March Madness or March Happiness?
I know many people are tuned into the NCAA basketball tournament games and seeing the “Madness”, but we have some news coming out of Colonial High School from the month of March that is anything but madness and quite honestly has many of us smiling with pride!
First of all let’s recognize our February efforts that has given us the March momentum…Please congratulate our Girls Basketball Team for winning the District Title for the 6th time in a row! A SIX PEAT!! That is incredible! Coach Richardson and Coach Felton have done an amazing job with the girls. We often take for granted that our girls program is going to win, but it takes so much work and dedication. We truly have one of the best basketball programs in the state.
Our boy’s team finished up the season with double digits wins for the third straight year, making it the winningest boys run in about 10 years! The boys lost a tough one just missing reaching the District Title game in the final seconds of their last game but made us all proud. We hate to see Coach Sterchele step down but he left the cupboard quite full and heading in the right direction.
The Boys Weightlifting Team wins the Region with a stellar performance! Now it’s on to States! The boys also won the Metro for the 10th time! Coach Grove has now distanced himself from all other coaches in Central Florida. The next closest weight lifting coach of this caliber would be the legendary Paul Pope who had won 6 Metro Titles. To top that off Coach Grove’s boys won the District Title. Winning the Metro, District and Region all in one year is a remarkable accomplishment. We are truly a weightlifting beast in Central Florida.
The boys Baseball Team just finished up a run that started before spring break and went well into break with a five game winning streak that featured huge wins over Dr. Phillips, Apopka and Wellington. These are all powerhouse programs and our Grenadiers measured up quite well. The boys have won 6 of their last 7 games and had a huge win vs. that blue and gold team down the road on Wednesday, 8-5. Coach Smith has our boys playing like a well-oiled machine.
The girls Flag Football team, lead by Mike Rummel, earned their first ever district win over Freedom. They are off to a great start on their way to the playoffs.
Our boys volleyball team has caught fire as well winning it’s last four out of five in a row including a monumental win over University on their court! This is the first time in 10 years our boy’s volleyball team has beaten the team that wears blue and gold.
Our boys’ water polo team has grown fins and sharp teeth prowling the pools like sharks and providing CHS with the best water polo team in over a dozen years. They finished the season near .500. They lost three games by one point in the last seconds of each of those games. Even better news, all of the boys are back for next year’s run at the District! Coach Jana Adams is a water magician!
Our Girls Softball Team is in a building process but they are fun to watch. They have lost tight games and are on the verge of getting over the hump. First year coach, Aimee Halpin, has guided this team to becoming a team no one in Central Florida wants to play. Our girls have come up just a little short in a handful of games but the program is growing.
Boys and Girls Tennis, led by Coaches Grace and Johnson, concluded their season going undefeated in all home matches! With many returning players and an huge upgrade to facilities there is many reason to be excited about the future.
In Track our boys and girls have done great things under the direction of Coach Whaley and Sherman. Over the Spring Break Colonial Track and Field sent 3 seniors to the FSU Relays to compete in the 400, 800, and Long and triple jump. Roberto Brooks and Pashen Williams competed in the 400 and the 800. Over the last 2 weeks Roberto broke his personal best times in both events, first hitting 49.57 in the 400 at Winter Park, and then 1:57.68 in the 800 at the Greyhound Invitational. He finished 9th in the 400 and 24th in 800, hitting a 50.18 and 1:58.16. Pashen Williams also ran both the 400 and the 800. She finally broke her personal best time in the 400 a few weeks back at the Brian Jaeger Open and her 800 has been consistently in the 2:20 category. She finished 6th in the 400 and 9th in the 800, hitting 56.78 and 2:17.93 (her personal best in the 800). Both took on the best competition the state has to offer in those events. Nyron Tate also competed this weekend in the triple jump and the long jump. He didn’t have the best of luck in the triple jump, but he finished 1st in the long jump with 6.83 meters. He finished half a foot over the nearest competitor which is big with the athletes that were there.
In addition to performing well, we are also looking good. We have new tennis courts that are absolutely stunning. We have an updated Track that is one step away from being one of the best in the county. Our Stadium weight room, under the direction of your new head football coach, Donny Hodges, has it looking brand new with an amazing paint job and updated flooring. If you stop out and see the Softball and baseball fields you should notice how impressive these facilities are as well. Coach Smith and Halpin have groomed their fields with the assistance of Joe Teti to make us look so Major League! Then go to the gym lobby and see our new monitor displaying our teams at Colonial in a first class fashion…everywhere you look you can see Colonial stepping up and shining from athletes performances to facilities that are the pride of our community.
We also are very proud of some individuals who have received great honors and recognition:
Kharis Idom, Junior
East Metro Player of the Year
All Central FL, 2nd team
Angelica Delgado, Senior
East Metro 2nd team
Full Scholarship to Hillsborough CC
Angelica Flores, Senior
Full Scholarship to Indian River CC
Nicole Rivera (10th Grade)– 33 Goals this year! One of the top five leading scorers in Central Florida
Boys Water Polo
Johnnie Busacca he had 54 goals this year. He averaged nearly three a game. That is an outstanding achievement. Johnnie is one of the best water polo players in Central Florida.
Girls Volleyball Signing
Michelle Reyes Diaz, attending South Florida State College.
As we close out March and head into April we need to be reminded that changing the culture and brand of an older school can be a challenge, but so many people are committed to the cause that we are indeed making a difference. We have taken the best from the past and added today’s new energy. This recipe is yielding great results and there is no Madness to that, in fact….
This is why it’s Great to be a Grenadier!