High Five, Nov. 8, 2023

We celebrate five accomplishments from West Orange- and Southwest Orange-area teams and athletes.

Foundation Academy running back J.T. Bronaugh finished his season with 1,950 all-purpose yards.
Foundation Academy running back J.T. Bronaugh finished his season with 1,950 all-purpose yards.
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1. Foundation Academy’s do-it-all athlete J.T. Bronaugh finished his senior season for the Lions with 1,950 all-purpose yards and 25 total touchdowns on 112 total touches. 

He also got it done on defense — 43 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. With these kind of numbers, it’s no wonder why Bronaugh has Power 5 offers from the likes of Minnesota and Kansas. 

2. Foundation swimmer Emma Sundermeyer, an Alabama commit, finished her final swim season with two Class 1A, District 4 championships in the 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle; two Region 2 championships in the 200 IM and 500 free; as well as a second-place finish at the 1A state championships in the 200 IM and a fourth-place finish in the 500 free. 

3. After claiming the Class 4A, District 4 boys and girls swimming championships, Windermere High continued its amazing run by bringing home both Region 2 championships Thursday, Nov. 2.

4. For the second consecutive year, Horizon boys cross country won the Class 3A, District 3 championship. This season, the Hawks scored 79 points, led by junior Girmay Buck’s fifth-place finish and Jacob Finch’s eighth-place finish. Mason Paulsberg (11th), Brenden Ketelsen (26th) and Christian Mitchell (31st) were Horizon’s other three scoring runners. 

5. Despite it being in the mid-80s and the football playoffs just getting underway, the winter sports season is right around the corner. Basketball, wrestling, soccer, weightlifting and competitive cheer fans can start getting ready for the action as soon as Monday, Nov. 13.



Sam Albuquerque

A native of João Pessoa, Brazil, Sam Albuquerque moved in 1997 to Central Florida as a kid. After earning a communications degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, he started his career covering sports as a producer for a local radio station, ESPN 580 Orlando. He went on to earn a master’s degree in editorial journalism from Northwestern University, before moving to South Carolina to cover local sports for the USA Today Network’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, newborn son, Noah, and dog named Skulí.

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