Over 2,500 SSG Athletes Compete in Three Sports in Alachua, Broward and Pasco Counties
In the first multi-sport weekend of the 2018 Sunshine State Games, over 2,500 athletes were competing in three sports in three Florida communities. Statewide, 131 individual gold medals were awarded in Figure Skating while eight Basketball team and nine Lacrosse team medals were presented.
Jordan Scott, from Wesley Chapel, earned the Betty Stark Award, for the top Juvenile Free Skating performance. Scott’s score was the best among the 16 skater field, topping the silver medalist, Ava Zubik, of Cooper City and the 2017 Betty Stark Award winner, Deana Torgeshev, of Coral Springs, who took the bronze medal.
Boyd becomes the 10th Dorothy Dodson Award Winner for Figure Skating Excellence, the annual award named after the long-time Figure Skating official who passed away in 2017. Scott, a 10-year old who has been skating in the Sunshine State Games since 2013, is the fourth winner of the Betty Stark Award, named after the SSG Figure Skating Sport Director for all 32-years of the event.
CLICK HERE for full results from the 2018 SSG Figure Skating Championships.
Splash team members include Ian Rose, Derek Ortiz, Yarnell McCray, Aaviel Hester, Troy Polk, Trey Kovach, Willie Lewis, Colin Haas, Jordan Jara, Joshua Graham, Antonio Rizzo, Isaiah Morgan, Elijah Williams, Jalyn Ricks and Steven Nelson. Aaviel Hester was named the 9th Grade Division MVP and Ian Rose and Jordan Jara were named to the 9th Grade All Tournament team.
CLICK HERE for full results from the 2018 SSG Basketball Championships.
The Florida Select teams won Girl’s High School A and B Divisions. The Florida Select 2020 team won the Girl’s A Division defeating Florida Select 2021, 10-1. In winning the Girl’s B Division, Florida Select 2022 scored 65 goals in five games, the most of any team in the 2018 SSG Spring Championships. The 2022 team defeated Team 12, 5-3, in the Championship Game. Going into the Championship Games, Team 12 outscored its opponents 48-1 in pool play.
CLICK HERE for full results from the 2018 SSG Spring Lacrossee Championships.
The Sunshine State Games, an annual amateur sports tradition in Florida, is part of the state’s $57.4 billion sports industry that accounts for 580,000 jobs statewide.