+ DP’s Nick Conti drafted
Dr. Phillips’ Nick Conti joined Olympia’s Juan Hillman as area high-school baseball players drafted in last week’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
The middle infielder for the Panthers was taken in the 40th round by the New York Mets with pick No. 1,119. Listed as 5-foot-9, Conti is committed to play college baseball for Eckerd College. He played his travel baseball for the Florida Burn.
+ CFCA taps new volleyball coach
Central Florida Christian Academy athletic director Kyle Wills announced last week that the school has hired Stacy Osborne as its newest head coach for the girls volleyball program.
Osborne comes to the Eagles after teaching math and coaching the varsity program at Fellowship Christian Academy in Massachusetts for the past five years.
“Stacy really impressed me with her desire to lead our Lady Eagles to new heights,” Wills said. “Her organization and leadership skills really came through during our talks, and her heart for young people and pushing them to be their best was something that will continue to raise the standard for CFCA athletics.”
+ Local water skiers honored
Taylor Garcia, of Winter Garden, and Brooke Baldwin, of Windermere, were selected by USA Water Ski as its male and female athletes for May, respectively.
Garcia won junior the men’s jumping and overall competition and placed second in the slalom at the 23rd Nautique Junior Masters Water Ski Tournament on May 22 in Pine Mountain, Ga. He also set a pending boys national jumping record of 193 feet (58.8 meters) at the Masters Last Chance Qualifier, May 15-17, at Sunset Lakes in Groveland.
Baldwin won the junior women’s slalom and the overall competition at the event in Georgia and, at 14, also became the youngest female to ever run the 38 off pass in a slalom tournament at the Groveland event.