Track and field athletes will compete in the Cape Coast Conference meet on Thursday at Astronaut High.
Competition will begin with field eventsat 1 p.m.
The Rockledge High girls have won team titles the last five years, and the Raiders will be strong contenders this year. A featured event for the school is the 4×100-meter relay, where the team has Brevard County’s best time at 46.6 seconds. Rockledge girls have the top performance of the season among Brevard athletes in seven events.
Cocoa won last year’s boys title.
The boys high jump will be a must-watch event, as Astronaut’s Tristan Schultheis leads the county with a height of 7 feet, 2 inches. He also has the year’s best 110-meter hurdles time of 14.7 seconds.
Merritt Island’s Steven Cross leads three boys events, the 800 meters, 1,600 and 3,200. Kaira Simmons of Rockledge, last year’s FLORIDA TODAY Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, leads the 200 meters as well as both the long jump and high jump.
Viera softball moves into statewide top 10
In the fourth statewide poll of the season, the Viera High softball team moved into the overall top 10 for all classifications in the FHSAA, ranked third by Miracle Sports.
The 20-1 Hawks also were second in Class 7A, behind only 14-1 Gainesville, ranked fourth overall in all classes. Viera was one of six Brevard County teams getting recognition in the polls.
In Class 6A softball, Rockledge (17-2) was third, while 13-2 Astronaut was fifth in 5A. Covenant Christian (9-2) was 10th in 2A. Two local teams, Melbourne Central Catholic and Space Coast, earned votes in 5A but did not make the top 10.
The Rockledge baseball team was No. 17 in the Max Preps national poll. The 17-2 Raiders were second in Class 6A and third in the overall statewide poll released by The Prep Zone. Merritt Island (15-2) was one spot back in 6A.
Viera’s baseball team, at 14-2, was third in 7A, and Melbourne was among others receiving votes. MCC (15-1) was fifth in 5A, with Satellite an honorable mention team.
Eau Gallie softball grads win honors
Two Eau Gallie softball products won honors in recent days for their performances last week: MacKenzie Conley and Alex Powers.
In six games, Conley hit .353 with two home runs and four runs batted in, earning Monday’s Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week award. As a junior catcher at Flagler College, she committed no errors in 42 chances and caught a runner attempting to stealing against Augusta. Conley homered and drove in three runs against Lander. Her nine home runs for the season is third in the Peach Belt.
Alex Powers, a junior first baseman, helped Florida State extend its NCAA-leading winning streak to 21 games with a sweep of North Carolina, and she was named ACC Softball Player of the Week. In the three games, Powers his .667 with no strikeouts, six RBIs and a home run. Powers walked twice, stole a pair of bases and did not strike out. She also scored five runs.
Astronaut seeking donations for new wrestling mat
Astronaut High sports fans are asked to contribute to a fund for a new wrestling mat for the school’s program. Its current mats have been in use for more than 20 years, and according to recently retired coach Joe Murano are “in horrible shape and are borderline dangerous.”
Those interested are asked to contact War Eagles athletic director Cheryl Shivel at Shivel.Cheryl@Brevardschools.org.
Cocoa seeking basketball coach
Cocoa High is seeking a head girls basketball coach, and teaching positions will be available for the right candidate. Those interested should send a resume and cover letter to athletic director John Wilkinson at Wilkinson.John@brevardschools.org.
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