school, and she has academics mixed in with her dance curriculum. But after that, shes either going to Central Florida Ballet or Movement Arts Studio or staying late for rehearsals at the school. Theres been nights that shes come home at 10:30 at night after dancing all day and has to get homework done til midnight, but shes always been very driv en, Greg said. She has over a 4.0 weighted GPA, so in addition to excelling in the studio and on stage, shes also got it done in the classroom. Ellexis first began seriously considering Juilliard her freshman year, when someone who graduated from DPHS dance magnet program and attended Juilliard came to visit and talk about his experience. Through research, I found that (Juilliard is) just very creative and they let you experiment in a safe space, she said. I wanted to be in a learning environment so I think thats what drew me to Juilliard, because theyre very experimental. She participated in the rigorous audition process Feb. 3. The process includes a ballet class, a modern portion, a two-minute solo, repertory and finally an interview. Altogether it took about six hours. And on March 20, Ellexis got the call: She was one of 12 female dancers chosen as part of Juilliards incoming freshman class. I was not expecting to get into Juilliard, Ellexis said. I feel like Im still in shock, and sometimes I kind of forget, and then people will come up and ask me, Wait, arent you the girl that got into Juilliard? Then I remember and sometimes I start crying again, because its just insane when you think about it. Im so excited, not just to have accomplished this but Im also excited for this journey Im going to experience for the next four years.JUST DANCEAt Juilliard, she will study ballet and modern dance styles and also learn about dance history and music. In the end, she will graduate with a bachelors degree in fine arts. Tears will come, because Im excited for her, Gina said. Its just the best thing. To share that (passion) with her (is incredible) and when she said, Im going to go for Juilliard, I thought, she could probably do it. Theres only 12 girls worldwide that get it, and then when they called we were all cry ing tears of joy. Shes a big inspiration to a lot of people, including myself. Juilliard carries the name, and it carries the network, Greg said. My hope is that shell continue to pursue and progress in her art and create networks and friendships that will last a lifetime. Theres a name and a certain prestige that comes with Juilliard, for sure. And as proud as her parents are of her hard work paying off, Ellexis is equally as excited to continue chasing her dance dreams. To just be in the hub of art in New York City is going to be amazing and eye opening, she said. Orlando has a lot of dance, but a lot of it is commercial. New York is a lot of concert-based dance, so Im excited to see a new world of dance out there.IN OTHER NEWS Mayor Gary Bruhn gave four proclamations: the month of May has been proclaimed as Windermere Police Appreciation month; the second week in May has been recognized as Womens Lung Health Week in the town of Windermere; the week of May 6 to 12 has been recognized as Municipal Clerks Week; and the week of May 19 to 25 has been recognized as National Safe Boating Week. Council members approved the nal logo formats for the towns brand revitalization project. Town leaders voted unanimously to approve spending no more than $20,000 for landscape improvements at Windermere Elementary School. Councilmen unanimously approved not renting out the Cal Palmer building and instead using the building to store historical documents. Dancer earns spot at Juilliard Council approves sidewalkCourtesy photosDance is a family aair for the Hatch family. Gina Hatch, center, was a Rockette for four seasons, and her mother, left, was also a Rockette and professional dancer. Now Ellexis, middle, will pursue her own dance dreams at Juilliard. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 5 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 a.m.in front of theMosaic at Woodlawn Memorial Park400 Woodlawn Cemetery Rd., Gotha, 34734 (southwest Orange County.) 68th Annual Memorial Day Celebration Florida Blue is a trade name of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc., an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. 91675 0218 WHV 321-441-2020 Florida Blue Center?#BetterHealthStartsHere 91675 0218 FBRET events Generic ad.indd 1 3/7/18 10:57 AM 266877 GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORTo increase fire safety during periods of severe drought conditions, county commissioners recently established a burn-ban ordinance. The ordinance amends Chapter 18 of the Countys code, which details the existing Fire Prevention and Protection ordinance. The revised ordinance will eliminate the need for the Orange County mayor to publicly issue an emergency burn ban during drought conditions, as emergency burn bans will automatically activate once the Keetch-Buram Drought Index, which is a reference scale created by the State of Florida that measures drought conditions, meets, or exceeds, 500. According to the new ordinance, automatic burn bans will remain in effect until the drought index dips below 500 KBDI for seven consecutive days and is applicable in both unincorporated and incorporated Orange County. The ban prohibits all outdoor burning that has not been specifically permitted, including campfires, bonfires and yard and trash burning. Outdoor burning authorized by the Florida Forest Service is exempt from the ban, as well as the use of outdoor grills and bar becues. Permitted commercial and professional firework displays are also exempt. The public will be notified of active burn bans via press releases issued to local media sources, social media and emergency messaging via the OCFL Alert phone application. Although early discussions regarding enforcement included a criminal penalty of $500 fine and a possible 60-day imprisonment, county commissioners concerns about the severity of the punishment encouraged the removal of such language from the ordinance. The countys fire department and Environmental protection Department will enforce the burn ban by issuing civil citations up to $500 to people who violate the restrictions. FIRE SAFETY TIPS DURING DROUGHT Create at least 30 feet of clean and green space around your home. Clear trash and dead veg etation from your front and backyards. Remove leaves and debris from roofs and gutters. Create a plan and an emer gency kit in case an emergency evacuation is necessary. Monitor local media for updates on road closure and smoke conditions. Use caution when grilling, camping and discarding cigarettes. Call 911 if you see re in your area. Download the OCFL Alert app.Orange County enacts burn ban regulations
6 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 recreational boating safety, the auxiliary is hosting an event this weekend at R.D. Keene Park in Windermere. The Coast Guards role is basically to protect our shores and to assist maritime and recreational boating traffic on freshwater, as well as coastal waterways, Williams said. A big part of what the Coast Guard does is promote maritime and boating safety. Sundays event is held prior to Memorial Day, which starts the big boating season, she said. Attendees can pick up safety brochures and talk to professionals about safe boating, which includes selecting and using a life jacket and proper boat maintenance. Personnel from the Coast Guard Auxiliary will provide free vessel inspections for boats both on the water and in the parking lot. The beauty of that is if you have something youre not compliant with, you wont get in trouble, Williams said. Its just about making sure peoples boats are as safe as possible. The Orange County Sheriffs Office will display its safety unit, including a patrol boat, an air boat and personal watercraft. A 29-foot Coast Guard vessel will be on site, as well. Guests can watch demonstrations on knot tying, and a course will be set up for children to navigate. The highest priority when boating is safety, Williams said. Always be aware when the boat is in operation and watch out for other vessels around you, she said. There are a lot of vessels with a low profile like kayaks, personal watercraft and paddleboards. Make sure safety measures are working fire extinguishers, daytime and nighttime signaling device. You must have a lifejacket for each person; thats so critical. 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Keene Park, 10900 Chase Road, Windermere PRIMARY CONTRIBUTING FACTORS IN ACCIDENTS Operator inattention Operator inexperience Improper lookout Excessive speed Machinery failureSafety Day set for Sunday CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERBridgewater Middle School teachers were treated to an unex pected surprise the morning of May 7 when they came to school to see their lounge had received a makeover. Members of the Bridgewater Parent Teacher Student Organization with help from IKEA and Sherwin Williams redecorated the schools teacher lounge in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, PTSO Vice President Xiomara De Gracia said. They were super excited, De Gracia said. We kept it top secret until (the reveal). When they got there, thats when we let them know that we redecorated their (lounge) and gave them a space to relax in. IKEA donated furniture and designed the lounge, while Sher win Williams donated paint, De Gracia said. Prior to the redecoration, the Bridgewater teacher lounge doubled as a storage area. Various supplies, copy machines and rolls and reams of paper cluttered the space making it look more like a large supply closet than a lounge. The teacher lounge was kind of an area of the school that was being utilized more as a supply area, De Gracia said. They didnt have a fridge. They didnt have much in there. It kind of was a forgotten spot. As we approached Teacher Appreciation Week, one of the ideas that came up was giving the teachers an area where they can go dur ing their break (to) eat, relax, take some time to get their work done and just have an area for them in the school. De Gracia said the decision to redecorate the teacher lounge was a last-minute idea conceived about a week before the reveal. Originally, PTSO members thought the redecoration would be a summer project. That changed when one parent reached out to IKEA seeking fur niture donations. IKEA took it a step further and not only donated furniture but also delivered it and designed the lounge quick enough to have the redecoration completed in time for Teacher Appreciation Week. De Gracia added the teachers are happy with their new lounge and have expressed their gratitude to the PTSO. I had one teacher actually approach me and said, You know, because of things like this, it makes me excited to come and teach the children, because I know I have a group of parents that care and are here for us, De Gracia said. Thats why we do it. Its for them.Extreme makeover:Bridgewater editionThe Bridgewater Middle PTSO surprised teachers with a redesigned lounge for Teacher Appreciation Week.
THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COM ALSO INSIDE: Oakland Nature Preserve: Night at the Preserve. ONLINE. BASE Camp: Black and White Weekend. 8. The Boys & Girls Club of West Orange put on a lively Capital Campaign party for a good cause Thursday, May 10. The group, which provides after-school events and programs for children, took over the entire top oor of Topgolf Orlando to raise money for a new facility capable of serving 250 children in the West Orange area. Guests caught up and took a swing at the driving range before winning prizes at the silent auction. HARRY SAYER Above: Janet Beres, Jamie June, Valorie McLean, Angelica Ortiz, Kory Larsen and Brandi Holsten stood out from the crowd. Right: Former MLB player Ray Lankford and his wife, Ericka Lankford, spent time with Michelle Damon and her husband, former MLB player Johnny Damon. Above: Erica Jones, Dana Maddox and Kathy Steege watched their friends play. Left: Denver Marlow, Jennie Dunn and Justin Allen lived it up.View from the top Larry Miles and Keymeari Coates enjoyed some chocolate-covered strawberries. Right: Representatives from the Bond Foundation were thrilled to support the Boys & Girls Club.
8 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 274068 call 321-236-0240 ext. 5 visit www.safetyfirstswim.com Safety First Swim School teaches children as young as six months old how to roll on accidentally fall into water.SWIM LESSONS REDUCE RISK OF DROWNING BY 88%*DROWNING IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH IN CHILDREN 1-4 YEARS OLD.***National Institutes of Health **U.S. Centers for Disease Control 274354 DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORGrab your lawn chairs and picnic blankets a Beatles tribute band, a jazz saxophonist, and a legendary rock n roll guitar ist all will be hitting the stage at MetroWest Music Fest this weekend. Liverpool Live, Will Donato and Rick Derringer are all part of the star-studded lineup for the annual event, which regularly draws up to 3,500 attendees. Produced by the MetroWest Master Association and held at the MetroWest Golf Club, Music Fest is a conglomeration of musical performances of all genres, vendors, family-friendly activities and community camaraderie. Liverpool Live has been voted the No. 1 Beatles tribute band in Florida, and Will Donato is a national recording artist and jazz saxophonist. Headliner Rick Derringer is a Grammy Award-winning producer, guitarist, vocalist and entertainer who made his way into the music industry in the 1960s as a member of The McCoys, when he was brought in to record lead vocals for the No. 1 hit single, Hang On Sloopy. Derringer has a 1974 bluesrock hit, Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo. He has also worked with Edgar and Johnny Winter, Steely Dan and Weird Al Yankovic and with the World Wrestling Federation, penning entrance songs for Hulk Hogan and Demolition. Derringer has played music since he was 9 years old and loves putting on a great concert for his audience. No matter how many times he has played a specific hit or song, the reward comes when he sees his audience having a great time hearing it. I feel like the songs people liked and the songs people have bought records, CDs, downloads, whatever those are the songs that are special to them and that makes them special to me, he said. I want to go out there and want the audience to feel that they had the opportunity to have a special time and hear some music they enjoy and that they wanted to hear. Thats what its all about for me. Thats why I do what I do, because I enjoy the communication with the audience. He also loves when the audience gets involved and asks questions. Your heart is where the music comes from and where your feelings come from, and thats what makes the music and each performance special, he said. Well play all the hits and stuff they want to hear. Well throw in some new stuff they maybe havent heard yet, and once again, its just between me and them. Its very personal in that way, and thats why we want as many people as possible to come out. Ninth Annual Black and White Weekend (Cirque Edition) Guests donned their most creative black-and-white attire for the ninth annual Black and White Weekend. The event, which carried a circus theme, took place Friday, May 11, at Rosen Plaza Orlando. Money raised at the event went toward BASE Camp Childrens Cancer Foundation, which provides hospital meals, wishes and parties to children suering from cancer and hematological illnesses. HARRY SAYER REAL BLACK TIENilly Morales, Katie Shum and Joan Olivar dressed up nice for the event. Sven Glaeser, Nicole Momot, Aubrey Grant and T.J. Adejonwo were a gorgeous quartet. Performers from the Jax Pole Athletics twisted and turned around the pole. Truck on out and spread the newsGuitarist Rick Derringer will headline MetroWest Music Fest, along with Liverpool Live and Will Donato. IF YOU GOMETROWEST MUSIC FEST WHEN: 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20 WHERE: MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando PERFORMERS: Rick Der ringer, Liverpool Live, Will Donato COST: Free CourtesyRick Derringer will headline MetroWest Music Fest.
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 9 For More Information visitwww.TheGroveOrlando.com/SpecialEvents /TheGroveOrlando 4750-4757 The Grove Drive | Windermere, FL At the corner of Apopka-Vineland and Conroy-Windermere Roads Friday, May 186:00 pmFeaturing: Magic & Mayhem Friday, May 18 This interactive familyoriented comedy and variety show is appropriate for all ages and features Amazing Magic, Side Splitting Comedy and ChaChing The Amazing Bunny! Stay after the show to take home an amazing Balloon Creation! 275292 274632 275427 1801 E. Colonial Dr., Suite 112 ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERKick off your weekend with an evening of magic, comedy and family fun at the Groove at The Grove event Friday, May 18. The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Grove shopping center at 4750-4757 The Grove Drive in Windermere. Guests are encour aged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the event. James Songster of Magic and Mayhem will be performing at the event. An award-winning magi cian, Songster, 52, has been incit ing laughter and wonder with his performances for about 25 years around Orlando, throughout Flor ida and other locations. I moved to Orlando to be a magician, Songster said. I got here very late in 1991 and started performing in 1992 not know ing how it would develop or what it would turn into. Here I am all these years later having the time of my life. When Songster first came to the area, he only expected to stay for a few years. He ended up staying longer because the type of magic he performs matches well with Orlandos tourism market. What was really a turning point for me was the type of people that come to Orlando for vacations specifically families because Im very in tune with performing for family audiences, Songster said. Songster said he always has had passion for theater and took up magic when he was a child. My very first magic trick I remember going to the magic shop at Disneyland in California ... and the demonstrator behind the counter brought out this little stack of nickels, Songerster said. He showed me this little stack of four nickels piled on top of each other and he took what looked almost like a bottle cap it was a brass cap that just fit over the stack of four nickels. He would put the cap on top of the four nickels and he would tap it and turned them into dimes. After graduating high school, Songster joined the U.S. Navy. While serving, he inadvertently honed his craft performing shows for service members and families. The Navy is probably why I became a magician as opposed to any other art form, Songster said. Songster will not be gracing the Groove at The Grove stage alone. His furry friend, ChaChing the rabbit, will joining him. If you want to have a successful career performing family magic, you darn well better have the worlds cutest bunny rabbit on staff, Songster said. We always make time after any show that we do for everybody to come up and say hi. Some shows have what they call talkbacks where the cast comes out and talks to you after the show. We call our talkbacks after our shows Chit Chat with ChaChing.Do you believe in magic? His name may be Songster, but the performer at this months Groove at the Grove is all about magic.Eric Gutierrez IF YOU GOGROOVE AT THE GROOVE WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 18 WHERE: The Grove Orlando, 4750-4757 The Grove Drive, Windermere INFORMATION: facebook. com/thegroveorlando
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Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando Sun.Serv 8:30am, 10:30am, 5:30pm. 407-876-3480 www.ascension-orlando.org Non-DenominationalHAVEN OF GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 13520 Foxcrest Blvd. Winter Garden, FL 34787 Services 9:30 and 10:30AM 407-952-0510 Matthews Hope Chest Creations Custom Furniture Repaired, Refinished and Repurposed Wood Furniture Pallet Art & FurnitureFollow us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MatthewsHopeChest/Visit our New Workshop Location at 930 Carter Rd. Suite #311, Winter Garden 1/4 Mile North of W. Colonial Dr. 407.905.9500 8am-5pm Mon Sat XNSP15668 AMOS EARL VAUGHN SR. DIED THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018.Amos Earl Vaughn Sr., 68, of Winter Garden, Florida, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Homosassa, Florida. He was born in Clermont, Florida, on April 30, 1949. He retired in 2014 from the city of Winter Garden. He is survived by his loving wife Linda Vaughn; mother, Dorothy Jean Vaughn; children, Laura McCall, Amos Earl Vaughn Jr.; grandchildren, Jessica McCall, Katie McCall, Katelin Vaughn; great-grandchildren, Madisyn Grace Taylor, Bentlee Clinton Adams; uncle, Douglas Evans; sister, Diane Barnett. Amos will be deeply missed by his friends and family and all who knew him.JOHANNA LOTH DIED SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018.Johanna Loth, 89, of Winder mere/New Smyrna Beach, went to join Carl, her loving husband of 55 years, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Born in Suluwesi, Indone sia, Johanna moved to the USA, with her family, in 1960. They moved to Windermere in 1965, where they raised their three daughters. Besides her family, Johannas passion was children. She owned and operated Little Bo Peep, of Orlando, and Teddy Bear Childcare, of Windermere, where she touched and nurtured the lives of hundreds of children and families. Johanna and Carl retired and moved to New Smyrna Beach in 1997, where they enjoyed enter taining family and friends. They were actively involved in their church and the Dutch Club. Johanna is survived by her three daughters, Maryke Lee (Craig), Marion Hake (Dan) and Maureen Abend (Paul); seven grandchildren, Chris Lee (Dania), Jennifer Gardiner (Charles), Kevin Lee (Ashley), Ryan Dabold (Kiwi), Sarah Dabold, Alyssa Lenga (Pete), Chelsea Abend; 12 greatgrandchildren, Allison and Kaitlyn Lee, Jonas, Charlotte and Audrey Gardiner, Madison and Carson Lee, Ella, Lily and Harper Dabold, Michael and Alexis Lenga. A service in celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 21, 2018, at St. Lukes United Methodist Church in Windermere, officiated by Dr. David Stephens. RAYMOND BOUDREAUX, 98, of Ocoee, died Friday, March 6, 2018. Collison Carey Hand Funeral Home, Winter Garden. JIMMY CLAYTON CHANDLER, 83, of Apopka, died April 16, 2018. Collison Carey Hand Funeral Home, Ocoee. 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Reflecting in the moments after his first full spring as a head coach came to a close, Olympia Highs Travis Gabriel offered a succinct directive for his football program going forward. Work weve got a lot of work to do, Gabriel said. Were resetting. Over here at Olympia, its a reset. Gabriels debut leading the Titans a 31-14 loss to the Boone Braves, the team for whom he was formerly the defensive coordinator, May 11 saw positives and negatives to build upon and learn from entering the summer. Initially, Olympia raced out to a 14-0 lead, beginning with Tealson Jean scoring on a 70-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. Later, after the Titans forced a fumble and Trey Bridges recovered, Garret Velin connected with Josh Hughes for a touchdown pass that put Olympia up by two touchdowns. That was the end of the highlights for the Titans, though, as the Braves would score 28 unanswered points through the conclusion of varsity play which lasted three quarters before adding a field goal during the junior-varsity fourth quarter. Still, Gabriel and his staff felt there were encouraging instances to take away following the conclusion of the spring season. I like the way we started out on both sides, offense and defense, and I liked that we stayed composed and had discipline, Gabriel said. (The difference was) up front Boone is legit up front on both sides of the football. When Gabriel accepted the job at Olympia, he inherited a program set to graduate several of its key playmakers on offense from 2017 with quarterback Joe Milton, a Michigan signee, 1 The West Orange softball team booked a third-consecutive trip to Vero Beach for the state seminals with a 2-0 extra-inning victory over Spruce Creek May 11. The Warriors will face Metro Conference peer Timber Creek at 6:35 p.m. May 19 in the FHSAA Class 9A State Seminals. 2 West Orange softball senior outelder Lexie Blair has been named a candidate for the American Family Insurance ALL-USA High School Softball Player of the Year, a partnership with USA Today High School Sports. Warrior fans can learn more and help Blairs chances of winning the national distinction by voting at bit. ly/2KSuD7n.3 The Dr. Phillips baseball team out lasted Lake Brantley in a 12-inning regional playo game that lasted four hours and 15 minutes May 8, winning 7-2 to advance to the regional seminals May 16 against Boone (after press time).4 The Dr. Phillips ag football team fell to Wekiva in the regional playos May 7, 18-7, ending its season. It was another successful season for the program; the Panthers nished 13-2 and won their eighth district title in the last nine years.5 Khadry Jackson, a rising senior football player for Winder mere Prep, is stacking up the Division I-FBS recruiting oers. Just within the past week, the wide receiver and defensive back for the Lakers has added oers from schools including UCF, USF, Southern Miss and Rutgers. HIGH5 SPORTSMAY 17, 2018 Olympia High freshman sprinter Hannah Douglas placed third in the state in the 100-meter dash. Page 12.SEE TITANS PAGE 12 STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORHITTING RESET SPRING FOOTBALL 2018 Olympia displays positives in new coachs debut.Its hard to say when the celebration of a state championship truly ends. After all, something like Dr. Phillips footballs run to the Class 8A crown last December was an achievement more than three decades in the making. Just two weeks ago, the team held its annual banquet, where players were presented with their state championship rings. Banners and state champion ship branding, for Bill Spoone Stadium and inside the campus gymnasium, are on the way. Perhaps you never really stop celebrating a state championship, but for head coach Rodney Wells and his program, the beginning of spring practice earlier this month was a day to change gears and begin the pursuit of another. The Panthers took the field for their spring football game May 16 against Winter Park at home, after press time. Pretty much, we started to The Windermere Wolverines football team will take their home field at Deputy Scott Pine Community Park for the first time next week. Coming off of an 0-10 inaugural season in which the Wolverines did not score a touchdown, that milestone has helped to infuse some excitement into the program. Windermere will host Holy Trinity (Melbourne) at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24. Were going to go over there for the first time on Friday to practice, and then well practice there all next week, said head coach Fred Priest. I think the kids are looking forward to it, without a doubt. The Wolverines spring game also will be the debut of Priest as the programs head coach. He was hired during the offseason after Dr. Phillips moves forward in rst action since championshipWindermere eager to take home eldFive months after their historic victory, the Panthers were back at work during the spring football practice window.STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORSTEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Steven RyzewskiOlympia sophomore Kye Rivers looked for space around the outside during the Titans spring game against Boone May 11. Steven RyzewskiHead coach Rodney Wells surveyed the scene during practice May 10. SEE WOLVERINES PAGE 12 SEE PANTHERS PAGE 12
12 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 chief among them. A handful of players also transferred. The Titans made the playoffs in consecutive seasons in 2016 and 2017, but former coach Kyle Hayes was dismissed in December after three seasons at the helm. At the time, Athletic Director Aaron Crawford said the program would move in a different direction and that it would seek out a coach who would put his student-athletes in a position to compete for district and state champion ships, create opportunities for college participation and, most importantly, grow as young gentlemen. Gabriel, a well-respected defensive coordinator throughout Central Florida, was the choice of Crawford, Olympia Principal Guy Swenson and the administration to take on that task. Now that he and his staff have had a full spring to begin to install their system and culture he credits the programs returning players for embracing a different way of doing things. Kids adapt easily, Gabriel said. I think, as a team, theyre gelling better and theyre get ting better. Olympia will host Lake Nona Aug. 17 in its kickoff classic, before hosting West Orange in its regular-season opener Aug. 24. move on the first day when we got out here (for spring practice), Wells said after practice May 10. We had to make sure the guys know that that was a different team. Weve got new captains, new leaders, new faces but the same goal. Its no coincidence Wells uses the word new so much when describing the 2018 team, either. Of the roughly 60 players who suited up for Dr. Phillips in the playoffs in 2017, Wells said just 18 are back, thanks to a large graduating class. Were probably the youngest weve been in a long, long time, Wells said. We lost 31 seniors from last year (2017) and then, two years before (2016), we had 33 seniors so youre talking about 64 guys in the last two years. We are extremely young and you can see that out here. Fortunately, there is still plenty of time for the Panthers to prepare for their title defense, even with the spring season in the rearview. For Wells and his veteran coaching staff, this spring was less about winning or losing one game than it was about successfully passing the championship culture on to a new group of leaders. Its all about ownership and leadership, Wells said. I let the team know that championship teams lead themselves the players police themselves. Greg Miller, the programs first coach, stepped down. Since Priests hiring, he has gone about resetting the culture for the young program, and dating back to off-season conditioning and weightlifting, he and his staff have been working to get the kids to buy into the idea of being foundation builders. We have a core of kids who have bought in and have another group of kids who are still feeling their way, Priest said. Were making progress. I thought our off-season conditioning, for the most part, went really well. 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Were all in this together. 1211007Shannon Till, Agent Fowlers Grove 3279 Daniels Rd Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 www.shannontill.com State Farm has a long tradition of being there. Thats one reason why Im proud to support West Orange county.. Get to a better State. State Farm, Bloomington, IL Family. Friends. Community.Were all in this together. 1211007 Shannon Till, Agent Fowlers Grove 3279 Daniels Rd Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 www.shannontill.comState Farm has a long tradition of being there. Thats one reason why Im proud to support West Orange county.. Get to a better State. 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...274080 What was it like going to the state meet as a freshman? It was a great opportunity. A lot of freshman dont make there, so I was happy to one of those who did make it there. How did you go about preparing for state? My coaches told me to eat healthy and to practice harder the next few practices. I would visualize my races as I went to sleep and throughout the day. What is your routine before each race? I usually warm up an hour before for a good 30 minutes, and I stretch for the last couple of minutes. Before I run, I also listen to music. What did you takeaway from competing at state? It motivated me a lot. My next few years and my next seasons, I want to progress more and more. What do you like about the sport? I enjoy the people. I like socializing with people and making new friends. Practices are hor rible, but I also love it. What it is like to run in a big race? Nervousness builds up in you, and then when you hear the starting gun, youre just free, and you dont think about it anymore. When you win, its just happiness. SPORTS SPOTLIGHTOlympia High freshman sprinter Hannah Douglas made quite a rst impression at the 2018 FHSAA Track & Field Championships in Jacksonville May 4-5, placing third in the state in the 100-meter dash in Class 4A. Douglas ran an 00:11.90 in the nals, nishing behind two runners from St. Thomas Aquinas. Douglas also placed seventh in the 200-meter dash.SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILLSTATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVESHannah Douglas Where is an area that you are looking to improve? My start is one of the major areas that I need to work on. Do you have any runners, collegiate or professional, whom you admire? A professional runner I look up to is Allyson Felix. Ive been looking up to her since the Beijing Olympics. And then there is Domonique Turner, who goes to University of Tennessee. Ive known her since I was 7, and Ive been looking up to her for a while. What has been your favorite class this year at Olympia? My journalism class, my second period, taught by Mr. (Michael) Cacciatore. I like designing stuff and figuring out new ways to do stuff on the computer, and he has helped me a lot with that. We worked on the year book and newspaper designs throughout the school year. What would like to study in college? I want to do sports medicine. Ive always thought that would be a cool thing to learn about, (because) I love sports and I like learning new things. What are you looking forward to the most about summer? Ill be hanging out with my family more often, on my moms side my grandmas birthday is over summer, so well be going up there (to Gary, Indiana) to visit her. Seen any good movies lately? I liked Avengers: Infinity War. I just love the Avengers my mom, my dad and my sisters, especially, helped me learn all the characters. The ending got me mad, though. STEVEN RYZEWSKI THE BASICSClass: Freshman Age: 15 Height: 5-foot-5 Events: 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash Hometown: Orlando Track club: Evolution SpeedTitans Panthers WolverinesCONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 IF YOU GO HOLY TRINITY AT WINDERMERE WHEN: 7 p.m. May 24 WHERE: Deputy Scott Pine Community Park, 6865 Ficquette Road, Windermere PARKING: $5 (a free shuttle will be available for those who choose to park on Winder mere Highs campus) ADMISSION: $6 on both sides of the ball. How ever, what he and his assistant coaches are really keen to see is a tonal difference when the team takes the field. We really want to see aggressive play, Priest said. Were going to make mistakes, but mistakes are not the problem, because they can be fixed. Fans planning on attending the first home football game at Deputy Scott Pine Community Park are encouraged to arrive early if they would like to park on location There is limited amount of parking, and there will be a $5 charge. Otherwise, fans are able to park at the schools campus and catch a shuttle that will continually be running back and forth between the school and its off-campus stadium.File photoThe Wolverines will play their rst home football game at Deputy Scott Pine Community Park next week.
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She was so happy with the product she contacted Mark Compston, owner of Marks Floors. She called unsolicited to tell me about her experience, he said. You dont often get calls like that.Beyond Air.os hypoallergenic features Rogers said she has been incredibly impressed with its stain and soil protection properties. If you spill something on it, it seems to evaporate; its wonderful, she said. I dropped Kool-Aid on it. I was like, Oh my goodness, but it cleaned up right away. I take a little soap and water and cleaned it up like I was cleaning a hard surface floor.Rogers praised Marks Floors staff and Compston for their efforts and compassion. To them its not about selling floors; its about caring for the life of their customer. I cant thank him enough because my baby girl can breathe and is happy and is rolling around, and I dont have a worry. The way they treated me was so amazing. Mark was so personable and friendly and kind. 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For most of Hannah Schaibles basketball career, she stepped onto the hardwood not seeking to be the top-scorer in a given game but rather to do whatever she could all the extra things, she said to help her team win. She was usually not the first scoring option, and during her collegiate career at George Washington University, she was the third-leading scorer for the Colonials in three out of four seasons. Schaible always has played strong defense and had a knack for rebounding, and in the programs all-time record books, she is 14th in career rebounds with 722. With that said, when the Dr. Phillips High alumna suited up last season for SISU Copenhagen a professional womens basketball team in Denmarks Dameligaen league her role was different. It had to be. As an American player on a professional team overseas, there are expectations. American players have a focus to be the star performer youre getting the ball and plays are called for you, Schaible said. It was a completely different role for me. Im not a player who can just knock down 80 three-pointers in a season. It may not have been her comfort zone as a basketball player, but Schaible managed just fine in her first season of international professional basketball. The for mer Panther was fourth in the league in scoring at 17.9 points per game and was named the Dameligaens Player of the Week in early March, near the end of the regular season. The season spent in Denmark was the culmination of a lifelong dream for Schaible that almost didnt come to fruition. When her collegiate career at George Washington came to a close following the 2016-17 season, doors with opportunities to play professionally domestically or internationally werent opening. Working part-time at a gym, she almost had resigned herself to moving on when a call came last December. SISU had lost two players, and thanks to a good word from her coach at GWU, Schaible was offered a chance to chase her dream. I thought to myself, May be this wont happen for me which was disappointing, File photoHannah Schaible, seen here playing college hoops for George Washington University, made her professional debut in Denmark in December.Dr. Phillips alumna fullls professional hoops dreamSTEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORFormer Panthers star Hannah Schaible played professional basketball in Denmark, for SISU Copenhagen of the Dameligaen league.Schaible recalled. I got a call one day at work, and my college coach is like, Do you still want to play? and I said Yes, absolutely. Two days later, I was on a plane. Schaible had traveled over seas to visit but had never been to Denmark. Reflecting back, she said she was lucky to have ended up in a country where a lot of people speak English it is taught in the schools and that she played for a team located in a major urban center; SISU is based out of Copenhagen. As she soaked in the experience of living abroad, she had to get used to a different style of play, too. While the game in Dameligaen was slower than what she was used to in college, there were little nuances that required some adjustment such as the point guards defending their counter part full-court. Of course, Schaible wasnt even a point guard in college, but it was another wrinkle associated with being one of the Americans on the team. That was usually me on defense, and I was so tired, Schaible said. I wasnt in gameshape, so I was tired and I kept surprising myself. SISU placed fourth in the Dameligaen last season. It was Schaibles first season of professional basketball and for now at least, her last. The Dr. Phillips alumna is preparing for a wedding in September and hopes to start a business in Texas with her fianc, John Sorenson. For her, playing professionally overseas was less an endgame than it was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. There were a lot of nights of, I should have done this or that better, she says. But the fact that I was able to play, I was just so thankful and it validates the work that I put in. And in addition to the experi ences associated with living in Denmark, she also has one highly memorable game to hang her hat on in the second-to-last game of the regular season, Schaible scored 36 points and some stories to tell. Thats the highest (number of points) Ive ever scored in one game I think I scored 18 in the first quarter, which is really fun, Schaible said. My fianc and I were watching the Rockets play (recently), and (James) Harden scored 34, and I joked, I scored 36 Im better than Harden.
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